Celebrating the Arts in May!

So many possibilities all around us, and so many ways to enjoy fine art, music, and theater this month of May.

First Friday in Southside Bethlehem tonight, Friday, May 6th, 2022, will have the streets and shops filled with live music beginning around 6 p.m., with the most activity at the Banana Factory Block Party with art workshops, gallery exhibits, demonstrations, and live music. The Block Party is two days, Friday, May 6th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 7th from noon to five p.m. All free and open to the public.

The Monty Python musical Spamalot opens tonight at Civic Theater, 19th Street, Allentown, PA and runs through May 22, 2022. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office.

This weekend there are two outdoor craft fairs scheduled for nearby; the Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show hosts more than 80 juried artists and crafters on Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 8th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the Skippack Spring Festival, held outdoors in downtown Skippack Village, Pa with live music, crafters, food, and more from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2022, along Skippack Pike. Both are free and open to the public.

Three fun ways to support local public libraries!

Tickets ($25) may be bought online or at the gate at the Haines Estate, Geryville Pike, Pennsburg, PA this Saturday afternoon, May 7th, 2022 for the Outdoor Beer and Wine Tasting fundraiser for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, rain or shine, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. There will also be live music by the local band, SalJam, featuring jazz classics.

Join us in sampling wines, tasty local brews, and food truck fare while exploring the Haines property and vehicle museums. There will be a cornhole tournaments, raffles (including Phillies tickets), and lots of outdoor socializing! Tickets are $25 per person (includes glass and tastings – food truck fare sold separately).

Upper Perkiomen Valley Library

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pottstown Regional Public Library on Thursday, May 12th, 2022 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Student musicians from Pottsgrove School District will provide the music, while guests enjoy wine and cheese, and other light refreshments. Special displays will be set up at the library featuring many of the services the library offers, as well as tables with information about different countries to add to the ambience. There will also be a basket raffle and silent auction at this ticketed fundraiser. Tickets are $25 if bought before May 11th and $30 if bought at the door on the day of the event. Pottstown Regional Public Library , 500 E. High Street, Pottstown, Pa

Enjoy June Jazz at the Zoo while supporting the book fund for the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library and its branches (of which Upper Perkiomen Valley Library is one!) The wonderful N Town Band will be back, providing the live music, while guests mingle, check out the silent auction, maybe spots a giraffe and some eagles, enjoy some refreshments and a glass or two of wine, beer, or soft drinks. The $50 ticket includes two complimentary drinks along with admission to the fundraiser, and may be purchased online or at the door. The event is on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA

Arts Week is back in the Upper Perkiomen School District! Concerts will be held at both the Upper Perkiomen Middle School, 901 Montgomery Ave, Pennsburg, PA and at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA, from Tuesday, May 10th through Friday, May 13th, 2022. Come out to see, hear, and support these talented students.

Tuesday, May 10

Elementary Choir – 6:30pm @ UPMS
MS Chorus – 7:15pm @ UPMS
Elementary/MS Art Show – 6-8pm @ UPMS

Wednesday, May 11

HS Jazz Band – 6:15pm @ UPMS
Elementary Band – 6:30pm @ UPMS
MS Band – 7:15pm @ UPMS
Elementary/MS Art Show – 6-8pm @ UPMS

Thursday, May 12

Elementary Orchestra 6:30pm @ UPMS
MS Orchestra – 7:15pm @ UPMS
HS Recital – 6pm @ UPHS
HS Jazz Band – 6:30pm @UPHS
HS Art Show & Awards – 6-8pm @ UPHS

Friday, May 13

HS Band & Orchestra – 7pm @ UPHS
HS Art Show – 6-8pm @ UPHS

The Valley Choral Society will be singing one night only at their spring concert on Sunday, May 15th at Trinity Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA (19 S Fifth Street) “Revelation: Light Breaking Darkness” will be livestreamed on Facebook, as well as open to in-person audience, at 4 p.m. There will be a free will offering taken at the concert.

The Red Hill Band is also holding their spring concert this month. Their annual concert starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022, inside at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School, 901 Montgomery Avenue, Pennsburg, PA. Free and open to the public

Both the Valley Choral Society and the Red Hill Band will be performing again for the public at this year’s Make Music Upper Perk on Tuesday, June 21st! The full schedule and musician listing for this year’s 10th annual Make Music Upper Perk will be posted on this site later this month.

Wunderbarn in East Greenville is running a series of Vaudeville Storytimes this year, starting on Saturday, May 21st, 2022.

Vaudeville Storytimes in 2022 are circus themed and intergenerational. We encourage participation from all ages! We start each session with a story, and follow that with learning a circus skill together, playing a game, or creating a prop, puppet, or costume piece to take home.

These events are donation based. We welcome your contribution to help support future events Registration is required. Please come even if you can’t afford to donate.

actsofJennius – Wunderbarn

Wunderbarn will also be celebrating National Tap Dance Day on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at 4 p.m. Join Karen Clemente, professor of dance at Ursinus College, to learn some basic tap dance moves. Then watch and join in the tap jam that follows! Donation based event.

Buy tickets now for Star Wars; A New Hope in concert with the Allentown Symphony at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N 6th Street, Allentown, PA on Friday, May 20, 2022. Hear, live, the complete original score played along with a screening of the original, first Star Wars movie!

Mayfair Festival of Arts is also back, the last weekend in May, May 27-May 29, 2022, at Cedar Crest College. This combination of live music, dance, artist market, workshops, and more is not quite as large (or as accessible for the general public, sadly) as when it was held at Cedar Beach Park, but it is nice that it continues in some form. Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown, PA Admission and parking are free.

Support the arts and volunteer for the 10th annual Make Music Upper Perk – Tuesday, June 21, 2022! Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event. Read more about volunteer opportunities, and come to the volunteer meeting – Saturday, May 14th, outside at the New Goshenhoppen Park (618 3rd Street, East Greenville, PA) by the bandshell, beginning at 10 a.m. And whether or not you volunteer, buy a special edition “circa 2013” t-shirt to join in the celebration – deadline for advance orders is May 16th (t-shirts arrive and will be available for pick up the first week in June)

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