Musikfest 2021

Photo Courtesy: Jeff Auger

Save the dates for your favorite festivals like Musikfest along with some new food and arts experiences.

BETHLEHEM, Pa.— A new year means new music, arts and food events at ArtsQuest. The nonprofit arts organization, dedicated to providing access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences, is planning a busy 2022 filled with annual events the Lehigh Valley has come to love, along with new experiences.

ArtsQuest’s flagship festival, Musikfest, will return Aug. 5-14. This year’s ‘fest, returning for its 39th year, will feature hundreds of free performances throughout the City of Bethlehem. The 2022 poster, by renowned contemporary artist Bart Cooper, has already been unveiled. Tickets are on sale now for headliners Kelsea Ballerini and ALABAMA who will perform on the Wind Creek Steel Stage. Additional performers and details will be announced throughout the year.

Outdoor concerts are also back at the SteelStacks. Get ready for a full season of the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series presented by Coordinated Health, now part of Lehigh Valley Health Network, weekends from May 20-September 10. Also, this summer, mark your calendars for the new ReggaeFest on Sat. July 2.

Save the date this spring for a reimagined Kentucky Derby Watch Party on Sat., May 7. This summer Juneteenth will return to the SteelStacks campus for a full day of community events on Sat., June 18. ¡Sabor! Latin Festival will also return for three days of sizzling music, food and fun June 24-26.

Foodies rejoice! ArtsQuest has a full plate of events including a new TacoFest, set for Sun., July 10. Enjoy dinner and a show at Palette & Pour, the new full-service bar and quick-service kitchen located on the first floor of the ArtsQuest Center, or order some food and drinks while enjoying a film at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. Start making plans for brunch, featuring new chef’s creations, in honor of Easter on Sun., April 17 or Mother’s Day on Sun., May 8.

Appreciate the arts during the Glass Blast and Art Auction, a gala featuring demos and artwork, on Fri., April 22. Gear up for a family-friendly celebration of the arts during the revamped Banana Factory Block Party, formerly known as the SouthSide Arts and Music Festival, on May 6-7. Enjoy a marathon nine hours of laughs during The 9th Annual SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival, returning in-person on Sat., Jan. 29. Display your cinematic talents, submissions are now being accepting for Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival which will return in-person Sat., April 9. InVision, a month-long celebration of all things photography, will also return in November.

Celebrate and honor those who have served our country with patriotic events, presented by Embassy Bank, planned for Memorial Day May 28-30, Flag Day on Sat., June 11, the Fourth of July, Patriot Day on Sun., Sept. 11 and Veterans Day on Fri., Nov. 11.

After a record-breaking event in 2021, Oktoberfest, presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), will return Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9. The 12th annual festival will feature brew samples, live music, local artisans as well as popular activities like the dachshund dog parade and the Pennsylvania State Steinholding Championship.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, presented by Univest Financial®, will return for five weekends beginning Nov. 18-20, 25-27 through Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18. Named one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel + Leisure and one of the top holiday markets in North America by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice, Christkindlmarkt is known for its unique holiday shopping experience featuring dozens of artisans offering thousands of unique, handmade gifts and holiday items. PEEPSFEST®, the sweetest way to celebrate the new year, will return Dec. 30 and 31 in partnership with Just Born Quality Confections.

More events will be announced soon including a festival celebrating Irish heritage in March and exciting new offerings during the holiday season. Visit to view a calendar of upcoming events throughout the year.

ArtsQuest will continue to follow the latest CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines. Visit  for the latest updates.