Downtown Allentown Has the Blues! “8th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue”

Downtown Allentown is fast-becoming the place to be for food, fun and excitement and this Saturday, June 13th is yet another example of the great things happening in our growing downtown.  As we celebrate our 8th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival in the 700 & 800 Blocks of Hamilton Street, the Hamilton District Main Street Program in partnership with the City of Allentown will present a day filled with live music, a variety of activities and great food for the whole family. This is a free event open to the public.

When: Saturday, June 13th

Time: 12 Noon – 10 p.m.

Where: 700 & 800 Blocks of Hamilton Street

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The extended musical line-up this year is the best one Allentown has ever seen and showcases national Blues legend, Alligator Records recording artist and Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Louis Walker; Intrepid Artist, Edward David Anderson and Clarence Spady band, plus many other local favorites. 

Schedule of Entertainment

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Supra, Ayers, Killcoyne Shelly Quartet, Hamilton Kitchen Stage

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Tavern Two, PPL Plaza Stage

3:00-4:15 p.m. – The Blues Professors, Fegley’s Biergarten Stage

3:00-4:15 p.m. – The BC Combo, Hamilton Kitchen Stage

4:15 p.m. – BBQ Competition Announcements

4:30-5:45 p.m. – Craig Thatcher Trio, PPL Plaza Stage

5:45- 6:45 p.m. – Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer, Fegley’s Biergarten Stage

5:45-7:00 p.m. – Edward David Anderson, Hamilton Kitchen Stage

6:45-8:15 p.m. – Clarence Spady Band, PPL Plaza Stage

8:30-10:00 p.m. – Joe Louis Walker, PPL Plaza Stage

We have food vendors from all around the region and some traveling from as far as Laurel, Maryland to return to this annual festival. The menu is fantastic and includes a wide variety of

barbecue options, including, pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, along with roasted corn, fried pickles, “walking tacos” and so much more. The collection of food vendors includes locals like, Allentown Brew Works, Roar Social House, The Hamilton Kitchen, Danny’s Fine Foods, Tim Horton’s, Tony Luke’s, and Aw Shucks Roasted Corn. And, we welcome visitors Kloby’s Smokehouse, Fire & Spice BBQ, Sinfully Delicious Bakery, and J&J Kettle Korn, among others.

A Barbecue Competition where food vendors compete in five categories: chicken, beef, pork, baked beans and salad is back for the eighth year, as well. Judges score anonymously based on characteristics like unique quality, taste and presentation. The winner will be announced at 4:15 pm. The judging panel is comprised of representatives from Allentown businesses of Allentown and the Allentown Police Department.

More than a dozen vendors and artists join us this year, including the LED Flyers, Perfectly Posh, Newkirk Honey, Green Bark Press Inc., Fantastic Faces and Body Art, The Bacon Jams, Curly Goose Cottage and for their second year – Buzz Box, providing hand-crafted, wooden beer and wine carriers.

For those over 21 years of age, there will plenty of refreshing beverages to be enjoyed responsibly. Partnering with our local brewery – Fegley’s Brew Works, beverage supplier – Geiger Beverages and mead crafter, The Colony Meadery, we are able to offer six varieties of beer and a blend of white, red and honey wines. Beers on tap will include both domestic and craft varieties with something for everyone!

Plenty of parking is available (see attached map.) Guests are free to bring their own chairs to guarantee seating.  Most vendors accept cash only and there are ATMs in the vicinity of the event.

The Hamilton District Main Street Program appreciates the support of our sponsors: City of Allentown, Air Products, the Allentown Brew Works, Bennett Automotive Group, Boyle Construction, City Center Lehigh Valley, The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh Valley Health Network, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Lehigh Valley Style, Mass Mutual, PPL, RCN, Renaissance Hotels, Roberson Butz Architects, Sperry Van Ness, Talen Energy, Think Energy, and our Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo. Thank you for helping to make community events like Blues, Brews & Barbecue possible.

For more information please contact Miriam Huertas at 610-751-4929 or visit

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