Bethlehem, Pa. – It’s back and better than ever. After a 12-year hiatus, Musicfest has brought back a family-friendly area in Pero Plaza.
Many people wanted to add one more to Musikfest this year, so the organizers decided to bring something back, and thus Stadtplatz was formed.
“Ever since it left here 12 years ago, people have been like, ‘When are you coming back to Pero Plaza?'” Bethlehem Mayor Jay William Reynolds said. “Very quickly the city of Bethlehem said, ‘We need to do this, this is the way to bring back Musikfest.
From north to south, and everything else in the middle of historic Bethlehem, is the City Hall.
Reynolds says there’s something special about being the largest un-gated festival in America, making its presence in the heart of the city.
“Just seeing the joy and the energy and excitement going on here reminds you why Bethlehem is such a special place and community,” he said.
Reynolds says it’s incredibly important to get what people want.
The city and organizers listened, and followed suit.
“In the private sector, we have ArtQuest planned. In the public sector, we have the city of Bethlehem,” Reynolds said. “We get everyone in the same room, decide what we need to do for the city, and then leave.”
In addition to the incredible views from the performance stage, you won’t find yourself bored as you make your way through the area.
“It’s very family-friendly, so a lot of people brought kids, and it’s centrally located,” Reynolds said. “Same thing with music choices and diverse set of acts, and food.”
Performances in the Stadtplatz begin every evening at 5 pm.
Musikfest runs until August 14.