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Design After Dark


A creative spin on your Friday night out.

Design After Dark offers a new place to get together with an artistic flair! Hosting trivia nights, beer gardens, documentary film showings, and retro game nights - this is not your typical night at the museum. Dive into history, art, and design while taking a trip down memory lane through local historic trivia and some of your favorite childhood pastimes.

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Every Friday from 5:30 - 8:00pm

Join us for rotating events at our many historic sites including the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, the only museum dedicated to the decorative arts in Pennsylvania, and the 1869 Luckenbach Mill located in Bethlehem's Colonial Industrial Quarter!

Admission:

  • $15 - Non-Members: Includes (2) drinks
  • $10 - HBMS Members: Includes (2) drinks
  • $5 - Non-Member: Desginated Drivers
  • FREE - HBMS Member: Designated Drivers

Upcoming Events

June 28
Retro Game Night - Beer Garden & Mario Kart Tournament

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bid farewell to the pop-up arcade at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts with one last Friday. Play the classic arcade games or try again to be crowned Mario Kart champion. Enjoy the beautiful Kemerer garden while playing a friendly game of Sorry! or making Pac Man out of perler beads. Arcade and console games provided by COIN Retro Arcade + Bar and Lick Arcade.

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July 5
John Adams Walking Tour

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Walk the same streets some of our founding fathers did in celebration of Independence Day! See Bethlehem through John Adams’ eyes as your costumed guide explains the role Bethlehem and the Moravian community played during the Revolutionary War. End your tour at the Luckenbach Mill for some light refreshments and mead, courtesy of Colony Meadery. Plus, if the 4th gets rained out, you’ll have a great viewing spot for Bethlehem’s fireworks!

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July 12
Lehigh Valley Art Alliance Exhibition Opening at the Luckenbach Mill

1869 Luckenbach Mill

Join Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites and Lehigh Valley Art Alliance to celebrate the opening of their annual juried art exhibition at the Luckenbach Mill! Meet the artists and view their works while sipping on wine.

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July 19
Blueberry Festival Preview Night

Location TBD

We love Blueberry Festival so much, we can’t fit it in two days! Come get a sneak peek of this year’s Blueberry Festival at Design After Dark. Enjoy cooler temperatures while you tour Bethlehem’s urban farm and chat with festival vendors without the crowds. Location to be determined.

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July 26
Half Christmas in the Christmas City

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

We’re halfway to Christmas – are you ready? Imagine yourself in a winter wonderland at Design After Dark’s Half Christmas celebration! Get a head start on some homemade gifts in the craft beer garden or make a festive wreath to bring home and sit in your basement until Thanksgiving. Love all things Christmas? Battle it out with your friends for the title of Half Holiday Cheermeister in trivia with Steven Bost!

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August 2
Garden Party at Musikfest

Location TBD

Take a break from the crowds on Main Street and relax a while at the Garden Party at Design After Dark. Unwind and make a mug charm to tell yours apart from your friends’ or keep all your tickets in one place using a ticket wallet you make! Need a mug or find yours empty? Purchase one at any of the HBMS store locations and fill it up at the slushie station – no tickets needed! Location to be determined.

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August 9
Garden Party at Musikfest

Location TBD

Take a break from the crowds on Main Street and relax a while at the Garden Party at Design After Dark. Unwind and make a mug charm to tell yours apart from your friends’ or keep all your tickets in one place using a ticket wallet you make! Need a mug or find yours empty? Purchase one at any of the HBMS store locations and fill it up at the slushie station – no tickets needed! Location to be determined.

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Past Events - Thanks for Attending!

April 12 - Lost Bethlehem Trivia Night

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Grab your trivia crew and show off your hometown know-how in Bethlehem trivia hosted by Steven Bost. View items in the Kemerer Museum collection from places long gone, like the Broad Street theatres, Calypso Island, and the covered bridge.

(Legally!) explore the interior of Martin Tower through virtual reality provided by Alloy 5. In between, enjoy custom cocktails featuring A-Treat soda.

