BY SIOBHAN DEREMER
The promise of spring brings warmer weather, greener scenery, and two major events this week: the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo! See what the Valley has to offer in the way of events to unlock your creativity, give you the excuse for donning a fabulous hat, and taste test some mint juleps in the meantime.
Bucks County Restaurant Week
Not far from our area is the green farm-filled Bucks County. They’re celebrating their first countywide restaurant week until May 5. If you find yourself (like I do on occasion) ready for a change from the regular Lehigh Valley restaurant scene, check out the list of Bucks County places and enjoy a fixed price meal. Branch out and get home with a Lyft discount—or stay at one of the gorgeous B&Bs the county has to offer.
Baby & Me Yoga (10:30am - 11:30am / $15)
If you’re itching to get out of the house after having a baby or getting back to a practice with your little one, this class offers ways to connect with your baby (ages 6 weeks to 2 years) through different poses. Register here and join others at the St. Luke’s Baby & Me Support Center in Bethlehem.
Torre Cinco de Cinco Days
Throughout this whole week and leading up to the big celebration on Saturday, Torre is offering Cinco specials on food and drinks to get you in the mood. Today it’s Taquito Tuesday with $2.50 single taquito and $6 Torre margs (some of our fave in the Valley for sure). Share your Cinco pics on IG and you could win a gift card. Happy Week of Cinco!
Live Jazz Tuesdays at Grain (5:30pm - 8:30pm / Free)
What could be better than a little early week live jazz in downtown Allentown? Grab dinner or a cocktail at Grain and stay for the smooth sounds of piano and percussion to start your week right and end the Monday blues.
Monk Jam Sessions at Lit Roastery & Bakeshop (6pm - 9pm / Free)
If Bethlehem is closer to your home but you still have a need for jazz, head to Lit for a jam session of the jazz icon Thelonious Monk’s music. Mike Lorenz & Friendz will be there to kick things off and then signups to jam start at 6pm. Enjoy a warm beverage and some of the best area jazz has to offer.
Children’s Book Week & Screen Free Week (4pm - 7pm / Free)
Celebrate the joy of reading with Let’s Play Books in Emmaus. Bring your favorite little one and enjoy daily events throughout the week with famous children’s book characters and screen-free activities. Tonight’s board game night, but check out the schedule for other options!
Allentown Hiking Club Presentation & Meeting (7:30pm - 9pm / Free)
If hiking is your jam and you’re either new to the area or in need of some hiking companions, join the Allentown Hiking Club. This is the time for their monthly meeting but also includes a presentation by one member on his trek of the Cascades in Washington state. Enjoy some stories and find a hiking buddy or two in the process.
Smoothies and Solutions (6pm - 7pm / Free)
Get yourself on the path to healthier solutions in nutrition and overall health at Comprehensive Chiropractic in Allentown. You can find more about what chiropractic services this practice has to offer and gain some smoothie recipes and helpful health advice while you’re there.
Yoga, Wine and Live Music at Artisan (6pm - 9pm / $30)
We’re getting into outdoor yoga season (thank goodness) and combining it with wine, tapas, and live music is pretty much the perfect late spring night to us. Sign up here in advance and enjoy the perfect weather we’re due for this week.
Tunes at Twilight (6pm - 8pm / Free)
This Thursday kicks off the free concert series at the Sun Inn Courtyard in Bethlehem. Bring a blanket, chairs, or just your dancing feet to enjoy local bands and food and refreshments from the Sun Inn. You can also have your fave Bethlehem food delivered to you right at the Courtyard. We are SO ready for outdoor concert season!
First Friday on SouthSide Bethlehem (6pm - 9pm / Free)
First Fridays on SouthSide always brings the energy and with the great weather we’re supposed to have this week, it’s bound to be a great start to spring and the month of May. Check out a ton of free events around 3rd and 4th streets and free craft events at the Banana Factory Arts Center.
Happy 1st Birthday to Tre Locally Sourced (5:30 - 9pm / Free)
Join the craft cocktail makers at Eight Oaks Distillers in New Tripoli in wishing the Tre Locally Sourced food truck family a happy 1st birthday! They’re offering a $1 menu for their delicious food from 6-7pm, which will pair perfectly with the selections from Eight Oaks! Happy Birthday!!
Monocacy Park Day at Illick’s Mill (10am - 3pm / Free)
Not that we need an excuse to enjoy the outdoors as warmer weather heads our way, but Monocacy Park will be alive on Saturday with nature walks, gardening talks, and family-friendly critter and outdoor activities. Find out more info here and learn about the beauty in your backyard.
Emmaus Film Fest (3pm - 6pm / $10-15)
Celebrate local women in cinema with a short-film screening at Emmaus Theater. There’ll be a free after party with a Cinco de Mayo theme at Yergey Brewing to highlight local filmmakers. Grab tickets here.
Cinco de Derby Crawl (4pm - 7pm / Free)
Hit up your favorite downtown Allentown establishments like the Hamilton, Grain, and Brew Works and cheer on your favorite steed in the Derby. Mint juleps and margaritas will be flowing so grab your best hat and join the party!
Downtown Bethlehem Derby Dash (4pm - 8pm / $5-15)
Grab your best Derby hat and head downtown for a mint julep–filled day! Many of the downtown Bethlehem bars will show you their best taken on the Derby minted staple. All proceeds benefit the Bethlehem Mounted Police—best way to feel like you’re at the Derby in the LV! Grab tickets here.
Folino Estate Farmers’ Market (11am - 3pm / Free)
First of the season, the farmers’ market at Folino Estate in Kutztown will feature local vendors selling a variety of fresh produce, fresh cut flowers, and artisans selling their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and home accents. Live music and wine too!
Mommy Dearest Mother’s Day Celebration at Domaci (12pm - 3pm / Free)
Kick off the week for you or your favorite Mom before the official day hits at Domaci’s celebration. Enjoy live music, giveaways, food, drinks, and plenty of gift inspiration! 10% of sales go to YMCA Bethlehem so get out there and treat your Mom to some of Domaci’s amazing housewares!
Literary Lemons at lululemon (6:30pm - 8pm / Free)
FINALLY, our requests for a great workout space, shopping area, AND book club meetup have been answered! Lululemon in Allentown is kicking off their first book club meeting with Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. Read up and have some friendly discussion—rumor is there will be wine, too!
Wine to the Rescue (4pm - 7pm / $60)
Hotel Bethlehem hosts an evening of wine, food, and charity. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Center for Animal Health and Welfare. Can’t be much easier than enjoying a libation that saves a cute pup or kitten in the area!
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