A record number of performances and performers, several new programming elements and nearly ideal weather conditions combined to attract a record number of patrons to Musikfest and the City of Bethlehem Aug. 4-13. Attendance at the 2017 festival, presented by the nonprofit ArtsQuest, was 1,196,000, up 25 percent from the 957,000 people who attended the event in 2016. The 2017 attendance tops the previous all-time attendance record of 1,152,000 set in 2008 and equaled in 2009.
Established in 1984 to draw people to Bethlehem’s downtown historic district, Musikfest has grown to become the largest free, non-gated music festival in the nation, having an economic impact of more than $60 million annually on the city and the region. The 2017 festival featured a record 419 performers from 29 states and eight countries serving up more than 550 performances, with artists coming from as far away as England, The Netherlands and South Korea.
Join The Hawk, Lehigh Valley Honda and Service Electric Cable TV & Communications as we celebrate Musikfest 2017 and be sure to stop by the HawkPlatz for a chance to win some great prizes including $99,000 on The Hawk Service Electric $99,000 Jackpot Machine! Thanks to our friends at Lehigh Valley Honda we are giving away chances to win a Honda Civic Hatchback! Here’s how…guess the number of bingo balls in the Honda Civic for your chance to win 2 seats at The Hawk’s Bingo Bash on October 15, 2017, where we will be awarding the Civic Hatchback.
Ladies and gentlemen get ready to put the pedal to the metal at Hawk Platz this Musikfest! Step into the state of the art virtual reality racing simulator, and embrace your need for speed, thanks to the VR Cafe at the Palmer Park Mall in Easton. Daily top racers will receive fantastic racing theme prizes, and a chance to win a Honda Civic at this years Ultimate Bingo Bash!
From the depths of the ocean to the stars shining above you are free to explore and play from the safety of the Virtual Reality Cafe! Immerse yourself in a reality that’s out of this world, see dinosaurs, battle pirates, solve mysteries or just explore the world; there is something for everyone at the VR Cafe. Their courteous, knowledgeable staff will help you learn how to interact with whatever virtual world you choose! The VR Cafe in Easton, immerse yourself in new worlds!
Click here to sign-up now for your time as a fast pass.
Plus, you can register to win a 2-night getaway at the Inn of Birch Wilds near scenic Jim Thorpe! Nestled in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, with stunning views of the Kittitany Ridge. Relax and rejuvenate in one of the custom suites and enjoy all of the amazing scenery and outdoor activities the area has to offer.
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No one guessed the exact amount of Bingo Balls in the Civic but some folks will be joinging us for our Bingo Bash on Sunday, October 15 during Oktoberfest. The exact number was 10,993!
Guess the exact number of bingo balls in the 2017 Honda Civic courtesy of Lehigh Valley Honda to win a pair of tickets to 2 Luxury Box Seats to Night Ranger & Loverboy at the State theatre AND 2 seats at the Hawk Ultimate Bingo Bash where someone will win a 2-year lease on the Honda Civic!
Check out your “all new Civic” at Lehigh Valley Honda on the Lehigh Street Auto Mile in Emmaus or online at www.LehighValleyHonda.com
Must be 21 or older
1 entry per person, per day
Enter your guess on online or in person at Musikfest from August 4 thru August 13
Guess the exact amount of bingo balls wins the grand prize of a pair of tickets to see John Mellencamp at The Great Allentown Fair and a pair of seats at the Hawk Ultimate Bingo Bash.
If more than one person guesses the exact amount, there will be a random drawing among the particiates that guessed correctly to determine the winner.
If the exact number is not guessed, the person who is closest without going over will win two seats at the Hawk Ultimate Bingo Bash.
If more than one person guesses the closest number without going over, there will be a random drawing to determine the winner of Bingo Bash seats.
Make Your Guess!
Lehigh Valley Honda Stage
Plus, guess the number of bingo balls in the Honda Civic for more concert tickets and a pair of seats at The Hawk Bingo Bash on Sunday, October 8th at Oktoberfest with Lehigh Valley Honda!
