Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia means it’s time for Made In America! The two-day festival is back for its eighth year and preparations are underway near the Art Museum.
For a full listing of closures and restrictions, continue reading below.
Festival Activities & Information
The 2019 Made in America artists will perform on four stages along the Parkway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Doors will open each day at noon, with performances scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Performances are expected to run until approximately midnight on Saturday and 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets, lineup and general information about the Made in America Festival, visit www.madeinamericafest.com.
Road Closures & Parking Restrictions
To accommodate venue construction and the two-day festival, gradual road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in sections of the Fairmount neighborhood will begin on Sunday, August 25. The number and magnitude of street closings and parking restrictions will increase each day. Specific phases for road closures are detailed below. All roadways will reopen prior to morning rush hour on Tuesday, September 3, with traffic patterns returning to normal. Some low-impact parking and travel lane restrictions will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3.
Delays can be expected during the course of event construction set-up and on festival days. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend. Double-parking—which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal—should also be avoided.
Phase 1 – 7:00 a.m. on August 25 – 11:59 p.m. on September 3:
- CLOSED: Two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phase 2 – 7:00 a.m. on August 26 – 5:00 p.m. on September 3:
- CLOSED: Spring Garden Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Phase 3 – 7:00 a.m. on August 27 – 11:59 p.m. on September 3:
- Parking prohibited on Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 23rd Street (south side) and Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street (north side)
Phase 4 – 10:00 a.m. on August 28 – 5:00 a.m. on September 3:
- CLOSED: Inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
- Cross traffic on numbered streets will be permitted
Phase 5 – 7:00 p.m. on August 29 – 5:00 a.m. on September 3:
- CLOSED: Outer lanes on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 22nd and 23rd Streets
Phase 6 – 10:00 a.m. August 30 – 5:00 a.m. September 3:
- CLOSED: Outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
- CLOSED: Inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
- CLOSED: 23rd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- CLOSED: 22nd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Park Towne Place
- CLOSED: 21st Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
- CLOSED: Kelly Drive outbound from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
- CLOSED: Outer lane of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to Paine’s Park
- Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City)—from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive—must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.
All road closures will be lifted prior to morning rush hour on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Phase 7 – 3:00 a.m. August 31 – 5:00 a.m. September 2:
The most extensive road closures and parking restrictions around the festival site will begin at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, and remain in effect through the duration of the event. Many of the road closures listed below will be lifted prior to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, September 2 as roads are cleaned and serviced.
- The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25thStreet)
- Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Note: The rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be accessible to museum guests via a special route (Fairmount Avenue, to Pennsylvania Avenue, to 25th Street/Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive)
- 21st Street, between Winter and Spring Garden Streets
- 22nd Street, between Race Street and Fairmount Avenue
- 23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Avenue
- 24th Street, between Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues
- Spring Garden Street Tunnel
- Spring Garden Street Bridge
- Note: The City will make every effort to keep this bridge open during Philadelphia Museum of Art operating hours, but it may be forced to close during periods of heavy pedestrian traffic
- Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street and Fairmount Avenue
- Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, between the Falls Bridge and Eakins Oval
- 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store and 21st Street
- Note: The eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods Market to 20th Street, will remain open to allow access to the store
- I-676 westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street
- Note: I-676 eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open
- Pennsylvania Avenue, between 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
- Winter Street, between 20th and 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
- 20th Street, between Vine and Callowhill Streets (east side of street)
- 21st Street, between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Race Street (both sides of street)
- 22nd Street, between Winter and Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
- Park Towne Place, between 22nd and 24th Streets (both sides of street)
- Spring Garden Street, between 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
- Race Street, between 19th and 20th Streets
Additional road closures and parking restrictions may be necessary in the vicinity of the event grounds as dictated by conditions. Resident and visitors should always obey posted signs and instructions from the Philadelphia Police Department.
Public Transportation & Paid Parking Information
SEPTA Customer Service will extend its hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday, with phone and online agents available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Customer service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules during Labor Day weekend, visit www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.
Available transportation options include:
- Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines. Local train service will operate on a normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Race-Vine and City Hall Stations on the Broad Street Line and 15thStreet Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the festival gates on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.
- Regional Rail. Late-night train service will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations. Special schedules will be posted in stations and are also available online at www.septa.org/events. If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for approximately 20 minutes after the concert ends. Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available online at www.septa.org/parking.
- Trolley. Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 offer convenient service to and from the concert, with 19th and 22nd Street Stations providing easy walking access to Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Trolley Route 15 connects with Broad Street and Market Frankford Line service at Girard Avenue.
- Bus. Due to festival-related street closures, SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31 through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, September 2. Specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org.
- PHLASH. PHLASH transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City and the Parkway vicinity, with stops at 22 locations including many in Center City. Find PHLASH on the go, with live updates at RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visit www.phillyphlash.com for a schedule and route details.
- Rideshare. Taxi, Uber and Lyft designated drop off and pick up locations are along the 2100 block of Spring Garden Street and the 1900 block of Arch Street.
- Indego Bike Share. Attendees using Indego to get to the festival should check the mobile app to confirm dock and bike availability in real time. Users can also check bike and station status at www.rideindego.com or by following @rideindego on Twitter. The Art Museum Indego station will be temporarily relocated to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to accommodate the stage.
If driving, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are conveniently located on or near the Parkway. Attendees can contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at www.philapark.org for a list of parking options. The Made in America Festival is not affiliated with these parking facilities.
Most of the cultural institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation and, in some cases, even extend schedules during the festival and throughout Labor Day weekend.
