Kick off August with a weekend full of live performances, including Shakespeare at the Castle, an exhilarating tribute show to David Bowie and WAR’s American funk music at the Xcite Center!

Actors’ Net of Bucks County has put together a wonderful cast to present Shakespeare at the Castle – a special performance of Romeo and Juliet outside of the gorgeous Fonthill Castle. Head over to the New Hope Winery to experience one of the best David Bowie tribute shows around, STARMAN: The David Bowie Tribute. WAR is bringing its American funk tunes to the Xcite Center’s stage to perform their greatest hits, including “The World is a Ghetto” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

Check out our guide below for details on this weekend’s must-see events around the County. Stay up-to-date on what’s coming up next week with our Upcoming Events calendar.

Friday, August 3

42nd Street Production - Go Into Your Dance performance

42nd Street at the Bucks County Playhouse

Celebrate the magic of Broadway with one of show business’s most beloved fables! Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer straight off the bus from Allentown, PA, arrives in New York armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Can she dance her way from chorus girl to star?

When: August 3 – 5, check online for showtimes

Where: Bucks County Playhouse

Cost: $40 - $80

Shakespeare at the Castle

Pack a picnic and bring a blanket as the Actors’ Net of Bucks County presents a special performance of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s iconic tale of doomed love, in the spectacular outdoor setting of Fonthill Castle. Reservations are required.

When: August 3 – 4, 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Fonthill Castle

Cost: $10 - $18

Bucks County Quilt Show

Join us for the 14th Annual Bucks County Quilt Show. This show is your opportunity to view the exceptional talent of Bucks County's quilters! View more than 100 quilts and vote for your favorite, plus give quilting a shot with a quilt provided by Mothers and Others Quilt Guild.

When: August 3 – 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Bucks County Visitors Center

Cost: Free to attend

First Friday Fireworks in New Hope

Head into summer with a bang in New Hope! Explore the stores, shops and restaurants around New Hope and enjoy evening fireworks over the Delaware River this summer in the New Hope and Lambertville communities.

When: August 3 – 5, 9:30 p.m.

Where: New Hope

Cost: Free to attend

Summer Wine Concert at the Market at DelVal

Bring the whole family to relax on the lawn and enjoy great LIVE entertainment by local musicians, while sipping on locally made Rose Bank Winery wines or PA craft beers at the Market at DelVal.

When: August 3, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: The Market at DelVal

Cost: $3

Butterfly House Tours at Churchville Nature Center

The Butterfly House at the Churchville Nature Center will be opening this year for a full season of fun! Starting the weekend, guests can explore the nature center and observe these beautiful insects.

When: August 3 – 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Churchville Nature Center

Cost: $8

Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Young Audiences

Join the Bucks County Playhouse for the stage debut of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Young Audiences! This unique retelling of the classic Broadway musical has been adapted for young audiences and will be presented by the BCP Youth Company!

When: August 3 – 4, check online for showtimes

Where: Bucks County Playhouse

Cost: $10 - $15

Summer Unwined Concerts at Shady Brook Farms

Party at Shady Brook Farm all summer long…and you’re invited! Come for live music by local bands, wines by Rose Bank Winery, locally brewed craft beer, signature cocktails featuring PA distilled spirits, great food, lawn games, and fun for the kiddos. Stick around for a stunning firework finale!

When: August 3, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Where: Shady Brook Farm

Cost: $5

“Racing: A Need for Speed” at Mercer Museum

The Mercer Museum’s “Racing: A Need for Speed” exhibit explores the colorful history of racing in Bucks County, PA and the nearby Delaware Valley, from the footraces of the native Lenape to the fairs and horse tracks of the 1800s, to the auto speedways and bicycle velodromes of the 20th century.

When: August 3 – 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Mercer Museum

Cost: Included with admission

Annie at the Newtown Arts Company

Watch one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Annie, live on the Newtown Theatre stage!

When: August 3 – 5, check online for showtimes

Where: Newtown Theatre

Cost: $22 - $25

Magician Evan Myles & His Broadway-Style Show

Join Magician Evan Myles and his assistant Gail Hutchings at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, as they delight and entertain guests Broadway-style with magic, song, dance and wonder!

When: August 3 – 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: McCoole’s Arts & Events Place

Cost: $18

“American Moderns” and “View Finders” at James A. Michener Art Museum

“American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest?” features 27 works from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest that highlight the development of modern art in America. “View Finders: Four Photographic Voices” illuminates the work of four local, contemporary photographers who represent four distinct approaches to the medium.

When: August 3 – 5, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: James. A Michener Art Museum

Cost: Free to attend

Summer Wine & Music Series at Crossing Vineyards

Enjoy wine, beer and cheese as you listen to live musical performances along Crossing Vineyards and Winery’s gorgeous countryside property.

When: August 3, 7 p.m.

Where: Crossing Vineyards and Winery

Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Sound of Music Jr. at Acting Naturally Theatre

Acting Naturally Inc. is performing Sound of Music Jr., a fun take on one of the most famous musicals of all time.

When: August 3 – 4, check online for showtimes

Where: Acting Naturally Theatre

Cost: $10 - $12

River Towns Ride with Encore Rides

Bike the historic Delaware River towns of Bucks County. See mills and inns that date to the Revolution, Victorian and Federal style architecture and scenery that generated a colony of artists that became known as the New Hope School. After the ride enjoy lunch at the 1770’s Lumberville General Store. Reservations are required.

When: August 3, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Lumberville General Store

Cost: $45

Little Women: The Musical at DCP Theatre

The DCP Theatre is celebrating 150 years of Louisa Mary Alcott’s beloved story, Little Women, with a live musical performance!

