No Car? No Problem! Fun Things to Do Off Campus, NO Driving Required!
Whether it’s your first year at Moravian or your last, no doubt you’ve heard about some of the multiple festivals, events, or activities that take place in and around Bethlehem! However, it can be quite a bummer if you don’t have a car to go to those activities. Luckily, you don’t have to be stranded on campus! Here are the top 10 most popular events that you can attend and experience all that Bethlehem has to offer, no car required! *Bonus* Most of these events are free!
1. Musikfest: August
Bethlehem is arguably most famous for Musikfest, which is the largest non-gated free music festival and has been held annually since 1984. The nation’s favorite musicians, bands, and singers come to perform for a full week in August. While you have to pay for individual concert tickets, of course, you are still able to enjoy the music around SteelStacks on Southside and visit the hundreds of stands that line Main Street and the Historic District.
For more info: http://www.musikfest.org/
2. VegFest: August
Calling all vegetarians and vegans! This is the festival for you. VegFest seeks to promote sustainable living and the growing vegan culture in the Lehigh Valley. One of the largest festivals of its kind on the East Coast, VegFest takes place annually on the Southside Bethlehem Greenway. Some of the activities include cooking demonstrations, speakers, live music, and a wide variety of food, small business, and craft vendors from all along the East Coast.
3. Celtic Classic: Highland Games & Festival: September
Around 14% of Bethlehem residents claim to have Irish or Scottish heritage, thus why not hold a Celtic Festival to celebrate heritage? The Celtic Cultural Alliance (CCA) has been hosting the Celtic Classic festival since 1988 each September. Celtic Classic is completely free and lasts from Friday-Sunday. The festival takes place right off of South Campus along Conestoga Street, Spring Street, and Lehigh Street. Among the activities/events offered include: The Celtic Classic Invitational Pipe Band Competition, the US National Highland Athletic Championships, The 20th Annual Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition, along with Celtic themed workshops and vendors of all kinds!
For more info: http://www.celticfest.org/
4. Harvest Festival: October
Celebrate the season in style when you visit Downtown Bethlehem! Enjoy wine and beer tastings, music, food and craft vendors up and down Main Street for this day-long event. The event takes place on Main Street between Broad and Church Streets and at the Sun Inn Courtyard. Bring your furry friends and your kids to this pet and family friendly event!
For more info: https://getdowntownbethlehem.com/2017/08/16/harvest-fest/
5. Holiday Cocktail Trail: November
You can really get into the Christmas ‘spirit’ at this 21+ Downtown Bethlehem event! Visit over 15 different restaurants and stores that compose the Holiday Cocktail Trail where you can sample holiday themed cocktails and mocktails. Passports are required and go on sale in late October. You will also receive a tasting glass with your passport purchase!
6. Chocolate Trail: February
Are you a chocoholic? Then you definitely have to attend this Downtown Bethlehem trail in February! Like the Holiday Cocktail Trail, passports are required and for only $25 you can sample a delicious assortment of different chocolatey treats from over 22 participating businesses and restaurants!
For more info: https://getdowntownbethlehem.com/2017/01/17/7745/
7. Winter/Summer Restaurant Week: January/February & June/July
Twice a year for winter and summer, participating Downtown Bethlehem restaurants offer prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. This really is quite a deal for each meal includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for the fixed price! No passports or tickets necessary, just bring your appetite!
*Reservations are strongly encouraged
Lunch price points: $5, $10, $15
Dinner price points: $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40
For more info: https://getdowntownbethlehem.com/2017/01/03/historic-bethlehem-winter-restaurant-week/ (Winter)
8. Historic District Clean Up Day: April
Bethlehem is a beautiful city to live in, and part of the behind the scenes work is thanks to the Historic District Cleanup Day which takes place annually in April! The Downtown Bethlehem Association recruits volunteers to clean up our city’s streets and to plant new flowers for spring. Everyone is welcome to join in the community activities (volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.) Volunteers meet at the Sun Inn Courtyard before receiving their group assignments and locations.
9. Downtown Bethlehem Mother's Day Fine Arts and Craft Show: May
Every Mother’s Day weekend over 80 local and regional artists and craft artisans line the sidewalks of Downtown Bethlehem to display their wares. If you attend on Saturday, you can witness the judging competition of the art where the judge selects the Best of Show, Second Prize, Third Prize, and Best Display.
10. Tunes at Twilight: May-July
This free summer concert series begins in May and ends in late July and is open to the public! Head on over to the Sun Inn Courtyard every Thursday from 6-8pm to enjoy some toe-tapping music on a warm summer evening. Visit The “Tunes Bar” for some wine and beer tasting sponsored by Allentown Beverage!
As you can see, Bethlehem is certainly not lacking in terms of events. While these are only a few activities of the many that Bethlehem has to offer, they are all within walking distance of the college and the majority of them are free!
Check out the Downtown Bethlehem Association’s website, https://getdowntownbethlehem.com/ for the full list of all the events they sponsor!