Experience Virtual Musikfest
in Lehigh Valley, PA
July 31–August 9, 2020 • See you in 2021!
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Each summer, Bethlehem comes alive as the tradition of Musikfest returns to the city. This year, things will be a little different as Pennsylvania moves through the state's reopening process. The festival kicks off on July 31 and continues for 10 days packed with music, food, and plenty of fun for all ages.
During Musikfest, music lovers can expect to stream concerts from a wide variety of genres like, rock, blues, folk, Celtic, world, indie, and more. Concerts will air live on Service Electric’s channels 2 and 50 (locally to the Valley) and then replayed on Musikfest, making the shows accessible to people throughout the region and across the country.
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Virtual Musikfest 2020 will feature 40 exclusive concerts shown via Musikfest.org as part of Virtual Musikfest and 40 performances by bands airing live from the Service Electric TV studios. Unless otherwise noted, the concerts below will air live on Service Electric TV2 and be replayed on-demand on Musikfest.org. There are 5 in-person live concerts at SteelStacks, which require reservations: the 7:00 p.m. shows listed below for July 31, August 1, 7, 8 & 9.
The Food Situation
We're here for the food, too. Despite the festival being Virtual, you will be able to get your 'fest feast on by visiting the SteelStacks campus to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options.
'Fest food to-go service
Onsite foods and beverages (Yuengling & Banko Beverage), as well as Musikfest merchandise like the popular collector's mug, will be offered following all state and city health & safety regulations. Hours for the walkup food service at PNC Plaza are July 31 and Aug. 3-7 from 4-8 p.m., and Aug. 1-2 and 8-9 from noon-8 p.m. The complete list of vendors and their menus are:
Aw Shucks Roasted Corn: Corn *Offered ONLY at Musikfest this summer*
Karl Ehmer/Heaven on a Bun: Bratwurst, Krainerwurst, Long Vienna Hot Dogs, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Cheeseburgers, Cheesesteaks, Sausage Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Crabby Fries, Cheese Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Pierogis, Mozzarella Sticks
Mr. Bill’s Poultry: Chicken Fingers and Fries, Chicken Finger Sandwich, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, “The Hot Mess”
Festival Island Noodles: Island noodles
Hogar Crea: Shish Kabob, Chicken, Rice and Beans, Empanadas *Offered ONLY at Musikfest this summer*
Bethlehem Dairy Store: Ice Cream, Italian Ice, Root Beer Floats, Belgian Waffles, Apple Dumplings, Colossal Ice Cream Sandwich
Theo’s Gyros: Gyros, Baklava, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Hummus
Heidi’s Strudel/Island Expressions: Strudel, Almonds, Smoothies, Funnel Cake, Boom Boom Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp
The Flying V: Naked Fries, Classic Poutine, American Bacon Poutine, Breakfast Poutine, Buffalo Chicken Poutine, Chicken, Bacon Ranch Poutine, Montreal Smoked Meat Poutine
Take A Taco: Tacos, Taco Salads, Mexican Salads, Fajitas, Quesadillas, Taco Dog, Garlic Parmesan Pierogi Fries
Outdoor dining during live shows at SteelStacks
ArtsQuest will offer outdoor dining on the Air Products Town Square & Levitt Pavilion lawn the first weekend, July 31-Aug. 1, and final weekend, Aug. 7-9, of the festival. The SteelStacks campus will open at 6 p.m. each night, with live music starting at 7 p.m. Guests who want to attend in-person concerts at Musikfest 2020 must reserve a table on the Air Products Town Square – where bands will perform on the Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage – or one of the 6’ x 6’ spots on the Levitt Pavilion lawn, perfect for putting out a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the music performances from the Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage via the Levitt Pavilion outdoor screen. Both table and lawn spot reservations are good for parties of up to four people, with campus attendance limited to ensure proper safe social distancing. Air Products Town Square guests can enjoy dinner available from the ArtsQuest Center menu. Levitt Pavilion lawn spots will be spaced accordingly to follow safe social distancing and food and beverages can be ordered via the Mack Truck Stop, bar on the lawn and the “Fest Food To-go Service,” featuring the vendors above.
Can I still get Musikfest mug?
Yes! Commemorative 2020 Musikfest mugs are available for purchase to keep your beverage of choice nice and cold. Mugs are reusable year to year, but it’s never too early to start your collection! Your support helps ensure ArtsQuest so that we may fest again in the future.
As a nonprofit arts and cultural organization that offers 50 percent of its programs annually for free, ArtsQuest has been especially hit hard by the COVID-19 related shutdowns. Visit musikfest.org for more on donations and merchandise purchases.
Handwerkplatz presented by Martin Guitar, is Musikfest’s popular artisan village in Historic Bethlehem. This year, the platz will be an online shopping destination highlighting the region's artists. You can shop the online store through the end of August. Featured artists so far include:
Whisker Biscuits Handmade Dog Treats – healthy USA-made pet treats
Skyseed Energy – handcrafted healing, hand-wrapped gemstones
High Strung Studios – handcrafted guitar string jewelry and gifts
Rediscover Handbags – handbags with your favorite theatrical program or album cover
Lucas Candies – craft beer brittle
Handmade Art Studios – handmade colorfully created wall art
RAVEbandz No Slip Headbands – lifestyle and fitness headbands
Finneran Jewelry – handcrafted upcycled jewelry made from vintage tin and beads
Rickey’s Jerky – handcrafted beef and exotic game jerky
Michael Sandy Photography – fine art photography including photos of Bethlehem Steel
ArtsQuest’s resident artists at the Banana Factory, including the glass studio, will also be featured on the online shopping portal. In addition, videos demonstrating how the artisans’ products are made will be released each day during Musikfest.
Crayola is partnering with ArtsQuest for a coloring contest featuring the official Musikfest 2020 poster artwork created by artist and illustrator Doug Boehm. Download the Musikfest poster coloring sheet to take part in the contest, featuring daily prizes from Crayola, as well as one grand prize awarded at the end of the festival.
Completed sheets should be submitted via the Virtual Familienplatz webpage. Select entries will also be featured in the Banana Factory’s Instagram stories during Musikfest.
Families can also pick up Take-Home Art Kits to engage kids in art activities during the festival. The kits can be picked up at the Banana Factory daily Aug. 3-7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition, the ArtsQuest Visual Arts Team is developing a series of videos to teach families how to create artwork based on common objects found around the home.