Bethlehem Musikfest may be the biggest and best known of the festivals happening in our area this last full month of summer. Starting at 5 p.m. tonight (yes, Musikfest starts with a preview night on Thursday this year), and at noon every other day between August 6th to August 16th, 2015; over 300 performances will take place on 14 stages (11 sites are free and do not require tickets) on both sides of the river featuring music genres ranging from classical to Mardi Gras Indian Funk to polka to rock to blues to jazz to hip hop to country to jazz to children’s music and more. With planning (and/or luck) you might even hear some familiar music heard at Make Music Upper Perk; Jessi Lee Ross is one of the performers who has played at both musical events and will be playing at Muskiest again this year. In addition to fabulous music, you can also find interesting food, artisan crafts, interactive performances for kids, hands-on craft activities and and inflatable playground for families, art shows, theater, and yarn bombing.
For a quieter time, step back in time this weekend and visit the Goshenhoppen Folk Festival at the Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Road, Perkiomenville, PA, Friday August 7th and Saturday, August 8th, 2015.
The annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is always held in August on the 2nd Saturday and the Friday before. It is a non-commercial family oriented day in Goschenhoppen. Old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods are for sale on the festival grounds. Volunteers, dressed in authentic costumes of the periods, use authentic tools in recreating traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Stage programs and lectures, scholarly and entertaining, serious and humorous, in the PA Dutch dialect and in English, are presented throughout the day.
The 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival begins on Thursday, August 13, 2015 until late Sunday night, August 16, 2015. Day and weekend passes are available online and at the gate. This year’s highlights include Arlo Guthrie performing Alice’s Restaurant Friday night, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song, Bruce Cockburn and Lyle Lovett performing Saturday night, and Tom Paxton, and Hoots & Hellmouth performing on the Main Stage on Sunday night. Music is performed on 5 stages throughout the day, and on the Main Stage at night. The craft area has once again been expanded and includes glassblowers, metalsmith, artists and candlemakers at work (and, of course, musical instruments for sale). While the Philadelphia Folk Society runs the festival, it is held right down the road in Schwenksville, by the Perkiomen Trail, at the Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville, PA