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May 7, 2013

Save The Date: The 9th Street Italian Market Festival Brings The Flavors And Sights Of Italy To The Streets Of Bella Vista, May 18-19

Get a sweet taste of Italy in South Philly during the Italian Market Festival, May 18-19. (Photos by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

South Philadelphia’s Italian Market is the nation’s oldest outdoor market, and always abuzz. But on May 18 and 19, the already-bustling heart of South Philly welcomes the city for its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

Enjoy a weekend filled with the flavors and sights of Italian-American culture, from tastes of Italian cuisine to the Annual Procession of Saints.

The neighborhood revolves around the festival for the weekend, with 9th Street from Fitzwater to Federal streets shut down to vehicle traffic and the shops and stalls of the market spilling onto the sidewalks from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine.

For more than six blocks, the streets are lined with food vendors offering every Italian delicacy imaginable and artisans peddling handmade wares, as well as multiple stages with day-long live entertainment.

Plus, look out for family-friendly activities, crafting, contests, live cooking demonstrations and lots more.

Check back soon for a complete festival guide.

9th Street Italian Market Festival
Where: 9th Street between Fitzwater and Federal Streets
When: May 18-19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.italianmarketfestival.com

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