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Musikfest did it again – another record-year in the books!


Every year it gets better & better.  And every year I keep saying I don’t know how they do it! 

36th Annual MusikfestMusikfest 2019 set an all-time festival attendance record with 1.2 million visiting Bethlehem this year.  Patrons came from a record 46 states and 26 countries, with individuals coming from as far away as the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. This year’s festival featured 400 performers from 27 states and five countries, with performers and artists offering more than 500 performances during the event’s 11-day run. Attendance at the 2019 event, which took place Aug. 1-11 was 1,226,000, topping the previous record of 1,196,000 set in 2017. At the Wind Creek Steel Stage, attendees enjoyed a diverse lineup led by a sold-out performance by Goo Goo Dolls and Train. Other artists performing at the festival’s main stage included The Chainsmokers, Incubus, Steve Miller Band, The Revivalists, Godsmack and more. Overall, 49,123 people attended the 11 shows at the main stage, which concluded with a rockin’ set by Brad Paisley Aug. 11.  Musikfest was established in 1984 as a community festival, and has grown to become the largest free, non-gated music festival in the nation, having an economic impact of more than $60 million annually on the city and the region.

Senator Boscola stops at Theo's Gyros during the Muskfest2019!This year, I personally attended the festival multiple days seeing multiple shows which included, but not limited to, Lady Antebellum, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, and Brad Paisley.  The energy was electric.  The food was plentiful (especially my THREE Theo’s GYROS!).  The people were amazing. This Musikfest has to go down as one of my most memorable FOR SURE!

Musikfest Voted ‘Best Festival in North America’ in USA Today Reader’s Poll. In USA Today’s 2019 poll of the 10 Best Festivals in North America, Bethlehem’s Musikfest was voted number one, followed by other distinguished names in the industry such as Riot Fest (2), Austin City Limits Music Festival (9) and Coachella (10). With over 100 free performances, in addition to the main stage shows, there is sure to be something for EVERYONE!

Kassie Hilgert & Senator BoscolaI have to personally give a HUGE shout out to my good friend, and President/CEO of ArtsQuest, Kassie Hilgert & her staff for a tremendous job, AGAIN, this year for organizing & effortlessly running the largest free music festival in the nation.  Musikfest is made possible thanks to the support of the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, Bethlehem Area School District, Northampton County, 175 corporate partners, more than 1,600 volunteers and 3,300 supporting members.  In 2019, festival volunteers donated approximately 40,000 hours of their time, assisting with everything from event setup and takedown to ushering at the Wind Creek Steel Stage and selling food and beverage tickets during the event.  (Whew!  I’m tired just writing that!)

Proceeds from Musikfest 2019 will go to support ArtsQuest’s free programming for the community year-round at the Banana Factory arts center and the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus. Musikfest 2020 dates are July 31-Aug. 9. I better see you at the ‘Fest!

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