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June 20, 2014

Roundup: Summer Festivals In Philadelphia – Our Guide To More Than 50 Awesome Festivals Hitting Philly For Summer 2014

Philadelphia's July 4th festival, fireworks and concert on the Parkway is the biggest summer festival of them all. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

The festivals of summer arrive in a big way, Philadelphia.

Over the course of the next three months, more than 50 festivals close entire streets and fill major parks with food, music, beer, entertainment and much, much more.

Summer is one of the best times to take advantage of the festival offerings as the days are longer and the weather makes it ideal to spend some time outside.

From the blockbuster Made in America festival that rocks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway year after year and the Bastille Day festivities at Eastern State Penitentiary to the return of the super popular Night Market in August and the Awesome Fest’s movie screenings, the events of summer are in high supply.

Be sure to look for our *Top Pick* designation at the end of select bullets for our top festival picks. It will help you note the biggest and best events out there that you really shouldn’t miss. We also denoted whether a festival is free or ticketed, and in certain cases if there are both free and ticketed events that make up the festival.

Read on for our guide to the best summer festivals in Philadelphia.

June

 
SoLow Festival: Through Sunday, June 29. Solo performances of all sort are embraced at the annual SoLow Festival, a citywide event that calls on performers to create one-of-a-kind performances at theaters and unexpected spaces across the city. Venues include Garage, private homes and Studio X. The full list of acts is available right here.
[ Ticketed ]

Manayunk Summer Solstice: Friday, June 20. The Manayunk Summer Solstice Fire celebrates the solstice with live performances, floating fires down the canal and more. Also look forward to visitors from animals as the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education host a live animal show featuring a number of animals native to the Philadelphia area.
[ Free ]

New Hope Delaware Canal Festival: June 20-22. Past and present run together at the New Hope Delaware Canal Festival, commemorating General Washington’s encampment here and his expedition across the Delaware. Festivities include Revolutionary War re-enactments, live artillery firing, Colonial characters, crafts, 18th-century music, a treasure hunt, parade and more.
[ Free ]

Make Music Philly: Saturday, June 21. Philadelphia joins in World Music Day with a free daylong, “do it yourself” festival known as Make Music Philly. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, Make Music Philly puts amateur and professional musicians in the spotlight for both organized and informal performances across the city. Get ready to groove, more than 300 artists have signed up to perform in more than 200 Make Music Philly shows taking place in 56 venues within the city limits of Philadelphia.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

SummerFest Craft Beer and Music Festival at Xfinity! Live: For beer-fueled entertainment, look no further than the first-ever SummerFest Craft Beer and Music Festival at XFINITY Live. Throughout the day, more than 150 craft beers from brewers including Troeggs, Victory and Longtrail will be on tap and sangria and spiked lemonade will be available, too. Pair your beer with live tunes and call it a day.
[ Ticketed ]
 

Come hungry! Festivals routinely dish out some of the finest food and drinks the city has to offer. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s a Small World at The Oval: Saturday, June 21. The Oval jumpstarts its summer programming with a World Cup-centric event on Saturday, June 21 for the It’s a Small World at The Oval. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and include free yoga in the morning, visits from food trucks, an on-site libations lounge, World Cup watch parties and an alfresco movie screening of The Italian Job to close out the event.
[ Free ]

Manayunk Arts Festival: June 21-22. Art lovers circle their calendars for the Manayunk Arts Festival, which transforms Main Street into a giant outdoor art gallery. Juried works by more than 300 artisans from around the country, food, music and other entertainment add to the weekend festivities.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival: Saturday, June 21. Every year, Clark Park celebrates the Summer Solstice and the local music and art scene with the annual Clark Park Music and Arts Festival. The festival kicks off with a performance by the Rock to the Future house band at 11:45 a.m. and live music continues to fill the West Philly park until 8 p.m. Beyond live music, dozens of vendors set up shop offering up everything from food to art. Guests are also encouraged to take part in on-site arts and crafts and children are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities (like a zip line and bounce house!).
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Juneteenth Festival in Historic Germantown: Saturday, June 21 The Johnson House in Historic Germantown hosts its annual Juneteenth Festival, complete with free activities of all sort in commemoration of the anniversary of the end of slavery. Look forward to readings, a parade, exhibitions, performances, vendors, discussions, family-friendly events, activities about the history of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements and much more.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

