Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Bethlehem, PABy 1748, when Bethlehem's population stood at only 395, thirty-eight industries operated along the banks of Bethlehem's Monocacy Creek. Today, the Historic Bethlehem Partnership maintains the restored 1761 Tannery, the 1762 Waterworks (oldest pumped waterworks in America), and the 1869 Luckenbach Mill.
John Sebastian Goundie House, Bethlehem, PAThe John Sebastian Goundie house is a restored Federal style house built in 1810. The house was once home to a local brewer.
The Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival, Bethlehem, PAThe very best professional highland athletes from around the world compete each September in Bethlehem for two days in authentic “highland” events - the sheaf toss, the Braemar stone throw, and the all time crowd favorite – the caber toss. The quality of the food and craft vendors in attendance at the Celtic Classic is, in itself, world class.
Christkindlmarkt, Bethlehem, PAThis absolutely wonderful Christmas marketplace in Bethlehem features an amazing array of exquisite gifts and fine arts and crafts, from jewelry to hand-made quilts. St. Nicholas is on-hand for the children.
Concours d'Elegance at Lehigh University Mountaintop Campus, Bethlehem, PAEach June, rain or shine, 200 of the finest automobiles ever produced roll into Bethlehem for one day of “showing off.” If you love classic cars, this is a “must see” event.
The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PAThe Moravian Museum of Bethlehem interprets the history of the Moravian Church and its community in Bethlehem and beyond. The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts relating to the life of the Moravians. The museum demonstrates the industry, the home life, the religious practice, the ideals of education and the great faith and vision of its community.
The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Bethlehem, PALocated in Bethlehem's National Register Historic District, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in two historic buildings. Its permanent collection encompasses 250 years of fine period furniture, silver, glass, textiles, china, paintings, toys and grand mementos, beautifully displayed to showcase Bethlehem's early history. This collection represents the best examples of fine, folk and decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries and presents a vision of daily life and culture in past generations. The museum was originally established through a bequest from Annie B. Kemerer (1865-1951), who collected rare Victorian antiques.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, PASince 1926, in one form or another, a community theater has thrived and sometimes barely survived in Bethlehem. However, today, that community theater is thriving and performing in its own theater, presenting residents of Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley with exceptional community theater.
Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem, PA After living for some years in the south and coming in contact with the Moravians, James Burnside moved to Pennsylvania in 1748, and bought 500 acres of land which became the Burnside Plantation. He was the first Northampton County legislator and a colleague of Benjamin Franklin. The Plantation includes a barn, corncrib, wagon shed, apple orchard, farmhouse, summer kitchen, terraced garden, Monacacy Corridor, and hosts an annual Blueberry Festival. It is located between Martin Tower and the Bethlehem Racquet Club on Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PAThe Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach Choir in the United States of America, dating back to 1898, when the choir performed the Bach Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio. The Choir consists of 95 volunteer members who perform with a fully professional orchestra and world-renowned soloists. They have performed internationally in Leipzig and Munich, Germany, as well as Washington, D.C. at The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Musikfest, America’s Annual Music Festival, Bethlehem, PAEvery summer, tourists and locals alike roll out the red carpet for America’s largest music event, Musikfest, held in historic downtown Bethlehem. Most of the concerts are free, show-casing more than 300 local, regional and national musicians. There’s an abundance of ethnic foods, fine crafts, visual artists and a spectacular fireworks display to end the festivities. See page 38 for additional information.
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Bethlehem, PAUnder the direction of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, young dancers from throughout Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley are offered the opportunity to learn to dance from master teachers. A full schedule of classes is available to young students. Each December the troupe performs “The Nutcracker” at the Zoellner Arts Center.
The Banana Factory – Community Arts Center and Gallery, Bethlehem, PAThe Arts Center has been a cornerstone in the revitalization of South Bethlehem, and has rapidly become one of the main visual arts attractions in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania. Simply put, it’s the place to experience art in eastern Pennsylvania.
The State Theatre of Easton, Easton, PA For over 75 years, the State Theatre has been entertaining Lehigh Valley audiences with high quality performances and headline entertainers in its main, 1,500 seat performance hall. Today, the State Theatre presents over 100 performances a year, welcoming over 100,000 patrons per season. The facility also boasts the Acopian Ballroom, with full kitchen facilities for special functions and meetings, as well as the Gallery, which features local artists’ work and is open after most performances for patrons to relax and enjoy a drink.
Touchstone Theater, Bethlehem, PA The Touchstone Ensemble is the Lehigh Valley’s only professional resident theater ensemble. The ensemble is located in the newly rejuvenated Southside of Bethlehem, and has been a major force in helping to rejuvenate a struggling community.
Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, Bethlehem, PAMock Turtle is one of just a few marionette theaters of its kind in the United States. Since 1996, Mock Turtle has made its home in an intimate 100-seat theater at The Ice House on Sand Island, in Bethlehem, PA.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University, Center Valley, PAEach summer, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival performs works by the Bard and other playwrights. This festival is held at the Labuda Center on the campus of DeSales University, and brings together professional actors from New York City and Philadelphia, as well as students majoring in theater from the University.
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA The Allentown Art Museum is a fine regional museum located in the heart of downtown Allentown. The Museum's collection of more than 11,000 extraordinary treasures - works of art that provides the region with the opportunity to experience more than 700 years of western cultural heritage.
Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Allentown, PAThe Mayfair Festival in Allentown, over a long Memorial weekend, is a smaller version of Bethlehem’s Musikfest.
Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA The Baum School of Art is a non-profit community art school located in center city Allentown.
Civic Theatre of Allentown The Civic is a professionally-staffed community arts center, offering the best in theatre, arts education, music, and film. The theatre produces seven full-scale productions annually, using a professional director and a cast selected in open auditions. Additionally, the Civic offers a Cabaret Series, a Staged Readings Series, Special Events, and a Civic Outreach program that takes the arts out into the community. Open Space Gallery.
The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA Since 1852, the Allentown Fair has been one of the main attractions in all of eastern Pennsylvania.
The Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Allentown, PALVCO is the premier, professional orchestra in the Lehigh Valley. Each year it performs a variety of pieces from traditional to contemporary music.
The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Allentown, PA The Allentown Symphony Orchestra performs in the splendid, century old Central Market Hall, now Symphony Hall, in downtown Allentown.