New Glass Sculpture, Community Art Project & Fireworks Photography Workshop Highlight Musikfest Art Activities

From live demonstrations of hot glass blowing to the shady comfort of kids crafts at the Crayola Creativity Tent, this year’s Musikfest has something for art lovers of all ages.

New this year is the Kaleidoscope Meditation Chamber located in the sculpture garden of Familienplatz in Bethlehem’s Colonial Industrial Quarter. Designed and handcrafted by ArtsQuest’s Glass Studio artists, the sculpture is inspired by the music and colors of the festival and celebrates Musikfest’s 35th anniversary with 35 music notes adorning the top of the steel chamber. The sculpture is then surrounded by more than 100 glass discs that reflect a rainbow of light. With a doorway to go inside, this interactive artwork allows viewers to experience it from all angles and is the perfect spot for meditation or a selfie.

‘Festers can also join in on the creativity and paint on the walls of the new Paint Shack Community Art Project at Familienplatz. The Paint Shack is a small house wrapped in clear plastic that guests can mark up with Crayola paint markers and paint, helping to create a giant sun catcher.

Other highlights include:

Architects of Air PHOTOPASS Workshop with Frank T. Smith
Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m., or Aug.12, 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $35, $31.50 ArtsQuest Members
Learn how to capture light and color during this exclusive photographic workshop in the Architects of Air experience at Musikfest! Olympus Visionary photographer Frank T. Smith leads participants through this singular experience, assisting and instructing on how to approach the unusual subject matter; register at

NEW! Fireworks Photography PHOTOPASS Workshop with Ted Colegrove
Aug. 12, 8-10 p.m.
Tickets: $50 | $45 ArtsQuest Members
Learn how to capture stunning shots of fireworks during Musikfest’s closing night celebration. Professional photographer and fireworks photography expert Ted Colegrove teaches participants the best techniques and tips for photographing fireworks as they enjoy exclusive access to the top floor of the Gateway at the Greenway building at New and Third Streets – the perfect view of the display. Tickets available at

Hot Shotz Flameworking Competition presented by Wale Apparatus, Bethlehem Burners & Melt
Aug. 3-5 & 10-11, 1-4 & 5-8 p.m.
The Hot Shotz Flameworking competition returns! Watch a live glass making competition hosted by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio. Each artist has three hours to work in the Hot Glass Studio tent at Familienplatz to create a one-of-a-kind shot glass that are judged against the other works created during the competition. Festival goers can vote for their favorite design starting the last day of the festival.

Crayola Creativity Tent
Aug. 3, 5-9 p.m. & Aug. 4-1212-9 p.m.
Children and their families can participate in hands-on projects each day, including rain sticks, flower crowns, and a koi fish windsock!! In addition, enter to win tickets to the Crayola Experience and bring your drawn creations to life with the Crayola Color Magic Station.

NEW! Create and Connect Skate Deck Design Competition
Aug.10-12, Crayola Creativity Tent
View and vote for your favorite skate deck design created by local emerging artists in collaboration with ArtsQuest, HOMEBASE610, Lost Soul Skateboards and Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations.

NEW! Wine’d Down Workshops for Adults
Aug. 4 & 114:30-6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$50
Amid all the amazing music at the festival, festers can take a moment to make some beautiful art! Teaching artists lead participants through hour-long workshops Glass Fused Wind Chimes Aug. 4 and Chalk Hand Lettering Aug. 11. All materials and a glass of wine or beer are included! These workshops are for ‘festers 21 and older; tickets available at

NEW! Musikfest Mushroom Hot Glass Experience and Mushroom Flameworked Pendant
Tickets: $50
From paperweights to pendants, create your own glass work of art in just 20 minutes at Musikfest! The Hot Glass Experience, presented by ArtsQuest Glass Studio Artists, is open to the public daily and no experience is necessary. To ensure your time slot, reserve your ticket online at

One of the largest music festivals in the nation, Musikfest features more than 500 performances on 16 stages throughout Bethlehem over 10 days. Proceeds from Musikfest 2018 will support ArtsQuest’s free concerts and programming for the community year-round at the Banana Factory arts center and the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus. Dates for the 35th edition of the festival are Aug. 3-12; for more info visit

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