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Complete Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia 2019



PHILADELPHIA PA (August 30, 2019)--Summer gets a proper send-off in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend (August 30 through September 2, 2019) with tons of fantastic events at both indoor and outdoor attractions citywide.

Residents and visitors flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the epic Made in America music festival on Saturday and Sunday, featuring performances by Cardi B, Travis Scott, Lizzo and more of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B.

Along the Delaware River waterfront, a festive fireworks show illuminates the sky on Saturday and a cultural festival and sustainable living celebration takes over the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sunday.

The long holiday weekend is also a prime time to visit summertime attractions like Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest — which closes for the season on Sunday, September 1— and Spruce Street Harbor Park, the urban oasis that’s only open through the end of September.

Other event highlights include free outdoor movie screenings, rooftop parties, the final days of several big exhibitions and more.

Want to spend the entirety of Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia? Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and receive free hotel parking, free tickets to Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at The Franklin Institute and a number of other amazing perks — worth up to $286 — to take advantage of during the holiday weekend.

Exterior and crowd at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey
BB&T Pavilion — Photo courtesy BB&T Pavilion

Varies by event

The long weekend in Philly brings a handful of fun concerts to check out. BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, hosts both Lynyrd Skynyrd (Friday, August 30) and Slipknot (Saturday, August 31). (Bonus: Both shows are part of the perks-filled, can’t-miss Visit Philly Live Nation Package.) Also on Friday, Nashville country artist Trace Adkins takes the stage in Quakertown as part of his Don’t Stop Tour and ’90s grunge fans jam at the Grunge-A-Palooza festival at World Cafe Live. Finally, celebrated Philadelphia natives Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly round out the weekend by getting The Dell Music Center grooving alongside Big Daddy Kane and WhoDini for the Party in the Park on Labor Day.

Where: Various locations including BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest


Ferris wheel at the Blue Cross Riverrink SummerfestFerris wheel at the Blue Cross Riverrink Summerfest
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day weekend brings the last few days of the season for the fun-filled Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Head to the Delaware River waterfront destination by Sunday — its last day open of the season — for boardwalk eats, craft beer and cocktails, roller skating, mini-golf, arcade games and the 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard


Waterfront Day on the Delaware River Waterfront

Fireworks along the Delaware River waterfront in PhiladelphiaFireworks along the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The Spirit of Philadelphia and other attractions along the Delaware River waterfront partner for the third annual Waterfront Day. The day-long event features a pop-up beer garden and special cruises onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, $3 off admission at the Independence Seaport Museum, $3 Ferris Wheel rides at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, and awesome food and drink deals from Franklin Fountain, Sugarhouse Casino, La Peg and Spruce Street Harbor Park. The U.S. Army Band performs at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Various locations including Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard


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published | August 30, 2019