Top April Events

Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA

Spring is here and Montco is in full swing this April with a busy calendar of events that includes some of the biggest celebrations of the year, such as the Great Philadelphia Comic Con, the Lansdale International Spring Festival and the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

We've got more than 30 ways to #MakeItMontco this April. See the full list and make plans now for your spring getaway today.

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VALLEY FORGE REVOLUTIONARY 5-MILE RUN

April 28
Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ® is a unique challenge for runners of all skill levels. Runners trek the five-mile, USATF certified course that traverses the scenic Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The event also includes a three-mile walk and the 1.776km Young Patriots Run for kids ages 6-14. All proceeds from the event benefit the Valley Forge National Historical Park. 

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MONTCO COMIC FEST

April 6
Montgomery County - Norristown Public Library

The Third Annual Montco Comic Fest will be taking place on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will be local comics creators and other artists, along with cosplayers and gamers. There will also be feature panels on comics-related topics, artistic workshops and plenty of fun activities for children.

Gaming

This year’s Gaming Room is once again sponsored by Phoenixville’s Gamer’s Heaven. We have an array of consoles to play for gamers of all ages, from Playstation 4s to the new Nintendo Switch. At noon, we’ll be starting our Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament! Battle your friends in one-on-one competition for the chance to win some new Amiibos!

Panels & Workshops

Title: Tips On Drawing Comics Characters
Time: 11:00am – 11:50am
Location: Magazine Room
Presented By: Keville Bowen

It’s that time again for MontCo Comic Fest and with that another round of our Comic book contest. Come hone your skills with help from Keville Bowen. His ‘Tips on Drawing Characters’ workshop is focused on various face styles, simple body structure and position poses.

Title: Anime For The Whole Family
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Location: Children’s Learning Center
Presented By: Nathaniel Hoover

Game designer and anime aficionado Nate Hoover walks old otaku and new fans alike through the world of family-friendly anime!

Title: Getting Started
Time: 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Location: Magazine Room
Presented By: TBA

This panel focuses on how to get your start in a creative industry. Hear from artists, writers, crafters and more! The last half of this panel will be devoted to audience questions.

Title: Art Showdown
Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Location: Magazine Room
Presented By: TBA

The wild improv drawing game returns! Local artists will battle head-to-head in round robin art competition based on random audience suggestions.

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MID-ATLANTIC INDOOR NATIONALS CAR, TRUCK & BIKE SHOW

April 6 - 7
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

If you are an automotive enthusiast, you'll want to clear your schedule for an extended weekend of nearly 300 high-end custom cars, bikes, trucks, and vendors at this incredible show. We hope you will be joining us, as a vehicle exhibitor, vendor, sponsor or spectator. If you are an automotive enthusiast you will want to clear your schedule for an extended weekend of automotive history, culture, and fun at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. We hope to see you there on April 6th and 7th. Saturday 9am to 8pm;Sunday 9am to 4pm

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JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

April 7 & 14
Morris Arboretum

The history of the Morris Arboretum is rich with Japanese influences. Celebrate spring with beautiful blooming cherry blossoms and learn about the Japanese cultural influence on Morris Arboretum. The two-day event includes the thundering Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew and a traditional Japanese tea. All events are free with gardens admission.

Elmwood Party for the Planet

PARTY FOR THE PLANET

April 27
Elmwood Park Zoo

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' signature Earth Day celebration (and the largest combined celebration in North America) is back! Elmwood's annual eco-celebration features live entertainment, an Earth Expo with participating vendors (below) showcasing their eco-friendly products and services, and raffles for goodies to take home!

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LANSDALE INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL

April 27
North Penn High School

For more than a quarter century, Montgomery County has held this eclectic, inclusive, family-friendly gathering. In celebrating the cultures of the world, the Lansdale International Spring Festival presents a day-long run of live entertainment, multi-cultural exhibits and vendors, a family health fair, hands-on activities, music and dance performances and a smorgasbord of global cuisines.

Colebrookdale Railroad Easter Bunny

EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS

April 6 - 7, 13 - 14, 19 - 20
Colebrookdale Railroad

The best way to make Easter memories that will last a lifetime is to join Peter Cottontail aboard the Colebrookdale Railroad! The Bunny brings gifts for all children and an Easter Egg Hunt right on board the train for all children up to 12 years of age.

Be sure to bring your camera to take your picture with the Easter Bunny!

Sacred Arts Festival

SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL

April 28
Glencairn Museum

Experience religious art in the making: witness demonstrators using ink, glass, paint and music to create beautiful expressions of faith. Learn about stone carving, see the creation of a sand mandala, and more.

Expo Comic Con

THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON!

April 12 - 14
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! is dedicated to producing celebrations of comics and popular culture by providing unique access to talented artists and a family-friendly experience for fans. Our show motto “Get UR Geek On!” represents the diverse and unique nature of the fans – be they fans of Comics, Movies, TV, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay or more.

 

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TASTE OF THE SUBURBS

April 15
King of Prussia Mall

Join King of Prussia Rotary Club’s annual Food and Wine Festival.

