Discover Lehigh Valley is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as the situation continues to evolve and is staying in close contact with our partners and industry leaders including the State of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Travel Association, Destinations International, and both Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Below, we've created a resource to house the details of happenings throughout the region including closures of attractions, cancellations of events, etc. We'll do our best to keep this list as up-to-date as possible to serve as a resource for those in the region but please note that this list may not be fully inclusive.
Our team will remain vigilant and will continue to update this page as information becomes available. If your place of business is altering operating hours or you've cancelled a major event, please feel free to contact Kaitie Burger with details.
Update: On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Tom Wolf extended the "Stay at Home" order to include both Lehigh and Northampton counties. Restaurants may continue take-out offerings, but customers must order and pay for their food remotely (whether online or by phone). Essential businesses such as grocery stores, medical facilities, etc. will remain open. Full statement and details are available here.
Note when traveling through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: The PA Turnpike will temporarily activate All-Electronic Tolling (AET) statewide on March 16, at 8 p.m. This is a temporary safety measure to protect employee and public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this change, do not stop at tollbooths, travel at posted speed limits through toll plazas. Cash and credit cards will not be accepted anywhere on the mainline ticket system. You will be billed via E-ZPass or by mail through PA Turnpike Toll By Plate. Please also note that the Allentown Service Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike does not have fuel due to previously scheduled maintenance; other service plazas may have limited service.
Event Postponements & Cancellations
- The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, in partnership with the American Hockey League, has announced suspension of play until further notice.
- The Wind Creek Bethlehem Event Center and Box Office will be closed until March 30, 2020 at 10 a.m. New dates for schedules events will be announced as they are available.
- At the State Theatre Center for the Arts, the following shows have been postponed or cancelled. The box office will be closed through April 7, 2020.
- Red Hot Chilli Pipers has been postponed to March 11, 2021.
- Dancing with the Lehigh Valley Stars has been cancelled.
- The Fab Faux has been postponed to Sept. 12, 2020
- One Night of Queen has been postponed. New date TBD.
- The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour has been postponed. New date TBD.
- The Orchestra: Former Members of ELO has been postponed. New date TBD.
- Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will be postponing their 2020 Tour to 2021. The Easton performance will move from June 6, 2020 to June 7, 2021.
- Zoellner Arts Center is cancelling Guest Artists, Music Department and Department of Theatre events through May 13, 2020.
- The Civic Theatre of Allentown has put all performances and film showings on hold. Updated schedules will be announced.
- ArtsQuest is closing the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks and the Banana Factory to the public effective noon, March 16 through at least March 31. All programming at the buildings, including cinema screenings and comedy shows at the ArtsQuest Center and classes at the Banana Factory, have been suspended at this time.
- At the Miller Symphony Hall, the following events will be cancelled:
- April 4: Take3 (Postponed – Date TBD; please hold on to your purchased tickets for this event)
- April 16: Musician Sponsorship Dinner
- April 17: Allentown Symphony Orchestra -- Meet the Artist
- April 18 & 19: Allentown Symphony Orchestra – “The Pines of Rome”
- April 20: Hector Olivera Chamber OnStage organ recital
- All Laughs at The Lyric events through April 30
- All Metropolitan Opera Live in HD telecasts through the end of this season
- The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has cancelled the April Bach at Noon, scheduled for April 14, 2020.
- Spring Into Easton, originally set for April 11, 2020, has been postponed.
- Spring on the SouthSide, originally scheduled for April 18, has been postponed to September 19, 2020.
- The Da Vinci Science Center's Hall of Fame Gala, originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, has been postponed.
- The Valley Preferred Cycling Center has cancelled early spring programming which includes the Spring Bicycle Racing League driven by Schearer’s Sales & Service, April Try the Track, Women’s Wednesdays Session One, PeeWee Pedalers/Squirts and Weeble Wobbles Session One, and Spring VeloFest.
- The 2020 St. Luke's Half Marathon, 5k, Youth Run and Family Fun Walk which is scheduled to take place over the weekend of April 25-26, 2020 has been cancelled.
- The 2020 Pennsylvania Youth Open Bowling Tournament has been rescheduled for May 30 - June 14, 2020. All teams registered will have the option to reschedule for the new dates.
- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will have a delayed start to their 2020 season. Additional details will be available in the coming days.
- Muhlenberg College has cancelled its Summer Music Theatre program for 2020.
- All events at Clover Hill Winery scheduled through June 14, 2020 are temporarily suspended until further notice.
- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will have a delayed start to the 2020 home season. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.
- The DCI Eastern Championship, scheduled for July 31 - August 1, 2020, has been cancelled.
- The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has cancelled its 2020 season.
- The 2020 Bethlehem Bach Choir Festival has been cancelled.
Note: As of Wednesday, March 25, Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a "Stay at Home" order for both Lehigh & Northampton counties. Restaurants may continue to offer take-out food, but customers must place their orders remotely, either online or over the phone.
Update: Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. March 19, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. Essential business such as grocery stores, medical facilities, etc. will remain open.
- The following Visitors Centers will be closed until further notice:
- SteelStacks Visitors Center in Bethlehem (SouthSide)
- Historic Bethlehem Visitors Center (Main Street)
- Sigal Museum in Easton
- America On Wheels Museum in Allentown
- Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has temporarily closed the Moravian Museum, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, and Visitor Center and Gift Shops and will suspend visits, walking tours, and programming.
- The Crayola Experience is temporarily shutting down all of its locations and stores.
- C.F. Martin Guitar has temporarily suspended all factory tours.
- Wind Creek Bethlehem (formerly Sands Bethlehem) is temporarily closed.
- The National Museum of Industrial History will be closed until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the earliest. All tours and events scheduled will be cancelled during this time period.
- The Da Vinci Science Center will be closed through the end of March 2020 with plans to reopen the Science Center and restart outreach programs in the community on April 1.
- The Allentown Art Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. During this time the galleries are closed and all programming and events are cancelled.
- The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will be closed until further notice
- The Visitor Center at SteelStacks will be closed for until further notice
- The Hoover Mason Trestle at SteelStacks will be closed until further notice.
- Godfrey Daniels has postponed all events until further notice.
- The Moravian Archives will be temporarily closed to the public (including researchers, volunteers, and interns).
- The Sigal Museum, Jane S. Moyer Library, and all NCHGS historic houses will be temporarily closed to the public. All public programming and gatherings, including the Annual Meeting dinner, will be cancelled and rescheduled.
- The Lehigh Valley Zoo will be closed to the public until further notice.
- The Moravian Historical Society has cancelled all public programs and events until further notice
- The Mack Trucks Historical Museum is closed to the public until further notice.
- The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has postponed the remaining weekends of the Vino in the Valley passport program. An update on how and when the program will be reinstated will be issued in the coming weeks.
- Vynecrest Winery will be open for bottle sales only.
- Galen Glen Winery will be open for bottle sales only.
- Clover Hill Winery locations will remain open for regular hours, but will not offer tastings. Curbside Wine Pickup is available. To place an order, call the location where you want to pick up your wine and give us an estimated pickup time (Breinigsville: 610-395-2468; Robesonia: 610-693-8383). Their team will bring your order and receipt to your car when you arrive.
- Pinnacle Ridge Winery is closed for tastings, but will offer bottle sales to-go via curbside service.
- The Downtown Allentown Market will be closed until April 30, 2020.
- At the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center, all programs and services for adults are cancelled through May 15, 2020. Some supportive services and the community book group will be offered in virtual formats, please check the event page on their website to know if the program is happening virtually or if it is cancelled.
- The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will be closed to the public until further notice.
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is closed until May 10, 2020. This includes trails, lookouts, programming, and all buildings.
- Crystal Cave is temporarily closed to the public.
- The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley will be closed in accordance with Governor Wolf’s order. The Fresh Market and restaurants offering ‘to go’ and ‘curbside pickup’ options will remain open at this time.
- The QNBBank Box Office at the PPL Center is closed.
- Tapas on Main in Bethlehem is closed and will not be offering takeout or curbside service.
- The Hamilton Kitchen in downtown Allentown will be closed until March 30, 2020 with plans to reopen on March 31.
- The Baum School of Art will be closed until further notice. All classes and activities are cancelled.
- In downtown Allentown, Bell Hall will be closed until March 30, 2020.
- The America On Wheels Museum is closed until further notice.
- Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom will be closed until March 30, 2020.
