How I Spent My Summer (Part One), the Manayunk Arts Festival

Last month, I attended the Manayunk Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA with one of my BFFs. Manayunk is a neighborhood located in lower northwest Philly that sits along the banks of the Schuylkill River and features cool shops and restaurants. There’s even a brewery–the Manayunk Brewing Co., which is one of the stops along the Manayunk/Norristown SEPTA line that includes stops for 10+ breweries.

But back to the Festival. In its 30th year, the Manayunk Arts Festival boasts that it’s the “tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival.” Over 300 vendors lined quaint Manayunk Main St and it took my friend and I several hours to methodically visit each and every booth. Some of the highlights can be found below.

While I didn’t go crazy buying stuff (I must keep to my budget, after all), I did make a few purchases, including the earrings I’m wearing below. I’d share the artist’s info, but he’s old school and doesn’t have a website or social media presence. My friend bought a similar pair with the glass bead hanging in the reverse direction so we could be twinsies!

Manyunk Arts Festival

I also ran into Kristiana Parn, who is an artist I’ve featured many times in the past and have long admired. It’s always nice to put a face to someone that you only know from the Internet. Head on over to her shop to see her work–some of which I have my eye for our new home, like this Hello Philadelphia print!

Kristiana Parn a juried artist at the Manayunk Arts Festival.