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Laini’s List of 9 Things To Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley

Do you know someone who thinks “there’s nothing to do in the Lehigh Valley”? Please forward them this list. Our aim here is to get rid of that myth. Because myth, it is.

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1. Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Fest

Sunday from Noon to 4 pm, Sands Casino Resort – Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem

Check out the offerings of over 20 of the Lehigh Valley’s best restaurants at this annual fundraiser for the Northampton Community College Foundation. Click here to see a cool little video about this great outdoor event. Also, while you’re at the Sands, visit Emeril’s Italian Table, the Lehigh Valley’s newest restaurant, and Emeril’s first Italian restaurant. Saturday’s opening day!

2. First Friday

Friday from 6 to 10 pm, South Side Bethlehem

Visit the stores and restaurants on Bethlehem’s amazing South Side for this monthly community event. Definitely stop by Home & Planet while you’re there as DJ Telly will be playing his always-awesome mix of music. While there, check out the “Lost & Found” exhibit in the gallery and their new line of patio seating.

3. Live at Riverside – the James Supra Blues Band

Friday at 7:30 pm, Riverside Amphitheater in Riverside Park, Larry Holmes Drive, Easton

I’m not sure that the weather can get much better than this to sit outside by a river and listen to one of the best blues harmonica players in the Valley. This is part of a free, monthly live music series.

4. PBS 39 First Annual MicroBrew Festival

Saturday from 2 to 5 pm, Coca Cola Park, Allentown

From the event’s website: Nearly 30 craft brewers will be the main attraction; focusing on the micro brew phenomena that is so strong and well-loved in this region. In addition to beer tastings gourmet cooking demonstrations and live music will be components of the event.  Ballpark concessions will also be available for purchase.

5. NoShows Art & Music Collective

Friday from 6:30 to 10 pm, Blue Sky Café, 22 W. 4th St., Bethlehem

From the Facebook event page: The NoShows is a collective of artists and musicians established in 2007. Our main objective is to bring creative people together in order to share our work with the community and help raise awareness as well as interest in art and global issues.

This year the artist and musicians behind “The NoShow” have come together for a special cause. We have put together a charity event for the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation in memory of Aaron Abraham Abud who tragically lost his life while volunteering for the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation in the Dominican Republic.

6. Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers, Market 58th Anniversary

Friday through Sunday, Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market, Allentown

Prizes, garage sales, specials. From the event’s calendar page: “Super Gigantic Garage Sale on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th with over $1,000.00 worth of door prizes to include a 36 inch flat ccreen HD TV… When we exceed 2000 patrons! You don’t have to be present to win!”

7. National Trails Day Event

Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, Slatington Trailhead, Route 873, Main St., Slatington

From the Facebook event page: Staff members and volunteers of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will lead two guided “Preview the Trail” bicycle rides on new portions of the D&L Trail in Lehigh and Carbon counties

8. “Orchestrating Stillness” Opening Reception

Saturday from 4 to 6 pm, Isadore LaDuca Gallery, 7 N. Bank St., Easton

Paintings by Carol Magnetta will be exhibited during this reception in one of Easton’s finest artist’s gallery spaces. Come by early to visit the weekly “Artists in the Alley” happening that goes on in the Bank St. Alley.

9. 3rd Annual Kilt Crawl

Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, Downtown Bethlehem

From Celtic Classic’s website: The Celtic Cultural Alliance is looking to supporters of the famed Bethlehem festival to “get on their kilts” and walk the streets of town in an effort to raise money for the 2012 “Celtic Classic Parade of Shamrocks.” The 3rd annual Kilt Crawl will wind through the streets of Historic Downtown Bethlehem and visit local pubs along the way.

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