PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia released road closure information for the 2023 Roots Picnic. The Roots Picnic is a two-day festival of music, art, and culture that takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 3–4 at The Mann Center at Fairmount Park.
Festival Activities & Information: The Roots Picnic, presented by Live Nation Urban and The Roots, features performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Diddy & The Roots, and Lil Uzi Vert. The two-day festival is part of the larger Roots Picnic Weekend event that includes a comedy show with Dave Chappelle at Wells Fargo Center, which is a separately ticketed event.
For tickets, lineup and general information about the Roots Picnic, visit therootspicnic.com. For performance details, festival updates, and the latest information, follow the official Roots Picnic social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
Road Closures & Parking Restrictions: To accommodate venue construction and the two-day festival, gradual lane restrictions and road closures around the West Fairmount Park area and Overbrook neighborhood will begin on Monday, May 22.
The following street will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 22 until approximately 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 8:
- States Drive, between Belmont Ave. and Avenue of the Republic
The following street will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 25 until approximately 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 8:
- Avenue of the Republic, between Belmont Ave. and 52nd St.
The following street will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30 until approximately 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 8:
- South Concourse Drive, between Belmont Ave. and 52nd St.
The following street will be closed starting at noon on Friday, June 2 until approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, June 5:
- North Georges Hill Drive, between Belmont Ave. to 52nd St.
The Mann is located in Fairmount Park and is easily accessible by public transportation, car, rideshare, or bike. The Mann Center encourages patrons to arrive early, as traffic conditions vary for all performances. Please check local traffic reports before traveling to the Mann. For more information, visit www.manncenter.org/visit/travel.
The Mann is easily accessible via SEPTA thanks to the SEPTA Mann Loop. The Mann Loop bus departs from 19th and Locust and has eight to 12 stops on the way to the Mann. Return buses depart from the Crawford Circle drop-off at the Mann 30 minutes after shows.
Riders pay for The Mann Loop the same way you would for any other SEPTA ride, including SEPTA Key (loaded with a pass or Travel Wallet) or cash.
For more information on The Mann Loop, including the complete list of stops and schedule, visit www.iseptaphilly.com/mannloop.
The Mann has a dedicated rideshare drop-off and pick-up location at the North Gate, located on Georges Hill Drive. View or consult your rideshare app for an exact pin location to meet your driver. Parking attendants will be on-site to assist with directions.
Parking at the Mann is FREE. Parking is on grass and parking attendants are readily available to assist you with finding open spaces. The main parking area is clearly signed and accessible off Avenue of the Republic.
Roots Picnic is an accessible event and is dedicated to ensuring access to all the event amenities. The information guide located on the FAQ page explains the services provided this year, including wheelchair accessibility, designated ADA Parking and ADA Entrance, Accessibility Services Hub, Accessible Viewing Areas, and Effective Communication Services.
For any accessibility-related questions not answered in the guide, please email The Roots Picnic at RootsPicnicADA@gmail.com.
Public Safety Information
Throughout the event, the City will provide law-enforcement support, traffic control, and emergency medical services for the event and in the surrounding vicinity.
In addition, the public should expect congestion in the area. If you are attending the event, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.
Please refer to the Roots Picnic FAQ for a list of permitted items, prohibited items, and the official bag policy of the event.
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For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.
Additional Information for Media
For all press/photo inquiries, please send portfolio, publication, and the number of passes requested to RootsPicnic@theoriel.co.