lehigh valley events

13 Ways to Be Your Best Self (And a Drunk Pirate!) This Weekend

We love this time of year. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and you can dress however the hell you want and just call it a Halloween costume (...I say to myself on my third consecutive day wearing yoga pants). Plus, foliage! Cider! Pumpkins! This weekend’s activities present an opportunity for embracing the great outdoors, getting active and crafty, and drinking adult beverages while dressed up as a pirate. The kind of balance we should all strive for, really. Enjoy!

GOAT YOGA! Plus 8 Other Ways To Have An Awesome Weekend (9/7 - 9/9)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Need some last-minute weekend plans? We've got you covered. Whether you're the artsy type, a beer or wine enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or just straight-up obsessed with goats, there's something here for you. (Hint: There are four opportunities to do goat yoga, so you better freakin' read this!)

Friday

First Friday at the Banana Factory (6-9pm/ Free)
On the first Friday of every month, South Bethlehem comes alive for a community celebration. And The Banana Factory Arts Center has a particularly awesome lineup of events for adults and kids, including: hot glass demos, a free mini leather bound journal workshop, jewelry demo, kids' scavenger hunt, and more. 

Night Time Zip and Climb at Blue Mountain (7:15-9:15pm/ $25)
Awesome date night opportunity! The first and third Friday of every month (through October), you can climb, zip, and swing your way through the Summit Aerial Park High Ropes Course at Blue Mountain, while experiencing the trippy glow of laser lights.  

Saturday

Goat Yoga at Hellerick's Family Farm (8am AND 9:30 am/ $30)
We have been waiting for goat yoga for TOO LONG! Just a short drive away to Doylestown, you can experience the fun of goat yoga on a Historic Bucks county farm. Certified Yoga Instructors will guide you through the class amidst the goats (and chickens!). [Note: Two classes are available today and two on Sunday.]

Brew at the Zoo (1 - 4 p.m./ $35)
Cute animals and booze? Yes please. Brew at the Zoo Country Beer Festival features 40 craft beers for sampling, live music by Tim Harakal, lawn games, plus plenty of time to check out your favorite animals, including giraffes Murphy and Tatu, and Bean the sloth! Get your tickets at: lvzoo.org/event/brew-at-the-zoo

Ramen Night at Cafe Frais (6-9pm/ $12-$15 per bowl)
Don't know about you, but we sure can't get enough ramen. So if you find yourself in Allentown's West End Saturday night, be sure to stop by. Bonus: Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available! 

Sunday

More Goat Yoga! (8am AND 9:30am/ $30)
In case you missed it on Saturday, there are two more opportunities to do yoga with your fave farm animal today! 

Bikes ’N Brunch in Hellertown (11am -8pm, last bike rental leaves at 4pm/ $35)
1774 Grille & Tap is teaming up with Saucon Valley Bikes to provide you with a picnic lunch and a trail-ready bicycle for $35. Enjoy a 4-hour excursion on on the scenic Saucon Valley Rail Trail, along with a delicious assortment of croissant or baguette sandwiches, wraps, and dessert.

Harvest Weekend on the LV Wine Trail (12-5pm)
The grape harvest is bumpin' this time of year, and the folks at Clover Hill Winery in Breinigsville want to celebrate that with you. Join them this Saturday and Sunday as they team up with The Nesting Box to bring you wine, along with locally produced foods such as cheese, baked goods, and some of the most delicious cage-free eggs you've ever tasted. 

8 Ways To Embrace Your Outdoorsy Side This Weekend

 

Friday

Last Weekend for the Kutztown Folk Festival ($14 adults, free for kids under 12)
Don’t miss the last weekend of the Kutztown Folk Festival, which runs through July 8. While new attractions are featured each year, essential elements of artisan crafts, music, folk-life demonstrations, family-friendly activities, and food aplenty—all delivered with an authentic Dutch accent—remain firmly intact. 

First Friday Southside Bethlehem (6-9pm/ various locations)
Don't have any plans tonight? Now you do! As the kids say, this is event is LIT (wait, do they still say that?). Head over to Bethlehem’s Southside Arts District and choose from literally dozens of awesome events and performances to check out. We’re pretty excited about the free wine, beer, nibbles, and live music at Domaci Home. 

