With the days stretching longer, temperatures rising and abundant sunshine, it’s safe to say the summer season is upon us. In a county known for its sprawling hills and landscapes, bountiful walking trails, parks and locally-owned businesses, this is going to be the best summer ever. Whether it’s fruit/flower picking, an outdoor concert, taking in a movie from the comfort of your vehicle, or simply enjoying the flavors of summer in a soft-serve cone, there is bound to be an activity or business to meet the needs of all this season. In this 2021 Summer Guide to Montgomery County, discover easy and exciting ways to have your best summer yet.
It’s too beautiful to not get outside. The summer doesn’t last long in Eastern PA, so make the most of it with a music series or an outdoor movie. Here are some of Montgomery County’s favorites:
Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre
4540 Shankweiler Rd (Route 309), Orefield, PA
The 2021 Summer Season has officially begun and is currently only operating on weekends. The schedule is always subject to change. Check the website for updates. Admission Cost (Includes the option to view one or both movies for one flat rate): $11 (Adults & Children 13 and older); $7 (children 12 and under); Children under 2 are FREE.
Regarded as “America’s Oldest Drive-In,” the 2021 Summer Season marks the theatre’s 87th season in operation! Offering two films each evening, you can enjoy a film (either both or one for the SAME price!) from the comfort of your vehicle. Be sure to check the Facebook page and website each week for movie schedule updates and other pertinent changes!
King of Prussia Town Center Live Summer Music Series
Live! Summer Music Series is back on the Green Space at King of Prussia Town Center every Friday from 6-8 pm at the Town Center (in front of Davio’s). Enjoy favorite local artists and relax on the green. Check the Facebook page for rain cancellations and updates.
Upper Gwynedd Township Summer Breeze Concert Series
1 Parkside Place, North Wales
Grab your chairs and blankets and enjoy a night with friends and family at the amphitheater listening to local bands. Food is available for purchase.
July 14th: The Exceptions
July 28th: Philadelphia Funk Authority
August 11th: Greaseband
Upper Gwynedd Township Cinema Under the Stars
1 Parkside Place, North Wales
Watch movies with your family and friends on the 15′ screen at the amphitheater. Free movies open to the public! Movie will start at dusk. Digz Dogs Food Truck will also be there.
Friday, July 9th: Trolls World Tour
Friday, July 23: Onward
Friday, August 6: Raya and the Last Dragon
Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center Summer Concert Series
Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center, 1030 Horsham Rd., Montgomeryville, PA
There is no fee to attend concerts. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, as all concerts will be held outdoors this year at the Community & Recreation Center. All concerts are held on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8:15pm.
- July 1: Mike Greer & Co.
- July 8: Beg, Borrow & Steel
- July 15: Simple Gifts
- July 22: High Noon
- July 29: The Beat Tells
- August 5: Chico’s Vibe
- August 12: Zydeco-A-Go-Go
- August 19: Abe Ovadia Jazz
- August 26: By Any Means
Maple Acres Farm & Market – Pick-Your-Own Strawberries & Flowers
2656 Narcissa Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Family owned and operated since 1916, Maple Acres Farm & Market is a prominent Montgomery County landmark offering the community fruit-picking, a plethora of locally-grown produce and flowers, as well as other essentials (meats, dairy & more).
Strawberry-picking began June 5. Check their Facebook page frequently for updates and special guidance regarding policies and procedures for safety & hygiene. Stop by and visit some of the animals housed on the farm, including ducks, baby chicks, chickens, cows, pigs, goats, ponies, donkeys & horses! Also be sure to pick up fresh, locally-grown produce such as asparagus, romaine lettuce and also fresh-cut flowers (flower-picking is also schedule to commence later on in the Summer season, check their Facebook for regular updates!)
Lansdale Farmers Market (2021 Happening List Winner)
400 Penn Street, Landsdale, PA
Saturdays, May 15 – November 20,
The Landsdale Farmer’s Market was the 2021 Happening List Winner for Best Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from 9-10am (dog free) and 10am-12:30pm all are welcome, rain or shine. You will find locally sourced nutritious fruits, vegetables, fish, beef, chicken, pork, dairy, specialty foods, soaps, flowers and perennial plants.
Click here to read our full 2021 Farmer’s Market Guide.
Sandy Hill Farm – Barnyard Fun, Sandy Hill Farm Club & Horseback Riding
1918 Sandy Hill Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA
For over 30 years, family-owned and operated, 10-acre Sandy Hill Farm has been proudly serving the Montgomery County community with its expertise and knowledge in animals of all kind, with a special focus on horses. Sandy Hill Farm provides farm parties, pony rides at your location, riding lessons, a silo animal barn and so much more.
