The Philly Festival Scene
The City of Brotherly Love is aptly nicknamed for finding festival fun. The fifth-largest city in the US, Philadelphia boasts the largest landscaped urban park in the world. Fairmount Park plays hosts to a multitude of festivals throughout the year, from Jay Z’s Made in America to the Philadelphia Jerk Fest (which is actually quite friendly) and the International Dragon Boat Festival.
Top Festivals in Philadelphia Made in America
If you're big Jay-Z fan, then you're in luck, because Made in America is a hype music festival created and curated by Hova himself. Featuring two days' worth of music from the best in rock, pop, hip-hop, indie and electronic music across multiple stages. When you're not crowding the stage, there's finger-licking grub from local food trucks and tons of vendors to explore. Philadelphia Folk Festival
Presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, this family-friendly event is dedicated to the art of storytelling through dance, music and the visual arts. The festival is jam-packed with smooth folk jams, handmade arts and crafts, aerialists, jugglers and overnight camping. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival casts a warm glow that can pierce through the darkness like none other. Held in historic Franklin Square, the brightly lit festival is filled to the brim with colorful lantern sculptures, scaly dragons, Chinese acrobatics, and a thirst-quenching beer garden. Philly Beer Week
Philadelphia has a long, sudsy tradition that not many other cities can claim. As one of the largest beer celebrations in the country, Philly treats beer-lovers to events at over 100 locations around the city. There are tastings, beer-pairings, tap takeovers, home-brewing competitions and many other happenings to excite your taste buds. Philly Wine Week
Maybe you're not a beer-lover. Maybe you're more of a wine connoisseur, and if that's the case, then you'll absolutely love Philly Wine Week. It's loaded with all styles of wine for you to sip on and pair with exquisite cuisine. Whether you're a classy connoisseur or just started exploring the wonderful world of wine, there's a bottle here with your name on it. Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival
If you thought dragon boat races weren't intense, think again. The Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival features breakneck action as teams row their colorful designs to the finish line. Each boat has its own unique aesthetic that will steal your attention away from the race itself. South Street Spring Festival
Head to the South Street Headhouse District to enjoy a beautiful spring day and countless activities. The South Street Spring Festival takes over 12+ city blocks to bring you dozens of talented music acts, over 125 food and art vendors and non-stop family fun. There's always something happening on South Street, so you can't go wrong here. Philly Tech Week
Nevermind the Bay Area; Philadelphia has a solid tech scene of its own that's on full display during Philly Tech Week. There are over 100 events that showcase the latest technological creations in the hottest industries. There's a lot of cool stuff to check out throughout the week that you probably won't find at home or at your local geek shop.