Musikfest has grown like a wildflower since the festival premiered in 1984. The laid-back vibe has been replaced by a frenetic buzz -- like an acoustic guitar gone electric. On the 25th anniversary of the fest, here's a brief look at how it was and what it's become.


Platzes and venues: 6

Food: Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine reigned, along with American standards.

Beer: The search for Yuengling led to two places: Liederplatz or Festplatz. And, like today, you drank it from a plastic stein.

One vendor ticket: 25 cents

Concerts: All but the Candlelight Concerts and Bach Choir performances were free.

Who's in charge: Three people, along with the help of 320 volunteers, organized the first Musikfest.

Number of musical acts: 118

Music: The first year focused on local heritage, which resulted in a whole lot of folk, polka and European sounds.

Attendance: 182,000

Musikfest Mugs: Made in England of porcelain and pewter. Cost: $15

Big name performers: Don McLean and Rob Stoneback Big Band


Platzes and venues: 15

Food: The eats have gone global, from Middle Eastern to Mediterranean and Latin American.

Beer: Five platzes serve up your faves. And if you're jivin' for some home brew, you can hit up the Brew Works on Main Street.

One vendor ticket: 50 cents

Concerts: The general platz shows are free, but the 24 big name draws performing at RiverPlace, Zoellner and Moravian's Foy Hall will cost ya.