Ready for one of the best block parties of the year?
Returning for its eighth year on Sunday, October 6 the Midtown Village Fall Festival welcomes thousands to revel in eight hours of outdoor fun on a nearly eight-block footprint.
Note that the event is usually on a Saturday, but this year’s festival rocks 13th Street on Sunday, stretching from Chestnut to Locust Street.
From noon to 7 p.m., food, drink and crafts vendors will set up lining the sidewalks with all manner of entertainment — think dunk tanks, DJs, Sumo wrestling, a pop-up beer gardens, sidewalk sales and more.
Sample food from all your favorite Midtown Village restaurants — Barbuzzo, Jamonera, El Vez, Sampan, the list goes on — and don’t miss the beer garden, as well as family-friendly entertainment.
Read on for our guide to this massive Midtown soiree.
The epicenter of the festival is 13th and Sansom streets, with activity radiating out from that intersection.
Blocking off 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut streets, the festival spans nearly eight blocks this year, and also includes Chestnut Street for the first time.
13th Street will be closed to traffic between Chestnut and Locust Streets, Sansom Street will be blocked off between 12th and Juniper streets, and Chestnut Street will be closed from 12th to Juniper streets, too.
For a festival map, see below.
This entire area will be packed with vendors dishing up food, pouring drinks and peddling local wares.
The Food and Drink
Delicious food and excellent libations from the neighborhood’s many restaurants will be available from tents set up all along 13th Street.
On Chestnut Street, head to Bru for a new-this-year all-day beer garden, music and a pig roast.
Over on Sansom Street, look for solid food and drinks from Finn Mccools, Fergie’s Pub, Raw Sushi, Opa, El Vez (margaritas!), and Zavino (pizza and beer!).
Time will be on-hand pouring draft beer and Barbuzzo is breaking out its insanely delicious salted caramel budino pops.
With food and drink vendors scattered throughout the festival, it’s easy to grab edibles throughout the day. Plus, there are eight (!) beer garden areas, so the brews will be flowing.
The Entertainment and Shopping
Live music is a huge component of the fest, and you’ll be able to take in live tunes on four stages.
At Broad and Chestnut streets, a new stage showcases the talents of students of the University of the Arts. Down the street at 12th and Chestnut, Hard Rock Cafe will rock a a stage with live music and a campaign to support breast cancer awareness.
On the other end of the festival, festivalgoers can hear live music on Sansom Street from stages at both Broad Street and 12th Street.
Check out Sumo suit wrestling at Raw throughout the day. And, on the other end of the spectrum, see a live runway show of fall fashion at Macy’s on Chestnut Street.
Artisans and retailers set up shop in booths throughout the fest, too, so be on the look out for deals on goods from 13th Street shops like Verde, Open House and Duross & Langel.
And as always, there will be great kid-friendly activities like a moon bounce, sand castle building and face-painting in the kids area on Locust Street near Nest.
Plus, this year MilkBoy Philly will host an after party to keep the party going with more music and food and drink specials at the restaurant and music venue on 11th and Chestnut.
Cheers to a merry Midtown!
Midtown Village Fall Festival 2013
When: Sunday, October 6, noon-7 p.m.
Where: 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.midtownvillage.org