The ever-lively 2nd Street Festival returns to Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 7.
Now in its eighth year, the one-day-only fête brings 10 hours of live music, all the food and drink you can stomach and endless shopping to six closed-off blocks in the neighborhood.
2nd Street Festival Fast Facts
- The one-day festival takes place Sunday, August 7 from noon-10 p.m.
- The event is free, but bring money for the nearly 100 food, drink and craft vendors.
- Three stages bring 10 hours of live, local music to the festival.
- A pop-up market curated by Art Star boasts 50 clothing, crafts and jewelry vendors.
The festival closes down six full blocks of N. 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden Street.
Over 150 food, drink and merchandise vendors fill the festival area, giving guests a chance to try a little bit of everything Northern Liberties has to offer. Local stores bring out their wares, restaurants, bars and taverns serve up meals and boozy delights and a dedicated arts space buzzes with performances, crafts and more.
Gates open Sunday, August 7, at noon and the party goes till 10 p.m.
Two stages bookend the festival: one on the north end, at Germantown Avenue, and another on the south end, at Brown Street. Each performance areas will feature more than five artists throughout the day. Hip-hopper Kuf Knotz and DJ Royale of the Scratch Academy keep things bouncing on the north end, while groups like Tinmouth and Dr. Beardface and the Spacemen bring rock show vibes to the south.
The third stage, at the Piazza at Schmidts Commons, is the main spot for music. Nine acts are slated to perform there, including Sweet Eureka, Nik Greeley & The Operators and Brothers & Sisters.
Where to Eat and Drink
Popular neighborhood restaurants including El Camino Real, Standard Tap, North Bowl and Cantina Dos Segundos will have stands on the street selling food and drink, while a bunch of food trucks also converge on 2nd Street for the festivities.
Look out for trucks including Dump-n-Roll, Nomad, Cow And The Curd, Poi Dog, Lil Pop Shop, Weckerly’s Ice Cream and more.
What’s at the Pop-Up Market
If you’re not there for the music or the food, you’re there for the shopping.
Families can find kid-approved knickknacks at booths hosted by Lil Fishy and Tadpole Creations. Browse jewelry for days at Modern Hex and GiGi Singh. Looking for a fresh piece of art for your walls? Check out works by Joe Engel or Kara Hinson.
Getting There and More
The festival — and all its music and atmosphere — is totally free. Food, drinks and crafts can be had at a pay-as-you-will basis.
The best way to get there is via bike, cab or public transportation. The festival is mere blocks from the Spring Garden or Girard stops on the Frankford El. Bus routes 5 and 15 also let you off near the festival.
Indego bikers can find a station at Germantown Avenue at the north end of the festival. If you must drive, paid parking is available at a lot just north of the Piazza off Germantown Avenue.