Delight in the cool and creamy side of summer with these local spots offering some of the freshest, creamiest, and homemade options available:
Carminati Creamery (2021 Happening List Winner)
448 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA
All gelato at Carminati Creamery is made from scratch with milk from local dairy farms within 10 miles of the shop. Dairy free options are available as well. Carminati Creamery is re-opening on July 1.
Downtown Scoop (2021 Happening List Winner)
11 W. Chestnut Street, Souderton, PA
Enjoy the creamy and rich flavors of locally-sourced, small-batch ice cream, including a vegan vanilla option each weekend, with curbside-pick-up only – call in to order. Offering a vast array of flavors, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Coffee, Toasted Coconut, and many more, each flavor is made to order and scooped at the peak of freshness. It’s a sweet side of summer, for sure!
Freddy Hill Farms (2021 Happening List Finalist)
1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA
Hand-dipped and locally-produced, a vast array of ice cream flavors are available (Peanut Butter Cup, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookie Monster and many more!), including some seasonal favorites, such as Lemon Cookie Crunch, which will make its anticipated return later this summer! Also enjoy milkshakes, flurries, ice cream cakes, or even a half-gallon of your favorite flavor!
Merrymead Farms (2021 Happening List Finalist)
2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA
Indulge in more than 32 hand-dipped flavors (such as Cappuccino Crunch, Graham Slam, MerryBerry Streusel and many more!) of ice cream and even an orange sherbet, in a variety of forms, such as cups, cones, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream cakes and even half-pint or pint containers to go! For those looking for non-dairy, be sure to check out their assortment of water ice available in flavors such as Swedish Fish, Strawberry and Mango!
Though ice cream and other creamy treats are often thought of as summer’s claim-to-fame, there are countless other savory options and fried favorites, including refreshing cocktails and other sweet sips to enjoy locally, via curbside, delivery or even al-fresco. The majority of restaurants in Montgomery County are open for dining, especially if you’re looking to dine outdoors. As with all listings, be sure to check and confirm availability before heading over or making plans.
Pumpernick’s Deli (2021 Happening List Winner for Lunch)
917 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA
Enjoy deli and savory favorites including omelettes, bagels, burgers, assorted sandwiches, desserts, and countless others in the comfort of home. Conveniently order online, or call in your order and savor comforting flavors of the summer season. Even enjoy family dinner specials (main entrée, sides, salads, and dinner rolls) where recent offerings include chicken marsala, as well as vast deli and breakfast platters. Complement your meal with a 6-pack of beer, also available for take-out/pick-up.
Trappe Tavern (2020 Happening List Outdoor Dining Winner)
416 W. Main Street, Trappe
Hours: Temporary: Sunday-Thursday – Noon-8pm; Friday & Saturday- Noon-9pm.
- Now offering daily lunch specials beginning at noon & daily dinner specials beginning at 4 pm, such as BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Whole Lobster & Crab Legs. They are also serving a host of cocktails such as Orange Crush, Creamsicle Crush, Mojitos and more in 16oz and 32 oz options! Cool down with their slushies and beer all available for curbside pickup! Their full, regular menu is also available.
- Noted and celebrated for their outdoor dining capabilities and area, they’re thrilled to welcome customers back after June 5!
Via Veneto Pizza & Italian Ice (2020 Happening List Water Ice Winner)
2688 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton
Hours:Monday-Thursday = 11am-9:30pm; Friday-Saturday = 11am-10:30pm; Sunday = 2-9pm
- Enjoy a complete meal; lunch/dinner, beverage (a cocktail or soft drink), as well as dessert at this multi-faceted, versatile establishment! Recently introduced are 16oz slushies made with their homemade Italian Ice! Available in flavors such as Strawberry Daiquiri, Mango, Pina Colada and Lemon, it is the ultimate refreshment!
- Cool down with over 21, homemade flavors of Italian Ice, including sugar-free options. Whether it is Black Cherry, Mango, Cotton Candy, Orange Vanilla Swirl, Root Beer Float, or a host of others, each is sure to provide a refreshing treat to make the Summer even sweeter!
