With temperatures rising, happy hours getting earlier, days getting longer, and those vacation hours dying to be used, it's hard to stay in the house in the summertime. One huge summer staple is the outdoor festival, and here at PFG, we loooove a good summer festival! That's why we've put together a list of some of the top festivals coming to our area this summer season; be it food, music or art, if you can enjoy it outside, we've got it covered here. Check back all season long, as we'll be up-to-date with the latest summer spectaculars.
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Night Market Philadelphia, the city’s premier street food festival, returns for its seventh season with it's opening date in the Northeast. The popular food truck festival is a roving food event spotlighting Philly’s best hangouts and cuisine. Inspired by Asia’s lively outdoor markets, Night Market events celebrate up-and-coming neighborhoods and showcase Philadelphia's diverse food and drinks and vibrant arts and culture scene.
For more on Night Market, including all the dates for their 2017 season, head here!
The summer garden event of the year is back for another season! The beloved Longwood Gardens Main Garden Fountain is back to it's summer performance schedule, wowing audiences with it's spectacular lights display. Throughout the summer, the Main Fountain will feature themed performances with music from The Beatles, Broadway, Swing and more! Situated against the backdrop of the expansive Longwood Gardens, it's hard to imagine a more beautiful place to spend a summer evening.
Returning for it's 9th year, the 2nd Street Festival is one of the biggest street festivals in the city; shutting down Northern Liberties for a day of fun, music and art. Aiming to "bring awareness to the Northern Liberties neighborhood and encourage a healthy and positive lifestyle," the 2nd Street Festival will feature over 250+ craft and food vendors, three stages playing live local music, and plenty of family-friendly fun to go around!
Too young for Bonnaroo? No problem! Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse has got you covered with the hottest ticket music festival of the summer, Kidchella! Returning for it's fourth summer on July 21st and August 18th, Kidchella 2017 will include food trucks from local vendors, a Youth Arts Zone, and of course, a music mainstage featuring performances from acclaimed children's music artists. The best part? This event is a Funsaver, meaning you and your family can attend for 1/2 the price!
The XPoNential Music Festival is the signature event for Philly's own WXPN public radio; the annual event draws crowds from all over to the Camden Waterfront for three days of curated music. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Waterfront while listening to over 30+ acts, both established and new talent. Rounding out this top-notch affair is an extensive selection of food from local vendors, drinks, convienent access to public transit and accessibility, activities for kids and much more.
Often referred to as the "black Sundance," the highly anticipated BlackStar Film Festival returns for it's fifth season this August! The popular festival celebrates films from across the African diaspora, with all featured filmmakers being of black or African descent; a demographic often not represented in mainstream film. The four-day festival will feature over 60+ films, a dance party and an awards ceremony; this year's ceremony will be honoring acclaimed director Ava DuVernay with the 2017 Richard Nichols Luminary Award.