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All three of the Valley’s principal cities shine with local music this weekend, making for one Can’t-Miss weekend.
The entertainment options are varied, too, providing something for all tastes. Let’s explore!
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Runners, runners everywhere! The weather finally seems to have warmed up, and folks are hitting the pavement across the Lehigh Valley. Whether you are new to running or a seasoned veteran, it can be difficult to choose which races to attend. Allow me to offer a “solution” to get your schedule started off on the right foot – run for beer!
The Funk 5 Miler takes place in Emmaus on Saturday, June 9th at 11 a.m. The race starts in the triangle at the center of town, and runs through the residential area – a few hills, but nothing too steep. It concludes with an after-party – including two free beers for each runner from, you guessed it, Funk Brewing. The brewery itself is a few blocks away, and Yergey Brewing is also within walking/limping distance.
The Funk 5 Miler is hosted by Run Lehigh Valley, and is the third and final event in the annual Earn Your Beer series. The series starts in April with the Brew to Brew 10K+, where participants run a fast downhill-ish course between the Fegley’s Brew Works locations in Allentown and Bethlehem. The second race takes places in May at Weyerbacher Brewing – the 5K Hill Challenge. Aptly named, this event winds up and down the hills surrounding the brewery, including one gargantuan ascent in the final mile. Both events also feature post-race fun with free beer and music (Sunsets North brought the party to Weyerbacher last month). It’s never too early to start training for next year!
The Musikfest 5K was announced last week, and takes place on Saturday, August 4th in Bethlehem. Featuring a new course this year, the race starts and ends on the South Side at the SteelStacks, and runners receive their own Musikfest mug and food (*cough* beverage) tickets. As an added bonus, the race starts at 8 a.m. and includes a shuttle pass so you don’t have to fight for parking the rest of the day!
September features the Celtic Classic 5K, hosted by Morning Star Rotary during Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic weekend. While this race doesn’t explicitly provide beer at the end, if you run in a kilt you just might receive an extra “voucher” in your packet. Plus, kilts are actually ideal to race in – very breezy!
The Oktoberfest 5K is another great Bethlehem tradition, with this year’s even scheduled for Sunday, October 7th. Also taking place at the SteelStacks, this event occurs during ArtsQuest’s Oktoberfest celebration – complete with oompah bands, pretzels, dachshund races, and fun for all ages. Participants each receive an exclusive stein of Yuengling Oktoberfest beer upon race completion. This event is hosted by CK Running, which also curates the Jack Daniels Hot Toddy 5K in Philadelphia in December.
To close out the beer run year, RLV also hosts a Santa-themed “race” in December, where participants navigate between different bars for drink specials (and free beer if you’re fast enough), dressed in Santa costumes. A jolly way to socialize and keep warm!
As with any race, it’s important to train…
Cheers and see you at the starting line!
Following the success of the inaugural edition of Sounds of The Underground: Live! at Rivals, we are thrilled to announce the next installment of the series on Thursday, June 7.
A new era of live music kicked off at Rivals Sports Bar & Restaurant in Easton on Thursday night, as WLVU: The Sound of The Underground, The Balcony Show, and Gig Digger Music Bookings and Events teamed up to present the first-ever edition of Sounds of The Underground: Live!
Guess what? It’s gonna be May!
We don’t want to brag or seem too self-promotional, but… well, there’s a 24-hour stretch of fantastic performances that we’ve lined up for you as the weekend approaches, and you should definitely try to make it to all of them.
There’s more in store across our scene, as there usually is. For instance, here are some…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Progressive country crooner Jerrod Niemann brought the party to One Centre Square in Easton last night. The Platinum-certified singer of radio hits “Lover, Lover,” “What Do You Want,” and “Drink to That All Night” played for a crowd of over 200. Niemann is currently on tour promoting his 4th album This Ride, featuring singles “I Got This” and “God Made a Woman.”
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
In Easton’s Centre Square, the first Thursday of every month will rock just a little bit harder!
It finally seems, at long last, like the weather is about to break and feel a little more spring-y.
That makes this the perfect weekend to get out there, whether staying local or taking a little road trip. We have some advice on how to do both in this week’s…