It seems like there’s at least one festival going on every weekend in the Philadelphia summer. From music to art to neighborhood festivals, entertainment is not hard to come by here. And with other East Coast destinations beckoning a few hours away, you can easily skip town for a day or two and attend other festivals. Here is Billy Penn’s guide to the top summer festivals in Philadelphia and beyond.

In Philly

Jazz Age on the Delaware: Speakeasy Stroll

When: May 27, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Starts at Ranstead Room

What: A bar crawl featuring jazz and walks to places like One Tippling Place, Vesper and 1925.

Price: $8 drink specials

Radio 104.5 Block Parties

When: June 7, July 12 and August 2

Where: Festival Pier at 601 N. Columbus Boulevard

What: Depends on the show. Here’s the info for all three:

  • June 7: A Silent Film, Misterwives, Big Data, New Politics + Foxtrot and the Get Down
  • July 12: Nate Ruess of fun. and MS MR
  • August 2: Matt and Kim, Atlas Genius, Wolf Alice and Saint Motel

Price: Free

Peco Multicultural Series

When: June 7, June 13, June 21, July 11-12, August 12, August 15-16, September 13, September 20

Where: Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard

What: Various events celebrating cultures ranging from Irish to Islamic.

Price: Free

Odunde Festival 

When: June 14

Where: 23rd and South Streets

What: A celebration of African culture, featuring food and art.

Price: Free. Pay for the food and art.

Night Market 

When: June 18, August 6 and October 1

Where: Callowhill on June 18, Lancaster Avenue on August 6 and Frankford and Girard on October 1

What: Really good food, with leadership from the Food Trust.

Price: Free to attend. Pay for the food.

Manayunk Arts Festival 

When: June 20-21

Where: Main Street in Manayunk

What: Hundreds of artist showing and selling their wares in what is the biggest festival of its kind in this area.

Price: Free, but you have to pay for art if you want it

Tall Ships 

When: June 24-28

Where: Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard

What: Cool ships — some that are replicas of Revolutionary War era ships — sailing in the Delaware and plenty of eating and drinking opportunities.

Price: $15.99 to $150

Party on the Parkway 

When: July 4

Where: Ben Franklin Parkway

What: Independence Day activities, plus a free concert from a TBD artist.

Price: Free

XPoNential Music Festival 

When: July 24-26

Where: Waterfront Park, Mickle Street and Riverside Drive in Camden

What: Grace Potter, My Morning Jacket and a good amount of local musicians.

Price: $25-plus

BlackStar Film Festival 

When: July 30-August 2

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut

What: Considered the Black Sundance, it showcases films about the black experience.

Price: $100 for a full pass

2nd Street Festival 

When: August 2

Where: North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties

What: Music, food, drinks and art

Price: Free. Pay for the food and drinks and art.

Philadelphia Folk Festival 

When: August 14-16

Where: Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville, Pa.

What: The Wallace Brothers, A Fistful of Sugar and all kinds of other folk musicians.

Price: $148.50 for all three days

Made In America 

When: September 5-6

Where: Ben Franklin Parkway
What: A concert with big-name artists — most likely. None have been named yet.

Price: $99.50 presale

Six Top Festivals Within Driving Distance

Governors Ball 

When: June 5-7

Where: New York City

What: Various kinds of music and tons of hipsters. Drake, Florence + The Machine, The Black Keys and many more artists will be there.

Price: $260 for a three-day pass

D.C. Jazz Festival 

When: June 10-16

Where: Washington D.C.

What: Jazz music and community engagement, featuring Common, the Cookers, Charlie Hunter Trio, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman and much more.

Price: $45 to $150


When: June 18-21

Where: Dover

What: Big-time music acts from Paul McCartney to The Killers to Modest Mouse and beyond.

Price: $329 four-day pass


When: June 26-28

Where: New York City

What: Like Governors Ball but with country music. Artists include Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Brad Paisley.

Price: $225 three-day pass

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 

When: July 19

Where: Shelburne, Vermont

What: Basically the most and the best cheese you’ll eat in your life.

Price: $50

Long Island Seafood Festival 

When: August 27-28

Where: Long Island

What: Lobster, shrimp and other delicious seafood

Price: $8

Photos are from Visit Philly

Mark Dent

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...