MONTCO'S TOP APRIL EVENTS

The Biggest Events and Happenings in Montco

April 1st is April Fool's Day, but we're not kidding; the new month ushers in plenty to see and do throughout all of Montgomery County.

GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER SHOWS

GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER SHOWS

Orchid Show | April 1 - 3
Interweave Bead Fest | April 7 - 11
Super Billiards Expo | April 14 - 17
Great Philadelphia Comic Con | April 22 - 24
Greater Philadelphia Travel & Culinary Expo | April 30 - May 1

It's a month of expos in Oaks that appeal to a very wide audience. The month begins with an orchid celebration that gives gardeners a jump on incorporating one of spring's most alluring flowers into their homes. Interweave Bead Fest strings together some of the most talented crafters in the U.S., demonstrating their art. Super Billiards is the perfect cue for sharpening players' skills on the felt. And Comic Con will leave every attendee feeling like a superhero.

HELP UP 4 HAITI

HELP UP 4 HAITI

April 3
Painting with a Twist- Skippack 

A work of art that any beginner would proudly hang in the home is the main thrust of the Painting with a Twist concept (as well as a night filled with plenty of laughs and creativity). The April 3 edition in Skippack, however, also has an altruistic twist. The 2 p.m. class raises funds for a  trip to Haiti to build houses, assist in an orphanage and work in a hospital.

Valley Forge Park Nearby Attractions - Colonial Theater

THE CAPITOL STEPS: MOCK THE VOTE

April 8
The Colonial Theatre

Without becoming partisan, let it suffice to say that the 2016 election cycle gives these sharp-minded, musically gifted satirists plenty of material to work with. Find out for yourself exactly how far they'll go and which Washington insiders - if any - escape their jabs and parodies. Fans should contact the box office of The Colonial Theater quickly, as this appearance may well sell out.

ARDMORE VINTAGE & ANTIQUES MARKET

April 9
Destination Ardmore

Score timeless treasures as the first Ardmore Vintage & Antinques Market on April 9. Collectibles, vintage jewelry, clothing, furniture, pottery and more will be available from the nearly 30 vendors are already confirmed for the event.

SHEEP-SHEARING DAY

SHEEP-SHEARING DAY

April 9 
Peter Wentz Farmstead

We're not pulling wool over your eyes: Missing this demo of an annual Colonial farm chore would be baaaad. Watch as Peter Wentz Farmstead herders give the flock its yearly haircut. The day also includes an explanation of other farm tasks associated with the end of winter, as well as toys and games, springtime scarecrow-building, a puppet show, open-hearth cooking, tours, spinning, weaving, Colonial music and historical crafts.

JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

April 9 & 16
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Sure, Washington D.C. makes a big deal out of its blossoming cherry trees. But the Montgomery County-centric tribute to branches laden with pink flowers is not only closer, it's paired with a deep dive into 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.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER - KESWICK THEATER

STRAIGHT NO CHASER

April 10
Keswick Theatre

The close-knit harmonies, bouncy rhythms, brotherly camaraderie and good-natured humor of the acapella group Straight No Chaser come to the Keswick Theatre for two performances. The set list will have fans raving, especially when the guys break out their 1970s medley. Another highlight is their take on "All about That Bass" (No Tenor!).

MEMORIAL DAY - ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. - MONTGOMERY THEATER

FOREVER PLAID

April 14 -  May 8
Montgomery Theater

On a stormy night in the 1960s, four eager singers known as "The Plaids" are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big gig. In 2016, they get one chance to return from the afterlife and bop-shoo-bop their way through classic hits like "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Sixteen Tons" and many more.

THE 25TH LANSDALE INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL

THE 25TH LANSDALE INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL

April 16
North Penn High School

The 2016 festival marks a quarter century of one of Montgomery County's most eclectic family-friendly gatherings. 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. Admission and parking are free.

GARDENS - ABINGTON ART CENTER

WORKSHOP: POP-UP CARD-MAKING

April 16
Abington Art Center

Forget e-cards, and never buy a greeting card again. Join award-winning pop-up book artist Colette Fu in an engaging hands-on workshop that explores basic pop-up greeting card structures. Bring photos/artwork to incorporate into a card, and leave the Abington Art Center workshop with a boxful of ideas and samples.