FOCA/SOSNA 50/50 Block Party: Saturday, June 21. Enjoy fare from a number of food trucks and beer from Yards Brewing Company at the FOCA/SOSNA 50/50 Block Party, all while raising funds for Graduate Hospital elementary school, Chester A. Arthur. The festivities run from 3 to 7 p.m.
[ Free ]

Fado and Misconduct Tavern Block Party: Sunday, June 22. Celebrate the World Cup with an alfresco block party hosted by Fado and Misconduct Tavern. In honor of the USA vs. Portugal game, the two team up to host soccer-centric good times for fans. In addition to plenty of outdoor food and drinks, the festivities round out with a watch party of the highly-anticipated game.
[ Free ]

Clover Market in Ardmore: Sunday, June 22. June 22 marks the final day of Clover Market’s spring season. The final event is to be held in Ardmore and promises around 100 vendors, all of them dealing in a wide range of lovely high-end wares, from art and antiques to vintage and handmade goods. Also look for a handful of top food trucks, too.
[ Free ]
 

The awesome artists of Made in America (Kanye! Kings of Leon!) rock the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this August. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

More festivals, below.

The Awesome Fest Film Series at Clark Park: Thursdays, June 26-August 14; Except July 31. The Awesome Fest begins its outdoor movie series on Thursday, June 26 with a screening of Riot on the Dance Floor, a documentary about the now shuttered punk music venue, City Gardens, at Clark Park. Beyond the opening night screening, look forward to screenings of The Wizard of Oz, Jingle Bell Rocks and more. Clark Park continues to host outdoor movies on Thursday evenings through Thursday, August 14 — with the exception of July 31. This summer, The Awesome Fest’s programming is presented under the subject of “The Soundtrack of Awesome,” a rock and roll theme.
[ *Top Pick* |Free ]

Liberty Block Party: Saturday, June 28. The Shops at Liberty Place and the surrounding streets kick off Wawa Welcome America with a street-closing block party on June 28. Expect plenty of live entertainment, shopping and food samples from some of the city’s favorite restaurants and food trucks. The festivities run throughout the Shops at Liberty Place and on the surrounding streets, too. Stop by from noon to 10 p.m. to start the July 4 party.
[ Free ]

NHL Draft Fan Fest at XFINITY Live!: June 27-28. In celebration of the upcoming NHL Draft in Philadelphia, the Flyers host a free Fan Fest during both days of the hockey-centric event. Enjoy a variety of hockey programming, food, drinks and the opportunity to purchase NHL Draft merchandise. Stop by Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 2 p.m.
[ Free ]

The Awesome Fest Film Series at Liberty Lands Park: Saturdays, June 28-August 16; Except July 19. Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties welcomes Awesome Fest festival-goers for free movie screenings on Saturday from June 28 through August 16 — with the exception of July 19. The series kicks off with a screening of Positive Force: More Than a Witness on June 28. Also look forward to screenings of Dazed and Confused and Pulp. This summer, The Awesome Fest’s programming is presented under the subject of “The Soundtrack of Awesome,” a rock and roll theme.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

40th Street Summer Series: June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27. Live music fills the alfresco space at 40th and Walnut Streets for the annual 40th Street Summer Series. Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts. The series kicks off on Saturday, June 28 with performances by Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and Music Over Matter. The full rundown of concerts is available here.
[ Free ]
 

