Musikfest 2011 in Bethlehem Features Over 300 Events in 10 Days


Musikfest 2011 is one of the great, undiscovered secrets of the Greater Philadelphia region. With over 300 musical performances over a ten-day period, it offers one of the best concert-going opportunities anywhere on the East Coast.

Many Philadelphians have never been up there, but we would enthusiastically encourage you to give it a try. Bethlehem is a pleasant place to visit even without Musikfest. And while it’s taking place – we’d be hard-pressed to name anywhere in the region with equally eclectic offerings in music. There is most literally something for everybody, at Musikfest 2011. And what’s more, the vast majority of the musical performances are free of charge.

Musikfest 2011 – FAQ

How can I tell which Musikfest 2011 performances are free and which aren’t?

A general rule of thumb is that the bigger the name, the more likely it is to be a ticketed event. The A-list acts all require tickets. The best way of determining the answer is to visit the Musikfest 2011 official site, which has all of the details.

Isn’t Bethlehem really far from Philadelphia?

No, not at all. It’s also an easy drive, as you can take I-476 (the Northeast Extension) for most of the journey, so it’s highway most of the way. It’s only about 61 miles from Center City Philadelphia. Moreover, it is that much closer if you live in the suburban counties, where you aren’t far from 476, and/or where you can pick up the PA Turnpike, and travel to 476.

On the official Musikfest 2011, I keep seeing references to a “Platz”. What is a “Platz”?

A Platz is simply the German word for a “place” or “square”. There’s a large German-American community throughout Greater Philadelphia, and particularly around Bethlehem.

Is There a Way To Take SEPTA Regional Rail from Philadelphia to Bethlehem?

Regrettably, there is no conceivable way of taking SEPTA Regional Rail from Philadelphia to Bethlehem. For this trip, you need a car.

Musikfest 2011 – The Marquee Performers

Friday, August 5 - Stone Temple Pilots

Saturday, August 6 - Maroon 5 / Opening Act: PJ Morton

Sunday, August 7 - Miranda Cosgrove / Opening Act: Greyson Chase

Monday, August 8 - Steve Miller Band

Tuesday, August 9 - Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas / Opening Act: Dawes

Wednesday, August 10 - Steely Dan / Opening Act: Sam Yehel

Thursday, August 11 - Straight No Chaser

Friday, August 12 - Buckcherry with FUEL Opening Act: Art of Dying

Saturday, August 13 - Nick Jonas / Opening Act: Ocean Grove

Sunday, August 14 - Train with Gavin DeGraw Opening Act: Nikki Jean


You can return to our August 2011 Philadelphia Events Guide to learn more about events in the city and around the region.


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