Free Events at Kutztown University

Did you know there are lots of events, activities, lectures, performances, and programs at Kutztown University that are free and open to the public? And not just throughout the fall and spring semester; there are plenty of summer events as well. Here are just a few:

KU Planetarium in the Grim Science Center: Sit back and relax as the lights dim in KU’s planetarium and enjoy the show of lights and sound…. for FREE!

Georgian Room: Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival holds concerts and workshops throughout the summer that are FREE and open to the public. As well as free performances during the school year.

KU Small Business Development Office: Offering FREE consulting services and learning opportunities for locals who have or are looking to open a small business.

PA German Culteral Heritage Center: This beautiful farm tucked away in a quiet corner of campus offers FREE family friendly events throughout the year as well as lectures and demonstrations.

Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery in Sharadin Arts Building: displays artwork from professional working artists as well as Kutztown University students. The gallery is always FREE and a great way to explore the creativity of young emerging artists.

Kutztown University has many wonderful things to offer the community. You just have to know where to look and who to ask.



Vino in the Valley

Coming up in March is one of our favorite events of the year: Vino in the Valley! (previously known as March Madness)

If you enjoy wine from the Lehigh Valley area, you will love this great event. The event takes place every weekend in March (Saturdays and Sundays) at 9 of the wineries that are part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.

You must purchase your Passports (tickets) ahead of time either online or at one of the participating wineries. The ticket price is $35 per person which includes free wine tastings (up to six samples per winery), a small portion food pairing, as well as a wine backpack as part of your ticket price.

More information can be found here on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Website.

This year’s participating wineries include:

Amore Vineyards and Winery, Big Creek Vineyard, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery, Franklin Hill Vineyards, Galen Glen Winery, Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Tolino Vineyards, and Vynecrest Vineyards and Winery.

We already have our tickets! So have fun and maybe we will see you on the trail!

***If you are planning to attend Vine in the Valley and need a place to stay, you know who to call!***

Friendfest 2015!

It’s that time of year again! The cold, dark days of winter seem to drag on and on, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! And that light shines on Beltzner Hall in the Kutztown Fairgrounds. It is the seventh annual FriendFest my friends! An event featuring local (and non-local) breweries and wineries who bring some of their most popular beverages for you to taste. You must be at least 21 years old to attend, but you don’t HAVE to drink in order to have a great time. (Designated driver tickets are available at a reduced price) There will also be food vendors with samples as well as live music and dancing. Two awesome local bands will be performing throughout the evening: The Wallace Brothers Band and Frog Holler.

Friendfest is an annual event that will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015. It is a benefit event held by Friend Inc. who uses the proceeds to help families and individuals in need in Northeastern Berks county.

Some of the vendors you can expect to see are: Golden Avalanche Brewing Company, Kutztown Brew Crew, Saucony Creek Brewing, Yards Brewing Company, Long Trout Winery, Peace Valley Winery, and Stonekeep Meadery. As well as many more!

It is a very fun event for a great cause and something to look forward to during these long chilly days!

There are two sessions that you can buy ticket for: 3-6pm and 6:30-9:30pm.

Ticket prices: Bought is advance, $10 for a designated driver and $35 for general admission. Both ticket prices includes a free hoagie and souvenir glass. General admission tickets bought at the door are $50, so we suggest buying them in advance! (DD tickets are still $10 at the door)

TIckets can be purchased online:

If you plan on attending and need a place to stay for the night that is within a short walking distance, you know who to call! (Main Street Inn)