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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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11 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Self This Weekend (7/20 - 7/22)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

Sometimes we flow through our week running through the motions of our everyday schedules with no deviations. We sit at desks wishing we could return to that book, get more time for yoga, meet up with friends—or be the damn mermaids we know we are. Well, this weekend, it's time. Look inward and find what you've been itching to do. We've got a couple suggestions but let your heart (or that yogi inside) be your guide!

FRIDAY

Science Under the Stars 6pm - 10pm | $5
Dress up as your favorite sci-fi character and learn about how astronomy shapes our world and the other world in the solar system around us. Telescopes will be set up to check out the night sky and astronomy activities will be all set up—not to mention food from Stuffed to the Grills and BlendLife. Bring a blanket and enjoy the starry night.

Nighttime Zip and Climb at Blue Mountain 8:15pm - 10:15pm | $25
The high ropes course at Blue Mountain is amazing at any time of day but in the dark, you can unleash your inner aerialist accompanied by glow sticks and laser lights. Live music will be playing at the Slopeside Grill. Grab your good shoes and challenge yourself.

SATURDAY

Trek Shop Ride New Roads 8:30am - 12pm | Free
If you've had your road bike ready all summer, this might be the time to get out with a group and go. Meet at Trek in Allentown for a 30 - 40 mile ride and bring your helmet, bike, and snacks. No worries about flats—Trek will be on hand to fix them for you.

12th Annual Zucchini 500 9am - 11:30am | $6
The "Valley's hottest veggie race" is back at the Easton Farmer's Market this Saturday and for just $6 you can enter to win a prize with your zucchini racer. Carve away until 10:45am (you can also bring a pre-carved zucc) and then race at 11am. Don't forget to snap a pic—who would want to forget their zucchini car win??

Historic Bethlehem Blueberry Festival 10am - 7pm | $10-$25
This annual festival puts your favorite blue fruit on display along with crafts, pony rides, music, pet costume parades, and of course, a pie-eating contest. It's blueberry season so enjoy them infused into beer, wine, mead, ice cream, and more.

Mindfulness in Meditation at Steel Fitness 12pm-1pm | $10 per class
Steel Fitness Premier is opening its 10-class mindfulness meditation series up to nonmembers and this Saturday is the first class. You can attend one class or all of them (for $80). The first focuses on meditation forms and techniques and is perfect for all levels of those who want to unlock inner peace.

Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton 4pm - 8pm | Free
Do you count the days until it's summer so you can drive out 78 to see the tons of car shows that pop up outside of the Valley? No more 78 traffic...the muscle cars are coming to downtown Allentown. Classic and muscle cars are expected from a wide variety of area collectors and enthusiasts as well as modern muscle cars. Food from Hamilton and Queen City BBQ. Free to see; if you want to show yours off, register here.

SUNDAY

Easton Restaurant Week
If you're willing to drive around the area during the summer, you're always going to find restaurant weeks popping up! Easton is the star this week with fixed-price lunches and dinners from some of your favorite spots downtown and around the area. Runs until the 28th.

Detox & Retox at Boser Geist 10:30am - 11:30am | $20
Who doesn't love a mimosa after a playful yoga session? Wake up this Sunday with an hourlong flow in the historic Silk Mill in Easton and feel refreshed to end your weekend. Bring your own mat!

Mermaid Festival at Dutch Springs 12pm - 4pm | Admission prices vary
This might be the most exciting event of the summer, especially if you've always known your true mermaid potential. Live mermaid show and arts, crafts, snorkeling with a mermaid, and more. Bring the littlest mermaid you know or OWN YOUR LIFE and get yourself there to swim with your people.

Hair of the Dog Yoga at Strange Brew 5pm - 7pm | $5
Head to your favorite dive this Sunday night to end the weekend right. The fee gets you a mat and $1 off your first after-yoga drink. Use that balance to start your week and keep your inner self satisfied.

*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!

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