Philadelphia Pier Festivals

by Nicki Wolf
Philadelphia's Festival Pier affords access to restaurants and museums.

Philadelphia's Festival Pier affords access to restaurants and museums.

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Spring and summer bring a variety of fun-filled events to the Festival Pier on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Whether you are interested in celebrating your heritage, a special holiday, enjoy your favorite food or if you would like to take a date to see a band play, these festivals offer something for nearly everyone.

Ethnic and Cultural Festivals

The four corners of the earth come to Philadelphia in the form of ethnic and cultural festivals on the Delaware River Festival Pier. In June, learn more about Ramadan at the Islamic Heritage Festival; also head to Penn's Landing to do some Irish dancing at the Irish American Festival or learn a new language at the Portuguese Festival. July brings the Hispanic Fiesta or attend the Festival of India and the Caribbean Festival in August. The Mexican Independence Day Festival follows in September.

Holiday Festivals

Fireworks are part and parcel of any Independence Day celebration, and the Two Cities One Waterfront Concert and Fireworks is part of the Welcome America! Celebration and festival happening in Philadelphia every July. Celebrate Labor Day in September with the WHYY Connections Festival. Both these festivals provide ample opportunity to enjoy Philly's riverfront, eat foods the city is known for and spend time mingling on the Festival Pier.

Food Festivals

Philadelphia is known for cheese steaks and soft pretzels, but the city has much more to offer than these treats. You'll get a taste of ethnic delicacies at the many ethnic and cultural festivals located on Philly's Festival Pier, but events dedicated to food also exist. The Super Scooper All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival that takes place in July serves up Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry's, Edy's, Good Humor-Bryers, Bassett's, Turkey Hill, Jack & Jill and Philadelphia Water Ice to cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth while raising money for leukemia.

Music Festivals

A wide range of bands make sweet music at the Philadelphia Festival Pier. The Roots picnic brings a dozen or more rhythm and blues bands in June, followed by the 618 Music and Arts Festival devoted to electronic music. You will also find popular bands playing as part of holiday and ethnic festivals. If crowds aren't your thing, the Festival Pier makes a good spot to listen to concerts held across the river at the Tweeter Center in Camden.

About the Author

Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.

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