One of the region’s most popular and enduring festivals is making a comeback in person. The 60th Philadelphia Folk Festival brings more than 100 artists to the suburbs of Philadelphia. Among these are headliners Michael Franti and spearhead and The war and the treaty, development stopped, one of the first hip-hop bands to play at the festival (folk hip-hop of course), a perennial festival Bettye Lavette, Sarah King, The Great Groove Band, Mo Kenney, Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five and more. This year’s festival will also be available to viewers via paid live streaming.

  • What: Hybrid Music Festival
  • Where: Old farmhouse with swimming pool, 1212 Barnbridge Road.Upper Salford Township, Pennsylvania.
  • When: From Thursday August 18 to Sunday August 21
  • How much: $10 and up$65 for streaming only

Cultural festivals

(Delaware River Front)

Penn’s Landing hosts several cultural festivals until October and this weekend, Indian and Caribbean cultures are given pride of place. Saturdays India Day celebrates Desi heritage and India’s 75th Independence Day through music, dance and vendors. Sundays caribbean party showcases the rich culture and diverse music of countries such as Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States and British Virgin Islands, etc. Performers include soca artist julessaxophonist Kenny Sykes, and Unity Vibes bandaged.


The directory Main line bike race is integrated into the Ardmore Rock and Ride, which combines the charity bike ride with an indoor and outdoor music festival. In 2022, the cycling route crosses both the shopping district of Lancaster Ave. and Suburban Square. Performances take place on two outdoor stages – the Suburban Square courtyard at St. James Place and Schauffele Plaza. Artists scheduled to perform include Mo Lowda and the humble, Cabinet, Hoots and Hellmouth, Arthur Thomas and the Funkitoriumand Row of boathouses. The paid after-party show at Ardmore Music Hall is Scott Metzger +Andy Hesse + Josh Dion. All proceeds from the cycle race benefit Narberth Ambulancewhich provides services to 150,000 people in five counties.

(Photo courtesy of Friends of Wissahickon)

One of Philadelphia’s greatest advantages is its array of public green spaces in and around the city. Freewalkersa non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of walking, in partnership with Circuit trails, organizes a two-day 22-mile walk for those who want to see and learn more about the area. On Saturday, the group will start 30th Street Station and walk to Fort Washington along the Wissahickon Creek. On Sunday, the group will continue from Fort Washington to Doylestown. Alternative options on day one are an eight-kilometer mini-ride to East Falls or Chestnut Hill West SEPTA stations. You can join the group for one or both days and if you choose both, there are hotels near Fort. Washington where you can spend the night.

  • What: Nature walk
  • Where: Between Center City and Doylestown, with two different starting points
  • When: Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m., Sunday, August 21, 10:30 a.m.
  • How much: Free with registration

arts and culture

(Clay workshop)

The clay workshop hosts its seventh annual Clay Fest, which allows people of all ages to get their hands dirty. The art workshop offers a chance to throw on the potter’s wheel, make clay necklaces with the artist Nitza Walescascreen printing with Second State Pressand a group sculpting class with the artist Roberto Lugo, who created Roots frontman Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter’s mural on the side of The Clay Studio’s new building. A photo booth, social ice cream and DJ will also be part of the festival.

  • What: Kid-friendly art workshop
  • Where: clay workshop, 1425 North American Street
  • When: Saturday, August 20, noon – 4 p.m.
  • How much: Free