One of our all-time favorite street festivals of the entire year is back this weekend. The 2012 Midtown Village Fall Festival takes over six blocks of 13th Street for eight hours of food and fun this Saturday, October 6.
This annual fest, returning for its seventh year, is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the awesomeness that Midtown Village has to offer, from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s award-winning restaurants (even earning the title of Philly’s New Restaurant Row) to some of the city’s most beloved boutiques. And it’s all family-friendly, GLBT-friendly, eco-friendly and, with this annual fall block party as evidence, extremely festival-friendly.
The epicenter of the festival is 13th and Sansom, with activity radiating out from that intersection. 13th Street will be closed to traffic between Chestnut and Locust Streets, and Sansom Street will be blocked off between 12th and Juniper Streets.
Delicious food and tasty libations from the neighborhood’s many restaurants will be available from tents set up along 13th Street.
• Barbuzzo Restaurant will be serving Mediterranean chicken wraps, budinos and basil lemonade spiked with vodka.
• Lolita will be serving pork carnitas tacos, fresh guacamole and blood orange margaritas.
• Jamonera will be serving moorish chicken kebabs, truffled manchego grilled cheese and papas fritas.
• Jake’s Sandwich Board will be serving their famous 50/50 (Best of Philly-winning) and Italian Pork Sandwiches.
A block away at Finn McCool’s Ale House, you can ride their Mechanical Bull from 1-6 p.m. while rocking out to live band Doc Hollywood and sipping on fall festival-themed drafts: Shock Top Pumpkin, Franziskaner Weissbier, Spaten Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams Octoberfest and Coors Light. Nearby, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar will have three bars set up serving Ommegang and Brooklyn beer and vodka martinis, with seating for 50 outside. Many of the food stands will also serve up drinks as well.
TWO Giant Beer Gardens
McGillin’s Olde Ale House will once again turn Drury Street into a giant outdoor beer garden stocked with German beers and foods, a DJ, outside karaoke and more.
And brand new this year: Smokin’ Betty’s will debut a brand new beer garden from noon-8 p.m. on the block of St. James Place between 12 and 13th streets. The grills will be fired up for a specially priced menu featuring BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and BBQ Combos (wings and ribs) for $5. Free red velvet cupcakes will reward the early birds, while supplies last. To wash it down, they’ll have seasonal brews from a wide varieties of breweries, including Yards, Evil Genius and Saranac. Wear your fall finest denim and plaid for a chance to win prizes.
Shopping and Deals
Another great aspect of the day is the chance to pick up choice items from Midtown Village shops, at a sidewalk side discount. There will also be artisans and craftspeople offering unique items from all over. A few highlights:
• Duross & Langel will have their awesome beer soaps for sale, plus head into the store for the chance to take your picture with your favorite D&L staff member dressed in traditional Oktoberfest costume.
• Absolute Abstract will be putting out the Red Carpet (literally!) and offering a buy one, get one 50% off deal for any of their Art Blocks, Tin Signs and wood signs, plus 25% off any loft art. Bonus: If you bring them a beer, they will take an extra 5% off.
• 12th Street Gym will be giving away five two-month gym memberships (one an hour) and ten one-month Soleil memberships (one every half hour).
• Optimal Sport Health Club is new to the village, but will be out celebrating, offering a huge membership sign-up blow out, on site fitness assessments and a six-month membership giveaway.
This year, you’ll have the chance to dunk the Presidential candidate of your choice – “Barack Obama” or “Mitt Romney” – to benefit the Philadelphia Fire Department Fallen Heroes Memorial in Franklin Square. All money from the game will be donated to help fund the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Franklin Square. The firefighters of Local 22 will be there to accept donations and discuss the new memorial.
And as always, there will be great kid-friendly activities like pumpkin carving and face-painting.
The forecast is for some nice, crisp fall weather — making this an absolute can’t-miss extravaganza.
Midtown Village Fall Festival 2012
When: Saturday, October 6, noon-8 p.m.
Where: 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust Streets
More info: www.midtownvillage.org