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Sunny days and warmer temperatures add a whole new layer of enjoyment to spending time in Pennsylvania's Americana Region. The sounds, colors, and smells of the season make staying inside next to impossible. It’s time to hit refresh and create new memories across our region.
Hike and bike our trails, fish and boat our waterways, and take-in exhibits at area museums and galleries. After a day of fun, join us in supporting the many people and small businesses that make us memorable. Let's Go Local in Reading and Berks County.
Thanks to the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, more and more of our favorite warm weather festivals, musical concerts, and sports teams are scheduling events. However, until otherwise stated, Pennsylvania's Americana's Region continues to adhere to federal, state, and local mitigation orders.
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GREAT NEWS! Effective Monday, May 31, 2021 at 12:01 AM, Pennsylvania lifted COVID mitigation orders. The masking order will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated.
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Fast food is fine when you’re in a hurry, but why rush when you can relax with family and friends over a fantastic meal? Feast on steaks grilled to perfection at Austin’s, or throw back a pint of Guinness at the Ugly Oyster Drafthaus, a truly Irish pub in downtown Reading. Judy’s on Cherry may be housed in one of Reading’s oldest buildings, but the menu offerings are anything but dated. Looking for a sports bar? The Pike Cafe will keep you on top of the action with great sandwiches and entrees to boot. As for star treatment, experience fine dining at Dans – said to be one of the late Joan River’s favorite restaurants. Follow our country roads to The Bridge Inn & Martini Bar. Well worth the trip for its fabulous cuisine and delicious martinis.
Combine your love of craft beers and good food with visits to Saucony Creek Reading Station, Saucony Creek Brewery & Gastro Pub Kutztown, or the ever popular Chatty Monks.Brewing Company. As for food and locally made wine, Folino Estate Winery transports you to the Italian countryside with authentic Italian dishes paired beautifully with their assorted wines. Or spend a day following the Berks County Wine Trail and discover the delicious locally produced wines.
Summertime in Berks County is packed with festivals. Whether your passions involve war history, food and drink, or live music, you’re sure to find a happening that interests you in the upcoming months.
Every year, during the first, full weekend of June, World War II Weekend transports the Mid Atlantic Air Museum and its guests to a time gone by. Assorted encampments, a French village, the American homefront, warbirds and reenactors bring history to life at the epic event. An array of community celebrations, including Boyertown’s Philadelphia Ave Street Fair, Muhlenberg’s Spring Fiesta, Taste of Kutztown Wine & Beer Festival, Kempton Community Fair and West Reading’s Art on the Avenue round out the month. The 9-day Kutztown Folk Festival usually straddles late June into early July. However this year you can experience the fest virtually.
July offers a more laid back vibe. Wind-down at Bear Creek Mountain Resort’s Summer Wine Festival or relax under the stars at Berks Arts Council’s Bandshell Concert Series. The free series takes place Friday nights in July at Reading’s City Park. August welcomes ten days of smooth jazz at the 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Reading Pride Celebration invites everyone to their annual Pride event complete with vendors and entertainment.
In September indulge your inner foodie at food-centric celebrations. The 18th Annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival and 25th Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival begin the month, followed by the 74th Annual Oley Valley Community Fair. This old-fashioned event is pure Americana with contests and judgings, great food, rides and entertainment.
Make any of these festivals the centerpiece of a visit or an added bonus to a weekend getaway. Enjoy!
Berks County Parks are always great for nature walks and running, but when the temperatures rise, add fishing tackle and a picnic lunch for a day of fun. While Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, French Creek, and Blue Marsh Lake provide ideal spot to watch birds, French Creek and Blue Marsh become favored swimming and boating destinations throughout spring, summer and fall.
Of course, spring weather can fluctuate. Visit historic sites like Conrad Weiser, Daniel Boone Homestead, and Hopewell Furnace provide ample room to roam, as well as shelter from showers that might cloud your day. Or, walk the grounds of Reading Public Museum and Neag Planetarium before or after viewing an exhibit or show. Book an train ride at one of our local railroads. You’ll be surprised by the variety of excursions, stops, and seating options.
For more ways to spend time in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, our Road Trip itineraries are sure to help you plan many a memorable day.