The leaves are about to get crunchy and the air’s already feeling a bit more crisp. Fall is almost here, and with it comes a bountiful harvest of new art exhibitions and events from celebrity portraits of David Bowie, Beyonce, and Marilyn Monroe to colorful light play with lasers and lenses.
Here’s a preview of this fall’s must-see art shows, events, and more.
Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown: Eclectic Collecting: Curiosities from the Vault: From gemstones and seventeenth-century German tankards to ancient Pompeian oil jars, this exhibition celebrates wonderful and unusual artworks that do not often make it on display. Through Sept. 18. Alteronce Gumby: Dark Matter: Using shards of tempered glass, gemstones, resins, and other unconventional materials, Gumby creates luminous paintings that operate at the intersection of abstraction and representation. Opens Oct. 29. 610-432-4333, allentownartmuseum.org.
America on Wheels, 5 N. Front St., Allentown: Making Life an Adventure: Outdoors is Always More Fun!: Exhibit showcases having fun outdoors featuring 1959 H & H Fiberglass Boat & Gator Trailer. Also, 1964 Studebaker, 1969 Buick Wagon, 1970 VW Westfalia Van, 1953 Mercury, 1972 Scotty camper, 1963 Greenbrier Van, 1055 Hudson, 1961 Corvette, Fin Boat, more. Through Oct. 31. 610-432-4200, americaonwheels.org.
Arthaus, 645 Hamilton St., Allentown: The Percentage: Angel Suarez-Rosado. Through Sept. 21. 610-841-4866.
ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem: Purple Series: Bart Cooper’s limited-edition portrait prints of David Bowie, Beyoncé, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and more along with the original Musikfest poster painting. Through Dec. 11. artsquest.org.
Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem: Intervals: Desert Imprints: Through imprints of desert life, brief flashes of light, shadow, the wind, sun and moon Miguelina Seijo invites the viewer to meditate deeply about time and share a portion of the eternal moment. Through Oct. 23. 2022 InVision Juried Exhibition. Oct. 21-Jan. 8 Leah Frances: Things Were Never Normal. Oct. 24-Jan. 22. Isla P Gordon and Ash Kaye-Starter Home. Oct. 29-Jan. 15. 610-332-1300. bananafactory.org.
Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown: The Lehigh Art Alliance’s 87th Juried Fall Exhibition. Through Sept. 22. A Class Act, Works by Mentor and Mentee: Renzo Faggioli & Lisa Fraenkel, Oct. 3-Nov. 12. Holiday Gallery, Dec. 1-21. 610-433-0032, baumschool.org
Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda Gallery, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem: Town and Puppet: Backstage Drawings: Doug Roysdon, Lehigh Valley artist, playwright, and puppeteer, exhibits his illustrations and puppets. Through Sept. 23. The 5 X 5 Show (Seventh Edition): Richard Begbie, photography; Pat Delluva, drawing / printmaking; James A. DePietro, painting; Barbara Kozero, mosaic / sculpture; Jacqueline Meyerson, pastel. Sept. 29-Nov. 6. Nature and Machine: Photographs showcase traditional and alternative processes while presenting images that highlight images of nature and machines. Nov. 13-Dec. 21. bfac-lv.com.
Da Vinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Boulevard Bypass, Allentown: Playing with Light: Engage in an array of light, laser and lens-based experiences, including freezing your shadows, mixing colored lights, discovering how to shake your own hand, and make a laser beam bounce down a stream of water. Also, tabletop-style exhibits involving light islands, fiber-optics and lenses, paint with light using special virtual paint brushes, and design unique drawings on iPads and project them on the wall. Through Sept. 18. 484-664-1002. davincisciencecenter.org.
Gallery840, 840 Hamilton St., Allentown: Branches: Through Oct. 29. gallery840.net.
Gallery at St. John’s, 330 Ferry St., Easton: The Great Great Great Plaid Revival: Renewal of the annual show featuring plaid-themed works, through Oct. 23. 610-258-6119, stjohnseaston.org/ministries/gallery.
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New St., Bethlehem: Trees of Historic Bethlehem: 26 trees on display across five historic sites decorated by the Bethlehem Garden Club. Through Jan. 8. historicbethlehem.org.
