2013 Live Nation “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festival

Mayor Michael A. Nutter released details about the City of Philadelphia’s plans to welcome back for a second year the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival, an exciting, two-day music festival during Labor Day weekend.  The event will be locally produced by Live Nation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will benefit local United Way organizations.

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter will once again curate the blockbuster roster of talent, featuring headliners Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails, with more than 30 acts that embody the diverse American musical spirit.  The artists will perform on three stages on the Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1.  Performances are scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, and will begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:00 P.M. on Sunday.

“For the second year in a row, Labor Day weekend in the City of Philadelphia will offer a unique combination of entertainment, culture and community, with the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the backdrop for the Budweiser Made in America Festival,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “There is something for everyone: Festival ticket-holders, cultural institution visitors and those with business on the Parkway are all welcome to take part in a relaxing weekend of holiday fun.  With the success of its inaugural year, the Budweiser Made in America Festival is a perfect opportunity to highlight Philadelphia as a major destination for art, music and cultural offerings.”

The Budweiser Made in America Festival will benefit United Way organizations in Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA.  The Festival’s primary goal is to have a positive impact on the communities involved.  Money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions. As a result of last year’s Festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $350,000 into education and workforce development initiatives.

Access to the venue is limited to Festival ticket-holders only. Festival goers are urged to purchase tickets in advance through Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com.  Approximately 60,000 ticket-holders will enjoy the Festival each day.  Attendees are encouraged to visit www.MadeInAmericaFest.com for information on items that are (and are NOT) permitted in the venue, as well as information on concessions, accommodations, and directions.

Road Closures

To accommodate the venue construction and two-day festival, gradual road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the Fairmount neighborhood will begin the week of August 25, with increasing closures up until the start of the Festival on the morning of Saturday, August 31.  The full extent of the closures will extend through Tuesday, September 3.

Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to use alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time, in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend. (Please see attached list and map for specific road closures by date and a foot print of the event or visit www.phila.gov.)

There are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the Festival site.  A detailed list of closures is listed below:

Phase 1:

  • Sunday, August 25th: Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
  • Monday, August 26th and Tuesday, August 27th: One lane in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. A second lane will be closed, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The closures are designed to minimize disruption to rush-hour traffic.
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