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Philadelphia Music Festival Guide 2024

One of my most visited cities is Philadelphia, so I’m happy to share my Philadelphia Music Festival Guide 2024. The vibrant City, is gearing up for an electrifying year of music, culture, and celebration. As the calendar flips to 2024, festival enthusiasts can look forward to an array of events that promise unforgettable experiences.

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Whether you’re a die-hard music lover or simply seeking a good time, here are three must-attend music festivals in Philadelphia this year.

Made in America Festival 2024

  • Date: September 1–2, 2024
  • Venue: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Description: Curated by none other than rap mogul Jay-Z, the Made in America Festival is a high-octane celebration of music, diversity, and unity. Expect an eclectic lineup featuring top-tier artists from various genres—hip-hop, rock, pop, and EDM. With the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art as the backdrop, this festival is a harmonious blend of beats, culture, and urban energy.
  • Lineup: to be announced

Made in America Festival, an annual musical extravaganza that has graced Philadelphia’s Labor Day weekends since 2012 (except for 2020), has faced an unexpected twist last year. Unfortunately, due to severe circumstances beyond production control, the 2023 Made in America Festival was not taking place.

Fear not, though! The silver lining is that the Made in America Festival is set to return to Philadelphia in 2024. So mark your calendars, keep the rhythm alive, and get ready for a spectacular comeback next year. Until then, let’s cherish memories of past festivals and eagerly await their triumphant return!

Roots Picnic 2024

  • Date: June 1-2, 2024
  • Venue: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
  • Description: The Roots Picnic is an annual pilgrimage for music aficionados. Hosted by the legendary hip-hop band The Roots, this festival celebrates the soulful sounds of R&B, jazz, and funk. Picture lush green lawns, sun-kissed vibes, and headlining acts that groove your soul. From NAS to Jill Scott, this picnic is a feast for music lovers.
  • Lineup: Jill Scott, Lil Wayne & The Roots Celebrate New Orleans (with special guests Trombone Shorty & PJ Morton),Nas, Gunna, Victoria Monét, André 3000, J.Period Live Mixtape featuring Black Thought, Method Man and Redman, Adam Blackstone Legacy Experience featuring Fantasia and Muni Long, Baller Alert Presents Backyard Band featuring Scarface & Amerie, Sexyy Red, Babyface and more

Philadelphia’s Roots Picnic has been a staple in the music festival scene since 2007, and this year promises to be a game-changer.

As we gear up for the 2024 edition, festival-goers can expect an electrifying lineup, vibrant energy, and unforgettable moments. Let’s dive into what makes Roots Picnic a must-attend event. My way to buy the tickets is on their website.

XPoNential Music Festival 2024

  • Date: September 20-22, 2024
  • Venue: Wiggins Park & BB&T Pavilion
  • Description: The XPoNential Music Festival is where indie meets mainstream. Presented by WXPN, Philadelphia’s public radio station, this festival showcases emerging artists alongside established favorites. Imagine intimate stages, breezy riverfront views, and a diverse lineup spanning folk, alternative, and indie rock. It’s the perfect blend of discovery and nostalgia.
  • Lineup: Rosanne Cash, Phosphorescent, Blondshell, Bully, The Heavy Heavy, Lizzie No, Cedric Burnside, Grace Bowers and many more

Philadelphia’s XPoNential Music Festival returns to the picturesque Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront from September 20 to 22, 2024. This annual celebration, presented by WXPN and the Camden County Board of Commissioners, is more than just a music festival—it’s a cultural tapestry woven with threads of rhythm, discovery, and camaraderie.

Remember, these festivals are more than just events—they’re opportunities to create memories, connect with fellow festival-goers, and celebrate the spirit of Philadelphia. Mark your calendars, grab your tickets, and let the music move you!

Christian Wiedeck
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