It’s back, Philadelphia.
The monthly summertime food fest Night Market Philadelphia returns to this city’s streets tonight, June 18, arriving in the Callowhill neighborhood for the very first time.
If you haven’t had a chance to experience The Food Trust’s awesome street food festival, you should really come out and feast. It’s a not-to-be-missed — not to mention delicious — Philadelphia event.
The Callowhill neighborhood — also known as the Loft District — is a stylish-yet-still-transforming area home to expansive studio and gallery spaces, large urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.
And be sure to look up while cruising the streets for eats: the abandoned Reading Railway viaduct lines above street level are soon to become Philadelphia’s first elevated park.
From 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, Night Market Callowhill takes over 12th and 13th between Callowhill and Spring Garden and on Noble between 11th and 12th with 70 of the city’s best food trucks and restaurants.
Read on for our complete guide to Night Market Callowhill, and see below for a full Night Market map.
Tonight, vendors will be set up on 12th and 13th between Callowhill and Spring Garden and on Noble Street between 11th and 12th.
Of course, these streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3 p.m. on to prepare for the eating and drinking extravaganza.
The smaller streets between 12th and 13th streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to foot traffic. Note that both Spring Garden and Callowhill will be open to traffic.
The Food and Drink
As with previous Night Markets, it’s best to come early (to try and avoid the long lines) and come hungry (to taste everything).
A lineup food and drink options from more than 70 vendors, with tons of the tried-and-true favorites on tap for this evening like Scratch Biscuits (shown below), Chewy’s, Nomad Pizza, Vernalicious and the winner of this year’s Vendy Award Foolish Waffles. Look out for new Night Market vendors tonight, too, including Rio Brazilian Steak Truck, Philly Chicken ‘n Rice, Roe Thai and Japanese and Sweet Nectar Delights.
The neighborhood’s local haunts get in on the action, too, with spots like Bufad, Prohibition Taproom and the Trestle Inn serving up specials.
Tonight, crowds should look for the craft brew tent, courtesy of Penn Distributors, along 12th and 13th streets.
For the complete list of vendors, see below.
The Live Music and Neighborhood
No festival is complete without live tunes and tons of entertainment to keep crowds grooving.
The live music tonight will be curated by the neighborhood venue PhilaMOCA, plus Underground Arts will host a beer garden, Dance Philadelphia will perform, street performers will roam and there are always a few surprises.
To report directly to the live music hub, check out the stage at Noble and 11th streets.
The recent influx of urban development has brought with it a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.
Head out to the festival, then stick around or make a return visit to experience the eclectic dining and shopping. To explore more in Callowhill, and to view these places on an interactive map, check out the full Callowhill guide in the new Philadelphia Neighborhoods section on Visitphilly.com.
Getting There and Staying Over
Callowhill affords its visitors extreme walkability — it takes no time at all to get from here straight into Center City.
Cycling is another popular mode of transportation, with bike lanes along 13th and Spring Garden. Plus, Indego will have corral service at its Broad and Spring Garden station from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, which means that Indego staffers will be on hand to guarantee open docks for all riders. Sweet!
SEPTA’s Broad Street line also provides an easy in, dropping off at both Spring Garden and Vine streets.
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.
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 #visitphilly #NightMkt.
And check out the official Night Market map and complete list of vendors below.
See you in the Eraserhood, folks.
Night Market Philadelphia: Callowhill
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