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Hip-hop and RnB take centerstage when Philly’s own The Roots bring back their annual music festival to the city. This year’s fest gets an extra day with a kick-off comedy show added to the weekend schedule. Check out who’s coming to the 15th edition of Roots Picnic Weekend in Philadelphia. Lineup, tickets, venues, parking, and more – all you need to know about the event is right here.  

Spend a summer weekend in Philly with The Roots and friends! The hip-hop group brings an exciting lineup of artists and more to their hometown every year. The music festival has earned a permanent spot on the Philadelphia event calendar and is returning to The Mann on the first weekend of June 2023. In addition to the music and live podcasts, Roots Picnic 2023 is starting the weekend with a standup set by Dave Chappelle!   

So, are you ready to kick off summer at the Roots Picnic in Philly? Let’s help you plan the weekend: 

Not from Philadelphia? Don’t forget to check out Roots Picnic 2023 hotel packages. And if you are taking a road trip to the music festival, we can also help you find affordable parking in the city. Check out the best Philadelphia parking deals on the Way app to save more during the weekend. Get up to 60% off at top-rated garages when you pre-book a spot online! 

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What is the Roots Picnic 2023? 

Roots Picnic is an annual multi-day weekend music festival in Philadelphia. In 2023, the event is back in the city for its 15th edition with a diverse lineup, including Diddy with the hosts The Roots, Lil Uzi Vert, Busta Rhymes, and more. This year’s event also features a Live Podcast stage and a kick-off standup comedy show by Dave Chappell.  

The Roots introduced their hometown music festival in June 2008 and has since made it into a successful summertime tradition in Philly. The hip-hop band’s manager, Shawn Gee, is the festival’s executive producer. The Roots have kept the event going every year since 2008. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a YouTube live stream was set up for the 13th edition. H.E.R., Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, SZA, and more performed for the online event, along with appearances by Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and others. After a year’s break, the festival returned with a bigger lineup in 2022.  

When is Roots Picnic 2023? 

The official Roots Picnic 2003 dates are June 2nd – June 4th. 

There are two ticketed events in this edition, with separate venues.  

On June 2nd, Friday, Dave Chappelle with The Roots (Friday Night Comedy at the Wells Fargo Center) starts at 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm). The main festival starts after noon on Saturday (June 3rd) and Sunday (June 4th) at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park.  

Who is on the Roots Picnic 2023 lineup? 

Roots Picnic Weekend always brings some of the biggest names in music to Philly, and the 2023 lineup is no different. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Diddy & The Roots, and Lil Uzi Vert are headlining the festival. Busta Rhymes, Eve, Roy Ayers, and The Isley Brothers are a few other popular names on the Roots Picnic 2023 lineup.  

Charlamagne Tha God, Questlove Supreme, and Off The Record with DJ Akademiks are some topliners for the Live Podcast Stage.  

Check out the full lineup on the official event website. 


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How much do Roots Picnic 2023 tickets cost? 

Tickets are available with tiered pricing online via the event’s official ticketing platform. See the current rates below: 

  • GA (Tier 2) – $189.00  
  • GA+ (Tier 3) – $309 
  • VIP Silver Package (Tier 2) – $799 
  • VIP Gold Package (Tier 2) – $1099 

Roots Picnic 2023 festival passes do not include tickets to Friday’s Dave Chappelle show at Wells Fargo Center. You can buy separate tickets for the show here.  

GA+ ticket holders have access to the dedicated lounge at the Skyline Stage, with live feeds from the main stage. Seating is first come, first served, but note that the lunge does not have direct views of the stage. 

VIP packages include pit access, a dedicated lounge, cash bars, complimentary drinks, a food pop-up, and an elevated viewing area for VIP gold ticketholders at the main stage.  

If you are traveling to Philadelphia for the event, hotel packages are available, starting from $1069. Check here.

General ticket rules: 

  • All Roots Picnic festival tickets are two-day passes; does not include the comedy show 
  • Ticketmaster is the official ticketing website; third-party tickets may not be valid 
  • General admission is standing room only; no assigned seats 
  • Once your tickets are scanned in, you can’t leave the venue and re-enter 
  • No refunds on tickets  

Where is the Roots Picnic 2023 venue? 

The Roots Picnic 2023 festival is at The Mann in Fairmount Park. The address is 5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia – in the city’s Centennial District in West Fairmount.  

Dave Chapelle’s show at the Roots Picnic 2023 has a different venue – the Wells Fargo Center at South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The address is 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.  

How to reach The Mann at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia? 

Mann Center for the Performing Arts is easily accessible by public bus, rideshare, car, or bike. However, if you are driving to Roots Picnic 2023, keep an eye on the traffic closer to event times. Plan to arrive early so that you have enough time to park and walk to the venue. The designated drop-off zone is at the South Gates. Use the map above to plan your route, and see driving directions here. 

  • Wynnefield Avenue is the closest SEPTA train station 
  • Multiple light rail stations are also within walking distance of the Mann; Lancaster Ave & Lansdowne Ave. station is the closest.  
  • SEPTA’s Mann Loop buses have 8-12 stops and depart from 19th & Locust. Return buses start from Crawford Circle. However, the service isn’t available for all shows at the Mann.  
  • The rideshare drop-off/pick-up location is at Mann’s North gate on Georges Hill Dr.  

Is there parking at the Mann for Roots Picnic? 

The Mann parking is free for Roots Picnic 2023 ticket holders. However, space is limited – so arrive early or carpool.  

The parking entrance to the festival is at Belmont & Montgomery. You can also enter via the 52nd Street or South Concourse entrances. The spots closest to the Mann campus will fill up quickly, so be prepared to walk longer if you arrive closer to the event time.  

ADA parking spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll have to present valid ADA credentials to use these spots. More details about ADA/Accessibility at Roots Picnic weekend are available here. 

Bike parking is available at racks to the left of Mann’s South Gate. 

If you are looking for alternative parking in Philadelphia outside festival hours, check out affordable deals online using apps like Way. You’ll find plenty of cheap parking spots across the city – near your hotel or Roots Picnic 2023 venues. Make sure to pre-book your spots online to get the lowest rates for parking near The Mann at Fairmount Park. 

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*Lineup, set times, dates, and event rules are subject to change. Check the official website and social media feed for up-to-date details.

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