Phoenixville Firebird Festival
Phoenixville, PA — Since 2004, Phoenixville has celebrated the “rebirth” of the town with an annual burning of a large wooden Phoenix that is built by volunteers in the months before. The bonfire at the Phoenixville Firebird Festival is filled with clay birds that are crafted over the preceding weeks at Community Arts Phoenixville, acting as a kiln to harden them.
The Firebird Festival is designed to foster a collaboration of local artistic and creative talent and to enhance the overall cultural life of Phoenixville. The event features over 100 performers, craft vendors, and gourmet food trucks from Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The 2017 Phoenixville Firebird Festival will feature a parade in which the community is encouraged to join. The parade will begin in downtown Phoenixville and lead its way up to Friendship Field for the burning of the Phoenix.
In 2014, someone torched the large wooden structure of a Phoenix the morning of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival. However, festival organizer Henrik Stubbe-Teglbjaerg, volunteers and members of the community rallied together, new wood was donated, and a new structure was built in just eight hours … and in time for the bonfire to continue as planned.
Editor’s Note: This will be my first year attending the Firebird Festival as we just moved to Phoenixville in June. Over the past several months, I have seen the community come together quite a bit to support this unique festival through various fundraisers, with many local restaurants in Phoenixville participating, so I am very much looking forward to this event. This event is very dependent on community donations and volunteers, so please remember to make a donation and help in any way that you can.