When the days get longer and the nights stay warm, outdoor festivals and events take over the city of Philadelphia. Here is a list of some of our favorite upcoming summer festivals and celebrations.
Big-name artists converge for a day of music, food, and relaxation at Festival Pier for the 10th annual Roots Picnic. Local Philadelphia band, The Roots, will organize the festival to feature artists from a variety of genres. This year’s headliners showcase chart-toppers like Lil Wayne, Pharrell, Solange, 21 Savage, and Kimbra.
601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Head to the northwestern Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk to enjoy one to the region’s biggest outdoor arts festival. More than 300 artists from around the nation will be in Manayunk for the weekend, and nearly 2,000 collectors, buyers, and designers will stroll historic Main Street. Paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood carvings, and sculptures will be the mediums on display.
June 24th – 25th
Main Street in Manayunk
Celebrate the storming of the Bastille in Philly style this July. At Eastern State Penitentiary, actors perform a witty and playful reenactment, and thousands of Tastykakes are thrown into the crowd (a Philly version of “Let them eat cake!”). “Edith Piaf” emcees the event that includes experimental cabaret, dancing baguettes, and tons of laughs.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
For the duration of the afternoon and evening, North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties is closed to car traffic. Vendors line up along the popular avenue, and beer gardens, food, workshop, art, street performances, and live music light up in this neighborhood by the river.
2nd Street in Northern Liberties
Thousands flock to downtown Philadelphia for a spectacular two-day music festival. Now in its 5th year, the Budweiser Made in America Festival is a fest that highlights dozens of top performers on multiple stages. This year’s lineup features Jay-Z, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, and dozens of other artists.
September 2nd – 3rd
Benjamin Franklin Parkway