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.
VALLEY FORGE REVOLUTIONARY 5-MILE RUN
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.
MONTCO COMIC FEST
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.
MID-ATLANTIC INDOOR NATIONALS CAR, TRUCK & BIKE SHOW
April 7 - 8
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.
JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
April 7 & 14
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.
PARTY FOR THE PLANET
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!
LANSDALE INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL
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.
April 21 - 22
Spring in the Secret Valley is a magical experience, as the deep forests come back to life. Join Colebrookdale Railroad this season as they paint the line with the brilliant colors of native wild flowers. Passengers will be encouraged to toss ecologically correct mudballs – yes, real mudballs, laden with native wildflower seeds – from the train.
The Mudball Express runs April 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and April 22 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL
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.
THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON!
April 27 - 29
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.
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN CUPCAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Davio's Galleria Bakery + Cafe
Turn your little one into America’s Next Top Chef with Davio’s Galleria Bakery + Café’s monthly kids’ cooking classes! This April, Davio's will sweeten things up with a cupcake decorating workshop led by Pastry Chef Candice Holovich on Sunday, April 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
TRICOUNTY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2018 ANNUAL DINNER
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.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery
Boyd's Murder Mystery Dinner series continues with Act 1 Productions presentation of "The Case of The Shaken, Rattled and Rolled Reporter." This 50's themed mystery is fun and interactive... and may just leave you "all shook up." Come dressed in your best 50's outfits and help to solve the crime. Reservations required.
Boyd's is also hosting Vendors and Vino on April 5 and Comedy Night on April 6.
FIRST ENTREPRENEUR: HOW GEORGE WASHINGTON BUILT HIS - AND THE NATION'S - PROSPERITY
Presented by Edward Lengel, military historian and author of George Washington: A Military Life. Learn how George Washington’s abilities as a businessman informed his leadership as a general and president and set the foundation for the nation’s future prosperity.
BRITISH ARMY WIVES
Noted author Don Hagist will present British Army Wives on Monday, April 9. This article interweaves an assortment of material from a large number of sources, which, when taken together, begins to yield portraits of women present within the British garrisons and encampments that clarify their characters, daily lives, responsibilities and experiences.
TAKING ROOT AT POTTSGROVE MANOR
Dig into the past as Pottsgrove Manor celebrates the arrival of spring and the opening of their new 18th century kitchen garden. In addition, learn about the many uses of herbs and plants during the colonial time period.
HAPPY HOUR WITH THE HISTORIAN
On the lovely evening grounds of Graeme Park (indoors in cooler/inclement weather), enjoy a few drinks, munchies, and 30-40 minute talk on a topic of historical interest.
AMERICAN GIRL TEA & HISTORY: JULIE ALBRIGHT (1974)
Enjoy afternoon teatime with your doll and friends. Each tea will feature a character from American Girl®, and guests will learn what life was like for the children during her era.
SECRET PHILADELPHIA: A GUIDE TO THE WEIRD, WONDERFUL & OBSCURE
History and hermits. Museums and murals. Graveyards and churches and plenty of cheesesteak. These are the secrets of Philadelphia. Join the Historical Society of Montgomery County on April 26, when Mary Dixon Lebeau reveals a city of curious contradiction, one with a rich history dating back to 1682 but also with an eye on future.
Live Music, Comedy and Performances
ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN
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.
POINT ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH ACOUSTIC HOT TUNA
Hot Tuna began as an acoustic spinoff of the Jefferson Airplane by founding members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. For more than four decades now they’ve played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever garnering the reputation as a tight, masterful duo on the cutting edge of American blues and roots music.
Additional performances at the Colonial this month include Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project on April 4, Christopher Cross on April 13 and City Rhythm Orchestra Presents First Ladies of Song on April 27.
COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: MOODY MCCARTHY
Moody McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and a Beta fish they rescued from a pet store. Moody has made numerous TV appearances on shows such as Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and two scintillating sets on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Also at The Vault this month are Yannis Pappas & Chris Distefano on April 13, Mike Vecchione on April 20 and Bob DiBuono on April 27.
