Every winter, South Philly’s Pennsport neighborhood — stretching from Washington to Snyder avenues and from Fourth Street to the Delaware River — draws a lively crowd to its usually quiet streets.
The area between Front and Third, better known as “Two Street,” is the home of the Mummers, the bedecked paraders who’ve been tearing up Broad Street (and Two Street) on New Year’s Day for more than 100 years.
Night Market Fast Facts
- The festival runs 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, September 1.
- More than 60 food and drink vendors will fill the area around Front and Snyder.
- Admission is free; all food and drinks are pay as you go.
- Rapper Chill Moody will headline a night full of music and dancing.
This Thursday, September 1, the neighborhood will draw another huge crowd — this time for an entirely different celebration: Night Market Philadelphia.
Now in its fifth season, The Food Trust’s Night Market Philadelphia has grown to become a seriously loved and supremely well-attended fest that enlivens neighborhoods and spotlights entrepreneurs by drawing thousands to a pop-up culinary destination.
With a ton of awesome food and drink options headed to the area under I-95 across from Snyder Plaza for this latest edition of Night Market, Philly should get ready for a big Pennsport party — no sequins required.
60+ Food and Drink Vendors
Cool off with a cider from Frecon’s Cidery or a chocolaty scoop of goodness from Bassetts Ice Cream, chow down on a blistering wood fire pizza from Nomad or a double dose of tacos from Dos Hermanos or snack on heartily topped tots from the Tot Cart or homemade dumplings from Humpty’s Dumplins.
All of these tasty treats and more can be scored at the market, which brings over 60 food and drink vendors to the area.
We suggest arriving early (to avoid long lines), but we also suggest arriving hungry…very hungry.
If you fall into the 21-plus crowd, come thirsty, too, as beer will flow throughout the night. At Snyder Avenue, McKean and Mifflin streets, a variety of brews from local Sly Fox Brewing Company will be on hand for market-goers to try and buy.
Additionally, Whole Foods Market hosts a tent to dole out fresh-grilled New Jersey corn and introduce the local farmers from Zone 7, a 100% local food distributor.
The draw to Pennsport isn’t only the food, though. West Philly rapper Chill Moody amps up the bash, headlining a night full of music starting at 6 p.m.
Chill Moody is scheduled to the stage at 9 p.m., following three other local bands who will go on at every hour at the McKean Street Stage (between Front and Water streets).
Elsewhere throughout the market, three other acts will perform and spin live tunes, including the DJ duo Risky Disco, who’s sure to get the crowd dancing.
Get down to the live music and get ready for round two of eating at the 60-plus food trucks.
Getting to Pennsport
While biking and walking are always great options for getting around in Philadelphia (even for those who don’t own a bike with Indego, the city’s bike share system), Pennsport is super accessible by car.
It’s located just off of I-95 and street parking can generally be found nearby.
Public transportation is another good option – SEPTA buses run on Front Street, Moyamensing and Washington avenues.
P.S. Be sure to save the date for the next Philadelphia Night Market, too, which will be the final one of the season! The food truck party will head a little further south to the Navy Yard on October 6.
We’ll see you under I-95!