The Philadelphia Folksong Society has proved high and mighty again by bringing back the Philadelphia Folk Festival for it’s 51st Year on August 17th. Any why wouldn’t they? The three day music extravaganza is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the whole country! With much more to offer than one of a kind tunes from a stellar line-up on multiple stages, it’s no wonder thousands of people continue to trek back year after year.
While the music obviously takes main stage at a folk festival, the food, crafts, camping and beer are nothing to glance over. This year, Yards Brewing Company will happily continue their sponsorship and feature a beer garden for all three days where fest-goers can snag the exclusive festival brew, Yards Folk Fest Kolsch. The Philadelphia based beer creators are also going above and beyond their beer garden duties to make sure those in the city find their way to the “boon-dock” located festival in Schwenksville for a grand time. For only $29, the Yards Philly to Fest Funbus will take Sunday ticket-holders from their brewery at 501 N. Delaware Ave in Philly to the Main Gate of the Folk Festival.
Beer and music, or any festival in general, wouldn’t be complete without some munchies. Food vendors will be on hand from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. in the concert area, and 24 hours a day in the campgrounds. Throughout your lengthy walkabout among the festival grounds, you can find anything from Mexican to French cuisine. There will also be your usual fair food of funnel cakes and fried “everything,” plus vendors like the Upper Salford Volunteer Fire Company, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Wild Bill’s Root Beer and the Water Ice Guys will be on site.
Many decide to stay right on the festival grounds for a full blown festival experience. The all inclusive camping package is a pretty penny but how can one put a price on that experience? Daily tickets and other options are also available and highly recommended, ranging from $65 to $195.
Photos by G. Widman for GPTMC