17 Essential Events in the Lehigh Valley This Spring

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 events in 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.

Purseonality: A Stylish Handbag History
Through June 30
Get a glimpse at the private collection of handbags owned by Ilene Hochberg Wood. The exhibit at the  Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem features thousands of handbags from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries representing a wide variety of styles from folk art to contemporary design and embroidered. The purses are displayed alongside corresponding fashion and paired with life-size graphics and advertisements of the appropriate era.

The 1752 Apothecary TourThings to Do In Bethlehem PA
April 4-26
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
April 4-5
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
April 4-5
Calling all crocheters, knitters, weavers, rug hookers and spinners. This 5th 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.

Garden Bros Circus
April 10-11
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 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Agri-Plex Allentown Fairgrounds.

Easter Weekend at the Zoo
April 11-12
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
April 18-19
Spend Earth Day with the animals. There will be many hands-on activities and interactive experiences to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Lehigh Valley Zoo is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Spring on the SouthSide
April 18
Melt away the winter blues with a heated competition to be named best chili in Bethlehem. Sample the entries from 20 contestants and vote for your favorite. The family fun day at the Southside Bethlehem Greenway also features live art demonstrations, free crafts for the kids and live music. Festival hours are noon-5 p.m.

Earth Day in the Park
April 21
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 Spring 2020 Concert: Harmonies
April 24-25
Reserve a seat for a program of classics featuring works by Beethoven, Poulenc and Tchaikovsky.The concert will feature guest soloist Jerome Lowenthal and Ursula Oppens. Concerts take place at 8 p.m. in Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University.

Sachets and Suffrage Tea
April 25
On the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, hear from famous suffragists about the struggles they faced. Guests to the Mixsell-Illick House are invited to wear fancy hats and suffrage sashes to enjoy tea and scones along with the celebratory spirit.

Southside Arts & Music Festivallehigh valley events
May 1-2
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.

40th Historic Easton House Tour
May 2
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 40th 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.

113th Bethlehem Bach Festival
May 8-9 & 15-17
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.

May 9
Join in this family-friendly celebration of music and community at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. In addition to continuous live entertainment, there will be of food, face painting and merchandise vendors.

Mayfair Festival of the ArtsBanana Factory
May 22-24
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
June 6-7
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.