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Weekend Roundup: 7 Ways to Show Your Pride Before Summer's Over

By Siobhan DeRemer

It's been a rain-filled August so far in the Valley and if you're sick of checking for water in your basement, it's time to enjoy the sliver of summer that's left. Keep those pumpkins and lattes away with a few events this weekend that will get you out into the sun (or keep you inside depending on the weather!) to grab that last dose of vitamin D.

Friday

Jenny's Kuali 6th Anniversary (11am - 9pm / Free)
One of our favorite SouthSide staples is turning six and celebrating this whole weekend! Make some dinner or lunch plans with Jenny and grab a chance for Jenny's Kuali gift cards, hats, and Malaysian gifts.

Mandala Class at Paintsome Pottery (7pm - 9pm / $5)
This spot is home to tons of blank pottery open to your most creative ideas. This week's class involves learning the Zen art of creating mandala but you can paint whatever shape (plate, mug, or platter) your heart desires.

Easton Yoga Rocks: Boy Band Edition (6:30 - 7:45 pm / Prices vary)
If you've always wanted your yoga session to throw in a little boy band action, this class is definitely going to be your jam. Join Kate at Easton Yoga for an all-levels class with your favorite ballads from some of the best heartthrobs in recent history. Sign up here

Saturday

Grand Opening of the Game Gallery Bethlehem (12pm / Free)
Southside Bethlehem's newest game spot (since it was on North Side) is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday with an '80s best dressed contest, '80s movies on the projector, and door prizes. Check out their epic pinball machine and retro gaming console collections.

Food Truck Festival at Lehigh Valley Zoo (10am - 4pm / Tickets vary)
Nothing pairs quite so well with the adorable animals at the Zoo than gourmet food from local food trucks. Activities and special exhibitions are planned for the day, too. Ticket prices are the same as usual so grab them when you can!

Sunday

Pride in the Park  (12 - 6pm / $5)
Join this vibrant community for a celebration of all things Pride in the Valley. Moved to the Jewish Community Center from Cedar Beach Park (thanks, floods), check out the vendors, events, and live entertainment all focused on inclusion (and fun). 

Hats, Mats, and Scarves at Easton Public Market (3 - 5pm / Free) 
If you're heading to the Easton Public Market on Sunday afternoon, consider stopping by the Crochet for a Cause effort to help the Chase the Chill with hats and scarf crochet work. No experience necessary: You can always help them make plarn (plastic yarn) if you want to assist but knitting/crochet isn't your jam.

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18 Ways to Soak In and Welcome Summer This Weekend (6/21 - 6/24)

By Siobhan DeRemer

We've had some hot weeks already but it's finally officially summer! Grab your yoga mat, paddle board, or drinking pants and start this season with a ton of fun and local events. 

Thursday

Celebrate the Longest Day with the Alzheimer's Association
Every summer solstice, the Alzheimer's Association calls upon those who wish to advocate for the end of Alzheimer's disease to do whatever they love today and raise as much as they're able to end this terrible disease. You can honor a caregiver that you know or pick the favorite hobby of someone you know who's been touched by Alzheimer's. The local Delaware Valley chapter also has a list of activities around the area if you need some inspiration.

International Day of Yoga (11:30am - 1:30pm / Free)
Celebrate health and harmony and start your summer off in a meaningful way by joining others in Allentown in front of the PPL Building for the International Day of Yoga. The first session welcomes kids for yoga and mindfulness and starting at 12:30, all are welcome. 

Summer Solstice Patio Party (4pm - 10pm / Free)
If you're all for starting the summer with a glass of wine or something from Victory or Troegs (we feel you!) then the patio at the Shelby is the spot for you. A Kan Jam tournament kicks everything off at 4pm with specials from both breweries all night.

Summer Solstice Detox & Retox (7:30pm - 8:30pm / $10-$35)
If you're searching for a combo of those last two events, yoga and beer come together at Saucony Creek Brewery in Kutztown. Tiers of tickets include just the hourlong yoga session or a VIP ticket for yoga plus a flight of beer (or wine/cocktail) and food. Grab tickets here.

Sounds of Summer at Forks Community Park (7pm - 9pm/ Free)
Come out for some live music, food, and BYOB now that outdoor concert season is in full swing. Bring a bag chair and enjoy the sounds of Crazy Hearts at Forks Community Park in Easton now that summer's here.

