Craving an awesome summer street festival? You don’t have to wait very long for satisfaction: Night Market Lancaster Avenue is tonight.
After phenomenal events showcasing Old City in May and West Oak Lane in June, Night Market Philadelphia returns for a summer bash to hit Lancaster Avenue tonight, Thursday, August 14.
Kicking off at 6 p.m., Night Market arrives in West Philly on Lancaster Avenue with with a troupe of more than 70 of the city’s best food trucks and restaurants setting up shop for one night only between 35th and 39th streets until 10 p.m.
The event does an incredible job of showcasing up-and-coming neighborhoods and brilliant food by partnering with local restaurants and food trucks, local breweries, regional musicians and dynamic artists — all in all, creating incredible good times.
This stop on the Night Market circuit — the 15th! — invites food lovers to explore the burgeoning Lower Lancaster Avenue, a corridor that connects five neighborhoods like the communities of Mantua (recently deemed a Promise Zone by President Obama), Powelton Village and University City.
Tonight’s festivities star a stupendous lineup of food and drink, including beer from Yards Brewing Company and a whopping 13 vendors generally found in West Philly to spotlight the neighborhood.
Plus, this street food fest will also include rocking live music on two stages from a multitude of artists, including West Philly’s very own Chill Moody, and a free Visit Philly photo booth!
Read on for your complete guide to Night Market Lancaster Avenue. See you out there!
The Food & Drink
C’mon, we know you come for the eats! With food and drink options from 74 vendors (at last count), it’s best to come early (to try and avoid long lines) and come hungry (to taste everything).
More than 70 vendors will peddle every manner of street food imaginable, and the eats range from delicious standbys like tacos al pastor from Los Taquitos de Puebla and garlic pizza from Pitruco to imaginative fare like poke bowls from Poi Dog Snack Shop and mortadella hot dogs from Alla Spina. It’s a true smorgasbord.
In addition to Night Market staples, more than a dozen local vendors from West Philly will be out on the streets, including Calle de Sabor (Caribbean tacos), Quality Cafe (lamb gyros) and Spencer ETA Burger (burgers on brioche).
To drink, the good folks of Yards Brewing Company will have three booths along the avenue, and Frecon Farms is set to pour its hard cider, too.
And check out the official Night Market map and a full vendor list below.
For even more on Night Market Lancaster Avenue, see below.
The Live Music & Entertainment
No festival is complete without live tunes to keep crowds grooving, and the lineup at Lancaster Avenue pays homage to the neighborhood’s annual jazz and arts fest, the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival, as well as the up-and-comers found at the nearby universities.
Local entertainment hits two stages throughout the night, with the main stage at Powelton Avenue and a second stage at 39th Street.
On 39th Street, hear from bands on the hour from 6 to 9 p.m. — all emceed by S. Frosty, an always-entertaining host.
At the Powelton Avenue stage, Minka kicks things off at 6 p.m., followed by Happy Accident, KillerWhale, the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Joie Kathos and none other than Chill Moody to headline at 9:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, the Greensgrow Mobile Farm Stand will instruct on sustainability and the Greener Partners Farm Explorer brings out an interactive farm.
And even more entertainment can be found at the Community Education Center at 35th Street.
Night Market is a delicious and extremely social event, so while you’re out there tonight be sure to Tweet about and Instagram the scene and the eats you enjoy and tag your photos with the hashtags #NightMkt and #VisitPhilly.
Plus, be sure to stop by and check out the Visit Philly pop-up photo booth at Lancaster Avenue and 38th Street.
Snap a shot while having a super time at Night Market, get a free print and the ability to share directly on your choice of social platforms.
Getting There & Staying Over
The West Philly neighborhood around Lancaster Avenue and 38th Street is super accessible via public transit, car or taxi/Uber.
For travel by SEPTA, check out the trip planner here or just hop on the Market-Frankford line to 34th Street and walk north to Lancaster Avenue. And remember that the trolley is closed due to the Septa Trolley Blitz.
Paid parking lots are available along Market Street between 34th Street and 40th Street, including Central Parking, 3901 Market Street.
For those who want to make a city weekend out of festival-going, stay overnight in Philadelphia. Check out Visitphilly.com for super deals on hotel stays and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.
And for those already hungry for more, there’s still one more Night Market remaining in the 2014 season coming up on October 2 in Chinatown.
Philadelphia Night Market: Lancaster Avenue
When: Thursday, August 14, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Lancaster Avenue between 35th and 39th streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.thefoodtrust.org