It finally feels like fall in the Lehigh Valley, and that calls for good food, proper Fests, and warm comfort. This week is bringing you all of that, plus three (!) race opportunities on Sunday. We're totally going to need at least one of those after all this Halloween candy! Cheers to another week full of ways to live well.
By Stephanie Eckelkamp
You know the drill by now! Here's our curated list of awesome events in the LV this week. We've got everything from boozy yoga and nature hikes to volunteer projects and FREE bacon happy hours (yassss). Enjoy!
Nothing crazy going on today. So chill out and meditate, read a book, or do something else that makes you happy.
LV Style Insider Happy Hour (5:30pm - 7:30pm/ Free)
Mix and mingle with LV locals and nosh on some free h’ourdourves at Centro. Great event for anyone who’s been meaning to network more (because it usually kind of sucks, amiright?). Bonus: You might get your pic taken by Lehigh Valley Style! More info here.
Starry Night at Paint and Party (6:30pm - 8:30pm/ $30)
Tonight, the pros at Paint and Party in Allentown will walk you through creating your very own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. No experience necessary. Just grab your gal (or guy) pals and a bottle of vino and get ready to embrace your creative side. Sign up here.
Free Bacon Happy Hour at Two Rivers (4pm - 7pm/ Free)
Here at LWLV, we’re firm believers that bacon can be part of a healthy diet (we just balance it out with lots of Brussels sprouts and kale and kombucha). So, we’re pretty pumped that every Wednesday Two Rivers offers $1 off all drafts, ½ price bar appetizers, and FREE motherlovin’ bacon. More info here.
Monocacy Park Stream Restoration Progress & Planting (4pm - 5pm/ Free)
Itching to be of service? Join Wildlands Conservancy in Monocacy Park for an afternoon of planting wildflower plugs and learning more about the native plantings scheduled for next spring. Register here.
Harnessing The Power Of The New Moon (6:30pm - 7:30pm/ $15)
Need to harness some good vibes? Join Jamie Hamod, energy intuitive and guide, at The Loving Piece in Easton for a night of learning how to use the power of the New Moon to set intentions and manifest goals. Don’t knock it til you try it. More info here.
Fall Fest at Palmer Nursery (3pm - 9pm Fri, 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun/ Free)
Grab the fam and head out to Easton for Palmer Nursery’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest featuring live music, food vendors, games, and contests. Feed their resident goats, rabbits, and fish while you’re there. We freakin’ love goats. More info here.
Steel Fitness Premier Fit Fest Open House (7am - 5pm/ Free)
Get a free workout in for a good cause this Saturday! Steel Fitness in Allentown will be holding its first open house allowing non-members to workout, sample classes, and take a swim in their pools or dip in the hot tub. The gym will also be hosting the Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley Run-a-Thon to help more LV girls have access to this after school program that emphasizes health and fitness. More info here.
Dinner with Friends Wild Fox Farm at House and Barn (7pm / $65 with drinks, $50 without)
Want to get your hands on some local farm-to-table fare? One of our fave local restaurants, House & Barn, will be serving up Wild Fox Farm goodness alongside some amazing drink pairings for a night that’s sure to be absolutely delicious. More info here.
Stroll Along Bushkill with Get Out Lehigh Valley (10am - 12pm/ Free)
We love a good nature walk. Join Get Out Lehigh Valley for a 2.5 mile walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail from 13th Street and the old Simon Silk Mill to 3rd Street at the base of Lafayette College in Easton. More info here.
Poses for Puerto Rico at Lehigh Valley Yoga (1pm + 2:30pm/ Cost: $20 donation)
This Saturday, you have two opportunities to join Lehigh Valley yoga for a calming yoga and meditation class that benefits hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. More info here.
Pints and Poses at Weyerbacher (10am - 11am/ $20)
Grab a mat and join guest instructor Amber Campbell in front of the brewhouse for a yoga flow followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here.
Emmaus Night Out at Yergey and Triple Sun (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
Hey Emmaus locals! Come out and meet your neighbors at Yergey Brewing and Triple Sun, sip on beer and cocktail specials, and nosh on some awesome food from Licensed to Grill. Bonus: There will be Oktoberfest-themed specials, like wild boar sausage, 1/2 lb beef Franken-"footer" (nope, we have no idea what that is), sautéed cabbage and noodles, and more. More info here.
BY STEPHANIE ECKELKAMP
Happy Monday, Lehigh Valley! We hope you had an amazing weekend chock-full of awesomeness and had time to stop by the West End World of Food Festival, a Barre3 community class, the organic apple festival, or one of the other kick-ass happenings we highlighted in last week's post.
But if not, no worries! We've curated another killer lineup of just-as-awesome, wellness-oriented events this week that you don't want to miss. Enjoy:
SUP Yoga at Spruce Run Reservoir with Miss Melanie Yoga (6:30 pm - 8 pm/ Cost: $40)
Summer's coming to a close, so there are only a handful of options left to get out on the water with Miss Melanie Yoga and try out stand up paddle board yoga. No experience or board necessary! What better way to spice up an otherwise mundane Monday? Sign up here.
Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
Animal lovers, you can now justify tipping back a few on a Tuesday! Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: Powell House, which provides hospice/long-term care for aging or sickly dogs). And yes, there will be pups in attendance. More info here.
Painting at Wild Fox Farm (7pm - 9 pm/ Cost: $18)
Everyone needs a creative release to feel their happiest. And we've got just the thing: Wild Fox Farm has partnered with Paintsome Pottery for a mason jar painting night so you can create some cute seasonal decor on the cheap. Price includes all your supplies. Sign up here.
