Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a vibrant city with a rich music scene. From international superstars to local and up-and-coming artists, there is something for everyone this summer. Music festivals are back in full force, offering a variety of genres and performances. Whether you're looking for a party or a chance to discover new music, there are plenty of festivals to choose from.
The One Fine Day Festival at The Mann Center is a great place to start. Hosted by Sting and Shaggy, this festival features a mix of local and international artists, including The Avett Brothers, Marcus King, Kathleen Edwards, Flatland Cavalry and Particle Kid. Tickets are available for purchase online. The FestivAt Block Party on the Fillmore campus is another great option. With more than two dozen artists and bands performing on five stages and performance areas, this festival has something for everyone.
Genres include jazz, indie rock, rhythms of the world, funk horns, reggae, salsa, hip hop, country, opera and more. International superstars such as Beyoncé, The Jonas Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Luke Combs, 50 Cent and Pink will be touring Philadelphia this summer. Pink is a native of Bucks County and will be playing a local concert at Citizens Bank Park. The Xponential Music Festival in Philadelphia is the perfect place for fans of indie rock and American music. The local band Disco Biscuits will be repeating their New Year's Eve tradition with two nights at Franklin Music Hall. The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival in Atlantic City is another popular event. Featuring more than 150 breweries showcasing their craft beer along with live music and entertainment. The Made in America Festival, organized by Philadelphia's oldest rock music station WMMR, draws thousands of people to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden each year.
This Labor Day weekend event features a mix of genres from pop legends to rappers and electronic and alternative rock artists. Widely regarded as one of the best parties in Philadelphia for rockers, metalheads and lovers of loud music is the Day-Long Music Festival. This all-day food and music festival for all ages takes place in East Passyunk from Broad Streets to Dickinson. Finally, country music fans won't want to miss the Willie Nelson Outlaw Music Festival. Held in Hersheypark in August as well as in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, this festival features artists such as The Avett Brothers, Marcus King, Kathleen Edwards, Flatland Cavalry and Particle Kid. This July 11th saxophonist Kurt Vile brings his famous musical style to the Keswick Theater in Glenside. And this August 26th local indie rocker Alex G (or Alex Giannascoli) along with the dream-pop quintet Alvays will be performing at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. Philadelphia has something for everyone this summer.
Whether you're looking for your next favorite band or just want to have a good time at a festival, there are plenty of options to choose from.