August in Reading and Berks County is filled with wonderful ways to enjoy the month. Embrace summer's last hurrah with some of the ideas we've listed below. Keep reading to check out all of the great things Pennsylvania’s Americana Region has to offer this August.

Back to the future tribute

Now through Labor Day head to Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles for a special exhibit, Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads: A Back to the Future Tribute! View a DeLorean time machine tribute car, movie memorabilia, props, artwork, and more. Take a look at our Calendar of Events for more Back to the Future events. 

Image courtesy of Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

First & Second Friday Events in Berks County

If you can't get enough of First Friday events, you're in luck because Berks County has both First and Second Friday happenings! Enjoy food, shopping, music, and more with friends and family as you get to know the welcoming communities of Boyertown and West Reading. 

First Friday- August 4th: Boyertown, PA

Second Friday- August 11th: West Reading, PA

Reading & Berks County's Farmers Market

August is a great time to shop for locally grown produce, sustainably raised meats, delicious dairy products, and luscious desserts at Reading and Berks County's farmers’ markets. Visiting our markets always an adventure. In addition to the fresh foods and goodies, there are all kinds of other fun items on sale. You never know what you might find!  Show your support to our dedicated farmers and food producers by stopping by some of our favorite markets this month. 

Leesport Farmers Market
Penn Street Market
Renninger's Antiques and Farmers Market
West Reading Farmers Market 

Barry Manilow Concert

Grammy and Emmy award-winning singer Barry Manilow is coming to Berks County on August 18th. Don’t miss out on a fun night of entertainment at the Santander Arena! Tickets start at $49.50 and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Check out other concerts, free and ticketed, on our website calendar.

Duryea Hillclimb

Watch as the racers race over 2 miles of hill starting at Reading’s City Park for the Duryea Hillclimb on August 20th. This is an exciting activity to watch, especially if you are a thrill-seeker wanting to experience the race from the sidelines at no cost to you!

Return of the Bats

Fascinated by bats? Join Dr. Karen Campbell of Albright College at the Berks County Heritage Center for a night of exploration into the world of bats on August 24th. Learn about their distinctive characteristics, roles in nature, and their interactions with humans. Watch as the Pennsylvania Bat Rescue releases rescued bats back into the environment at the conclusion of the presentation. This is a great learning opportunity for all ages!

Muhlenberg Township's RiverFest

Looking for something free to do in Berks County? Mark your calendar for Muhlenberg Township’s RiverFest! The festivities begin August 25th from 5 to 10 PM in front of the Farmhouse. The full event will take place at Jim Dietrich Park from August 26th- 27th. Enjoy the scenery of the Schuykill River while eating delicious food and having a beverage while supporting local businesses. Follow the event link for specific details. 

Reading's 275th Anniversary Road Race

Celebrate Reading’s 275th Anniversary with a bike race on August 27th. Visitors are welcome to climb up the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower to the observation deck to take in the incredible views. You may even be able to spot Philadelphia on a clear day. Enjoy live entertainment from local actors and musicians as well!

Bloody Mary Brunch Train

It’s 5’o’clock somewhere! The Colebrookdale Railroad is hosting a mid-19th century French style brunch experience on August 27th. Complete with a delicious breakfast board, dessert, champagne, and a Bloody Mary. You do not have to be 21 for this event! All underage participants will be given a non-alcoholic beverage. If you can't make it this time, visit our website for additional train ride adventures. 

Community Lunar Paddle & Float

Experience Blue Marsh Lake in a way like never before! Whether you are paddling or floating, relax under the night sky on the water on August 29th. Bring snacks and drinks to enjoy and don’t forget the insect repellant and a headlamp or flashlight. Can't make it? Check out other paddle-boarding events.