July

 
POPS! On Independence: Thursday, July 3. POPS! On Independence, one of Wawa Welcome America’s most popular events, returns with maestro Larry Blank conducting the orchestra in an evening of patriotic and other tunes. Concertgoers pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a delightful evening of free family entertainment in the shadows of Independence Hall.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Philly 4th of July Jam: Friday, July 4. The blowout Wawa Welcome America celebration and Philly 4th of July Jam, one of the biggest annual events in Philadelphia, returns to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day this summer. Annually, the Philly 4th of July Jam concert draws tens of thousands to rock out on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia’s own hometown heroes The Roots are back again to curate a killer lineup and, for the second year, VH1 has partnered up with Wawa Welcome America to provide a high-definition nationwide broadcast of the Philly 4th of July Jam. The 2014 music lineup features great names like Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and, of course, The Roots.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: July 4-6. On a hot summer day, nothing beats the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. Participants make a donation, which supports childhood leukemia research, grab a spoon and enjoy an unlimited amount of the frosty, yummy, worth-every-calorie treat.
[ Ticketed ]

Independence Day at Fonthill Castle: Friday, July 4. It doesn’t get any more hometown than Fonthill Castle’s hometown Fourth of July celebration. On the grounds of Henry Mercer’s landmark castle in Doylestown, families enjoy old-fashioned Independence Day festivities such as watermelon-eating contests, sack races, bucket-brigade relays and live bands playing rousing patriotic music.
[ Ticketed ]

Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens: July 4, 19, August 16, 30, September 13. On numerous days throughout the summer, Longwood Gardens hosts its annual summer Fireworks and Fountains extravaganza. Each fireworks show is paired with festive tunes from the likes of Tchaikovsky, The Beatles and Broadway. The series begins with a patriotic-themed show in celebration of the 4th of July. Tickets to each show also include all day access to Longwood Gardens.
[ Ticketed ]
 

Whether you're looking to take in outdoor concerts complete with games and food or explore a new neighborhood, Philadelphia's summer festivals are your answer. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Hawthorne’s IPA Block Party: Saturday, July 5. While the actual site of Hawthorne’s Cafe rebuilds after a fire, the folks behind the business take it outside for the annual IPA Block Party. Head to 11th and Fitzwater streets for $5 beer of all sort — IPAs, wheat beers, summer brews, cider and more. Also enjoy food, games and live music. The block party is both kid- and dog-friendly. There’s no price to enter the shindig, just pay for food and drinks as you go. Take note, this is a cash only event.
[ Free ]

Blobfest: July 11-13. Phoenixville, the town where segments of the campy 1950s horror-sci fi flick The Blob were filmed, invites humans and aliens to join in the wacky Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza complete with screenings, themed competitions, a street fair and the recreation of a pivotal scene where hundreds of scared townspeople flee the Colonial Theatre.
[ Free/Ticketed ]

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary: Saturday, July 12. Wigs are welcome at the Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary, where a reenactment of the French Revolution includes a Marie Antoinette re-enactor yelling “Let them eat Tastykakes,” followed by more festivities and French dinner specials at local restaurants.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Bastille Day in Media: Saturday, July 12. The Eiffel Tower in the middle of State Street is the first inkling that the Bastille Day celebration in Media holds plenty of fun and surprises. Professional theater presentations, live music, dancing, art exhibits, plein-air painting activities and the storming of the Bastille make for a day of revelry.
[ Free ]

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party: July 12, August 2, September 13. For a monthly dose of free music alfresco, look no further than the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party series. Catch an array of free concerts at to-be-determined locations this summer including Neon Trees on July 12, Bleachers on August 2 and Grouplove on September 13. All all concerts run from 3:45 to 7 p.m. and, yup, all are totally free.
[ Free ]

Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing: July 12-13. On July 12 and 13, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. hosts its annual Hispanic Fiesta, a weekend-long celebration filled with music and dancing at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Enjoy fine food, traditional crafts, and salsa, merengue, bachata, samba, cumbia, mariachi and flamenco dancing.
[ Free ]

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village: July 12-13. All day long on July 12 and 13, Peddler’s Village welcomes folks for its annual Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival. Enjoy a solid lineup of live music on both days, paired with local blueberries and a slew of blueberry baked goods.
[ Free ]

Dog Days of Summer in Chestnut Hill: Sunday, July 13. Fido will woof with delight at the Dog Days of Summer, a day of canine-centric events and activities, including a pet parade, pet photos and more all along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.
[ Free ]
 

