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Labor Day Weekend Events In Philly

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • August 27, 2012
    • DJ Rich Medina
      • DJ Rich Medina
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Summer might be winding down, but Philly still has some sizzle and swag going on. Labor Day is right around the corner, and we've got you covered on everything that's going on in Philly for that weekend.

Check out some of our top picks below. 

Labor Day Weekend Event Picks

Made in America Featuring Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Drake, Jill Scott, Maybach Music & More

Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Made in America: 32 acts. 3 stages. 1 weekend. 

It's about to go down musically in Philly. We're counting down to Jay-Z's Made in America music festival happening September 1-2. Jay-Z is officially taking over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with performers hand-picked by him - including Drake, Run DMC and Philly's own Jill Scott, to name a few. See full listing here.


Thursday, August 30

9:00 p.m.

North Shore Beach Club

1031 Germantown Avenue

Check out the ClassicJawn party happening at North Shore Beach Club. DJs Rich Medina and Mike Nyce will spin house, Afrobeat and classic beats for this dance party. This event is open to the public, so no membership necessary. 

Jay-Z's DJ Young Guru at Walnut Room

Friday, August 31

9:00 p.m.

Walnut Room

1709 Walnut Street

Jay-Z's studio engineer and tour DJ - Young Guru - will be one the ones and twos at the Rittenhouse hotspot the Walnut Room. There's $20 cover; $10 before midnight with RSVP.

The Philly LIVEPOD Featuring Dwele

Friday, August 31 

9 p.m. 

The Prince Music Theater 

1412 Chestnut Street 

The August Philly LIVEPOD explodes on the scene with its latest installment, featuring the smooth, soulful music of R&B sensation - Dwele. He'll be joined by other phenomenal R&B artists, like Bianca Raquel, Dave"Pop" Watson and Kontraband 215. And, as always DJ Aktive and DJ Drama will be on hand to spin the tunes  that will keep the Philly LivePod party people movin'. You can purchase your tickets online here.  


Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Featuring Sheila E.

Friday, August 31

7:30PM concert

RiverStage on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Market Street

It's about to get glamorous at Penn's Landing. Sheila E. will be hitting the stage as part of the smooth jazz 15th anniversary celebration. Following her performance, there will be fireworks, south of the RiverStage at approximately 9:15 p.m.


Tastytreats Featuring Yameen Allworld and DJ Mike Nyce

Saturday, September 1

10:00 p.m.

Fluid Nightclub

613 S. 4th Street 

Held the first Saturday of every month, Philly’s longest running party—Tastytreats—has been going strong for years. With its mix of hip-hop, reggae, house and R&B, there are no signs of it stopping. On Saturday, September 1, DJ Mike Nyce and Yameen Allworld will be in the house to get the party started. 

The Next Movement with DJ Statik AKA Mr. Sonny James

Saturday, September 1

Walnut Room

1709 Walnut Street

Catch Philly favorite DJ Statik spinning at this Rittenhouse Square hotspot on September 1. He's mixing it up with top 40, hip-hop and classics all night.

Summer In The City With Jon B.

Sunday, September 2

7:00 p.m. doors open; 8:00 p.m. show begins

The Blockley

3801 Chestnut Street

Not going to Made in America, or looking for somewhere to go after the show? Head over to the Blockley to party with Jon B. all night. 

Saul Williams Presents Chorus - A Spoken Word Tour 

Tuesday, September 4 

7 p.m. 

World Cafe Live 

3025 Walnut Street 

Want to keept the holiday going? Saul Williams will be at World Cafe Live the day after Labor Day. Saul is no ordinary poet - first stepping out into the limelight as part of the infamous Nuyorican Poets and mastermind behind the Sundance award-winning spoken word film, Slam.  Williams early success led to collabarations with Erykah Badu, Nas and Philly's own The Roots. So, stop by World Cafe Live for this special spoken word show to celebrate the release of Saul's latest book, Chorus.  You can purchase tickets online here.  

Your Guide To Philly's 4th Of July Celebration - Wawa Welcome America! - June 25 - July 4, 2012

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 25, 2012
    • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
      • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
      • Photo Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

Your Guide To Philly's 4th Of July Celebration - Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America! is a 10 day-long celebration in Philly that kicks off on June 25 and ends July 4. With three firework shows, concerts curated by Questlove of The Roots, lots of food (and we do mean a lot!) and more, Philly is definitely the place to celebrate. 

Check out everything going on in Philly for Wawa Welcome America!

    • The Roots
      • The Roots
      • Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Concerts/Live Performances

It's time for Philly's ultimate summer jam. We have concerts and performances happening around the city. And, if there's anything Philly knows how to do, it's putting on a good show with hot music. We have some major talent hitting our stages, including The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall, Gerald Veasley, Regina Carter and more!

