Montgomery County readies for big summer events

CCirque Du Soleil VOLTA has entered its third week of performances under the Big Top at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. (Image courtesy VFTCB)

With five regional events expected to bring an estimated more than one million people combined to the region, the summer of 2018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest in Montgomery County’s history!

Besides Montco’s world-class shopping, historic sites, almost 100 trails, and 1,600 restaurants, there’s always something to do in the area, but this season is surely one not to be missed, according to the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board.

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And, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) officials say Montgomery County is ready for a summer to remember!“This Summer is jam-packed with exciting things to do throughout the Philadelphia region,” said Mike Bowman, President & CEO of the VFTCB. “From the world-famous Cirque du Soleil Volta show, to a collection of the most popular performers in the music industry, and the top 70 golfers in the world coming to the region, we can’t wait to welcome and host fans in our 75 Montco hotels.”

Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA

Cirque du Soleil is bringing its newest hit, the tented show, VOLTA, to Montgomery County July 12 through August 5!

The event of the season, and VOLTA’s only stop in the Philadelphia region, the show will be under the Big Top on the grounds of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

Cirque’s 41st original production, VOLTA is a “story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing one’s own trail.” With 2,600 seats, the authentic circus experience showcases BMX biking, ballet, rope skipping, and acrobatics set to a striking score.

Get a sneak-peek here: Tickets are on sale now!

Philadelphia Folk Festival

Each year, thousands of music lovers all along the East Coast flock to the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Pool Farm on Salford Station Road in Schwenksville!

The longest continuously running outdoor musical festival of its kind in North America, this year’s event from August 16-19 will celebrate the show’s 56th anniversary. This summertime extravaganza transforms a working farm into a magical, musical sound park with superstars and rising stars alike.

The unique event is presented by the non-profit arts education organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, with help of 2,500 dedicated volunteers to fundraise for the group. With puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, hands-on crafts, kid-oriented musicians, and free admission for children up to age 5, the show is fun for the whole family!

Country Music Festival

The VFTCB is proud to partner with neighboring Chester County’s Citadel Country Spirit USA 2018!

Happening August 24-26, this event is one of the biggest country music festivals on the East Coast, and perfect for a weekend getaway. Headliners include: Alabama, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley. So, grab your cowboy boots, and book your stay at one of nearby Montgomery County’s 75 hotels!

Wawa Welcome America

Another partnership for the VFTCB this year is Wawa Welcome America! One of the most festive weeks of the year in Philly, the weeklong event is a celebration of the history behind the founding of our nation.

As part of the festival, which attracts more than 200,000 people, the VFTCB will be highlighting our Patriot Trails and Arts Montco brand, and focusing on the Fourth of July picnic at Valley Forge National Historical Park with barbecue and live music.

From the waterfront, to the downtown area, and Montgomery County, 50 free happenings will take place from June 28 through July Fourth, including Pitbull headlining the free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the annual favorite Hoagie Day, a parade, a birthday party, two firework shows, and free admission to 18 museums throughout the week.

BMW Championship 

This September, world-class championship golf is returning to the region as the top 70 golfers in the FedExCup standings compete in the 2018 BMW Championship, Pennsylvania’s first PGA TOUR event since the 2013 U.S. Open.

Since the headquarter hotel is the Philadelphia Marriott West in Conshohocken, the VFTCB is excited to partner with the BMW Championship.

Historic Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square will host the event set for Sept. 4-9. This marks the first time since 1959 that the event – formerly known as the Western Open – will be contested in Pennsylvania. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available!

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