Tens of thousands of Philadelphians flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway every July 4 for a spectacular fireworks show (and free concert!) at the Art Museum steps. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

University City Dining Days: July 17-27. This summer, University City District makes sampling the wide array of flavors in the neighborhood a cinch with the return of University City Dining Days, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Beginning on Thursday, July 17 and running through Sunday, July 27, more than two dozen University City restaurants open their doors to serve discounted dinners for the annual University City event. At each participating restaurant, three-course feasts are dished for $15, $25 or $35 depending on the restaurant.
[ Ticketed ]

The Awesome Fest Film Series at The Oval: Fridays, July 18-August 15. The Oval, the pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, gets in on the Awesome Fest action with movie screenings on Fridays from July 18 to August 15. The Oval hosts the centerpiece event on Friday, July 18, a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a performance by Macaulay Culkin’s band, Pizza Underground and a giant pizza party. In addition to the centerpiece event, stop by for free screenings of School of Rock and Wayne’s World. This summer, The Awesome Fest’s programming is presented under the subject of “The Soundtrack of Awesome,” a rock and roll theme.
[ *Top Pick* |Free ]

Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival: Saturday, July 19. All day on Saturday, July 19, the Powelton Village neighborhood welcomes acclaimed jazz artists for the annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival at Saunders Park. From 1 to 6 p.m. groove to live jazz, browse art and take part in other festivities.
[ Free ]

The Dog Days of Summer on South Street: Saturday, July 19. Under the historic Headhouse Shambles, 20 local restaurants will whip up their most impressive hot dog with inventive toppings in hopes of taking home a cash prize at the Dog Days of Summer event. Members of the public are invited to compete, too. Check here for more information about showing off your own hot dog cooking skills. Food and drink tickets vary in price, but start at $5.
[ Ticketed ]

Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival: Saturday, July 19. Enjoy more than 40 types of local craft beer and tons of tasty food samplings from a number of on-site food trucks at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival. In addition to food and drinks, visit the many animals of the zoo at the annual event and groove to live music.
[ Ticketed ]

Franklin Flea: July 19, August 16. The Franklin Flea takes it outside this summer when it sets up shop at the schoolyard of the General Gorge A. McCall Elementary and Middle School on 7th Street between Spruce and Pine streets on Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, August 16. Look forward to an ever-changing lineup of super high-quality vendors, food trucks and live music.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]
 

Festivals pop up in all corners of the city, allowing folks to explore new areas while taking advantage of blockbuster festivities. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

XPoNential Music Festival: July 25-27. Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. The fest is held at two locations – the Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park, a venue selected by WXPN for its spectacular waterfront views, lush open green spaces and array of local attractions. The main attraction must be the tunes, though, and in 2014, the headliners include Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, Dawes and The Districts.
[ Ticketed ]

Puerto Rican Day Festival in Bristol: Saturday, July 26. The town of Bristol in Bucks County salutes its Puerto Rican heritage with traditional music, costumes, dances and cuisines that celebrate the culture at the annual Puerto Rican Day Festival. The festivities take place at Lions Waterfront Park.
[ Free ]

Philadelphia Dance Day: Saturday, July 26. Put on your dancing shoes for Philadelphia Dance Day, a full day of free dance workshops at studios across the city. Whether you’re looking to tap dance, practice ballet, belly dance or learn some striptease (!), the free dance festival is your answer.
[ Free ]

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival: Sunday, July 27. Muscle car enthusiasts show off their Turtle Waxed best at the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, where vehicles in multiple categories are on display for the judging. Street eats and live entertainers round out the offerings.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Shakespeare in Clark Park: July 30-August 3. Clark Park welcomes the crowds for Shakespeare in Clark Park, free theater performances from July 30 to August 3. This year, Henry IV: Your Prince And Mine takes the stage at the West Philly park.
[ Free ]

BlackStar Film Festival: July 31-August 3. Dubbed “the black Sundance” by Ebony, the BlackStar Film Festival gathers filmmakers and cinema lovers for screenings and workshops that illuminate the global black experience. This year’s multi-day festival runs from July 31 through August 3.
[ Ticketed ]
 

