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Experience Musikfest®
in Lehigh Valley, PA

August 5–14, 2022 

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Each summer, Bethlehem comes alive as the tradition of Musikfest returns to the city. The festival kicks off on the first Friday of August and continues for 10 consecutive days packed with music, food, and plenty of fun for all ages. Your first time attending the ‘Fest can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. We’ve compiled some tips for a happy Musikfest experience, including must-see artists, eats, guides to parking, and even where to take a potty break. 

Ready to start planning your visit? Jump to sections below to learn more about Musikfest:


The Basics

Named twice the No. 1 Music Festival in North America by the USA Today/10Best readers’ poll, Musikfest features hundreds of performances on stages (referred to as ‘platzes’ to pay homage to the city’s Germanic heritage) throughout Bethlehem over 10 days. The 2022 festival runs August 5-14, 2022. 

The festival is spread throughout the city of Bethlehem, on the north side covering the Historic Moravian District and on the SouthSide at the SteelStacks in the SouthSide Arts District. It's easy to get overwhelmed when looking at all that's going on, but you'll find fun tucked around every corner. We recommend that first-timers to Musikfest spend some time getting lost as you wander through the festival grounds. Don't miss award-winning food vendors, local craft vendors, artists at work, and hands-on art activations that are spread throughout the festival. 

North Side (Historic Moravian District) Hours: August 5, 5 – 11 p.m.; August 6-14, noon – 11 p.m.
SteelStacks in the SouthSide Arts District: Weekdays, 4 – 11 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.;  Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. 


Sam Hunt performs at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA

Music Lineup

While the majority of the performances are free, you will find one ticketed, headlining show during each night of the ‘Fest showcased on the Wind Creek Steel Stage (located at SteelStacks). Newly announced is a 2020 rescheduled headliner, Kelsea Ballerini for Thursday, August 11. Headliners still to come include: Willie Nelson and Poison. Dates to be announced shortly. All tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new dates. ArtsQuest will notify all ticket holders with details.

2022 Wind Creek Steel Stage Headliners:
  • Friday, August 5
  • Saturday, August 6
  • Sunday, August 7
  • Monday, August 8
  • Tuesday, August 9
  • Wednesday, August 10
  • Thursday, August 11, 7 p.m.: Kelsea Ballerini (Tickets starting at $29; *previously purchased tickets will be honored)
  • Friday, August 12
  • Saturday, August 13, 7 p.m.: Alabama (Tickets starting at $35)
  • Sunday, August 14
Free Music Performances

But don’t discount the free performances—more than 300 free performances! Across the festival's Bethlehem footprint, visitors will find stages brimming with local artists, plus nationally-recognized acts. The 2021 lineup included Igor and the Red Elvises, Jimmy and the Parrots, Philadelphia Funk Authority, The Sofa Kings, Seth Witcher, Sunny War, We Banjo 3, and many more (just to get an idea!).  

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Getting There

If you’re driving to the festival, don’t waste time searching for street parking. Instead, head right for one of the available satellite lots (1550 Valley Center Parkway or 240 Emery Street off of Rt. 412) where you can park for free. The Shuttle cost is $5 per adult (13 and over); $3 per child ages 3-12 when accompanied by a fare paying adult; and free for children 2 and under (must be able to sit on the lap of an adult). The price includes same-day access to the North South Transfer Services. 

Another solid option is to check out availability within the two parking garages on the city’s North Side - Walnut Street and North Street. Though there is a fee to park in these garages, you’ll be steps away from the action. Additionally, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA) offers additional service during the festival, including a loop shuttle between North & South Bethlehem. 

Find more information on Musikfest parking, rideshares, shuttles, and public transportation.


A Map of Musikfest 2021 locations

Getting Around

You're sure to get in your 10,000 steps exploring all the "Platz" at Musikfest! We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes as the footprint of the festival is quite large and does include travel on both paved and gravel paths with some incline. August days in Pennsylvania can be toasty, so be sure to stay hydrated as you're exploring! 

When nature calls, you’ll find plenty of facilities available for use. On the South Side, take advantage of indoor bathrooms at the Visitors Center, as well as within the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. On the North Side, consider using the bathrooms near Volksplatz in the Colonial Industrial Quarter for some slightly less trafficked resources. 


