On this first day of October, this crisp fall Sunday, Allentown has two free Arts Festivals (taking place inside and outside), and the 22nd Collegiate Marching Band Competition (a ticketed event) all happening this afternoon, while down in Perkasie, PA, their Fall Festival starts at noon at Menlo Park and Perkasie Town Center (a free trolley connects the Park and Town Center).
Featuring “fringe and outsider art” along with live music ranging from reggae to hip-hop to folk to indie rock to jazz and beyond, children’s craft activities, break-dancing, skate park, graffiti mural painting, and a tech arts area with VR, video games, and 3D printing, the Allentown Arts Fest at Cedar Beach Park (between Hamilton and Linden Street, Allentown, PA) is bigger and better than ever, and free! The final day of the event on Sunday, October 1st, is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Just a dozen or so blocks away, the Allentown Art Museum (31 N. 5th Street) is hosting their own Fall Festival today, October 1st, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum, all exhibits and all activities will be free this afternoon; including a special screening of short children’s films that were shown at the NY Children’s Film Festival from 12:30 – 3:30 (most films are 2-5 minutes long, so come and go as you please; stay to see one or see twenty-two, as time permits). The first set of primarily animated films is recommended for ages 3 – 7, while the second set of films is suggested for ages 8 – adult. As part of the Festival, outside the Art Museum today, at 5th Street and in Arts Park, there will be free yoga (for kids and for adults), en plein air sketching;
Follow the lead of Hudson River School artists, who created small plein air sketches in the wilderness before heading back to their studios to complete their paintings. With a Museum educator guiding the experience, kids can explore Arts Park and make sketches, then return to an outdoor tent to add finishing touches using watercolors or markers.
and an opportunity to make sun prints;
Aspiring artists of all ages can make unique prints using natural materials and the power of the sun. Arrange flowers, leaves, sticks, and other items on special sun-sensitive paper, and after exposing the paper to sunlight, a ghost image of the natural objects will appear.
The 22nd Collegiate Marching Band Festival is also today in Allentown, at the J Birney Crum Stadium (20th and Linden); tickets go on sale at the gate at 10 a.m., gates open at 11 a.m. and the first band takes the field at noon. The event will run for approximately five hours, with twenty college bands scheduled to perform. And won’t it be a beautiful day to sit in the stands and watch the flags fly, the intricate marching patterns, and hear the sound of drums, trumpets, and the rest of the band!
But if you prefer more of a small town feel for the day, but would still like to get and about and enjoy some fresh air without working in the yard; head down to the Perkasie Fall Festival, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.;
In its 16th year, Perkasie’s Fall Festival offers fun for the whole family. Menlo Park plays host to pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, scarecrow making and a host of children’s entertainers and other activities.
Perkasie town center has a craft and vendor show, pumpkin decorating, food, musicians and train rides. New this year, a large covered tent and event area features Harry Potter crafts, games and entertainment.