Doors of Historic Bethlehem

December 23rd, 2016 posted by

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Holiday Doors of Historic Downtown Bethlehem

No one does the holiday season like the Christmas City. From Main Street’s charming shops to the unbeatable views at SteelStacks, you’re certain to have your spirits lifted as you celebrate the holiday season. But it’s not just the local shops that go above and beyond with their decor during the holiday season.

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Experience First Friday in South Bethlehem

September 9th, 2016 posted by

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Explore the Southside arts culture on First Friday.

Post contributed by Erika Liodice.

On the first Friday night of every month, the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of South Bethlehem open their doors and welcome passersby to step inside and discover something new. They do this in celebration of First Friday, a community tradition I’ve known about for years but have never managed to attend. So when a friend suggested we check it out, I decided that last Friday would be my first First Friday.

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The Avett Brothers Close Out Musikfest

August 16th, 2016 posted by

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The Avett Brothers return to Bethlehem to close out Musikfest.

It’s not every day that your favorite band hits the road for a tour. And, it’s definitely not every day that they happen to make a stop in the town where you live. But if you’re a fan of the Avett Brothers like I am, you’re lucky enough to have them make an appearance twice within the last two years at Musikfest.

This year, the Avett Brothers returned to close out Musikfest 2016 as part of a tour supporting their new album True Sadness. With support from Langhorne Slim, a native of Langhorne, PA, the night promised to be full of music that would hit every emotion, from tugging at your heart strings to stomping and clapping as you dance in the aisles.

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Don Henley Brings Down The Musikfest House

August 15th, 2016 posted by

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Don Henley brings classic rock to Musikfest.

Musikfest. Don Henley. Need I say more? The Eagles music mastermind put on one incredible show to what seemed to be a sold-out crowd Wednesday night at the Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest in Bethlehem.

It was a balmy 90-plus degrees, with humidity making it feel like it was close to 100, but that didn’t stop the fans from moving to the music of this nearly 70-year old performer. Henley played for nearly two and a half hours adorned with jeans, a rolled up button down shirt, and his iconic vest.

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Bush & Chevelle Bring Electricity to Musikfest

August 12th, 2016 posted by

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Bush headlines day 7 of Musikfest.

Electricity! The show that could’ve been.

When a concert review starts with a weather update… well, not good! Inclement weather had been threatening the Musikfest all day long yesterday. This threat was real. However, after warm up band Chevelle took the Sands Steel Stage last night, everyone in attendance felt all would be alright on this night. Chevelle was terrific… and the lightening? Nah… we’re good! The lightening lightshow steadily flashing and creeping in would only enhance the atmosphere.

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Boston Celebrates 40th Anniversary Tour at Musikfest

August 11th, 2016 posted by

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Boston brings their 40th anniversary tour to Musikfest.

It was More Than A Feeling as the crowd scurried into the main entrance at the Sands Steel Stage on Tuesday night.  As we weaved in and out of the lines with a full mug in hand the smiles kept growing. 

Inside the gate the lines were not long and there were plenty of food and beverage options. The bathrooms were very clean with attentive ushers giving out hand sanitizer wipes. The sections were labeled clearly and there were plenty of helping hands to assist you in finding your seat.

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Put Your Brain to Work: Can You Escape the Room?

August 8th, 2016 posted by

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Experience two unique escape rooms at Captured LV.

Escape rooms, the newest trend sweeping the nation, have arrived in Lehigh Valley. The idea is that you get locked in a themed room with a group of friends (or strangers). You have a time limit to escape, so you must think outside of the box, decipher clues, and solve the puzzle to get yourself out.

Captured LV is the first to hit Lehigh Valley and is situated in the lower level of the Main Street Commons in historic Bethlehem. There are two different escape rooms at Captured LV—the Alchemy Lab and Pirate’s Chamber.

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X Ambassadors Kick off Musikfest 2016

August 7th, 2016 posted by

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X Ambassadors perform at the Sands Steel Stage during Musikfest 2016.

Excitement and anticipation lit up the air on the opening night of Musikfest. Opening the show were piano rockers Jukebox the Ghost, who played a free concert at the Levitt Pavilion at Steelstacks earlier in the summer months. Rachel Platten performed a heartfelt performance talking about the struggles of show business in her own life. The crowd was invigorated by her popular songs  “Fight Song” and “Stand by You.”

Nighttime fell and X Ambassadors took the stage with an incendiary presence. The soul funk band hailing from Ithaca, NY provided the perfect set to kick off ten days of Musikfest fun. Multi-talented lead singer Sam Harris kept the audience engaged from start to finish. The most commanding moment may have been before the hit song “Renegades.” Harris provoked the audience to think about unity and making a positive change in the world.

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Five Tips for a Fantastic Musikfest Experience

July 28th, 2016 posted by

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Musikfest returns August 5 -14.

The beginning of August brings around one of our favorite events of the year. If you’ve never been to Musikfest, this is most certainly the time to check it out! Where else can you enjoy ten days of fun including food, drink, and more than 500 free performances? Make your way to Bethlehem, PA August 5 – 14 for an experience you’ll never forget. Maybe Musikfest will even become a new tradition for you and your family or friends!

As locals, we’re pretty familiar with all the tips and tricks to make the most of your visit during the ‘Fest. Check out our top five pieces of advice that will have you ‘Festing like a pro in no time.

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Enjoy Sweet Summer Fun at the Blueberry Festival

July 12th, 2016 posted by

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The Blueberry Festival is held at Burnside Plantation each July.

The dog days of summer are upon us, and there’s nothing more refreshing than a basket of blueberries. Each July, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites bring its annual Blueberry Festival to Bethlehem’s Burnside Plantation in the heart of Lehigh Valley.

Located just a short drive from the downtown Main Street region, Burnside Plantation transports you back to colonial days. You’d never guess that this historic property is tucked just behind Martin Tower!

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