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Summer Music Festivals, Deciphered

Philly is one of the hottest music cities in the country and it’s no surprise that we have plenty of music festivals to keep fans rockin’ and rollin’ all summer long. Here are our top three festival picks for the summer of 2015.

Where can you see Beyonce, The Weeknd, Bassnectar, J.Cole, and Death Cab for Cutie all in one place this summer? Read on…

XPoNential MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 24–26

The XPoNential Music Festival showcases national acts as well as local up and comers to over 25,000 music fans on the Camden Waterfront. This year’s lineup will feature St. Vincent, George Ezra, Courtney Barnett, Grace Potter, Dawes, My Morning Jacket and more.

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Getting there:
If you’re driving, take the Ben Franklin Bridge or the Walt Whitman Bridge.
If you’ll be using public transportation, take the PATCO high-speed line to Camden. There are four stops in Center City Philadelphia and tickets are only $1.40.

On the XPN lineup—Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.

On the XPN lineup—Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. Photo provided by XPN.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL

Aug 13–16

The Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place on the Old Poor Farm in Upper Salford Township attracting over 12,000 attendees and 6,500 campers. The lineup this year goes beyond folk and includes Lyle Lovett, A Fistful of Sugar, and The Wallace Brothers.

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Getting there:
If you’re driving from Central Philadelphia, take The Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) West.

If you’ll be using public transportation, take the SEPTA Lansdale/Doylestown line to the Lansdale Station. Shuttle buses are available but you need to call 215.247.1300 to schedule.

Aerial art at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Aerial art at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

MADE IN AMERICA 2015

Sept 5–Sept 6

Made in America, the popular music festival curated by Jay-Z, is now in its fourth year still going strong, attracting over 80,000 people. This year’s lineup will include Beyonce, The Weeknd, Bassnectar, J.Cole, Death Cab for Cutie, and Action Bronson.

Click here for tickets.

Getting there:

This festival actually takes place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, so public transportation is most convenient. The closest station is 30th Street Station and SEPTA will be operating late-night service for festival goers.

Writer Jennifer Logue (right) chats up a friend at Made in Philadelphia.

Writer Jennifer Logue (right) at Made in Philadelphia. Photo: Kyle Hiller.

Jennifer Logue

Jennifer Logue

Jennifer Logue is a singer/songwriter and music blogger living in the City of Brotherly Love. When she's not playing music or occupying a music venue, she is most likely at a Bikram yoga class, drinking wine, or thrift store shopping! Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram @jenniferlogue for all of her latest finds and random musings. VIEW ALL POSTS