This Weekend’s Fall Festivals and Seasonal Concerts

Many plays are opening locally tonight, but this blog post is going to focus on fall festivals and concerts being held this weekend and next. Go to the theatre page to see what shows are on nearby stages.

Specters, Sorcerers, and the Supernatural is the title and theme of Illumine’s concert series this month, starting tonight, Friday, October 6, 2017,  in Pottstown at Shenkel United Church of Christ (1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown, PA). Admission is free; a donation is suggested.

Is it possible to be frightened by a piece of music? We intend to find out in this fitting commencement to the Halloween season. Throughout human history, music has been an outlet for expressing fear of the uncanny and the unexplainable. This October, we will use every resource we have – including unconventional instruments and improvisation – to evoke both mysticism and the terrifying. By the way… are you brave enough to come on Friday the 13th?

Compositions by Brown, Falla, and Verdi

More music can be heard, for free, on the SouthSide of Bethlehem, PA tonight, as part of this month’s First Friday. 

Start your Halloween season on the SouthSide this Friday, October 6th. A fresh line-up of live musicians provided by the Lehigh Valley Underground Concert Series, extended happy hour drink and appetizer specials, fun Halloween themed kids crafts and games, and ultramodern art gallery openings are sure to spark conversation and your imagination.

We’re proud to announce that Dave Fry, local legend and folk musician will be opening the evening at Godfrey Daniels at 6:30pm, followed by Acousitc Kitty Project at 7:30pm and closing the evening at Godfrey’s will be the Billy Bauer Band at 8:30pm.

The Banana Factory will be joining the concert venue list showcasing two acts, singer/songwriter Brittany Ramaglia at 5:30pm and soul duo January Noon at 7pm.

Returning concert hot spots include Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley, the Comfort Suites Hill to Hill Grille, Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub and SouthSide 313 Bar & Grille – all featuring musicians from 6pm – 9pm across the SouthSide.

And if you are heading over to Bethlehem tonight, or anytime this weekend, don’t forget about Oktoberfest at SteelStacks; October 6-8 and 13-15, 2017, Fridays 5 – 10 p.m., Saturdays noon – 10 p.m. and Sundays noon – 6 p.m.

Now in its 7th year, Oktoberfest is a free festival that features brew samples, authentic German food, beer and live music, as well as attractions like the axe-wielding lumberjacks of the Great Lakes Timber Show, the exciting Beer-Lympics competition, the Hobby Horse Bonanza, the popular dachshund races, local artisans and more.

Also on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Emmaus, will be the juried craft show and fall festival, A Very Merrie Halloween is set to begin at 10 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. at the 1803 House, 55 S. Keystone Avenue, Emmaus. Free admission.

On the way to Emmaus from the Valley, you might stop by Stahl’s Pottery Festival in Zionsville (along Route 100/29), held rain or shine from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and celebrating their 30th year!

The 2017 Fall Pottery Festival features:

  • Over 20 local potters displaying and selling traditional & contemporary pottery

Several of the participating potters will demonstrate turning pottery on the potter’s wheel and other pottery making techniques during the Festival.  Raku pottery demonstrations will be performed periodically throughout the Festival.

I know I haven’t listed everything happening this weekend, but hopefully there are enough good ideas here to keep folks happy and out of trouble. Tomorrow’s Bark N Bacon event in East Greenville and the Native American Heritage Day at the Museum of Indian Culture on Fish Hatchery Road just outside of Allentown both require pre-registration and the posted deadline has come and gone (sorry!).

And Saturday night is Open Mic night at Wing Man Bar and Grill, Route 29, East Greenville, PA (by Walmart); 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Come out and showcase your musical talents at Open Mic Night hosted by Phil Stahl! 

PA system, lights, bass amp are supplied.

 

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