SouthSide Arts & Music Festival presented by Capital BlueCross

April 20 & 21, 2018

Friday, April 20: 6-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21: 2-11:30 p.m.

Throughout South Bethlehem



The SouthSide Arts & Music Festival features two days filled with visual arts experiences, live music and family programming, all designed to encourage guests to visit South Bethlehem’s shops, restaurants and arts venues. By purchasing a wristband to the festival, attendees enjoy access to 10-plus musical acts each night at Godfrey Daniels, National Museum of Industrial History, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Banana Factory Arts Center and the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café at SteelStacks. This year, ArtsQuest is also partnering with Lehigh Valley Underground to offer five free performances each night at other SouthSide venues such as Color Me Mine, Domaci, Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub and Sotto Santi, pushing the total number of musical acts at the festival to more than 30 in all.

Wristband Option Price  
Friday Wristband $30 Buy Wristband
Saturday Wristband $30 Buy Wristband
2-Day Wristband $50 Buy Wristband


Admission to Concert Venues
We highly recommend you arrive early to any shows in which you are particularly interested in attending. If a venue reaches its capacity, we will start a wait line outside the venue and allow entry on a one person in/one person out basis. A festival wristband does not guarantee entry to a venue if it’s at legal capacity.

Food Vendors

ArtsQuest Center
Mike and Ike Bistro
The Mike & Ike Bistro has you covered for everything from movie snacks to amazing, casual dining! Enjoy amazing appetizers, soups, sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes and even dessert! The Bistro Bar also offers more than 20 different domestic and imported beers and 25 different wines!
Musikfest Café
During Theatre and Standing Room shows, guests may enjoy select appetizers, entrees and desserts on the Musikfest Café’s balcony level and on the Sands deck (weather permitting).

Banana Factory Arts Center
Fud Truck | April 20 & 21
Deluxe Grilled Cheese, Roast Beef & Cheddar, Harrisa Chicken, Falafel and Fresh Cut French Fries.

The Flying V Canadian Food Truck | April 20
Poutine Varieties & Peameal Bacon BLT Sandwich

The Sweet Lush Cupcake Camper | April 21
Assorted Cupcakes

In addition to great, live music, the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival showcases visual and performance art in expected and unexpected places. On Friday night and Saturday during the day, attendees can stroll the ArtsWalk featuring artisans and fine art vendors; check out art installations and sculpture throughout the SouthSide’s business district; sample delicious eats from awesome food trucks and more.

ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory, located at 25 W. Third St., will come alive with a variety of interactive art activities for all ages, including a live community installation. The arts center will also offer tours of its resident artists’ studios and host a skateboard competition presented by Homebase610. New this year, local artists will take part in a competition in advance of the festival to design the obstacles that skateboarders must navigate during the competition.

In the days leading up to the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival, motorists and pedestrians may also have unexpected encounters with an enormous red ball as the renowned RedBall Project comes to Bethlehem starting April 17. A 250-pound, 15-foot tall sphere, the RedBall is a traveling public art piece created by Kurt Perschke. Considered the world’s longest-running street art work, the ball has been to more than 25 cities around the globe including Barcelona, Calgary, Montreal, Paris and Sydney, Australia. The RedBall moves through a city with a new site each day. On any given day, you may find it squeezed between buildings, in a park, or even adorning the SteelStacks campus, drawing attention to sometimes overlooked spaces that have architectural and historical significance.

Other highlights include:

“Split Infinity”
This cast bronze sculpture of Albert Einstein was created by James West, a Pittsburgh-based sculptor who has done major commissions across the nation, including Pittsburgh’s “Point of View," a bronze sculpture of George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta. The 2,000-pound “Split Infinity” will be on display in the ArtsQuest Center’s Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons April 19-May 20, with an opening reception April 19.

“Lehigh Valley Art Wars” Finale, April 21, 7 p.m.
These live art events presented by iDreamMachine feature artists creating their work in a competitive environment, presenting the creative process as a form of entertainment. At each battle, the artists have two hours to create their piece of work based on a theme. The artwork is then voted on by the audience and jury, with one person ultimately crowned the Lehigh Valley Art Wars Champion and win a $1,000 cash prize.

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Interested in being a vendor at the Southside Arts & Music Festival? Please fill out the application below! Applications are currently being reviewed, and applicants will be notified via email if they have been accepted. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.

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