This year we are giving out a 2-year lease on a new Civic!
Check out your “all new Civic” at Lehigh Valley Honda on the Lehigh Street Auto Mile in Emmaus or online at www.LehighValleyHonda.com
Sands Steel Stage Line Up
|Thursday, August 2||Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour|
|Friday, August 3||Styx and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts|
|Saturday, August 4||Daughtry|
|Sunday, August 5||Jim Gaffigan: The Fixer Upper Tour|
|Monday, August 6||Dierks Bentley|
|Tuesday, August 7||Kesha|
|Wednesday, August 8||Gary Clark Jr.|
|Thursday, August 9||Grouplove|
|Friday, August 10||Brantley Gilbert|
|Saturday, August 11||All Time Low & Dashboard Confessionals|
|Sunday, August 12||Jason Mraz|
For tickets and more info, go to http://www.musikfest.org
What’s New at Musikfest 2018!
The party starts early this year as Musikfest celebrates its 35th anniversary with an unforgettable funk and swing-themed preview night at SteelStacks Aug. 2, featuring free stage performances by The Barrel House Brothers, April Mae and the June Bugs, Funky Dawgs Brass Band and Baby Soda Jazz Band, as well as Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Tour at the Sands Steel Stage and 15 food vendors.
Expanded SouthSide Hours on Weekends At SteelStacks, Musikfest starts earlier than ever before, with live music getting underway at noon on weekends. The Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square features dynamic tributes like Sugar Mountain (Neil Young), We May Be Right (Billy Joel), Experience Janis (Janis Joplin) and Keystone (Jerry Garcia), while the BB&T Jazz Cabaret Stage starts at 1 p.m. and Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz offers its first performances starting at 2 p.m. Select SouthSide food vendors like Baby Blues BBQ and the Yuengling Bar & Grill will also open early. With the expansion, the festival has added more than 25 additional shows to its 2018 concert lineup.
New Parking Features
New Satellite Parking Location: 1550 Valley Center Parkway located off Schoenersville Rd.
New 10-Day Parking Lot Ticket Packs
Satellite IQor and Valley Center Parkway lots: $35 a pack for adults and $15 a pack for children (ages 3-12).
North South Transfer: 10-day pass for $25
New Food Vendors
Sherri’s Crab Cakes: Crab Cake Sandwich, Cream of Crab Soup
Caribbean Islands Cuisine: Island Rice and Beans, Caribbean Jerk Yaki Soba Noodles, Tropical Paradise Yaki Soba Noodles, Big Jerk, Walk Away Jerk, Jerk Chicken on a Stick, Smokey Island Chicken, Caribbean Tamales, Caribbean Empanadas, Caribbean Potsticker
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Pretzels, Pretzel Dog, Mini Pretzel Dog, Flavored Pretzel, Pretzel Nuggets, Coffee
The Flying V: Fresh Cut Fries, Poutine, Peameal Bacon Poutine, Red Wine Braised Short Rib Poutine
Big Country Concessions: Soft Serve Ice Cream, Sundaes, Milkshakes, Banana Split, Waffles and Ice Cream
Food Vendors in a New Location: Bull & Bear at Levitt and Humpty’s Dumplings at Steel Stage
The Hungry Games
With more than 40 different food vendors at nearly 60 locations scattered throughout the north and south sides of the festival, Musikfest is spicing up the tasty lineup this year with a healthy dose of competition. As ‘festers dine on everything from vegan gyros to pig candy bacon, they can vote for each vendor’s signature dish in the inaugural Musikfest Hungry Games, where the top dish will be crowned as the fest favorite for 2018 and the winning food vendor will receive a glass trophy hand-blown by ArtsQuest’s Glass Studio artists.
New Visual Arts Programming (All activities take place in Familienplatz)
Hot Glass Experience: Mushroom (ages 6+)
August 3, 4-8 PM, and August 4-12, 12-8 PM | Tickets: $50
Work hands-on with a glass artist to create your own work of art.
