One of the biggest festivals of the fall returns this Saturday, October 7, from noon to 8 p.m. Mark your calendars and head out to the Midtown Village Fall Festival this weekend as it takes over the neighborhood for another year of festivities.
The eight-hour fest — which is expected to draw 50,000 people — features live music on multiple stages, incredible food, seasonal beers, great shopping and people watching, games, craft makers and more.
Is there a better way to spend a fall Saturday in Philadelphia?
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- Midtown Village Fall Festival goes down Saturday, October 7 from noon to 8 p.m.
- Food from more than 20 restaurants and vendors as well as drinks at six drink areas will be available.
- Live entertainment will be featured at seven stages throughout the festival footprint.
- Admission is completely free; food and drinks are available as you go.
The festival grounds cover Chestnut Street from Broad to 12th Street, Sansom Street from Broad to 12th Street, and 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut streets.
Food and Drink
With more than 20 restaurants and vendors in the neighborhood serving up sustenance for festival-goers, there will be an array of options to satisfy and satiate every appetite and thirst.
Many of Midtown Village’s top restaurants will be setting up shop on the street during the daylong festival. Attendees can search out favorites along the closed-off streets, including cheese curds from Jamonera, chocolate-covered bacon from Jake’s Sandwich Board, Neapolitan pizza from Zavino, chips and guac from El Vez and more.
Guests of the fest can also seek out beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic options at one of the six beer gardens throughout the festival in front of Time, McGillan’s, Bru, Opa, Fergie’s and Finn McCool’s.
Bru Craft and Wurst Fall Fest
On the 1300 block of Chestnut Street, festival-goers will find the Bru Craft and Wurst Fall Fest, where the popular neighborhood bar and restaurant will be pouring seasonal and craft beers, including Troegs Dreamweaver, Lancaster Oktoberfest, Ithaca Country Pumpkin, Victory Black Forest Cake Stout and many more.
To soak up the suds, they’ll be serving up tasty food like bratwurst, pretzels, pulled pork sandwiches and more.
The daylong celebration will also feature live music, DJs and, of course, dancing.
Entertainment and Shopping
Seven stages throughout the fest will feature live performances from local musicians and performers.
Attendees will find live entertainment on both the University of Arts Stage at Broad and Chestnut streets and the Midtown Village Stage at 12th and Chestnut streets. Other stages at Bru, Finn McCool’s, TIME, Franky Bradley’s and Woody’s will also be filled with live music.
Philadelphia’s oldest bar, McGillan’s, will take karaoke to the streets at a temporary beer garden on Drury Street where attendees can belt out their favorites.
More than 100 vendors — shops, crafters, local businesses and more — will also line the festival footprint with plenty of shopping and demonstrations. Festival attendees can enjoy shopping for jewelry, clothes, accessories and gifts from 13th Street boutiques like Bella Turka, lou lou boutique, Shibe Vintage Sports and more.
Getting There & Staying Over
Midtown Village is smack dab in the heart of Center City, but with so many streets blocked off to vehicular traffic and parking at a premium, we highly recommend arriving to the festival by foot, bike or public transportation.
There is also an Indego station right in the thick of the festival at 13th and Locust streets, so those arriving by rented bike can easily access the event.
The Market-Frankford line and Broad Street line both stop within blocks of Midtown Village. Just ride to the City Hall, Walnut Street, 13th Street or 11th Street stops and walk over.
Plus, given that Midtown Village Festival falls on a holiday weekend, why not make a long weekend out of it? Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get free hotel parking and two Philadelphia’s Historic District Passes.