Two giant festivals collide this Saturday to take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a street fair and carnival unlike any other.
The Philadelphia Book Festival Street Fair and Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival are back with a packed line-up of live entertainment on three stages, science experiments, games, food and more. Check out our handy guide to the festivities, below.
Food and Drink
Come hungry: stationed right outside the Free Library’s Central Branch on Vine Street will be Krispy Kreme, Lucky Old Souls, Pitruco Pizza, Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Yumtown USA.
Plus, the Science Festival is packing plenty of eats, with the following food trucks: Chewy’s, Hub Bub Coffee Truck, Lil Dan’s, Say Cheese, Sugar Philly and Sweet Box. And inside the Franklin Institute, there will be a Kitchen Science area in Franklin Hall with Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Cupcake Chemistry and more.
Sister Cities Park
Be one of the very first to take a tour of the brand new Sister Cities Park at Logan Square, transformed into a richly planted, well-illuminated and overall welcoming civic space for people of all ages. The renovations include a new café, an active, educational play garden for kids and a boat pond.
The park doesn’t officially open until May 10, but during the carnival the Center City District will be leading tours through the space and the Science Festival will be hosting Science Cafes at the park from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Book Festival Programming
• Montgomery Auditorium: Head inside the library for an afternoon of lively talks from celebrated authors, like bestselling science writer Dava Sobel on revolutionary astronomer Copernicus; a discussion of whale science, history and policy with D. Graham Burnett; and a talk with Jonathan Haidt, award-winning psychologist and bestselling author of The Righteous Mind.
• Booksellers: Books (tons and tons of them) are clearly the focus here, from national independent sellers to neighborhood shops to individual authors to major publishing houses. Pick up new and used books, chat with agents/editors/publishers/writers and more.
• Storybook Character Parade: At noon, this year’s Storybook Parade will feature fan favorites Madeline, Toot and Puddle, the Berenstain Bear Kids, Ladybug Girl, Curious George and Peter Rabbit. Bring your camera; posing for photos is encouraged.
And tons more! Click here for a full program.
Philadelphia Science Festival Programming
• Cupcake Chemistry: The Chemical Heritage Foundation will deconstruct everyone’s favorite dessert to show the chemistry that fosters a perfectly made cake.
• Discover DNA!: With the help of Penn scientists, learn all about this fascinating molecule while you have fun isolating your own human genomic DNA.
• Film Canister Rockets: Construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from a mixture of baking powder and water to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion.
• Making Slime: The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia will help participants become synthetic chemists by mixing materials to make their very own colorful and icky slime. It’s a gak attack!
• Periodic Table Twister: Twist and turn while trying to place hands and feet on the correct element using a giant Periodic Table Twister Game Board to win prizes.
• The Art of Beekeeping: Watch live bees at work in a glass observation hive, while members of the Beekeepers Guild demonstrate how to tend the hive using specialized techniques.
An hourly entertainment schedule for the three stages — Pennypacker, Kids Corner Stage, TFI Musser Theater (indoors) — is available here.
There’s a full list of all the booths online.
Check out a detailed map of the festival, below.
Philadelphia Book Festival Street Fair and Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival
When: Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: libwww.freelibrary.org; www.philasciencefestival.org