Get ready to take a traffic-free walk down Walnut Street this weekend during one of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals!
On Saturday, May 20, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival returns, bringing an afternoon of al fresco eating and drinking, boutique strolling, live entertainment and more.
FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival takes place Saturday, May 20, noon-5 p.m.
- The free, all-ages event runs on Walnut Street from Broad to 19th streets.
- 100-plus vendors line the streets with food, drinks, fashion and more
The festival — which runs from Broad to 19th streets on Walnut Street — fills much of the Rittenhouse neighborhood with food, drinks, music, fashion, activities for all ages and more.
The afternoon-long fest runs from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the fest is free and all food and drinks are pay as you go (read: no tickets, just bring cash).
Food and Drink
During the festival, Rittenhouse-area bars and restaurants set up shop al fresco with street food versions of their popular menu items, one-day-only fare or adult beverages for the spring day.
With so many excellent Stephen Starr restaurants scattered throughout the neighborhood, it’s no surprise that a designated Stephen Starr block will run along the 1800 block of Walnut Street. Look forward to street-friendly fare from popular spots including Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Continental Mid-town, The Dandelion, El Rey and Parc.
Festival-goers will also get a first-time taste from Peter Serpico’s forthcoming restaurant, Kyung Ho, which serves up eats at 19th and Walnut streets in anticipation of the restaurant’s opening this fall.
Other participants include places like Mission Taqueria, offering pork al pastor tacos, esquites (grilled corn with lime, mayo and chile piquin) and fresh fruit popsicles, and Oyster House, serving up fried soft shell crab sandwiches.
A huge array of cocktails, beer and other beverages will also be available to keep you cool at this al fresco festival.
Other Festival Highlights
The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival brings shopping opportunities galore. In addition to the national retailers that line Walnut Street (like Anthropologie, Zara, Madewell, Urban Outfitters and more), numerous Philadelphia vendors will set up shop along the pedestrian-oriented blocks that fill the festival.
Visitors can also look forward to beauty and fashion shows, culinary demos, beer and cocktail samplings, live music and other activities for those of all ages.
Getting There and Staying Over
While driving is an option (there are parking lots at 1616 Sansom Street, 36 S. 19th Street and more), we recommend that festival-goers arrive on foot, by bike (you can rent bikes via Indego!) 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 south to the festival.
Coming from out of town? Consider making a weekend out of the festival and stay overnight in Philadelphia with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring more than $200 in free perks including free hotel parking, free bike share passes from Indego and more.
See you in Rittenhouse!