If you’ve never been to the region, then you may not know how much that Lehigh Valley, PA has to offer. Lehigh Valley, PA consists of the cities of Bethlehem, Easton, Phillipsburg, Allentown and their surrounding towns and villages. This area in eastern Pennsylvania has rich history, scenic beauty, and some great charm, making it the perfect destination for some late summer fun! Read on to find out what the Lehigh Valley has in store for you this summer!
Blueberry Festival | July 18th – July 20th | Bethlehem, PA
Each July, the town of Bethlehem in Lehigh Valley, PA celebrates with a weekend of music, dance, crafts, history, games, food, contests and ore. Burnside Plantation is known as the “Farm in the City”and is an idyllic setting for some good old fashioned fun. Whether you want to take in some great live music, learn about traditional crafts, or even participate in a pie-eating contest, this summer event is a must. Be sure to save room for some homemade blueberry treats, too!
Musikfest | August 1st – 10th | Bethlehem, PA
Musikfest is a huge musical celebration held each summer in Bethlehem, PA. Whether you want to catch a small local Lehigh Valley, PA band perform in one of several venues throughout Bethlehem, or see a headliner on the main stage, Musikfest has you covered. Spanning 10 days, this festival offers more than 500 free performances, delicious food vendors, local and national artisans, and lots activities for everyone in the family. In addition to all the free performances, tickets to headline concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music are also available. This year’s headliners are:
ZZ Top | August 1st
The All-American Rejects | August 2nd
Jason Derulo | August 3rd
Sheryl Crow | August 4th
The Moody Blues | August 5th
Steely Dan | August 6th
The Avett Brothers | August 7th
Alan Jackson | August 8th
Weezer | August 9th
Keith Urban | August 10th
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival | Now – August 3rd | Center Valley, PA
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents a great season of Shakespearean plays as well as a selection of other classic plays. Celebrating more than 20 years of fantastic performances, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has become a great Lehigh Valley, PA tradition. This year’s festival began in June and will conclude at the beginning of August. Plays being produced this summer include: Macbeth, Women of Will, The Great Divorce, Fiddler on the Roof, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Lend me a Tenor.
Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Baseball | Now – September 1st | Allentown, PA
Enjoy America’s pastime by going out to Coca Cola Park in Allentown, PA. The Ironpigs belong to the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, so they’re Pennsylvania through and through. In addition to some great professional minor league baseball, you can enjoy the beautiful Lehigh Valley, PA evenings in the beautiful park. Coca Cola Park opened in 2008 and features great concessions, a kids activity zone and the Majestic Clubhouse. Choose from a variety of seating options that range from as basic as a grass berm in center field to luxurious box seats.
When planning which end of summer events to attend in Lehigh Valley, PA, be sure to book a stay at a Pennsylvania Inn. In Easton, The Lafayette Inn is a Georgian mansion with eighteen guest rooms. Located in the College Hill Historic District of the city, The Lafayette Inn combines all the amenities and conveniences of a fine hotel with the charm and warmth of a bed and breakfast.
In Bethlehem, the Sayre Mansion offers luxury and comfort in 22 guest rooms and suites. This historic mansion was once home Robert Sayre, a prominent Bethlehem entrepreneur and is located in the heart of Bethlehem, so you will never be far from great shopping, dining, and entertainment! With so much to see and do in the Lehigh Valley and such amazing places to stay, a late summer getaway is a no-brainer!
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