Although Easton, Bethlehem, Nazareth and the rest of the boroughs and townships that make up Northampton County are located within an easy drive of Manhattan, as well as Philadelphia and New Jersey, the residents of our thriving Pennsylvania county are blessed with regional arts and culture that would make any community of this size, or even much larger, extremely envious. Our residents are blessed with world-class music and musical festivals, classical and modern theater and dance, national and international art exhibits, and a host of splendid museums and galleries.
One musical event above all makes Bethlehem and Northampton County world famous; and that is “Musikfest – America’s Music Festival.” Each August for ten outstanding days and nights the venues and streets of Bethlehem are filled with every sort of music imaginable, and equally filled with music lovers. Thirteen separate venues – from the Wachovia Americaplatz to the Icehouse to the Pennsylvania Lottery Volkzplatz – bring the music and musical talents of American and international musicians from all across America and the world to more than one million guests who travel to Northampton County to listen, to rock, and to boogie to great tunes and marvelous entertainment. Musikfest is the premier arts and culture event in Northampton County, and the one event that brings music fans of every kind to our beautiful part of eastern Pennsylvania.
If you have not been to Musikfest, please make sure you join us for a day or two this August.
Historic Attractions, Festivals and Not-to-be-Missed Entertainment...
Three major universities – Lafayette, Lehigh and Moravian – provide their faculty, staff and students with exceptional opportunities to perform, to exhibit, and to interact. These universities are also completely open to the general public, and provide outstanding arts and entertainment programming on an almost daily basis.
Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College, Easton, PASince 1983, the Williams Center has hosted the finest performers in classical and world music, jazz, dance, theater, and more. The Performance Series attracts more than 10,000 people each season with a broad range of music, dance, and theater performances in both classical and contemporary genres. The Williams Center is an intimate 400-seat theater/ concert hall with superb acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting and stage equipment. The Williams Center's art gallery exhibits national and international artists in seven shows per academic year.
Zoellner Center for the Arts at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PAThe Zoellner Arts Center presents opera, musical theater, dance, jazz, orchestral and choral music, drama, and art exhibitions equal to any concert anywhere. This center has been voted the Best Performing Arts Center in the Lehigh Valley.
The Moravian College Music Alliance at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PASince 1987, the Music Alliance has brought professional musicians to campus to perform concerts that are enjoyed by regional audiences and to provide master classes that provide invaluable instruction for Moravian College music students. From September through spring, both Foy Hall and Peter Hall, Moravian’s exceptional performing arts centers, are booked solid with performances – with guest artists from around the nation and the world, and with performances of faculty and students.