PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing
A series of festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long
May 18, June 1, June 14, June 15, July 12-13, August 2, August 3, August 16, August 17, September 14, September 21, 2014
You don’t have to go overseas for a taste of all the world cultures that make Philadelphia such a diverse and interesting city. Just head over to Penn’s Landing for its PECO Multicultural Series, a succession of outdoor festivals that celebrate cultural traditions from across the globe.
The PECO Energy Multicultural Festival season runs on weekends all summer long.
What could be better than enjoying some amazing salsa performances on the banks of the Delaware River? Or how about savoring authentic dishes from the Caribbean, Ireland or Mexico?
The PECO Multicultural Series features free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer. So check out the schedule below, call some friends and get down to Penn’s Landing to experience some of the many cultures that thrive in the vibrant communities of Philadelphia.
Multicultural Series Calendar
(All events at the Great Plaza unless noted)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This free, family-friendly afternoon will feature Israel’s legendary singer and songwriter David Broza plus performances by Ethiopian-born Israeli singer Ayala Ingedeshet, The Melevah Malkah Band, a klezmer-jazz group from Germantown Jewish Centre, and the famed Mummers’ Avalon String Band. Falafel and other festive foods will be available, and children will create a giant Israeli flag out of K’NEX and challenge their friends to a spirited game of Ga Ga, an Israeli version of dodge ball, in the festival sports area
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Celebrate all of Ireland’s cultural gems, from music to dancing to food. Enjoy performances from notable Irish musicians, famous dance schools, bagpipers, and of course, traditional foods like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Browse the outdoor shops for authentic and traditional Irish goods.
Islamic Heritage Festival
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Islamic Heritage Festival and Parade begins with the Unity in Diversity Parade which starts at 1 p.m. at 5th and Market streets and winds through the city to the end point at Penn’s Landing. Following the parade, the 22nd Annual Islamic Heritage Festival will commence, featuring family-friendly games, speakers, a health & wellness fair, free giveaways, entertainment and a global open market bazaar.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The 21st annual Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Festival is designed to bring attention to the Portuguese-American immigrant’s contributions to the city of Philadelphia. A variety of traditional foods and Portuguese wines will be available for sampling and for purchase. Revolutionary art, folklore dance groups, international music, and the traditional blessing of the fleet aboard the Tall Ship Gazela will help Philadelphians learn and celebrate Portuguese culture.
July 12-13, 2014
The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries.
Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday August 2, 2014
Honor the rich cultural heritage of the people of Southeast Asia with traditional Dragon Boat Racing celebrating both the Water Festival holiday and the use of these boats for maritime and naval activities. The RiverStage will come alive with Southeast Asian-inspired traditional entertainment as well as contemporary and non-traditional performances.
Sunday, August 3
The African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) is proud to host the African Festival, an outdoor concert experience that brings artists, groups, and dance troupes from around the African continent to perform. The Festival provides a wide range of African entertainment, from traditional dance performances to modern Afropop and Reggae musical performances. This free event also brings delicious African food vendors, as well as traditional and modern clothing, arts, and crafts vendors.
Festival of India
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The annual Festival of India hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations (CIO) of Greater Philadelphia celebrates India’s Independence Day while highlighting the vibrant Indian American community. Now in its 21st year, the free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance, and cuisine.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Celebrate the culture, music and food from 14 Caribbean islands during the 28th annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing. Benefiting college students of Carribean descent, this year’s festival will feature a Caribbean workshop, a children’s corner, a marketplace and music from across the islands.
Mexican Independence Day Festival
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Celebrate Mexican Independence with music, food, dancing, and more. Browse traditional arts and crafts, dance with Mexican rock bands and enjoy face painting and giveaways during the popular event at Penn’s Landing.
Brazilian Day Festival
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Brazilian Day Philadelphia will celebrate Brazilian Independence Day and share the wonderful culture and traditions of Brazil. Vendors will offer an abundant variety of authentic traditional foods and merchandise, and performers will light up the stage with the contagious rhythms and dances of Brazil. The festival will feature a unique blend of Brazilian Culture and will showcase Samba, Forro, Pagode, Capoeira, Samba-Reggae and more.
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