Each summer, the people of Bethlehem look forward to a huge music festival that brings both big name and independent acts to multiple stages throughout the city. Musikfest is the event of the year and for good reason. The festival gives attendees the chance to see world famous acts as well as independent and local musicians, all in beautiful downtown Bethlehem. Past lineups have included Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Avett Brothers, Weezer, Alan Jackson, Steely Dan and many more! The Musikfest lineup this year promises to be just as memorable years past.
Musikfest started in 1984 and was founded by ArtsQuest. While the first festival had 295 performances on six stages with 180,000 people in attendance, the event has grown quite a bit. Today there are more than 500 shows on 14 stages throughout Bethlehem, taking place over the course of 10 days. Now attendance is upwards of 900,000 people!
The center of Musikfest is of course, music! There are 14 stages set up throughout Bethlehem during Musikfest, so you can see a favorite musician or find a new one! Musikfest is also a great place to enjoy great food from local vendors, browse the wares of local artisans and just enjoy the city of Bethlehem in the summer!
Throughout the year, events are held at Musikfest Cafe on the SteelStacks Campus. Performers this year include The Smithereens, Jimmie Vaughan, Vertical Horizon, Gary Hoey, Graham Nash, John Waite and the David Bromberg Quintet.
Ticketed Musikfest Lineup
In addition to Musikfest Cafe and the other events throughout the festival, there are several performances with big name performers that aren’t to be missed!
Earth, Wind & Fire | Thursday, August 1
The Chainsmokers | Friday, August 2
Steve Miller Band with Marty Stuart | Saturday, August 3
Lady Antebellum | Sunday, August 4
Weezer | Monday, August 5
Train & The Goo Goo Dolls | Tuesday, August 6
Incubus | Wednesday, August 7
The Revivalists | Thursday, August 8
Godsmack | Friday, August 9
Philip Phillips | Saturday, August 10
Brad Paisley | Sunday, August 11
When planning your trip to Bethlehem to enjoy the Musikfest lineup, be sure to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion! Our location in the heart of Bethlehem makes our boutique hotel the ideal place to stay during events like Musikfest. Our guest rooms and suites offer the utmost in modern comfort while maintaining and old world elegance befitting our historic mansion. When you stay at the Sayre Mansion, you will get the attention of our dedicated and knowledgeable staff, who are happy to give you tips on navigating festivals like Musikfest and give you other suggestions on things to see and do in town. And each stay comes with a full innkeepers breakfast each morning, so you know you’ll have the fuel to enjoy a day at Musikfest! Don’t delay though, we fill up quickly for events like Musikfest, and you don’t want to miss out on a Sayre Mansion experience!