laini’s list of 9 – June 18, 19, 20

1. 7th Annual South Side Film Festival

Saturday & Sunday, Various locations, Click here for festival program, South Side Bethlehem

Check out the last 2 days of one of the Valley’s premier festivals. From The festival is based in a strong and supportive arts and business community focused on promoting independent films. There is no “shelf life” or production date restriction upon films submitted to our festival. We view film as art, not as a commercial enterprise. Each year, in addition to our standard independent film screenings, we focus on a newly selected genre and cultural region to highlight at the festival.

2. Allentown * Freak * Out

Begins Friday at 7:30 and runs through Saturday, Various Locations, Allentown

This Fringe Festival is two days, six venues, and over 20 events including live music, fire performers, burlesque, comedy and so many other things you really need to go to the website to take a look at the artists or just go and see for yourself!

3. The Almost Secret Gardens of Easton Tour

Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from Noon to 4 pm, Tour starts at College Hill Presbyterian Church, corner of Monroe and Brodhead St., Easton

No matter what you think Easton is like, you will think differently after this tour which is sponsored by the College Hill Neighborhood Association. From the website: A total of twenty-seven gardens throughout Easton will participate in the 2010 Garden Tour on Saturday. A limited selection will be  available for viewing on Sunday. A wide variety of gardens are on display this year, ranging from small and hidden to large and impressive. Cost for tickets purchased at Advance Ticket Sales locations is $10.00. Cost on day of event is $15.00.

4. Songs for the Spill

Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, Rock n Joe Coffeehouse & Bistro, 1 W. Broad St., Bethlehem

Everyone is angry about the oil spill but these guys are doing something to help… and you can too! From the facebook event page: Help save animals and fight for the Gulf Coast! This is a free 12-hour long festival to collect donations and raise awareness for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which is quickly becoming the worst ecological disaster in US history. In conjunction with Lehigh Valley with If you’d like to help, but can’t attend, you can donate online.

5. Lehigh River Blues Jam

Friday from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday from 2 to 10 pm, Sunday from 1 to 7 pm, Catasauqua Park, 501 American St., Catasauqua

This is the 5th Anniversary of this festival hosted by the Women’s Blues Alliance and includes 14 live performances including Steve Broskey & Jimmy Meyer, Donovan Roberts Band, the BC Combo and Georgie Bonds. You can get a weekend pass for $25 at the gate or $20 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online. Bring chairs and sunscreen. Don’t bring pets, glass or coolers.

6. 7th Annual Street Festival

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, 11th Street from Chew to Turner, Allentown

This Elm Street Project-sponsored festival includes a flea market, fire trucks, a drum circle, DJ’s and a free kids’ craft tent with Crayola supplies… just to name a few things! Click here for more information.

7. Bethlehem Area Public Library Book Sale

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem

Known as one of the best book sales in the Valley, this sale boasts over 10,000 books and is set up like a book store, says their website. If you’re in need of some great summer reading, this is the place to go.

8. The Great Nazareth Carnival

Friday and Saturday, 6 to 11 pm, Nazareth Borough Park

Did you miss last week’s carnivals? Still haven’t had your fill of cotton candy? Well, here’s one for this week. While you’re there, take a drive down Victory Lane… and try not to go too fast.

9. Father’s Day Soap Box Derby

Sunday from 11 am to 3pm, Centre Square, Easton

Looking for something different to do with your father? Well, here it is! Come see what Northampton St. looks like lined with bales of hay as kids race down… all vying for the title! Also included: Food, music, a car show, games, an art car and tricycle races. And if you’re hungry afterwards, plenty of places within walking distance to go out to eat… and even sit outside. For more info… check out the fb event page.


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