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Top festivals and special events in the Lehigh Valley

22 May 2006  Lifetime Lehigh Valley resident.
2.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

The best of the best. These aren't just some dinky local deal.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Shopping, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Musikfest
    http://www.musikfest.org/

    Started in 1984, this 10-day musical festival held annually in Bethlehem, Pa. the first week in August features more than 300 performers from across the country and around the globe and best of all most of it is free! There are some great kids areas, and of course a variety of international foods including local flavor.

  • 2. Celtic Classic
    http://www.celticfest.org/

    Usually held the second last weekend September, this is the largest Celtic festival in North America, and an unlikely place for the world championship of Highland Games. Great music, great food and great entertainment. Best of all free!

  • 3. Mayfair Festival of the Arts
    http://www.mayfairfestival.org/

    Nearly threatened to extinction, this festival is hanging on by a wire. Held at Cedar Beach in Allentown over Memorial Day weekend, its roots are in nice crafters, like painting and pottery. However, it has branched out to include lots of music, and has some impressive headliners for free(included with $5 admission) every year. Also some typical festival stuff for kids (read balloonmakers, facepainting etc.)

  • 4. Lehigh Valley Sportsfest
    http://www.sportsfest.org/

    Held the second weekend in July, nearly 10,000 amateur athletes from the local and surrounding communities, states, Canada, and Europe come to Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • 5. Great Allentown Fair
    http://www.allentownfairpa.org/

    Great people watching. Lots of rides and animals for the kids. And a culinary adventure.

  • 6. Kutztown Festival
    http://www.kutztownfestival.com/

    Held the first week in July, this festival features Pennsylvania Dutch life at its best. It has turned kind of touristy and expensive in recent years, but still definitely worth the trip for the quilts and the food.

  • 7. Das Awkscht Fescht
    http://www.awkscht.com/

    Held the first weekend in August in Macungie, it is one of the largest gatherings of classic cars in the country.