The Made In America Music Festival Hits The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Labor Day Weekend With Two Days Of Concerts, Food Trucks And More, August 31-September 1; Enter To Win Tickets Today!
The eagerly anticipated Made In America festival finally comes to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend with big-name musical acts, local food and much more. The Made In America music festival is merely days away and will soon be rocking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With a blockbuster music lineup curated by none other than Jay Z, this Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, welcomes more than 30 talented acts representing a wide range of genres — from underground sensations to pop music superstars — on three stages.
Nearly 60,000 festival-goers will descend on the Parkway each day to take in the tunes, grab Philly-centric fare in the food truck area, shop merchandise tents and sip brews from a bevy of beer gardens.
Below, we’ve pulled together our guide with resources to help you make the most of your festival this Labor Day weekend. With music mogul Jay Z at the helm, the Made in America artist lineup expresses the master collaborator’s sweeping range of harmonious connections. The collection of performers is phenomenal — from none other than Beyonce headlining on Saturday, August 31 to the triumphant return of Trent Reznor and the Nine Inch Nails headlining on Sunday, September 1. Other big names to listen for include Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Queens of the Stone Age, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wiz Khalifa and many, many more.
We’ve teamed up with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Made in America’s charitable parter, to give away three pairs of tickets to the whole festival to three lucky Uwishunu readers today. Thanks to United Way, the non-profit known for improving education, income and health throughout the region, we have four tickets to give to each winner so they can take in the festivities on both Saturday and Sunday.
With more than 30 acts taking three stages over two days, the 2013 Made in America festival will certainly live up to 2012, which saw a performance by Jill Scott. The majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway has been transformed into Made In America’s festival grounds, which reach from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval and the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The festival footprint includes three main stages – appropriately named the Rocky Stage (the main stage, located at the Art Museum steps), Freedom Stage at 24th Street and Liberty Stage near Pennsylvania Avenue – and the Skate Park Stage, a nod to Philly’s skateboarding culture.
Additionally, the site includes three merchandise areas, plus a pop-up Rocawear shop, several lounge areas, water stations, ATMs, charging stations, a designated food truck area (more on that below) and much more.
Note, too, that the event is rain or shine and there is no re-entry to the event on either day.
With four areas for food vending and a whopping 10 beer stands and gardens, Made in America pays homage to this country’s love of eating and drinking. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster, and a limited number of tickets are available in each tier. If you are traveling to Philadelphia for Made In America, your best bet is to use public transportation to get to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


From food trucks to merch tents, the Made in America festival will include services for all. This new permanent exhibit includes rare artifacts, interactive displays and a full-size replica of a famous American schooner.
Awesome news for music fans: the Made in America Festival is returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Labor Day Weekend 2013. The two-day festival will be hitting the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1.
As for the artists performing this year, the festival line-up will be announced this Wednesday, April 10 on Spotify. UPDATE: The 2013 festival lineup has been announced, a bunch of awesome performers are set to take the stage. Steeped in jazz history, Philly Celebrates Jazz recognizes Jazz Appreciation Month this April with a series of events, culminating with the Center City Jazz Fest on April 30. Look no further than our monthly music picks to prepare your hit list of shows to check out in Philly. The first-ever 'Made in America' Music Festival, hosted by Jay-Z, took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past weekend with continuous musical entertainment for two full days. This past weekend, September 1-2, the festival took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with nearly 30 musical acts, awesome guest appearances from huge A-listers, great food, beer and a weekend-long reminder of how well Philadelphia knows how to throw a party. Some 50,000 spectators turned out each day to watch performances across two stages and a massive dance tent. One of many artists repping Philadelphia was rapper Meek Mill, who helped get the crowd going on Day One with the Maybach Music Group.
The festival made sure to have some local flavor with food trucks like Guapos Tacos, Hub Bub, Gigi's and Big R, and Vernalicious lining the Parkway to feed hungry fans.
As night fell on the Festival's first Day, the crowds packed in front of the main stage area to catch Jay-Z's headlining performance. Filmmaker Ron Howard, who was documenting the festival for an upcoming film, hung out with Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce backstage.
Philadelphia-bred Santigold rocked the stage on Day Two, even grabbing a bunch of fans from the crowd to join her on stage for a song. Another performer from Philadelphia, Jill Scott performed on the Rocky Stage on Sunday afternoon.
The Liberty Stage, pictured here, was the festival's second stage and featured a pretty awesome skyline view as the backdrop.
The man known for working with musicians from Bono to Linkin Park to Lenny Kravitz has curated a truly stellar program for each day of the fest.


The main entrance, though, for those seeking the box office is located on 22nd Street and the Parkway. Attendees will have access to a slew of cultural vendors in the Arts and Culture Village and Guitar Village, plus feel-good information in Cause Village to support the affiliated non-profit, United Way.
The festival does allow items like water bottles (sealed or empty), blankets and non-professional cameras. In addition to standard beverage stands, the festival includes the Bud Biergarten at MLK Drive and 24th Street, as well as Bud Park in the softball fields at 22nd and the Parkway. While on the Parkway, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation (which offers free admission on Sunday!), The Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Head a few blocks north of the Parkway to the Fairmount neighborhood; check out our guide to the bars and restaurants of the area here. NJ Transit will be operating under the normal weekend schedule and SEPTA will be adding service to the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines during the two-day festival.
Jay-Z himself (left, above) headlined Day One of the festival with an awesome performance and even brought out special guest Kanye West (right) to help him close out the show. Below, we recap some of the action with some shots from the two days of the festival, including photos from some of the star performers, a look at the crowds that gathered here in Philadelphia for one of the year’s biggest musical events and more. The superstar, who was the mastermind behind the whole event, closed out Day One of the festival with a pretty great hour-long performance before bringing on some special guests. Other entrances can be found on 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and MLK Drive and 24th Street.
Check here for the complete list of items not allowed inside the fest, like pets nor outside food and drink. Or, walk to the south and hit any number of bars, restaurants and clubs of Center City and nearby Rittenhouse Square. So a huge thank you to Jay-Z for bringing the festival to Philadelphia, and to Mayor Nutter for making it happen.
This weekend’s forecast looks amazing, so refer to our alfresco dining and beer garden guides for outdoor options.



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