We don’t want to put a damper on the weekend, but the weather outlook isn’t fantastic at this point.  Fortunately the weather forecasters usually seem to be wrong, so it could potentially turn out to be a nice weekend.  Weather aside, there is much to look forward to in Montgomery County.  It’s the weekend of festivals, with 4 different fests happening around the county over the next few days.  Below are the major events for this weekend, please visit the MontCo Happening Calendar for a complete listing of county events.

Philadelphia Folk FestPhiladelphia Folk Fest (Upper Salford Township) – I recently discovered that folk music is quite lively and entertaining to listen to.  With this discovery, I plan on checking out the Philadelphia Folk Fest this weekend.  Celebrating its golden anniversary (that’s 50 years), this is a major festival in the Philadelphia area that begins Thursday (August 18th) and continues through Sunday.  There is an extensive list of artists performing at this year’s festival located at Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville.  Please visit the official website for further details.

Bead Fest (Philly Expo Center, Oaks) – Proclaimed the largest bead and jewelry show on the East Coast, Bead Fest comes to the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks this Friday (August 19th) through Sunday.  With over 300 booths to shop at, we recommend stopping at the ATM and grabbing a coffee before this one!  Also as part of the event, a variety of workshops are offered to the public.  See the Bead Fest website for workshop registration and further event details.

Livestrong Challenge PhillyLivestrong Challenge Philly (MontCo Community College) – Are you a running or biking fanatic? Just looking to support the fight against cancer?  The Livestrong Challenge Philly event takes place this weekend, with a 5k & 10k run/walk Saturday and multi-distance bike rides ranging from 10–100 miles into the Pennsylvania countryside on Sunday.  Please see our previous article for registration details and race times.

HecklerFest (Harleysville) – This Saturday (August 20th) the Heckler Plains Folklife Society hosts HecklerFest at 237 Landis Road in Harleysville.  The event features colonial demonstrations, crafts, artists, food, and homemade pies from the outdoor bake oven.  Perfect for all historian and colonial era buffs out there, this fest takes place on a historical 1800’s farmstead & county park.

Norristown Country Night

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Country Night (Norristown) –Throw on your cowboy boots and head on over to the Jeffersonville Golf Club in Norristown for some rootin’ tootin’ fun this Saturday (August 20th) at 7PM.  Country Night is a hoedown right here in MontCo!  Philadelphia Country Station 92.5 XTU will be broadcasting live from the event.  Look forward to country music, line dancing, a BBQ, and even mechanical bull rides.  See our previous article on Country Night for additional event information.

DanceFest (Norristown) – If line dancing isn’t your thing, Norristown is also hosting DanceFest on Saturday (August 20th) at 8PM in the Montgomery County Cultural Center.  Companies and dancers from the tri-state region travel to this event annually to promote the arts through innovative dance works.

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