Musikfest 2021

The largest free admission music festival in the nation returns in-person August 6-15, 2021, with a special preview night on August 5 featuring Darius Rucker.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Musikfest, the only music festival to be twice named the No. 1 Music Festival in North America by the USA Today/10Best readers’ poll, will take place August 6-15, 2021. This festival will feature headliners, food vendors and free performances on stages spread throughout the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“This time last year, doors to arts and culture venues throughout the world were closing – some of them for good,” Kassie Hilgert, President & CEO of ArtsQuest said. “We had no idea where we would be a year from then, but we knew for certain that nonprofit organizations like ours, especially in the arts world, were going to be one of the hardest hit. After all we’ve gone through together as a community, we are so proud to be partnering with the city of Bethlehem, and all our wonderful volunteers, sponsors and supporters, to put on the Musikfest we all know and love, once again.”


Darius Rucker will kick off the festival with a special preview night Thursday, August 5. Tickets for the show originally scheduled for 2020 will be honored.

Wind Creek Steel Stage performances will include:

Phillip Phillips – Friday, August 6

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Saturday, August 7

Sam Hunt – Sunday, August 8

Shinedown – Monday, August 9 *previously purchased tickets will be honored

Jimmie Allen – Tuesday, August 10

Colin Hay Band – Wednesday, August 11

KT Tunstall – Thursday, August 12

Zedd – Friday, August 13

The Wood Brothers – Saturday, August 14

*Black Violin – Sunday, August 15

*Fireworks between 9:45 – 10 p.m.

Headliners rescheduled to 2022:

Willie Nelson *previously purchased tickets will be honored
Poison *previously purchased tickets will be honored
Kelsea Ballerini *previously purchased tickets will be honored
*Dates to be announced shortly

All tickets previously purchased will be honored for their respective new dates. ArtsQuest will notify all ticket holders with details outlining next steps, including an option for those who want to support Musikfest by donating the cost of their tickets back to the nonprofit ArtsQuest.

Tickets to Sam Hunt, Zedd, The Wood Brothers and KT Tunstall will go on sale to ArtsQuest members beginning Tuesday, June 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Jimmie Allen, Phillip Phillips, Colin Hay Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band tickets will go on sale to ArtsQuest members beginning Tuesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 11 at 10 a.m.

For more exclusive ticket access and advance purchase opportunities, become an ArtsQuest Circle donor.

In addition, Musikfest is proud to offer more than 300 free performances. This year’s artists will include Igor and the Red Elvises, Jimmy and the Parrots, Philadelphia Funk Authority, The Sofa Kings, Seth Witcher, Sunny War, We Banjo 3 and many more.


“We are working in partnership with ArtsQuest and our community public health and safety partners to put on the safest festival possible in order to support small business, tourism and economic development,” Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez said. “For more than three decades, Musikfest has brought millions of people to Bethlehem. Now, more than ever, it is important to support ArtsQuest including the performers, artists, vendors and small businesses in any capacity possible.”

For the safety of all artists, community members, guests and vendors, ArtsQuest will continue to follow the latest CDC, state and city health department standards.

The festival will take place both in the Historic Moravian District and SouthSide Arts District of the city of Bethlehem. Although this year will be slightly modified, we are thrilled to offer more than a dozen venues.

Historic Moravian District:

Hours: Friday August 6, 5 – 11 p.m. August 7 – 15, 12 – 11 p.m.

Venues: IBEW Local 375 Liederplatz, Provident Bank Main Street, Hotel Bethlehem Platz, Martin Guitar Handwerkplatz, Zinzenplatz, T-Mobile Plaza Tropical, Wells
Fargo Festplatz,Yuengling Lagerplatz and NJM Insurance Familienplatz

SteelStacks in the SouthSide Arts District:

Hours: Weekdays 4 – 11 p.m. Fridays 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturdays 12 p.m. – 1 a.m. Sundays 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Venues: PNC Series at Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square, Air Products Americaplatz at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks presented by Coordinated Health, now part of Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wind Creek Steel Stage at PNC Plaza

*Hours and locations for this year’s festival are subject to change.


Second only to the music at Musikfest are the foods of the ‘fest. Patrons will be able to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options, including festival favorites Aw Shucks Roasted Corn, Island Noodles and Heaven on a Bun, just to name a few. All participating food vendors will be announced later this summer. ArtsQuest’s restaurant Palette & Pour will also be available for private parties.



‘Fest goers will be able to enjoy a wide range of food and drink options during Musikfest, Aug. 6-15, 2021

The nation’s largest free music festival, Musikfest, is proud to welcome more than 30 food vendors to the ‘fest taking place in person Aug. 6-15, 2021 in Bethlehem, Pa. The foods of the ‘fest are second only to the music and patrons have been feasting for nearly 40 years. This year, ArtsQuest is proud to announce an array of food and beverage options, including festival favorites, hot new vendors and dishes from ArtsQuest’s new restaurant Palette & Pour.

Foodies will be happy to see the return of the ‘a-maize-ing’ staple Aw Shucks Roasted Corn at multiple locations. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-based Chick’nCone, everyone’s favorite fork-free chicken & waffles, will also return. Noodle lovers can fill up on their favorite dishes from Island NoodlesThe Flying V will also be back with a variety of the Canadian comfort food, poutine. READ MORE