Here are just a few places that you can enjoy eating on premise in the fresh air:
Trappe Taven (2020 Happening List Winner for Outdoor Dining), Collegeville
Joseph Ambler Inn (2020 Happening List Finalist for Outdoor Dining), North Wales
Chadwick’s Restaurant & Bar (2020 Happening List Finalist for Outdoor Dining), Audubon
Redstone American Grill (2020 Happening List Finalist for Outdoor Dining), Plymouth Meeting
Creekside Sports Bar (2020 Happening List Finalist for Outdoor Dining), Limerick
Deterra Restaurant & Wine Bar, Ambler
P.J. Whelihan’s, Blue Bell
Parc Bistro, Skippack
MaGerk’s Pub & Grill, Horsham and Fort Washington
The Farmer’s Daughter, Blue Bell
Bridgets Steakhouse, Ambler
Piero’s Italian Restaurant, Huntingdon Valley
Justin’s Carriage House, Skippack
Roots, East Norritown
Coyote Crossing, Conshohocken
Jesse’s Barbecue, Souderton
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Quartz Yoga & Wellness (2021 Happening List Yoga Winner)
331 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA
Quartz Yoga & Wellness Studio is located in Pennsburg, PA with easy access parking and offers a wide variety of classes and services in a unique and relaxing environment. Beyond the yoga and wellness classes, Quartz Yoga & Wellness offers esthetic services, infrared sauna and other offerings that are designed with your health and wellness in mind.
Whole Body Yoga Studio (2021 Happening List Yoga Finalist)
103 E. Walnut Street, North Wales, PA
Keep active and stay in touch with familiar yoga instructors by signing up for a virtual class conducted on a regular and daily basis! Sign up on the website or via their official app and enjoy instruction in the accompaniment of a familiar face; take your yoga instruction outdoors at home, or indoors, the choice is yours!
With warmer weather, longer days and parks, trails and playgrounds reopening, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the great outdoors, especially with the Summer seasons now underway! Check out some of these local spots for a fun stroll, jog, run, hike, or engage in golfing and swimming.
Cross Country Trail
From its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken, the Cross County Trail heads north through a mix of urban and suburban areas. Currently, three miles are completed from Conshohocken to Germantown Pike in Plymouth Township.
Evansburg State Park
851 May Hall Road, Collegeville, PA
Fort Washington State Park
500 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA
The 20-mile Perkiomen Trail follows the route of the Perkiomen Creek from Oaks to Green Lane Borough. It connects to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Audubon Loop. For most of its length, the “Perky,” as it is known by many, uses the former rail bed of the Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad.
Norristown Farm Park
1500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown, PA
Schuylkill River Trail
This multi-use trail runs from Philadelphia to Mont Clare and was built on the Pennsylvania Railroad right of way and parallels the Schuylkill River as it passes through various townships and boroughs.
The Wissahickon Trail stretches from the Wissahickon Creek from Stenton Avenue in Whitemarsh Township to a point near Lansdale Borough.
A Bike Tour of the Homes & Gardens of the Main Line
Grab your bike and take a ride through the historic homes and gardens comprising the Main Line! Take in vast homes, sprawling gardens and keep yourself fit while doing so. Refer to this handy map for navigation.
Bella Vista Golf Course
2901 Fagleysville Road, Gilbertsville, PA
Offering vast, landscaped grounds, enjoy a round of golf on a multi-course setup covering 4,786 to 6,474 yards. Book tee times online at your convenience on their website.
Landis Creek Golf Club
765 N. Lewis Road, Limerick, PA
Now under new ownership with a new name, the club is an 18-hole public golf course, the grounds are open and ready to welcome visitors. Schedule a convenient tee time online via their website and take in the pristine, landscaped grounds.
Twin Woods Golf Course
2924 E. Orvilla Road, Hatfield, PA
215-822-9263; must call to schedule a tee time!
Family owned and operated since 1962 and conveniently open each day from dawn until dusk,Twin Woods Golf Course offers a 9-hole course which can be expected to be completed in roughly two hours, no matter if you walk or ride. Enjoy a quick game and still have time to enjoy other activities! Calling to schedule a tee time is highly recommended.
Freddy Hill Driving Range
1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA
Freddy Hill Driving Range is a scenic farm with activities such as mini-golf, a driving range & zoo, plus homemade ice cream.
Plymouth Swim Club (2021 Happening List Winner)
1724 Gallagher Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Plymouth Swim Club is on 12+ acres of trees and grass in a secluded setting. Members enjoy access to three swimming pools, sport courts, snack bar, playground, picnic facilities and more. Private swim lessons are offered as well as a competitive SSL swim team. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, PSC is a member-owned, non-profit club.
The Abington Club
300 Meetinghouse Rd and, Sunset Ave, Jenkintown, PA
The Abington Club is a family owned and operated health club located in the heart of Jenkintown, just across from the Abington Friends School. The pool is open everyday until Labor Day 11am-7pm.
Here’s a list with lots of links of activities you and your family can do while enjoying the fresh air.
Read on a blanket
Have a picnic
Make some chalk art
Classic Kid Games (Mother May I?, Red Light Green Light, Hopscotch, Follow the Leader, and more!)
For more great ideas checkout our #LoveLocal Guide