August

 
Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival: Saturday, August 2. In association with the PECO Multicultural Series, the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival teaches and entertains guests at Penn’s Landing on August 10. Check out dragon boat racing down the Delaware River, and for live entertainment, visit the RiverStage which will turn into a mecca for Southeast Asian culture.
[ Free ]

Beer Camp Across America Festival: Saturday, August 2. Mid-Atlantic Edition: Beer lovers, listen up. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s epic beer-fueled tour — Beer Camp Across America — makes its mid-Atlantic stop right here in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 2. All day long, sip brews from 80 breweries representing the Eastern part of the United States and enjoy live music and food to boot. The festivities take place at Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park. Tickets, $65, include a tasting glass and unlimited tastings. Designated driver tickets are available, too, for $30.
[ Ticketed ]

Iron Hill Twilight Criterium: Saturday, August 2. Whether on two wheels or two feet, the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium is all about speed. Runners and bikers of all ages and abilities participate in a variety of races all leading up to the marquee event in which nationally ranked pro cyclists compete to qualify for the USA CRITS invitational. No bike, no problem. Just enjoy the accompanying street fair.
[ Free ]

ACANA African Festival: Sunday, August 3. The 7th annual African Festival visits Penn’s Landing on Sunday, August 3 and brings with it an outdoor concert featuring a variety of African music, African food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and more.
[ Free ]

2nd Street Festival: Sunday, August 3. A block party sponsored by the businesses of Northern Liberties, the 2nd Street Festival showcases live music programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, workshops, art, shopping and the very best local eats and drinks. The festival also promises beer gardens (yes, plural!).
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market: August 7-9. Be transported to Amish country at the annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market. Indulge in traditional food, and browse handmade crafts at the festival which runs from August 7 through 9. On Saturday, August 9, head outside to Arch Street for Amish buggy rides, horse drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo and live music.
[ Free ]
 

In late-summer, Kennett Square comes alive with its annual Mushroom Festival, a multi-day event centering on the area's biggest export. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Bassmaster Elite Tournament: August 7-10. A series of nine tournaments throughout 2014, the Bassmaster Elite Series Professional Tournament welcomes the world’s top anglers to Philadelphia this summer to cast their lines during four days of competition. Held on the Delaware River, the four-day, catch-and-release match is Philadelphia’s first-ever major pro fishing tournament. The Delaware River venue, the seventh stop in the Bassmaster Elite Series, promises fishing fans plenty of activities, vendors and prime views of the action.
[ Free ]

Mad Decent Block Party: Friday, August 8. One of the summer’s biggest block parties returns to Philadelphia on Friday, August 8. The Mad Decent Block Party takes over the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and features hit-makers like Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Riff Raff and more. Tickets, $47, are available online.
[ Ticketed ]

Jamaica Independence Celebrations: Saturday, August 9. Memorial Hall Rugby Field in Fairmount Park welcomes the Jamaican Pennsylvania Association for a full day of festivities in celebration of Jamaica’s 52nd year of independence. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., festivalgoers can taste-test a wide range of Jamaican food, and check out vendors displaying Jamaican fashion, arts and crafts. Beyond the eats and shopping, plenty of family-friendly games and live reggae music round out the day. Admission is $30 at the gate and $25 in advance. Children under 16 are admitted for free. Tickets are available online. [ Ticketed ]

Peddler’s Village Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale: August 9-10. In celebration of National Peach Month, Peddler’s Village hosts a Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale on August 9 and 10. Enjoy a variety of live music, sweet peach treats and shopping deals at the shops of Peddler’s Village.
[ Free ]

Bug Fest: August 9-10. On August 9 and 10, creepy crawlies of all shapes, sizes, colors and attitudes invade The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for Bug Fest. Insect lovers can touch a furry tarantula or cheer for their favorite cockroaches during the roach race. Scientists are on hand to convince even the most disbelieving visitor that insects are important creatures, too.
[ Ticketed ]

