The first Bethlehem Musikfest was held in 1984. The spelling (musik) was a nod to the City’s German roots, as was the fact that each venue was called a “Platz” (German for “place”). There was plenty of German food and music at the initial festival, but it has grown to include music and food from around the world.
The first Musikfest map.
Bethlehem Globe-Times coverage of the first ‘Fest: