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Familienplatz is the best place to relax in the shade with friends and family, and let your creativity run free with the Banana Factory Arts Center! The Crayola Creativity Tent is the destination for younger ‘festers to get crafty with cool activities and embark on a treasure hunt, while daily Community Art projects, artist demos and interactive activities will engage festival-goers of all ages! Plus, the addition of tuition-based workshops for adults on select evenings means kids aren’t the only ones walking away with an amazing work of art for their homes.

Crayola Creativity Tent Hours

Aug. 2, 5-9 PM
Aug. 3-11, 12-9 PM

Familienplatz: Craft Themes

This year your child’s favorite stories will come to life at Familienplatz. Whether it’s through pictures, rhymes, books or myths, festival goers of all ages can create hands-on projects at the Crayola Creativity Tent inspired by modern and classic storytelling. A different book or story will be shared each day, along with an awesome craft relating to that story. In addition, visitors can enter to win tickets to the Crayola Experience! Finally, put your mark on the art world by contributing to community art projects throughout the ten days of the festival.

Art & Craft of Storytelling

August 2, 5-9 PM, August 3-11, 12-9 PM | Crayola Creativity Tent at Familienplatz
A different book or story will be shared each day in our reading along with an awesome craft relating to that story. Original collaborative artwork created by campers in the Art & Craft of Storytelling Summer Camp program will be on display. In addition, families will have opportunities to win Crayola products and tickets to the Crayola Experience. Finally, put your mark on the art world by contributing to community art projects throughout the ten days of the festival.

Rides & Games
provided by Zip and Bounce

Familienplatz

Zip, bounce and swing away in our fun, newly expanded ride area! Weekday wristbands are available Monday-Friday, 12-4:30 PM for $20, and include all rides plus one zipline ride.

Axe Throwing

August 2-11 | Familienplatz
Try to hit the bullseye as you participate in one of the hottest crazes sweeping the nation. Featured at Oktoberfest 2018, Axe Throwing Lumberjack Challenge is presented by Zip and Bounce and is open each day of the festival. Cost is $5 for 5 throws and $10 for 12 throws, payable in Musikfest Food & Beverage Tickets only.

Musikfest Sculpture Garden

Aug. 2-11 | Familienplatz
Relax and enjoy interactive art installations and community projects along the bank of the Monocacy Creek in Familienplatz, including mural panels and live painting by local artists.

“Greetings from Bethlehem” Postcard Mural by Samantha Redles

August 2-4 | Familienplatz
Muralist and sign painter Samantha Redles will create a giant “Greetings from Bethlehem” postcard mural for fest-goers to take snapshots of and share with family and friends via social media. Redles is originally from Coopersburg and attended Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, so the mural is a home coming for her.

NEW! Community Poet-Tree at Familienplatz

August 2-11 | Familienplatz
Visitors will have the opportunity to add or take a poem and hang it on a community tree.

Musikfest Arcade

August 2-11 | Guardian Insurance Company of America Zinzenplatz
Come play a collection of 20 arcade games from the last four decades including pinball machines and multicades provided by Pinfest, one of the largest pinball shows in the country. Games to be featured include Eightball Deluxe, Nitro Ground Shaker and Monster Bash. Wristbands are $10 and are available at Zinzenplatz Food & Beverage ticket booth.

ArtsQuest Glass Studio Tent

NEW LOCATION! Air Products Americaplatz on the SouthSide by the Flywheel
Aug. 1-2 & 5-9, 4-10 PM | Aug. 3-4 & 10-11, 12-10 PM
Store Open 11 AM-10 PM Daily

Visit the ArtsQuest Glass Studio Tent to participate in Hot Glass Experiences, create a flame-worked pendant, watch live artist demos and find unique handmade glass items for purchase from local artists.

2019 Hot Shotz Competition

Aug. 1-4 & 9-10, 2-8 PM
At Musikfest 2019 the ArtsQuest Glass Studio will hold its third consecutive Borosilicate Flameworking Competition. This year competitors will work in teams of two in a six-hour time slot to complete an original drinking vessel set (teapot/teacups, Saki set, shot glass set, etc). Contestants can bring their own hand tools, torches and color. Voting will take place from Aug.11-21 via Facebook. Flame working artists interested in competing can register at bananafactory.org/hotshotz.

Flame Working Experience: Swirl Pendant

Aug. 5-8, 4-8 PM | $50 + ticketing fees
Hot Glass Tent, Americaplatz (SouthSide Musikfest)

Make your own flameworked pendant at Musikfest! Under the guidance of one of our artists, you’ll work one-on-one to create your own Borosilicate glass pendant. Each session takes 20 minutes; ages 10 and up are welcome. Please be aware that all pieces made from molten glass need time to cool down. Participants will need to return another day to pick up their work or arrange for their pieces to be shipped for an extra charge. No experience necessary.

