Night Market Philadelphia — the four-times-a-year seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods — is closing out its 2017 season this Thursday night in a neighborhood already famous for delicious things to eat.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, Night Market pops up on 9th Street at Washington Avenue in the heart of Philly’s Italian Market.
NIGHT MARKET PHILADELPHIA FAST FACTS
- Night Market Philadelphia hits the Italian Market on Thursday, October 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.
- More than 75 food trucks and vendors will be on hand offering a variety of food and drink.
- Admission to the fest is free, and food and drinks are pay as you go.
- Live music goes down at three different performance areas throughout the fest.
Food & Drink
This edition of Night Market will bring together a number of the city’s food trucks — including Oink and Moo Barbecue, Foolish Waffles, Mom Mom’s Polish Food Cart and Poi Dog Philly — with representation from brick and mortar restaurants like Osteria and Ela.
Making their Night Market debut at this final Night Market of the year are Papermill Fresh Asian Kitchen, rolling “spurritos” or spring roll burritos; Roast Philly’s Cebu-style lechón; and T+S Bake Shoppe, the bakery soon to open in the former Washington Avenue space of Kermit’s Bake Shoppe.
Street stands representing Italian Market neighborhood businesses like Isgro Pastries, DiBruno Brothers and Philly Tacos will also be there.
And lastly, brick and mortar shops not to miss in the area include Blue Corn (a no-frills, not-so-hidden gem serving Mexican food), Villa di Roma (one of the city’s beloved “red gravy” Italian spots) and Taqueria Veracruzana (an original Italian Market taqerias).
To wash it all down? You’ll find three drink stations on Washington Avenue at 8th, 10th and Alder streets pouring local brews from Yards Brewing Company.
Delicious food and drink may get top billing for each Night Market, but the event truly is a festival as much as it is a feast. For Thursday’s Night Market celebration, three performance areas will host music throughout the festival footprint.
Attendees can look forward to new acts every hour on the hour at the event’s main stage at 11th Street and Washington Avenue. Adornment kicks the nightoff right at 6 p.m. followed by Flounder Warehouse, Ernest Stuart and Max Swan.
Connie’s RicRac, already a neighborhood favorite for live music, is coordinating performances at two other areas at 9th and Carpenter streets and 9th and Ellsworth streets.
Night Market Tips
Night Markets are big, fun neighborhood block parties, and all of Philadelphia is invited. For that reason, there are a few things worth considering when planning to attend.
First off, comfortable shoes are a must for standing in line for food, drink, or both, as well as for dancing.
Second, festival-goers should arrive early (to avoid potentially long lines) and also arrive hungry.
Lastly, attendees might want to consider grabbing a table at one of the restaurants in the neighborhood. In addition to being able to sit down, it’s also a chance to support a local business while still being part of the party.
Getting There & Staying Over
With or without a street festival like Night Market, parking in South Philadelphia tends to be tight, so attendees should consider biking, walking or taking public transit, if possible.
The heart of the action at 9th and Washington is only a half-mile (a 10-12 minute walk) from the Ellsworth-Federal Station on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line. The 45, 47 and 64 SEPTA bus routes will also drop festival-goers nearby.
Riding Indego bike share is also a great idea. The station at 11th Street and Washington Avenue will offer a corral service from 6 to 8 p.m. Additional bike share stations are available on Federal Street at Broad Street and at 10th Street.
Gotta drive? The best options for parking are four parking lots in the neighborhood at 723 Christian Street, 1024 E. Passyunk Avenue, 1339 S. 12th Street and 927 Carpenter Street.
Attendees can also make a long weekend out of Night Market by booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. Folks who book the package get free hotel parking and two Philadelphia’s Historic District Passes, which include free admission to the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House and Christ Church Burial Ground.