By Allen Foster
The unofficial end of summer has arrived. School has already started, your vacation time is all used up, and soon there will be a chill in the air as the days grow uncomfortably shorter and activities move indoors. What better reason to have one last festive outdoor hurrah before fall rushes in and becomes the gateway season to winter? Philadelphia is a wonderful cornucopia of multiculturalism. Listed below are four incredibly diverse festivals that each play a part in celebrating the remarkable variety of this great city. Peruse the list and find the one that is the perfect Labor Day event for you!
Blue Corn Lifestyle: Organic and Green Fest
Blue Cross RiverRink
101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Date: Sept. 3, 2017 from 12 to 4 p.m.
The Blue Corn Lifestyle: Organic and Green Fest is part of the 2017 PECO Multicultural Festival Series, which is held at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing through out the summer. The idea behind this unique cultural event is to unite diverse communities through a common awareness of the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle. By promoting Mexican indigenous traditions in a modern world, the Blue Corn Lifestyle: Organic and Green Fest strives to make a lasting impact on societies understanding of the need for locally grown, organic food. The festival brings together farmers, restaurant owners, musicians, tribal groups, and more to offer an unforgettable event for the community.
Labor Day Volkfest
9130 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Date: Sept. 2, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017
On Labor Day, come celebrate the nation’s oldest German festival, Volkfest, at the Cannstatter Club. Each day of this three-day event begins at noon and offers attendees a wide variety of entertainment with bands, singing, and traditional German dancing that lasts deep into the evening. Additionally, festival-goers can enjoy food (Heisser Leberkäse, Kartoffel-Salat, Maultaschen, Spätzle, Bratwurst, Pflaumenkuchen, Zwetschgenkuchen), German beers, crafts, rides, and games in an authentic Oktoberfest atmosphere. Other attractions include Altweibermühle: The True Fountain of Youth and the impressive Fruit Column. Tickets are just $6 for one day, $9.00 for a two day pass, and $11.00 for a three day pass. Children under 12 are free.
Labor Day Crab Festival and Outdoor BBQ
Taproom on 19th
2400 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Date: Sept. 4, 2017 from 12 to 8 p.m.
There’s nothing that quite compares to a South Philly neighborhood street festival. On Labor Day, from noon to 8 p.m., thanks to the Taproom on 19th, you can enjoy a free entry, pay as you go event complete with live music and a waterslide. The Labor Day Crab Festival and Outdoor BBQ is fun for the whole family (including the dog) and it features Maryland Blue Claws along with a mouthwatering array of barbecue favorites such as brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, and bbq ribs from Mike’s BBQ. Additionally, an assortment of Maryland beers as well as choice selections from local breweries will be on hand to ensure no one goes thirsty during the day’s festivities!
Made In America Music Festival
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Dates: Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, 2017
Founded just a few short years ago on May 14, 2012, the Budweiser Made In America Festival is one of Philadelphia’s largest annual music events. Each year, Jay Z handpicks the lineup for the two-day festival, which features a mix of some of the hottest acts on the charts along with a number of up-and-comers. This year, the party includes over 60 artists such as J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Run The Jewels, Cash Cash, Pusha T, Marian Hill, DMX, Kelela, Karen Rodriguez, and more performing on multiple stages. Please be advised, this is a ticketed event with no re-entry. It is all ages, but you must be 21+ and have valid photo ID to enter the festival’s beer garden areas.
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