NEW! Hot Glass Experience: Jellyfish

Aug. 2 & 5-9, 4-8 PM | Aug. 3-4 & 10-11, 12-8 PM
Hot Glass Tent, Americaplatz (SouthSide Musikfest) | $55 + ticketing fees

With the guidance of one of our artists, you’ll work one-on one to create your own Jellyfish. Each session takes 20 minutes. Ages 6 and up are welcome. No experience necessary. Please be aware that all pieces made from molten glass need time to cool down. Note that this experience takes place in the ArtsQuest Glass Studio tent at Musikfest. Participants will need to return another day to pick up their work or arrange for their pieces to be shipped for an extra charge.

Sign up online in advance to secure either a hot glass experience or flame working experience at bananafactory.org.

NEW! Groups of 6-8 people can arrange for a pre-opening hot glass experience at Musikfest. Your group can begin at 1:30 PM on weekdays, or 9:30 AM on weekends. For more information on this special offer, contact us at: AQGlass@ArtsQuest.org

Note: Glass pieces need to cool overnight. Pieces can be picked up another day during the festival, or can be shipped for an additional $10 each for the first piece, and an additional $5 for each piece going to the same location. For safety reasons, please read the dress requirements at bananafactory.org.

PHOTOPASS: The Chainsmokers Concert Photography

with Brian Hineline
August 2, 5:30-9 PM
Tickets: $269
Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom at the Banana Factory
This is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest with Brian Hineline, who’s photographed hundreds of concerts over the past 20 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and other publications. Participants start off in our Olympus Digital Imaging Center learning tips and techniques from Brian about taking fabulous concert photographs. Then it’s on to the festival grounds to shoot at the free stages at Musikfest, including behind-the-scenes candid’s that the public doesn’t have access to. Capping it all off, you’ll work alongside Brian at Musikfest’s Wind Creek Steel Stage media pit, photographing The Chainsmokers for the first 10 minutes of the show (no flash)!

PHOTOPASS: Lady Antebellum Concert Photography

with Brian Hineline
August 4, 5:30-9 PM
Tickets: $269
Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom at the Banana Factory
This is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest with Brian Hineline, who’s photographed hundreds of concerts over the past 20 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and other publications. Participants start off in our Olympus Digital Imaging Center learning tips and techniques from Brian about taking fabulous concert photographs. Then it’s on to the festival grounds to shoot at the free stages at Musikfest, including behind-the-scenes candid’s that the public doesn’t have access to. Capping it all off, you’ll work alongside Brian at Musikfest’s Wind Creek Steel Stage media pit, photographing GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum for their first three songs.

PHOTOPASS: Incubus Concert Photography

with Brian Hineline
August 7, 5:30-9 PM
Tickets: $264
Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom at the Banana Factory
This is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest with Brian Hineline, who’s photographed hundreds of concerts over the past 20 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and other publications. Participants start off in our Olympus Digital Imaging Center learning tips and techniques from Brian about taking fabulous concert photographs. Then it’s on to the festival grounds to shoot at the free stages at Musikfest, including behind-the-scenes candid’s that the public doesn’t have access to. Capping it all off, you’ll work alongside Brian at Musikfest’s Wind Creek Steel Stage media pit, photographing Incubus for three songs (no flash)!

PhotoPass: The Revivalists Concert Photography

with Brian Hineline
August 8, 5:30-9 PM
Tickets: $234
Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom at the Banana Factory
This is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest with Brian Hineline, who’s photographed hundreds of concerts over the past 20 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and other publications. Participants start off in our Olympus Digital Imaging Center learning tips and techniques from Brian about taking fabulous concert photographs. Then it’s on to the festival grounds to shoot at the free stages at Musikfest, including behind-the-scenes candid’s that the public doesn’t have access to. Capping it all off, you’ll work alongside Brian at Musikfest’s Wind Creek Steel Stage media pit, photographing The Revivalists for their first three songs (no flash)!

PHOTOPASS: Brad Paisley Concert Photography

with Brian Hineline
August 11, 5:30-9 PM
Tickets: $289
Olympus Digital Imaging Classroom at the Banana Factory
This is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest with Brian Hineline, who’s photographed hundreds of concerts over the past 20 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and other publications. Participants start off in our Olympus Digital Imaging Center learning tips and techniques from Brian about taking fabulous concert photographs. Then it’s on to the festival grounds to shoot at the free stages at Musikfest, including behind-the-scenes candid’s that the public doesn’t have access to. Capping it all off, you’ll work alongside Brian at Musikfest’s Wind Creek Steel Stage media pit, photographing Brad Paisley for his first few songs (no flash)!

Photo Op with the Iconic “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” photo at the National Museum of Industrial History

Aug. 3-4 & 10-11, 1-5 PM | National Museum of Industrial History, 602 E. 2nd St.
Visit the National Museum of Industrial History’s outdoor plaza and take a selfie recreating the iconic photograph of construction workers eating lunch high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza as it was being erected in 1932. This great photo op for family and friends is free and takes place on a real steel beam with the famous “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” photo as your backdrop.