It's festival season, folks. The second annual South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival hits South Street this Saturday, May 3, with eight blocks of food, music, entertainment and so much more. (Photos at top and bottom left courtesy South Street Headhouse District; at right by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia’s phenomenal festival season reaches its first crescendo this Saturday, May 3 — or, as we’ve dubbed it, Super Spring Saturday.
One of three blockbuster festivals taking place this Saturday, the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival returns for its second year to celebrate the neighborhood’s awesome array of attractions, dining, shopping and so much more.
With an eight-block span and nine-hour run, the free South Street Spring Festival offers up plenty of opportunity to hit the sidewalks and streets of the neighborhood. More than 40 artists and retailers will set up shop alfresco for the day while live music plays throughout the event on three stages, and fine food and drink flows liberally, with some of the area’s top establishments dishing festival-appropriate fare.
Check out our guide to the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival, below.
From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival will take over South Street between Front and 8th streets, and continue on the 2nd Street Plaza between South and Lombard streets, including the historic Headhouse Shambles.
A huge street party, South Street will be closed to vehicular traffic all day, giving festivalgoers the opportunity to stroll the streets and sidewalks and check out the numerous local businesses on and just off of South Street, including vendors from Queen Village and Bella Vista.
Along with 40 acts on three stages and eight other performance locations, approximately 90 vendors will be set up for all of your food, arts, crafts and family-friendly fun.
Tens of thousands of attendees are expected at this fest, just in its second year, so be prepared for crowds.
The Food & Drink
Of course, fine food and drink will flow liberally, with some of the area’s top establishments dishing festive fare along South Street. More than 30 restaurants, bars and cafes will be on hand to serve up a taste of the wide variety of food, brews and cocktails available in the neighborhood.
South Street staples like Steaks on South, Las Bugambilias, Copabanana and Woolly Mammoth are in the lineup, right alongside eateries like Supper, Pizzeria Stella, The Twisted Tail and Headhouse Oyster & Crab Company.
The fest will include everything from free samples to grab-and-go street food, and pricing on food and drink will vary by vendor. We recommend bringing cash for easy transactions. Oh, and come hungry!
The South Street Headhouse Spring Festival returns for its second year with outdoor music, tons of food and artisans galore. (Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)
More on the South Street Festival, below.
Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest
For a festival within a festival, head to Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest on the 700 block of South Street.
Complementing the South Street Spring Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz hosts its second-annual Maifest, a full day of drinking, eating, dancing around a maipole and additional German-themed merriment.
All of the alfresco Maifest fun is open to the general public, but a select number of VIP tickets are available online for $100. VIP tickets include complimentary appetizers, beer tickets, a commemorative beer stein, access to private bathrooms, a VIP room and more.
The Music & Entertainment
With nearly a dozen spots to catch live entertainment within the fest from 11 a.m. all the way until 8 p.m., South Street will be filled with tunes and cheers all day.
Three main stages curated by The Legendary Dobbs, The Twisted Tail and Brauhaus Schmitz will offer up a wide variety of music — from accordions, jazz, funk and soul to bluegrass, southern rock and indie rock, as well as traditional German tunes.
At 5th and South, the festival stage will feature a full day of music showcasing popular local acts. Additional stages at the 2nd Street Plaza, in the 700 block of South Street at Brauhaus’ Maifest, and at eight addition pop-up performance areas throughout the festival ensure attendees will always stroll to the beat of live music.
Beyond the music, there will be more than 40 artists, crafters, local boutiques and businesses to supply retail therapy. Neighborhood merchants from South Street, Headhouse, Fabric Row and more will offer day-of specials and other promotions, so be on the look out.
Additional entertainment will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kids Zone in the 200 block of South Street and in the Heroes Zone on the 600 block, dedicated to those who serve. The Police Department and Fire Department will also be on hand to showcase bicycle safety, fire prevention and apparatus demonstrations.
Plus, ART/GAGE by Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will be at the fest with various hands-on art experiences scattered throughout the eight block area.
And stay tuned for complete information on the additional spring festivals hitting Philadelphia on Saturday, May 3 including the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival on the Parkway and Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital.
See you on South Street!
South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival
When: Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: South Street Headhouse District, South Street between Front and 8th streets
Cost: Free admission
More info: www.southstreet.com