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Manayunk Arts Festival turns 27, returns June 25-26

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Manayunk Development Corporation says it’s the tri-state region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival.

Main Street Manayunk during the Manayunk Arts Festival.

Main Street Manayunk during the Manayunk Arts Festival.

The 27th annual Manayunk Arts Festival runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26.
In a press release, the corporation’s executive director, Jane Lipton, said: “Manayunk always seems to shine the brightest during Arts Festival weekend. With hundreds of artists lining our historic Main Street, this event gives all attendees a true taste of our neighborhood’s vibrancy.”

So how big is it?

Picture approximately 300 different local and nationally-known artists and crafters on Main Street. We’re talking fiber, glass and ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting and drawing, photography, wood and sculpture.
For the fifth year, local and up-and-coming talent will be featured in the Emerging Artist Tent at Main Street and Roxborough Avenue. More than 25 artists will be displaying their work there throughout the weekend.

Is there a full artist list somewhere?

Yes, at www.manayunk.com.

What else is there to do?

Check out Manayunk’s restaurant scene and boutiques and stores. You can also explore the towpath or venture up to the Manayunk Bridge to get an aerial view of the festival.

Does it cost anything?

Admission is free.

Since Manayunk is part of Philadelphia, is parking going to be difficult?

Limited parking is available at the 4000 Main St. Lot and the Green Lane Lot between Main and Cresson streets.
Shuttle buses will run from two different parking lots. Pick up the shuttles at 555 City Ave. or at the Ivy Ridge Train Station on Umbria Street. For a $4 round-trip donation, $2 for children, you can be dropped off at the entrance to the festival. The City Avenue shuttle will make a stop at the corner of Shurs Lane and Ridge Avenue, and the Ivy Ridge shuttle will also stop at Gorgas Park (Hermitage Street and Domino Lane). Shuttles run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

What if I take public transportation?

There’s SEPTA’s Manayunk-Norristown Line and SEPTA bus routes 61 and 35 will be rerouted to Ridge Avenue for the weekend.

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