With as many as 200,000 people expected to attend this weekend’s Manayunk Art Festival, parking will be at a premium. Instead, visitors should consider biking, walking, and SEPTA regional rail.
According to Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation, which organizes the festival, additional cars will be added to trains on the Manayunk line, to accommodate the expected crowds.
This year, the annual arts festival will bring in over 290 artists from 23 states. It runs today, Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitors are being urged to catch the shuttle bus to Main Street. Half of the $3 fee for the shuttle will benefit North Light Community Center. There are stops at the Ivy Ridge Station, the parking lot at 555 City Avenue, Ridge and Parker Avenues, and Ridge Avenue and Shurs Lane.
Buses will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The last one will leave Main Street in Manayunk at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, busses will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last one leaves at 6:30 p.m.