SLEEPING HANDSOME

SLEEPING HANDSOMESLEEPING HANDSOME

April 16 - 24
Act II Playhouse

It's the familiar tale of Sleeping Beauty with an interesting twist, provided by the writer, director and costar of the seasonal Murray the Elf mysteries that provide giggles each December at Act II. Kids will love the silly plot; adults will appreciate the multitasking required of the two solo actors, as they take on roles that include a loyal dog, magical fairies, a queen, a prince and a brave girl. Showtimes on Saturdays and Sundays are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SPRING FLING

April 16-17
Peddler's Village

Spring is blooming at Peddler's Village in nearby Lahaska, Pa. Celebrate the season with live entertainment, great food and fantastic shopping. Or just enjoy a stroll along the cobblestone walkways while the Village's gardens are in bloom.

Recreation - Revolutionary Run

VALLEY FORGE REVOLUATIONARY 5-MILE RUN

April 17
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Here's a run that's gaining legs. Last year's 10th anniversary running rised an all-time-high amount of support for furthering the visitor experience of our local gem, Valley Forge National Historical Park ($35,000 donated). This year, registrations and sponsorships are well out-pacing last year's performance, so if you want to get in on the five-mile run, the three-mile walk or the Young Patriots Fun Run, you best not hesitate. Registrations to Conquer the Valley can be made here.

ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION

April 21 - May 13
Berman Museum of Art

Celebrating 26 years of student art achievement at Ursinus College, this annual showcase introduces attendees to new work by talented art students. Media on display at the Bermanrepresent expertise in the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, mixed media and photography. 

FACE OF AMERICA: VALLEY FORGE TO GETTYSBURG

April 22 - 24
Begins at Valley Forge Casino Resort

The Face of America bike ride supports our nation's servicemen and veterans, and an alternate route this year will take riders on a two-day journey from Valley Forge National Historical Park to the battlefield at Gettysburg. 

THE BAD SEED - DCP THEATER

THE BAD SEED

April 22 - May 1 
DCP Theatre

The Bad Seed has had much success on stage, where it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and on screen, where it received four Academy Award nominations. The DCP Theatre production brings the full-force of suspense in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. Is eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark the perfect child with a perfect life? Or does the death of one of her classmates reveal something more sinister?

SCHUYLKILL RIVER RELAY

April 23
Begins at Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park

Fifty kilometers is what lies ahead for runners in the Schuylkill River Relay. Teams of three, four, five or six runners can take to the course along the Schuylkill River Trail. Those looking for an ultra challenge can run the race solo. Post-race fun includes live music, food trucks and drinks from Sly Fox Brewery.

FALL FESTIVALS - Glencairn Museum

SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL

April 24
Glencairn Museum 

The Sacred Arts Festival at Glencairn Museum (part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District) brings together artists from a variety of faiths to create and display their works. Demonstrations include ink drawings and paintings, music, and the creation of a traditional Tibetan sand mandala. Audio tours of the museum galleries will also be available throughout the day.

WORLD WAR II WEEKEND

April 30 - May 1   
Graeme Park

Graeme Park hosts its annual World War II weekend April 30 to May 1. This family-friendly event includes a military encampment, living history displays, reeneactments, a swing band concert and The Ultimate Abbot & Costello Tribute Show. 

BACONFEST

BACONFEST

April 30 - May 1
Chaddsford Winery

Pork meets port in a wholly unique food celebration hosted by Chaddsford Winery. A variety of food trucks will be onsite, with their talented chefs working magic with cured meat in all its variations. The resulting dishes are then paired with Chaddsford's finest vintages. Music accompanies both days of the festival.

KID-FRIENDLY APRIL EVENTS

Valley Forge & Montgomery County

They say April showers bring May flowers, but Montgomery County has kid-friendly events that are sure to keep them happy, rain or shine.
 

JIM WEST'S DINOSAURS

JIM WEST'S DINOSAURS

April 7 - 9
Sellersville Theater

It's Jurassic Park meets The Muppets in this interactive and unique presentation at Sellersville Theatre. Jim West, who has performed with both the Metropolitan Opera and Mr. Rogers, mixes storytelling, puppetry, pre-history, biology and the music of Mozart and Bach in a performance of monstrous proportions. The kids in the audience will be roaring for more.

VALLEY FORGE YOUNG PATRTIOTS YOUTH FUN RUN

VALLEY FORGE YOUNG PATRTIOTS YOUTH FUN RUN

April 17
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Part of the 11th Annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run®, the Young Patriots Youth Fun Run turns kids loose on a 1.776 kilometer (about one mile) course through Valley Forge National Historical Park

SESAME PLACE OPENING DAY

SESAME PLACE OPENING DAY

April 30
Sesame Place

Ernie, Bert, Big Bird and the entire 123 Sesame Street crowd at Sesame Place are returning to Sesame Place in nearby Langhorne. Only a grouch wouldn't be excited for the April 30 launch of Sesame Place's 2016 season.