The Roots may be the house band for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” but for many in the Philly area, they are better known for throwing one of the best music festivals of the summer.
For the eighth year in a row, the Roots Picnic will take place on Saturday, May 30. This full day of live music takes place at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, rain or shine. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the music starts at noon.
The Roots, originally from Philadelphia, put together incredible musical lineups for their annual picnic. This year, 18 artists will play on three stages, an expansion from previous years to match the day’s growing popularity.
Headliners are The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky and Phantogram. The Roots will back up Erykah Badu. Additionally, catch Hiatus Kaiyote, Chronixx and Afrika Bambaataa, among several other musicians.
There will be local food and merch vendors on site.
To get to the show, public transportation is the best bet. There is a cash parking lot near the venue and kiosk street parking, although there is no reentry once your ticket has been scanned.
The Market-Frankford subway line will get you the closest to the Festival Pier. It can be picked up from 30th and Market (right across from 30th Street Station). Take it to Front and Spring Garden and you’ll only be a couple blocks from the pier.
Each visitor can bring one low back folding chair and one bottle of water. No other outside food or drink is permitted.
Tickets start at $75 ($92.15 with fees). There are no refunds if an artist cancels. Tickets are limited and the show does sell out every year so don’t wait.