Valley Forge & Montgomery County

Fair and festival season is officially upon us, and Valley Forge and Montgomery County's calendar of events is as packed as ever. Check out our favorites, and make plans for your summer getaway today.

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Special EVENTs

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June 20
Elmwood Park Zoo

More than 1,200 guests flock to Beast of a Feast to sample the finest culinary creations from dozens of Montgomery County’s most popular restaurants. Strolling the zoo at sunset, guests will not only experience exclusive animal encounters, they will also encounter Tito’s Handmade Vodka libation stations – five open bars spread amid the Elmwood Park Zoo’s amazing exhibits.

Live music, DJ’s and dancing round out Beast of a Feast – making it not only the area’s must-attend event, but also a Party for a Purpose! This one night of partying raises over $120,000 to support the zoo’s animal care needs, conservation efforts, and dedication to provide free educational programming to low income and special needs learners.


June 1
Fayette Street and E. 5th Avenue

Original paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and homemade crafts for sale. Unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles or display. Artisinal food vendors. Live local music. Family fun. 

Rain Date: June 8

All proceeds benefit: Conshohocken Art League and Destination Conshohocken 


June 1
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrating its twelfth-year anniversary, the Roots Picnic expands to a larger location in the coveted Fairmount Park area in Philadelphia Saturday, June 1st. Using the Mann Center as its hub, the new festival grounds will include 3 stages of music, gaming, art, and dialogue.

The Roots will headline and celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Things Fall Apart. The day includes performances from artists such as H.E.R., 21 Savage, Tank & The Bangas, Lil Baby, and many more as well as a bevy of one-of-a-kind moments exclusive to Roots Picnic, including Black Thought’s “Live Mixtape” featuring Yasiin Bey and a first of its kind Jam Session curated by Raphael Saadiq and Questlove, titled Soulquarian vs Raphael Saadiq, as well as a live podcast experience including episodes of The Joe Budden Podcast, The Read Podcast and Questlove Supreme.

The festival continues to align with music and culture and remains known for careful curation that unites music’s hottest acts, influencers, tastemakers, and thought leaders for one unforgettable day—and this year proudly continues that tradition.

Tickets, including general admission & VIP packages, will be available Friday, March 15th at 12PM via Ticketmaster.com, (800) 982-2787, or the Mann Box Office.


June 1 - 2
St. Sophia Church, Saints Faith, Hope & Agape

May 29 - June 2, 2019: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 12 Noon-8pm

Celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the family-friendly St. Sophia Grecian Festival. Enjoy mouthwatering Greek food, traditional pastries, lively music and fantastic dancing done in our traditional costumes called Evzones and Amalias.

Don't forget to tour our beautifully painted Byzantine-style Church. Browse our shops and experience the traditional Greek Agora (Marketplace) for religious books and icons, t-shirts and imported items from Greece.

Our rides and amusements are open Wednesday-Friday 6pm-close, Saturday 3pm-close, Sunday 1pm-5pm. The Family Ride Special – Pay one Price, Ride All the Rides is Wednesday and Sunday.


June 14 - 15
Ambler Main Street

Welcome to the 2019 Ambler Arts Festival! Over 70 exhibitors will be showcasing their original art and personally hand-crafted items.

Butler Avenue will be closed to allow the artists to fill the streets and for you to enjoy the day in the arts and crafts marketplace. The festival will feature a wonderful array of exhibitors including fine art, acrylics, watercolor, sculpture, photography, pottery, fiber, wood work, jewelry and more!


June 18 - 19
Bridgeport Borough Hall

Come join Growing Bridgeport Together at the third annual Bridgeport Carnival, Tuesday June 18th to Saturday June 22nd. Pay one price, ride all night! Swikas Amusements is teaming up with the Borough of Bridgeport to bring five days of affordable family fun! Please be sure to visit us and other local vendors next door, where you will also find live music and a beer garden on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (June 20-22)! Musical acts this year include The Mighty Manatees, AM Radio, and Under the Influence. In addition, the soothing tones of the Emmanuel Ohemeng Trio will be filling Bridgeport's streets on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (June 18-19).

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Beer, Wine & Spirits Events 


June 1
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub

Join us watch Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Champions League Final on Saturday, June 1st at 3pm!

