If you don’t mind the heat, there are lots of outdoor musical and theatrical performances worth checking out. If you prefer to stay in the air conditioning, there are more than a few art options there, as well.
This is the last weekend to see this summer’s shows at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; matinees and evening performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the comedy The Foreigner, the children’s shows Rapunzel and Shakespeare for Kids, and Shakespeare’s Pericles and Henry V. If you go to an evening performance, go early to enjoy live renaissance music in the inviting garden atmosphere just outside the theatre, “on the green.” There is an outdoor cafe where you can buy sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and sweets for a pre-dinner meal or snack while listening to the music, or you may bring your own picnic.
Watch amazing drum corps marching and hear fantastic music at The Drum Corps International Eastern Classic on Friday evening, July 31st and Saturday evening, August 1st 2015 at the J Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa (2027 W. Linden Street). Gates open at 5 p.m., performances run from approximately 5:30 p.m. – 10:20 p.m. – two dozen groups from across the country are scheduled to take the field and strut their stuff in this championship competition. Tickets will be sold at the gate.
It is also the final weekend (July 30 – August 1st) for the musical Working, based on Studs Turkel’s non-fiction book subtitled People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do at Dutch County Playhouse (795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA)
Free outdoor summer concerts continue all around, including at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem; every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. The Platters are singing on Friday, July 31st, beginning at 7:30 p.m., while the Pitchblak Brass Band takes the stage on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey’s Popular Doo Wop Group, Sounds of the Street, is set to perform at Souderton Concert Sundaes series on Sunday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Maurice W. Foulke bandshell in Souderton Park. The final concert this summer at Souderton Park features Zydeco-A-Go-Go on Sunday, August 9th, 2015.
Outdoor Sunday evening concerts in Emmaus continue through the end of August. Times vary, so be sure and check the schedule before heading out. This week’s concert takes place from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on August 2nd; Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove (Rhythm and Blues). Next week, August 9th, the music begins at 6 p.m.; Galena Brass (Versatility in Brass: Polkas, Marches, Rock, Dixieland, & Waltzes).
Green Lane Park (2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, PA) has two upcoming free concerts scheduled to play at the amphitheater; Zydeco-A-Go-Go on Saturday, August 8th at 7 p.m. and Barbone Street Jazz Band on Saturday, September 5th, also at 7 p.m.
Just two concerts left in the 2015 Annual Jerusalem Western Salisbury Summer Concert Series; Jerusalem Singers 20th Annual Benefit Concert (Benefitting Satori’s “Gift of Music” program) on Tuesday, August 4th, and Satori (Flute, Violin, Cello and Classical Guitar), on Thursday, August 20th. All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. in the main church sanctuary, followed by a reception afterward in the chapel (behind the main sanctuary). A free-will offering will be taken. Jerusalem Western Salisbury, 3441 Devonshire Road, Allentown, PA.
The Red Hill Band will once again be playing at the Pennsburg UCC Peach Festival, which this year is being held on a Saturday; August 15th from 2 p.m. – 7 :30 p.m. Before the Red Hill Band begins its 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. concert, The Washington School of Rock House Band performs from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and The Dogs perform from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, if you like. Homemade food will be for sale, along with peaches and ice cream, of course. Pennsburg United Church of Christ, 775 Main Street, Pennsburg, Pa.
Finally, if you are looking for some peace and quiet to contemplate fine art, the Allentown Art Museum offers free admission everyday through September 6, 2o15. Their latest exhibit, A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, opened on July 25th and continues until October 4, 2015.
A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America offers a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. More than sixty works of art, including still life, landscape, allegorical, and portrait paintings, commercial and highly personal sculpture, and distinctive examples of art from the German American community exemplify the breadth of American creative expression by individuals who did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the east coast.