Begin your Cinco De Mayo celebration a night early in South Bethlehem, with the latest installment of #LVUFirstFriday, presented by Lehigh Valley Underground, SouthSide Arts District, and Banko Beverage Co.
PinHeads unite! What better way to channel your inner wizard than a day at the Allentown PinFest – the Lehigh Valley’s premier pinball event. PinFest features over 200 pinball games, as well as various arcade favorites. Machines range from nostalgia-inducing to state-of-the-art, with graphics that are probably more sophisticated than your TV.
All games are set to “free play,” so no need to scrounge up a fistful of quarters. Daily admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5 (bring a stool for your wee one!). No animals or strollers, but if you have a pinball-playing, stroller-riding animal, please post it on the PinFest Facebook page so we can all enjoy it.
The expo is open to the public on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pro tip: Get there early for shorter lines on popular games. For those looking to take their flipper skills to the next level, there also tournament options; details on signing up can be found here. If you’re in the market to purchase (and make your friends jealous), don’t hesitate to pull the trigger – many of the machines are available for sale or trade, and tend to get snatched up early.
Founded in the 1990s, PinFest has grown exponentially each year, welcoming thousands of players and vendors over a multi-ball (er, I mean multi-day) stretch. In addition to the gaming area, there is also a flea market with various parts and modifications for games. For visitor Nic Shell, “It’s all about the projects, parts, and pals.”
For those new to the pinball community – don’t be shy! Jump in on a multiplayer game or offer to play “split flip” – where you and a partner each control one flipper throughout the game. For 18-time attendee Mike Frasca, there are always “lots of great friends made, and lots of great games played.”
The festival is located in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds (302 N. 17th St). Parking is free, and the on-site snack bar will help fuel your new high scores. Happy flipping! For more information, visit pinfestival.com or the festival’s official Facebook event.
The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the best bluegrass acts around today. Hot off their Grammy win for their latest studio album, “Laws Of Gravity,” the band has been touring the country to support the album.
On Friday night, the quintet made their first stop in Bethlehem, headlining the Southside Arts & Music Festival wristband stages.
Foxtrot & the Get Down, the rising blues rock stars from Philadelphia who performed a stirring set at Musikfest last year, are back with an anthemic effort on their new single, “Down & Out.”
January Noon was one of ten free stage acts that brought the fire to South Bethlehem during the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival over the weekend.
In case you missed the talented pop duo, never fear: they’ll be back in South Bethlehem again for First Friday on May 4!
Here we are: the home stretch of an undeniably epic April.
This month has provided a wealth of fantastic performances and exciting events, and we promise no shortage of those as we close it out with these…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week
After a spirited Friday night that saw standout performances across SouthSide Arts & Music Festival’s free and ticketed stages, Saturday came around, proving to be a strong follow-up to bring the weekend full-circle.
We had a blast last night, capturing Night 1 of our SouthSide Arts & Music Festival lineup (presented in conjunction with ArtsQuest). Now, it’s on to Night 2!
On Friday night, festival season arrived to South Bethlehem.
In Easton’s Centre Square, the first Thursday of every month will rock just a little bit harder!