I’ll start with what is billed as the largest free music festival in the country, that just happens to be held right next store to us – Bethlehem Musikfest! Starting Friday, August 5 and running ten days through Sunday, August 14, 2016, featuring over 300 musical performances, nearly all free, nearly all types of music, on sixteen stages on both sides of the river (you can catch a shuttle bus if you don’t want to walk across the bridge). One can also find all sorts of food and drink, and crafts and artwork by talented artisans, for sale. You might even see a few familiar faces on stage; some of the musicians who play at Make Music Upper Perk in June have been known to play at Musikfest in August.
And if you are worried about missing the Olympics, the folks at Musikfest have thought of that as well:
From Aug. 5-14, fans can ‘fest and cheer on the U.S., courtesy of a large outdoor LED television screen at Familienplatz (formerly Kinderplatz). From noon-11 p.m. each day (5-11 p.m. only on Aug. 5), the festival will show the coverage from Rio de Janiero, including popular sports like basketball, gymnastics, soccer and swimming. Adding to the fun family vibe are Summer Games-themed crafts, a new line of Musikfest USA merchandise for sale and family-focused experiences presented by several festival partners.
The Drum Corp International (DCI) Eastern Classic is happening in Allentown, PA at J Birney Crum Stadium on Friday night, August 5, 2016; and Saturday night, August 6, 2016; gates open at 5 p.m. and the marching bands begin to take the field at 6:40 p.m. Tickets will be for sale at the gate, J. Birney Crum Stadium, 2001-2025 W Linden St, Allentown, PA.
If you prefer something with fewer drums (and inside with air conditioning), The Tim Wolfe, Jr Trio will be playing original works and jazz standards as part of the Summer Chamber Music series in Harleysville at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville, PA). The free concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Open Mic Night hosted by Phil Stahl is also on Saturday, August 6th, at the Wing Man Bar and Grill (622 Gravel Pike East Greenville, PA 18041 in The Shoppes at Upper Hanover), beginning at 8:30 p.m. (sign up that night; first come, first on stage).