On Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., eight blocks of South Street will be transformed into a full-blown, free festival for the annual South Street Spring Festival, which celebrates the food, drinks and shops of South Street with a ton of family-friendly alfresco fun.
The festival runs from South and Front streets to South and 8th streets — and also continues on the 2nd Street Plaza where the Headhouse Shambles is located. And this year, the 2nd Street Plaza will turn into a grassy lawn complete with live music, lawn games, beach balls and more.
More than 40,000 people are expected to turn up for the annual festival, which, only in its third year, has become one of Philly’s biggest spring festivals.
Along South Street, festival-goers will find more than 30 bars and restaurants serving up tastes of the wide variety of food, brews and cocktails available in the neighborhood. — last year, favorite South Street-area restos like Steaks on South, Copabanana, Supper and Pizzeria Stella were part of the lineup and a similar showing is expected this year with the addition of new spots like Tuk Tuk Real, Circles, Lil Pop Shop, Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Rita’s Water Ice.
Beyond food, three main stages will welcome a slew of local musicians to keep the crowd rocking throughout the nine-hour festival and arts, crafts and additional family-friendly fun, like the KidsZone, will entertain guests. Shopping from more than 40 retailers and artists will also round out the day.
Also returning this year is Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest, which brings a maipole, German music, beer and food to South Street from 7th to 8th streets.
Stay tuned for complete information on the South Street Spring Festival, as well as the additional spring festivals hitting Philadelphia on Saturday, May 2 like the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival on the Parkway and more.