Top August Events

Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA

August might be the most exciting month of the year in Montgomery County, Pa. Between the addition of Cirque du Soleil AMALUNA, the return of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and a range of late summer concerts and events, August is filled with ways to #MakeItMontco. 

Here are more than 25 reasons to make an August getaway to Valley Forge and Montgomery County:

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AMALUNA

Through August 25
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Performances of Cirque Du Soleil AMALUNA continue under the Big Top at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. The story of freedom and self-discovery will be on stage in Montgomery County through August 25.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL

August 15 - 18
Old Pool Farm

The legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival transforms a working farm into a magical, musical sound park for four straight days. Known for presenting superstars and rising stars alike, this cherished event is the longest continuously running outdoor music festival of its kind in North America.

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ISKRA are among the featured performers at the 26th Ukrainian Folk Festival

UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL

August 25
12 - 8 pm

Ukrainian American Sport Center

Experience a day of entertainment and culture at the 28th annual Ukrainian Folk Festival. Enjoy amazing performances, including traditional Ukrainian folk music and modern pop.

LIMERICK COMMUNITY DAY

August 24
Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce

Limerick's annual family fun celebration returns on Saturday, August 18. The day includes a food truck festival, beer garden, live music, and more than 100 local businesses and vendors.

LANSDALE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

August 24
Memorial Park, Lansdale

The annual Lansdale Festival of the Arts brings some of the area's top artisans and crafters to the borough for a juried art show. The day also includes live jazz music, great food and door prizes for event-goers.

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Beer, Wine & Spirits Events

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SUMMER WINE TASTING

August 15
Cairnwood Estate

An end-of-summer tradition, the Summer Wine Tasting includes live music by EBE- Amsterdam Duo! Beautiful decor created by Robertson’s Flowers & Events. Samplings of premium wines from around the world, and savory bites compliments of Karen’s Catering. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening out with friends while soaking in the stunning views from the Cairnwood terrace!

$40 per person, Space is limited; reservations required Must be 21 years of age to attend

WINE SAFARI

August 16
Elmwood Park Zoo

Join us at Elmwood Park Zoo’s fourth annual Wine Safari, featuring a gourmet dinner and unparalleled vintages from the area’s best wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

This intimate event will grant you exclusive access to not only unbelievable food and drinks but also Elmwood Park Zoo, Montgomery County’s greatest educational and environmental facility.

$100/Ticket
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ICE CREAM SOCIAL

August 3
Heckler Plains Folklife Society / Lower Salford Historical Society

Held at the Jacob Reiff Farm 6 PM – 8 PM. Join us on the porch of the historic Jacob Reiff Farm for ice cream and friendship.  The house will be open for tours.  The cost is $4.00/person.  Jacob Reiff Farm, 775 Quarry Road, Harleysville, PA.

SECRET VALLEY EXPEDITION (VEGAN DINNER FOR DINING PASSENGERS)

August 10
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Just for vegetarians, vegans, and all those who appreciate fine, local, fresh food!

These Secret Valley Excursions feature a vegan menu on our Dining Car only, prepared by Firefly Café of Boyertown. They use locally sourced ingredients are fresh and sourced from local vendors.

Deluxe Coach serves beverages only.There is no meal offered on Deluxe Coach.

First Class Parlor includes hors d'oeuvres, a keepsake Colebrookdale Railroad glass, and your first fill of that glass is on us.

Clam Bake | The Craft & 'Que Series

August 22
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center

There's no better way to end the season than with the summer classic, Clam Bake. This All-You-Can-Eat & Drink seafood & smokehouse buffet features bushels of steamed clams and mussels, soups, salads, and sides galore, and BBQ hot of the grills. Enjoy unlimited Yards Beer and house wine while The Lindsey McKay Band will serenade you as the sun sets. Spirits tastings feature Captain Morgan.

 

SECRET VALLEY EXPEDITION (MIMOSA BRUNCH FOR DINING PASSENGERS)

August 17
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Board one of our meticulously restored century old rail cars for a two hour expedition into one of the most scenic and historic regions in the northeast. Once the province of pioneers and patriots, the Colebrookdale is your ticket to a verdant land lost in time.

Brunch is provided by Devour Catering & Event Design and includes: scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes or french toast, and mimosa (must be 21) or orange juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Brunch is available for our Dining Car passengers only.

