About the Festival Musikfest
is a music festival that has been held each August in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA since 1984. The festival begins on the first Friday in August and ends on Sunday ten days later.
Each year, thousands of visitors and residents of Pennsylvania make the trip to Bethlehem to participate in a celebration that weaves through a Moravian community that dates back to 1741. Festival visitors are treated to hundreds of free shows over the course of the event. Each night, the festival's premium stage, RiverPlace, hosts a nationally-known recording artist. These premium concerts, along with select shows at other stages, require paid tickets to gain admission.
Past headlining shows have included Stone Temple Pilots, Clay Aiken, Air Supply, Alice in Chains, Boston, The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Carrie Underwood, Collective Soul, Ray Charles, George Clinton, Dixie Chicks, Dr. Demento, Weird Al Yankovic, Poison, Duran Duran, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fuel, Ludacris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Kool & The Gang, Jethro Tull, Jonny Lang, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Steve Miller Band, Live, REO Speedwagon, Staind & George Thorogood.
Local German roots are the foundation of the celebration, and most of the festival's venues use the German word for place, "platz", at the ends of their names. A popular place for eating and listening to music, for example, is the large "Festplatz", which includes 300 dining tables and usually features a polka band each night. Beyond that, however, Musikfest's music, food and other attractions represent a broad range of ethnicities.
Musikfest is presented by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit arts organization founded to "celebrate arts and culture" in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Proceeds from the event benefit ArtsQuest ventures such as the Banana Factory community arts center in South Bethlehem, as well as other nonprofit groups throughout the region