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April 21, 2011

Major Festival Alert: Next Saturday, April 30, PIFA Takes Over The Avenue Of The Arts With A Giant Six-Block Street Fair

The street festival will feature two stages for ongoing performances throughout the day, a massive Ferris Wheel, a temporary garden park, tons of food and a lot more. (Image courtesy PIFA/Mimi Lien)

PIFA doesn’t technically end until May 1, but its marquee closing event is undoubtedly the all-day, six-block street fair planned for next Saturday, April 30, which will take over Broad Street from Chestnut to Lombard for nine and a half hours of food, non-stop music, performances, kids’ activities, pyrotechnics (!!) and more.

In a fitting climax to the 25 day, French-themed festival, the street fair will transform the Avenue of the Arts into a Parisian boulevard complete with street performers, local restaurants and merchants selling unique foods and wares, outdoor café tables and chairs, a grassy park in front of the Doubletree Hotel with activities including a walk-through maze for children, AND a giant Ferris Wheel.

Here are some additional highlights to look forward to:

Live music: Two stages, at Pine Street and Sansom Street, will offer non-stop music throughout the day, showcasing virtually every genre. Headlined by the spectacular Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (6 p.m.), the musical lineup also includes Mucca Pazza, a marching band-meets-rock ‘n roll-band; Nicole Atkins, a North Jersey-bred singer/songwriter; and Drummers with Attitude (DWA), a diverse group of student drummers and dancers from Bristol Township schools. Click here for the full list.

Food: Tons of food and beverage vendors will provide sustenance throughout the day, so you’ll be well-fueled for merrymaking. Cool down with Anthony’s Gourmet Italian Ice and Capogiro, and fill up with gourmet eats from Cichetteria 19, Girasole, Tyson Bees food truck, Knock Restaurant & Bar, Lacroix, McCormick & Schmick’s, Parc, Capital Grille and Wolfgang Puck. Plus there will be sweets from Miel Patisserie, Nuts About You and The Coffee Bar. And you can pick up a glass of wine (this is faux-Paris, after all) from Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars.

Street vendors: Browse booth from local businesses like Big Green Earth Store, CBS 3, Celeste Hardester Photography, Mural Arts Program, Earthlight Images, Helium Comedy Club, Joseph Fox Books/Free Library of Philadelphia, Jacqueline ter Kulie jewelry, KisKis Imports French soap and linens, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Orchestra/Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and Willow Street Pictures. A few national businesses will also be represented like Aerosoles shoes, fye electronics store and Plantscapes U.S.A.

La Compagnie Transe Express: The event culminates as the sun sets with a breathtaking performance by world-renowned French “Celestial Art” troupe La Compagnie Transe Express. Making their East Coast debut, these extraordinary aerial artists will perform their signature routine, never before seen in the region, as they are lifted 150 feet in the air by a giant crane, accompanied by lights and pyrotechnics.

Pedestrians rule! In an effort to maximize comfort and space for festival-goers, this part of Broad Street, basically between Market and South Street, will be completely closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the fair.

For a complete schedule of PIFA Street Fair performers and stages, click here.

And, below, we’ve included a full map of the festivities.

PIFA Street Fair
When: Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: Broad Street from Chestnut to Lombard
Cost: FREE
More info: www.pifa.org

Previously: To Conclude PIFA, The Kimmel Center Will Close Down Broad Street For A Giant Street Fair, Complete With A Ferris Wheel, French Circus Artists Performing 100 Feet In The Air, More Than 80 Street Vendors And More!

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