Lafayette College Art Galleries, Easton: Heidi Wiren Barlett: Upriver: Artist-in-Residence conjures latent energies from rocks, bodies of water, and the natural environment to narrate stories about history, experiences, and mythologies that make our daily lives magical. Through Nov. 4. Hee Sook Kim: Surfacing. Through Nov. 18. Minerals to Pigment to Paintings: Work of first-year student researchers. Nov. 28-Dec. 9. Galleries.lafayette.edu.
Laura’s Custom Framing and Fine Art, 1328 Chestnut St., Emmaus: Strands of Life: Abstract art by James Chesnick. Through Oct. 15. 610-928-8622
Lehigh University Art Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem: Starstruck: An American Tale: Shimon Attie, Lehigh University Horger Artist-in-Residence, exhibition interrogates Bethlehem’s past and present as a microcosm of America — it echoes the hopes, histories and values of many North American cities, particularly those in the Rust Belt. Through Dec. 3. NeuroSalon: Ongoing student art series based upon the research of Dr. Julie Miwa into neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and grow. Through abstraction and imagery, this exhibition explores the ease with which we learn in youth, the reduction of neuroplasticity in adolescence, and how creative activities and the feeling of flow can help improve one’s brain health through Dec. 3. luag.lehigh.edu.
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem: Gathering Elements: Katharine Krieg and Brad Hendershot works include landscape, still life and more in various mediums. Through Oct. 14.
Liberty Bell Museum, 622 Hamilton St., Allentown: Liberty Bell Museum’s 60th Anniversary: A Silver Jubilee: Exhibit tells the story of the Liberty Bell coming to Zion’s church during the Revolutionary War and how residents played a significant part in the American Revolution. The stories drove several community members to take the initiative and found the Liberty Bell Shrine. Through Sept. 24. 610-435-4232, libertybellmuseum.org.
Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown: Spectrum Sinfonia: The Art of Dan Welden: New York-based master printmaker Dan Welden paintings and prints made during 2020-21 display a knowledge of color and composition that challenges the best of his well-known contemporaries. Through Oct. 16. 610-683-1575. kutztown.edu.
Moravian University Payne Gallery, 346 Main St., Bethlehem: The COVID Diary 2020-2022: Beginning in 2020 and following quarantine protocol, Stephen Posen sequestered himself in his rural barn studio and developed a daily practice of drawing and painting on sheets of 30x 22 watercolor paper. With charcoal, gouache and acrylic, Posen created a body of over 600 works, from this body of work, a selection of 85 works on paper will be exhibited. Through Oct. 16. Manifold Global — Reflected Existence: Brings together a group of Manifold Global artists living and working in Philadelphia and New York City. Oct. 27-Dec. 18. moravian.edu.
Moravian Historical Society, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth: Charting the Unknown: Early Moravian Maps: Exhibition explores surveying techniques, the conflicts between Indigenous communities and Europeans, and the Moravian contributions to surveying, early cartography, and town planning through archival documents, historic maps, and objects from the collection of the Moravian Historical Society. Through Dec. 29. 610-759-5070, moravianhistory.org.
Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown: Women Warriors: Resilience, Leadership, Activism: Exhibit in honor of Native American women and their significant triumphs they gained for Indian Country, America, and the world both throughout the course of history and in the present day. 610-797-2121, Through Nov. 27. museumofindianculture.org.
National Museum of Industrial History, 602 E. Second St., Bethlehem: The Works of a Mechanical Genius: The Legacy of John Fritz: Explore the early decades of the Bethlehem Iron Company and examine Fritz’s impact on work, technology, defense, and the rapid cultural changes experienced during the 20th Century. Through Oct. 15. 610-694-6644, nmih.org.
New Arts Gallery, 173 W. Main St., Kutztown: Visual Poems: Dickinson and Blaga: Printmakers form Romania each responding to poetry of American poet Emily Dickinson, Stefan Balog, Alexandru Radulescu, Jr., Alexandru Radulescu, Sr. and Anca Sas. Through Dec. 18. 610-683-6440. newartsprogram.org.
Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton St., Easton: Tribute: The Connecting to Nature in Northampton County: Photo exhibit by Sherry Acevedo features nature in Northampton County parks and open spaces. Tribute: The Life and Work of Earl C. Stocker: A look into a lifelong series of sketches, drawings and paintings of the kindhearted man known to many as “Mr. Easton.” Through Oct. 28. 610-253-4432. nurturenaturecenter.org.
Penn State Lehigh Valley, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley: Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture, collage, prints and video created by Linda Stein, who through her art strives to broaden awareness and inspire empathy by presenting gender multiplicities and diversities in her art. Through Dec. 3. 610-285-5261, lehighvalley.psu.edu.
Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton: Easton Nights: Photographer Peter Ydeen features over 70 photographs of the surreal and romantic world of Easton’s small hours. Through May 28. 610-253-1222, sigalmuseum.org.
Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown: Yenna Hill: One-woman show, featuring the work of the emerging, self-taught artist known for work that she calls “pop-infused ancestral hieroglyphs.” Through Oct. 23. studiobbb.org.
Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown: Beethoven & Rachmaninoff: Tailleferre, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Oct. 15-16: Berstein’s on the Town: Vaughan Williams, Barber, Bernstein, Nov. 12-13. 610-432-6715, millersymphonyhall.org.
Bach Choir of Bethlehem: Bach at Noon: Members of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra perform, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem. Christmas Concert: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Parts 4, 5 & 6, Dec. 10, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Dec. 11, First Presbnyterian Church of Bethlehem.
Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem: Wister Quartet and Friends: Farago, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco abnd Brahms, Oct. 16. Arianna String Quartet: Hayden Hob III, G. Frank and Beethoven, Vov. 11, Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall, Bethlehem. 610-435-7611, cmsob.org.
Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra: Skoniczin & Strings: Britten, C.P.E. Bach, Hertel, Tchaikovsky, Sept. 24, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown. “The Devil Made Me Do It:” Boccherini, Tartini, Bizet, Nov. 19, First Presbyterina Church, Allentown. pasinfonia.org
Satori: American Serenade: Gershwin, Franz Doppler, Dvorak and Salerni “Three Places in Pennsylvania” world premiere, Sept. 18, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem. Daniel Pearl World Muisc Days Concert: Concert in memory of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, Oct. 23, Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown. Two Part Invention … Plus One: Music by Haydn, Stephen Foster, Allen Shawn, Tom Febonio, Christopher Caliendo, and Telemann — from Baroque to blues, Americana, a gypsy fandango and more, Nov. 20, Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville. satori-chambermusic.org.
Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, 317 Hamilton St., Easton: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet: Scott / Fanfare for trumpet and winds (Orpheus 50th anniversary commission), Haydn / Symphony No. 77 in B-flat major, Hummel / Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Mozart / Symphony No. 33, Oct. 6. Ensemble Basiani: Repertoire spanning the seventh to 13th centuries, Nov. 10. 610-330-5009, williamscenter.lafayette.edu
Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem: LUVME The Life and Love of Joe Coogan and the Overlook Quartet: A concert performance of a one-act opera based on a Dick Van Dyke TV show episode by Carl Reiner, libretto by Kate Light, music by Paul Salerni. Sept. 24. Lehigh University Choral Arts: Brahms and Poulenc: The 200 plus singers of Choral Arts perform Nänie by Johannes Brahms and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Oct. 22. New York Philharmonic: Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with the Romantic virtuosity of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with Bomsori Kim as soloist and Symphony No. 4 by Florence Price, Nov. 1. Lehigh University Faculty String Quartet: Strings and Threads: Lehigh string faculty members Michael Jorgensen, Erica Dicker, Sharon Fischer and Chris Gross perform chamber music written in and about the United States featuring the iconic Dvorak American String Quartet, Op. 96, Nov. 6. Academy of Vocal Arts: Verdi’s La Traviata: Great voices accompanied by live orchestra share the drama and the passion of classic opera in a concert version of Verdi’s La Traviata, Nov. 13. Lehigh University Philharmonic: Reflections & Celebrations: Director Paul Salerni conducts his orchestral piece A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance, alongside Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Eugene Albulescu as piano soloist, Dec. 2.610-758-2787, zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu
Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown: From Broadway to Hollywood: Songs from the greatest musicals from Broadway to Hollywood and stops in-between, Sept. 24; Holiday Pops: Celebration of carols, classics, singalongs and more, Dec. 17. 610-432-6715, millersymphonyhall.org.
The Allentown Band presents “The Mark of Zorro”: The Allentown Band performs an original score by Allentown Band Principal Clarinetist Steve Reisteter from the pit as the film is projected on the giant screen in Miller Symphony Hall, Oct. 29. Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Bel Canto Youth Chorus Winter Concert: Performances from the choristers in the Prep Choir and Concert Choir present a music program from various traditions and styles, Dec. 4, Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. bach.org.
Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Don Armstrong with Liz & Pete, Sept. 21; The Glengarry Bhoys, Sept. 22; John Gorka/Festival Unbound, Sept. 29; Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band Reunion/Festival Unbound, Sept. 30; John Gorka/Anne Hills singer-songwriter workshop/Festival Unbound, Oct. 1; John Gorka, Oct. 2; Bucky Pizzarelli Tribute with John Pizzarelli and Frank DiBussolo, Oct. 8; Anne Hills, Oct. 9; Dana Cooper, Oct. 13; Tavern Tan, Oct. 14; Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Oct. 15; Todd Albright, Oct. 21; Winifred Horan, Oct. 23; Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Oct. 26; Lilli Lewis, Oct. 28; Carsie Blanton, Oct. 29; Amelia White, Nov. 3; Jack Murray & Blue Tarp Wranglers, Nov. 5; Pierre Bensusan, Nov. 12; Lili Anel, Nov. 18; The Nighthawks 50th anniversary tour, Nov. 19; Rod Picott, Nov. 20; Steppin’ Out!, Nov. 25; Matthew Gordon and Silver Shade Scenery, Nov. 27; Swearingen Kelli, Dec. 2; Marc Douglas Berardo & Abbie Gardner, Dec. 3; Maya de Vitry, Dec. 10; Craig Bickhardt, Jesse Terry, Sylvia with John Mock, Dec. 11; The Kennedys, Dec. 16; Christmas with The Druckenmillers and Norm Williams, Dec. 18. Tickets and information, godfreydaniels.org.
State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Orchestra: Former members of Electric Light Orchestra, Oct. 7; Oh What A Nigh of Rock N Roll: Lou Christie, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, La La Brooks, The Capris, Cleveland Still & The Dubs, The Fireflies, Oct. 8; Gladys Knight, Oct. 9; Chris Botti: Jazz, Oct. 14; Blue Man Group: Alternative music group, Oct. 21; Johnny Mathis, Oct. 27; Joanne Shaw Taylor: Blues artist, Nov. 12; Cat Country 96 Jingle Jam: Acoustic music with some of Nashville’s hottest stars, Nov. 17; Straight No Chaser: 25th-anniversary celebration, Dec. 3; Top of the World: Carpenters tribute featuring Debbie Taylor, Dec. 11; The Wizards of Winter: Former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Leppard, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, along with Broadway and Theater veterans, Dec. 18. 610-252-3132, statetheatre.org
Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, 317 Hamilton St., Easton. Martha Redbone/Bone Hill: Native and African American singer/songwriter, Oct. 1. 610-330-5009, williamscenter.lafayette.edu
Wind Creek Event Center, 77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem. IL Volo, Sept. 29; The Platters, Oct. 11; Live to Rock Tour featuring Skid Row, Warrant, Firehouse, Heaven’s Edge, Oct. 14; Colbie Caillat, Oct. 21; Foreigner, Nov. 12; An Evening with Yes, Nov. 18; Bee Gees Gold, Dec. 1; Engelbert Humperdinck, Dec. 16. 610-297-7414, windcreekeventcenter.com
Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem. The Weeklings Beatlebash: Celebration of The Beatles, Oct. 15; Home Free: Road Sweet Road Tour with Special Guest Erin Kinsey: A cappella group, Oct. 29; Lehigh University Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Bill Warfield directs the Jazz orchestra performing classic repertoire from all the greats, Oct. 30; Get Happy: Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial: Nostalgic and musical journey of Garland’s illustrious career, Nov. 5; Lehigh University Student Jazz Ensembles: Lehigh University’s student Jazz musicians present classics, performed by combos and Big Bands, Nov. 12; Lehigh University Wind Ensemble: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Classic repertoire for concert band, Nov. 20; Lehigh University Choral Arts: Christmas Vespers: Annual Christmas gift to the community, Dec. 4; Westminster Concert Bell Choir: Holiday performance, Dec. 16. 610-758-2787, zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu
Swan Lake: The terrible spell of the magician Rothbart turns the beautiful Odette and her friends into swans, and only at night do they turn into human form, Nov. 11, State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton. 610-252-3132, statetheatre.org
Nutcracker Magical Christmas Ballet: Larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling costumes, Dec. 13. State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton. 610-252-3132, statetheatre.org
Nutcracker: Dancers from Repertory Dance Theatre with music by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 3-4, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715, millersymphonyhall.org.
