October Newsletter

Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA

October 2011

Arts & Culture

Kolam is a form of intricate sand painting largely practiced in South India, using rice powder, sand and often spices as pigment for the intricate designs. Visitors will get the chance to see examples of these beautiful designs at Northampton Community College, with The Art of Indian Kolam now through October 23. The designs convey a welcome message to those entering Hindu temples and homes throughout South India.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have a great time at Civic Theatre’s production of Little Women: The Musical this month. The great American novel comes to life on stage as the actors convey the hardships of keeping a family together through the Civil War. Productions are scheduled for weekend nights between October 7 and 23. Find out more at Civictheatre.com.


Are you brave enough? Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park is one of the scariest Halloween attractions in the region. For the family crowd, Boo! Blast is a spooky and scare-free playground during the day for kids and the HAUNT at night will literally have you screaming. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you! (Due to the graphic nature and level of terror involved, this event is not recommended for children under 13 after 6 p.m.)

The Crayola Experience™ offers a fun alternative for parents of children looking for a Halloween experience without the scary stuff. Boo Fest will be held every weekend in October, giving visitors a safe and creative way to trick-or-treat with their children as well as plenty of fun family activities. Don’t forget to dress up in your favorite Halloween costumes!

Dining & Shopping

Treat yourself to a unique dining experience at Bay Leaf, serving New American cuisine with French and Asian influences in the heart of downtown Allentown. This restaurant is one of the hidden gems of Lehigh Valley, but if you’d like a second opinion, read for yourself … Diners have given them 4.5 out of 5 stars on Trip Advisor. Take a peek at their menu to start planning your dining experience.

Here in Lehigh Valley, you’ll never get bored with the selection of places to shop. Lehigh Valley is home to plenty of specialty shops and boutiques to find just the right gift for someone (or yourself!). Impress your dinner guests with unique selections from Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom or something sweet from Josh Early Candies. Gearing up for your next night out on the town ladies? Find some Handcut Crystal & Jewelry and some new Shuze to wear to complete your outfit and have heads turning. Whatever it is you need, you’ll find plenty of specialty shops in Lehigh Valley.

Fairs & Festivals

Farmers markets this season in Lehigh Valley have an excellent selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially local apples at the peak of their freshness. Celebrate with the Apple Festival at Easton Farmers Market on Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. You’ll be able to sample over 20 varieties of Pennsylvania grown apples in the Apple Sampling Tent. Think you’ve got the best apple pie around? Try your luck in the apple pie baking contest, and if you’re not much of a baker go the other route and join the apple pie eating contest!

Autumn just wouldn’t be complete without a Scarecrow Festival and good old fashioned harvest fun. Join the Easton Farmers Market on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for pony rides, a Wild West show and even a scarecrow building contest. This family-friendly party celebrates everything we love about the fall season.

Family Fun

Our Autumn Adventures & Frightening Frolics deals highlight the best of Lehigh Valley, from ideal temperatures to beautiful fall foliage to Halloween fun. This promotion also offers something for everyone, as this is the best time of year to enjoy a ghostly tour or a hayride during a harvest festival with the whole family.


For a limited time, Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton invites you to play a great private course for the price of a public course. Tee times are available to the public after 12 p.m., and rates are just $40 on weekdays and $50 on weekends, including the cart. Call 610-826-2504 X223 to schedule your tee time.

There’s something magical about the views of the leaves changing and the rolling fairways during the fall months. Discover Lehigh Valley’s Stay & Play golf vacation packages feature all of the necessary components for a memorable golf trip for your group: overnight accommodations, breakfast and 18 holes of golf (with greens fee and a cart) at one of the participating golf courses. Time is running out for you to get a few more rounds in this season!


The city of Bethlehem is rich in history, dating back to when the Moravians settled here in 1741. During the month of October, the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem will be conducting group tours called “Historic Haunts of Downtown Bethlehem.” Visitors will learn the history of the city as they journey into the past and the paranormal. An experienced guide will take you on a tour through the darkened downtown streets and tell spooky tales of haunted encounters. For tour dates and times, visit here.

Outdoor Recreation

Looking for an easy romantic getaway? Bring your camera, your significant other and a picnic as you follow the Covered Bridge Trail on a scenic tour of the historic covered bridges in Lehigh Valley. The fall foliage will make for an excellent backdrop this autumn as the leaves turn their most vibrant colors.


I bet you’re sitting there thinking karts are just for kids, right? Lehigh Valley Grand Prix (LVGP) has suped-up versions of the karts you rode as a kid, except theirs reach speeds up to 45 m.p.h. The track at LVGP is a ¼ mile, road-course style track and racers are timed to the one-thousandth of a second, so you and your friends will have proof to go with the bragging rights of winning.

Wineries / Breweries

Celebrate the official grape of Lehigh Valley during Chambourcin Weekend along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail October 15 & 16. Chambourcin is the only wine made by all eight wineries along the trail, and each winery has its own unique way of bringing out the flavors and bouquet of the signature grape. Various events will be held along the wineries to celebrate, so check out the events page for more detailed information. Follow the Wine Trail blog for further details.

Bavaria is coming to Bear Creek in the form of a traditional Oktoberfest this month. In addition to the seasonal beers, there will be plenty of traditional German music, games, food and folk dancers. Bear Creek is also the only festival in Lehigh Valley to feature the Volksmarch, a 3- or 6- mile fall foliage hike with two beer tents along the way. Hikers that endure the 6-mile hike will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view when they reach the top. Want to hear the best part? Admission is free!