8 Philly Festivals to Get Your Summer On

From the arts to cultural fairs, these summertime festivals should be on everyone’s calendar.

Philadelphia has a multitude of festivals during the summer, ranging from cultural celebrations to a car show and even a party for insects. Here are a few of our picks to keep your calendar filled through these sun-drenched vacation days.

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival

June 22

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States, and every year, the Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival celebrates with a parade and a wreath-laying ceremony. This year, the festival also includes a ceremony to rename 52nd Street to Muhammad Ali Way. The festivities conclude with a concert at Malcolm X Park. Parade starts at 52nd and Jefferson sts., www.juneteenthphilly.org

Juneteenth Festival

Manayunk Arts Festival

June 22-23

This two-day festival takes up almost 12 city blocks on Main Street and features art including fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, painting and drawing, photography and more. More than 200,000 people attend every year to shop almost 300 different vendors and enjoy live music and street food. Visit website for up-to-date details. 

Manayuk Arts Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

Through June 30

Twenty-nine illuminated structures and two cultural performances light up this festival, including the ever-popular “Face Changing” performance—an almost 300-year-old art where a performer changes their mask faster than you can blink. You’ll also be able to dine on plenty of Asian cuisine, enjoy a beer at the Dragon Beer Garden, shop for Chinese crafts, play mini golf and ride a carousel. This festival requires a timed-entry ticket, so make sure to plan ahead. Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St.

Chinese Lantern Festival

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

July 28

Nearly 200 antique, show, classic and custom cars rev up the neighborhood at this South Philly street festival. Other highlights include live music and DJs, free kids entertainment including a Moon Bounce and a craft show, plus plenty of food and drinks from food trucks and businesses along East Passyunk Ave. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts also makes an appearance, with stilt walkers for photo opps. East Passyunk Ave. between Broad and Dickinson streets., 215.336.1455

East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival

ACANA African Festival

August 4

The African Cultural Alliance of North America hosts this festival every year to showcase art, music and dance from around the African continent. Performances range from traditional dance to Reggae concerts, while stands offer African food, traditional African clothing and arts and crafts. ACANA organizers say they work to bridge the gap between the African American, refugee and immigrant populations in Philadelphia and this festival represents a coming together as a community. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215.729.8225

BugFest

August 10-11

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University hosts this celebration of all things insects from around the world. Festival-goers talk with scientists, see live bugs, get their face painted, and even eat bugs! Past years have had activities such as bug walks outside the museum, roach races, bug-themed crafts, scavenger hunts and bedbug-sniffing dog demonstrations. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.299.1000

BugFest

Festival of India

August 17

This festival celebrates India’s independence Day in a showcase of Indian culture through dance, art, music and more. Expect plenty of delicious Indian cuisine to enjoy while you watch the performances. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Festival of India

Philadelphia Caribbean Festival

August 18

This festival highlights the arts and culture of the Caribbean Islands as well as the important contributions people of the Caribbean have made. Reggae, hip-hop and gospel, steel drums and more set the mood for festival-goers to peruse Caribbean fashion, souvenirs and arts and crafts. Proceeds go toward programs such as scholarships for Caribbean and Caribbean/American students, aid to hurricane victims and bereavement support for members of the Caribbean/American community. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215.879.9352

Caribbean Festival

Emily Sisco
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