Meanwhile, in Manayunk...
The annual Manayunk Arts Fest floods Main Street with more local artists and artisans than you can shake a paintbrush at.
For the 25th year, Manayunk plays host to the area’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. A coalition between the Manayunk Development Corporation and Manayunk.com, the Manayunk Arts Festival has established itself as a yearly destination for art fans in the tri-state area: Winding and picturesque Main Street will be shut down for the weekend and transformed into a walking art gallery.
What distinguishes the Manayunk Arts Festival from others in the area is its incredibly diverse roster of artists. Featured in this weekend’s festivities will be works of fiber, glass & ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting & drawing, photography, wood crafts and sculptures. For each concentration, the festival boasts a stacked lineup of well-established and renowned artists from across the country.
In addition, the fest features an emerging artists tent, which, for the third year, will spotlight young artists in various concentrations, curated for their promising futures and locality to the Philadelphia region. Catch these burgeoning local talents inside the tent, which will be located at the intersection of Main and Roxborough Streets.
The Manayunk Development Corporation anticipates that nearly 200,000 guests will flock to the Schuylkill’s banks for this year’s festival. Apart from the fantastic works of art that will be on display, businesses on Main Street will remain open during the festival to accommodate shoppers. Food, entertainment and family fun highlight this great outdoor Philadelphia tradition. —DANIEL GELB
Through Sunday. 11am. Main Street from Carson St. to Shurs Lane, Manayunk. 215.482.9565. manayunk.com
Riders of SEPTA’s Trenton Line can see the old Jo-Mar buildings at the corner of I and Venango streets.