This is the first night of a weekly open mic offered in Hardball's awesome spot on Main Street in Bethlehem. Come try their ciders, new food, enjoy some local talent, and maybe even get yourself on stage and perform a bit. More info here.
Massage Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6 pm – 8 pm/ Cost: Free)
Not to play favorites, but we're really, really excited about this. I mean, what could be better than sipping on a cocktail made from locally distilled spirits and then getting a free chair massage? Might just be the official recipe for happiness. Bonus: YergFest 2017 is taking place the next door down, so you can hit up both events at once. More info here.
South Mountain Equinox Night Hike (7 pm – 8 pm/ Cost: $5)
What better way to close out a hectic week than with a gorgeous sunset hike through South Mountain Preserve to celebrate the equinox and changing of the seasons? At the very least, it's a way to burn some calories before you hit the bar. Because life's all about balance, right? Sign up here.
Sweat 'n Sip Happy Hour at ND Wheelhouse (6 pm – 7 pm/ Cost: $10)
Want something a little more invigorating to get your weekend started? How about a killer nightclub-inspired spin class (yes, we've taken one and there are indeed strobe lights) followed by some fabulous wine and healthy nibbles to recharge. And believe us, you will freakin' earn those nibbles. Reserve your spot here.
SUP Yoga at Spruce Run Reservoir with Miss Melanie Yoga (2:30 pm - 4 pm/ Cost: $40)
If you missed the Monday class, this is really one of your last chances to challenge your balance and step out of your comfort zone with SUP yoga. And if it's a hot day, you can "accidentally" fall in. Sign up here.
Barre3 in the Park (9am -10am/ Cost: Free)
Another free outdoor Barre3 community class? Yes, this is real life! Bonus: This one's located in the gorgeous Rose Garden at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, sunscreen, and a friend who wants to SWEAT. Arrive around 8:30 am to register. More info here.
Yoga on the Patio at CoreLife Eatery (9:30 am - 10:30 am)
Got the pre-Monday blues? Counter that shit with a calming outdoor yoga class led by a Steel Fitness Premier instructor followed by some nutritious eats. All registered participants will receive 50% off their meal at CoreLife Eatery after the class, a 7-day pass to Steel Fitness (score! we love this place), and be entered in the drawing for a basket of goodies. Register here.
*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!
by Stephanie Eckelkamp
Sure, we all love how we feel after a great workout, but sometimes getting our butts out of bed and into gym clothes requires a little extra motivation. And if that motivation includes a strong cocktail or some killer farm fresh food, then you bet your ass we’ll be squeezing into our most flattering yoga pants faster than you can say mimosa.
Lucky for all of us, local Lehigh Valley businesses have fully embraced trend of combining fitness classes (think: yoga, barre, crossfit) and a stiff drink, beer, or tasty nibbles. Squats and sangria, anyone? Burpees and beer? Pigeon and pinot grigio? I could go on...
Here, we’ve rounded up some awesome ways to detox and retox that are happening soon.
1) Sunday Morning Sweat: CrossFit at Weyerbacher
When: Sundays, June 25th, July 23rd, and August 20th, 10am
Where: Weyerbacher Brewery
Join South Mountain CrossFit instructors for a fun and interactive intro to CrossFit followed by a nice, cold 12 oz glass of the best recovery drink we can think of: beer! Haven’t mastered the art of the deadlift or the burpee? That’s fine. This event is perfectly suitable for CrossFit newbies. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
2) Barre3 in the Vineyard
When: Sundays, July 2nd and August 6th, 9am
Where: Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery
Grab your yoga mat and a friend and join Barre3 instructors for a complementary sweat session followed by delicious mimosas and food by BlendLife Food Truck. No need to register; just show up! Want more details? Click here for the July event and here for the August event.
3) Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits
When: Wednesday, July 12th, 6pm
Where: Triple Sun Spirits
Work got you feeling blah? Grab a fellow disgruntled coworker and bust through the mid-week blues with an invigorating yoga flow followed by a hand made Triple Sun Spirits cocktail. To purchase tickets, click here.
4) Farm Food Flow
When: Saturdays, July 15th and August 19th, 5-8pm
Where: Kreeky Tree Farm
Join yoga instructors Melanie Smith and Britt Tag for an outdoor vinyasa yoga class at Kreeky Tree Farm followed by a cooking demo and tasting with ingredients grown/raised on site by owners Allan Schanbacher and Chris Gangi. Bonus: You get to hang out with loads of cute farm animals while you’re there, including goats, donkeys, horses, chickens, and ducks. To enroll, email email@example.com or call 610-442-2719. Click here for more details.
5) Yoga + Brunch with Greenmouth Table and Easton Yoga
When: Sunday, July 16th, 8am
Where: Easton Public Market
Join Alicia Rambo Wozniak of Easton Yoga and Sarah Hinsch of Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for a healthy and delicious start to your Sunday. Alicia will guide a one-hour gentle morning flow to wake your body up and Sarah will prepare a nutritious breakfast to enjoy at the end of class. To register, click here.
6) Pints and Poses: Yoga at Weyerbacher Brewery
When: Sunday, July 16th, August 6th, 10am
Where: Weyerbacher Brewery
Grab a mat and join guest instructor Stephanie Riggs in front of the brewhouse for a fun, adventurous sequence linking basic and advanced yoga poses, followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here.
Got an event we should add? Holler at us below and we'll be sure to include it!