Summer solstice has arrived with longer days and warmer nights, which Berks County knows how to spend with friends and family! Now through August is the perfect time to experience PA Americana Region, from adventurous weekends spent outdoors to staycation days with the kids. This PA Americana Region Summer Series is the perfect checklist for a summer spent where great stuff happens! These weekly challenges offer ways to celebrate summertime at a variety of local events and places.

Week 1 Challenge – “Local Live Music”

Attend a Berks County summer concert as the first Summer Series weekly challenge. Catch a patio party with live music and food in Downtown Reading or support young talent at a community showcase. There are many opportunities to check this challenge off your summer series checklist this week.

  • Midday Café, June 27th 12-1:30 p.m. - Join the Reading Downtown Improvement District for its Midday Cafe at the State Office Building! Free live music by Me and Paul and food for sale from various local eateries.
  • Music under the Stars, June 28th 6-9 p.m. - Music under the Stars takes place every Thursday evening in June through September. This event features some of the best local musicians with mountainside dining that can't be matched!
  • “Got Talent” Showcase, June 29th 6:30-10:30 p.m. - The “Got Talent” Showcase puts a spotlight on local and regional talent with an evening of entertainment that allows local and regional individuals an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. Berks Country Fest and Berks Country, a weekly magazine in the Reading Eagle, are producing the event to highlight the very talented people right here in the Berks and surrounding regions.
  • Live Art and Music Show with Jake Bullock and Neil Comet, June 30th 7-9 p.m. - Come out and see new paintings by Kutztown artist Jake Bullock! Have a few beers, some food and enjoy live music by Neil Comet Underwood!
  • Ringgold Band Concert at the Conrad Weiser Homestead Park, July 1st 1:30-3 p.m. - Don't miss our annual Patriotic Concert in the Park at Conrad Weiser Homestead! The Ringgold Band concert honors all Military Veterans. Food will be available at noon provided by the Womelsdorf Fire Company. Admission and parking are free. Contributions will be accepted by free will collection. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket.
  • Concert: a Touch of Blues, July 1st 6-8 p.m. - Take a captivating musical journey experiencing some of your favorite blues, jazz, and standard songs with ‘A Touch of Blues’. Marge Miller is a KMA Nashville recording artist and songwriter, and her five member band is comprised of local talented musicians who have performed throughout the Delaware Valley. They have an extensive repertoire of music and tailor each performance to the listening audience. No rain date. Refreshments available. $5/car parking. www.margemillermusic.com

Click here to discover places in Berks County or learn more about an event you wish to attend. Make the most of your summer where great stuff happens!