Musik-Festivities

In addition to being one of the nation's largest free music festivals, Musikfest offers a variety of special events for all ages and interests! Great community, corporate and performance partners bring extra excitement and attractions to the 'fest each year. Be sure to check out all of the fun features in 2014, including:

Musikfest Traditions
Festival Spectacles
Musical Performances
Dance Performances
Comedy Shows
Interactive Displays
Restaurant Row

Musikfest Traditions

Opening Ceremonies
August 1 | 6 PM
Aetna Americaplatz at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

ArtsQuest Members' Fireworks Party
August 10 | 7:30–10:30 PM
August 10 | 7:30–10:30 PM
Ticket required. Call 610-332-3378 for more info.

Fireworks
August 10 | 9:45 PM
presented by Garden State Fireworks

Festival Spectacles

Aeiral Mind
August 8, 9, & 10 | 6 & 8 PM
Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons ArtsQuest Center
Using aerial arts and mindfulness to experience the synergy and body as one, Aerial Mind is a local business that offers classes and programs to focus on adaptive aerials as a recreational source and the circus arts as a therapeutic tool. 

Close Act Theatre presents Saurus
August 8, 9 & 10 | 4, 6, & 8 PM
Main & Spring Streets – between FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical and Wells Fargo Festplatz
Enjoy three days of performances by this dynamic theater group from The Netherlands. These 18-foot-tall artistic dinosaurs walk (and roar) amongst crowds and are a ‘must-see’ spectacle performing in the area between Festplatz & Plaza Tropical. Everyone will be asking “have you seen the dinosaurs yet?”

Yarn Bombing at Musikfest
presented by The Knitter's Edge
August 1-10
Handwerkplatz
The Knitter's Edge staff and community, are yarn bombing Musikfest. Yarn bombing is the act of covering an area or objects with knit and/or crochet pieces. After Musikfest, the pieces will be sewn together into afghans and donated to a local charity.

Musical Performances

Bethlehem Area School District Presents at Musikfest
August 2 | 2:30-6 PM - Freedom High School
August 9 | 2:30-6 PM - Liberty High School
FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical
For the second year, marketing students have joined with ArtsQuest to present bands at Musikfest. As part of this unique music-in-education experience, the students have worked closely with festival staff to learn everything that goes into planning, booking and presenting the event. These talented teens have gained hands-on, real-world work experience in events planning, marketing, public relations and other career paths. More importantly, they're presenting some awesome acts for your enjoyment!

Freedom High School – August 2
2:30 PM – Blue Wave Theory
3:30 PM – Lines in the Sky
4:30 PM – Briar Rabbit
5:30 PM – Arc & Stones

Liberty High School – August 9
2:30 PM – Grandpa Rage
3:30 PM – The Romantic Era
4:30 PM – Cedar Green
5:30 PM - Bushmaster

Cast In Bronze
August 7-10 | 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 PM
Handwerkplatz
The fest's favorite "masked bell guy" returns with the 4 ton carillon.

Godfrey Daniels Day
August 10 | 12-8 PM
Red Stag Pub Liederplatz

Hotel Bethlehem Outdoor Performances
August 1: Adam Web, 5-9 PM
August 2: Lorenzo Branca, 1-4 PM | Josh Liberio Duo, 5-9 PM
August 3: Hot Bijouxx, 1-4 PM | JJ Rupp Trio, 5-9 PM
August 4: Back to Life Trio, 5-9 PM
August 5: Hot Bijouxx, 5-9 PM
August 6: Josh Liberio Duo, 5-9 PM
August 7: Adam Web, 5-9 PM
August 8: No Where Slow Duo, 5-9 PM
August 9: Lorenzo Branca, 1-4 PM | Breeze Duo, 5-9 PM
August 10: Hot Bijouxx, 1-4 PM | Pocono Duo, 5-9 PM

Mucca Pazza Parade
August 2 | 5 Pm
North Side
Mucca Pazza, everyone’s favorite 20-piece “circus punk marching band” will be parading from behind Red Stag Pub Liederplatz down Metro Beauty Academy Main Street and through FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical. This boisterous band is known for its quirky style and fun outfits that include speakers attached to their heads in order to project their sound to its full capacity.

Musikfest Theme Days

August 3
Summer of Love Day | FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical, 12-11PM
Country Night at SteelStacks | Aetna Americaplatz, 5-11 PM

August 4
'80s Night | Wells Fargo Festplatz, 4-11 PM
Jam Band Night | FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical, 6-11PM

August 5
'70s Day | Wells Fargo Festplatz, 12-11 PM
Irish Pub Night | Red Stag Pub Liederplatz, 5-11 PM

August 6
Country Night | Wells Fargo Festplatz, 5:30-11 PM

August 7
Day at the Beach | FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical, 2:30-11 PM
'50s Day | Wells Fargo Festplatz, 12-11 PM

August 9
British Invasion Day | Wells Fargo Festplatz, 12-11 PM

August 10
Oktoberfest Preview | Wells Fargo Festplatz, 12-11 PM

Philadelphia Songwriters Project Showcase
August 10 | 5-10 PM
Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz

Dance Performances

Polynesian Dance Productions
August 1-5 | 5, 6:30 & 8 PM
Handwerkplatz
Featuring traditional Polynesian dancers and a Maori Fire Poi dancer, Polynesian Dance Productions performances are driven by the beauty, joy and origins of authentic Polynesian Dance.  Come experience the true Aloha spirit with dancers professionally trained in Tahitian and Hawaiian dance techniques. 

