Spring brings not only sunshine, warmer weather (theoretically), and green grass, but the start of outdoor festival season, at least three of which are happening in our area this weekend.
Bethlehem is hosting the SouthSide Arts and Music Festival today, Friday, April 28th from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from noon to 11 p.m. The two day festival features nearly 40 musical performances, dance performances, comedy, and visual arts displays and experiences at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks and other nearby venues on the South Side of Bethlehem.
Included are nearly one dozen workshops at the Banana Factory Arts Center ranging from fun-filled children’s experiences like rock cactus painting and steampunk-inspired jewelry making, to workshops on screen printing, creating hot glass paperweights and flower crowns inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. There’s even an urban photo walk, where participants can join a professional photographer, camera in hand, to explore the unique spaces and places of the SouthSide.
Festival passes, which provide access to all five locations, are $30 per day or $50 for both days. They can be purchased in advance at here and 610-332-3378 or during the festival at each venue. Day-of purchases are cash only.
By purchasing a pass to the festival, attendees enjoy access to more than one dozen musical acts each night performing in five different venues on Bethlehem’s SouthSide including the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH), Holy Infancy Catholic School, Touchstone Theater, Godfrey Daniels and the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling.
A little closer to home, Boyertown’s Fourth Friday Art Walk takes over Main Street, Boyertown, PA, filling the street and shops with local artists, poets, and musicians from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, April 28, 2017.
The Allentown Cherry Blossom Festival is tomorrow, Saturday, April 29th, free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cedar Beach, 2600 Parkway Blvd., Allentown, PA. There will be bonsai demonstrations, games, performances by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, musical performances, dance theatre, a chance to make Earth Day crafts, origami, and puppets, food vendors, and more.