Spring has sprung!
April showers bring May flowers, and the buds are beginning to bloom here in Lehigh Valley. Now is the perfect chance to visit our AVA designated Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, home to eight locally-owned wineries. If you’re not into wine, then perhaps a drive along the picturesque Covered Bridge Tour is more up your alley!
Another performing arts venue recently opened here in Lehigh Valley, adding to our already impressive list of venues. The brand new Sands Bethlehem Event Center will be finished this month, bringing in acts such as Incubus, Flogging Molly, Paul Anka and Alan Jackson, among others. Visit the Sands Bethlehem Event Center website to get your tickets for upcoming performances.
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Arts & Culture
This is the last month for the Rock through the Valley exhibits before they pack up and leave for other gigs across the nation. “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” is an exhibit with a unique focus on the influence of the photographer capturing the image. It will be on display at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley through May 13, providing visitors with unique visual access to some of the most recognizable names in rock for the past 50 years.
The Freddy Awards, which recognizes outstanding high school theatre in Lehigh Valley, will take place this month at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton. The awards will be broadcast as they happen on May 24 at 7 p.m. on WFMZ-69 and at wfmz.com. Tickets for the hottest awards show in the Valley are hard to come by, but you can still watch them live on TV as well as streaming online. Enter our promotion for your chance to win two tickets to the preview party on May 23.
Have you visited The Crayola Experience™ lately? One of Easton’s most popular attractions recently renovated and expanded their space with brand new exhibits installed on the top two floors. Visitors will discover colorful activity areas and exhibits in the new space, including “Doodle in the Dark,” giving kids the ability to draw and write with luminescent markers in the dark!
Dining & Shopping
Lehigh Valley is home to 15 different farmers markets, giving shoppers plenty of options to get the freshest produce, cheese, bread and other goods, no matter what part of the region you’re in. We’ve also created a helpful list on Foodspotting to point you in the right direction. Support your local farmers and Buy Fresh, Buy Local!
The 47th Annual Bethlehem Fine Arts & Craft Show is coming to Main Street in historic Bethlehem on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12 & 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This annual celebration of local art brings more than 80 skilled artists to display their creations for the public to enjoy. There will be all sorts of artwork from regional, national and local artists, with plenty of art activities for the kids as well. Visit bfac-lv.org for more information.
Fairs & Festivals
Experience the oldest Bach choir in America during the 105th Annual Bethlehem Bach Festival this May. This all-volunteer choir attracts thousands of visitors from across the nation to its annual festival each year. Performances will be held May 4 – 6 and 11 – 12 at Lehigh University. Find out more.
For five days over Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 28), Cedar Beach Park in Allentown’s West End will be transformed into “a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and smells” for Mayfair Festival of the Arts. You’ll find dancers, storytellers, art exhibits, local and national musical acts, hands-on crafts demonstrations, plus plenty of culinary delights at one of the Valley’s favorite festivals.
Calling all jazz fans! Get in the groove at one of the newest festivals in town: River Jazz Festival at SteelStacks from May 10 – 25. You’ll enjoy tunes from musicians like Walter Trout & the Radicals, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, plus plenty of free concerts by local and regional jazz acts. Find out more at ArtsQuest.org.
Featuring 22 water slides, two lazy rivers and two enormous wave pools, Wildwater Kingdom is just what you need to cool off when the weather heats up. The water park opens for the 2012 season on Saturday, May 26. If you plan on coming more than once, consider getting season passes to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom for just $104.99 (or 3 payments of $34.99). Make sure to check out our exclusive Dorney Deals if you’re staying overnight, with package deals at nearly two dozen hotel properties!
Shake off those winter cobwebs and stretch your legs during the Rock & Run 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 12 at Coca-Cola Park. The kids fun run will take place at 8:30 a.m. with the adult 5K following at 9. The first three finishers in each division, including the kids’, will receive prize medals. Find out more.
We’re big fans of golf here at Discover Lehigh Valley. Our director of marketing, Ryan, just wrote a blog outlining his 5 favorite courses in Lehigh Valley. You can also find more unbiased reviews of our golfing experiences anytime on our blog.
Coming in for a golf weekend? Our Stay & Play golf packages have everything you need for a successful day out on the course. Starting at just $99 per person, our packages include overnight accommodations, breakfast, and 18 holes of golf (including cart and greens fee) at one of seven participating golf courses.
The first ever Native American Heritage Day is coming to the Museum of Indian Culture on May 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This new, just-for-kids event celebrates Native American crafts and lifeways with demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Pre-registration is required for this event and the cost of $20 per child includes one adult attendee. Register here.
It’s official … spring has sprung! It’s time to explore the great outdoors through all the parks Lehigh Valley has to offer. Whether you like to bike, hike, throw a Frisbee or have a picnic, we’ve got you covered with our parks in Lehigh Valley. Fun fact: Did you know that Allentown is home to more parkland per capita than any other American city its size?
We have plenty of other ideas for outdoor activities for you as well. Lehigh Valley is home to an impressive Covered Bridge Trail that includes eight iconic bridges, the Two Rivers Area Birding and Natural History Trail, plus a detailed cycling map and guide that will help you get to where you need to go.
The “concrete crater” will be packed with cycling enthusiasts, pro racers and even a few real-life Olympians as they head to the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown to be a part of the 5th Annual Velofest on May 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. You’ll find new and vintage parts, dozens of vendors, and an excellent opportunity to interact and network with thousands of racing enthusiasts at the largest outdoor cycling marketplace in the country. ENTER HERE for your chance to win 5 passes to Velofest 2012.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2012 season is now underway and the team has been tearing it up at Coca-Cola Park! If you haven’t been to a game yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Single game tickets are available for as low as $7 for general admission or $10 for field level tickets, and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Before you go, visit the IronPigs’ promotions page for the schedule of giveaways and special events.
Wineries / Breweries
Wine in Bloom, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail’s annual spring celebration, takes place this month as bud break occurs on the vines. Join us on May 19 & 20 as we celebrate the importance that the soil plays in the development of the grapes, their flavor and the resulting taste of the wine. This annual event stresses the importance of the AVA designation (American Viticultural Area) in further legitimizing the Lehigh Valley for wine making. Find out more.