TELFORD NIGHT MARKET

September 11
Telford Train Station

The Telford Night Market is a seasonal family-friendly open-air night market. TNM features independent vendors selling curated food, fresh produce, merchandise and art.

TNM works with surrounding nonprofits and businesses for community collaborations that celebrate the diversity and heritage of Telford, PA.

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Energizing Events

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MAIN LINE BIKE RACE

August 11
Ardmore

The Main Line Bike Race returns to the streets of downtown Ardmore on August 12. Watch as the riders compete in 10 fast-paced races with more than $7,000 in prizes on the line. The new and expanded Emergency Department at Lankenau Medical Center is proud to present the 3rd annual Main Line Bike Race of Ardmore, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. The 2019 Main Line Bike Race date is August 11, 2019. The team – comprised of volunteers from Narberth Ambulance, Lower Merion Township, Ardmore Business Association, and many others – is working hard to ensure a successful presentation of a first-class event for a first-class township.

PADDLE PENN'S LANDING

May 3 - September 29
Independence Seaport Museum

Paddle your way around the Penn's Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, swan, or dragon for the perfect outdoor recreational activity.  Located near Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Hilton Penn's Landing, Paddle Penn's Landing is a unique afternoon adventure with family and friends or a memorable date with your sweetheart on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

TRAIL TUESDAYS

Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join us for Trail Tuesdays, weekly walks in the park!

Walk. Talk. Get Healthy. Be Happy. 

Open to all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Walk Starts at Valley Forge Park Alliance Table by the Canteen in the Lower Parking Lot.  In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. 

Questions? Contact Molly Duffy at molly@vfparkalliance.org or 484.886.5853

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Pottsgrove Manor Living History

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME

August 3
Pennypacker Mills

Bring friends and family for a day of historic fun in the sun at Pennypacker Mills. Victorian-style games, old time photos, historic foods, mansion tours and a car show featuring the Delaware Valley Classic MG Car Club are all part of the day's excitement.

THE MOTHERS AND THE DEFENDERS: TOGETHER SUPPORTING JUSTICE

August 6
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

In Philadelphia and across the country, a new movement unites public defenders and community advocates at the front end of the justice system. This approach includes participatory defense, a ground-breaking community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to achieve more just outcomes in their cases and transform the landscape of the criminal justice system. Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey will discuss their innovative partnership to bring participatory defense to Philadelphia.

Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight founded Mothers In Charge after her son, Khaaliq Jabbar, was killed at the age of 24 over a parking space. From this senseless act, Dr. Johnson-Speight channeled her energy into founding Mothers In Charge, a grass-roots organization dedicated to violence prevention, education, and intervention.

Keir Bradford-Grey, Philadelphia’s chief public defender, serves Philadelphians through innovative programs that reduce racial disparities, empower communities, and ensure that justice is fair and final.

HECKLERFEST

August 17
Heckler Plains Folklife Society / Lower Salford Historical Society

Held at the Heckler Plains Farmstead 10 AM – 3 PM.  Our unique hands-on craft stations, children’s games, history and genealogy experts, pies and breads baked in the outdoor bake oven, colonial style food and the Heckler Plains Tavern will all be featured.  Once again members of the Brandywine Baseball Club will teach us how baseball was played in the 1860s, conducting two exhibition games.  (See attachments - flier and press release).  Here is an additional photo of the tavern.

LIVING HISTORY SUNDAYS

August 4  - August 25
Pottsgrove Manor

Learn a new historic skill every Sunday in August at Pottsgrove Manor’s Living History Sundays! Living history interpreters will be at Pottsgrove Manor on Sunday, August, 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring everyone in the family to take part in hands-on history. Take a turn to churn cream into butter. Learn how to weave colorful strings into useful tape on a loom. See the tools of the leather-smith trade in action as the hide is transformed into pouches and bags. Join the cook in the reproduction kitchen to uncover an 18th-century dish brought to life, and stroll through the kitchen garden to find the plants which colonists would use for food and medicine. Everyone can try their hand at period toys and games to complete their historical experience. Each weekend brings different historical skills to life. Check the Pottsgrove Manor website, or call 610-326-4014 to see which days you would like to visit.