GARRETT THOMAS MAGIC
April 6 - 7
Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater
This modern master of close-up magic will astound you with his incredible sleight of hand when you enter his world of impossibilities. Garrett Thomas is a professional close-up, sleight of hand magician based in Western New York.
Also at the Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater this month is Karl Hein Magic on April 27 & 29.
AUTHOR LISA SEE "THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE"
Upper Dublin & Wissahickon Valley Public Libraries "Let's Discuss It!" welcome New York Times bestselling author Lisa See as she discusses the paperback release of her latest historical novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.
New York based Artist Lil Lappy pushes the envelope with his music through use of intricate stylistic techniques. These techniques include the use of dominant seventh chords, triads, and countermelodies.
Also at The Underground this month is HoneyChrome on April 7.
THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
April 7 - 15
Steel River Playhouse
The incomparably imaginative creators of Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, bring one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales to life in The Emperor’s New Clothes. This winsome musical is a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
Proof is also running at Steel River Playhouse from April 27 - May 13.
LAUGHTER & LIGHT
On Friday, April 13, enjoy a night of Laughter & Light, benefiting Arts Discovery programming for youth at People's Light. Along with a silent and live auction, guests will enjoy a performance by Jennifer Childs, who will be performing her one-woman play, I Will Not Go Gently, also at People's Light through April 15.
April 13 - 28
Jack and Bella Manningham live on Angel Street in 19th century London. But their apparently tranquil and happy life is marred by the fact that Bella seems to be going slowly insane. This psychological thriller became the 1940's Hollywood classic "Gaslight" and is just as engrossing and gripping today.
URSINUS COLLEGE DANCE COMPANY SPRING CONCERT
April 19 - 22
The Spring Dance Concert will feature a variety of new works by professional guest artists and student choreographers. Anchored by the ever-popular African Dance Residency with Jeannine Osayande and Dunya Performing Arts Company, in addition to hip hop artist Josh Polk and modern dance choreographer Dana Powers-Klooster, this concert will have something for everyone.
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
April 19 - May 5
Playcrafters of Skippack
Grandpa Vanderhof presides over a hilarious family of would-be artists, dancers, writers, and firecracker makers. Granddaughter Alice is proposed to by the boss' son. When the Kirbys arrive for dinner on the wrong night...well, side-splitting humor ensues.
ZUZZ THE ALIEN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
April 21 - 29
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
Zuzz the space alien has crash-landed in Ambler, and needs kids to help him rebuild his spaceship and return home! The audience for this interactive adventure will solve puzzles, work as a team, and learn the power of their imagination in this hilarious, exciting new adventure for the family.
Also at Act II this month is comedian Julia Scotti, quarter-finalist and fan favorite on season 11 of America's Got Talent, on Saturday, April 14.
SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL
April 27 - May 6
Methacton Community Theater
With its irresistible blend of hip swiveling hits , eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, Shout! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style, and freedom of the 1960's. Created by Phillip George and david Lowenstein, Shout! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Goldfinger."
THE 11TH ANNUAL KING OF PRUSSIA BRIDAL SHOW BY BOUCHE PRODUCTIONS
Presented By: The Bridal Event by Bouche Productions
Location: Crowne Plaza - Valley Forge/Liberty Conference Center
The 11th Annual King of Prussia Bridal Show at Crowne Plaza Valley Forge gives the PA Bride everything she needs to say "I do" in style! This event is a wedding planning extravaganza, packed with 60 of the best local vendors, a fantastic runway fashion show, must-have planning tips and money saving secrets from the top wedding planners in town.
ACS BRIDAL SHOW
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Join Valley Forge Casino Resort in welcoming the ACS Bridal Show on April 15th at the Event Center! The Bridal Show offers everything: fashion shows, live music, wedding vendors, cash prizes, giveaways, and more.
WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT OPEN HOUSE
Sound Sensation DJs and Photo Booth
Head to Skippack on April 18 for Sound Sensation's open house! Meet the team, try their photo booths and experience a lighting demo.