A Cubano caliente sandwich and fried plantains from Cubano X-Press at Plaza Tropical at Musikfest

Food & Drinks

With all the walking and dancing that comes along with enjoying Musikfest, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Luckily, there are endless amounts of food and beverage options to savor. In 2021, visitors could simply pay with a credit or debit cards directly at food and beverage vendors or convert cash into reloadable CashCards at several locations throughout the festival.

At Musikfest, you’ll find everything from your traditional fair favorites (deep-fried Oreos, anyone?) to more unique eats. Classic choices include bratwurst, halupki, Aw Shucks roasted corn, Take a Taco, Island Noodles, Chick'nCone, The Flying V, and ice cream from the Bethlehem Dairy Store.

A Sampling of Food Options from 2021

Each year, Musikfest also introduces new food vendors to the list of classics. Last year's festival go'ers sampled: 

  • The Bagel Bus: Bagel creations 
  • Le Petit Macaron: French patisserie and macarons
  • Dinky's Ice Cream: Milkshakes and desserts
  • Pat's Pizza & Bistro: Try meatballs on a stick and orecchiette marinara burrata
  • Philly Waffle Cabin: Belgian waffles with unique toppings
  • Randevoo: Modern Asian fusion
  • Simply Skewered: Frango churrasco, Korean beef, yucca fries, and more
  • Cubano Express: Cuban pressed sandwiches and nachos 
  • Palette & Pour: the new kitchen and bar inside the ArtsQuest Center will serve up many creations to 'festers. Try pierogies, burgers (beef & impossible burgers), wings, build your own tacos, and more. Try house-crafted cocktails at Pour Bar on the Air Products Town Square, like a Founders Way Margarita or the P&P Mojito. 
A Musikfest mug at Fest Platz at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA
Musikfest Mugs

Pick up an iconic Musikfest Mug to keep your beverage of choice nice and cold—plus, you’ll help the crews cut down on waste. Mugs are reusable year to year, but it’s never too early to start your collection! Fill your mug at stations throughout the festival. Plenty of non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase throughout the festival grounds. Stay tuned for the new artwork for this year's 2022 Mug (and other Musikfest merchandise).

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A child's craft at the Crayola Creativity tent at Martin Guitar Handwerkplatz at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA

Art & More

Music isn’t the only form of entertainment you’ll find. Throughout the festival, be sure to stop and see various street performers delighting crowds young & old. You can also enjoy — or even take part! — in a number of hands-on art activities including glassblowing, paper poppy making, the Crayola Creativity tent, and more. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities on site as well. Browse the wares of local craft vendors, admire artists at work, and explore the hands-on art activations that are spread throughout the festival.

Shop fine artisans at Martin Guitar Handwerkplatz at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA

 

 


2022 Musikfest PosterMusikfest 2022 Poster

Multidimensional contemporary artist Bart Cooper hopes this piece, which depicts a father and daughter enjoying the festivities in front of Bethlehem’s iconic SteelStacks, will inspire a sense of unity and inclusion.

He's the master behind the 2022 poster for Musikfest, the nonprofit ArtsQuest’s flagship festival. 

“It is such an honor to be chosen as this year’s poster artist,” Cooper said. “I’m from Lehigh Valley, and I have been to Musikfest. I love the setting, there’s something for everyone. I am very excited to present this piece and see how the masses receive it.”

Cooper says at first, he was nervous to take on the challenge, but once he set a vision and approach, the piece really started to come together. The poster features a father and daughter enjoying the nation’s largest free music festival, based on a real-life daddy-daughter duo who goes to Musikfest together every year.

“I decided to focus on the people, not the music or the performances,” Cooper said. “The father and daughter may have different perspectives, but they experience the same joy and excitement together.”

As part of his process, Cooper did a reference photo shoot before sketching and creating the mixed media piece with digital, original painting and acrylics. When you focus in on the father’s sunglasses, you can see former Musikfest performers Black Violin playing on the Wind Creek Steel Stage. The festival’s mascot Artie can also be found on a pin worn by the young girl.

“I wanted to recreate a breezy, summer day,” Cooper said. “The piece has a nice warm atmosphere when you look at the intensities of the colors.”

Cooper wanted to bring a warm vibe to this year’s piece, which is highlighted in the color choices of yellows, slight oranges and pinks. For the sky, Cooper sought to create a windy vibe to showcase music in the atmosphere.

This piece is the perfect bridge to connect fine art with the sights and sounds experienced at Musikfest throughout the last 39 years.


Hotels Near Musikfest

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