The highly anticipated Roots Picnic is making a grand comeback in 2023, expanding into a three-day extravaganza. The festivities will commence this weekend, with an electrifying comedy show and concert featuring the iconic Dave Chappelle and the Roots at the Wells Fargo Center. The following two days will be filled with an array of captivating performances held at Fairmount Park.

With an expected attendance of nearly 50,000 music enthusiasts throughout the weekend, staying informed about Roots Picnic is essential. Whether you plan to join the festivities or navigate around road closures, here’s everything you need to know.

Tank and the Bangas performs during the 2022 Roots Picnic
Photo Credit: Taylor Hill

Festival Hours, Schedule, And Insider Tips

Roots Picnic will take place from June 2 to 4. The opening night on Friday will showcase Dave Chappelle’s cell phone-free performance at Wells Fargo Center, starting at 7:30 p.m. The musical revelry will captivate Fairmount Park’s Mann Center on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., regardless of weather conditions.

Although the lineup was announced in February, which includes renowned artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Uzi Vert, and Diddy, it’s important to note that artists are subject to change. Recent updates revealed Usher replacing Diddy in the lineup, adding even more excitement to the event.

To make the most of your experience, consider a few insider tips to navigate the festival. Don comfortable shoes and prepare for extensive walking and standing. Bring a blanket if you wish to claim a spot on the Mann grounds and seek shelter under the pavilion roof for shade or rain protection. Staying hydrated and carrying a portable phone charger or renting one from the designated kiosks near the entrance is crucial. Rest assured, the sound quality at the Mann will be exceptional, with the TD Pavilion boasting excellent acoustics.

2023 Roots Picnic Tickets

While the Roots Picnic spans three days, tickets are sold separately. The Dave Chappelle event is already sold out, but the Wells Fargo Center’s website is still offering available tickets ranging from $94.50 to $344.50.

For entry to the music festival, visit Ticketmaster, where five ticketing categories are available. General admission for one day costs $99, while a two-day general admission pass is currently $189. Other options include General Admission Plus for $309, VIP Silver for $799, and VIP Gold for $1,099.

It’s important to note that General Admission Plus and VIP tickets do not guarantee assigned seating, so arriving early is advisable. Re-entry is not permitted once inside the venue.

Unforgettable Performance Highlights

Among the must-see performances is Ms. Lauryn Hill’s rendition of her iconic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety. Usher’s remarkable presence as Diddy’s replacement is sure to bring Lovers and Friends vibes. The J. Period Mixtape features Black Thought, Eve, and Busta Rhymes. Additionally, don’t miss out on witnessing The Isley Brothers and Roy Ayers backed by Questlove and the Soulquarians.

Food & Drinks

When hunger strikes, explore the diverse range of local food trucks dispersed throughout the festival grounds. Indulge in delectable offerings from popular vendors such as Lil Trent’s Grille, Everything Legendary’s burgers, Juiced by B, Chiwaffles, and Down North Pizza. The event also features specially curated cocktails for attendees aged 21 and above by Ciroc, DeLeon, and Jim Beam.

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