 

HIDDEN LIVES ILLUMINATED

August 15 - September 12
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Hidden Lives Illuminated offers a rare look into daily life inside America’s correctional system through newly commissioned, animated short films created by currently-incarcerated artists. The films will be projected onto Eastern State’s façade each night for one month, offering an intimate glimpse behind the walls of America's correctional system in the voices of the people who live and work there. Screenings are free and open to the public and occur three times nightly at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm, rain or shine.

Each screening will feature approximately five films that address a common theme. This theme, and the films featured, will change weekly. Nightly speakers, community meetings and performances accompany the films, and hands-on activities will invite engagement with the issues. The project will culminate in a one-night festival on September 12 during which all twenty films will be screened on Eastern State's façade while a documentary about the artists plays inside the historic site’s cellblocks.

Hidden Lives Illuminated has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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Special Events

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CITADEL COUNTRY SPIRIT USA

August 23 - 25
Ludwig's Corner Horse Show

Greater Philadelphia's largest country music concert event of the year is coming to Glenmoore, Chester County this August. Citadel Country Spirit USA is a three-day event that features the top artists of today and yesterday, including Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, and more.

SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT (GRATEFUL DEAD TRIBUTE) JERRY GARCIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION W/ BIG MIND

August 3
Ardmore Music Hall

Splintered Sunlight formed in 1992. "Splintered" quickly became the most popular Grateful Dead Tribute band in the Philadelphia area gaining praise from Dead Heads and Non Heads alike. Since that time, Splintered Sunlight has become a permanent fixture for music in the Mid Atlantic region.

DONAVON FRANKENREITER

August 9
Ardmore Music Hall

Donavon Frankenreiter is a singer-songwriter from California. His music is reflective of his life and interests involving surfing and the surfing lifestyle.

WOODSTOCK 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: ROOSEVELT COLLIER PLAYS JIMI HENDRIX, KENSINGTON CLEARWATER REVIVAL PLAYS CCR, CHELSEA VIACAVA & FRIENDS PLAYS JANIS JOPLIN

August 15
Ardmore Music Hall

Soft-spoken by nature, south Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the sacred steel guitar. Brought up in the tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, to the Funky Meters, to Los Lobos to the Del McCoury Band. Whether on tour with the Lee Boys, bouncing from stage to stage at festivals, or hosting an allstar get down in Miami, when Roosevelt takes the stage, the ear-to-ear grins can’t help but be contagious.

XPN WELCOMES TAME IMPALA

August 23
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Tame Impala is Kevin Parker -  the almost legendary messianic figure and creative soul who has developed the particular sonic universe of psychedelic pop cultivated with guitar pedals, delays, reverbs, and liquid explosions of color. There’s no one like him in the current music scene. We were left in 2015 with Currents, Tame Impala's third album which ventured further into the pop genre, and added dance beats and R&B that only served to underpin the enthronement of the Australian. For his fourth album, Tame Impala remained true to his usual impenetrability and stands silent, but we have seen him parade through a number of collaborations: he has shared the studio with Mark Ronson and SZA, he has produced Lady Gaga and Travis Scott, Rihanna covered him on her latest album, he has remixed Mick Jagger and Miguel and has released songs with A$AP Rocky, Theophilus London, and ZHU. So, what does all this mean? Well, we know what Tame Impala has been until now, but we haven’t a clue what will happen next. And that can only be a good thing.

Tame Impala released new singles, "Borderline" and "Patience," both via Interscope Records. Parker debuted both tracks on Saturday Night Live on March 30.
 

Live Performances

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KALAMAZOO

​July 10 - August 4
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
 

LAST CHANCE: You're never too old to be young at heart. When Peg and Irv try online dating, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. A riotous romantic comedy about life’s second act. Starring Carla Belver (Driving Miss Daisy, The Glass Menagerie).

COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: JOE BARTNICK

August 2
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Joe Bartnick was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA where he learned to eat, drink and be funny. He moved to San Francisco and began his career as a standup comic working his way up from performing in coffee shops and laundry mats to play prestigious venues around the world such as The Chicago Theater, The Ryman Auditorium, The Forum and Madison Square Garden.

Joe moved to Los Angeles and jumped into writing and acting. In LA Joe has written on many television projects including the ESPYS, The NFL on FOX, ‘Snoop After Dark’ and Eddie Griffin’s ‘Going for Broke’. As an actor Joe starred in ‘Dirty Jokes’ the Movie. Joe created and starred (fully clothed) in the Playboy TV series ‘King of Clubs’. 