Friday

Restorative Community Acupuncture (4pm - 7pm / $35-40)
Reduce your stress this summer with a group acupuncture session at the Restorative Space in Bethlehem. You'll receive painless acupuncture to improve circulation and boost your mood and enjoy 20 to 25 minutes of meditation time.

Easton Out Loud (5pm - 9pm/ Free)
Every fourth Friday of the month, Easton lights up with a special event open to all. This month features a crawfish boil, fire twirling performance, ice cream cake, live music, and, most importantly, a scavenger hunt. Go around to participating stores and see if you can find the Big Prize. Parking at downtown garages is only $1 starting at 5pm. If you're headed down, bring a few school supplies for a drive at Suddenly Samantha.

American Spirit Series: Old Forester (6:30pm - 8:30pm / $60)
If you love history of liquor as much as you like drinking it (like me), this event is 100% for you. Ticket price includes after-hours admission to the National Museum of Industrial History along with a tasting of from the American Old Forester distillery. Grab tickets here (including DD tickets for the nondrinking history nerds).

Sabor Latin Festival (Free)
Tonight's the kickoff of 3 days of Latin music, food, and culture at ArtsQuest. Celebrate the region’s Latino culture with live music by local, regional, and national musical acts, as well as cultural programming presented by community organizations. 

Saturday

Summer Fest at Lake Nockamixon (12pm - 6pm / $40-50)
This Saturday is a family-friendly event at Lake Nockamixon filled with yoga for all ages, mindfulness meditation, essential oil and plant-based nutrition info, and stand-up paddleboard opportunities. Food from Nellie's Rae's kitchen will also be available. Grab tickets at the event or here.

WDIY's Homebrew Fest (2pm - 5pm / $30)
See what the homebrewers of the Lehigh Valley are cooking up in this meeting of the minds at the Ice House in Bethlehem. Taste over 40 handcrafted beers and vote for your top 5. Sure to have awesome background music from WDIY. Grab tickets here.

Weyerbacher's 23rd Anniversary Party (4pm - 9pm / $15)
The Easton brewery turns a ripe 23 this year and they're celebrating with a circus-themed bash. The event "will be full of surprise and intrigue as you wind your way through the food trucks and libations leading you to the debut of their 23rd Anniversary Ale." Live music, food, and plenty of lively activities. Grab tickets here.

Yoga at Asbury Village Farm (5:30pm - 8pm / $20)
Hosted by Easton Yoga, this event lets you set your mat out on the field of the organic greenery at Asbury Village Farm in New Jersey at sunset. After class, there will be a potluck dinner with BYOB option (and fresh lemonade). Bring a food item, mat, and picnic essentials and check out their CSA options while you're there. 

Sunday

Start of Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week (6/24 - 6/30)
Visit some of your favorites this week for special lunch and dinner fixed price meals: McCarthy's Red Stag Pub, Tapas on Main, Urbano, The Flying Egg, and Tavern at the Sun Inn...just to name a few!

Yoga & Mimosas (10:30am - 11:30am / $20)
Can you guys even BELIEVE how many yoga/booze combo classes we have in the area?? I am not complaining—I love options! Teachers from OM-azing Yoga in Easton and the brewers at Boser Geist are offering an hourlong class with a mimosa or bellini after class (with other beverages available, too).

2018 Lehigh River Sojourn (7am - 5pm / prices vary)
Join the PA Wildlands Conservancy for a trip down the Lehigh River from the Poconos to Easton. Enjoy this guided tour over the course of 3 days or rent a canoe and join for one leg if you can't make it the whole trip. Grab tickets (discounted for all 3 days) here.

Summer Food and Music Festival (10am - 6pm / Free)
About an hour from the LV, Peddler's Village is closer to New Hope and is hosting a music and food festival for the weekend. Live music and food and shopping from 60+ vendors and food trucks. Snag VIP treatment tickets (priority seating, guaranteed parking, refillable mug) for $25 here.

Music in Dimmick Park Series (6pm - 8pm/ Free)
You know it's outdoor concert season and if you're closer to Hellertown than Allentown, Dimmick Park is filling your concert need. Tonight features Flirtin' with the Mob and food from Flying V (their poutine is INSANE) and Licensed to Grill and beverages from Lost Tavern.


*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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