During the Made in America Festival, the west entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will remain open, and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. Art Museum Drive will be open at 25thStreet, with access to the museum’s parking garage for museum visitors throughout the weekend. Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will be accessible for visitor drop off, Art Museum staff, and event staff after their vehicles are searched at PPD checkpoints on either end of Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive. The Rocky Statue will not be accessible Friday evening after 5:00 p.m. through the end of the day on Sunday.
The Barnes Foundation will be open throughout Labor Day Weekend. The parking garage is also open to the public, and is accessible via Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets.
The Franklin Institute will also be open throughout Labor Day weekend, and the parking garage located at 21st and Winter Streets will be accessible.
Visit www.parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org or the institutions’ individual websites for more information on exhibit hours, ticketing, parking, accessibility and accommodations.
Venue Details & Public Safety Information
The Made in America venue features multiple entrances and exits for ticket-holders during the two-day festival. Entrances are located at 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Re-entry to the venue will not be permitted on either day.
The perimeter of the festival will be firmly secured and protected for maximum public safety. The enclosed event boundaries are:
- 21st Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Park Towne Place
- Pennsylvania Avenue from 20th Street to 25th Street
- The south side of Eakins Oval from Martin Luther King Drive to 24th Street
- Park Towne Place from 24th Street to 20th Street
Throughout the event, the City will provide enhanced law-enforcement support and emergency medical services on the Parkway and in the surrounding vicinity. The City and Made in America are coordinating with local, state and federal public safety authorities to utilize a network of prevention and response services. Additionally, Made in America has partnered with iDecko to compile and address community related questions and/or concerns. A hotline has been made available for the duration of the event, inclusive of the site build. The hotline number is 917-732-7501.
Access to the venue is limited strictly to ticket-holders, who will be subject to searches before being permitted inside the venue to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone at the festival. Ticket holders should be prepared for additional searches inside the venue at the discretion of festival security staff. Spectators are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind. All bags are subject to search. Those planning to attend festival activities should plan ahead regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable attire.
There is an ADA accessible entrance at the main gates on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 21st Street. Festival attendees requiring ADA accessible accommodations for guest screening and arriving via vehicle can be dropped off at 24thStreet and Park Towne Place.
Bags and other items should never be left unattended. In an emergency, or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), attendees can notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1.
Items allowed inside the venue include:
- Factory-sealed plastic water bottles, one per person up to 1 liter
- Empty plastic water containers, one per person up to 64 ounces for re-use at water refill stations (drinking water will be available for purchase and there will be water stations for refilling bottles)
- Empty hydration packs of any kind (backpacks, waist bands or other hydration items and inserts)
- One small non-framed backpack or bag subject to search and re-search (all searched bags will be tagged following search)
- Blankets and towels
- Umbrellas (small hand-held only)
- Non-professional cameras, flip-cams, camera phones
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash, debit/credit cards, and other personal items
Items NOT allowed inside the venue include but are not limited to:
- Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)
- Masks of any kind
- Fireworks or explosives
- Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
- Food and non-water beverages including alcohol taken in from the outside
- Pets (except trained service animals)
- Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
- Glass containers
- Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters (excluding motorized wheelchairs or similar equipment for those with mobility issues)
- Professional recording devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for commercial use)
- Fluorescent plastic lights (glow sticks)
- Laser pointers
- Items that would obstruct others’ view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc.)
Made in America is a “No Drone Zone”. Drone use is prohibited, and the use of drones over groups of people or over stadiums is a violation of FAA Special Rule for Model Aircraft.
The Made in America Festival is an all-ages event. However, to enter the festival beer garden areas and to purchase alcohol, individuals must be 21+ and have valid photo I.D. Underage drinkers will be detained.
Smoking is not permitted on any Philadelphia Parks & Recreation property including, but limited to, buildings, playgrounds, ice or skating rinks, fields or courts, pools, picnic areas, walking areas and parking lots.
Missing or lost persons can be brought to Info Booth #3 located next to the main merchandise booth.
Found items can be taken to various information tents placed throughout the venue, with the primary lost and found located at Info Booth #3 next to the main merchandise booth.
Alpha-numeric “location markers” will be posted to clearly and easily identify a location or section (by letter and number, example: CD-1) to facilitate communication in the event of an emergency.
EMS tents are located near the main entrance between 21st and 22nd Streets, at the north and south sides of 23rdStreet and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and near the Rocky Statue to the right of the main stage.
Portable restroom facilities, including ADA-compliant units, will be available for use throughout the festival grounds.
For more information on the venue, concessions, accommodations and directions, visit www.madeinamericafest.com.
Emergency Weather Alerts & Heat-Related Precautions Information
Made in America is a rain or shine event. Attendees should sign up to receive free weather and emergency alerts by texting READYPHILA to 888-777, and in the case of severe weather, should listen for announcements broadcast across the festival footprint.
In the event of high temperatures, attendees should be aware of the risk of heat-related health issues. EMS personnel will be on duty all day at accessible first aid stations and will be on patrol to monitor activities. Many heat stress or heat exhaustion issues can be avoided by taking simple precautions:
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Avoid over-indulging in alcoholic liquids, caffeine and avoid wearing excessive layers of clothing.
- Consider the Three L’s Rule: light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting. Wear garments made of natural fibers like cotton.
- Review tips for ways to stay safe and cool during the summer heat.
For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.
All streets will be cleaned after each day and trash containers on festival grounds will be emptied during and after the event.