An auto extravaganza is driving into South Philadelphia this weekend.
More than 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles will line East Passyunk Avenue for the 2017 Car Show and Street Festival on Sunday, July 30.
The free, annual event is the neighborhood’s largest summer block party, bringing out thousands to dig into delicious food and drink, groove to live music and admire the many flashy cars on East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets.
FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The 2017 East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival takes place July 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- The action is centered along East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets.
- Admire 140-plus muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles.
- The fest also features a craft show, food trucks, a moon bounce and more.
Adding to the four-wheel fun, a large craft show goes down at the avenue’s Singing Fountain, and a bunch of activities for kids will be set up throughout the fest, too. Plus, find an array of neighborhood restaurants churning out food specials alongside food trucks of every kind.
The festival runs from Dickinson to Broad streets on East Passyunk Avenue. Along the avenue, guests will find food, drinks, shopping, music and, of course, tons of captivating cars.
Held at the neighborhood’s Singing Fountain, the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show will bring dozens of artists and craft vendors to one spot. Live music and DJs can be found on every block of the festival and a Kid Zone will be stationed at the gateway at Broad and McKean streets.
The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public.
More than 140 antique, classic, custom and show cars will line East Passyunk Avenue for the annual festival. Festival guests can expect a showing of cool trucks and motorcycles, too.
Automobile-owners bring out their best in an effort to win one of the sought-after awards, including Best Modified, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best ’50s Custom, Best Street Rod, Best Low Rider, Best Motorcycle and Best of Show Car and Motorcycle.
A panel of judges will announce the winning cars for each category beginning at 3:30 p.m. at 1636 East Passyunk Avenue.
Food & Drink
While the majority of automobiles at the festival will be parked for show, a variety of food trucks — including Cow and the Curd, MomPops and Mike’s BBQ — will be staying busy serving up eats along the avenue.
Plus, more than 20 of the area’s popular bars and restaurants are getting in on the action with $5 food deals like cheesesteak bao buns (Bing Bing Dim Dum), beef caprese sliders (P’unk Burger), Mexican fries (Adobe Cafe) and more.
Several of the neighborhood’s eateries will offer drink specials, too, including $5 Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company (South Philly Bar and Grill), $5 margaritas and sangria (Paradiso) and more.
Music & Festivities
To add to the festive atmosphere, guests can groove to music by a number of local bands at different stages throughout East Passyunk. The lineup features The Drive In’s, Las Palabras, the Blue Pharaohs and more at places like Stogie Joe’s, the Singing Fountain and other select locations.
Anyone looking to shop can browse specials and sidewalk sales at avenue businesses or head to the art market at the Singing Fountain featuring more than 30 different vendors.
There will also be a designated Kid Zone at Broad and McKean streets complete with a moon bounce, car-themed arts and crafts, games and sand art.
Getting to East Passyunk is easy. Perhaps the most convenient method of transportation is to take SEPTA’s Broad Street (Orange) Line to the Tasker-Morris station and then walk two blocks east to East Passyunk Avenue. Or, take the train to the Snyder Avenue station and walk one block north to East Passyunk Avenue.
Those who choose to go by bike via Philly’s bike share program, Indego, can also find a station right at Broad Street and East Passyunk Avenue.
Parking can be challenging, so festival-goers are encouraged to rely on public transportation or their own two feet and save the car-filled enthusiasm for the festival.
Grab your camera and start revving up your appetite, and we’ll see you out on the avenue this Sunday!