Arts & Culture | Attractions | Dining & Shopping | Fairs & Festivals | Family Fun
Golf | Heritage | Outdoor Recreation | Sports | Wineries & Breweries

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Arts & Culture

The Riverside Festival of the Arts held September 22 – 23 in Easton, Pa. is a multi-arts event center pieced by the Juried Art Show and Sale showcasing local artists and artisans from the regional area. Held along the banks of the two rivers in Easton, this annual celebration features fine art and crafts, music and family fun. The scenic location itself is enough reason to stop by.

Closing out a three month run on September 9 at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, is AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic. This is the most comprehensive and largest exhibition of fantastic art to date in the U.S. Come experience the history and significance of this captivating genre by exploring ancient myths and legends, modern-day fantasies and futuristic imagination. Visit for hours.


Elevate your rock and roll experience with concerts and events at the new Sands® Bethlehem Event Center. September’s concerts include performances from some very well-known bands, including The Offspring (September 8) and Kansas (September 14) to name a couple. Before the show, stop by Vision Bar for a pre-concert cocktail and a bite to eat.

Come visit the animals before the weather turns cold. The Lehigh Valley Zoo, located within the scenic 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve in Schnecksville, Pa., is home to more than 275 animals representing 70 species from around the world.

Among the animals housed at the zoo are 14 species classified as endangered, threatened or a species of concern. Included on this list is the Los Lobos, the Mexican gray wolves. The zoo houses three out of the roughly 40 that are left in North America. These majestic animals are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ wildlife conservation program, called a Species Survival Plan. Come visit the wolves and so many other animals for a fun-filled day at the zoo. For more information, visit

Dining & Shopping

Spice it up a bit September 7 – 8 during the Chile Pepper Festival in Bowers, Pa. Come experience all things chile pepper. This annual event is filled with vendors, arts, crafts, food, jalapeño pepper eating contest, chile pepper song contest, entertainment, music and much more. Come get your “burn” on.

Looking for some Irish fare to go hand-in-hand with your journey to Celtic Classic (See Fairs & Festivals)? Take in some authentic Irish tea and culture at the warm and inviting McCarthy’s Tea Room, located in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, Pa. Everything on the menu is a homemade recipe created from scratch, often with imported ingredients. Plus, Irish folk music is sometimes performed live in the cafe.

After dinner, check out Donegal Square Celtic shop located just in front of McCarthy’s. It is stocked with “everything” Irish just waiting to be brought home. For more information, visit

Fairs & Festivals

A celebration of Celtic culture and heritage awaits you in Bethlehem as the Celtic Classic returns this fall. The festivities will be held from September 28 – 30 and will include a bag pipe competition, music and dancing. Highlighting the event is the U.S. National Highland Athletic Championships, where athletes display their prowess in strongman competitions testing their strength, speed and agility. While you’re there, enjoy some authentic Celtic cuisine and take home a Celtic souvenir or two.

Renningers hosts their Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza September 27 – 29 in Kutztown, PA. The show features hundreds of dealers from all over the country selling all sorts of things. If you have never been to the extravaganza or have visited before it truly is a unique experience. Hours vary so please check here for the most up-to-date information.

Family Fun

Boo! Blast for kids is back on weekends beginning September 22 at Dorney Park. Children will enjoy returning favorites like Trick-or-Treat Street, mask-making and pumpkin-painting, storytelling sessions, live shows and much more. Plus experience all the great rides Dorney Park has become known for.

As night falls, watch the park transform into the Halloween Haunt for teens and adults. The park becomes a frightening festival of thrills, chills, monsters and mayhem.

Dorney Park during the fall is the perfect blend of kid-friendly fun combined with thrilling scares. Haunt hours vary so click here for the most accurate information.

See them before they’re gone. That’s, Cars That Were Stars at America On Wheels. This exhibit is a nostalgic collection of vehicles once seen on television and in the movies. You can expect to see Doc Hudson from “Cars 1,” Ricky Nelson’s T Bucket Hotrod, “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang,” Bette Davis’ Buick Woody, the taxi from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and so much more!

The museum is sure to generate a pleasant experience and lasting memories for visitors of all ages. For museum hours, please click here.


