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

Happy Weekend, everyone! You are free to move about the Valley.

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By Laini Abraham and Katie Vogel

1. Blueberry Festival

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 11am to 7pm, Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville
Rd., Bethlehem

The Blueberry Festival returns for its 26th year! Enjoy food, music, and everything
blueberry at this summer classic. Nearby vendors will be set up where you can find
unique gifts to take home, musical acts will be performing throughout the weekend, and
what blueberry festival would be complete without a pie eating contest! Tickets for the
event are $8 for adults, $7 seniors, and $4 youth, ages 6-16.

2. A Night at the Races

Friday, 6pm to 9pm, New Seasons Banquet Center, 9058 Line St., Easton

Come support with the Easton Neighborhood Center with a Night At The Races. Enjoy
food from local restaurants and enter to win some great prizes. Tickets for the night are
$25 per person.

3. Bethlehem Bicycle Jam

Saturday, 10am to 2pm, Sand Island, Main St. & River St., Bethlehem

With all the beautiful weather we have had, bike riding has become even more popular
and it’s important that riders, especially new ones, know the rules of the road and what
kind of helmet to wear. At the Bethlehem Bicycle Jam, families can learn the right
way to ride on the road legally and safely to the towpath and other destinations. Proper
helmet fittings will also be provided as well as a bike mechanic check. Tickets for the
Bicycle Jam at $10 per family.

4. Art Mart Reopening Celebration

Friday, 5pm to 8pm, Holiday Inn Center City, 904 West Hamilton St., Allentown

Celebrate the Art Mart’s reopening at the Holiday Inn in Center City Allentown. Come
out to support local artists while enjoying free beer, wine, and snacks. Musical artists
will also be performing while you peruse the items and merchandise available.

5. Lehigh Valley Art Wars: Spoils of War

Saturday, 7pm to 10pm, Connexions Gallery, 213 Northampton St., Easton

Enjoy the work from the Lehigh Valley Art wars as it goes on display at the Connexions Gallery. Celebrate the work from all 16 artists that participated including the winner from this year’s event, Alexander Clare. The art will also be auctioned off to sustain the Lehigh Valley Art Wars for next year. Food and drinks will be provided along with a live DJ.

6. Lehigh Valley Sportsfest

(Katie’s Pick :))

Thursday through Sunday, See event page for event times and locations, Allentown

It’s time to get out and get active at this year’s Lehigh Valley Sportsfest. If there is an
activity you enjoy, it will surely be going on. Don’t have a favorite physical activity?
Then this might be the place to find one. From basketball and martial arts, to dog agility
and disc golf, your favorite sport will be there. If you think you’re already at the top of
your game, you can enter events to compete against others too.

7. Red, White & George

Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, George Taylor House, 35 South Front St., Catasauqua

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the George Taylor House become a national
historic landmark, so we’re celebrating it’s birthday with Red, White & George. Wine
and cheese will be available from Pinnacle Ridge Winery and Tommy Burke’s Provision
as well as music by Tavern Tan. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 and $25 at
the door.

8. Crayola 15th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, 11am to 7pm, Crayola Factory, 30 Centre Square, Easton

Celebrate Crayola’s 15th birthday this weekend at the Crayola Factory in downtown
Easton. Entertainment provided by Funtown Productions will include 3D sidewalk chalk
creations, bubbles, and ballet. As dancers perform on the completed sidewalk murals
amidst large bubbles, onlookers will be able to watch with 3D glasses to see the artwork
pop out for a whole different view of the show. A moonbounce and climbing-wall will
also be on site for kids’ entertainment.

9. Nazareth Days

Saturday, Nazareth Circle, Nazareth (Sidewalk sale begins Friday)

This is an annual community event which has a family-friendly focus. According to the Facebook event page, this year’s downtown attractions will include:

  • Trolley service from Borough Park through town with multiple stops including a guide provided by the Moravian Historical Society
  • A children’s petting zoo in the circle provided by the Lehigh Valley Zoo
  • Indy 500 show car display provided by the Andretti Racing Team
  • Antique Fire Engine Display provided by local fire companies
  • Horse and Wagon rides through Historic Downtown Nazareth
  • Martin Guitar Display
  • A special children’s pavilion including Clowns, kids’ crafts, Balloon Bounce and special musical performances specific to entertain children of all ages
  • Local Karate and dance school demonstrations

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3 Responses

07.15.11

I spent a little bit of time downtown in Easton for the Crayola thing. It was pretty darn cool. Learned about a couple delis that I’ve never heard of, and got to watch a guy balance himself on a.. I think it was an exercise ball or something. Pretty interesting.

07.15.11

Glad you had a good time, Ryan! I think downtown Easton is the kindof place that becomes more interesting the more time you spend there, as if it has layers and the more you can peel them back, the more you will see. Thanks for your comment. Hope you’re staying cool.

07.15.11

Awesome geavawiy! I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I haven't gotten a chance to get it yet.

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