autumn

13 Ways to Pumpkin Spice Up Your Weekend (10/12 - 10/14)

BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It seems like the humidity and last remnants of summer may be burning off this weekend so we can finally break out the sweaters, cozy blankets, and finally turn off those ACs! With last week’s roundup, we let you know that fall is in full swing in the Lehigh Valley and there are even more chances for you to enjoy it this weekend. Even haters of all things pumpkin spice (I think I saw PS dog treats the other day) will have something to smile about!

FRIDAY

Jack-O-Lantern Lane at Da Vinci Science Center (10am - 5pm; through Sunday | Admission costs vary)
Looking for a kid-friendly science-filled Halloween experience? The experts at Da Vinci have you covered. There’s no scares but plenty of fun when checking out Frankenstein’s Lab and making fun monster masks. On weekends, check out the It’s Alive live science demo, too! The exhibit’s included with general admission.

Beauty Boosting Happy Hour (5pm - 7pm | $25)
If your beauty regimen is feeling like you need a reboot after summer, Blink27 salon is looking to save you! $25 saves your spot for a deep conditioning treatment, blowout, and amazing collagen concoctions from Crave in Bethlehem. Get your routine back in shape and celebrate Friday night all at once.

Hocus Pocus Movie Night at Promenade (5:30 - 9pm | Free)
Don your favorite Sanderson sister outfit and get out to the Promenade Shops for a free outdoor showing of a Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus. And in addition to the movie, there’s free popcorn, Peeps, glitter tattoos, coloring contests, raffles, and more. Bring your own chairs and blankets and let fall put a spell on you!

Gentle Is the New Advanced Yoga (6 - 9pm | $60)
The Yoga Loft is bringing in J. Brown to take you back to the roots of yoga. Forget trendy Bikram, bendy, aerial yoga and get back to the breathing and relaxing basics. This class will take you through a more traditional and therapeutic approach to yoga that’s sure to ground your practice. Reserve your spot here.

SATURDAY

PBS 114 Coffee Ride (7:30 - 11:30am | Free)
Performance Bicycle Allentown plans to ride from their shop off Airport Road to Johnny’s Bagel in downtown Bethlehem and back (after breakfast and coffee, of course) each Saturday through November 3. Get the best of fall along the D&L trail with about a 19 mile ride for all levels.

2nd Annual Winged Warriors 5K (7 - 9am | $25)
Listen, it’s the season for 5Ks. And while we absolutely support getting outside and running/walking for amazing charities (I walk for Alzheimer’s in honor of my Dad each year!), you never really see them on an airport runway. All proceeds support Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley and run/walk while jets land around you! Sign up here.

Ottertoberfest at the LV Zoo (10am - 4pm | Admission costs vary)
It’s the season for beer and pretzels and now LV Zoo is getting into the mix with their adorable otters. Twenty local gourmet food and craft vendors are headed to the LV Zoo on Saturday for German and PA fun complete with pumpkin patch, activities and crafts for kids, and live music.

Saucon Harvest Festival (12 - 7pm | Free; Food, Beer, and Wine Trail $20)
Head to Dimmick Park for family-friendly activities and a pretty legendary sounding food, wine, and beer trail that includes food from a dozen local restaurants paired with Lost Tavern beer and wine from South Italy Imports. This 3rd annual festival support Saucon Valley Youth Sports Programs with live music from our faves Craig Thatcher and Tim Harakal.

Live Music at Eight Oaks Distillery (3 - 6pm | Free)
Each Saturday evening, Eight Oaks is bringing some of the best from the local music scene out to their scenic New Tripoli tasting barn. Enjoy the fall weather with their indoor/outdoor setup, handcrafted cocktails, and some of the best country views in the area.

SUNDAY

Run & Boat with Aardvark Sports Shop (8 - 11am | $20)
This is an event that pairs outdoors with fitness in a perfect way, especially for fall. Run 4.5 miles from Aardvark to Canal Park in Allentown and then head down river in canoes led by a guide. Focus on the local ecosystem and get your morning workout in! Grab your spot here.

Yoga at the Gallows (11am - 12pm | $25)
This 21+ yoga class for all levels ends with one of the best caps to yoga: a craft cocktail. Enjoy the best spirits from newcomer to the local distillery scene, Gallows Hill Spirits Co. Bring your own mat, water bottle, and thirst for craft drinks. Get a spot here.

Fall Family Fun at Klein Farms (12 - 4pm | Free)
What would a fall roundup be without a local farm weekend event? Like many of the local farms, Klein Farms in Easton is celebrating each weekend in October with free hayrides, pumpkins, farm tours, corn maze, and their usual delicious produce (milk, ice cream, veggies, cheeses, and more). Head out Saturday or Sunday for some fall fun.

Boot Breast Cancer with Bethlehem Steel FC (3 - 6pm | $12)
If you love a good soccer game and want to benefit breast cancer as well, this Sunday’s match at Lehigh University will have multiple options to give back. Wear pink and half of your ticket price will go to the Cancer Support Community (all proceeds that day go to the same place). Keep an eye out for other chances to raise awareness and enjoy local sports at the same time. Grab tickets here.