Green Pond Golf Club becomes “amateur central” September 22 – 30 as it hosts the 76th annual Lehigh Valley Amateur golf tournament. Don’t let the word amateur fool you as the field, which has grown to over 400 golfers, is ultra-competitive. So get out and experience golf on a beautiful and challenging course and root your local favorite on.

With crispness in the air, Lehigh Valley is the perfect destination for a fall golf getaway. Discover Lehigh Valley’s Stay & Play 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 our participating golf courses. Find out more here.


Come experience history unfold in front of you at the third-oldest historical society in Pennsylvania, the Moravian Historical Society and the 1740 Whitefield House. Established in 1857 to preserve the history of the Moravian Church, today the Moravian Historical Society’s mission is to present the story of the church and its contributions to American history and culture.

They fulfill this mission through the collection and preservation of objects and documents related to Moravian history, along with hosting educational programs designed to enlighten others on Moravian history and culture. The Moravian Historical Society is determined not to have its history forgotten. Please click here for hours.

Ever wonder how Mack Trucks got to be “The Greatest Name in Trucks?” How about the reason behind the bulldog that sits atop the hood? Well, the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown, Pa. is just the place to find the answers to these questions and more.

Come enjoy exploring more than 80,000 photos, many dating back to 1905. You may also find yourself wandering around and relishing in the newest models of trucks on display in the showroom or the older versions of military-style antiques dating from the early 1900s.

For more information on this free museum tour, visit

Outdoor Recreation

Always dreamed of running a marathon? Here’s your chance. On September 9 the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon will wind its way through the valley. Come compete in a 26.2-mile race while helping a good cause, Via of Lehigh Valley.

If you’re not up for running the whole race (or not running at all) consider running the half-marathon consisting of 13.1 miles, forming a relay team with five people, each running a leg ranging from 3.7 to 6.3 miles, participating in a 5K (3.1-mile) walk, volunteering by setting up the course, handing water to passing runners, providing medical care and more or just come out and cheer the runners on.

Looking for one last summer hurrah? On September 8, come bike, hike and raft the Lehigh River all in one day. That’s right, in one day!  Bike 25 miles, hike up the Glen Onoko Falls and raft up to 10 miles. Come experience a Big Day Out with Pocono Whitewater. They will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, guides, shuttles and equipment for one attractive price. For more information on this spectacular day visit


For all you NASCAR junkies, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix is hosting a racing fantasy league for the final chase to the Sprint Cup. Running for 10 consecutive weeks, beginning September 16 here’s how it works.

  1. Show up to the track each week 30 minutes prior to the start of the 10 NASCAR scheduled cup races
  2. Randomly draw a driver each week
  3. Earn points based on how your selected driver finishes
  4. Your top 8 scores will count towards the final total
  5. Have a blast with free concert ticket giveaways, LVGP giveaways and beer and drink specials in Octane.

The only rule is that you must be 21 to enter. The schedule for the all the races can be found on NASCAR’s website.

As the boys of summer wind their season down, the men of the gridiron come to the forefront. Both Lehigh and Lafayette’s football programs are in action during the month. Lehigh hosts Princeton on September 15 and Fordham on the 29th. Lafayette hosts the University of Pennsylvania on the 15th as well as celebrating student appreciation night. Come cheer on these student-athletes as it is sure not to disappoint. For more information on either program, please visit their respective websites, by clicking here for Lehigh and here for Lafayette.

Wineries / Breweries

The eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate the kick-off of the fall harvest season with Harvest Weekend – The Butcher, The Baker, The Winemaker on September 8 – 9. The event is held to promote Pennsylvania’s high quality, locally made food products paired with varieties of locally made wine. Events and times vary, so find out more here.

Yuengling presents the second annual Oktoberfest at SteelStacks on two weekends this fall, October 5 – 7 and 12 –14. There will be plenty of Bavarian-style food, games and attractions like the popular dachshund races, quoits and barrel rolling competitions, plus plenty of live genre–specific music. Oh, we almost forgot to mention tons of beer too. More information on the event and to purchase tickets can be found here. Cheers!