Now that we’re in the final weeks of summer before school’s back in session, you might feel the clock ticking to fit in all that the season has to offer. Here’s our list of must-dos before fall is here:

Eat Ice Cream

Is it even summer if you don’t eat ice cream? While there are plenty of chain ice cream shops in the area, be sure to try out the special, privately own stores throughout the county for truly great ice cream. You’ll find some of the best hand-dipped cones at Nelson’s Ice Cream in Royersford (Happening List Winner for Best Ice Cream), Coventry Parlor at Laurel Locks outside Pottstown and at Merrymead Farm in Lansdale.

Attend an Outdoor Concert

Music and summer nights just go together. From wineries to community ampitheaters, there are plenty of opportunities in MontCo to catch some outdoor entertainment. Here are a few coming up:

Ambler Sunday Evening Summer Concert Series

When: Sundays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler

August 4: Southern Edge (Southern Rock and Country)

August 11: Hot Taters (Jazz, Swing, Dixieland, New Orleans Favorites)

August 18: The Monkeephiles (The Monkees Tribute Band)

August 25: ReD Angel (Classic Rock)

White’s Road Park Concert Series

When: Tuesday evenings through August 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: White’s Road Park, 400 White’s Rd., Lansdale

August 6: Craig Thatcher

August 13: Dibbs & The Detonators

August 20: The Mighty Manatees

35th Annual Concert Under the Stars Series

When: Sunday nights through August 11, starting at 6 p.m. (Food vendors and beer garden beginning at 5 pm. No outside alcohol permitted.)
Where: 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

August 11: David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket featuring members of The Hooters, The Soul Survivors, Tommy Conwell, The A’s and more!

Norristown Summer Concert Series: The Morning After

When: Sunday, August 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Fire Chief’s Memorial Bandshell at Elmwood Park, Sterigere Street and Harding Boulevard, Norristown

Watch a Movie Under the Stars

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a drive-in movie theater these days, MontCo still offers ways to watch a movie with your family under the stars. Here are just a few coming up:

King of Prussia Town Center, August 8, The Incredibles 2

Hillside Aquatic Swim Club, August 9, The Incredibles 2

White’s Road Park in Lansdale, August 16, Hotel Transylvania 3

Fischer’s Park, August 22, Ralph Breaks the Internet

Find a New Favorite Playground

Have you been taking your kids to the same playground all summer? Mix things up by visiting somewhere new! From small neighborhood spots to large state parks, MontCo has plenty of places for kids to climb, jump and swing. Click here for a list of some of the best.

Dine Al Fresco

One of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to be outside – even to eat! MontCo has no shortage of great spots to relax with a drink and well-prepared food while enjoying beautiful vistas, great music or magical moments with friends. Check out this list for just a sample of what the area has to offer.

Visit Your Local Library

Have you visited the library lately? In addition to the obvious (check out some new books!), the library also offers tons of activities throughout the summer. Take a look at this article for more info.

Waltz Golf Farm (photo via Facebook)

Plan a Summer Date Night

Summer lovin’ … When it’s hot outside, it can be tempting to crank up the AC and just veg out with the latest Netfix craze. But summer is also a great time to get out of the house and enjoy some one-on-one time with your loved one. From mini golf, to shows, to exploring the beauty of the area, there’s something fun for every couple. Click here for some ideas.

Visit a Farmer’s Market

Summer is the season for farmers markets. They are the best place to get local and organically grown produce, locally crafted beverages, baked goods and even homemade soap. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit a local market before the season is over. Click here for a list of some of the best farmers markets in Montgomery County.


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