Celebrating its 58th year, making it the longest continuously running outdoor music festival in North America, the Philadelphia Folk Festival will take over Montco August 15-18. With four days filled with good music and good company, the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township will transform into a music-lover’s dream. Of course, once the last songs are played each day and the bands must pack up, the fun can continue all throughout the Montgomery County area!
For those not wanting to rough it at the campgrounds, there are plenty of hotels and cozy B&B’s to relax after a night of music and dancing. For traditional hotels with all the amenities you could ever need, check out:
For those looking to go nontraditional, such as a rustic bed and breakfast or a quaint hotel in a downtown area, try these:
For those looking to unwind after the festival with a drink, Montco is the place for you. Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery offers different tastings of local sweet and dry wine, as well as comedy nights for even more entertainment. Brothers Kershner Brewing Co. and Imprint Beer Co. both offer flights of top-notch craft beer in rustic and inviting atmospheres. If you’re still thirsty, download our Montco Makers app for more insight on all the wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the county!
In terms of food, there is a plethora just steps from the festival. The Rising Sun Inn in Telford provides a warm and inviting atmosphere as you dine in a renovated barn house from the 1800’s. If you’re too tired to get dressed up, grab a slice of pizza at Chiaro’s Pizzeria Restaurant and enjoy their delicious wood-fired creations in a laid back and comfortable setting. The Mill also provides a rustic charm with wood-fire pizza and comfort food that will hit the spot after a long day of dancing. Relax by an outdoor fireplace and don’t even leave your hotel at The Porch inside the Courtyard Marriot in Lansdale. A dining hidden gem in the area is the Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain, which provides indoor and outdoor seating with an extensive menu and picturesque views of the greenery and mountains.
Just a few minutes from the festival grounds, Skippack’s quaint village is home to great shopping, dining, pottery, and more! Green Wolf’s Village Barn Shoppes has six unique shops, all under one barn roof! From locally-made wine to unique, handcrafted pieces, you could spend all day in one spot. Also in the village lies Playcrafters , which will be showing the American classic All My Sons throughout your festival stay! Nearby the village, Red Buffalo Ranch offers yearlong horseback riding through scenic Skippack. Lastly, Painting With A Twist is situated right in Skippack Village, and whether you are an artist or a wine enthusiast you are sure to have a blast!
Other Local Attractions
Nearby the festival grounds lies Spring Mountain, a place known by the locals as a winter sports destination, but this doesn’t mean it goes quiet in the summer. During your stay, arrange for a zipline canopy tour of the area for picturesque views from the mountaintops of Montgomery County. If you aren’t done with arts and culture, Annie will be shown at the DCP Theatre, a feel-good classic to end your stay right. The Grand Theater, a restored 1920’s movie theater also offers anything from the newest releases to classic cinema and silent movies. Get in a quick round of golf at the Macoby Run public golf course, or take a walk-through Green Lane Park.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival is sure to be the event of the year. But in between all the music and fun, take in the beauty of Montgomery County and all the entertainment it has to offer. We don’t think you’ll regret it.