April 19 - The 100 Years Show

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Not many people are familiar with the story of Carmen Herrera, the oldest working artist in the world. Herrera worked in obscurity for much of the 20th century before making a splash on the art scene at 88 years old. Now 103, The 100 Years Show follows her as she prepares for her 100th birthday show. Enjoy a night of discourse and conversation with Hispanic artists in the Lehigh Valley, then settle in for the 30-minute documentary with a drink and complementary snacks.

Art Raffle:
Get your chance to own a one-of-a-kind Al Kratzer Artificial Intelligence piece for yourself! We'll be raffling off this amazing Kratzer work (pictured above) during the evening, raffle tickets can be purchased at $20 each. Raffle proceeds will go directly to support the mission of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

May 17
Artist Talk

A Collaboration Between Man & Machine
Al Kratzer's "Algorithmic Abstractions" Exhibit Opening Reception

1869 Luckenbach Mill
459 Old York Road, Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Join us for the Lehigh Valley's FIRST Artificial Intelligence Art Show by Al Krazter! Kratzer’s new body of work featured in "Algorithmic Abstractions" amalgamates multiple machine learning routines to create unique “man and computer” collaborations. Come see the future of art! Featuring a brief artist talk on the creative process and the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence art. Enjoy live music from the jazz duo of Mike Lorenz and Patrick Poladian, and light refreshments.

May 31
Retro Game Night - That 90's Arcade!

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Compete against your friends on the games you remember playing as a child and maybe even beat your high score! Destroy your friendships with a game of Sorry! or take part in a friendly game of Super Smash Bros. Take a break from the screen to chow down on cosmic brownies and gushers at the childhood snack bar or enjoy a drink from a rotating selection of local libations. With arcade and console games provided by COIN Retro Arcade + Bar and Lick Arcade and prizes for high scorers, you better bring your A-game.

May 24
Retro Game Night - 80's Arcade!

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

  • Drinks provided by County Seat Spirits
  • 80's Costume Contest
  • Mario Kart 64 Tournament: Limited space. Pre-register here. Arrive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm to claim your spot!
  • Rubix Cube Solving Contest: All evening! Fastest time by the end of the night wins!

Compete against your friends on the games you remember playing as a child and maybe even beat your high score! Destroy your friendships with a game of Sorry! or take part in a friendly game of Super Smash Bros. Take a break from the screen to chow down on cosmic brownies and gushers at the childhood snack bar or enjoy a drink from a rotating selection of local libations. With arcade and console games provided by COIN Retro Arcade + Bar and Lick Arcade and prizes for high scorers, you better bring your A-game.

June 7
Retro Game Night - Ms. PacMan High-Score Challenge

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Celebrate the extension of the Retro Arcade all through June with a rousing game of Ms. PacMan! Try to evade Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde while gunning for the high score in our Ms. PacMan challenge! Highest score of the evening wins a pair of Movie Tavern passes. Arcade and console games provided by COIN Retro Arcade + Bar and Lick Arcade.

June 14
Retro Game Night - Pinball Tournament

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Calling all Pinball Wizards! Show off your skills at the pop-up retro arcade at Design After Dark with a pinball tournament, hosted by Lick Arcade. Knocked out of the tournament early? Team up with your friends on The Simpsons Game to rescue Maggie from the clutches of Smithers and Mr. Burns. As always, you can take a break from the arcade games for some classic lunchbox snacks and a beer. With arcade and console games provided by COIN Retro Arcade + Bar and Lick Arcade and prizes for high scorers, you better bring your A-game.

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June 21
Retro Game Night - Comic Book Trivia Night with Steven Bost

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Avengers assemble at the Kemerer Museum for Design After Dark! Play as Thor and Valkyrie on Gauntlet or battle your way past Shredder’s Foot soldiers on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Then join Steel Trap Trivia’s Steven Bost to test your comics knowledge in trivia. We’re not saying that you should see Endgame before this but…you should probably see Endgame. Comics provided by Comic Masters in Whitehall. Arcade and console games provided by COIN Retro Arcade + Bar and Lick Arcade.

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