Art aficionados and festival lovers get ready – one of the largest outdoor art celebrations in the Delaware Valley descends upon Philly this Saturday and Sunday!
Head to Main Street Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 for the massive Manayunk Arts Festival, where nearly 300 craftsmen from all over the country can be found.
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The two-day festival runs June 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and June 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Admission to the festival is free, but bring money for the arts and food vendors.
- Shop for crafts from around 300 artists.
- Restaurants and boutiques along Main Street will offer sales and outdoor seating.
The festival offers visitors the chance to browse goods of all sorts while basking in a festival atmosphere full of food and other al fresco fun on open streets in Manayunk.
Approximately 300 local and national artists travel to Manayunk every year for the neighborhood’s enormous arts festival. Art for sale is divided into eight different categories — fiber, glass and ceramics, photography, wood and sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry, mixed media and emerging artist. That means you’ll be able to score everything from walnut bowls to vintage threads to hand-crafted hammocks.
The neighborhood’s brick-and-mortar boutiques will also open their doors to festival-goers this weekend, including artsy spots like Pineapple on Main, Remix On Main and Gary Mann Jewelers.
The festival takes over nearly a dozen blocks of Main Street in Manayunk, from Green Lane to Shurs Lane. A live art area featuring 10 different artists will be set up from Carson to Cotton streets. For a downloadable festival map, click here.
Note that this festival is rain or shine.
Food and Drink
This year’s festival sponsors include Honest Tea, Hendrick’s Gin, Hormel Chili and Turkey Hill, so you can expect a variety of snacks and drinks.
If you’re looking to sit down and relax, turn to any one of the restaurants along Main Street, including Manayunk Brewing Company, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar, The Goat’s Beard and many more.
From Thai food to tacos to ice cream, Manayunk has a ton of places to eat, many of which offer outdoor seating where you can continue to watch the festival action.
Getting There and Staying Over
With so many blocks closed to traffic along Main Street, parking will be difficult. Organizers recommend biking or taking public transportation to Manayunk.
SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Line takes you to the Manayunk stop, just a short walk from all of the activities on Main Street. SEPTA Bus routes 35 and 61 also drop guests off mere steps from the festival.
The festival will also run shuttle buses throughout the day. Board at one of two locations: 555 City Avenue or at the Ivy Ridge Train Station on Umbria Street. For $4, the shuttles will drop you off at different points throughout the festival.
Active types can ride into Manayunk on two wheels, biking along Kelly Drive from Center City along the Schuylkill River Trail.
Those who want to turn the festival into a getaway (or a staycation!) should book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package featuring free hotel parking, dining gift cards, free Indego bike share passes, free PHLASH passes and more.
For the festival schedule of shuttle routes and the full lineup of vendors, click here.