The evenings are getting cooler, and the first day of autumn officially starts this coming Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Oktoberfest may yet be a few weeks away (and there are several scheduled to take place in our general area, including one at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem on October 2-4 and October 9-11) but more than one festival is happening this weekend.
Itz-A-Con begins at noon on Saturday, September 19, 2015, September 19, 2015 from
12p – 6p at 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA (in the rear parking lot area) across from Coca Cola Park.
This FREE event will be a day of fun for Cosplay, Characters, Steampunk, Renaissance, Fantasy, Sci – Fi, and other genres (family friendly). Join us for panels, workshops, demonstrations, contests, musical entertainment, food, and more…
For a day of bluegrass music, root music, and acoustic stylings, head over to Trexlertown on Saturday, September 19th for Mountain Folk Fest from 10 a.m .- 5 p.m. at the Velodrome bicycle react rack. In addition to two stages for the performers, there will also be music mentoring classes and jams. Tickets are $20 at the gate ($5 for ages 7-12); 1151 Mosser Road, Breinigsville, Pa. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Proceeds benefit cycling programs and the Mountain Folk Scholarship Fund. Go to their website for performance schedule and more information.
Sad about summer ending? Then maybe the place to be on Saturday is Emmaus for the Farewell Summer Festival; free from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., featuring performanes by Allegro Dance Studios, music by Joel Shimer and The Large Flowerheads, along with other music, food, games, and more. Start at the Triangle at the center of town to check out the action.
Two food festivals, where you can enjoy live music and other entertainment, and take a look at some crafts, while enjoying all sorts of delicious food, are also taking place on Saturday, September 19th; the family friendly West End World of Food Festival, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on 19th Street in Allentown, between Tilghman and Liberty Streets, and the International Food Festival at St. Philip Orthodox Church from noon – 8 p.m. (1970 Clearview Road, Souderton) – check out the menu!
Even if you go to one, or two, of the festivals above, you still will have time to drop by Easton’s Riverside Festival of the Arts, since it is being held on Saturday AND Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., September 19 and 20, 2015, where crafts, art, and live music is set to be on display along the Delaware and Lehigh rivers.
Finally, for one day only, Sunday, September 20, 2015, the 32nd annual Lyons Fiddle Festival, 550 Fleetwood Road, Bowers, Pennsylvania 19511. The festival opens at 9 a.m. with a short Gospel service and the entertainment runs from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. A word of advice – looks like you may need to bring along a blanket or some lawn chairs if you don’t like to sit on the grass.