Our Guide To The Epic Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Hitting Walnut Street Saturday, May 2

Rittenhouse Row
Huge crowds flock to Walnut Street for the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, an outdoor block party complete with food, drinks, shopping and more. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Great ready for a blockbuster block party, Philadelphia.

This Saturday, May 2 marks the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, one of the city’s most popular events of the spring (if not year!), filling the neighborhood with festive happenings from noon to 5 p.m.

The shops, restaurants, bars and business make outside fun their focus — throughout the festival, more than 100 tents from Rittenhouse-area businesses line Walnut Street with food, drinks, shopping and more for festival-goers. Be sure to arrive at the festival with an empty stomach and ready to drink, dance, shop and ready to explore the neighborhood.

Read on for our guide to the blockbuster Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.

The Layout

Spanning six blocks of Walnut Street, the festival shuts down Broad to 19th streets, and 18th street from Sansom to Locust streets to vehicular traffic.

All throughout the festival, find tents from Rittenhouse restaurants, bars, shops and businesses offering everything from food and drinks to clothing and free giveaways.

Also find plenty of outdoor seating throughout the festival footprint with additional outdoor tables and restaurant service on 18th south of Walnut from Devon, Rouge and Parc, plus seating on 18th north of Walnut from Rittenhouse restaurants, too.

At Broad and Walnut streets, the Bellevue takes over the festival with the Bellevue block party, which is complete with music, a pop-up from Nicole Miller Philadelphia, food and drinks from restaurants like XIX and the Palm and more.

Key Locations:

• Continental Lounge: Walnut Street between 18th and 19th

• Starr Restaurant Tent: 18th and Walnut streets

• Music Stage 1: Broad and Walnut streets

• Music Stage 2: Walnut and Sydenham streets

• Summer Cocktail Lounge: 1600 block of Walnut Street

Food and Drink

Throughout the length of the festival, Rittenhouse-area bars and restaurants set up shop alfresco with either street food versions of popular menu items, one-day-only fare or adult beverages for the spring day.

Those looking to dine on festival fare should head to A. Bar for fried seafood po boys, scallop ceviche and raw oysters, 500 Degrees for cheeseburgers, Oyster House for lobster rolls and whoopie pies, HipCity Veg for chick’n sliders, Sbraga for chicken wings and Termini Bros for cannolis and cupcakes. Bonus: Two of Rittenhouse’s upcoming restaurant openings — Pizzeria Vetri and Sip-N-Glo Juicery — will be serving up fresh eats and drinks to the crowds, too.

And those looking for a cocktail or beer should report to the restaurants equipped with alfresco bar service including A. Kitchen, Rouge, the Starr Restaurants tent, the Great American Wine Company lounge and a summer cocktail lounge from Captain Morgan.

New this year: The Continental Midtown will take some of their most popular food and drinks to the street to a special fenced-in area at the end of the Starr Restaurant area (close to Walnut and 19th streets) complete with lots of alfresco fun. Guests can look forward to favorite food items like cheesesteak egg rolls and grilled Brussels sprouts and a variety of cocktails like white sangria, and Continental’s signature Capri coolers in addition to beer.

More, below.

Shopping and Entertainment

The Rittenhouse neighborhood houses some of the best shopping in the city, and on the day of the festival the shops get in on the action with outdoor shopping opportunities and sales. Browse goods from Nicole Miller, Duke and Winston, Joan Shepp, Timberland, Knit Wit and more.

Beyond shopping, the festival is also home to two stages — one at Broad and Walnut streets and one at Walnut and Sydenham streets — which will offer an array of live music.

On 15th Street, Center City District offers a sneak peek of summer programming like Center City Sips and happenings at Dilworth Park, and on 16th Street, the Capital One 360 Café hosts family-friendly fun with free cotton candy, giveaways and interactive games.

Getting There and Staying Over

The city is sure to be bustling with more than 12 festivals happening on Saturday, May 2 — so while driving is an option (there are lots at 1616 Sansom Street, 36 S. 19th Street and more) — we recommend that festival-goers arrive on foot, by bike or by public transportation via SEPTA.

The Walnut-Locust subway stop on the Broad Street line leaves you in the midst of the action (at Broad and Walnut streets) and those arriving by regional rail can hop off at Suburban Station and walk just a few blocks to the festival. Click here to use SEPTA’s plan my trip feature.

Or, you could just make a weekend out of the festival and stay overnight in Philadelphia. Check out Visitphilly.com for deals on hotel stays and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

This weekend’s festival is rain or shine.


Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

When: Saturday, May 2, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street between 19th and Broad Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
Rittenhouse Row
This year, the Continental will bring food and drinks outside to a fenced-in area for festival-goers to enjoy.
(Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

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