- The offices of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the Emrick Center will be closed until further notice. All programs and events are cancelled or postponed during this time. The D&L Trail will remain open.
- Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley is closed until further notice.
- The House and Barn in Emmaus will be closed until March 31, 2020.
- The Lehigh Valley Mall is currently closed.
- The Crossings Premium Outlets are currently closed.
- The Liberty Bell Museum is currently closed.
- The Glasbern Inn will be closed until April 6, 2020.
- Trans-Bridge Lines has temporarily suspended all operations.
- Bear Creek Mountain Resort is temporarily closed and expects to resume resort operations in April.
- The Easton Farmers' Market / Winter Market will be on a temporary hiatus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Discover Lehigh Valley have a message to visitors?
Our team is working diligently to keep up-to-date on the latest news surrounding COVID-19. Visitors to Lehigh Valley — or any destination — are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information. At this time, there are no restrictions on travel anywhere within the United States. We will continue to follow guidelines from regional public health officials and elected officials, as well as with national travel associations, and will actively communicate with our community if the situation changes.
I have a questions about an event that isn't on this list. Who should I contact?
While we've tried to make this page as inclusive as possible, there are bound to be some things that have slipped through the cracks. If you're unsure about the status of an event or business, we always recommend giving them a call to learn the most up-to-date details. If you know of something that we're missing from our list, please do let us know.
Are there additional resources for tourism industry partners including hotels, restaurants, and attractions?
Yes. We've compiled a page that will house resources from industry leaders including Destinations International, the U.S. Travel Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association, and more, along with the State of Pennsylvania, the CDC, and others. We'll continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
Will Lehigh Valley's economy be affected by this outbreak?
Discover Lehigh Valley is closely monitoring the situation as it continues to develop. While some group cancellations have been reported here in the Valley, Discover Lehigh Valley (DLV) has not been advised of extensive transient or business cancellations or alarming drop-offs in general visitation volume. It is worth sharing though that reports from local corporations do seem to support a hold on non-critical travel for employees. If you are feeling the negative effect of the virus on any business level, please contact Alex Michaels so we can help as best as possible.
I have additional questions. Who can I contact?
Please feel free to contact Kaitie Burger, Content & Communications Manager.
Previous Event Postponements & Cancellations
- At the State Theatre Center for the Arts, the following events have been cancelled or postponed:
- The Fab Faux, scheduled for March 14, 2020, has been postponed.
- At the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, youth programs have been for cancelled March 12 and March 13 and will be re-evaluated by Monday, April 16.
- The Allentown St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl (March 14, 2020) has been cancelled.
- At the Miller Symphony Hall, the following events will be cancelled:
- Saturday, March 14, 2020: The Met: Live in HD presentation of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
- Thursday, March 19: Third Thursday performance in The Lyric Room
- Friday, March 20: Jazz Upstairs featuring Erich Cawalla Quartet
- Saturday, March 21: Allentown School District Foundation High Notes 2020 Gala
- Sunday, March 22: The Met: Live in HD Series featuring Handel’s Agrippina
- Wednesday, March 25: Laughs at The Lyric
- Sunday, March 29: Young Musician String Festival Concert
- The Super Gigantic Garage Sale originally scheduled for March 14-15, 2020 at Agri~Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds has bene postponed to May 30-31, 2020.
- The Discover Lehigh Valley Regional Spelling Bee, originally scheduled for March 18, 2020, has been cancelled.
- At the PPL Center, a performance by Adam Sandler originally scheduled for March 18, 2020, has been postponed.
- The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation's Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for for March 19, 2020, has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.
- The Lehigh Valley Auto Show, originally scheduled for March 19-22, 2020, has been postponed. An alternate date has not been announced.
- Fegley's Brew Works Cask Beer Festival, originally scheduled for March 21, 2020, has been postponed to May 2, 2020. All tickets that have been purchased are automatically updated with the new date.
- The Allentown St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 22, 2020) has been cancelled.
- The March edition of Easton Out Loud, scheduled for March 27, 2020, has been cancelled.
- The NCAA DI Men's Ice Hockey Allentown Regional, originally scheduled for March 28-29, 2020 at the PPL Center, has been canceled.
- The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has cancelled the Spring Concert, scheduled for March 29, 2020.