Festivals are a great way to explore a neighborhood, get a taste of local cuisine, and find neat souvenirs. Tons are popping up in Philly this spring; check out our guide to the Philly you can’t miss this spring and summer.
June 1st – September 28th
Throughout Center City
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More than 100 bars throughout Center City take part in this seasonal promotion favorite. Starting on June 1st, every Wednesday from 5 to 7pm, you can enjoy discounted sips—$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer—and pair them with half-priced appetizers. Be sure to check out Opa, a contemporary Greek restaurant two blocks from The Independent Hotel, that serves a steamy crab gyro with falafel and spicy aioli. Another favorite, Brü Craft & Wurst, a rustic-chic German bistro, dishes out a hearty, caramelized mushroom, onions, and muenster spaetzel that’s best paired with a beer. Lastly, we need to mention Nomad Pizza, a pizzeria steps from the hotel whose savory sensation “Truffle Pecorino” pizza we highlighted as one of our favorites in town.
South Street between 8th and Front streets
Twelve blocks shut down for the popular South Street Spring Festival, which is celebrating its fourth annual street fest this May. Over 125 vendors, 35 restaurants, and 40 bands on three different stages will jam-pack the day with shopping, fashion, food, and entertainment. Check out the smokey fare at the massive alfresco grill The Twisted Tail, with summer favorites like burgers, sausage, corn and asparagus. For an international twist, head over to Brauhaus Schmitz to grab your stein of German beer and bratwurst or roast pork sandwiches at the annual Maifest celebration. Complete with traditional music and authentic fare, this celebration coincides with the South Street festivities.
May 7th – 8th
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
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The Art Star Craft Bazaar brings together a mix of local and national artists for a weekend celebrating quality, handmade goods and crafts. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is transformed into a festival of creativity, and shoppers can peruse fine prints, sculptures, decorative house items, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and toys. You’ll even have the chance to test your crafty side, with workshops for terrarium-making, stamp carving, and more. Stop by some of the local food trucks that will be onsite, grab a bite to eat, and then venture off to find a perfect quirky, one-of-a-kind gift or piece of art.
Walnut St. between Broad and 10th streets
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High-end shopping, boutiques, and first-rate dining define the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City. The neighborhood puts its best foot forward for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, a day that showcases all of its food, fashion, and entertainment. Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets is flooded with shopping vendors, free wine tastings, and festival-goers as restaurants spill onto the sidewalks. We recommend getting a veggie-packed empanada with spinach, manchego cheese, and artichoke escabeche for lunch at Alma de Cuba, a Cuban fusion restaurant. Also, grab a beer for a stroll down the swanky sidewalks of Rittenhouse Square.
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
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The Roots Picnic is back for its ninth year, offering a day of diverse and world-class music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. All the acts are hand-picked by The Roots—the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and a local favorite. This year, top acts like Usher, Leon Bridges, and Future will deliver show-stopping performances.