It looks like it will be a wonderful weekend to head over to Allentown for the multiple free arts festival happenings around town.
The Allentown ArtsFest opens Friday, September 12, 2014, at noon (until 8 p.m.) at Cedar Beach Park (between Hamilton and Parkway Boulevard, below Muhlenberg College), and continues on Saturday (noon – 8 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The event is hosted by the Alternative Gallery of Allentown and features over 100 artists, vendors, local organizations, small businesses and non-profits, over 30 food trucks and food vendors, local musicians and live music, classes, games and activities for children, the “art of skateboarding,” and on Sunday, September 14th from 2 p.m .- 4:30 p.m., “Lehigh Valley Art Wars.”
Rise Together Allentown PPL Center Open House and Allentown Arts Park Celebration takes place all day on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and will include a chance to check out the brand new PPL Center downtown at Seventh and Hamilton Street between 1 and 5 p.m., as well as music, dance, and theater performances next door at Arts Park. There will also be tours of Miller Symphony Hall, children’s activities, local food vendors, and a chance to walk around the neighborhood and see the Baum School of Art, the Allentown Art Museum, and what is bound to be an amazing new community sculpture, Rise Together Allentown, that has been built over the last week, out of ladders collected from individuals and businesses in the city. Other cultural institutions in Allentown, including Civic Theatre, Liberty Bell Museum, Community Music School, and the Allentown Symphony Association, are also involved in this day long free event. Music events start at 11 a.m., free tours of Allentown Art Museum from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and live music and performances, tours, and additional activities continue until 5 p.m. For all ages, all free and open to the public.