July 30, 2012
Our Guide To The Blockbuster 2nd Street Festival In Northern Liberties This Sunday, August 5, With An Expanded Footprint Of Seven Blocks Packed With Music, Food, Art And Beer Gardens
With one more month left of summer, it’s easy to think the summer festival scene is also coming to a close. Think again.
The 2nd Street Festival returns to Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 5 from noon-10 p.m. for its fourth consecutive year.
With 16,000 people in attendance last year (double the amount from the 2010!), this year promises to be even bigger and better than before.
The festival continues its partnership with the Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS), to bring you four stages of music and entertainment. This is the perfect preview for their up-and-coming 51st annual Folk Festival only twelve days later.
But beyond music, there’s still something for everyone. Check out our guide to the 2nd Street Festival, below.
What to Expect
The neighborhood closes off North 2nd Street between Germantown and Spring Garden for this huge block party, with an expanded footprint compared to past year’s 2nd Street Festivals.
Instead of the usual cars and parking spots, you’ll find the street filled with beer gardens, workshops, art, food trucks and other vendors. Local stores and restaurants will also be opening their doors for you to check out.
Along with four music and entertainment stages and several temporary outdoor beer gardens, more than 150 vendors will be set up for all of your food, arts, crafts and “green” needs.
Bring the kids for some children’s carnival games (did someone say moonbounce?) or check out the half-pipe in front of Exit Skateboards.
PFS isn’t shy when it comes to bringing you an impressive lineup of free performances throughout the festival. With a series of stages set up along 2nd Street, you’ll catch some great performers, some of which will also be playing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
The artist lineup currently includes: Man Man, The Great Unknown, The Spinning Leaves, Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore, Auctioneer, Chris Kasper, and many more.
Check out the 2nd Street Festival’s Facebook for the full lineup and new artist announcements.
The Summer of the Beer Garden is going strong this year. Each white tent stationed throughout the street will be your beer oasis throughout the festival.
Check out the selection of Yuengling, Sly Fox and Sierra Nevada as well as plenty of local craft beers at these beer gardens set up by Standard Tap, Gunner’s Run, North Bowl, El Camino Real, Kings Oak, Bar Ferdinand and Cantina Dos Segundos.
It wouldn’t be a street fest without food trucks, would it? Expect Nomad Pizza, Dapper Dog, Sweetbox Cupcakes and more. Food will also, of course, be provided by local restaurants including the temporary beer gardens (see above) and other spots like Rustica Pizza, Betty Brown and Circles.
Local vendors will line 2nd street with booths selling their wares, from boutiques like Art Star and Arcadia, plus local lines like Duke & Winston, Black Ink Art, Birdie Jewelry and Scents by Elena.
If that isn’t enough, the entire festival will be wind powered and carbon neutral thanks to Community Energy. So awesome!
The Fourth Annual 2nd Street Festival
When: Sunday, August 5, 12-10 p.m.
Where: N. 2nd Street, between Spring Garden Street and Germantown Avenue
More info: www.2ndstfestival.org
Previously: Save The Date: An Expanded 2nd Street Festival Returns To Northern Liberties Sunday, August 5 With Seven Blocks Of Great Food, Pop-Up Beer Gardens, Crafts, Shopping And Live Music On Four Stages