STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Before you go forth on your Musikfest experience, a little forethought can make all the difference. For example, did you check what the weather will be like that day? Local artist Jessy Tomsko to perform.
Do you have?
Comfortable walking shoes.
Camera/charged phone. Note that video recording is not allowed. Cameras cannot have any detachable lenses, or attached lenses larger than 2.5 x 3 inches. Tripods and monopods are prohibited.
Tickets (if applicable).
Folding chair. Some performances become so popular that it becomes standing room only. However, it’s up to you whether you’re up for toting a chair around the grounds. Note that reserved chairs or tables, except at ticketed venues and those reserved by ArtsQuest, are prohibited.
The Musikfest app. You know about www.musikfest.org and the (610) 332-1300 phone number, but you can also go to www.facebook.com/Musikfest or refer to the festival’s mobile app, which has several new features to help you navigate the festival. Download it at www.musikfest.org/app.
New this year is a “What’s Hot” section that allows festers to “like” their favorite artists and events, plus see trending events and activities based on likes from other users, including “Most Liked” and “Most Scheduled” events. In addition, you can now create and save your own schedules, set alerts to be notified of the start times for favorite performers and view the festival’s lineup in both list and grid formats.
Essential features include artist biographies, festival maps, breaking news and updates, in-app ticket purchasing options and the ability to share their favorite Musikfest moments to Facebook and Twitter, including framing your pictures in Musikfest Camera Frames featuring the 2016 festival artwork.
Souvenir beverage mug. Beer refills are cheaper when you have one. Just remember alcoholic beverages cannot leave the grounds.
Helpful to know
•If you’re not up to hunting for a good parking spot, use the free parking at the Martin Tower Lot, 1170 Eighth Ave. (off Route 378) or the iQor Lot, 240 Emery St. (Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, off Route 412). Shuttle cost is $4, $2 per child age 6-12. Martin Tower Lot shuttle service starts at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6-14. The iQor Lot shuttle service starts at 5 p.m. weekdays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. After 11:30 p.m., service from the South Side Shuttleplatz back to the lots will continue until a half-hour after the end time of the last performance. This service will operate as a loop to both parking lots. Tailgating is not permitted in parking lot areas.
•If you’re just going for a Sands Steel Stage concert, you should know that if you purchase two tickets to the Oasis, you’ll get a parking pass for the Sands Steel Stage parking lot right next to the venue, plus access to the venue’s only full-service bar and air-conditioned restrooms. Go to www.musikfest.org/tickets/vip-packages.
•According to the maps at www.musikfest.org, there are five public restroom facilities in festival area along Main Street and on West Lehigh Street, and three on the ArtsQuest campus. One of the new Artists in Residence is The Privy People Aug. 10-14 at Volksplatz. They’re a comedy troupe with two themed portable toilets with cover cozies on toilet seats, reading material, a variety of bathroom tissues and pleasant scents/pictures to make you feel at home. Reservations are accepted; visit www.privypeople.com.
•To get back and forth between the festival’s north side and south side, hop on a bus at the Shuttleplatz transfer sites. Cost is $3 for ages 13 and over. They’ll run 4 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and noon to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 6-14.
•ArtsQuest reserves the right to inspect and search all bags, purses, camera cases, etc. and to employ metal detection devices.
Leave at home
>Outside food or beverages. Food and drink is available pretty much everywhere, and sold using a ticket system. You can buy tickets at every platz.
Musikfest has famous beverage mugs. They keep your beverages cold in the hot summer sun, plus also, you’re helping reduce waste by using them, according to organizers.
>Coolers and pitchers.
>Pets, except personal assistance dogs.
>Large bags or backpacks.
>Bikes, skateboards or roller blades.
>Umbrellas are prohibited at Sands Steel Stage.