Manayunk Arts Festival
One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region celebrates 25 years
June 20-21, 2015
Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.
One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws nearly 200,000 people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.
This year, 300 artists from all over the country are slated to sell their handmade items in individual tents. Items for sale include art in seven different categories — fiber glass and ceramics, photography, wood and sculpture, painting and drawing and jewelry and mixed media. Look forward to one-of-a-kind wooden creations, scarves, capes for youngsters, collages made of botanicals and more.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Manayunk Arts Festival, a $5 anniversary Manayunk Arts Festival poster will be available for $5 a pop.
And for the third year, the the Emerging Artist Tent will be set up at the intersection of Main and Roxborough Streets featuring both young talent just getting into the business or artists who want to begin to make a name for themselves.
Main Street Restaurants and Shops
As many of the restaurants and shops along Main Street Manayunk are right in the thick of the festival action, they are slated to open their doors to festival dwellers over the course of the weekend.
Look forward to extended spots for alfresco dining at restaurants along the street and food and drink specials, too.
Popular Main Street spots include Winnie’s Le Bus, Han Dynasty, Derek’s and the tucked away Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant.
Manayunk Solstice Fire
On Friday, June 20, the night before the Manayunk Arts Festival kicks off, the Summer Solstice and Fire celebrates the solstice with live performances, floating fires down the canal and more.
In addition to this, the folks at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education host a live animal show featuring a number of animals native to the Philadelphia area.
Beginning at 5 p.m., head out for a variety of outdoor fun to kick off the blockbuster festival weekend in Manayunk.
Main Street Manayunk will be closed to vehicular traffic as the festival takes over Main Street from Green to Shurs Lane.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, allowing for plenty of time to support the array of artisans.
In celebration of the 25th year of the festival, guests are encouraged to have their photo snapped at an on-site photo booth.
Your best bet? Public transportation. Manayunk is easily accessible by train: SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Line drops guests off at the Manayunk stop which is mere blocks from the hub of the festival. SEPTA buses 35 and 61 leave guests steps from the vendors.
Shuttle buses will leave from two different locations: 555 City Avenue (which will also make a stop at Shurs Lane below Ridge Avenue) and the Ivy Ridge Train Station (which will also make a stop at Parker Avenue and Silverwood Street). Both shuttles leave guests in the thick of the Art Fest merriment. Shuttle rides are $3 roundtrip for adults and free for children.
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