Tonight is the opening night of the new PPL Center with a performance by the classic rock band the Eagles. Tomorrow the City of Allentown will celebrate the latest addition to 7th and Hamilton with a community celebration like it has never seen before, and it will all be for free.
The “Rise Together Allentown” PPL Center Community Open House and Allentown Arts Celebration will begin at 1:00 pm. Free tours of the new PPL Center are available along with activities for the kids in and around the arena. Just down the block, the Arts Walk and Arts Park will be the site of music and dance performances. The Allentown Art Museum and Miller Symphony Hall will offer fun things to do, and Pip the mouse will greet children at the Liberty Bell Museum.
“The new arena is a fantastic building with all the modern amenities,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “This is the chance for the public to get an inside glimpse of the facility for free. It is also a tremendous opportunity to acquaint the public or reacquaint the public with other organizations within walking distance of the arena.”
The Allentown Parking Authority is reducing parking fees to $3.00 at its facilities on from noon until 5pm. Parking will also be reduced to $3.00 at the Arena Reserved Deck which will be open from noon until 5pm.
There will be an open rehearsal of the Allentown Symphony as well as tours of the newly restored historic theatre balcony at Miller Symphony Hall, and music lovers of all ages can try out orchestra instruments at the instrumental petting zoo in the Arts Park. The Allentown Art Museum will be free to mark the occasion.
The arts celebration is supported by Air Products, City Center Lehigh Valley, Alvin H. Butz and the Allentown Arts Commission.
In addition, Allentown ArtsFest is taking place at Cedar Beach Park this weekend, so after taking in the activities around the Arena, head on down to enjoy a variety of fringe art forms that make up the three day outdoor festival, including; upcycled sculptures & installations, breakdancing, chalk art, technology, graffiti, film, improvisational theater, stand-up comedy, two stages of music & performances, a skate park with live demonstrations and more.
Local restaurants and food vendors will serve unique dishes as well as festival favorites. Shangy’s will be hosting six local craft breweries with a wide variety of beers for sale.
More than 50 art vendors, small businesses, organizations and non-profits are participating.
Here is a full list of the all of the events going on tomorrow:
“Rise Together Allentown”
PPL Center Community Open House & Allentown Arts Park Celebration
Saturday, September 13, 2014
All events are free* and open to the public.
Allentown Parking Authority facilities and the Arena Reserved Deck are reducing parking fees to $3.00 on September 13 from 12-5 PM.
701 Hamilton Street
- Self-Guided Arena Tours
- Bounce Houses, Face Painting and Balloon Twisters
- Book Drive presented by Cops n’ Kids
Bring a book to donate or bring $1 to donate to a new book. Books will be donated to local schools.
- Community Action Stations
America on Wheels, LVHN, The Morning Call, Muhlenberg College, PPL, WFMZ
- Mascot Central
- Local Live Entertainment
Hamilton Street, between 6th and 7th Streets
- “Broadway on Hamilton”
Musical Performances by Actors of Civic Theatre of Allentown
North 5th Street, between Linden and Hamilton Streets
- Tim Harakal Music
- Rise Together Allentown, Community Sculpture, Charlie Brouwer
Allentown Art Museum
- Instrumental Petting Zoo
Allentown Symphony Hall
Children and adults can try out orchestra instruments.
- Ceramics Raku Firing, Renzo Faggioli and Ceramics Students
The Baum School of Art
Raku is an exciting traditional Japanese process of firing ceramics that includes the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. Several firings will take place throughout the day.
- Pip the Mouse and Arts Activities
Liberty Bell Museum
Children will be able to create Liberty Bell pictures and get their picture taken with Pip the Mouse.
- Community Music School Information Table
- Rise Together Allentown Dedication
- Billy Bauer Band
- Xcape Dance Company
Youth Education in the Arts
- Noches de Ritmo
La Ola Radio personalities will host this interactive musical event, featuring prizes, ticket giveaways, dance performances and a musical set by the amazing performers of ‘Due Perfecto.’
Miller Symphony Hall
23 N 6th Street
- Open Orchestra Rehearsal
Allentown Symphony Orchestra
- Miller Symphony Hall Tours
8 PM (and 3 PM September 14)
- Classical Season Opening Gala (*tickets are required)
Allentown Symphony Orchestra
Allentown Art Museum
31 N 5th Street
11 AM-4 PM
- Allentown Art Museum is Open
Cedar Beach Park, 2600 Parkway Boulevard
September 12-14, Friday & Saturday 12-8 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM
ArtsFest is hosted by the Alternative Gallery of Allentown and brings together a variety of fringe art forms into a three day outdoor festival, including: upcycled sculptures and installations, breakdancing, chalk art, technology, graffiti, film, improvisational theater, stand-up comedy, two stages of music and performances, a skate park with live demonstrations and more.