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 on some people’s calendars, 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 as those of 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 coast 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 Joan Osbourne, George Winston, The StepCrew, Tom Paxton, The Blues Brotherhood, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Spyro Gyra, David Liebman, Herman’s Hermits feturing Peter Noone, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Robert Cray Band, Sonny Landreth, Madeleine Peyroux Trio, David Crosby, Taylor Dane, Fastball & the Rembrandts, Nick Di Paolo, and The Yardbirds.
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! This year attendees can get tickets to see Culture Club, Reba, ZZ Top, Darius Rucker, and Alice in Chains.
Culture Club | Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Reba | Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
ZZ Top | Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Darius Rucker with Special Guest Cassadee Pope | Friday, August 14th, 2015
Alice in Chaines | Sunday, August 16th, 2015
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 knowledgable 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!