Laini’s List of 9 Things To Do in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend

1. 15th Annual Spring on 4th. What’s on 3rd? – aka CHILI FEST!

Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, 3rd and New Sts., Southside Bethlehem

This event is of significance for many reasons. 1. It’s the first festival of Bethlehem’s festival season. 2. It’s a true grass-roots event, planned by and populated by many organizations. 3. There is chili~ and a lot of it! Even vegetarian chili! So stop by and make sure you’re hungry. There’s over 35 restaurants/organizations participating and all the proceeds will benefit the Southside merchants and our whole Lehigh Valley. Oh, and chili’s apparently really good for you, so there’s no guilt involved either.

2. Gasland Screening

Friday from 7 to 10 pm, Muhlenberg College (Trumbower 130), Allentown

This award-winning documentary deals with what is possibly the most urgent ecological issue of our times. This is a free screening which will be followed by a Q & A session and guest speakers. Watch the trailer.

3. 3rd Annual Easton Pub Crawl

Saturday from 2 to 8 pm, Starting at Larry Holmes Ringside, 91 Larry Holmes Dr., Easton

This is a great way to spend a sunny Saturday, “crawling” through Easton with a few dozen other revelrous crawlers. Crawl bars include the brand-new Black & Blue (some spirits here formerly haunted the iconic, beloved, late Which Brew!), Porters’ Pub, Slainte Irish Pub, Maria’s aka Dutchtown Bar, StateCafe AndGrill, The Lafayette Bar, Drinkys, Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti House, and Larry Holmes Ringside Lounge. $25.00 registration fee entitles Crawlers to a whole bunch of cool stuff (including Trolley Service) and will benefit the Easton Business Association.

4. Lehigh Valley Art Wars Round One – Third Event

Saturday from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am, Allentown Brew Works, Silk Lounge, 812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown

The Lehigh Valley Art Wars are live events where artists create in a competitive environment presenting the creative process as a form of entertainment, gaining the artist exposure and connecting artists with admirers. Each War will give the artist two hours to create their piece of work. The artwork will be voted on by a combination of the audience and jury. A theme will be given to the artists and is chosen and presented to the artists and audience right before they start to create! Round 1 Third Event Artists: Jess Echevarria, Alexander Clare, Joseph Curwen & Aliza Vaida. Live Entertainment: DJ Discreet.

5. Phoenix Rising – A Spring Fire Celebration

Saturday, Seating starts at 7:45 pm, Show starts at 8:30 pm, Daddona Lake & Terrace, 20th & Walnut St., Allentown

A free performance of fire dance & object manipulation. Presented by the Lehigh Valley Fire Arts Collective. See multiple Fire Artists display their skills at the beautiful & historic Union Terrace Amphitheater.

6. Spring Cleaning Swap

Sunday from 1 to 4 pm, Sand Island (near the tennis courts), Bethlehem

From the Facebook event page: “Want some free new stuff to start off this Spring season? Or how about emptying out all that stuff you haven’t touched for at least a year? Well here’s your chance for BOTH! At the first-ever Spring Cleaning Swap! We suggest you bring: Books, Kids stuff, Lamps, House decorations, Shoes (nothing too scary though), Furniture, and of course clothing!”

7. Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King Live

Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 pm, 2nd Story Blues on Broadway, 1205 Broadway, Fountain Hill

Texas Blues come to the Valley! “Powerful, hard-nosed, authentic roadhouse blues…Punchy Texas shuffles, fierce boogies, tough slow blues and mighty fine roots rock” –Living Blues

8. “Magical Tales” Ballet and Symphony Family Concert

Sunday from 2 to 5 pm, Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th St., Allentown

From the Facebook event page: “Don’t miss this educational, unique production featuring the Ballet Guild Pre-Professional Division dancers and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra! Your ticket includes the “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” at 1:00 pm – a treat for the whole family.”

9. Benefit Cello Recital

Sunday at 7 pm, Christ Lutheran Church, Lounge, 1245 Hamilton St., Allentown

From the Morning Call: Debbie Davis performs Francoeur Sonata in E Major and the Martinu Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano, with Alexis Fisher, piano; Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 3 with Becky Brown. Benefits the ALS Association in honor of Nancy Bidlack. Free will offering. 610-433-3651

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