August 18th, 2017
Being at the “edge of everything” is great, but every once in a while it’s nice to escape the madness of the city. A weekend out in the farmland immediately surrounding Philadelphia can be just what the soul needs after a busy week on the grind. We know how much Edgewater residents embrace and appreciate the local culture, so we thought we would share this gem of Philly tradition with you. Here’s an insider’s scoop on The Philadelphia Folk Festival, held on August 17th through the 20th.
Packed with history, this is actually the 56th year this beloved gathering has been held. The Philadelphia Folk Festival is run almost entirely by volunteers who annually transform a working farm into a land of magic, whimsy, and most importantly music. A prominent part of the city’s music history and scene, The Philadelphia Folksong Society is a close-knit, but welcoming group to get involved with. This festival is their most celebrated event and it’s about 30-miles outside of the city.
Embrace the captivatingly cool culture of the campground scene, where life-long friends set up huge themed campsites filled with art and activities. Dance or sing until the sun comes up at the late night jams, where it’s often said the music is even better than the main stage. “Folk Fest” has something incredibly special and unique around every bend. During the day you can have a cat nap in “Dulcimer Grove”, a cozy patch of hammock covered woods tucked between several stages. Buy a one of a kind souvenir in their craft vendors area or indulge in some of Philly’s best cuisine that set up stands just for the festival.
This year, catch amazing performances from Old Crow Medicine Show, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Taj Mo, and The Infamous Stringdusters. There are five stages with endless things to do and see. Are you ready for an escape?
Philadelphia Folk Festival
August 17th – 20th, 2017
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford Township