With temperatures rising, happy hours getting earlier, days getting longer and those vacation hours dying to be used, it's hard to stay inside during summertime.
One huge summer staple is the outdoor festival, and here at PFG, we absolutely love a good summer festival! That's why we've put together a list of some of the top festivals coming to the Philly area this summer season. Whether it’s 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 updating you with the latest summer spectaculars.
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Back by popular demand for a triumphant third season, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. For seven weeks, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, the newly rebuilt Chinese dragon and much more. Festival-goers will enjoy daily performances, culinary exploration, crafts by working artists. Plus, you’ll still be able to play Philly Mini Golf, ride the Parx Liberty Carousel, and enjoy center city’s premiere play place during the duration of the festival.
Celebrate the 56th anniversary of Jamaica's independence right here in Philadelphia! This Sunday, August 12, head to the Big Yard Entertainment Complex in West Philly for a day of good music, good food and celebration. Guests can expect a bun eating contest, a beer drinking contest, dancing contests and more.
The beloved Philly-based tradition returns for another weekend of folk fun! The Philadelphia Folk Festival returns to Schwenksville, PA for its 57th year of bringing audiences the best and brightest of folk music. This year's lineup boasts the likes of Valerie June, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Patty Griffin and much, much more! The longest continuously running event of its kind, the Folk Festival is an all-ages event with more than enough fun for the whole family.
Join the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on Saturday, August 18 for the annual Obon Festival! Obon is a traditional Japanese festival dedicated to celebrating one's ancestors: it's typically observed by visiting loved ones and celebrating the memories of those who have passed on. Shofuso House's list of festivities for this special day include traditional dances (called bon odori), tea ceremony demonstrations, arts & crafts and a flea market.
Celebrate the vibrant culture of India on Saturday, August 18 at the Festival of India! Presented as a part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the Festival of India is a day of music and dancing, traditional cuisine and so much more! This is an event that the whole family can enjoy.
Just in case you needed more reasons to love the Spruce Street Harbor Park: this Saturday, head to their weekly outdoor craft bazaar and add one more reason to the list! The popular urban beach will host the Art Star Craft Market every Saturday this summer, featuring curated art and handmade crafts from over 20 local vendors.