So many choices, so little time (so what else is new?)! I confess, I’ll be spending most of this weekend in front of the computer, either at work, or at home updating these pages with the upcoming theater events (e.g. The Gin Game at Montgomery Theater), art openings (e.g. Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia at Allentown Art Museum), fall festivals (e.g. Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem at the end of September, Harry Potter Festival in October), and more.
For this weekend, though, let’s start with Bethlehem’s First Friday in the Southside Arts District, with art, artists, and musicians inside and outside along 3rd and 4th Streets – happening now (from approximately 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, September 1, Bethlehem, PA). If you are going, definitely stop by the Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA, then walk around the nearby shops and streets to see what is happening there for First Friday, and consider ending the night at Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks for a free outdoor concert (and maybe some refreshments). The Sean Fleming Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. (the band “takes traditional Irish music to a new level”).
If you already have plans for tonight, there will be three more free concerts at Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks this weekend; the Allentown Symphony Orchestra will be playing Broadway Favorites, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, September 2nd, The Craig Thatcher Band will take the stage with their blend of blues and rock on Sunday evening, September 3rd, and GRAMMY award-winning blues-funk musician and actor from New Orleans Chris Thomas King closes out the holiday weekend with an evening outdoor concert on Monday, September 3rd. While there is some seating, you are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking is free at the venue, and there are refreshments (soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, along with some food) for sale by the SteelStacks, 645 E. First Street, Bethlehem, PA.
Closer to home, at the New Goshenhoppen Park, 3rd Street, East Greenville, PA, the 95th Annual Allentown Band Concert and Park Picnic is scheduled for this Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. Find a seat and enjoy “Piano in the Park” as it takes the bandstand stage at 3:15 p.m. featuring Grace Notes Piano Studio and students of Susan Royer (co-founder Make Music Upper Perk)! The Allentown Band Concert will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the park there will also be cake walks, funnel cakes, birch beer, homemade desserts and other picnic food for sale. There is no parking fee or admission charge to the park or the concerts. Seating is available, although you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, and your own picnic food.
If you prefer to be indoors, OpenMic at the WingMan Bar and Grill (Route 29, East Greenville, PA, by the Walmart) is also this Saturday night, September 2, 2017.
And get in line early if you are interested in free tickets for the Barnes Art Museum (Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA) on Free First Sunday – September 3, 2017. Tickets are handed out beginning at 9 a.m. (the museum opens at 10 a.m.) The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will be playing outside for the enjoyment of all, regardless of if you get a ticket. The Allentown Art Museum offers free admission every Sunday afternoon, from noon to 4 p.m.
What are your plans for the weekend? If you know of any great art/music/theater events happening in our area this weekend, let us know by adding your comments to this post!