Friday, June 29

Laura Izibor

Penn’s Landing

301 S. Columbus Boulevard

5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, June 30

Geral Veasley & Regina Carter

Penn’s Landing

301 S. Columbus Boulevard

11 am – 10 pm

Sunday, July 1

Byron Cage (Gospel Sunday)

Penn’s Landing

301 S. Columbus Boulevard

11 am – 7 pm

Tuesday, July 3

Questlove Presents PSK - Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs

Tuesday, July 3

9 p.m. 


1221 Saint James Street

Insider Tip: Questlove is throwing the ultimate pre-event with his annual dream party PSK - and he's invited a few of his celebrity DJ friends to help him! On Tuesday, July 3rd Questlove along with DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, Rich Medina, DJ Statik and others - collectively known as #PSK or the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs.

The Roots 4th of July Jam Featuring Talib Kweli

Tuesday, July 3 

8 p.m. 


4th & South Streets

Wednesday, July 4

Party on the Parkway

12 noon – 6 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between 18th & 23rd Streets

Insider tip: Seven blocks of music, dancing, cultural activities, arts, crafts and live entertainment. Look out for Questlove's Stage. Line up is still TBA. We hear a couple of our ambassadors will be hitting the stage.

The Roots' Fourth of July Jam

Featuring The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall and more

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between 18th & 23rd Streets

Insider Tip: There will be a fireworks show following the Jam. 

    • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Photo Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC


Philly will sparkle and light up like you've never seen before with three separate nights of fireworks. Get ready to ooh and ahh.

Saturday, June 30

Concert & Fireworks

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Wednesday, July 4

Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks

In front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval

Saturday, July 7

A Star-Spangled Night with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Insider Tips: Arrive early. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. If you get there early, you’ll be able to grab a great location for the concert and the fireworks.

Best Places to Watch the Fireworks

Along the Delaware River

Philadelphia side of the Delaware River
• Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
• Morgan’s Pier
• Independence Seaport Museum
• SugarHouse Casino
• Race Street Pier
• Washington Avenue Green
• Penn Treaty Park
• Village Belle
• Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
• Spirit of Philadelphia
• Ristorante La Veranda

Camden side of the Delaware River:
• Adventure Aquarium
• Battleship New Jersey
• Wiggins Park

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park
• Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is shut down in honor of the celebration
• Boathouse Row
• Kelly Drive
• Martin Luther King Drive
• Schuylkill River Park
• Best Western Center City
• Bistro St. Tropez

    • Taste of Philadelphia
      • Taste of Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: J. Smith for GPTMC


Whether it's a 4.5 ton hoagie, unlimited ice cream or sample dishes from some of Philly's top restaurants, you will definitely get a real taste of Philly when you take part in some of Wawa Welcome America's food events.

Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1

Taste of Philadelphia

June 29, 5 - 10 p.m.

June 30, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

July 1, 11 a.m. 

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tips: Bring your appetite and enjoy all the flavors of Philly. Participating vendors include Gi Gi & Big R’s Caribbean Soul Food, La Marqueza, Lil Dan’s Food Truck, Marabella Meatball Company, Sweet Box and many more.

Wednesday, June 27

Wawa Hoagie Day

12 noon - 2 p.m.

Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Independence Mall West

6th and Market Streets

Insider tip: There will be a 4.5 ton hoagie served. 

Saturday, June 30 - Sunday, July 1

Super Scooper All-You-Can Eat Ice Cream Festival

June 30, 12 noon – 5 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m.
July 1, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Walnut Street & Columbus Boulevard

Insider tip: For just a $7 donation, you can enjoy ice cream for hours each day. All net proceeds will benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund, helping to find a cure for pediatric leukemia.

Behind The Scenes Of The Roots Picnic - Episode 1 Featuring Brandon Pankey

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 1, 2012
    • Behind the scenes of a walk through for The Roots Picnic with Brandon Pankey
      • Behind the scenes of a walk through for The Roots Picnic with Brandon Pankey

Our Music Insider - Laiya St. Clair - wanted to give you an exclusive sneak peek of the ins and outs of putting together this year's Roots Picnic.

She's going to take you through everything leading up to the Roots Picnic with three episodes featuring: The Roots' management doing a walk through of the venue, one of the DJs prepping for the Picnic, and some exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Roots rehearsing with De La Soul.

And stay tuned for more videos, because you know we'll be covering the Picnic over the next two days, so you won't miss a thing that happens backstage this weekend.

First up in making The Roots Picnic happen, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey of SEFG (The Roots' management), takes us on the venue walk through before the Picnic. Watch this exclusive footage below.  And, look out for episodes 2 and 3 tomorrow morning.

OCD: Moosh & Twist - Wednesday, December 23

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