First Friday Five: Philadelphia-Area Festivals In September

With Labor Day Weekend comes the end of summer and the start of the Fall festival season. In addition to fun food events like Manayunk’s StrEAT Festival and the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, here are five festivals that are hitting the Philadelphia area in September:

Made In America Festival, September 2 & 3 The two-day parkway bash was created in 2012 and has become a Labor Day Weekend staple in Philadelphia ever since. The 2017 festival hosts a mixed lineup of artists that includes J. Cole, Solange, Run the Jewels, DMX, and Sampha. Philly acts Queen of Jeans, Beach Slang, and PnB Rock are among the local musicians on the massive card. Made In America founder Jay-Z, who released his 13th album 4:44 in June, returns as a festival headliner with a performance on Sunday night.

Parkway 100 We Are Connected Festival, September 8Speaking of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia will begin a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of its famous boulevard with the We Are Connected Festival on September 8. The fair is a massive arts crawl that features events at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Parkway Central Library, and Park Towne Place. Parkway 100 will have additional happenings over the next 14 months and conclude on November 16, 2018.

Haverford Music Festival, 
September 9The seventh edition of the Haverford Music Festival will take place on Darby Road and the grounds of the Oakmont School. This year’s festival starts at 11:45 AM and has beer and wine gardens. The festival is free and all donations and proceeds are directed to the Haverford Township Civil Council. Voice contestant Nadjah Nicole, Beetles tribute band The Weeklings, and 30 artists will grace four stages this year. Matthew Sweet, whose accomplished discography includes the 1991 album Girlfriend, is the festival headliner.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, September 15-17 – The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the oldest outdoor art show in the United States. The festival was founded in 1928 and occurs twice a year. The September edition of the show takes place in the Center City park and showcases over 100 artists with a wide range of styles.

N2N Festival, September 16 – The 22nd Neighborhood to Neighborhood Festival takes place from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and promises a compact lineup that will primarily pay tribute to Prince. Outside of the Purple One, no festival could have a more enticing list of names for Prince fans. Both Prince’s former fiancée and band member Shiela E. and Purple Rain star Morris Day and The Time will play the free festival. Roots drummer Questlove and DJ Marty G will both DJ the event and PnB Rock will also perform at N2N. 


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