Get ready for another epic party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Labor Day weekend as the Made in America music festival returns to Philadelphia for its seventh year!
Produced by Roc Nation and curated by renowned hip-hop artist and music mogul Jay-Z, the massive two-day music festival returns September 1 and 2 with an exciting lineup featuring some of the biggest names in hip-hop, R&B, pop and EDM, including headliners Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone and Meek Mill.
MADE IN AMERICA FAST FACTS
- The Made in America music festival takes place on September 1 and 2 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone and Meek Mill perform along with more than 60 other acts.
- Other highlights include nearly 60 food-and-drink vendors and a hub for philanthropic organizations.
- Two-day passes are $175 and are available online.
Guests can also find a variety of food-and-drink options, charitable and activist organizations raising awareness about important issues and more at the festival.
Like last year, this year’s festival benefits the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
The festival entrance is located at 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Doors to the festival open at noon and re-entry will not be permitted.
Five stages sit within the festival footprint along the Parkway, which spans:
- 21st Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Park Town Place
- Pennsylvania Avenue from 20th to 25th streets
- The south side of Eakins Oval from Martin Luther King Drive to 24th Street
- Park Towne Place from 24th to 20th streets
Performances are scheduled to start around 1 p.m. on both days and expected to run until midnight on Saturday and 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. For the complete list of set times, click here.
Note, too, that the event is rain or shine. For severe weather-related announcements, sign up to receive free event-specific emergency text alerts by texting “ReadyPhiladelphia” to 888-777.
Made in America always features some of the best hip-hop, R&B, pop and EDM musicians — and this year’s lineup couldn’t be more stacked.
Breakout artist Post Malone and Philly’s own Meek Mill — in his first hometown show since being released from prison in April — headline on Saturday, while Pulitzer Prize-winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar and hip-hop heavyweight Nicki Minaj (whose new album Queen recently dropped) headline on Sunday.
Meek Mill is expected to go on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Post Malone at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, Kendrick Lamar’s set is expected to start at 8 p.m. and Nicki Minaj is slated to go on at 9:45 p.m.
Other big names performing this year at the two-day fest include Diplo, Pusha T, Zedd, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Janelle Monae and Alessia Cara.
To see when every artist are the bill is scheduled to perform, click here.
Food and Drink
Guests can recharge with eats from nearly 60 food trucks and vendors, each hand-selected by judges at the Made in America Culinary Competition (which was held in July at The Fillmore).
The winning food vendors include Authentik Byrek, Bassetts Ice Cream, Brotherly Grub, Chiwaffles, The Cow and The Curd, Dre’s Water Ice & Ice Cream, Humpty’s Dumplings, Mama’s Meatballs, Mi Pueblito Tacos, PaperMill and more.
The diverse offerings include tacos, fried chicken waffle sandwiches, water ice, meatball sandwiches, ice cream, dumplings, Caribbean food and more. Vegan options are available as well.
The 21-and-over crowd can find cold beers and mixed drinks — including a variety of handcrafted specialty D’USSÉ cocktails — at designated bar and beer-garden areas around the festival grounds.
Thirsty guests can rehydrate at free filtered water stations set up around the festival, too.
Two-day festival passes, VIP passes and one-day passes are still available online.
A two-day festival pass costs $175, while a perks-filled-but-pricey VIP pass costs $750. One-day passes cost $99.50.
Getting There and Staying Over
A number of roads around the Parkway close down for Made in America, so public transportation is the optimal way to get to the event.
SEPTA’s Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines operate on their normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The Race-Vine and City Hall stations (on the Broad Street Line) and the 15th Street Station (on the Market-Frankford Line) are a short walk away from the festival entrance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
For guests taking SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines, late-night train service is available on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street stations. Find the special schedules posted in the stations and online here when the event is closer.
Guests taking taxis, Ubers or Lyfts can instruct drivers to designated drop-off and pick-up locations along the 2100 block of Spring Garden Street and the 1900 block of Arch Street.
The two-day festival is a great excuse to turn the weekend into a getaway (or staycation!) by booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. Book the package for stay now through Labor Day (September 3) and get free hotel parking and free tickets and experiences from the Museum of the American Revolution, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, CHeU Noodle restaurants, Franklin Square, PHLASH and Lyft.
Start planning now to experience one of the most hotly anticipated music festivals of 2018 in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.