Flame Working Experience: Mushroom Pendant (ages 10+)
August 6-9, 4-8 PM | Tickets: $50
Wine’d Down Workshops
August 4 & 11, 4:30-6:30 PM
In the midst of all the amazing music at the festival, take a moment to make some beautiful art for your home! Teaching artists lead participants through an hour-long workshop, and all materials and a glass of wine or beer are included! These workshops are for ‘festers 21+.
* Glass Windchime | August 4
Tickets: $50, $45 for ArtsQuest Members
Add some color and sound to your urban or home garden. Join us to design your own wind chime using colorful kiln fired glass and assemble with basic wire wrapping techniques.
* Succulent Woven Wall Hangings | August 11
Tickets: $60, $54 for ArtsQuest Members
Create a succulent-inspired wall hanging! Students use wool, fabric and yarn to weave a beautiful, impossible-to-kill piece of artwork for their home or to give as a gift.
Create + Connect Skateboard Design Competition
In partnership with HomeBase610, Lost Soul Skateboards & Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations
August 10-12, Creativity Tent
View and vote for your favorite skate deck design created by local emerging artists based on the theme of community. Finalists have the opportunity to collaborate with local businesses and gain experience in the production and design process, including a limited-edition printing of skateboards.
Kaleidoscope Meditation Chamber
August 3-12 | Daily
Inspired by the music and colors of the festival itself, the ArtsQuest Glass Studio Staff is making more than 100 glass discs to be arranged and displayed on a steel infrastructure. With a doorway to go inside, this interactive artwork allows viewers to experience it from all angles. Capturing the sunlight on a well-lit afternoon provides an endless array of colors and patterns throughout the day.
The Paint Shack
August 3, 5-9 PM and August 4-12, 12-9 PM
Painting on the walls is encouraged in the Paint Shack, a small house wrapped in clear plastic! Contribute to this community art piece using Crayola paint markers and paint to create a giant suncatcher.
The Great American Read
August 6-10, 12 PM
This year, in addition to celebrating the musical arts, we are celebrating the literary arts with the Great American Read! ArtsQuest, the Bethlehem Area Public Library and PBS39 are presenting a fun and interactive family story time Monday through Friday of Musikfest.
August 3, 5:30 PM Wells Fargo Festplatz
ArtsQuest has renamed its annual Founders Awards in honor of Bethlehem Mayor Paul Marcincin and his lasting impact on the city and the festival. Recipients of the inaugural Marcincin Awards are Capital BlueCross, Pennwood Financial Group, Christmas City Printing and Musikfest’s 35-year volunteers.
Musikfest Poster Printing at NMIH
August 2-3 & 6-10, 4-6 PM
August 4-5 & 11-12, 12-6 PM
National Museum of Industrial History, 602 E. 2nd St.
Fest-goers have the chance to use a Chandler & Price Platen Press, dating back over 100 years, to create a one-of-a-kind Musikfest keepsake. Join the volunteers and staff of the National Museum of Industrial History and print your own version of this year’s Musikfest poster using this historic artifact! This activity is free for kids and adults and is part of the Museum’s “Hot of the Press: Printing and Papermaking” exhibit running through October 2018.
Musikfest 35th Anniversary Photo Exhibit
July 6-September 2
The Banana Factory Arts Center Hallway
The Musikfest 35th Anniversary Photography Exhibition is designed to celebrate the festival and everyone who attends. Photographs capture the fun, festiveness and essence of the festival.
Ken Goldstein Performance & The Song of Bethlehem Screening
August 4, 5 PM
Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. The 30-minute documentary film “The Song of Bethlehem” tells the story of Ken Goldstein’s visit to the Christmas City last December to lay down the vocals and music for “The Song of Bethlehem,” – a song 30 years in the making – in the place it was meant to be recorded – on the old Bethlehem Steel plant on the city’s SouthSide. Join Ken and his band, THE LA HUSTLE, for a screening of the film and an intimate acoustic performance.
