Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA
Arts & Culture
Held along the banks of the two rivers in Easton on September 17 & 18, the Riverside Festival of the Arts is an annual celebration of fine art and crafts, music and family fun activities. The scenic location itself is enough reason to stop by, located in Scott Park where the Delaware meets the Lehigh River.
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has table and slot games, big jackpots, great nightlife and mouth-watering restaurants. This month, Sands is giving away a brand new Subaru Impreza WRX STI, and you can enter to win just by playing and using your MySands card. It costs nothing extra, and who knows … the lucky winner could be you! There’s only one catch – I want a ride in it when you win!
Elevate your rock and roll experience with concerts at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. September’s concerts include performances from some very well-known bands, including 38 Special (9/16), Rusted Root (9/23) and Blues Traveler (9/25). Before the show, stop by Roadie’s Restaurant and Bar for a pre-concert cocktail and a bite to eat.
Dining & Shopping
Spice it up a bit at the first ever Chili Pepper Festival at Easton Farmers Market on September 24. Tantalize your taste buds with a salsa judging contest, a 3-Alarm Firehouse Chili Cook-off and a hot pepper eating contest. You can even learn to make hot sauce with a class taught by Easton Salsa Company.
Discover the borough of Emmaus this fall. This hidden gem of a town has plenty of boutiques and locally owned shops, as well as one of the best farmers markets in Lehigh Valley. Don’t miss the Farewell Summer Festival on September 10, including the monthly Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale where you can find great deals on just about anything you can imagine. Find out more and watch our video tour of Emmaus.
Fairs & Festivals
SteelStacks has got the blues, but in a good way. Be there as Bethlehem welcomes the Blast Furnace Blues Festival at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The festival will showcase 30 of the best in local and national blues performers as they take to the stage for more than 40 concerts from September 16 – 18.
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 23 – 25 and will include a bag pipe competition, music and dancing. A “high”light of 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.
Eat, Drink and Stink! The Easton Garlic Festival will be sure to ward off those nightmarish vampires of old. Indulge in all things garlic on October 1st in Centre Square, Easton and on October 2nd down by the river. There will be plenty of free samples and vendors offering all sorts of variations of the aromatic bulb. Just don’t blame us when you smell like garlic the next day!
Where can you enjoy roller skating, rock climbing, mini bowling and laser tag all under one roof? The Independence Family Fun Center in Schnecksville has it all for your next party, or even if you just need a day to let loose with the family. The roller skating rink here is also home to the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls, the area’s very own roller derby team.
Challenge your golf game and get spoiled with country club conditions at public club prices when you play at Southmoore Golf Club in Bath, Pa. Home to numerous championships over the years, Southmoore is one of the most sought after courses in the area. Weekday rates start at just $22 per person (cart not included). Make a weekend out of it and book a Stay & Play package.
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. Book your weekend getaway today today.
Many people know the story of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, but did you know it was hidden right here in Allentown during the British occupation? The bell was hidden in the floor of the Zion’s Reform Church in Allentown, which is now the site of the Liberty Bell Museum. In fact, soldiers from this area were influential in protecting our Capital from the British. Learn the history of the Liberty Bell in Lehigh Valley as you view local artifacts from the Revolutionary War period.
The Sigal Museum in Easton is Northampton County’s leading institution of local history, featuring an impressive collection of artifacts on display that date back to the pre-European settlement in America. The kids will love the Just Born exhibit, located in the bottom floor of the museum.
There’s no better way to see the leaves turning their beautiful fall colors than with a peaceful bicycle ride through Lehigh Valley. We’ve got three cities, dozens of parks, two rivers and a beautiful rural landscape to create a cyclists paradise! Whatever your skill level is, our Lehigh Valley Cycling Map has predetermined routes with mileage and difficulty ratings that range from 6 miles all the way up to 50 miles. Stop by one of the visitor centers to get your copy, or view the digital version of the Lehigh Valley Cycling Map.
Bear Rock Junction in New Tripoli offers two challenging mini-golf courses, over four miles of corn maze and even a steam train ride for the kids that runs on weekends. Hours vary by day and season, so check their website for current information. When you’re finished, reward yourself with one of the 30 flavors of Leiby’s Ice Cream at the Dairy Bar.
So you’ve been playing Frisbee for years but have yet to play disc golf? You’re missing out on that disc’s full potential! Disc golf courses are all over Lehigh Valley, including Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Blue Mountain and a handful of parks. Learn more about disc golf and hit the course today. Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain even offer discs for rental so you can practice before you buy yourself a set.
Cool off this September with a few laps around the rink at Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem. You may not be doing any triple axles, but ice skating is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy on one of their two NHL sized rinks. When you’re finished, take a stroll over to SteelStacks and catch one of their many concerts, most of which are free.
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 10 & 11. 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, check the website for further details.
Yuengling presents the first ever Oktoberfest at SteelStacks on two weekends this fall, September 29 – October 2 and October 6 – 9. There will be plenty of Bavarian-style food, games of skill, polka music and did we mention tons of beer? Tickets to the event are discounted in advance, so get yours today. Cheers!