The arts and American history go hand-in-hand at the SteelStacks™ campus in SouthSide Bethlehem, PA at 101 Founders Way.
Concerts, comedy shows, cinema, culinary events, and festivals bring people from near and far to the awe-inspiring ruins of the former Bethlehem Steel plant. The site that made the steel used in the construction of the Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden, the Golden Gate Bridge, and ally ships for World War II, finds renewed purpose as a place to come together and celebrate the arts. Not to be confused with neighboring Wind Creek® Bethlehem Casino, the SteelStacks™ campus, with its multiple venues and events, is operated by the nonprofit organization ArtsQuest™.
Located on the 3rd floor of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks™, the Musikfest Café offers a stunning panoramic view of the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The multi-purpose space can hold up to approximately 1,000 people, and hosts an eclectic mix of concerts, comedy shows, weddings, and special events. Food and drinks are served during events, including full dinner service during select shows.
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks™
Like an industrial version of Red Rocks, the towering Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces set the stage for the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks™, as the backdrop for nationally touring artists, world-famous festivals, and special events throughout the year.
A partnership between ArtsQuest™ and the national nonprofit Levitt Foundation, the venue offers 50 free concerts and a free children’s movie series every spring and summer. Just bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a night of togetherness under the stars!
Food and beverage can be purchased at the venue’s Mack Truck Stop.
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas are a two-screen independent, arthouse cinema located on the ArtsQuest Center’s first floor. Instead of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, you’ll find the newest award-winning films, cult favorites, concert movies, documentaries, and seasonal classics.
Put the “ale” in “Alehouse” by ordering a beer or cocktail from Palette & Pour, right outside the theaters’ doors, which also serves up delicious hot meals and snacks (including popcorn, of course).
Palette & Pour
The recently remodeled first floor of the ArtsQuest Center includes the scrumptious and inviting Palette & Pour. The space hosts regular concerts from beloved local artists on its Williams Brew Stage. You can sit down for a full meal including burgers, flatbreads, salads, and shareables, or just grab a drink before heading up to see a show in the Musikfest Café.
Hoover Mason Trestle & Tours
Take an historic stroll on the Hoover Mason Trestle, where you can get up close to the Bethlehem Steel facilities that helped build America. The elevated walkway is open to the public. Guided tours are available in warm weather months through Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites.
Festivals at SteelStacks™
Annual festivals and major events held inside the ArtsQuest Center and/or outdoors on the SteelStacks™ campus include:
- Musikfest® in August
- Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem during the Holiday Season
- Oktoberfest Bethlehem
- Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series every Summer
- PEEPSFEST to ring in the New Year
- ¡Sabor! Latin Festival
- Sláinte celebrated in March
- Blast Furnace Blues
- SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival comes together in January
- Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival usually in April
- Patriotic Holidays
- InVision Festival often November
- Cars & Coffee Lehigh Valley
- Soccerfest & Viewing Party
Getting Here & Parking
If you want additional information about the SteelStacks™ campus or the Lehigh Valley region, stop in the Visitor Center at SteelStacks presented by St. Luke’s University Health Network, located at 711 E. First St, Bethlehem, Pa.
Parking for all events (except Musikfest) is free and open to the public in the three large lots along 1st Street. Most events held at SteelStacks™ have onsite parking that attendants can direct you to after dropping off passengers at the main entrance. Additional information is available on ArtsQuest website.