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Spring on the Southside Comes to Bethlehem This Weekend

One of the best days of the year combines the excitement of the beginning of spring with an outdoor party for young and old. That day is “Spring on the Southside” in south Bethlehem on April 27!

We hope to see you there. We’re already getting our tastebuds ready. More information on the event below.

Prepare your taste buds for a Chili Challenge like no other at the SouthSide Arts District’s Spring on the SouthSide Community Festival & Chili Cook-Off. Entering our 24th year on Saturday, April 27th we are welcoming over 20 competing chilies to contend for the Title of People’s Choice Best Chili and the Celebrity Judge’s Top Choice! With live art demonstrations, free crafts for the kids, live music and 2 NEW BEER GARDENS – there’s something for every family member at Spring on the SouthSide. Bring your Musikfest Mug for a special Mug Refill, and all new this year – the ULTIMATE CHILI PASSPORT (SOLD OUT) – giving guests the opportunity to try all 20+ chilis! Don’t forget to stop by Cops ‘n’ Kids Celebration of Reading at Northampton Community College and Homebase Skateshop’s HOT PEPPER eating contest – where only the strong survive! Join us on the SouthSide’s Greenway as we say goodbye to Old Man Winter and hello to Spring!

Pick-up passports ahead of time in our office from April 22nd – 26th between the hours of 10am and 6pm. We’re located on the ground floor of the New Street parking garage in South Bethlehem, at 324 S New Street, Bethlehem. This is highly recommended to skip the lines on Saturday!


Pick-Up passports on the day of the event starting at 10am on the Greenway between Adams & New St. Look for our registration booth!

Bring us 2 non-perishable canned goods for New Bethany Food Pantry & the Hispanic Center Food Pantry and we will receive a $2 discount at Passport Pick Up!

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Participating Restaurants Include:
1. Comfort Suites Bethlehem Near Lehigh University and LVI Airport / 120 W. 3rd St
2. St. Bernard’s Home Of The Good Samaritan / 333 Brodhead Ave.
3. REVEL Social / 217 Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015
4. Tally Ho / 205 W. 4th St
5. The Bayou at A List Salon / 128 W. 4th St
6. Roasted / 22 W. 4th St
7. Sotto Santi / 10 W. 4th St
8. Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub / 4 E. 4th St
9. TULUM / 17 W. Morton St
10. Break Away Farms at Rise Above Hair Studio / 333 S. New St
11. Sagra Beans Coffeehouse & Roastery / 306 S. New St
12. Edible Arrangements / 11 E. 3rd St
13. The Flying Egg Bethlehem at Domaci / 21 E. 3rd St
14. The Bookstore Speakeasy / 336 Adams St
15. Puerto Rican Beneficial Society / 205 E. 3rd St
16. Bonn Place Brewing Co. / 310 – 14 Taylor St
17. Southside 313 Bar & Grille / 313 E. 3rd St
18. Molinari’s / 322 E. 3rd St
19. Cafe the Lodge / 427 E. 4th St (back patio off the Greenway)
20. Eva’s Bargain Boutique / 412 E 4th St
21. El Jefe’s Taqueria / 506 E. 3rd St
22. Social Still / 530 E. 3rd St
23. ZIME at Northampton Community College Fowler Center Lobby / 511 E. 3rd St
24. Hero’s Kafe at Color Me Mine / 25 E. 3rd Street
25. Danielle’s Cafeteria / 738 E 4th Street
*Chili participants are subject to change

Festival Schedule:
11am – 3pm – Cops ‘N’ Kids Celebration of Reading
Cops ‘N’ Kids 13th Annual Celebration of Reading and the Arts & Sciences
What: Free entertainment, free books, free food, crafts, science experiments and more!
Where: Northampton Community College Fowler Family SouthSide Center at 511 E. Third Street
For more information visit

11am – 4pm – Chili Cook Off Celebration
Chili Tastings will be stationed throughout the shops and restaurants of 3rd and 4th Streets! Pick up your passport at the registration booth located on the Greenway between Adams & New Streets or buy online today! Passports can be picked up as early as Monday, April 22nd at the SouthSide Arts District Office located at 324 S. New Street.
What: One passport buys you 10 chili tastings and a vote for your favorite. NEW this year – the ULTIMATE CHILI PASSPORT (SOLD OUT) – giving you access to try all the Chili Competitors that day for $25! Enjoy live music provided by Godfrey Daniels and Underground Music Collective, sidewalk sales, retail and craft vendors on the Greenway, and crafts for the kids. Musician line-up includes:

11am – 12:30pm
Domaci, 21 E. 3rd St – Indie Rock Guitarist, Anthony Pasciutti
Molinari’s, 322 E 3rd St – Acoustic Pop Artist, Jay-T

Social Still, 530 E. 3rd St – Folk Rocker of Acoustic Kitty Project, Carter Lansing
Café the Lodge, 427 E 4th St – Folk Rock Musician, Mark Hannig

Roasted & Veg Out, 22 W.4th St – Alternative Band, Plum
Southside 313, 313 E 3rd St – Acoustic Rock Artist, Doug Kaetz
Comfort Suites Hill-to-Hill Grill, 1220 W 3rd St – Folk Rock Musician, Darin Jellison

12pm – 5pm – 2 NEW BEER GARDENS at Molly’s Irish Grille and Bonn Place Brewing
Two new Beer Gardens will be added to the festival this year! Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub will be hosting their Beer Garden outside of their location on 4th & New Streets. And Bonn Place Brewing, along with other brewers & spirits will be hosting their Beer Garden outside of Bonn at Mechanic and Taylor streets! Be sure to bring your Musikfest Mug!

4pm – 5pm – Hot Pepper Eating Contest & Winner Announcements
Only the strong survive at Homebase Skate Shop’s HOT Pepper Eating Contest. Watch local heroes dive into the depths of spicy peppers, and see a new champion be crowned! Then stay for the announcement of our People’s Choice & Judge’s Choice Chili Winners!
Where: The Main Stage on the Greenway between New & Adams Streets

5pm – Closing Special Performance from Jack Murray and Blue Tarp Wranglers
Where: The Main Stage on the Greenway between New & Adams Streets

We’d like to thank our sponsors for making this festival happen. We simply could not put on Spring on the SouthSide without the support of: ArtsQuest & The Comfort Suites Bethlehem (our title sponsors), Bonn Place Brewing, Christian Weber Creatives, Godfrey Daniels, Homebase Skateshop, Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, The Restaurant Store, UGI Utilities, Underground Music Collective and Wegmans.

For more information please visit or call 610-419-9180 to speak with Missy Hartney the SouthSide Arts District Downtown Manager.

*Passport purchase is required to participate. Must be 21 or older to enter Beer Gardens. Passports are for chili tastings only. Please drink responsibly. No refunds. Event is Rain or Shine.

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