Northern Liberties’ biggest block party fills 2nd Street with free concerts

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The 2nd Street Festival draws a crowd. Image from
The 2nd Street Festival draws a crowd. Image from

Summers come loaded with festivals, but few are as Philly-focused as Northern Liberties’ upcoming party. On August 3rd, North 2nd Street will have a lineup of local musicians stretched between Germantown Avenue and Green Street. The free concerts go from noon to 10pm with two different stages.

For the fourth year, the Festival's programming partner is the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and the day boasts 20 bands in all, spanning folk, hip-hop, world music, jazz, indie bands, R&B, and more. The musicians will include Black Landlord, DisCanto, The Downtown Shimmy, El Caribefunk, New Sound Brass Band, No Good Sister, and Weird Hot, to name a few. Click here for the full festival lineup.

The free concerts promise to be great, but don’t forget the six city blocks of food, art, and vendors, too. Last year, the event drew 35,000 people, and organizers this year are expecting up to 40,000. There'll be plenty of family-friendly crafts and activities for all ages. Yards, Flying Fish, Leinenkugel, and many more, including specialty local brews, will be on hand at restaurants and beer gardens when it's time for the grown-ups to cool down.

The 6th annual 2nd Street Festival, supported by the Philadelphia Folksong Society and presented in partnership with the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, comes to Northern Liberties on August 3 from noon to 10pm, on 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Greet Street. Parking will be limited, so attendees are encouraged to take SEPTA. For complete information about the event, including tips on getting there, visit

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