Stop in early for our Foosball Tournament at 12pm and compete to win your very own Heineken Foosball Table


June 12
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub

On June 12th at 7pm, we will be hosting an Elijah Craig Bourbon Dinner featuring 4 Cocktails, 4 Courses, and 4 Pours here at Iron Abbey! Tickets are available for purchase on EventBrite.


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.


June 1
Glenside Ale House

We have put together a series of parking lot events for the community this year. Our first one kicks off the summer just right!

Join us on June 1st from 10 AM until 4 PM for an afternoon of fun! There will be plenty to do for everyone. With Food, Beer, Crafts, Games, and Live Music from Rebecca Zimmerman, Gabriele Guma, NIIC the Singing Dog, Laura K., and Bitchfork Unplugged!


May 10 - September 28
Independence Seaport Museum

Kick back on summer nights with stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and a cold drink in hand, all while aboard the oldest steel warship afloat in the world.  The Admiral's Tavern beer garden (21+) is popping up again on Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.  

Gather your crew for drinks, snacks, fun, and games on the most historic ship in Philadelphia.  Food will be available for purchase.

Cover charge: $8 per person, includes on drink ticket. 


Adventure Montco

Energizing Events


Opening Weekend

June 8 - June 9 
John James Audubon Center

Join us for Opening Weekend. A two day run packed with incredible opportunities for bird watching and spending time in nature

8-10 am       Morning Bird Walk
11-12 pm    Family Fun Hike
1-2 pm        Historic House Tour
2-3 pm        Live Bird Meet & Greet

11-12 pm    Bird with Binoculars for kids and families!
1-2 pm        Historic House Tour
2-3 pm        Live Bird Meet & Greet


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.


May 4 - September 7
Independence Seaport Museum

Patriot Trails

Historic Events

people meeting in room


June 4
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Today, the United States makes up about 5% of the world's population, but holds over 20% of the world's prisoners. In response to this crisis, people across the political spectrum are working to decarcerate prisons. Anne Parsons, author of From Asylum to Prison, will discuss this movement and the lessons that we can learn from her research on the closure of state mental hospitals in the late 20th century United States.

Anne Parsons is an assistant professor of history and the director of the public history program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.


June 1
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Some of Eastern State's alumni – former officers and prisoners – return to the cellblocks one last time to share their memories with the public during a Q&A session.


It has been nearly fifty years since Eastern State closed its doors and ceased operations as an active prison. Decades have passed since this chapter in the penitentiary’s story came to an end. For the last twenty years, at our annual Alumni Reunion, we have had the opportunity to learn from some of the people who lived and worked here until 1971.

Now, the continued passing of time means the end of another chapter. This year, we host our final Alumni Reunion. While the event is coming to an end, the legacy of our alumni lives on at Eastern State. Their stories are present throughout the penitentiary and heard every day by visitors from around the world.

Please join us as we host our final formal Q&A with Eastern State alumni. The Alumni Reunion is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

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Special Events

woman singing at stage


June 5
Ardmore Music Hall

Tal Wilkenfeld is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. Like a muse-lit meteor, Tal blazed upon the scene as a teen, sitting in with the Allman Brothers within months of her 2006 arrival in New York City. By the end of 2007, she had released her acclaimed instrumental debut, Transformation, hit the road with Chick Corea, appeared on A&E with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and joined Jeff Beck’s world tour for what culminated in her global breakout moment: Her performance at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, which has generated more than 10 million YouTube hits.


June 11
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The National are back at the Mann this summer with Courtney Barnett to tour in support of their newest album, I Am Easy To Find, which follows their Grammy-winning 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast. All tickets purchased for this show will include a digital copy of the new album.

On September 3, 2017, Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of The National’s nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, 20th Century Women, and was interested in working with the band on... something. A video maybe. Berninger, already a fan of Mills’ films, not only agreed to collaborate, he essentially handed over the keys to the band’s creative process


June 16
Ardmore Music Hall

The Band of Heathens

American rock and roll band, formed in 2006 by Gordy Quist, Ed Jurdi and Colin Brooks (5).

