Guide to Made In America

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Don’t be thinking about going M.I.A. this weekend! You need to be thinking about going to M.I.A this weekend! That is the Made In America music festival this weekend! And we have your guide to the festival!

The Layout

The majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway transforms into Made In America’s festival grounds, which reach from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval and the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tens of thousands of festival-goers will descend on the Parkway each day to take in the tunes, grab delicious bites from food trucks and culinary vendors, shop merchandise tents and sip brews from a bevy of beer gardens.

The gates to the festival grounds open at noon each day, the event is rain or shine and there’s no re-entry on either day.

Wondering what you can and can’t bring along? The festival does allow attendees to bring items like factory-sealed plastic water bottles or empty plastic water containers, a small non-framed backpack, blankets, non-professional cameras and small hand-held umbrellas. What you can’t bring: outside food or drink, coolers and audio or video recording equipment.

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The Music

With music mogul Jay Z at the helm, the Made in America artist lineup expresses the master collaborator’s sweeping range of harmonious connections. The man known for working with musicians from Bono to Linkin Park to Lenny Kravitz has curated a stellar program for each day of the fest.

On Saturday, September 5, attendees can look forward to headlining sets from Jay’s superstar wifeBeyoncé and indie rockers Modest Mouse. Other artists taking the stage include BassNectar, Meek Mill, De La Soul, Nick Jonas and many more.

Then on Sunday, September 6, headliners R&B/urban acts The Weeknd and J. Cole will cap a day of performances that also includes Big Sean, Action Bronson, Future and more.

Again this year, the Made in America Skate Stage will feature a bevy of performers on both days, from Grits & Biscuits and Flatbush Zombies to Lolawolf, Post Malone, Ground Up and Strand of Oaks.

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In the Neighborhood

With the music starting in the afternoon and ending well before last call, there’s plenty of time to take in the neighborhoods surrounding festival and the attractions of the Parkway.

Before the Show: Looking for pre-festival food options? Why not fuel the daylong venture with a big, juicy burger? Here’s a list of our top picks for the 14 best burgers in Philadelphia. If pizza is your pregame food of choice, then browse this list of the city’s top pizza joints.

Parkway Museums: Though the Parkway will be home to Made In America for two days, the museums and attractions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are hardly closing up shop. While on the Parkway, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences. For even more ideas on things to do during Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia check here.

After the Show: For those still ready to rock once the fest ends for the evening, there are a vast number of options. Head a few blocks north of the Parkway to the Fairmount neighborhood; check out our guide to the bars and restaurants of the area here. Or, walk to the south and hit any number of bars, restaurants and clubs of Center City and nearby Rittenhouse Square.

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Tickets

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet for the festival or are just deciding to go, you’re in luck: As of now, tickets are still available.

After selling out last week, the Made In America promoters expanded the festival and released additional tickets to meet the public demand. Awesome, right? But, we highly suggest that you grab your tickets now because this show will definitely sell out (again).

Two-day festival passes go for $150 per person plus fees. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.

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