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 VOLTA, 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:
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VOLTA
Through August 19
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Performances of Cirque Du Soleil VOLTA 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 19.
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL
August 16 - 19
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford Township
The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, is the longest, continuously running outdoor music fest in North America. Fest brings some of the leading names in folk music to Montgomery County for three days each August. This year's headline performers include Wynonna & The Big Noise, Patty Griffin, and Valerie June. Also appearing is actor Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL
Ukrainian American Sport Center
Experience a day of entertainment and culture at the 27th annual Ukrainian Folk Festival. Enjoy amazing performances, including traditional Ukrainian folk music and modern pop.
LIMERICK COMMUNITY DAY
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
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.
LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES
CITADEL COUNTRY SPIRIT USA
August 24 - 26
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 Alabama, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Jake Owen, and more.
MORE UPCOMING CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
In the Good Old Summertime, Pennypacker Mills' annual journey back to Victorian America returns on August 4. The event includes live folk music, vintage photo opportunities, lawn games, and a vintage car show featuring the Delaware Valley Classic MG Car Club.
LIVING HISTORY SUNDAYS
August 5, 12, 19 & 26
Join 18th Century interpreters as they recreate the historic trades, skills, and life around Pottsgrove Manor in Colonial America. Themed programs are held every Sunday in August.
HAPPY HOUR WITH THE HISTORIAN
Enjoy a glass of cold brew on the grounds of Graeme Park during Happy Hour with the Historian. The event features a cash bar and food. This month's discussion topic: The Quaker Response to the Civil War.
A GEORGIAN DINNER
Sit down for a three-course dinner cooked in the hearth in Pottsgrove Manor's 18th century reproduction kitchen. Candlelight tables and colonial entertainers add to the historic dining experience.
Heckler Plains Folklife Society
Take a trip back in time to 18th and 19th Century America at Hecklerfest, a living history celebration presented by the Heckler Plains Folklife Society. The days highlights include a vintage baseball game, open-hearth cooking, a craft fair, and a recreated 1820s tavern.
SYMBOLS IN THE CEMETERY
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Discover the hidden meanings and symbolism of historic cemeteries during this special presentation from the Historical Society of Montgomery County.
LIVING HISTORY SUNDAY
Graeme Park hosts Living History Sunday on select Sundays throughout the year. This month's presentation is "War Comes to Graeme Park." In August 1777, hundreds of men camped on the grounds of the Graeme Park in preparation for the Battle of Brandywine. Historical interpreters will bring the stories of these soldiers to life.
OPEN HOUSE AT THE LOCKTENDER'S HOUSE
Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park
The Schuylkill Canal Association opens the doors of the historic Locktender's House at Lock 60 on August 19. See what life was like for those living and working on the Schuylkill Canal during this special event.
FUN IN THE 1900'S HISTORY CENTER
Pennypacker Mills invites children and their families to immerse themselves in history during the Fun in the 1900's History Center program on August 25. Purchase food from an old-time General Store, discover what life was like for breaker boys in the coal mines, or experience an interactive exhibit on transportation of the early 20th Century.
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
The final event in this year's Craft-N-Que Series, Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center hosts a Gatsby-Q on August 24. The event takes visitors back to the roaring 20s (Gatsby-themed attire is optional) with live jazz, distillery tastings, and more.
VALLEY FORGE SPORTS
MAIN LINE BIKE RACE
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.
Beer, Wine & Spirits Festivals
Elmwood Park Zoo
The annual Wine Safari at Elmwood Park Zoo has expanded to include local beers, wines, and spirits. This year's event, held on August 3, features 14 local businesses, including Montco-based A'Dello Winery, Cardinal Hollow Winery, Stone & Key Cellars, Five Saints Distlling, and Conshohocken Brewing Company.
SUMMER WINE TASTING
Cairnwood's end-of-summer tradition returns on August 16. The annual Summer Wine Tasting brings the best in regional wineries to the Bryn Athyn Historic District for a memorable evening complete with live music.
Live Theater and Performances
WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE
August 1 - 26
With songs like "This Land is Your Land" and "This Train is Bound for Glory," Woody Guthrie is widely considered one of America's greatest folk musicians. In this unique performance, four actors/musicians play 15 instruments and perform 25 of Guthrie's songs while celebrating his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life.
LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL
August 3 - 18
Louisa May Alcott's classic book Little Women is adapted for the stage in this musical, running August 3 to 18 at DCP Theatre. See the story of the March sisters brought to life in the unique show.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE SUMMER: TWELFTH NIGHT
August 6 - 9
Abington Art Center
The grounds of the Abington Art Center become center stage for four nights in August when the Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company and White Pines Productions present William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, one of the bard's most memorable comedies.
DR. COOK'S GARDEN
August 16 - September 1
Playcrafters of Skippack
Dr. Cook's Garden tells the story of a perfect small town, but is it too perfect? Dr. Cook's young protege stumbles across something disturbing that changes everything in this riveting drama.
August 17 - 26
Steel River Playhouse
Stop the presses! The hit musical Newsies is coming to Steel River Playhouse. This pre-professional Broadway youth production will be on stage for two weekends, August 17 to 19 and 24 to 26.
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
August 24 - September 8
The Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn Playhouse
The Dramateurs at the Barn invite you to a wedding you will never forget. It Shoulda Been You is a charming, funny, and original new musical that will leave a smile on every face.
NEIL SIMON'S BILOXI BLUES
August 28 - September 23
Act II Playhouse
Biloxi Blues, the Tony Award-winning musical by Neil Simon, is the latest production for the Barrymore Award-winning Act II Playhouse in Ambler. Simon's autobiographical comedy tells the story of young Eugene Morris Jerome as he goes to boot camp and learns about sex, love, and war.