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9 Must-Attend Events in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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We are so excited to be expanding our business into Lehigh Valley, with two new locations in Allentown and Lower Macungie! Lehigh Valley is a beautiful area filled with culture, kindness, and endless fun. It seems like there is always something to do in the area, including yearly events that all of the locals look forward to attending. Below are some of our favorite annual events to check out in Lehigh Valley, PA.


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Every summer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania you can attend Musikfest, a 10-day festival with great music, food, and local craft vendors. The festival is massive, covering many different parts of Bethlehem – though much of the action can be found in Bethlehem’s North Side. Although there are special headliners that you may want to buy tickets to see, there are also hundreds of free performances happening all across the festival grounds. While you’re there, make sure to try out some of the fan-favorite foods, including the roasted corn that you can smell from a mile away.

For individuals with sensory-processing difficulties, inclusion zones are located at the SteelStacks playground and Familienplatz. These sensory-supportive spaces feature Silent Sound System headphones with relaxing music, weighted lap pads, Moon Mats, sensory toys, and mindfulness activities.


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Great Allentown Fair

An almost 200-year-old tradition, the Great Allentown Fair is a must-see fair and agricultural show held every year at the Allentown Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend. Dedicated to supporting the achievements of local farmers, gardeners, and homemakers, the fair gives attendees a glimpse into the background of their food. The fair features delicious international cuisine, rides, games, concerts, and a demolition derby.


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Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

The Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival is a yearly celebration of Celtic culture in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The festival has five stages that feature Celtic artists, pipe bands, and Irish dancers from all over. You can also shop from vendors selling various authentic Celtic merchandise. The festival also features the U.S. National Highland Games Championship, which you will not want to miss.


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Located at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Oktoberfest is the go-to festival for authentic German food, Beirgartens, live music, wiener dog races, and more! At the festival, you can sample beer from Biergartens, such as Hofbrau, Samuel Adams, Dogfish Head, Penn Beverage, and Yeungling. For German food, you can find brats, strudel, waffles, and pierogies at various vendors. If you’re feeling strong, you can partake in the Pennsylvania State Stein Holding Championship – whoever holds their stein of beer the longest wins $500!


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PA Bacon Fest

Located in historic downtown Easton, the PA Bacon Fest is a free two-day festival that you do not want to miss! With over 100 vendors and various musical performances, it’s a great place to spend the day. The festival serves as a fundraiser for the Greater Easton Development Partnership, a local nonprofit focused around making Easton a livable and welcoming city. The bacon at Bacon Fest comes in just about every variety. You can get savory, sweet, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even vegan food options at the event. Additionally, you can expect to see a bacon costume contest, cooking competitions, a bacon-eating competition, and a hog-calling contest.

Easton Winter Village

The Easton Winter Village is open Friday-Sunday all November and December in downtown Easton. Head down to Centre Square to find vendor huts for shopping, an ice skating rink, holiday lights, and warm drinks like hot chocolate and mulled wine. All residents can enjoy 30 free minutes of ice skating, with rentals only costing $5. If you are not located in Easton, admission is $5 to skate. Make sure to also head to the Sigal Museum to visit Santa.


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If you need to knock out all of your holiday shopping, there is no better place than the Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem. Named one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel & Leisure, it’s truly a must-see. At the market, you can shop from over 60 local vendors, see performances, taste German holiday food like strudel, and visit St. Nicolas.

Lights in the Parkway

If you’re a fan of Christmas lights, you will not want to miss this mile-long light display located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The show features animated displays, holiday characters, tunnels, and landscaping covered in lights. It’s a great event to take the whole family to see. Make sure to get your tickets in advance, as this is a very popular local attraction.


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Given that the Lehigh Valley is home to Just Born, the company behind PEEPS, it’s only right to drop a PEEPS chick to ring in the new year! PEEPSFEST is a 2-day annual event every December 30th and 31st held at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. The event is family-friendly, with plenty of activities for the whole family, including a PEEPS diorama competition, and of course, sampling of the sugary treat. Both evenings at 5:30 pm (perfect for kids who can’t stay up until midnight), a 400-pound, 4’9” glowing PEEP is descended to celebrate the new year.

While there are always new and exciting events coming to Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem, and the rest of Lehigh Valley, these annual events are always a must-see. It’s rare to find so many events that honor the local culture as you do in the Lehigh Valley. For more local tips, make sure to sign up for our once-monthly blog newsletter! If you’re in the area and you want to learn more about our new locations, you can head over to our Allentown page.

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