DanceNOWSteelStacks presents The DASH Ensemble
August 1, 7 & 8:30 PM
August 2, 6:30 & 8:30 PM
August 3, 6:30 & 9 PM
TD Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square

DanceNOWSteelStacks presents Banana Peel Dance Company
August 8, 9, &10 | 6:30 & 8:30 PM
TD Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square

Comedy Shows

ArtsQuest Center, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas | 11:15 PM
Tickets are available at the door for only $5.
Ready for a good laugh? Musikfest features several comedy acts that will tickle your funny bone! Whether it's stand-up or improv, these acts are sure to satisfy your sense of humor.
August 1: Mandudebro
August 2: The Associated Mess
August 7: Story Time Comedy hour with ManDudeBro and Friends
August 8: Standup Showcase – headliner Jim Tews
August 9: Standup Showcase – headliner Pat House

Interactive Displays

6abc
August 1-10
Spark Orthodontics Kinderplatz
Stop by the 6abc booth to meet and greet members of the Action News team, grab autographs and giveaways, and enjoy fun activities for kids of all ages. Don't forget to collect your 6abc Musikfest Treasure Hunt stamp!

Chevy Street Team
August 1–10 | 12-11 PM
Pennsylvania Lottery Volksplatz
The Chevy Street Team will provide an up close and personal way to check out Chevy's cool new line up. Visit Chevy's booth for a fun consumer experience through a mix of display elements, signage, vehicles and knowledgeable staff telling the Chevrolet story. Experience product features and benefits in a casual, non-transactional, and laid back environment. The opportunity to receive a custom Chevy T-shirt also await.

GEICO
August 1 | 5-11 pm
August 2 & 3 | 12-8 pm
Pennsylvania Lottery Volksplatz
Stop by the GEICO "Savings on Board" Bus to sing and dance with the Gecko, enter to win a $500 gift card and take home a little prize. GEICO is saving people money on more than just car insurance - See how much you could save – visit GEICO.com or call 1-800-947-AUTO now for a free rate quote. Did you know that 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance? 

Metro Beauty Academy
August 1–10
Metro Beauty Academy Main Street
Pamper yourself at Musikfest by stopping by the Metro Beauty Academy booth. Get a chair massage or a manicure. Take your photo with their props or share your before & after picture. Enter to win spa packages, free services and more. One grand prize winner will win a scholarship to Metro Beauty Academy.

PlayStation
August 1–10 | 12-8 pm
Wells Fargo Festplatz
On the Road To Greatness tour, you'll go hands-on with dozens of new and unreleased PS4 and PS Vita games, compete in daily tournaments and win awesome PlayStation prizes. Each event packs its own unique set of surprises, so follow along with @HeyPlayStation on Twitter to make sure you don't miss a beat.

 

PNC Grow Up Great – "Learning is All Around Me!" Mobile Learning Adventure
August 2 & 3| 12-6 PM
Spark Orthodontics Kinderplatz
The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. A part of PNC Grow Up Great – a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life – the MLA includes interactive kiosks and the "When I Grow Up" station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

PNC Virtual Wallet
August 8-10 | 12-8 pm
FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical
From August 8-10, find PNC Bank's Virtual Wallet experience near Spring and Main Streets and play PIG  - you could win prizes, only at PNC at Musikfest. Come down! Show off your skills! Climb in the cash!

 

Space Shuttle Blake
August 1,  5-9 pm
August 2-3 & 9-10 | 1-9 pm
August 4-8 | 12:30-5:30 pm 
FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical
Space Shuttle Blake is one of the world's most unique educational tools. Six years and 40,000 volunteer hours went into making this 4/10-scale replica of the Space Shuttle on the outside, and a state-of-the-art classroom inside.  Blake is 43' long, 27' wide and 17' high when fully extended.  Don't miss your opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind exhibit presented by FLYLVIA.

 

Texas On Tour
August 7-10 | 12-9 pm
Pennsylvania Lottery Volksplatz
Texas has rolled into Bethlehem!  Come out to Musikfest and experience Texas on Tour, an all-new experiential exhibit that gives potential travelers a taste of the fun and adventure the Lone Star State has to offer. The exhibit virtually transports participants to Texas through five interactive gaming experiences: Dolphin Trainer, Texas Music Jukebox, Jet Ski Obstacle Course, Cattle Drive and Rock Climbing.  Enjoy live music by Texas artists, a free phone charging station and the opportunity to have your pictures taken against a green screen to picture yourself in Texas.  Plus, walk away with free Texas souvenirs, including the chance to win a trip to Texas!

Restaurant Row

Musikfest may showcase a world of food over 10 days, but Bethlehem showcases a world of great eats all year long. This year, the festival is partnering with several local restaurants in a unique promotion to highlight some of the great dining options in the city. Anyone who buys a Musikfest mug or encounters the Musikfest Street Team powered by Think Energy will get their free coupon book to Restaurant Row featuring special offers by:

Bethlehem Brew Works
Corked
Hotel Bethlehem
Mama Nina’s Foccacheria
McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub & Restaurant
The Brick

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