What do kites, fiddles, and beer have in common? All three play a starring role in an event this weekend in Berks County. For those who love flying kites, can’t resist tapping their feet to the lively sounds of the fiddle, or relish sampling new foods and craft beers, Pennsylvania’s Americana Region is the place to be this final weekend of April. While visiting our region, you’ll find plenty of other ways to spend your time. You might even try something entirely new. We’ve listed a few activities below; just enough to help get you start with your weekend plans. Plan to head our way soon. Great Stuff Happens Here!
April 26 – 28
Renninger’s Kutztown Antiques & Collectors Extravaganza
8:00am – 4:00pm
Renninger’s Kutztown Antique & Farmer’s Market
Renninger’s Kutztown Antiques & Collectors Extravaganza is a must for collectors. The extravaganza draws hundreds of sellers and buyers from all over to sell, buy, and trade antiques, collectibles, vintage, and repurposed items. If you’ve never attended the extravaganza, a few words of advice: start early, wear comfortable shoes, carry cash, and don’t be afraid to dicker the price. Good luck and happy hunting!
The Quebe Sisters
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Miller Center for the Arts
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them.
The Aeolus Quartet
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
WCR Center for the Arts
Since its inception in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the US and across the globe. This dynamic quartet includes Wyomissing native Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro on violin, and our audience will meet their new violist Caitlin Lynch at this concert. Their program will feature works by Haydn, Ives, and Beethoven.
Go Fly A Kite Day Festival & YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Youth Recreation Facility, Leesport
Go fly a kite – literally! Spend your afternoon flying kites at Go Fly A Kite Day. The event aims to get you and your kids outside. Bring a store-bought kite, or kids can make one in the Sled-Kite Workshop Tent. If you need some help getting off the ground, watch professionals fly kites and perform tricks. Get Health and wellness information will be shared, along with fun games and activities for all ages
Craft Pretzel & Beer Festival
12:00pm – 7:00 pm
Here’s a great way to spend your Saturday. Stroll Penn Ave in West Reading while listening to live music and sampling beers and tasting unique dishes made with pretzels. The Festival is free to attend, but food and beer are not.
We hope these suggestions helpto start your weekend. For more ideas for things to do and places to go in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, visit our website.