Top Summer Festivals in Philadelphia
Get outside and celebrate with festivals, fireworks, concerts and more
All summer long, outdoor festivals abound in Philadelphia. To help you navigate through them all and find the ones you definitely do not want to miss, we’ve compiled our Summer Festivals roundup with all the festivals we could find taking place within the next few months.
Whether you’re looking to dance to the music of some of the finest musicians at the Made in America Festival, explore the great food trucks of Philadelphia at one of the numerous upcoming Night Markets, or celebrate one of Philadelphia’s great neighborhoods at smaller, neighborhood festivals, this list is for you.
Get ready to fill your summer calendar up with happenings right here in the City of Brotherly Love.
Read on for our summer festival picks organized by month, below:
May 18-November 23
PHAIR, a European-style, open-air market inhabits 23rd and Arch Streets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market spans past typical farmers’ market offerings with handmade items, photography, vintage items, art, in addition to local food offerings from vendors and food trucks. More than 100 vendors set up shop at PHAIR every Saturday in the summer and fall.
The renowned Brooklyn Flea Market makes its way to Philly for the first time ever this summer. While it may not be a farmers’ market per se, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Piazza hosts local food vendors and trucks in addition to dozens of vintage, furniture and handmade item vendors.
On several days throughout the summer, Longwood Gardens hosts its annual summer Fireworks and Fountains extravaganza. Each fireworks show is paired with festive tunes from musicians like Elton John and Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. Tickets to each show also include all day access to Longwood Gardens. Fireworks and Fountains shows are on August 17 and 31.
August 31 and September 1
On August 31 and September 1, the epic Made in America music festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Last year, music lovers were thrilled when Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter stood on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, alongside Jay-Z, to announce that a two-day musical extravaganza would take place on the Parkway. After an enormously successful weekend, Made In America returns to Philadelphia for year two. Acts include Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Emilee Sande, Solange and more.
On September 6, 7 and 8, WHYY and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation present the third annual WHYY Connections Festival, a festival of free concerts, film screenings and family-friendly activities at Penn’s Landing.
The popular Philly Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival is back with hundreds of dance, theater, visual arts, music and spoken-word presentations performed in venues of every stripe, from traditional stages to street corners, cars, galleries, cabarets and restaurants. It’s all offbeat, daring and avant-garde and entertains Philadelphia for weeks; from September 5 to 22.
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents the Philadelphia Honey Festival for all lovers of things sweet and local (aka everyone!). From September 6 through 8, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, Wyck Historic House and Garden and Bartram’s Garden open their doors to the honey connoisseurs of Philadelphia.
Numerous blues artists take the stage at the annual Phoenixville Blues Festival on September 7. The free festival keeps guests grooving all day long. Talented youth performers also steal the limelight for portions of the day. Pair the performances with fresh eats from the numerous vendors and you’re set for some late summer fun.
The free two-day Doylestown Arts Festival takes place in the heart of beautiful Doylestown Borough in Bucks County. This annual festival has grown to include more than 150 exhibitors and a food court. Diverse entertainment is presented at numerous locations throughout the downtown area. The festival is set for September 7 and 8.
Honor Mother Nature at Greenfest Philly located in Headhouse Square, between Pine and South Streets on 2nd. On September 8, visit booths to learn how to preserve the earth, while enjoying bites from some of Philly’s favorite food trucks — Sum Pig Food Truck and Little Baby’s Ice Cream to name a few.
Indulge in some of the land’s freshest mushrooms at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival on September 7 and 8. Pick up mushroom-centric souvenirs, freshly picked mushrooms and enjoy mushroom soup Masonic Lodge. The mushroom offerings over the weekend are nearly endless, click here for the full event listing.
Sip, savor and stroll as Mt. Airy’s food-centric evening street festival returns on Thursday, September 19 from 6-10:30 p.m. Enjoy cool beverages and delicious food from the city’s top vendors and local restaurants as you wander along historic Germantown Avenue.