Joe performed a closing set on AXS-TV’s Live at Gotham. For many years Joe wrote and opened for the Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli. He can now be seen opening for Bill Burr or headlining on his own 

One of Joe’s biggest thrills was roasting Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee his
cable show ‘Battleground Earth’. Joe wrote the best- selling book “You Might Be a Douchebag” and collaborated with Don Jamieson on “You Might Be A Metal Head”. 

Joe has parlayed his love of hockey into the highly successful podcast ‘Puck Off’ and writes a column for Pro Hockey News.

COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: SHULI

August 9
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Shuli Egar can be heard on Howard 100 and Howard 101 on Sirius XM Monday through Friday. He can also be seen touring the country as a headlining comic. You’ve heard him on CBS hit show SWAT as well Chosen on FX and Brickleberry on Comedy Central. He’s performed on AXS TV’s live from Gotham and has performed with some of the worlds biggest names. Amy Schumer, Artie Lange, Jim Norton, Robert Kelly, Dave Attell, Howie Mandel, Judah Friendlander, Lisa Lampaneli and many many more. Shuli talks a lot about marriage and kids and how those two things ruin everything else. Shuli is one of the best kept secrets in comedy but not for long!

COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: PATTY ROSBOROUGH

August 16
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Patty Rosborough is one of the top headlining comics in the country with her hard hitting, high-energy style of comedy. She got her start in New York City appearing with the improv troupe, ‘Future Schlock’ and in the Off Broadway production of ‘Gay Dracula,’ a campy romp where she bared it all. Her first stint on television was with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s ‘Short Attention Span Theatre.’ 

Patty has been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central and on the BBC’s ‘The World Stands Up.’ She has also performed at the ‘Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival’ and is the winner of NYC’s prestigious ‘Charlie Award.’ 

Patty plays a drunk in Adrien Lynne’s film, ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ an angry ex-wife with Kevin Meany on the webisode, ‘In the Middle’ (Salon.com.) and a hard drinking, nightmare of a mother in Drew Chiminec’s comedy, ‘Raising the Dead.’ 

Patty is the winner of the ‘Ladies of Laughter Comedy Competition’ and tours across the U.S. with her standup act. She is also a regular at the ‘Borgata’ in Atlantic City and performs at New York city comedy clubs. 

Patty was most recently featured on the podcast, ‘Babes in Boyland,’ interviewed by her daughter, Molly Kornfeld and Victoria Hoffman.

COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: MIKE VECCHIONE

August 23
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Mike Vecchione was born in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated High School in Boca Raton, Florida.  He played football and placed second in the 1991 AAA state wrestling tournament.  He attended Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Special Education from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. Mike has worked as a counselor and Special Education teacher in the Philadelphia area.

At the end of 2003, Mike moved to New York City. He has appeared on Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham, Comedy Centrals Fresh Face Debates, and Russell Simmons Presents: Stand Up at the El Rey Theatre. Mike also had a guest appearance on the IFC hit show Z Rock.

In 2010, Mike won the People’s Choice Award for the New York Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and was selected to perform at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival (New Faces). Later that year, Mike went on to perform on the Tonight Show starring Jay Leno and shot his own Half Hour Special for Comedy Central.

In 2014, Mike appeared on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell on Comedy Central, was again a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen.

In 2015, Mike appeared on Conan on TBS and Inside Amy Schumer.

Mike headlines across the United States and is based in New York City.

BRUNCH IS A DRAG

August 24
Gypsy Blu

Weekend Brunch used to just be a good time, but now…it’s a DRAG! Your simple Saturday Brunch just got taken to the next level with “Drag Queen Brunch”, a Delicious Dining Experience/Drag Show Hybrid! Get your best friends together, slap on some sparkle, grab a mimosa, and be ready to experience the most fun you’ll ever have at Brunch! 

Join Drag Hostess, Ophelia Hotass on Saturday, August 24th for Brunch is a Drag - Gypsy Blu! , an afternoon of Delicious Food, Dancing Divas, Cocktails, & Fabulous Queens! If you’re looking for flawless make-up, incredible costuming, and an all around great afternoon for your family & friends, then throw on some glitter and Drag yourself to Brunch is a Drag!

Brunch is a Drag features a FABULOUS rotating cast of the Tri-State Area’s Top Drag Performers and our events have even included former stars from the HIT TV SHOW, Rupaul’s Drag Race!

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