Night Market Lancaster Avenue: Thursday, August 14. Food trucks flock to the Night Market festivals, recurring events in different parts of the city. Attracting thousands of visitors from around the region, the preeminent celebration of street food features dozens of the city’s best food trucks and restaurants along with live entertainment from local musicians, artists and more.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Philadelphia Folk Festival: August 15-17. The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. From August 15 through 17, music is everywhere — from headline performances, to late-night singalongs, to bonfires in the festival campgrounds, this festival is a music-lover’s heaven.
[ Ticketed ]

Festival of India: Saturday, August 16. Returning for its annual event, the Festival of India entertains the masses with free entertainment, cultural events and more on Saturday, August 17. Browse art and nosh on the delectable treats of Indian cuisine.
[ Free ]

Philadelphia Caribbean Festival: Sunday, August 17. On August 17, celebrate the Caribbean Islands at the Philadelphia Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing. Live music from the islands will flow throughout the fest for your listening pleasure, and eats from each country will abound as well. The food lineup is tempting — jerk chicken, curried goat and Caribbean slaw fill the menu.
[ Free ]
 

In August, the perennial Night Market takes over Lancaster Avenue with food trucks, beer and live music to boot. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Made in America: August 30-31. The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend. With dozens of top performers and multiple stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the two-day music festival is one of the year’s can’t-miss events. New this year, the Made in America Festival is going bi-coastal with simultaneous festivals in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. This year’s lineup in Philadelphia is pretty darn incredible, and includes the likes of Kanye West, Kings of Leon and The National.
[ *Top Pick* | Ticketed ]
 

September

 
Philadelphia Honey Festival: September 5-7. The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents the Philadelphia Honey Festival for all lovers of things sweet and local (aka everyone!). From September 5 through 7, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Wyck Historic House and Garden and Bartram’s Garden open their doors to the honey connoisseurs of Philadelphia.
[ Free ]

Phoenixville Blues Festival: Saturday, September 6. Arrive early to snag a seat or bring your own lawn chair to the Phoenixville Blues Festival, a day-long celebration of some of the region’s most popular bands and food by local restaurants and food trucks. Located in Reeves Park, look forward to a day of grooving.
[ Free ]

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival: September 6-7. The mushroom is elevated to rock-star status during the annual Mushroom Festival. The Mushroom Capital of the World puts the fun in fungi with a weekend of culinary events, amusement rides, mushroom farm tours, a street fair, entertainment, an antique car show and more.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]

Doo Wop in the Park: Saturday, September 6. In Lions Waterfront Park in Bristol, the era of bobby socks and poodle skirts is alive, well and jitterbugging at Doo Wop In The Park. Thousands turn out for the daylong 50s flashback with top-name groups performing the tight harmonies that topped the charts.
[ Free ]

Greenfest Philly: Sunday, September 7. Honor Mother Nature at Greenfest Philly located in Headhouse Square, between Pine and South Streets on 2nd. On September 8, visit booths to learn how to preserve the earth, while enjoying bites from some of Philly’s favorite food trucks — Sum Pig Food Truck and Little Baby’s Ice Cream to name a few.
[ Free ]

Doylestown Arts Festival: September 13-14. The free two-day Doylestown Arts Festival takes place in the heart of beautiful Doylestown Borough in Bucks County. This annual festival has grown to include more than 150 exhibitors and a food court. Diverse entertainment is presented at numerous locations throughout the downtown area. The festival is set for September 13 and 14.
[ Free ]

Street Fare in Mt. Airy: Thursday, September 18. Foodies come out in big numbers for the annual Street Fare: Sip, Savor Stroll, featuring some of the city’s best restaurants and gourmet food trucks, artisans and entertainers—all turning Germantown Avenue into a giant party. The foodie fest runs form 6 to 10:30 p.m.
[ *Top Pick* | Free ]
 

All summer long, Penn's Landing welcomes a slew of concerts that celebrate a variety of cultures and heritages. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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Echo says:

Should travel to Philadelphia this season, so many interesting festivals.