The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism is returning to the Made in America Festival for the second year on Sept. 3-4 as the sole destination sponsor. Festival goers can expect a unique USVI cultural experience in Philadelphia. Single-day tickets to the weekend-long event are now available for purchase on https://madeinamerica.frontgatetickets.com.
Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte reaffirms the USVI’s partnership with Made in America as part of its commitment to reaching more diverse visitors. Positioning the USVI as a favorable destination in this East Coast market, the commissioner hopes to attract visitors who may not have had the USVI on their radar.
“The USVI wants to meet new generations of travelers where they are. And younger millennial and GenZ travelers, who may have only heard of the USVI from their parents, will have a chance to learn more about the destination at Made in America. It’s also an opportunity to reach a diverse audience, including Black and other diverse travelers, in a market where Caribbean destinations are not immediately top of mind,” Boschulte said.
The USVI’s sponsorship of Made in America sends a powerful message that the destination is open, welcoming and eager to attract more overnight visitation from North American markets, specifically on the East Coast. Travelers in the greater Philadelphia area can travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands daily by connecting through Newark, New York, Atlanta, Miami or Orlando through major carriers like American, Delta, United, Frontier and Spirit Airlines.
Ian Turnbull, director of the Division of Festivals, said, “The USVI prides itself on our unique culture, and we celebrate it best through food, music, and festivals. This partnership with Made in America is a natural way for our destination to share the things we love best with future travelers to our islands, all in a festive and culturally vibrant atmosphere”.
Festival goers should follow the U.S. Virgin Islands on social media (on Instagram (@visitusvi), Twitter (@usvitourism), and/or become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI) and continue to look out special announcements, updates about the USVI’s presence, and activation at the festival.
Made in America began in 2012, organized by Roc Nation founder, chairman, entrepreneur and artist JAY-Z, continues to be a cornerstone of Philadelphia’s lively festival scene. This year’s annual event will be headlined by Bad Bunny and Tyler The Creator, bringing live music, food and a celebration of local social causes like Black Voters Matter, HeadCount, ACCT Philly Animal Welfare, United in Community and more that are vital to accomplishing much-needed positive work through Cause Village by Shein to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The following are the entertainers in the full festival line up.
Saturday Lineup: Tyler, The Creator, Lil Uzi Vert, Jazmine Sullivan, Kodak Black, Pusha T, Lil Tjay, Key Glock, Toro y Moi, Larry June, BabyFace Ray
Sunday Lineup: Bad Bunny, Burna Boy, Snoh Aalegra, Tate McRae, Rels B, Fuerza Regida, Victoria Monét, Ryan Castro, Chimbala
Find out more information on the two-day event here and learn more about the U.S. Virgin Islands here.