Festivals This Weekend

Maybe it is foolish to hope that this sunny warm weather will last through the weekend, but that doesn’t meant we shouldn’t try to enjoy the day, and days ahead, rain or shine. I know of at least four different festivals happening in our area; all of which will have some live music, most of which will have amazing food, and some of which will be held indoors.

The St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival started Thursday night and continues today and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. I happened to drive by the event last year, and then spent 10 minutes looking for parking so that I could check it out; well worth the time spent and the short walk from my parking spot to the church in order to enjoy fabulous homemade food (available to eat there or take home – I did both!). Food includes gyros, moussaka, pastitsio, souvlaki and baklava, along with other classic traditional dishes and pastries. There is also Greek dancing, music, and activities for the kids. Seating and food can be found in the social hall as well as outside under tents, along with with some crafts. Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, 1607 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA.

Alas, I have never made it to the Foods of India Festival in Lehigh Valley. It used to be held in Whitehall (above Allentown, by the Lehigh Valley Mall), but has moved to Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $1. Meals on Wheels will receive some of the proceeds. There will be dancing, music, and kids activities, in addition to wonderful vegetarian and non-vegetarian food from restaurants and locals.

Foods of India is an annual food festival organized by IAALV to give an opportunity to the people of Lehigh Valley to try delicious Indian cuisine originated from different parts of India.

Besides delicious food there will be non food vendors with jewelry, clothing, face painting, henna, etc to add colors to the event.

Quakertown Arts Alive, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been moved to Sunday, May 22nd (due to rain showers predicted to fall during Saturday). The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is the 16th year for the juried fine arts and crafts show and festival, held in downtown Quakertown.

A wide variety of artisans will be showcased at this year’s event: handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and decorative home items as well as fine art are available. Arts Alive! offers fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy the moon bounce, making and racing vegetable cars, and other fun activities. Visitors can take a break from action to enjoy all-day musical entertainment on two stages. Book lovers will be able to purchase books and have them signed by the authors at Authors Corner.

For guests over 21 years old, The Vineyard, the wine-tasting area on East Broad Street, is a favorite place to visit. Several local wineries will have their wares available for sampling.

McCoole’s at the Red Lion Inn is providing its shuttle bus to present tours of Quakertown’s historic areas throughout the day. Riders will board the bus at the Quakertown train station on Front Street and tours begin every hour between noon and 3pm.

Rain or shine, Boyertown plans on holding their Block Party at the Colebrookdale Railroad Railyard, East 3rd Street, Boyertown, PA,  on Saturday, May 21, 2016, beginning at 3 p.m., as the kickoff to their yearlong Sesquicentennial (150) Year Celebration. A parade is also scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. (according to the website, the parade may be postponed for up to an hour, or cancelled, depending on the weather tomorrow).

 The Block Party to be held at the Colebrookdale Railroad Rail yard. Featuring music, entertainment, food vendors, sesquicentennial activities, beer and wine tent, farmers market and much more!

Schedule of Events:

  • 3:00pm – KICK OFF! Beer Garden Open
  • 5:00pm – MUSIC – Gavin McNally
  • 5:30pm – CORONATION – King & Queen
  • 6:00pm – CAKE REVEAL – First Cut
  • 6:30pm – MUSIC – Cranked
  • 9:00pm – FESTIVITIES END
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