No Rain Date, Ep. 64: Musikfest Returns to Bethlehem
On Episode 64 of No Rain Date, we’re joined by Patrick Brogan, Chief Programming Officer & Manager of the ArtsQuest Center to talk about Musikfest 2021. Musikfest will take place over 10 days this August, and once again it’s expected to draw nearly a million people to Bethlehem.
Musikfest returns this August with plenty of exciting new additions, including new food vendors! Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, the recently announced additions to the festival’s food vendor list are sure to have what you’re hungry for.
After a hot, humid July, temperatures have cooled off a bit since August began, but they’re forecast to climb into the lower 90s again during the second half of Musikfest, according to the National Weather Service’s Monday forecast.
With Musikfest about to open in Bethlehem–drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the city over 10 days–Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio on Tuesday issued a reminder about the rules for consumption of alcohol at the free festival. Those rules include:
Not bringing alcohol to Musikfest in cans, bottles or other containers. Not hiding bottles or cans on your body or inside a backpack or other type of bag. Not refilling Musikfest mugs with liquor or wine at restaurants near the festival, since “Pennsylvania liquor control enforcement laws prohibit anyone from leaving an establishment with liquor or wine,” according to a news release from DiLuzio posted on the police department’s blog. Not carrying mugs filled with beer from one platz to another, or from the north side of the festival to the south side–although DiLuzio stated that attendees who do this and don’t draw attention to themselves in a negative fashion “will most likely be OK.”
LANta–the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority–will again provide late night bus transportation will be provided to Hellertown during Musikfest, but only on a limited basis. The authority confirmed on its website Tuesday that it will run two additional buses from its hub at Broad and Guetter streets in downtown Bethlehem to the Creekside Marketplace shopping center on Rt. 412 south of Hellertown on weekends only. Those Route 215 buses will depart Broad and Guetter at 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. The confirmation was made after a Saucon Valley resident asked about the Hellertown bus schedule during this year’s festival on the Musikfest Facebook page.