The Annual 215 Festival Spotlights Philadelphia’s Literary Scene On South Street This Weekend, October 23-26

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This year, the annual 215 Festival will fill South Street with a variety of events that celebrate Philadelphia’s literary scene, October 23-26. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Starting today, October 23 and running through Sunday, October 26, the 215 Festival returns to celebrate Philly’s literary scene with free readings, cocktail-fueled events and more.

This year, the literary fest fills locations along South Street with a variety of events that celebrate the written word.

The festivities kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with opening remarks and poetry readings from the city’s youth Poet Laureate Soledad Alfaro-Allah and the city’s Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock at the Headhouse Square Shambles. Also look forward to a special announcement from the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

Also tonight, Tattooed Mom will play host to readings from two Philly-based literary journals — Gigantic Sequins and Bedfellows. While listening to everything from prose to fiction, enjoy food and drinks from the South Street bar.

Tomorrow, October 24 at 10 p.m., Society Hill Society hosts the Literary Mixtape, a reading series where people present snippets of their favorite text in DJ form.

The festival closes out on Sunday, October 26 with a final reading event featuring festival staff members and other featured guests. The final reading will take place at 10 p.m. at Society Hill Society.

Also bookmarked for the festival? Check out a Halloween-themed writers night, a literary take on a CSA program with the Head and the Hand Press at the Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market, a typewriter event at the Pumpkin Fall Fest at the Headhouse Shambles and much, much more.

The full rundown of 215 Festival events is available right here.

215 Festival
When: October 23-26
Where: Various Locations around South Street
Cost: Free
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