Partnership with Upper Macungie Township kicks off with weekend of concerts
BETHLEHEM, Pa.— Grab your lawn chairs and get ready because Grange Park in Upper Macungie Township will soon be rocking! ArtsQuest, Upper Macungie Township and presenting sponsors Uline and Service Electric are bringing Concerts on the Grange to the 165-acre park Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. Tickets for ArtsQuest members go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 8 and for the general public on Friday, Feb. 10. For more exclusive ticket access and advance purchase opportunities, become an ArtsQuest Circle donor today. Tickets can be purchased at steelstacks.org.
“Upper Macungie Township is excited to partner with ArtsQuest and bring programming that will attract new audiences to Grange Park,” said Robert Ibach, Jr., Upper Macungie Township Manager. “For the last four decades, ArtsQuest has consistently provided access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences. Concerts on the Grange is a great way to extend that access to our residents, enhance our quality of life, strengthen our community and grow what connects us to one another.”
“Uline is thrilled to support ArtsQuest’s exciting summer event lineup, happening right in our neighborhood!” said Uline Pennsylvania Branch Manager Tim McDonough. “We look forward to spending time with our Upper Macungie Township community, and sharing in the upcoming artistic, cultural and educational experiences.”
The rockin’ weekend begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment featuring DJ Jamal Knight followed by a special live performance of Face 2 Face: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel at 8 p.m. Saturday will feature two nationally touring tribute bands, The Ultimate Doors at 5:30 p.m., and Splintered Sunlight – Grateful Dead Tribute at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the two-night weekend under the stars. To enhance the mini-festival experience, food trucks, vendors and a full-service bar will be on-site with snacks, drinks and cocktails for purchase.
“ArtsQuest is ecstatic to partner with Upper Macungie Township again this year to present this concert series at Grange Park,” said Curt Mosel, ArtsQuest Chief Operating Officer. “We are fortunate to have the support of local companies like Uline and Service Electric which will help make these events possible.”
Mosel explained that the new weekend concert series allows the Bethlehem-based nonprofit to further its mission of providing accessible programming to the greater Lehigh Valley community. “Last year’s SangriaFest in Upper Macungie was very well received,” Mosel said. “That event led to conversations about how we could bring SangriaFest back to Grange Park in 2023 and also work with the Township and business community to offer a wider variety of programs like Concerts on the Grange and others this year.”
Premium access ticket holders will enjoy the best seating in the park, private bar and air-conditioned restrooms, in addition to access of all food trucks and vendors. Premium access tickets start at $24 through Mar. 7, then move to $29 pricing through May 6 and are $34 if purchased during the week leading up to the event. Tickets are priced per night.
General admission tickets start at $12 through Mar. 7, then move to $17 pricing through May 6 and are $22 if purchased during the week leading up to the event. Children ages two and under do not need tickets to attend Concerts on the Grange.
Concerts on the Grange is the first of four events ArtsQuest will be producing at Grange Park in 2023. The remaining three events will be rolled out over the course of the next two months and will include the return of Sangriafest Upper Macungie, featuring Clover Hill, Vynecrest and Franklin Hill wineries, on Sep. 2.
Upper Macungie Township Grange Park is a 165-acre facility located on Grange Road between Ruppsville Road and Route 222, consisting of three rentable pavilions, multiple indoor restrooms, 12 Pickleball courts, soccer, lacrosse, football and baseball fields, walking trails and handicap accessible paved parking.
ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 50% of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of IFEA, the International Festivals & Events Association, NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association and NATO, the National Association of Theatre Owners.
Information provided to TVL by:
Curt Mosel, CFEE
Chief Operations Officer