June has officially arrived and that means that it is time to start planning for exciting summer adventures! If you live in or near Berks County, you’re in luck because there are lots of fun events happening over the coming months. Before you hit the road for some summer fun, make sure your car is up to the task. Stop by the dealership at Kutztown Auto to shop a variety of new and pre-owned cars or just to get some routine maintenance done on your current vehicle. Once your vehicle is ready to roll, it will be time to check out these cool happenings.
Free Concert Series In The Park - Reading, PA
If you love live music, the free concert series in downtown Reading is not to be missed this summer. Beginning in June and running through September, Downtown Alive will be presenting a variety of musical artists from many different genres. The events are family friendly, so pack up the kids, dogs, and anyone else who loves to rock out. So far, the musical lineup for this year includes Go Go Gadget, The Magpie Salute with special guest Flux Capacitor, Sugar Hill Gang with special guest Nova, and Galactic Empire. More bands may be announced in the future, so be sure to check the website
for regular updates. As an added bonus, there will also be food trucks on site and beer and wine will be sold. All shows will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will take place in the 500 block of Penn Street. Admission is always free and free parking for the event will be available at the parking garage on 4th and Cherry Street. Shows will be held rain or shine.
Kutztown Folk Festival
The historic Kutztown Folk Festival is a highlight of the summer in Berks County. This festival holds the honor of being the oldest, continuously running folk festival in all the United States. The purpose of the festival is to showcase the unique culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Visitors will learn more about the traditions, crafts, food, music, and general culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch while in attendance. For those interested in traditional crafts, explore the quilt barn where thousands of traditionally handmade quilts are on display. You can also visit with the other crafters who are engaged in blacksmithing, basket weaving, making pottery, metal working, jewelry making, and much more. Traditional dancers, brass bands, folklore seminars, and a horse-powered carousel are a few other entertainments you can look forward to. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there is an abundance of Pennsylvania Dutch food to sample. The Kutztown Folk Festival runs from June 30 to July 8 and children under 12 get in free.
2018 Menard's Car Show at Maple Grove Raceway
Car enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a trip to the 2018 Menards Chevy Show at the Maple Grove Raceway in Reading. This event showcases a wide variety of Chevy vehicles. You’ll learn more about high-powered race cars and be able to take in the NHRA and IHRA show cars. If you are working on a car of your own, be sure to check out the performance and restoration midways for inspiration and advice from experts. If you are hoping to buy, sell, or trade parts, the swap meet and Car Corral are the places to go. The 2018 Menards Chevy Show is set to take place from July 13 to 15. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the fun.
Summer Days Doodlebug Rides
No summer would be complete without enjoying a cool, historic train ride. The Allentown and Auburn Railroad is the perfect place to enjoy a ride through beautiful countryside and learn all about the history of trains. Allentown and Auburn boast a unique collection of heritage train equipment and nearly five miles of beautiful railroad track to run on. For a special experience, take the family out to ride on the Doodlebug, a type of self-propelled, gasoline powered passenger train. Doodlebug Days are currently scheduled to occur during July and September. Admission prices vary by age. If you can’t make it to one of the Doodlebug Days, Allentown and Auburn offer several other fun events during the summer. For a romantic evening ride, check out Steam Under the Stars or the Firefly Express. A fun event for kids, Storybook Train, occurs in August. You can find all the details for upcoming events on the railroad’s website
Summer is a time for spending quality time with friends and going on adventures with family. Here in Berks County, there is an abundance of fun ways to enjoy the time over the summer months. Whether you like music, folk festivals, good food, cars, trains, or all of the above, there is something that is sure to tickle your fancy.