Bethlehem, PA’s annual Musikfest is a unique, 11-day total town takeover event spanning from Tuesday, August 7th through Sunday August, 16th. Whether you attend each day, or stop in for the beginning, middle or end, plan your visit accordingly by checking out our comprehensive guide to Bethlehem Musikfest 2015!
As the largest free music festival in the US, Musikfest puts the spotlight on local Bethlehem while attracting fans from across the country. By integrating great music from top performers with a variety of fun activities and shows including a festive color run, comedy routines, dance performances, delicious food and more; Musikfest is the best kind of summer PA celebration that all ages will enjoy.
Featured Music Events
Throughout Musikfest, big name bands take the stage and show their stuff. From top-notch performances by Flaming Lips, O.A.R., 3 Doors Down and SNOOP DOGG to special comedy routines by Jerry Seinfeld, there’s something for every type of entertainment lover at Musikfest. Tickets can still be purchased for these popular acts making their way to Bethlehem in August.
Free Music Shows
Musikfest also offers a variety of free shows from very talented artists. From PNC Plaza’s epic outdoor Sands Steel Stage to an up-close and personal acoustic experience in Bethlehem’s Central Moravian Church, there’s plenty of sweet serenading, hands clapping and beats dropping from any one of Musikfest’s over 15 performance venues at all times.
A variety of businesses will be setting up shop throughout Musikfest as well. Meet the action news team from 6 ABC and participate in giveaways, drawings and freebies from Playstation, Utz Snacks and many more.
Musikfest’s Color Me Rad 5K
This one-of-a-kind 5K race kicks off at 8 a.m. on August 8th from the ArtsQuest center and weaves through Musikfest terrain spreading bright pigment and joy through the celebration grounds. By the end of the route, all runners are covered in color. Experience what it truly means to “run for fun” as a jumpstart to a fabulous day at Musikfest: race with friends and see who makes the best art on the run!
Festival foodies will rejoice at Musikfest too. With more than 40local eateries bringing unbeatable tastes to every venue, you’re set for tempting meals throughout the day. Here’s just a tiny sampling of the incredible food Musikfest has to offer:
- Bethlehem’s own Aw Shucks Roasted Corn will be serving up its signature savory summer snack that’s topped with an irresistible blend of butter, zesty seasoning and cheese, perfect for Musikfest munching.
- Cactus Blue brings a fiesta of authentic Mexican flavors to enjoy while walking the festival streets from classic chimichangas to walking tacos.
- Heaven on a Bun takes you to your happy place with a variety of tantalizing comfort foods from steak sandwiches and mozzarella sticks to cheese fries and more.
From a percentage off your order to free dessert specials, Musikfest also teams up with Bethlehem’s restaurants in town to offer Musikfesters delicious discounts at Restaurant Row. Get Musikfest deals at the Brick dine-in pizza grill, the Steel Pub, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar and Mama Nina Foccacheria.
Parking is always a concern when headed to an event and with so many venues stretching across Musikfest terrain, this one’s no exception. But, you’re in luck: Musikfest offers several lots with shuttles to the various venues including Martin Tower Lot at 1170 8th Avenue and IQOR Lot at 240 Emery Street.
Shuttles also go between the North Side and South Side during the day and well into the night. While parking is free, shuttles cost a small daily fee. You can also park in Bethlehem’s parking garages downtown and take LANTA Public Transit to Musikfest.
From the historic Hotel Bethlehem downtown to Comfort Suites in nearby Allentown, Bethlehem offers a variety of high-quality hotels in close proximity to all of Musikfest’s venues.
Directions from Philadelphia, Doylestown and Lansdale
Those traveling out to Musikfest from Philadelphia and the surrounding regions can take the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike to the Lehigh Valley Exit (#56) to Route 22 East. From there, continue on Route 22 to Route 378 South to the 8th Avenue Exit for the Musikfest Shuttle Lot.
For a complete list of venues, sponsors, activities and events visit www.musikfest.org.
There’s so much going on at Bethlehem’s Musikfest from fabulous music to incredible entertainment and events, grab your friends and family and head out for a great-value festival with something for everyone. Don’t miss this huge celebration!