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August 05, 2022

Arts Montco Week to return with concerts, workshops and a jazz festival

More than a dozen events will highlight entertainment and culture in the Philly suburbs from Sept. 16-25

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Arts Montco Week Courtesy of/John C. Hawthorne

Arts Montco Week is back from Sept. 16-25, highlighting arts and culture venues throughout Montgomery County. Over a dozen free and low-cost events are happening, including concerts, theatrical performances and an inaugural jazz festival.

Montgomery County is hosting its second annual arts and culture week in an effort to showcase the region's entertainment venues and their impact on tourism and revenue across the Philadelphia suburbs. 

Arts Montco Week is hosted by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and runs from Sept. 16-25. The event features more than a dozen free and low-cost concerts, theatrical performances, classes, workshops and an inaugural jazz festival. 

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

"The goal of Arts Montco Week is to shine a spotlight on the diverse arts, cultural, and entertainment industries in Montgomery County," said Rachel Riley, vice president of communications at VFTCB, in a release. "These people and organizations not only provide tremendous positive economic impacts to the region, but also serve as a vital reminder that the arts are essential for everyone." 

By using the VFTCB's free mobile app, attendees can access free and discounted events for the duration of Arts Montco Week. 

New to the event this year is Montco Jazz Fest, which runs from Sept. 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, Sept. 24, head over to the 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 also will perform standards and original compositions at the Community Music School of Collegeville. 

Two popular jazz performers — Peabo Bryson and Oleta Adams — are performing at the Keswick Theater on Sunday, Sept. 25. Bryson is best known for his song "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" with Roberta Flack. To round out the jazz festival, there will be a series of Jazz Brunches at River Canteen and Assembly in Pottstown, the King of Prussia Mall, and The Blossom Cafe in Skippack.  

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

Annual Student One-Act Play Festival at Ursinus College: Sept. 16, 6 p.m. at the Berman Outdoor Amphitheater (601 E. Main St., Collegeville), free 
Emerald Rae with Philadelphia Folksong Society: Sept. 16, 8 p.m. at the Philadelphia Folksong Society (6156 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia), $8-15 
Adult Night with Lego Master Builder: Sept. 16, 6 p.m. at Legoland Discovery Center (500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting), $16 
Birding by Canoe: Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at 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 Hour: Sept. 24, 10 a.m. at Community Music School of Collegeville (775 W. Main St., Trappe), free 
Montgomery County Studio Tours: Sept. 24-25 at various art studios throughout Montgomery County, free 
Art on the Hill: Thursdays-Saturdays from Sept. 16-24 at Art on the Hill (100 N. Main St., Souderton), free

The full list of Arts Montco Week's participating venues and events are available to browse on the Valley Forge Tourism website

Arts Montco Week

Sept. 16-25, 2022
All day | Event prices vary
Montgomery County, PA