Bethlehem Music Festival: Musikfest

Bethlehem Music FestivalBethlehem, Pennsylvania offers a wide variety of things to do and see, from the interesting history to all the exciting events! Whether you enjoy live music, shopping, or just getting outdoors, there’s something here for you! This August, the charming town will be holding one of the finest festivals of the year. The Bethlehem music festival, Musikfest, is filled with days of delicious food at local restaurants and stands and wonderful non-stop music. You may have to give yourself a few extra days to experience all the excellent events! Sayre Mansion wants to make your trip to the area as relaxing as possible. Here’s all you need to know about Musikfest, the summer’s biggest Bethlehem music festival!


Musikfest is a 10-day celebration of live music, intriguing art and delicious food held each year in early August. In 1984, the Fest started as a small local festival and has grown into a major event that attracts over one million visitors from across the country. In 2011, the Musikfest spread to Bethlehem’s South Side and is now a two-campus event.


This amazing summer fest is the largest free music festival in the nation. If that’s not enough to convince you to join in on the fun, here are a few more reasons! This huge Bethlehem music festival will open the 14 stages on August 1, where more than 500 free performances will take place. The stages are scattered throughout the city’s street, parks, plazas and historic areas! The festival also features 60 vendors offering a variety of scrumptious eats, 45 of the nation’s finest artisans, numerous fun children’s activities, a colorful fireworks display, and more.


The layout of the Bethlehem music festival can be a bit overwhelming for first-timers, especially since the events spread over two locations. If you are new to the festival, your best bet is to grab a map and performance schedule as soon as you arrive (or print one here). Festival sites are divided by “platz” which is the German word for “place”. Find the artist you want to jam out to on the schedule and then refer to the map to find out how to get to the correct platz. If you are on a time crunch, jump on one of the shuttle buses that run between the north and south side venues for a $2 fee (children are free). To kill time between performances, stroll the mile long walk between the two venues along Bethlehem’s historic streets. The most direct and beautiful route is over the Philip J. Fahy Bridge.


The Festplatz, located on the festival’s north side, is one of the largest dining areas, featuring plenty of diverse food stands and about 300 tables for dining. Musikfest offers a wide variety of ethnic food options for guests to enjoy!


From Bach to bluegrass and rock to reggae, you are sure to find something that catches your ear! Performers Jason Derulo, Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Keth Urban, The All-American Rejects, Steely Dan, The Moody Blues and more, will be bring you great music throughout the 10 day fest. Click here to find out more on the line up at the Bethlehem Music Festival.


As you’re planning your Bethlehem music festival itinerary at Musikfest, don’t forget to find a place stay! The Sayre Mansion offers the most relaxing guest rooms; perfect to rejuvenate in between all the exciting events. Each room combines old world class and modern luxuries that will make your time in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley extraordinary. In addition, your stay includes a delicious breakfast each morning so you can take on all the events of the day. Let the Sayre Mansion take care of you during your time at the Bethlehem Music Festival for a memorable experience.


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