Musikfest's 30th year attracts nearly 1 million people

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The official numbers are in and ArtsQuest says Musikfest attendance hit a high note this year.

An estimated 993,000 people attended the 10-day festival earlier this month.

That's up eight-percent from last year.

Artsquest also says around 41,000 people attended concerts at the Sands Steel stage during the festival.

"This year's Musikfest lineup was probably one of the most diverse in our history, and while rain had an impact on a few days, the weather was definitely more favorable than the past two years," says ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks.

"These two factors, coupled with the minor changes we made to enhance the festival, resulted in a great experience for our guests and a good year for the festival overall. While we know that attendance was up, complete financial information will not be available until mid- to late-October," Parks added.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of Musikfest, which is the nation's largest free, non-gated music festival.

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