Will Hoge

"Took a whole lot of miles to know what I know now," sings Will Hoge on"Growing Up Around Here," the opening track off of his tenth studio album, Small Town Dreams. "I'm kinda proud of growing up around here." It's been a whole lot of miles, indeed: miles on the road, driving the bus himself from venue to venue since the nineties; miles to and from Nashville writing rooms, where he's spent countless hours penning songs – some for him, some for others; miles exploring lands outside of his native Franklin, Tennessee, chasing the spirits of his musical heroes. Roads meet, roads split, roads led to home. This is the album that follows them all, every twist and turn in Hoge's American journey – a journey that's positioned him as one of our keenest, most honest modern storytellers, telling both his tale and ours.


June 22
Ardmore Music Hall

Justin Courtney Pierre (born May 26, 1976) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist originally from Mahtomedi, Minnesota, United States. He is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the pop punk band Motion City Soundtrack, and is known for his interests and pursuits in film making and production of music.


June 26
Ardmore Music Hall

Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, Kiefer Sutherland, has returned to the stage with a brand new album! Sutherland's second full-length LP "Reckless and Me" was released on April 26th, 2019. Described by Sounds Like Nashville as "outlaw country, blues, rock and Americana", Sutherland captures the essence of wanderlust in this brand new release. 


June 27
Ardmore Music Hall

Over the past 14 years, Pat Downes, Scott Begin, and Joel Hanks, collectively known as Badfish, have traversed borders, adopted friends, cruised highways, popped tires, loitered in parking lots, stormed clubs, blazed festivals, and raised the decibel level across their broad tour terrain. Their mission, throughout their eminent career, has remained the same: bring the awesome music and message of Sublime to their spirited fans, wherever they may be. In paying tribute to one of the most galvanizing musical acts in history, Badfish try to revive the Sublime experience by keeping faithful to their downto-earth,
punk rock attitude



Arts Montco

On the Stage

Theater hall


May 14 - June 9
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

Music and Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
Book by Terrence J. Nolan and Michael Ogborn

May 14-June 9

A riotous musical comedy! Three "ladies of the evening" hang out in post-war Amsterdam, singing songs and telling jokes.
"Great, grown-up fun!" -Courier-Post


May 31 - June 2
Theatre Horizon

Executive Honorary Producers: Angela Mullen & Lisa Yanak
Artistic Sponsors: Kevin Maurer & Jim Schneider
A heartfelt story of learning how to love again, told simply and sweetly through music, clowning, dance, and just a dash of Édith Piaf.

Untitled Project #213 is a heartfelt story of a man healing from tragedy and learning how to love again, simply told through an enchanting mix of music, clowning, dance, and just a dash of Édith Piaf. A hit of the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.


June 7 - June 22
The Village Players of Hatboro

SHOW DATES: June (2019) 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22

Biloxi Blues centers on the experiences of a young army recruit, Eugene Morris Jerome, during World War II. At basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, Eugene is determined to use his army experiences to help his writing career, and keeps detailed memoirs about his experiences. Eugene and his fellow soldiers-in-training suffer under a hard-nosed drill sergeant, attempt to stomach the terrible army food served up in the mess hall, and bond over an adventure to visit the local prostitute. Along the way, Eugene is forced to learn about authority, danger, sex, assimilation, bigotry, homosexuality and love. In the process, he discovers that life can be both ugly and tender.


June 15
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the journey of Raiders of the Lost Ark while the film plays on a 40 foot screen and two jumbo lawn screens, with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

The year is 1936, and professor of archaeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip, and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.


June 24
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

On June 24th, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Music Director, will make his conducting debut at the Mann for an evening that is certainly not to be missed. Not since the era of the legendary Wolfgang Sawallisch has a current Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director graced the Mann’s stage, a magnificent facility specifically built for the Orchestra in 1976!

The first half of this momentous evening will feature the Philadelphia Community Mass, a performance inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and conceived by Nolan Williams, Jr., the Mann’s Festival Artistic Director. The Philadelphia Community Mass is an immersive concert-theatrical experience that explores anew the relevance of faith in our times. Co-presented by the Mann and NEWorks Productions, the work features new, sacred compositions by American composers Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Ruth Naomi Floyd, and Dr. Jay Fluellen.

During the second half, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, one of the towering masterworks of classical music. With its choral finale extolling a wish for peace and tolerance for all, the 9th has become far more than a symphony. It is a worldwide cultural icon. With an internationally acclaimed group of soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, the "Fabulous Philadelphians" and our spectacular setting, we predict a supreme summer evening at the Mann.

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