When spring finally calls, the communities of the Lehigh Valley region answer with a host of colorful celebrations! Places like Bethlehem, Allentown and Easton pull out all the stops to lure people outdoors to enjoy all the area has to offer. Book a stay at The Sayre Mansion and you’ll be well positioned to enjoy all the activities of the Lehigh Valley. Do as much or as little as you like, then return to the luxurious accommodations, historic charm and refined services that have made The Sayre Mansion the lodging choice of distinctive travelers.
Cat’s Meow: Lehigh Valley in the Age of Art Deco
Through April 30
Get a glimpse of life in 1920s Lehigh Valley. In the early part of the 20th century, steel was booming, and America was changing. The exhibit at the Sigal Museum in Easton showcases the emergence of Art Deco style through fashion, arts, music and lifestyle. Check out the exhibit through April 30.
The 1752 Apothecary Tour
Stroll the historic streets of Bethlehem to the Moravian Apothecary. Historic Bethlehem Partnership offers the special guided tour, which features artifacts original to the site and the medicinal garden. Tours depart the Visitors Center at 1 p.m. each day. The tour ends at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, Gemeinhaus- the oldest standing building in Bethlehem and one of two National Historic Landmarks in the National Historic Landmark District of Historic Moravian Bethlehem.
Annual Spring Wine Festival
Enjoy samples from over 40 food and wine vendors, plus live entertainment during this two-day event at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie. Each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass and have access to the Wine Check Service. The Festival runs from noon-5 p.m. each day.
Allentown Fiber Festival
Calling all crocheters, knitters, weavers, rug hookers and spinners. This 4th Annual Allentown Fiber Festival features over 74 vendors including some of the region’s best indie dyers, farm raised fibers and handcrafters. Attendees can also enjoy seminars, food vendors and meet some of the animals that yield the fiber. The festival is held at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Earth Day in the Park
Celebrate Earth Day with music, giveaways, food trucks, games, educational demonstrations, Touch a Truck and more. The fun begins at noon at Jordan Park in Allentown.
Lehigh University Philharmonic & Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Reserve a seat for this special collaboration between Lehigh University’s orchestra and the renowned Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Guest conductor Greg Funfgeld will lead the performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Piano Concerto No 21. The concert will feature renowned soloists Kendra Colton, Laura Atkinson, Benjamin Butterfield, Dashon Burton and Eugene Albulescu. Concerts take place at 8 p.m. in Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University.
Behind the Scenes Dollhouse Tour
Get a glimpse into the vault of the Collections Resource Center at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem. Tour goers will see one of the largest collections of antique dollhouses in the nation. The American and European made dollhouses span over 100 years and showcase the changing architecture, furniture and clothing styles of the eras. The tour is presented by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites and begins at 1 p.m.
Garden Bros Circus
Come one, come all to witness this three-ring spectacle. See daring performances by Chinese acrobats, aerial artists and six motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear. Featured acts also include contortionists, clowns and jugglers from “America’s Got Talent.” Garden Bros Circus shows are scheduled for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Agri-Plex Allentown Fairgrounds.
Easter Weekend at the Zoo
Gather the family and enjoy a holiday weekend at Lehigh Valley Zoo. Special events include animal meet-and-greets, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, interactive activities and a unique egg hunt. Plus, there will be live entertainment by a DJ and maybe an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself!
Party for the Planet
Spend Earth Day with the animals. There will be many hands-on activities and interactive experiences plus a meet and greet with the wildly popular African Penguins. Bring one piece of clean, recyclable plastic to be added to the Zoo’s Plastic Python- a visual representation of the plastic that accumulates in our environment. Lehigh Valley Zoo is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
Allentown Cherry Blossom Festival
Be in the pink at this annual rite of spring. Cedar Beach Park features family-oriented fun such as games, exhibits, food and a children’s activity area. The event is a celebration of the arts, international cultures and environmental awareness. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Southside Arts & Music Festival
Soak up the entertainment and cultural offerings of Bethlehem’s South Side. ArtsQuest presents two days jam packed with visual art experiences, live music and activities for families. Southside Arts and Music Festival showcases visual and performing arts in both expected and unexpected ways.
39th Historic Easton House Tour
Go inside several of Easton’s historic estates and unique public places. This self-guided tour offers exclusive entry to some of the city’s well-appointed properties and storied public places. Proceeds from the 39th Historic Easton House Tour fund the preservation of historic buildings and the continuation of Easton’s cultural events. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at Riverside Park on tour day. The tour runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
112th Bethlehem Bach Festival
May 10-11 & 17-18
Delight in this glorious tradition that’s spread out over two weekends at some of Bethlehem’s most historic landmarks. Presented by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the event features performances of beloved favorites and premieres of new work. Signature festival events include Bach Outdoors, the Distinguished Scholar Lecture, Festival Luncheon, Chamber Music in the Saal and the Mass in B Minor.
Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Make memories with a one-of-a-kind experience at the National Canal Museum in Easton. Enjoy a one-hour guided cruise aboard the Josiah White II canal boat as historian Martha Capwell Fox recounts the vital role played by mothers on the Delaware and Lehigh Canal. The day includes a light brunch and mimosas. Plan to arrive by 11 a.m.
Mayfair Festival of the Arts
Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and cultural scene of the Lehigh Valley. Cedar Crest Community College hosts this three-day event featuring food and craft vendors, artists, live music on multiple stages and performance art. The festival attracts over 100 local artisans working in a variety of media including pottery, fiber arts, woodworking, glass, jewelry, drawings and photography. Visit KidSpace, an area for children’s art, and Gallery at Mayfair, a juried art exhibition.
Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival
May 31-June 2
Bring an appetite for this three-day festival at Wind Creek Events Center (formerly Sands) in Bethlehem. Sample cuisine from some of the region’s finest restaurants as well as wine from around the world. Festival goers may also enjoy cooking demos, wine seminars and the popular Champagne and Spirit Room. Festival hours are noon-4 p.m. each day.
Spring Break Escape
Our Drive-Hike-Bike the Lehigh Valley is the perfect pairing to one of these special events. The package includes the overnight accommodations of your choice, breakfast for two, a Bento Box of snacks, two bottles of water, fresh fruit and directions and historical information to help you explore the destinations of your choosing.