Fest for Less: Discover Lehigh Valley Saves Travelers Money on Autumn and Holiday Festivals in Bethlehem, Pa

ArtsQuest, a Lehigh Valley arts and culture organization, is holding four upcoming indoor festivals, including: Blast Furnace Blues, Oktoberfest, SteelJam Festival, and Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. (Tuesday, September 11, 2012) – It’s an endless summer thanks to Discover Lehigh Valley’s autumn and holiday festival travel packages that provide discounted rates on hotels, shuttle passes, food and drink tickets, and more. ArtsQuest, Lehigh Valley’s non-profit arts and culture organization, is holding four upcoming indoor-festivals in Bethlehem, Pa., including: Blast Furnace Blues, Oktoberfest, SteelJam Festival and Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem. Savings to these festivals can be found at www.DiscoverLehighValley.com/save/festival-packages.

“Festivals don’t have to end just because summer is over,” said Michael Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley. “Indoor festivals are perfect for weekend travelers looking for an affordable getaway. ArtsQuest is known for Musikfest, the nation’s largest 10-day free music festival, and the organization’s upcoming fall and holiday festivals are sure to entertain visitors with incredible live bands, authentic food and a cup of hot apple cider.”

ArtsQuest events are perfect for anyone looking for a classic autumn or holiday festival filled with live music, great food, and one-of-a-kind markets. Autumn and holiday ArtsQuest festivals in Lehigh Valley include:


ArtsQuest Blast Furnace Blues

Dates: Sept. 14-16, 2012

Location: SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

What a way to end the summer – enjoy three days of blues music as SteelStacks welcomes some of the finest contemporary and traditional blues artists from around the region and throughout the nation. Artist bios, ticket information and a contest to win VIP tickets and a two-night stay at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem can be found at www.artsquest.org/festivals/blastfurnaceblues.


ArtsQuest Oktoberfest

Dates: Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14, 2012

Location: SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

Experience an authentic German Oktoberfest with a special Pennsylvania flair. Highlighting the event is the 100-foot by 240-foot Yuengling Festhalle tent at PNC Plaza, featuring German food, beer, and German, rock and polka music. For a detailed list of events, and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsquest.org/festivals/oktoberfest.


ArtsQuest SteelJam Festival

Dates: Nov. 9-10, 2012

Location: SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pa.

Performances by The Victor Wooten Band, The Jimmy Herring Band and Conspirator highlight two nights of nonstop jamming as SteelJam returns to Lehigh Valley. For detailed descriptions on all the bands, and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsquest.org/festivals/steeljam.


ArtsQuest Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

Dates: Nov. 15 – Dec. 23, 2012 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)

Location: Several locations throughout downtown Bethlehem, Pa. and at the SteelStacks campus

Recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top holiday markets in the world, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem showcases aisles of exquisite handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans, the heart-warming sounds of live Christmas music, delicious food and more. Be sure to stop by the glassblowing booth, where beautiful ornaments and decorations are always being made. You can even try your hand at making your own glass ornament, perfect for gift giving or the family’s Christmas tree. Learn more at www.artsquest.org/christkindlmarkt.


The Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania is located about one hour north of Philadelphia and less than two hours west of New York City. It is home to the three cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.


About Discover Lehigh Valley

Discover Lehigh Valley is the designated destination marketing organization of Lehigh and Northampton counties. Its mission is to promote and develop Lehigh Valley as a leisure and business travel destination. Created in 1984, Discover Lehigh Valley assists in promoting regional tourism, an industry that generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue and accounts for more than 22,000 jobs in Lehigh Valley. For more information on Discover Lehigh Valley and its activities or to request a Lehigh Valley Map & Guide, call 1-800-MEET-HERE, or visit the official tourism website of Lehigh Valley at www.DiscoverLehighValley.com.