5 Can’t-Miss Summer Activities Near Allentown

Jennifer De Jesus


The weather is heating up--and so is Allentown’s calendar of events

With the official start of summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ways to take advantage of the warmer Allentown weather. From food festivals and farmers markets to family-friendly pastimes and live music, here is your guide to this summer’s must-dos in Allentown. 

Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival

May 31st-June 2nd, 2019
Now in its 10th year, the Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival is a three-day event celebrating the area’s best dining and beverage offerings from top Lehigh Valley chefs and restaurants. Kicking off on May 31st, the festival’s schedule of events caters to a range of palates and tastes and includes cooking demos, wine seminars, a champagne and spirits room, a VIP Emeril Lagasse gala dinner, and more--all at the Sands Bethlehem Resort. Tickets are available now, and proceeds benefit The Northampton Community College Foundation. 

Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival

June 8th, 2019
If you’re a fan of live music, great food, and even better company, join 20,000 blues lovers at this year’s Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival on June 8th. At this year’s event, you can enjoy delicious barbecue from around the country as well as craft and domestic beers all while prominent musicians liven Allentown’s streets across six stages in the heart of downtown. The music is free, and the atmosphere is priceless!

Allentown Art Museum

If the heat outside becomes too much to bear, spend a day at the Allentown Art Museum. With a collection of over 19,000 works, the Allentown Art Museum is a local institution with stimulating exhibits and programs. This summer, a number of new exhibitions will be on display, including international artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s “Golden Age” wallpaper, a vintage evening gown display dubbed “Deco After Dark,” and a Japanese decorative arts collection of hand-carved stencils. Admission on Sundays and the third Thursday of every month is free, when the museum partners with the local art community to stay open after hours to present musical performances, film series, educational talks, and more. 

Klein Farms

A bit outside town but worth the visit, Klein Farms is a dairy and creamery that has been in business for almost 100 years. The farm is run by third-generation farmers Layne and Beth Klein, who host visitors year-round to experience the grounds, visit with the animals, and sample the fresh gourmet cheeses, ice cream, and baked goods on offer. A great activity for the whole family, enjoying Klein Farms is a perfect way to spend a summer Saturday.

Great Allentown Fair

August 27 - September 2, 2019
Close out summer with the Great Allentown Fair, a local favorite and must-do before the weather turns and kids go back to school. Celebrating the area’s rich history in farming, agriculture, and crafts, the fair educates guests on the Lehigh Valley’s past and offers rides, games, and shows for people of all ages. After a century and a half, the fair continues to be a destination for locals and their families to celebrate traditions and immerse themselves in great music, food, entertainment, and more.

If you’re looking for more things to do in Allentown this summer or are hoping to explore Allentown real estate, contact us today. It would be our pleasure to serve as your Allentown real estate agents and help you find the home of your dreams.


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