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Drink Local at the 50th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 18-21

The Philadelphia Folk Festival began in 1962 and is the largest and longest-running Festival of its kind in the country. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

This weekend brings yet another major summer festival. The Philadelphia Folksong Society presents the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 18-21.

The fest features a star-studded folk music lineup (think Arlo Guthrie, The Kennedys and Tom Paxton), fun events and workshops (think First Person Arts Story Slam, banjo and clog dance classes), delicious food and drinks, a full-blown craft fair, family fun and, to top it all off, camping grounds surrounding the area so you can literally stake a spot and enjoy four full days and nights of folk festival fun.

But, what really caught our ‘Philly Homegrown’ eye is their specialty beer and wine garden featuring a wide selection of local options from Yards Brewing Co. and Black Walnut Winery (which uses locally-grown grapes).  In honor of the event, Yards will be slinging their first ever lager named especially for the occasion: Yards Folk Fest Lager. For $10, grab a commemorative Yards bottle to help reduce the environmental impact of the festival.  Note: alcoholic beverages are prohibited anywhere in the campgrounds.

Non-alcoholic beverages (bottled soda, water, juice drinks) are available at the top of the hill in the food section. Note: water is available at no charge at the water stations near the toilet facilities at the top of the hill and near the Camp Stage.  For an in depth guide to the festival, consult our sister blog, uwishunu’s thorough post on the event.

Philadelphia Folk Festival
When: August 18-21
Where: 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville
Cost: $10-$169
More info: www.pfs.org/folk-festival

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