One thing that has really grown over the past 10 years in the Lehigh Valley is the amount of summer entertainment available to enjoy. With the addition of new venues, festivals and hot spots to hear some tunes, the Lehigh Valley Region really can compete with almost any area of the country with diversity and the amount of free or affordably priced entertainment. I wanted to try to highlight as many as I could and provide links to these concerts for you. If you were looking for something to do, it can be a little daunting to search the vast amount of places that offer live music. So, I did it for you. Below are some of the venues and choices for you to check out.
Steel Stacks, Bethelehem, Pa. (www.steelstacks.org)
In the historic South Side of Bethlehem, the Steel Stacks building and Levitt Pavilion have really grown to offer a lot of choices and activities to any person or family. By clicking EVENTS on the subheading on the home page you can see a wide variety of free and ticketed events. Events such as Arlo Guthrie, Matthew Morrison and comedians Ben Bailey and Rob Schneider, to name a few, are slated for this summer and fall. But what is so nice about Steel Stacks is the amount of other non-musical entertainment available. From tours, to family programming, any visitor or even local is bound to find something they will enjoy.
Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, Pa. (www.sandseventcenter.com/events/)
Located within walking distance of the Steel stacks property is the Bethlehem Sands Casino and event center. The event center has planned some eclectic and diverse entertainment this summer and is certainly worth checking out. Or, you can go to the Molten Lounge in the Sands Casino and check out their weekly slate of free entertainment. (www.pasands.com/nightlife/molten.html)
MusikFest Bethlehem, Pa. (www.musikfest.org/lineup/)
I would be neglecting probably one of the biggest music festivals in the country if I did not mention MusikFest. With over 500 concerts in a 10-day festival, MusikFest offers a wide range of performances both free and ticketed for just about any musical taste. Click on the website and you can clearly see where and when your favorite act will be performing.
This website is a good general site which offers you a lot of choices and information for each choice and venue. It is worth taking a look at.
If you are into local bands of all types, there are a lot of choices for that too. Click on the link above and you will find from Easton to Catasauqua, Bethlehem to Macungie, a large list of venues and scheduled performances. This alone is enough to tire anyone out!
If fairs and festivals are your thing, discover Lehigh valley has a list of 21 different events, which offer great food, music and activities for family, friends or just yourself. This is a great resource for activity in the greater Lehigh Valley.
Mt. Airy Casino & Resort (www.mountairycasino.com/entertainment/)
The Poconos are about 30 miles North of the Lehigh Valley and also feature a wide range of activity both indoors and out for you to take advantage of. Perhaps my next blog will focus more on the Poconos and the treasure trove of great things the region offers. In the meantime, Mt. Airy Casino and Resort is a hot spot with a lot of activity and entertainment nightly and including special event concerts. If you are thinking family or doing something with friends, check out this website: www.poconomountains.com/things-to-do/adventure-bucketlist/summer/ The summer bucket list for the Pocono area gives you a list of cool activities available to you.
There is so much more I could list here. The greater Lehigh Valley and even a little further out, it is just filled with so many options of things to do. If you ever say, “there is nothing to do tonight”, you probably aren’t looking because with just a little amount of searching, you can really open up a ton of possibilities. Plus, this is without mentioning any of the many shopping areas, food choices and parks. Phew, I am tired just thinking of all these possibilities!