Weekend Picks, Labor Day Edition: Made In America Music Festival Takes Over The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Bruce Springsteen Concert At Citizens Bank Park, Final Friday Night Lights Fireworks And Much More

The gorgeous Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be Labor Day Weekend Central this Friday through Monday, as the Made in America Music Festival arrives after months of anticipation. Most of the Parkway's art institutions will be open all weekend, and the Swann Fountain, pictured here, will offer a refreshing spot to relax. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Labor Day Weekend may be the unofficial conclusion of summer, but by no means does that translate to an end to the festivities and exhibitions that have made the past few months action-packed in Philadelphia.

This weekend is a huge one, with Jay-Z’s highly anticipated Budweiser Made In America Music Festival taking over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 1 and 2, plus Bruce Springsteen playing Citizens Bank Park September 2 and 3, making him the first start to perform in every single major live venue in Philadelphia.

Make the most of this weekend with our top picks for everything to do Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We’ll be ducking out a little early. See you right here next week!

Friday, August 31

Labor Day Weekend In Philadelphia: Our Guide To What To Do, Exhibitions To See, Events To Attend And More

Friday Night Lights Fireworks: Last One!! — Closing Day!

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing — Closing Day!

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bistrot La Minette Movie Under the Stars

Finally Friday in Mt. Airy: “La Rentrée”

Spirit of Philadelphia Full Moon Friday Night Lights Dinner Cruise with Fireworks Display

Saturday, September 1

***Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Sat, Sun)

Uwishunu’s Summer Daycation Series: Take a day trip, then return to the city

Fireworks & Fountains at Longwood Gardens + Light Installations by Bruce Munro

Roundup: Quirky Pizza Secrets In Philadelphia, From Unsliced Pies To A Pizza Speakeasy To DIY Pizza

Paddle Penn’s Landing (Sat, Sun)

More Weekend Picks, below.

New Rita’s exhibit and flavor at the Please Touch Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Light Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sunday, September 2

***Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Sat, Sun)

Roundup: Our Top Picks for the Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Philadelphia

“Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

“Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert: Interviews, Objects…and Poles!” (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Roundup: New Restaurants In Philadelphia To Add To Your Must-Try List This Summer

The Swedish American Line at the American Swedish Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Monday, September 3

Happy Labor Day! Our Guide To What’s Open, Events To Attend, Exhibitions To See And More

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!

Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!

Adorn Boutique’s End of Summer Sale — Closing Day!

Glowgolf at King of Prussia Mall (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark at the Perelman Building (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!

Dead Sea Scrolls at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)


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  1. Why no mention of the labor march. You’re supposed to be a democratic labor friendly city’s but no mention of labor.

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