BY SIOBHAN DEREMER
It's officially the start of warmer weather and long weekends! Who is ready for some sun, breeze, and later sunsets?? I know I am. When I'm stuck inside at my desk all day, I'm dreaming of outdoor festivals, concerts, and hikes to come. Here's our list of great Memorial Day week events (most outdoor, some indoor - you never know what the weather will bring!) to keep the momentum from your #MDW going into the first week of June.
Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your picnics, cookouts, or just plain old sit at home relaxing day. If you need some inspiration for the day, check out…
The Great PA Music and Arts Celebration (10am - 7pm / Free)
Come celebrate on the last day of this festival of local arts and music including artisans’ market, polka music, and sing-along opportunities. Dive into some local PA Dutch delicacies and tons of activities for kids and adults alike.
Military Days at Dorney Park (10am - 10pm / Free for military; other ticket prices vary)
All Memorial Day weekend, active and retired military members can get into Dorney Park for free and have access to discounted tickets for their family members. If you’ve been wanting to check out the rides at Dorney, let them thank you or your family member for their service with free admission.
Pioneer Band Celebrates 150th Memorial Day (7pm - 9:30pm / Free)
If you’re still craving a little more flag action after your cookout’s over (and you’ve escaped a food coma), listen to the tunes of the Pioneer Band in West Park in Allentown. Grab a bag chair and head down for some patriotic music to end your holiday.
Lively Lunches in the Park (12pm - 1pm / Free)
Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, the Arts Park in downtown Allentown comes alive with live music. It’s a perfect way to get outside if you work downtown or get yourself outside if you need a lunch break.
Yoga & Creative Arts Night (5pm - 9pm / Free)
After your nights of brats, pasta salad, and beers, let your yoga flow come out at Emmaus’ Wellness Center at Jasper Mountain. It’d be a great night to start a yoga practice (or continue one) and bring a dish to share with others or enjoy what’s available. Donations are gratefully accepted but not required and if you aren’t fond of yoga, an art table will be set up so you can see where your creativity takes you.
Yoga 101 for 55+ and Better (9:30am - 11am / $55 for 5-week series)
Improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility with this 5-week series from Easton Yoga especially designed for bodies over 55 at any fitness level. Bring your own mat—all props needed will be provided.
Say Yes to Fresh at the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market (11am - 3pm / Free)
Each Thursday afternoon, Southside Bethlehem gathers local vendors with bread, local produce, kombucha, skincare products, and yes, vegan cheeses. Live music is on from 12pm - 2pm and the market even features the Lehigh University Mending Project which will fix your sewing needs while you shop!
Cigar Factory Artist Studios Open House (6pm - 10pm / Free)
The artists that reside in the Cigar Factory on 4th Street in Allentown will be showing what they do best on Thursday night to give you a taste of the local art scene. Vendors and artists from the over 50 studios and workspaces in the building will be on display.
Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series (5pm - 2am / Free)
Tour around South Bethlehem for drinks and music with a lineup that will start your weekend on the right note. Hit up the Banana Factory, Domaci, and more with live music at each venue (and dancing too, of course). Check out the details and event lineup here.
Where Does Your Food Come From? (7:30pm - 9:30pm / Free)
It may not be outdoors, but this collab between the Nature Nurture Center in downtown Easton and Lafayette College brings together all food nerds alike. 13 historian writers will speak about food history, including that of bread, sugar, beer, and more. Learn more about why we have what’s available to us and what modern food is all about.
First Market of the Season (9am - 1pm / Free)
‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and this weekend is the opening of the Bethlehem Rose Gardens market and it’s sure to be a good one. Featuring some of our faves from Lehigh Valley Kombucha, Colony Meadery, Willow Haven Farm, and more.
Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley (10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday / Free)
This free family outdoor festival in its fourth year offers you your first shot at a mud run, hands-on activities like archery and birding, and our personal favorite, the DockDogs leaping dog show! If you’re already out for this festival on Saturday, then you should check out...
Taste of the Wild at Steel Stacks (2pm - 4pm / $38–40)
In the spirit of Pennsylvania, come try some game- and fish-inspired food (think pulled duck tacos and wild boar bacon) paired with Eight Oaks spirits while you check out a hawk or pet a reptile from the Wildlands Conservancy.
Hike & Beer at Jacobsburg Park (11am - 2pm / Free)
Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out are headed to Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth to hike for about an hour, enjoy the fresh air, and then enjoy a fresh pint at Birthright Brewing. If you can’t make it to the hike but want to chat brewing and beer with some of the savviest ladies around, meet them at Birthright around 12:30pm.
Barre3 in the Vineyard (9am - 10am / Free)
We’ve been touting the workout and tribe that is barre3 on here since we started Live Well and if you’ve been intrigued to check them out, it’s the perfect weekend! On the first Sunday of June, July, and August, the beautiful ladies of barre3 Lehigh Valley will guide you through a workout and then join you at BlendLife food truck for a smoothie (or even a wine slushie or mimosa) at Vynecrest in Breinigsville.
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