Nutcracker: Pennsylvania Youth Ballet production with live orchestra the Southside Sinfonietta and a choir, Dec. 10-11, Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem. 610-865-0353. bglv.org.
Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, 317 Hamilton St., Easton. LaTasha Barnes/The Jazz Continuum: Acclaimed dance artist connects America’s Black Jazz and Jazz Dance to today’s House and Hip Hop vernacular, Oct. 19; Bodytraffic: New work, Nov. 15. 610-330-5009, williamscenter.lafayette.edu
Dance Works: Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and modern pieces choreographed and performed by students. Nov. 17-20. Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, 100 College Drive, Allentown. 610-606-4608. cedarcrest.edu.
Emerging Choreographers Concert: Student choreographers premiere a diverse program of new works. Nov. 4-6. DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley. desales.edu.
Cedar Crest College, Allentown: Clue: Hilarious and murderously fun play is based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture and the Hasbro board game, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1-2; Evening of Two One Act Plays: Ghost Stories and Approaching Lavender, Oct. 27-30. 610-606-4608, cedarcrest.edu.
Civic Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown: The SpongeBob Musical: SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage, Oct. 7-23; A Christmas Carol: Timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption, Dec. 2-17; Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some): Fast, furious, and slightly irreverent look at holiday traditions and classics including A Christmas Carol, Dec. 9-18. 610-433-8903, civictheatre.com.
DeSales University, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley: Silent Sky: Drama follows Henrietta Leavitt as she attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, but she finds she must also take the measure of her life on Earth, balancing her dedication to science with family and the possibility of love, Sept. 28-Oct. 9; Side by Side by Sondheim: Tribute to the wit, wisdom, and genius of one of Broadways’ greatest composers and lyricists, Oct. 13-23; A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration: Hannah, an escaped enslaved woman searches for her daughter after sending her off to discover freedom, Nov. 30-Dec. 11. 610-282-3192, desales.edu/act 1
Munopco Music Theatre: Damn Yankees: Modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball, Sept. 17-18, 23-25, Scottish rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown. munopco.org.
Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem: Broken Arrow: A tribute to Neil Young, Sept. 23; Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears & Cedric Burnside, Sept. 29; Billy Ocean, Oct. 2; Hoobastank & Lit: Tried & True Tour, Oct. 16; Bobby Collins, Oct. 21; The Amish Outlaws, Oct. 27; The Aardvarks, Nov. 4; Boat House Row-A Yacht Rock Experience, Nov. 18; The Evolution of Joni Mitchell, Nov. 20; Tusk, Nov. 25-26; Livingston Taylor & Karla Bonoff: Home for The Holidays, Dec. 8; The Stranger: Tribute to Billy Joel, Dec. 16. 610-332-1300, steelstacks.org.
Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem: Deathtrap: Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college — a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash, Oct. 7-23; Holiday Inn: The story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut, Dec. 2-18. 610-865-6665, paplayhouse.org
Pennsylvania Youth Theater: Elf the Musical Jr.: Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, Dec. 2-11, Charles A. Brown Historic Ice House, Bethlehem. 23pyt.org
Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown: I Left My Heart: A salute to the music of Tony Bennett, through Oct. 23; At the Stroke of Midnight: When William, an overworked clockmaker becomes overwhelmed with Christmas orders, it will take a miracle to help him find the true meaning of Christmas. But with a bit of luck, and some holiday magic, he discovers the joy of Christmas, and just in the nick of time, Nov. 10-Dec. 23. 610-433-2333, pinesdinnertheatre.com.
PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sept. 30; Greta Van Fleet, Oc. 1; Wisin Y Yandel, Oct. 7; Travis Tritt & Chris Janson, Oct. 9; I Love the 90s, Nov. 18; Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 16. 610-224-4625, pplcenter.com.
Star of the Day: Side Show: Follows the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, as they rise from sideshow attractions to glamorous stars, all the while, searching for love and acceptance amid the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight, Sept. 16-18, 23-25; Night of the Living Divas: Halloween special, Oct. 28-29; Elf The Musical Jr.: Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, Dec. 2-4, 9/11. St. John’s UCC, Emmaus. staroftheday.org
State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton: Tootsie: The story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one showstopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime, Nov. 3, A Christmas Carol: Ebenezer Scrooge is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future, Dec. 9. 610-252-3132, statetheatre.org
Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem: Odysseus: Follows the mythical journey of a determined man struggling to make his way home, Nov. 2-6; Christmas City Follies XXII: Music, wit, and holiday hijinks in a Vaudevillian package, Dec. 1-18. 610-867-1689, touchstone.org.
Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem: The Salonnieres: In pre-Revolutionary Paris, a young girl fresh from the convent is promised in marriage to an older nobleman to pay off her father’s debts. She flees to the literary salon of her late mother’s friends, aristocratic women who conceal radical politics within reinvented folk tales, Sept. 28-Oct. 1; Galatea: Loosely based on John Lyly’s 1585 play, Galatea is a trans love story set in a forest featuring Greek gods, poetry, and lesbian separatist nymphs. Two young people disguise themselves to escape virgin sacrifice and hide in the woods where they meet and fall in love, Nov. 4-6, 9-12. 610-758-2787, zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu
Wind Creek Event Center, 77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem. Professional Boxing, Sept. 23; Wheel of Fortune Live, Oct. 2; Master of Illusions-Escape the Ordinary, Oct. 7; Wanda Sykes, Oct. 9; Nurse Blake the PTO Comedy Tour, Oct. 23; Amy Schumer: Whore Tour, Oct. 28; The Illusionists-Magic of the Holidays, Nov. 10; Leanne Morgan: Big Panty Tour, Nov. 11; Anthony Rodia: The Road Rage Tour, Nov. 19; Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats-The Holiday Variant, Nov. 26. 610-297-7414, windcreekeventcenter.com
Festival Unbound, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-1689, touchstone.org.
State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Sept. 30; Bill Engvall, Oct. 16; Haunted Illusions, Oct. 22, Cirque Musica, Dec. 4. 610-252-3132, statetheatre.org
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Oktoberfest: Live music, German food and beer, schuhplattlers, Beer-Lympics competition, dachshund races, Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k, local artisans, more, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Oct. 7-9; Christkindlmarkt: ArtsQuest’s annual German-style outdoor market with shopping, German and Austrian food, live entertainment, glassblowing tent, Santa, music. Nov. 18-Dec. 18; Peepsfest: Two-day New Year’s Eve family festival, Dec. 30-31. 610-332-3378, steelstacks.org.
Cocktails & Collecting: The Allentown Art Museum’s signature fall fundraising event offers seasoned collectors and DIY home decorators access to a wide range of quality art, from paintings, prints, ceramics, and sculpture to textiles and fine jewelry, Oct. 1-2. Allentownartmuseum.org.
Easton Farmers Market: Hispanic Cultural Day and Hot Pepper Eating Contest: Hispani foods, music and crafts and shop for peppers, hot sauce and salsa, more, Sept. 24; Apple Jam: Indulge in apple pie, apple strudel, hot apple fritters, fresh pressed cider, Oct. 15; Pumpkin & Pooches: Celebrate Halloween at the market, Oct. 29; Scott Park, Easton. 610-330-9942. eastonfarmersmarket.com.
Northampton County Open Gate Farm Tour: Self-guided tour. Presented by Northampton County Cooperative Extension. Oct. 1-2, Penn State Extension-Northampton County, Nazareth, facebook.com/PennStateExtensionNorthamptonCounty/events
Lehigh Valley Cider, Wine, and Spirits Fest: Hard cider and wine tastings from local and regional cideries and wineries. Oct. 8. Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, milb.com/lehigh-valley/events
Lehigh Valley Craft Beer Festival: Tastings of local craft brew offerings and food trucks serving bacon dishes, music. Oct. 15. Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown, milb.com/lehigh-valley/events
Lehigh County Open Gate Farm Tours: Self-guided tour. Oct. 15-16. facebook.com/PennStateExtensionLehighCounty/events
Invision Photo Festival: 13th annual photo-based juried competition featuring works of traditional photographers alongside mixed media works that use the photographic process significantly, Oct. 21-Jan. 8, ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory, Bethlehem. bananafactory.org/events/invision-photo-festival
Eastern Pa. Fall Home Show: Oct. 22-23: The Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St., 610-437-6020, jenksproductions.com.
The Baum School of Art’s Fall Gala honoring Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel, Nov. 12. Baum School of Arts, 510 W. Linden St., Allentown Tickets $150. www.baumschool.org
Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem: The Amazing Max: Professional magician, Oct. 8; Dan and Claudia Zanes Holiday Sing Along: A multicultural all-ages wintertime celebration, Nov. 27. 610-758-2787, zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu