The neighborhoods that border Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia have been hit hard by economic downturns over the last few decades. That’s why it is always inspiring to see something like the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival. This local event was first held by the PortsideArtsCenter in 2008 and has quickly grown into what is becoming a community-binding festival.
More to the point, the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival carries the sole mission of raising money for children and families with little to no resources. It’s a testament to the power that festivals can have on a community. Arts Fest has already sparked fervor in the community and attendance doubles almost every year. We hope to see this event continue to grow in the coming years.
Arts Festival boasts an impressive silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and a respectable showing of over fifty local artists and crafters. Fun activities for kids include inflatable moon bounces, kids crafts, and face painting. Remember, the sponsor is the ArtCenter, so you know there’s something fun there. Every year interactive art projects bring visitors together through collaborative projects and can range from group painting, to community button art, and even building gigantic plastic bottle igloos. Popular food trucks are on onsite serving up great food.
Perhaps one of the greatest and most unique aspects to Arts Festival is how it approaches music. Throughout the day, nearly a dozen bands and musicians alternate between indoor and outdoor stages. Most of the acts are local performers. But here’s the thing, many of the acts are youth from the area. They’re not half bad either. It’s just one more way this festival is making real strides to encourage the local youth and help bring families together.
Admission is free and parking is on the streets. All proceeds and donations go to help local families in need.