One of Philly’s most exceptional outdoor craft bazaars is back for its 13th year, just in time for Mother’s Day.
With more than 125 local and national artists selected to set up shop outdoors for two days at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, May 7-8, the annual spring Art Star Craft Bazaar definitely won’t disappoint.
Rain or shine, shoppers can expect super high-quality goods that stay true to Art Star Gallery & Boutique’s awesomely quirky aesthetic, with items ranging from prints and sculptures to housewares, clothing, jewelry, paper goods, toys, accessories and tons of one-of-a-kind curiosities.
What To See, Eat and Do
Boutique owners and festival curators Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster of Art Star cull through entries to their festival to curate a selection of vendors that represent a diverse array of mediums and accommodate a wide range of budgets (read: this event offers the chance to score affordable art).
The event also includes a program of make-and-take crafting like stamp carving and screen printing, live music and DJs, and a range of local food vendors. Also, a photo booth will be onsite for commemorative photos (with Mom, of course).
Traditional fair food will be available, but also look for locally sourced fare from Soy Cafe, Poi Dog Snack Shop and Oink and Moo BBQ on Saturday), and Sum Pig Food Truck and Kung Fu Hoagies on Sunday.
Plus, the first 150 guests to arrive each day will receive a free tote bag, which includes $5 Art Star Bucks and little treats.
Spruce Street Harbor Park Opening Weekend
This weekend, Spruce Street Harbor Park will debut for its 2016 season on the Delaware River waterfront.
As of Saturday, May 7, The park will be open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
New food and drink additions include The Little Fat Ham by Kevin Sbraga, Chickie’s and Pete’s and new concepts from Garces Group, and the park promises an expanded footprint with more hammocks, seating and tables than last year.
Getting There and Staying Over
Like all of the waterfront attractions, the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is super accessible via public transportation, bike and by foot.
To arrive by foot, head east on either Market, Chestnut, Walnut or South streets. Cross Front Street and walk over the pedestrian walkways to Columbus Boulevard. By SEPTA, take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street, or numerous SEPTA buses stop at or near Penn’s Landing. By car, look for parking lots located at Lombard Circle, Walnut and Market Streets at Columbus Boulevard.
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.
And for those who can’t make it out this weekend: Art Star Craft Bazaar will return this summer to pop up at Spruce Street Harbor Park!
See you on Penn’s Landing!