Arts Montco Week returns to suburban Philadelphia with concerts, classes and a jazz festival

Montgomery County is hosting its second annual Arts and Culture Week to showcase area entertainment venues and their impact on tourism and revenue in suburban Philadelphia.

Montco Arts Week is organized by Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Council and from September 16 to 25. The event features more than a dozen free and low-cost concerts, theater performances, classes, workshops, and an inaugural jazz festival.

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The event was created in 2021 as a way to support entertainment and cultural venues that have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The goal of Arts Montco Week is to shine a light on the diverse arts, culture and entertainment industries in Montgomery County,” Rachel Riley, vice president of communications at VFTCB, said in a statement. “These people and organizations not only have tremendous economic benefits for the region, but also serve as a vital reminder that the arts are essential for everyone.”

Using the free VFTCB mobile app, attendees can access free and discounted events throughout Arts Montco Week.

New to the event this year is the Montco Jazz Fest, which runs from September 21-25. The festivities kick off at the River Canteen and Assembly in Pottstown with a performance by the 16-piece All Star Big Band.

On Saturday September 24, head to Ardmore Music Hall for a performance by Cymande, a British funk band popular in the 1970s with a unique sound that blends jazz, funk, soul, reggae and afro pop. The Terry Klinefelter Trio will also perform standards and original compositions at the Community Music School in Collegeville.

Two popular jazz artists – Peabo Bryson and Oleta Adams – perform at the Keswick Theater on Sunday September 25. Bryson is best known for his song “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” with Roberta Flack. Complementing the Jazz Festival, there will be a series of Jazz Brunches at River Canteen and Assembly in Pottstown, King of Prussia Mall and Blossom Cafe in Skippack.

Check out the list of featured events at Plymouth Meeting, Ardmore, Audubon, Souderton and other parts of Montgomery County.

Annual festival of one-act plays for students at Ursinus College: Sept. 16, 6 p.m. at the Berman Outdoor Amphitheater (601 E. Main St., Collegeville), free
Emerald Rae with the Philadelphia Folksong Society: Sept. 16, 8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Folksong Society (6156 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia), $8-15
Adult Party with Lego Master Builder: Sept. 16, 6 p.m. at the Legoland Discovery Center (500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting), $16
Canoe bird watching: Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at the John James Audubon Center (1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon), $30
Saved by the 90s: Sept. 23, 8 p.m. at Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore), $20
Musical story time: Sept. 24, 10 a.m. at Community Music School of Collegeville (775 W. Main St., Trappe), free
Montgomery County Studio Tours: September 24-25 at various art studios in Montgomery County, free
Art on the Hill: Thursday to Saturday from September 16 to 24 at Art on the Hill (100 N. Main St., Souderton), free

The full list of venues and events participating in Arts Montco Week can be found on the Valley Forge Tourism website.

Montco Arts Week

September 16-25, 2022
All day | Event prices vary
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania


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