Saturday

Streamside Walk and Talk (10am/ Free, but registration requested)
Nature's good for the body and soul. So put on those walking shoes for Nurture Nature Center's series along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. Learn about what lives in and along the Bushkill Creek and what makes this stream so special. Meet at 13th Street entrance of Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

Paint Your Pet at Black River Farms (11am - 2pm/ $35)
You haven't REALLY proven your love to your dog until you've painted his portrait. Simply bring along a photo (on your phone is fine), and you’ll be guided through the step by step process. Don't worry, additional creative inspiration provided by the glass of wine you’ll be sipping as you paint. Purchase tickets here.

Terrarium Workshop at Weyerbacher (12:30-2:30pm/ $45)
Terrarium workshop, beer, and and a food truck. Yes please! This lovely little workshop includes a complementary 12-oz brew of your choice, instruction, 3 healthy succulents, moss, soil, stone, decorative wood, and everything you need to make your own mini ecosystem. Bonus: Couchpota-doh food truck will be there serving delicious bites (EMPANADAS!). Sign up here

Sunday

Sunday Morning Kayak Trip at Lake Nockamixon (8:30am-12pm)
Lake Nockamixon provides a beautiful place to spend a morning paddling. This largest body of water in Bucks County is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and home to a wide variety of water-loving animals. Natural Lands staff member Tim Burris, preserve manager of Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary, will guide the trip and highlight interesting finds along the way. *If this sells out, keep in mind that you can still rent kayaks and paddle boards at Lake Nockamixon to go on an adventure of your own!

Easton Heritage Day (All day/ free)
Heritage Day is a free, full-day family festival that showcases local history, offers activities for kids and live music performances, and concludes with an amazing fireworks display over the Forks of the Delaware. It celebrates Easton’s historic significance in the founding of the United States. At noon on July 8, 1776, Easton was one of three places where the Declaration of Independence had its first public reading. For a full list of events, visit heritageday.org.

Go Canoeing, Paddling, or Biking! (11:30am - 4:30pm/ prices vary)
Want to get on the water? You can cruise down the Lehigh Canal in a paddleboat for only $12 per hour, or a canoe for just $10 per hour. Land activities more your speed? Then rent a bike and pedal down the canal path for $15 per hour. Life jackets and helmets are provided. (Rentals available Wednesday - Sunday at the National Canal Museum)

*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!
 

 

8 Ways to Think Spring This Week in the Lehigh Valley (3/27-4/1)

8 Ways to Think Spring This Week in the Lehigh Valley (3/27-4/1)

If John Lennon was right when he said A dream you dream together is reality, then can we all get together and just dream of spring already?! This week's events should help get you in the spirit. Here's hoping the weather follows our lead...

15 ways to stay cozy (or get moving) in the Lehigh Valley This Week (1/22 - 1/28)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

MONDAY

SouthSide Bethlehem Restaurant Week
Just when you thought you were done touring Easton and Saucon Valley’s restaurant specials, now the SouthSide of Bethlehem has its chance! Enjoy discounted lunch and dinner selections all along SouthSide this week (through Jan 27). One of our fave offerings: Lit’s 2 macarons and drip coffee for just $5! Click the link for menus and hours.

Adult Winter Reading Program (9am - 9pm / Free)
Sign up at the Allentown Public Library to spend the winter reading (twist our arms, right??) and you could win a Chromebook among other fantastic prizes. Attend a library session, sign up, log your page-turners, and win prizes. Runs through March 3rd!

Bethlehem Food Co-op Mixer with The Yoga Loft (5:30pm - 7:30pm / Free)
Join the BFC for a fun evening of socializing, eating, drinking, and yoga-ing with community members at The Yoga Loft in Southside Bethlehem. Free yoga demos, drink samples from Social Still, soups/smoothies from Playa Bowls, and if you’re one of the first to join the Co-op, you get $35 in yoga bucks to use at the Yoga Loft!

TUESDAY

Taco Tuesday at Social Still (4pm - 10pm)
Not much is better than a $5 taco plate and a $5 local craft beer to keep your week going. Even if beer isn’t your jam, grab some tacos and enjoy one of Social Still’s insanely well crafted cocktails on the side instead!

WEDNESDAY

Beer Run Club at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 8pm / Free)
Come warm up and run a 5K through historic Bethlehem before you enjoy a fresh craft beer from BBW’s selection. Bonus: Stay for Steel Trap Trivia at the Steelgaarden that starts at 9pm!

