The weather forecasters are predicting beautiful warm weather for the next few days, which will make the myriad outdoor festivals happening all around that much more enjoyable.
Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic opens Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. This three day festival has Irish storytelling, an artisans and crafts tent, bagpipes, games, food and drink (including a beer tent), Children’s Activity and Heritage Area, and, of course, live music on multiple stages. A new stage has been added this year, right on Main Street. Several of the restaurants on Main Street will have food stands on the sidewalk. Everything else takes place on the fields below, under the Hill to Hill Bridge and in the Ice House on Sand Island; just follow the path next to Bethlehem Hotel on Main Street, or walk down the winding road down past Moravian Bookstore on the right. Youth up to age 18 can bring their violin and enter the Celtic Classic Youth Fiddle Competition (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Saturday in the Ice House. Three cash prizes will be awarded in two divisions, up to age 13 and 14-18, for performing Celtic fiddling styles ($10 entrance fee). The pipe band competition starts at 1:30 on Saturday. The entire schedule and list of performers (who include the local group Burning Bridget Cleary, Philly Celtic rock, folk and blues group No Irish Need Apply, and Glengarry Bhoys). The Morning Call also has a great overview article. This FREE festival is Friday, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., September 26-28, 2015.
Head over to Souderton Community Park, Route 113 and Reliance Road, also this Saturday, September 27th, for the Souderton Art Jam featuring local artists, art workshops, live music, food and drink, and 100,000 Poets for Change. 100,00 Poets for Change is an international movement celebrating and performing poetry. Local poets, including Souderton High School students, as well as poets from out of state will be present to share their work, as part of the Souderton ARt Jam. Free, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
If you want something different to finish off the weekend, Sunday, September 28th, the 19th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival is being held at the J. Birney Crum Stadium, 20o1-2025 W. Linden Street, Allentown. The first of 21 college and university marching bands take the field at noon. Gates open at 11 a.m., tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors).