West Park Arts Fest 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
South Concourse Drive, West Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Founded by West Park Cultural Center in 2008, the West Park Arts Fest will return for its 11th year on Saturday, June 9 along South Concourse Drive in West Fairmount Park.

Fairmount Park Conservancy is excited to partner again in hosting the annual festival. The site is adjacent to the Centennial Commons along Parkside Avenue–a “new park within a park” by the Conservancy as part of Philadelphia’s Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative.

This free public event aims to bring communities together in the park, promote greater awareness of the area’s history and heritage, while celebrating the arts and cultural diversity of Philadelphia. The event is a showcase for visual artists, musicians, dancers, craft vendors, and local institutions and nonprofit partners.

From 12 – 5 pm on Saturday, June 9th, visitors will be able to enjoy an incredible range of performances and activities, including:

  • Dance and music performances by West Philadelphia Orchestra, Badd Kitti, Gretchen Elise Music, Patrice and The Show, The Philly Clicks, Jasmin Yahne Dance Company, and many more
  • Children’s pavilion with family-friendly activities
  • Prototypes of the Franklin Institute’s new exhibition Game Masters
  • Make-and-take art activities by Mural Arts Philadelphia and others
  • Three outdoor art installations featuring Philly-based artists Brian Bazemore, Ruth Scott Blackson, and Jesse Harrod
  • Handmade vendor market
  • Guided historical trolley tours through the Centennial District
  • Food trucks

The three outdoor art installations have been commissioned by the Conservancy, curated by guest curator Theresa Rose, and made possible thanks to support from ArtPlace America. The installations draw inspiration from the neighborhood and its rich cultural history. Explore the event page to learn more about the artists and the installations that will debut on June 9 at the West Park Arts Fest.

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