When: August 3 – 5, check online for showtimes

Where: DCP Theatre

Cost: $16 - $18

WAR at the Xcite Center

Watch the multi-platinum award-winning American funk band, WAR, perform live at the Parx Casino Xcite center.

When: August 3, 8 p.m.

Where: Xcite Center

Cost: $25 - $60

Jesse Colin Young Live at New Hope Winery

Enjoy a glass of wine as Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, performs at the New Hope Winery.

When: August 3, 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: New Hope Winery

Cost: $58

Beer Tasting: Riverhorse Brewing Co.

Visit the Washington House Hotel & Restaurant for their first Friday Beer Tasting. This week’s featured brewery, the Riverhorse Brewing Company.

When: August 3, 5 p.m.

Where: Washington House Hotel & Restaurant

Cost: Free to attend

Saturday, August 4

Each of Fonthill Castle's 44 rooms are adorned with beautiful handcrafted tiles.

Tower Tour for Families at Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle is offering a special one-hour tour, allowing guests to explore Henry Mercer’s castle and visit areas not available on the regular tours – including the Morning Room and Winding Room. Reservations are required.

When: August 4, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Where: Fonthill Castle

Cost: $8 - $15

Marilyn Monroe Photo Exhibition Opening in New Hope

Gallery Des Artistes invites guests to a photographic exhibition of Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood Legends by noted photographer Lawrence Schiller. Meet Schiller this Saturday during the exhibition’s official opening!

When: August 4, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Gallery des Artistes

Cost: Free to attend

2nd Annual Family Fun Day/Touch a Truck at Quakertown Farmers Market

Visit the Quakertown Farmers Market for their 2nd Annual Family Fun Day/Touch a Truck. The circus-themed event will feature aerial stunt shows, face painting, balloon animals and much more!

When: August 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Quakertown Farmers Market and Flea Market

Cost: Free to attend

STARMAN: The David Bowie Tribute

Experience one of the best David Bowie tribute shows around! STARMAN: The David Bowie Tribute will cover Bowie’s best songs spanning his entire career as attendees enjoy the New Hope Winery’s delicious wines. Reservations are required.

When: August 4, 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: New Hope Winery

Cost: $30

Civil War Cycle Tour with Encore Rides

Cycle through Doylestown’s Civil War history, see the home and graves of generals, learn about Bucks County’s link to the Underground RR and then tour the Bucks County Civil War Museum and Library. Reservations are required.

When: August 4, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Bucks County Civil War Museum

Cost: $40

Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Churchville Nature Center

Join the Churchville Nature Center every Saturday morning for an early morning bird walk with an experienced bird watcher.

When: August 4, 7 – 9 a.m.

Where: Churchville Nature Center

Cost: Free to attend

Low Totem and DeLorenzo’s The Burg Food Truck at Naked Brewing Co.

Visit the Naked Brewing Company every Saturday to enjoy a live music performance and a delicious food truck vendor. This week, Low Totem will be playing tunes while guests enjoy mouthwatering cuisine from DeLorenzo’s The Burg food truck.

When: August 4, 5 p.m.

Where: Naked Brewing Company

Cost: Free to attend

Music on Main: De Tierra Caliente

Enjoy fantastic Latin fusion party music under the open sky with De Tierra Caliente! This is a BYOB and picnic-friendly event, so explore nearby take-out eateries around Yardley.

When: August 4, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Buttonwood Plaza

Cost: Free to attend

Farm to Table at the Russell-Mandel Preserve

Celebrate Farm to Table’s 10th anniversary with a gourmet, farm-fresh meal prepared by Jamie Hollander Catering & Events at the picturesque Russell-Mandel Preserve.

When: August 4, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Russell-Mandel Preserve

Cost: $125

Pick Your Paint Project Wine Tasting

Pick a wine glass or tile trivet to paint with the folks at Rose Bank Winery! Guests will enjoy wine tastings, light food pairings, supplies, instruction and lots of fun! Reservations are required.

Where: August 4, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Rose Bank Winery

Cost: $45

Sunday, August 5

Vines at Crossing Vineyards

Vinyasa at the Vineyard

Crossing Vineyards and Winery is hosting a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class for all levels. After, savor a guided tasting of Crossing's award winning-wines with small bites and keep your wine glass as a souvenir! Reservations are required.

When: August 5, 11 a.m.

Where: Crossing Vineyards and Winery

Cost: $50

9th Annual 4UDREW Benefit Car Show & Festival

The 4UDREW Foundation is holding its 9th Annual Benefit Car Show and Festival to support soup kitchens/pantries and scholarship fund. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with family and friends at Doylestown Central Park viewing a variety of unique cars, bikes and trucks from Bucks County and beyond.

When: August 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Doylestown Central Park

Cost: Free to attend

Sunday Crafternoons at Naked Brewing Company

Join the Naked Brewing Company for Sunday Crafternoons! Enjoy discounted drinks and participate in a different arts and crafts project each week.

When: August 5, 4 – 7 p.m.

Where: Naked Brewing Company

Cost: Free to attend

A Tribute to Elvis Through the Years at Parx Casino

Don't be at the "Heartbreak Hotel" – visit the 360 Nightclub at Parx for the award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Jim Barone, as he will have you out of your seat and all shook up.

When: August 5, 5 p.m.

Where: 360 Nightclub at Parx

Cost: $25

Historic Trades at Pennsbury Manor

Tour the historic Pennsbury Manor and meet the Joyners and Blacksmiths as they create things needed around William Penn’s estate.

When: August 5, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Pennsbury Manor

Cost: $5 - $9

Clam Bake at the Lumberville General Store

The Lumberville General Store is hosting a summer clam bake! Spend the afternoon indulging in delicious cuisine along the Delaware River.

When: August 5, 3:30 – 7 p.m.

Where: Lumberville General Store

Cost: Kids/$9.95; adults/$22.50