The Epic Manayunk Arts Festival Returns To Main Street June 25-26

Two days of art-browsing, shopping and dining along Main Street in Manayunk...

The massive Manayunk Arts Festival returns to Philly on June 25 and 26, giving you the chance to browse innumerable pieces of art from 300 artists and craftsmen from around the country.

The festival offers art fans to browse goods of all sort while basking in the festival atmosphere on Main Street Manayunk.

Manayunk Arts Festival Fast Facts

  • The two-day festival runs June 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and June 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Admission to the festival is free, but bring money for the arts and food vendors.
  • Shop crafts from more than 300 artists.
  • Restaurants and boutiques along Main Street offer sales and outdoor seating.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Two days of shopping, food, and activities unique to this historic enclave along the Schuylkill River Trail.

The Layout

More than 300 artists locally and nationally travel to Manayunk every year for this festival, bringing unique handmade goods from seven different artistic disciplines: fiber, glass and ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting and drawing, photography, wood and sculpture.

The festival takes over nearly a dozen blocks of Main Street in Manayunk, from Green Lane to Shurs Lane, so expect blocked off streets, vendor tents and plenty of artsy action.

The two-day festival runs Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For complete details and a downloadable festival map, click here.

The Food and Drink

Grab snacks from Larabar and Nature’s Path Organic, a sweet treat from Yuengling’s Ice Cream or a glass of wine from Fruits and Wine.

If you’re looking for more sustenance, turn to any one of the restaurants along Main Street. Favorites Winnie’s Le Bus and Smokin’ John’s Barbeque host brunch and dinner specials, and extend their outdoor seating space for the masses.

Enjoy crab cake sandwiches, lemonade and water at a special open-air area hosted by Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar. For a more tucked-away experience, duck into Manayunk Brewery for a craft brew and menu of American fare on the back patio. Or, check out the new Anastasi Raw Bar for oysters, cocktails and fresh seafood galore.

(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
For the fifth year, there will be an Emerging Artist Tent showcasing work from burgeoning local creatives.

Exhibitors and Manayunk Boutique Shopping

Merchandise runs the gamut from wearable to decorative. Look out for eco-conscious fashions from the hands of Sharon London; Bucks County sculpture artist Christine Lush-Rodriguez brings quirky, sea-inspired pottery; and treat yourself to some all-natural beauty products courtesy of Doylestown’s Lotus 8.

No trip to Manayunk is complete without perusing through some of the neighborhood’s brick-and-mortar boutiques, all of which will open their doors to festival-goers this weekend. A short meander off Main Street takes attendees to (air-conditioned!) spots like Pineapple on Main, Remix or Gary Mann Jewelers.

(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Famished shoppers can find nourishment at a host of street food vendors blended in with the arts tents along Main Street.

Getting There and Logistics

With so many blocks shut off along Main Street, parking will be difficult. Organizers recommend biking or taking public transportation to Manayunk.

Take SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Line to the Manayunk stop, which is a hop, skip and jump from the activities on Main Street. SEPTA Bus routes 35 and 61 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. Shuttles run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m on Sunday.

Active types can ride in on two wheels, biking along Kelly Drive from Center City or the Schuylkill River Trail from anywhere in the Philadelphia region.

For complete details and a downloadable festival map, click here.

For the full schedule shuttle routes and lineup of vendors, go here.

Manayunk Arts Festival

When:Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; rain or shine
Where:Main Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.manayunk.com

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