Each year the King of Prussia Rotary raises funds for their nonprofit King of Prussia Charitable Foundation. The Foundation provides donations to several international, national and local community programs. For over 60 years King of Prussia Rotary has conducted its contribution programs in the spirit of the Rotary motto “Service above Self”

Last year, Taste of the Suburbs was a major success! Over 30 of the area’s top restaurants, wineries and micro-breweries sampled their signature menu items to over 500 guests.

Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $10 Children 12 and under

A Historical Evening in Valley Forge

April 16
Black Powder Tavern

Many think of the Valley Forge encampment with grounds forever covered with heavy snows, where hungry soldiers in tattered clothing huddled in icy huts, where Martha Washington visited among the private soldiers.  But do you know what really happened at Valley Forge? Dr. Nancy Loane, noted speaker, author and researcher, will examine the myths and uncover the truths of that famous winter of 1777-78.  Join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. and discover a Valley Forge that you probably never knew existed.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and libations will be flowing! We’re proud to be pouring Yards Brewing Company’s Thomas Jefferson Golden Ale and George Washington Porter for the evening.

Dinner will be served as our lecture begins at 6 p.m. A Q&A session will follow with complimentary coffee and mini desserts. Reservations are required for this event and seating is limited. Don’t wait!

We’ll help you make a reservation today at (610) 298-9333.

 

TRICOUNTY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2018 ANNUAL DINNER

April 17
RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

Join the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce for “A Fun Night Out” with Comedian Joe Conklin – “The Man of a Thousand Voices.” And don’t forget to purchase an emoji popper to take a chance to win an awesome prize.

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Live Music, Comedy and Performances
keswick queen

ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN

April 5
Keswick Theatre

One Night of Queen is a stunning live 2 hour concert recreating and celebrating the music of Queen. Performed by Gary Mullen and 'The Works', with fantastic staging, lighting and effects, this show will rock you!

Other performances at the Keswick this month include Cry Cry Cry on April 6, The Fab Faux on April 7, An Intimate Evening with David Foster on April 8, Iyanla Vanzant on April 12, Dweezil Zappa on April 21, The Lightning Thief on April 23, An Evening with Steven Wilson on April 25 and Always and Forever: An Evening of Luther Vandross Starring Ruben Studdard on April 28.

SLICK RICK

April 5​
Ardmore Music Hall

Slick Rick is a British-American old school rapper best known for his album output in the late 80s and early 90s. Otherwise known as The Ruler, Slick Rick paved the way for rap as one of the earliest in the game.

REAL DIAMOND

April 6
​Keswick Theatre

REAL DIAMOND is a professional band dedicated to the faithful re-creation of the live Neil Diamond experience. They are obsessively passionate about providing the finest Neil Diamond show short of having the man there himself.

The Real Diamond set list includes note-for-note renditions of all Neil Diamond's greatest hits including: "Cherry Cherry", "Holly Holy", "Kentucky Woman", "Cracklin Rosie", "Sweet Caroline", "America", "Solitary Man", "I'm a Believer", "If You Know What I Mean", "Hello Again", "Forever in Blue Jeans", many more!

GOLDEN GATE WINGMEN

April 11
Ardmore Music Hall

In the tradition of psychedelic dance music, the Golden Gate Wingmen keep the Grateful spirit alive! Comprised of musicians that have performed extensively with the original members of the Grateful Dead, the Wingmen delight audiences with original songs, as well as a wide variety of covers and Grateful tunes. United by their love to jam and make people dance, Golden Gate Wingmen formed in 2014 to perform a show at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. As Furthur finished a wonderful run of over 300 shows, Kadlecik, Chimenti and Lane wished to carry on their musical brotherhood, and with his creative and unique approach to playing bass, Mathis completed this amazing quartet. Touring nationwide over the last several years, the Wingmen have developed a style all their own. From Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, to Bob Marley to Led Zeppelin, the Wingmen create a fusion of rock, funk and jazz like no one else!

DUMPSTAPHUNK

April 19​
Ardmore Music Hall

Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy.

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Live Theater

THE FEW

March 14 - April 7
Theatre Horizon

Regional Premiere

A surprisingly funny story of seething tensions and missed connections, from the author of The Whale.

In the days before the Internet, a small town editor plays matchmaker by publishing a newspaper that runs personal ads, uniting the truck drivers who traverse America’s lonely roads. When her own lost lover resurfaces, long-simmering tensions expose carefully guarded secrets, by turns hilarious, exhilarating, and poignant. Meanwhile Matthew, an eager young writer, compels his jaded mentors to consider whether recommitting to the human race is worth all the trouble.

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR

March 19 - April 14 ​
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

by Bernard Slade

The beloved Broadway romantic comedy. George and Doris - married to other people - meet for an annual tryst for 24 years. Starring Tony Braithwaite and Tracie Higgins.

"Genuinely funny and genuinely romantic" -The New York Post

MONTCO WEDDINGS

BRIDAL EVENTS
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PENNSYLVANIA BRIDAL & WEDDING EXPO

April 14​
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Join Valley Forge Casino Resort in welcoming the ACS Bridal Show on April 14 at the Event Center! The Bridal Show offers everything: fashion shows, live music, wedding vendors, cash prizes, giveaways, and more!

Don’t forget to visit the Valley Forge Weddings booth while you’re at the Bridal Show!

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