A Day of Fun and Funk: The West Park Arts Festival

The West Park Arts Fest, held on Saturday, June 8, helped raise awareness about the Parkside area’s history and heritage, as well as promoted Philadelphia’s art and cultural talents. Held in West Fairmount Park, close to the popular Please Touch Museum, the free festival was organized by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and the West Park Cultural Center. 

The sun shone brightly on West Fairmount Park as local food trucks, booths, and businesses pitched tents along the park street for a day of festivities accompanied by live music. Breakwater headlined the “FunkFest Lineup,” playing for a crowd of 3,000 festival attendees over the course of the day.

Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) was also on site to promote Philadelphia’s heritage through a family-friendly coloring station, showcasing Philadelphia’s rich history and UNESCO World Heritage City designation. In addition, GPA presented a standing historical timeline that documented Parkside’s unique heritage with historical photos and descriptions.

The festival was a huge success, with local businesses and entrepreneurs enjoying the exposure, musicians getting funky, and all who participated looking forward to next year’s West Park Arts Fest.

Article written by Zimri Hinshaw on behalf of Global Philadelphia Association