Summertime in Lehigh Valley is packed to the brim with fun. Whether your visit includes making a splash at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, discovering color at Crayola Experience,™ or admiring handcrafted instruments at C.F. Martin Guitar -- you’ll want to consider planning a stop at one of these local events to your summer itinerary.

There’s no need to head to the big city to take in high-quality theatre performances. Head to DeSales University to catch a show from the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival where you’ll find a lot more than just Shakespearean classics. From classic musicals to kid-friendly performances, the actors deliver top-notch performances in an intimate setting. Pack a picnic to enjoy outside before the performance begins.

Kutztown-folk-fest-July-05-2015-3-IMG_1773-320x230Step back in time to explore unique food vendors, crafts and all things Pennsylvania Dutch at the Kutztown Folk Festival. Recognized as America’s Oldest Folk Life Festival, this annual event draws thousands. Be sure to visit the Quilt Barn for a glimpse of some stunning handmade pieces.

Ready to celebrate the season's sweetest treats? Don't miss Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Blueberry Festival, hosted at Burnside Plantation. In addition to all things blueberry, visitors can check out wares from local vendors, enjoy live entertainment, and more. 

Vroom vroom! Admire all sorts of classic vehicles at two vintage car shows. Each summer, Das Awkscht Fescht and Wheels of Time welcome hundreds of rides to Macungie Memorial Park. As you take in the beauty of the vehicles, you can also shop flea markets, enjoy live performances, shop craft vendors and more.

With performances ranging from Afrobeat to Zydeco, Musikfest welcomes nearly a million guests to Bethlehem each August. Lauded as the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival, visitors can enjoy nearly 500 free performances throughout the course of the 10-day event. Pick up one of the iconic Musikfest mugs to keep your beverage chilly as you wander the festival grounds, packed with every type of food you can imagine. Musikfest also features headlining performances by national artists each night.

For a full look at all the events happening in Lehigh Valley, check out the full calendar of events