Blockbuster street food festival Night Market Philadelphia returns tonight, Thursday, May 15, for the very first event of its fresh 2014 season, transforming two streets in Old City from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into an alfresco eating-and-entertainment mecca.
With its plethora of historic attractions, excellent independent eateries and top-notch art galleries, not to mention its immediate proximity to Center City, the Old City edition of this street fair ought to be one of the biggest and best events on record.
From 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, Night Market Old City takes over 3rd Street between Market and Race streets, as well as Arch Street between 2nd and 4th streets with more than 80 of the city’s best food trucks and restaurants.
Of course, these streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3 p.m. on to prepare for the eating and drinking extravaganza.
A whopping number — 85! — of vendors are set to pop up along 3rd Street, with tons of local Old City restaurants, beer by Yards Brewing Company and entertainment stationed throughout the four-block festival. (See below for a full Night Market map.)
Read on for our complete guide to Night Market Old City. See you out there!
With food and drink options from more than 85 vendors — yes, the largest lineup ever! — it’s a good idea to come early (to try and avoid the long lines) and come hungry (to taste everything).
The fine street food ranges from delicious standbys like chili-cheese dogs from Dapper Dog and wood-fired pizza from Nomad to more unconventional fare like
In addition to Night Market staples like Chewy’s, Delicias and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, a whopping 18 Old City restaurants are setting up shop on 3rd Street to participate in the neighborhood festivities.
Of the more than dozen area eateries to join in Night Market, don’t miss checking out the goods from Amada and Rosa Blanca, The Gaslight, Han Dynasty, High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Serrano and The Victoria Freehouse.
For more on Night Market Old City, see below.
No one will go thirsty in Old City tonight. Tipplers will abound, and Yards Brewing Company will be on hand will three booths serving locally crafted brews like Brawler and Philly Pale Ale. (See map below for locations.)
In addition to Yards beer, look for punch from The Continental, hard cider from Frecon Farms and local wine from Penns Woods Winery.
For tasty drinks without the booze, seek out mango lassis from Karma Restaurant & Bar and cold-brewed iced coffee from Menagerie Coffee.
The Live Music & Entertainment
No festival is complete without live tunes and tons of entertainment to keep crowds grooving. At the main stage on Arch and 4th streets, four bands are set to entertain: At 6 p.m. see Joie Kathos; Electric City goes on at 7 p.m; post-punk trio The Downtown Club rocks at 8 p.m.; and to wrap up the music, Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret finishes out the night with a 9 p.m. set.
Beyond the stage, look out for The Clay Studio’s Clay Mobile, as well as a collaboration with the Center for Art in Woods, and other local partners including the Arden Theatre Company, the National Constitution Center and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Night Market is a delicious and extremely social event, so while you’re out there on Thursday be sure to Tweet about and Instagram the scene and the eats you enjoy and tag your photos with the hashtags #NightMkt and #VisitPhilly.
Plus, be sure to stop by and check out the Visit Philly pop-up photo booth at 3rd and Arch streets.
Snap a shot while having a super time at Night Market, get a free print and the ability to share directly on your choice of social platforms.
Getting There & Staying Over
Old City is super accessible via foot, bike and public transportation. Street closures are going to mean limited parking, so taking the Market-Frankford line and then walking gets our vote for the most highly recommended mode of transport to tonight’s event.
For travel by SEPTA, check out the trip planner here.
Be sure to follow Uwishunu on Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the evening. We’re totally psyched for this event — it’s going to be a great one.
And check out the official Night Market map and full vendor list below.
See you on the cobblestones, folks.
Philadelphia Night Market: Old City
When: Thursday, May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street between Market and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.thefoodtrust.org