Musikfest: A Summer Tradition, by Julia Johnson

MusikFest header

Julia HeadshotDon’t miss the 31st annual 10-day MusikFest from ArtsQuest! Featuring performances by ZZTop, All-American Rejects, Jason Derulo, Sheryl Crow, The Moody Blues, Steely Dan, The Avett Brothers, Alan Jackson, Weezer, and Keith Urban.

Buy Tickets to MusikFestMusikfest was founded in 1984 by ArtsQuest, a community-based nonprofit organization, and more than 180,000 people came to historic Bethlehem for the first event. The event featured 295 performances and had six stages (Stages are called “platzes,” a homage to the city’s Germanic heritage; platz is the German  word for “place”).  Now, MusikFest has fourteen stages, eleven of them completely free.  Only the PNC Performing Arts Series and the Sand SteelStage require tickets.  There are over  500 free shows from every genre of music imaginable during the ten day event which take place in the city’s street, parks, plazas and historic areas. Each year more than 900,000 people come to the Lehigh Valley MusikFest for the music, food, and fun.  There are 60 different vendors offering a variety of great food, 45 of the nation’s finest artisans, awesome fireworks, children’s activities, including a treasure hunt to receive a prize from 6abc and mural painting, plus so much more.
The Musikfest requires over 2000 volunteers to make this event happen. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while having a great time.  You can volunteer  by filling out the registration here ( For directions and parking information click here ( To share your MusikFest story go to