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14 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (9/25 – 10/1)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

Happy Fall, Lehigh Valley! We hope your weekend was amazing at Hardball Cider, Barre3 in the Park, and experiencing some SUP Yoga or one of the other super fun events we mentioned last week. In addition to this week's events, if you're just looking to get outside with family and friends and enjoy the cooler weather, check out our post about the best walking/running trails in the LV right here.

Now that it's officially fall (the weather will catch up eventually, right??), the Valley is exploding with awesome outdoor events to get you ready for falling leaves and cooler temps. Here are some to try this week:

MONDAY

Happy Hour Yoga at Triple Sun Spirits (6 pm - 8 pm/ Cost: $15)

One of our favorite local distilleries is offering a great deal of a 1-hour yoga session complete with yoga mat/block rental and access to their amazing cocktail list to celebrate after you've stretched yourself out. The dates for the Groupon are Monday, 9/25 and another opportunity is Monday 10/23 as well. Sign up here

In-House Pet Chiropractic Services at The Dining Dog (3pm – 6pm / Cost: $45)

Does your pup have chronic hip or back pain issues? Then this is the spot for you. Every Monday, the Dining Dog & Friends pairs up with All Points Equine LLC to bring chiropractic services out of the vet's office. While you're there, be sure to check out their great selection of food, treats, and specialty items! More info here.

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: Harnessed to Hope, which is a rescue organization for northern breed dogs).  And of course, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

Jack-O-Lantern Lane at the Da Vinci Science Center (various times; check museum hours)

Spanning until November 5, check out the lights and spooky faces in this walk-through Halloween exhibit for all ages. Come see the 50+ sculpted pumpkins and learn about energy use in the process. For more info and to check museum hours, check things out here.

WEDNESDAY

$5 Yoga Flow Wednesdays at West End Yoga (6pm - 7pm/ Cost: $5)

This is the last week to stop in at West End Yoga for their $5 Yoga Flow taught by recent yoga graduate instructors. This level 2 class teaches some new sequences and might be just what you need to get back into your practice. No need to preregister, but find more info here.

Make a Fall Container Workshop at Palmer Nursery (6pm - 7pm/ Cost: $20)

If crafts are the sign that fall is here for you, look no further than Palmer Nursery in Easton. Bring a bit of the autumn season to your home. More info and registration info here.

THURSDAY

Fall Sangria Releases at Sleepy Cat Urban Winery (various times / Cost: Free)

'Tis the season for pumpkin and spices and Sleepy Cat Urban Winery is ready to release their newest fall flavors. The little winery in the middle of the city is just steps away from the 19th Street Theater District so stop by after a show at the Civic Theatre or before dinner downtown! More info here.   

Pub Run with ASICS at Emmaus Run Inn (6pm – 9pm / Cost: Free)

The well-known running resource shop in Emmaus has teamed up with Funk Brewing Company and ASICS to create a pub crawl/run around town, complete with a growler! Special fills along the way and a chance to test out ASICS gear. RSVP and more info here.

FRIDAY

Allentown ArtsFest (runs daily until October 1 / Cost: Free)

Perhaps one of the biggest arts festivals in the Lehigh Valley, Cedar Beach in Allentown comes alive this weekend with local music, artist exhibits, vendors, kids activities (including a skate park), local food and beer, and even more. Come support local art and see what the LV art scene has to offer. More info here

SATURDAY

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Mysore at Lehigh Valley Yoga (11am - 1 pm/ Cost: $25)

Lehigh Valley Yoga is the Valley's only studio with Traditional Ashtanga classes. This 2-hour workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the Ashtanga (Mysore) practice with all materials included. You will also get access to an exclusive $30 unlimited pass to keep your practice going. Sign up here

Pumpkin and Produce Picking Around the Valley

The season is just right for pumpkins, apples, corn mazes, kids' outdoor fun, and even more at the Lehigh Valley's various farms. Check out our post here for more info on farms and be sure to check out their sites and hours before visiting.

SUNDAY

Guided Horseback Rides Through Jacobsburg State Park (12pm – 5pm / Cost: $50 per rider)

Throughout October and November, Quarter K Ranch offers 1-hour rides through scenic Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth. See how fall has changed the streams, woods, and fields with just 2-6 other riders on this nature-filled short retreat. More info here

Yoga at Allentown Arts Park (12pm – 4pm / Cost: Free)

As part of the Allentown Art Museum's Fall Festival, test your yoga skills with the teachers from Easton Yoga with kids yoga at the Arts Park until 2:30pm and then yoga is open for all ages until 4pm. Be sure to visit the Allentown Art Museum as well for new exhibits, including the International Children's Film Festival. More info here

Hops 4 Hope at Lost Tavern Brewing (10am – 8pm / Cost: $10)

Come enjoy the second annual music and beer festival with food, great beer, and games all to benefit Penn's State's THON efforts against pediatric cancer (100% of profits will go toward charity). More info here.

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