Few areas in Northampton County boast such a splendid blend of rich culture, history and recreation against a landscape of rolling hills and winding rivers,” according to Discover Lehigh Valley The Nazareth/Bath area abounds these opportunities in: musical performances, historic sites, museums, recreational facilities, theater and special events.
Market Square Day ushers in the fall months setting up on the “Commons” at Nazareth’s Moravian Hall Square. The Celtic Highland Games and Festival takes place annually in historic Bethlehem. Bath Borough has Family and Friendship Days in September and later in the month “Living History” is staged with soldiers’ campsites and open houses at the Jacobsburg Environmental Center located north of Nazareth.
When the weather turns cold during the winter months, the focus turns to historic events. Nazareth is known for its annual “Walking Candlelight Tour,” while the YMCA has “Tree of Lights,” and the “Nazareth Towne Open House.” The traditional 10-mile walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem, “Christmas Peace Pilgrimage,” is scheduled in mid-December, as well as Nazareth’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Bath Borough’s Christmas House Tour.
Cross-seasonal attractions are also abundant for recreation during any season. Trexler Game Preserve has native and exotic animals roaming 1,700 acres. Or ride one of the world’s tallest wooden roller coasters at Dorney Park/Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown.
Springtime brings color, ceremony and excitement to the area. Attractions include the Vigilance Hose Fire Company’s Carnival, antique extravaganzas, a shad-fishing tournament along the Delaware River and a Bach Choral Festival. In May the Nazareth Chamber and Vigilance Hose Fire Co. partner to bring Nazareth Bikefest to town. Lots of great Harley’s, music, food and fun grace the borough for the one-day celebration of everything Harley. For a first-time event, complete with a bike show, we raised over $900 for the Nazareth Food Bank! Summer months in Nazareth are accented with a craft show at the historic Whitefield House (built in 1740) and Nazareth Day in the downtown business district and Borough Park. At Bath’s outdoor farmer’s market, home grown produce, fresh baked goods and a variety of Amish specialties are available for purchase every Friday from June through September at Keystone Park. In August, the internationally acclaimed Musikfest takes place in Bethlehem. Also in August is the much-anticipated Annual Martin on Main, which takes place in downtown Nazareth.
Also don’t miss Nazareth’s world-famous Martin Guitar Company. For 178 years, the Martin Guitar Company has been acknowledged to be the finest in the world for producing acoustic instruments. The Martin Guitar Company made it a part of their mission to preserve and enhance its unique heritage and the history of music. The Martin Guitar Museum showcases a collection of historical instruments, memorabilia, photographs and other objects to tell Martin’s past and present stories and the company’s commitment to keeping the music alive.
Celebrating their 175h anniversary in 2008, Martin Guitar joined with the Borough of Nazareth, the Nazareth Chamber of Commerce and the Nazareth Downtown Association to introduce the first annual “Martin on Main” festival. This allows gifted musicians and singer/songwriters to share their talents.
Coinciding with the Martin Owner’s Club and Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum events at Martin Guitar, the festival features gifted musicians and singer/songwriters who share their talents. In addition, the event features plenty of food, beverages and artisans from the area. This annual festival is practically the signature event of downtown Nazareth. The Annual “Martin on Main” event is scheduled for the first Saturday in August.
Major entertainment programs take place at the State Theatre in Easton and Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. Other attractions in the immediate area include: golf courses, tennis courts, hiking along the Appalachian Trail, skiing in the Poconos, rafting on Lehigh River and a professional theater.
C.F. Martin & Company
C.F. Martin & Company is the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world, the largest and most respected manufacturer of acoustic guitars in America and has had a profound impact on music. The company’s exquisitely crafted guitars have helped define all genres, from classical and country to folk and acoustic rock. The Martin Guitar Museum and Visitors Center is a destination for thousands of visitors every year, offering guests the chance to experience Martin’s impressive history and creating an interactive experience for guitar enthusiasts. In 2008, Martin celebrated its 175th Anniversary and has recently opened a beautiful Martin Guitar Museum.