May Happenings

2018 SOTA Idea House at HoudenHAL

Ooo and ahhh over all the cool, envy-inspiring items in this year’s Idea House. Presented by the Society of the Arts, this year’s home focuses on energy-efficient, sustainable home solutions and uses the skills of local interior and landscape designers. For those feeling the need to shop after a tour, the Attic includes a boutique of gently used items.

Through May 19. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open everyday except Monday and Tuesday. $20.

HoudenHAL, 9905 Old U.S. 22, Breinigsville.


Opening Day at Dorney

A sure sign of summer, Dorney Park opens its gates for another fun filled season of rides, thrills and splash-worthy fun.

May 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Prices vary.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown.


Brett Eldredge – The Long Way Tour

You’ll “Wanna Be” singing with the country crooner as he comes to the Lehigh Valley Enjoy the “Beat of the Music” along with special guests Devin Dawson and Jillian Jacqueline.

May 4, 7:30 p.m. $25 – 40.

Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd, Bethlehem.


Bill Murray Madness

Ready to overload on Bill? Four features over two nights in 35mm splendor sounds like just the right amount of Murray. There’s even the option to camp-out overnight in the drive-in theater’s parking lot.

May 4 & 5, $10, $7 for children 12 and under, $10 overnight camping pass.


Derby Viewing Party

Presented by Brown Forman, there’s no reason to fly to Kentucky to experience the horse race and revelry.  Live Dixieland music, fancy attire and the Derby on the big screen are just a portion of the free attractions. VIP tickets include food, select seating and a Mint Julep.

May 5. Free. $50 VIP.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.


#Bestof: Dumb Summer Movies

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than by checking out some of the best of the worst and most obscure movies gracing the big screen this season? Led by some of the Lehigh Valley’s funniest comics.

May 10, 8 p.m. $8, $7.50 students and seniors.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.


Simone on Simone: Lisa Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big Band

Enjoy a Mother’s Day tribute to the legendary Nina Simone with a performance by her heir apparent, daughter Lisa Simone. The GRAMMY nominated singer will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Simone on Simone” album, reuniting with local musicians from the original recording.

May 13, 5:30 dinner, 7:30 show. $34-39.

Musikfest Cafe, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.



Spring Vintage Market

Enjoy wine tasting with Boos-Rock Winery while shopping vintage goods: French, farmhouse, romantic, lifestyle, reclaimed, rustic, cottage.

May 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.

1810 Goundie House, 505 Main Street, Bethlehem.


Susan Werner

Contemporary folk singer-songwriter Susan Werner will perform songs from her decades of composition, including works from her recent An American in Havana, based on her trips to Cuba.

May 18, 8 p.m. $25.50-30.50.

Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem.


Lehigh Valley Food Truck Festival

Go on the field of the IronPig’s home turf and hit a culinary home run with 40 different food trucks to sample, from cupcakes and smoothies to BBQ and Asian fare, along with beer and drink offerings.  

May 19, noon – 3 p.m. or 5 – 8 p.m. (Evening session 21+). $10-20.

Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown.


TOMFEST Craft Beer & Spirits Tasting

Craft Beer and spirits tasting event, featuring local Lehigh Valley vendors and benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Tom Hartzell, LLS Man of the Year Candidate. Live music by Cunningham & Associates from 5-7 p.m. Event is rain or shine.

May 19, 4:30 p.m. $45 advanced, $50 door, $25 designated drive. Ages 21+ only.

Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.


Tucker: The Man and His Dream Film Screening

Get a glimpse at a custom-built Tucker 48 created by Rob Ida of Ida Automotive and Sean Tucker, a descend of the family car brand. Featuring a talkback q&a with both guests.

May 20, 11 a.m. $10, $8 students and seniors.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.


The Hollywood Vampires

If witnessing Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry all on one stage is on your bucket list, better get ready to check this one off as the famed trio comes to Sands with what’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind night of music.

May 21, 8 p.m. $49.50 – 109.50.

Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd, Bethlehem.


2018 Freddy Awards Preview Night

The biggest night of musical theater in the Lehigh Valley returns for its 16th year, spotlighting local high school performances from the Lehigh Valley and Warren County. Before it airs on TV, watch rehearsals live in person and upgrade your ticket to enjoy a buffet dinner.  

May 23, 4:30 – 10 p.m. $25 per person, $10 students for dress rehearsal. $85 for preview party.  

State Theatre, 453 Northampton St, Easton.


Cedar Crest College Mayfair

Enjoy a traditional Mayfair full of food, fun, artisan shopping, music and live performances on the College’s campus.

May 25-27, noon – 10 p.m. Free.

Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown.


Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fairies, lovers, misadventures — Shakespeare’s quintessential summer tale takes flight in this ballet performance.

June 1, 7 p.m. $20-30.

Baker Hall, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.