One of the biggest festivals of the fall returns this Saturday, October 1 from noon to 8 p.m. Mark your calendars and head out to the Midtown Village Fall Festival this weekend as it takes over the neighborhood for another year of festivities.
More than 50,000 people are expected flock to the neighborhood to take full advantage of this eight-hour festival. The rain-or-shine event celebrates the best of the Midtown Village neighborhood with lots of food, drinks, music, games, shopping and more.
Midtown Village Fall Festival Fast Facts
- The festival returns on Saturday, October 1 from noon to 8 p.m.
- Enjoy food from more than 20 restaurants and vendors.
- Sip drinks from six beer areas throughout the festival.
- Admission to the fest is completely free; food and drinks are available as you go.
Food and Drink
More than 20 restaurants in the neighborhood are setting up shop alfresco for this day-long festival.
Some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants bring their delicious food and drinks outside to the street for this daylong festival. Stroll the street to find food like chocolate-covered bacon from Jake’s Sandwich Board, cheese curds from Jamonera, lamb gyro from Opa, pierogies from McGillin’s and more.
Guests looking for a sudsy pint can head to any one of the six (!) beer gardens throughout the festival. Drinks — beer, wine and cocktails — will be flowing at beer gardens in front of Time, McGillin’s, Brü, Opa, Fergie’s and Finn McCool’s.
Brü Craft and Wurst Fall Fest
Guests of the festival can head to Brü Craft and Wurst where plenty of craft beer will be flowing both inside of the bar and on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street as the Midtown Village beer bar hosts a festival of its own.
Sip beers like Troegs Master of Pumpkins, Rogue Dead Guy, Fat Heads Sunshine Daydream Session IPA, Wyndridge Wet Hop Ale and more from a number of brew tents. Plenty of food — barbecue pork, bratwurst, veggie skewers, shrimp and chorizo skewers and more — and live music also make the all-day party.
Entertainment and Shopping
Five stages throughout Midtown Village host live performances from local musicians and performers. Stages will be located at Broad and Chestnut streets, Chestnut Street between Juniper and 13th streets, 12th and Chestnut streets, 12th and Sansom streets and Sansom Street between Juniper and 13th streets. While most stages promise live music and performances from professionals, singers of all levels are welcome to try their hand at karaoke outside of McGillin’s.
More than 100 vendors — shops, crafters, local businesses and more — will line the festival footprint with plenty of shopping and demonstrations for guests of the event. Festival attendees can enjoy shopping from 13th Street boutiques like Bella Turka, lou lou boutique, Shibe Vintage Sports and more.
How To Get There
As the neighborhood’s name suggests, Midtown Village is in the heart of Center City. With so many streets blocked off to vehicular traffic, we highly suggest arriving to the festival by foot, bike or public transportation. There is also an Indego station right in the thick of the festival at 13th and Locust streets, so those arriving by rented bike can easily access the event.
The Market-Frankford line and Broad Street line both stop within blocks of Midtown Village. Just ride to the City Hall, Walnut Street, 13th Street or 11th Street stops and walk over.
Or just turn the festival into an excuse for a weekend getaway or staycation and take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package which provides guests with two nights at a hotel and free hotel parking.