Stronger Than Steel: Jeff Parks Book Signing
Daily, 2-4 PM
Wells Fargo Festplatz – ArtsQuest Members Booth
Jeffrey Parks, founder and former President of Musikfest and ArtsQuest has released his first book, “Stronger Than Steel: Forging a Rust Belt Renaissance.” The book discusses the transformation of Bethlehem since the closing of its primary employer and the role the arts played in this transformation. Stop by during Musikfest for an opportunity to meet the author and have your book signed.
Share some Musikfest fun with our brand new Musikfest stickers, exclusively for iOS! Download the Musikfest 2018 app presented by PNC Bank to get access to the new stickers, performers, artisans and food vendors!
Craft Cocktail Bar
We welcome some of the Lehigh Valley’s most talented distillers and wineries to our brand-new Craft Cocktail Bar where each will showcase their talents with signature drinks for this year’s ‘Fest attendees. Stop by and play a game of ping pong, relax on our Adirondack chairs and enjoy the music while trying a Sangria or a signature cocktail. Participating vendors include Social Still, Franklin Hill Vineyards, Eight Oaks Craft Distillers and Xplorer Spirits
L.L.Bean Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboard Courses
August 8-12 | 12-7 PM
See you in the water! L.L.Bean is offering 60-minute kayak and stand-up paddleboard courses led by Outdoor Discovery School experts so you can explore the water and have some fun. Already experienced? L.L.Bean is renting gear so grab a kayak or SUP and some friends and head on out there. While you’re at Musikfest, make sure to visit the L.L.Bean Summer Pop-Up Shop at Wells Fargo Festplatz, selling branded boots, slippers, hats and a custom lace bar with boot laces in tons of fun colors!
Architects of Air: 25th Anniversary Structure
August 3, 6-11 PM | August 4-12, 1-11 PM
Last entry each night at 10:30 PM, Experienceplatz
Step into a world of wonder and experience Architects of Air’s new 25th Anniversary Structure, a monumental inflatable structure designed to generate a sense of awe at the beauty of light and color. This latest luminarium uses a rectilinear grid of quadriaxial pods, each approaching five meters high. Four of these colorful eggs provide the base for an imposing tree structure, while 10 more eggs are opaque silver where, looking upward, visitors may discover an inlaid geometric pattern of illuminated lines influenced by Islamic design. Admission: $10 and $5 for children 12 and under, payable at the door in Musikfest Food & Beverage Tickets only.
August 3, 4 & 5, 6:30 PM
TD Bank Town Square Community Stage, Subject Matter is a Boston based tap dance company under the direction of choreographer Ian Berg with the aim of presenting new, cutting-edge tap dance work.
Rock Dance Collective
August 10, 6:30 PM
TD Bank Town Square Community Stage, Rock Dance Collective creates sensory experiences for audiences. Working in both nontraditional and traditional spaces, their choreographers respond to societal and environmental stimuli to create meaningful works through a largely collaborative process.
New Artisans at Handwerkplatz
Aluma Flowers, Allentown, PA- Handmade metal flowers
Bath Bombs Baby, Port Monmouth, NJ- Bath bombs, shower steamers
Crystal Connections, Asbury, NJ- Gem comb hair accessories and naked sandal bohemian footwear
Kisatchie Studio, Macungie, PA- Nature-inspired fused glass for body, mind and home
Lehigh Henna Art, Allentown, PA- Henna tattoos and freehand art designs on various items/materials
Lisa McGraw, Whitehall, PA- Hand-illustrated design printed on apparel
Little Marrakesh Bazaar, Philadelphia, PA- Hand-carved wood boxes and leather bags
Rugged Meats, Check, VA- Wild game snack sticks and jerky
Stroopies, Inc., Lancaster, PA- Dutch cinnamon cookies with homemade caramel inside
The Beaded Dolphin, Elizabeth, NJ – Custom handcrafted repurposed guitar pick jewelry
White Lotus, Mays Landing, NJ- Handmade bohemian jewelry, dreamcatchers and oils
Wormtown Trading, Madison, VA- Crystals in raw +A2:L40 form, cut into various shapes and gift items