July 02, 2013

5 Great Festivals in Philadelphia This Summer

5 Great Festivals in Philadelphia This Summer
Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

4th of July Festival - July 4, 2013

There's no better place to celebrate America's birthday than America's very own birthplace: Philadelphia. The day begins with a daylong Party on the Parkway, from 20th Street all the way to Eakins Oval. Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be packed with blocks of delicious food, live entertainment, interactive fun, and much more.

This all leads up to the Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, this year's concert will feature performances by John Mayer, Neo, Demi Lovato, The Roots, and many more. The evening ends with a fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is the "Largest Free Concert" in the country and one event you sure don't want to miss!

2013 Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing - July 13 and 14, 2013

The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing is a fun-filled, two-day showcase of Latino culture held at Philadelphia's premier waterfront location, Penn's Landing Great Plaza. Founded by Concilio in 1981, the Hispanic Fiesta is one of the most popular and best-attended events at Penn's Landing.

This regional celebration features music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from Puerto Rico and many Latin American countries. Sit back and enjoy and afternoon of multicultural rhythms and melodious harmonies of salsa, merengue, bachata, samba, cumbia, mariachi and flamenco. This is a true family event for children and adults of all ages.

Aria is a sponsor of "The Health Corner" during this event so be sure to stop by for health information and screenings.

2nd Street Festival - August 4, 2013

Celebrate in the streets of Northern Liberties during the fourth annual 2nd Street Festival. Every August, thousands pack into the seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops, and vendors of all kinds. This massive bock party features four stages of live music, hand selected by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.

Local restaurants will also open their doors for the daylong celebration. There will also be plenty of family friendly activities including arts and crafts and carnival games.

Caribbean Festival at Penn's Landing - August 18, 2013

Come out to Penn's Landing for a day full of island culture at the Philadelphia Caribbean Festival. This rich celebration of fourteen Caribbean islands will treat you to wholesome family fun, with a line up of authentic island sounds of reggae, hip-hop, gospel, poetry, island skits and creative on-stage dances.

There will be something for everyone to do in the marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and crafts, and a children's corner, including an African/Caribbean children's village enactment and maypole dancing. Don't miss out on your chance to experience island culture and taste authentic island cuisine.

Made in America Music Festival - August 31 and September 1, 2013

This Labor Day, come out to the Budweiser Made in America Festival at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. This two-day event will feature headliners Beyoncé on August 31st and Nine Inch Nails on September 1st, with supplemental performances by Deadmau5, 2 Chainz, Calvin Harris, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, and others.

Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or LiveNation.com. General Admission Passes are $99.50 for 2-day passes or $89.50 for 1-day passes for either August 31st or September 1st.  There is also the Budweiser Made in America VIP Package for $499. There are limited quantities for all passes so get yours while they last!

Have you been to any of these festivals in the past? Which ones are you looking forward to this summer?



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Bret Ludlow

I can't make the 4th of July Festival this year but I went last year and it was great. That Caribbean Festival looks fun too.

July 03, 2013 12:46 PM

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