The 23rd Annual Manayunk Arts Festival returns this weekend, June 23-24, with 300+ artists from 23 states taking over Manayunk’s Main Street for two full days of festival fun.
The 2012 Manayunk Arts Festival, presented by the Manayunk Development Corporation, invites you to share in one of the Philadelphia area’s most treasured artistic traditions. It’s the region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. And it’s awesome.
Check out our handy guide to the Manayunk Arts Festival so you’ll be prepped for all that’s in store.
Schedule and Layout
The festival runs on Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Historic Main Street is closed to traffic from Green Lane to Shurs Lane, which means you can enjoy 10 blocks of festival fun.
The festival features 300 artists and crafters from around the country, with booths lining Main Street for your perusal. Browse and/or buy art in the following categories: fiber, glass & ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting & drawing, photography and wood & sculpture.
The first-ever Emerging Artist Showcase is located in a special tent at the intersection of Main and Roxborough, with 15-20 all-local artists. They’ll be displaying a variety of media from jewelry to watercolors.
All Manayunk merchants will also be open for the weekend for extra shopping and dining options. So when you need a break from strolling, stop into one of the more than 30 restaurants and eateries in Manayunk, most of which are offering specials in conjunction with the festival. Right out on the street with food will be: Lucky’s Last Chance, Kildare’s Manayunk, Agiato, Main Street Market, Derek’s Restaurant, The Bayou Bar & Grill, Cactus Cantina, Jake’s & Cooper’s Wine Bar, Chabaa Thai Bistro, The Couch Tomato Cafe, Chloe’s Corner and two restaurants that will be opening soon on Main Street, Yanako and Rubb BBQ.
“Escaped Infrastructure” Public Art
While in Manayunk, don’t miss checking out the new “Escaped Infrastructure” public artwork, a collaboration between Mural Arts and Austin, Texas’ Thoughtbarn. It’s a site-specific temporary installation that looks to bring new life to the disused Manayunk Canal with PVC piping and LED lights. Very cool.
2012 Manayunk Arts Fest
When: June 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Main Street from Green Lane to Shurs Lane
More info: www.manayunk.com