September 10, 2012
Another Blockbuster Saturday In Rittenhouse Square This Weekend: Fine Arts Show, Farmers’ Market And Giant Outdoor Cafe On 18th Street
What a way to welcome in the fall.
This Saturday, September 15, you’re going to want to be in Rittenhouse Square. Several major events are coinciding in and around the square for a combined blockbuster Saturday. And you know how we feel about those.
In a tradition that began in 1932 as “the Clothesline Show,” the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show is one of the most respected and well attended outdoor art events in the entire nation. And it’s back this weekend, September 14-16.
The perimeter of the Square’s sidewalk will be filled with canopies, tents and displays of art, all for sale. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dozens and dozens of national and local artists will be representing their stunning work, with media ranging from oil painting to photography to handmade jewelry to glassware.
On Saturday, as the sale is going strong, the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market will set up on 18th Street and Walnut Street, wrapping around the northwestern corner of the Square with fresh produce, fruit, fish, cheese, honey, beautiful flowers and much more. Get a peek at it in our Philly 101 video.
Plus: while all that is happening, the Friends of Rittenhouse Square will have set up a giant outdoor cafe along 18th Street between Walnut and Locust Streets, as Parc, Rouge and Devon erect tables right on the street for you to enjoy an alfresco meal or snack. The annex of 18th Street will take place from lunchtime until 10 p.m.
Check out a map of the fine art show, below.
This is going to be another great weekend for Rittenhouse Square, one of the city’s most popular parks. Be sure to follow Uwishunu on Twitter for updates.
Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show
When: Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Around the perimeter of the entire square
What to expect: Hundreds of national and local artists set up booths around the perimeter of the square with a huge variety of genres of art, all for sale.
18th Street Outdoor Café
When: Saturday, September 15, lunchtime-10 p.m.
Where: 18th Street between Locust and Walnut
What to expect: The street will be transformed into a giant outdoor café as the three famous park-side restaurants — Rouge, Parc and Devon — expand into the street. A portion of the day’s sales will go to theFriends of Rittenhouse Square, directly helping the upkeep of one of Philadelphia’s most popular parks.
When: Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 18th and Walnut Streets, both on south sidewalk of Walnut Street and west sidewalk of 18th Street
What to expect: Vendors you can expect to see include Triple Tree Flowers, Blue Mountain Vineyard, John & Kira’s Chocolates, Market Day Canele, Frecon Farms, Made in the Shade and many more. You can pay for your fresh goods with cashor Visa or MasterCards at many of the vendors. Pick up a snack to enjoy as you browse the art stalls.