If you are a lover of the arts, this is the weekend to visit Pennsylvania's Americana Region. Celebrate art, music, and dance across Reading and Berks County. With the promise of clear skies and interesting things to do, why not hop in your car and head our way?
What could be more relaxing than a weekend away, enjoying the arts in our region? Add to your enjoyment with great food and drink from some of our favorite wineries and restaurants.
October 18 - 22
IX Arts Celebration 2017 GoggleWorks Center for the Arts 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The IX Arts Celebration returns to Pennsylvania's Americana Region for a second time this week. IX is the first symposium dedicated to the art of the fantastic or imaginative realism. Meet artists, students, collectors, and art fans from around the world as they meet for this annual gathering to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for this incredible art form. Ticket prices vary.
Splendid Harvest Farm to Table Train by Gracie’s 21st Century Cafe Colebrookdale Railroad 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Take in the beauty of Colebrookdale Railroad's exquisitely restored railcars while enjoying the culinary arts of Gracie's 21st Century Cafe. The local 5 STAR restaurant is known for unique and outstanding foods made with the freshest local ingredients. The evening is sure to be a truly memorable experience as you dine in the railroad's spectacular dining car and enjoy the two-hour excursion.
Chris Botti Santander Performing Arts Center 7:30 pm
Here's your chance to see and hear Chis Botti in concert. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD, When I Fall In Love, Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. The award-winning musician offers a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Tickets start at $34.50
Jessica Lang Dance Miller Center for the Arts 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Spend your evening watching one of the most provocative, up-and-coming dance companies. Jessica Lang Dance performance features Thousand Yard Stare, a work which premiered in 2016. Based on the name given to a traumatized soldier’s unfocused gaze, it is described by the Chicago Sun-Times as, “a remarkable evocation, minimal yet profound, of soldiers in formation at war. Moving and masterful.”
Harvest Wine Festival Bear Creek Mountain Resort 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
What a great way to end your weekend in our region! Sample the fruits of the vine from local wineries at Bear Creek's Harvest Wine Festival. In addition to the wineries, food and craft vendors will be on hand. Kick back, relax and enjoy. Monday will be here before you know it.