Although the summer is starting to wind down, there's no reason to bag the fun.
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem is hosting its 50th annual Summer Festival, which raises funds to support patient care. Take the kids out for carnival rides and funnel cake.
At Kids Day at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, kids can learn about safety while touring fire trucks and emergency vehicles. If you haven’t tackled school shopping yet, it’s a great ruse to get the kids out for new sneakers, jeans and the latest styles from the Promenade.
Families will enjoy a day of drama with Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's performance of the "Big Bad Musical." Fairy tales were never so litigious.
A night out is a must as the days get shorter, and ArtsQuest is hosting some great performances this weekend. The Doc Marshalls will give a free honky-tonk performance at Levitt Pavilion, Patrice O’Neal delivers the laughs on Saturday, and Colin Hay brings on the music Sunday at the Musikfest Café.
Finally, Coca-Cola Park is not just for baseball. Every seat is the best seat in the house at the Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson concert.
BEST PICKS FOR THIS WEEKEND:
50th Annual Summer Festival (LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL-MUHLENBERG)
- WHERE/WHEN: Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, 2545 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, Thursday and Friday, 5 to 10pm, and Saturday, 3 to 10pm.
- WHY GO: Amusement rides, children’s activities and live entertainment are just some of the draws at the LVH-Muhlenberg festival. This is the hospital's biggest fundraiser and it helps support patient care, so it's truly good fun for a good cause.
- COST: Admission to the four-day festival is free.
KIDS DAY AT THE PROMENADE SHOPS (THE PROMENADE SHOPS AT SAUCON VALLEY)
- WHERE/WHEN: The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, Saturday, 11am to 2pm.
- WHY GO: Kids can explore fire trucks, police cruisers, emergency vehicles and a fire safety house while meeting costumed characters, including Red Robin, Miss Maggie Moo and Q-bot. Parents can get free safety materials and great discounts to share with the kids.
- Cost: Free, along with discounts at many of the local shops.
THE BIG BAD MUSICAL (PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH THEATRE)
- WHERE/WHEN: Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River St., Bethlehem, Friday, 7pm, and Saturday, 1pm and 4pm.
- WHY GO: "The Big Bad Musical" is where the big bad wolf gets his! In this cheeky courtroom drama, The Fairy Godmother cross- examines Little Red Riding Hood and the Boy Who Cried Wolf is put on the hot seat. Bring the family to see what the verdict will be.
- COST: Tickets are $5. Order tickets by calling 610-332-1400.
THE DOC MARSHALLS (ARTSQUEST)
- WHERE/WHEN: Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, Friday, 7:30pm to midnight.
- WHY GO: The Doc Marshalls are famous for their gritty Cajun and honky-tonk melodies. Come hear them tell their stories about living and loving on the road.
- COST: Free.
BIG & RICH, GRETCHEN WILSON AND XTREME MUZIK THE TOUR (COCA-COLA PARK)
- WHERE/WHEN: Coca-Cola Park, 1050 Iron Pigs Way, Allentown, Friday, 7:30 to 10pm.
- WHY GO: Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy will be on one stage for one night only. Every seat has a great view of the stage and field access. Two lucky winners will also get meet- and-greet passes to hang out with Gretchen and Big & Rich!
- COST: TICKETS: $44.50, subject to availability. There is a $6 service and handling charge for each ticket purchased.
PATRICE O'NEAL, COMEDIAN (ARTSQUEST)
- WHERE/WHEN: Musikfest Cafe, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, Saturday, 7:30 to 11:55pm.
- WHY GO: O'Neal is best known for entertaining audiences on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, NBC’s The Office and The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, and will have you rolling all the way into Sunday.
- COST: Tickets: $30 VIP Box or $25 Cabaret.
COLIN HAY (ARTSQUEST CENTER)
- WHERE/WHEN: Musikfest Cafe, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, Sunday, 7:30 to 11:55pm.
- WHY GO: You will perhaps remember Colin Hay as the lead vocalist from Men at Work, an Australian band that hit the big time in the 1980s with songs like "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" Relive that era and get acquainted with some of his new material.
- COST: Tickets: $44 Balcony or $34 Cabaret.