In case you haven’t heard, summer is officially here. Around here, summer season is festival time. Earlier this week we featured six highly recommended summer music festivals from California to Connecticut. If you saw that list then you knew that we were planning on highlighting some of the best festivals local to our area as well. Each of the local events on our list pack just as much entertainment, and have all of the family, food, fun and even philanthropy as the festivals we highlighted earlier this week. So grab your gear and come on out and dance. The best part about this list is that you don’t need to break the bank on traveling or burn up all your vacation time to join the fun. Not one of these summer events are more than a 3 hour drive from the Philly metropolitan area.
We’ve included a link to the website where you can find ticket and accommodation info for each event. See you there!
Camp Bisco Montage Mountain Scranton PA 7/16-18, 2015. Electronic dance meets jam band style rock in this 3 day rain or shine camping and music event created by Philly’s own Disco Biscuits. This year, its 13th, marks a change of venue from upstate its former home in upstate NY to the beautiful Pocono mountains of PA.
Bear’s Picnic Liberty Festival Grounds Roaring Branch, PA 8/6-10, 2015. A music packed 4 days are complimented by a family friendly atmosphere at this 10th installment of Bear’s Picnic. Arts & crafts, a children’s activity area (run by certified teachers), kid’s music classes with an onstage performance on Sunday, and FREE admission for kids 15 and under coupled with artists like Leftover Salmon and Steve Kimock’s tribute to Jerry Garcia featuring Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane and more.
Philadelphia Folk Festival Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, PA 8/13-16, 2015. Every August for an astounding 54 summers, people have flocked to Schwenksville, PA for this annual event. Music, community, camaraderie, and zany fun have always been a hallmark of Folk Fest. There’s something to do for every age, every kind of people. And this year the fest welcomes the return of the legendary Arlo Guthrie alongside favorites like North Mississippi Allstars and new addition Lyle Lovett.
Peace of Mind 5 Camp Muckleratz Elizabethville, PA 9/3-6, 2015. Peace of Mind Fest is a weekend long music festival and camp out held on Labor Day weekend 2015. This year it will feature 2 stages of music along with food, craft vendors, kid’s activities, after show jams, and more. This event features some of the region’s most talented bands, including One Unified friends and featured artists Steal Your Face and Jah People. A long list of local and national touring acts round out the bill for this mellow and family friendly fest.
F.A.R.M. Music and Arts Buena Vista Campground Buena, NJ 7/23-26, 2015. F.A.R.M. stands for Future of Artistic and Revolutionary Minds. This event is a 3 day gathering that is, as described by its promoters, “designed to uplift people’s senses of creative thinking and sustainable living with musicians who feel it, artists who express it, and teachers who explain it.” Simply put, there’s music from a variety of genres, including headliners Keller Williams and Papadosio, there’s live performance art, art installations, interactive performances, workshops and more. One of the more eclectic events on our radar, this may be one for the adventurous festival goer to try.
Liberation Music & Arts Festival Sandy Valley Campground White Haven, PA 7/24-26, 2015.
An ideal summer festival setting, White Haven provides a perfect spot for this fabulously funky festival. Billed as an “epic weekend of music and arts,” the Liberation Festival features artists that include: Break Science, Consider the Source, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Underwater Sounds, Desert Dwellers, Splintered Sunlight and Jah Works. Plus a highly anticipated collaborative super jam set to include Nick Cassarino, Nate Edgar and Weedie Braimah from The Nth Power; Joey Porter from The Motet; Alvin Ford Jr. from Dumpstaphunk; and Eric Bloom and Ryan Zoidis, “The Shady Horns” from Lettuce. This one is definitely a festival for the music lover.
XPoNential Music Festival Susquehanna Bank Center & Wiggins Park Camden NJ 7/24-26, 2015. What makes this one slightly different from others on our list is that this is not a camping or overnight type event. This 3 days festival has been taking place on the Camden waterfront (just across the bridge from Philadelphia) for more than a decade. With a full days worth of performances at 2 different venues, and available 3 day concert passes you can pick which to attend. With acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, My Morning Jacket, George Ezra, The Wailers, The Indigo Girls and more, there’s a show for everyone. And it’s all sponsored by Philly’s award-winning local public radio station, WXPN.
The Budweiser Made In America Festival Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 9/5-6, 2015.
Made in America is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend. With the city of Philadelphia as its backdrop, MIA stages and performers take over the Parkway. The gates to the festival grounds open at noon each day, the event is rain or shine and there’s no re-entry on either day. In addition to the three stages, the festival grounds will also feature a specialized food truck area, merchandise tents and beer gardens. The lineup has yet to be announced for this year’s fest but if previous years are any indication (Jay-Z, Beyonce’, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Pearl Jam to name a few) it will not disappoint.
Whether it’s one of our local suggestions, or something you’ve chosen all on your own, get out and take advantage of the incredible selection of music festivals that summer has to offer. Try something new. Share with family and friends. Festivals make memories that last a lifetime. So get out and see some lie music this summer.