Belly Dance Returns (7:45pm - 8:45pm / Prices vary)
Want to get your belly dance game to another level? Check out this mixed level class offered at Easton Yoga that covers essential moves and some short combos and foot patterns.

THURSDAY

Pints & Pics (6pm - 9pm / Free)
Presented by Dan’s Camera City at Hijinx Brewery in Allentown, grab a beer and chat to your photographer heart’s content about photo gear. Lighting and a model will be set up so bring your own gear and chat with other local photogs about the best LV locations and more. Register for free here.

Valley Community Orchestra Concert (7pm / Free)
Enjoy the sounds of this community group formed to keep music skills intact for those who may not have the chance to perform professionally.

FRIDAY

LV Pet Expo (4pm - 9pm / $4-11)
The biggest celebration of pets of all kinds in the LV is back at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Starting today and running through the weekend, head into Ag Hall (with your pet!) to check out local vendors, performing pups, alpacas, and so much more. Grab tickets online to save money (so you can buy more treats at the show, of course).

SATURDAY

ArtsQuest Annual Souper Bowl IX (12pm - 3pm / $35)
Football fans, step aside. It’s soup time! Grab your tickets and head to the SteelStacks for the Ninth Annual Souper Bowl benefitting the Arts Education Fund. Enjoy 19 (!) locally concocted stews, chowders, and gumbos while playing the raffle and listening to live music. VIPs are sold out, but general admission is still available and ArtsQuest members get a discount!

Moravian Apothecary Tour (1pm - 2pm / $15)
Calling all history buffs! Head to the Moravian Museum for this walking tour around historic Bethlehem to learn how the Moravians treat ailments & what types of medical practices were established in early Bethlehem. Explore the Apothecary that ran from 1743 - 1952 and represents what is left of the oldest continually operated drug store in the United States.

SUNDAY

Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week Begins
'Tis the season to check out some of the best food the Valley has to offer! This week, it’s downtown Bethlehem’s chance. Through Feb 3, find special prices for lunch and dinner at some of your favorite Main & Broad Street eateries. Check the link for menus!

Opening Day of “Women of Vision” (12pm - 4pm / Free)
On Sundays when admission to the Allentown Art Museum is free, it’s the perfect day to see the newest exhibit “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” featuring 100 images from female photojournalists telling their story through images taken on assignments all around the globe. Opening Day features workshops and special presentations centered around the new exhibit, but if you’ve got Sunday plans, the exhibition runs through April 8.

Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club at Moravian Book Shop (3:30pm - 4:30pm / Free)
Can’t get enough of sci-fi reads and need a friendly group to discuss and geek out with? Look no further than the monthly meeting of the Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club! Call to find out what the monthly pick is, get your read on, and then meet up to chat about it. Free and open to all!

Dessert Class at Seasons, Bethlehem (5:30pm - 7:30pm / $25)
Just in time for celebrating love in February, learn how to make expert-level tiramisu, truffles, and ice cream in this hands-on cooking class. Free glass of wine and 10% Seasons’ delicious oils and vinegars, too!

*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!

Photo by Alfons Morales on Unsplash.

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

Yoga, meditation, anxiety workshops—oh my! If this week doesn't help you destress, detoxify, and get on with a blissful 2018, I don't know what will. Take advantage of the many ways to learn something NEW this week—including treating yourself a new restaurant during one of the four (!) restaurant weeks. Enjoy!

9 Ways to Say "See Ya!" to 2017 This Week in the Lehigh Valley (12/25-12/31)

9 Ways to Say "See Ya!" to 2017 This Week in the Lehigh Valley (12/25-12/31)

Oh 2017—you were a strange, strange beast. No matter how you feel about the year we've had, one thing remains true for all of us: it was a fantastic year to live in the Lehigh Valley. We hope these event roundups helped you fall in love with the LV over and over each week. Find more fun with the final events roundup of the year! Happy New Year to all!

9 Festive AF Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (12/18 - 12/24)

We know, we know: It’s the week before Christmas and you’re probably crazy busy buying last minute gifts, wrapping them, and trying not to freak out about how you have no idea what to get your boyfriend’s dad. (Or is that just me?? Also, suggestions welcome.) But if you do happen to find yourself with some downtime, we highly recommend spending it doing one of the following kick-ass Lehigh Valley activities.