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Philly's Free Arts Festivals

One of the sizable perks of visiting a large metropolitan center is the proliferation of free cultural events throughout the year, and Philly is no exception.

Wawa Welcome America! Festival. In the 10 days leading up to Independence Day each summer, Philly puts on its biggest party of the year. The Wawa Welcome America! Festival takes place in various locations throughout the city with an assortment of family-friendly events, culminating each year in a huge, free public concert in front of the Art Museum, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Past performers have included Boys II Men, John Legend, and Sheryl Crow. 26th St. and Ben Franklin Pkwy., Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA. 215/683–2200. www.welcomeamerica.com/.

Free Library Festival. Every spring the Main Branch of the Free Library hosts the two-day Free Library Festival, which features readings and live music for children and adults with a literary bent. 1901 Vine St., Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA. 215/686–5322. www.freelibrary.org/festival.

PECO Multicultural Series. The many festivals of the PECO Multicultural Series, held over summer weekends at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, are a welcome respite from the grueling dog days of the season. Columbus Ave. and Chestnut St., Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA. 215/922–2386. www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/peco-multicultural-series-at-penns-landing/.

Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival. The vivacious Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival has a full line-up of live bands, performers, vendors, and the fabulous, multicultural energy of all West Philly has to offer. Baltimore Ave. and 43rd St., West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 215/552–8186. www.clarkpark.info/.

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