Check Out the Best Philly Music Festivals Still To Come!

Featured Image by MIXTRIBE via Flickr

In the summertime, we see a lot of people travel to far-off places to attend much-buzzed-about music festivals (we’re looking at you, CoachellaBonnaroo, Firefly, Glastonbury, and Burning Man), though there is a plethora of them around the Greater Philadelphia area! Any genre you love, and we guarantee that there is a music fest (if not, more than one!) in Philly to satisfy your needs. Here, in chronological order, we highlight a diverse few of Philly’s festivals still to come!

XPoNential Festival


Nels Cline Wilco at XPoNential Music Festival 2012 by Chris Sikich via Flickr

The Camden Waterfront opens up again the weekend of July 24 for 88.5 WXPN FM‘s annual XPoNential Festival. The award-winning public radio station will have an eclectic set of bands that are heard on their airwaves play on two stages, the Susquehanna Bank Center and at Wiggins Park. This family-friendly fest is a super-convenient opportunity to check out some favorites and discover cool new music. Get tickets and more info here!

Artists to Check Out: St. Vincent, Lord Huron, Son Little, Indigo Girls

Mad Decent Block Party


Flosstradamus at the Mad Decent Block Party ’13 (Philadelphia, PA) by AndyCollegian via Flickr

The touring Mad Decent Block Party is like EDM’s version of Warped Tour, and it has proved to be a blast in past years. This year it will come to the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on August 6 and 7. This 18+ only event allows you to let loose to all of your favorite EDM artists with the beautiful view of the river behind you. Get tickets and more info here!

Artists to Check Out: Flosstradamus, Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead 

Philadelphia Folk Festival


Photo by Montgomery County Planning Commission via Flickr

The 54th annual Philly Folk Fest will be held from August 13 – August 16 in Schwenksville, about 35 miles west of the city. Located in the bucolic Old Pool Farm, this year’s event will feature both internationally renowned folk stars and local Philly newcomers. The Folk Fest is the longest continuously running outdoors music festival of its kind in North America, and is run by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, an award-winning organization with a rich legacy in its own right.

Artists to Check Out: Selwyn Birchwood, Philly Bloco, Della Mae

Reggae in the Park


For those that enjoy reggae music (and who doesn’t in the summertime?), Philly offers the perfect reggae festival, Reggae in the Park, which will be held this year at the Mann on Saturday, August 29. Both the main stage of the Mann and the Crescendo tent will be used for live performances and DJ sets. RITP will also feature arts and crafts vendors and Caribbean cuisine for a complete Reggae experience.

Artists to Check OutDamian “Jr. Gong” MarleyStephen “Ragga” MarleyI Yahn I Arkestra

Made in America

Jennifer Logue Made in America

Rock On Philly’s Jennifer Logue at MIA 2014 by Kyle V. Hiller

The Budweiser Made In America festival will happen again for the fourth year during Labor Day weekend on the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The lineup features a lot of big names in the top 40 (ahem, Beyoncé), but also a nice blend of rock and up-and-coming artists. MIA is a great way to celebrate the unofficial last days of summer and party on in the heart of the city of brotherly love. (Check out Rock On Philly’s past coverage here!)

Artists to Check Out: Death Cab for Cutie, The Weeknd, Santigold, Waxahatchee

Which Philly festival are YOU most excited for? Tell us in the comments below!

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