Get excited, Philly: One of the summer’s biggest street festivals is returning to Northern Liberties this Sunday!
More than 250 vendors will fill six blocks of 2nd Street for the ninth-annual 2nd Street Festival, which hits the neighborhood on Sunday, August 6 from noon to 10 p.m.
FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The 2nd Street Festival returns on Sunday, August 6 from noon to 10 p.m.
- Attendees can look forward to more than 250 food, drink and shopping vendors.
- The festival runs from Germantown Avenue to Green Street on 2nd Street.
- Entry to the festival is completely free.
This Sunday, the all-day 2nd Street Festival runs for six blocks on bustling 2nd Street from Germantown Avenue all the way down to Green Street.
The fest features a ton of food and drink vendors, shopping vendors and areas for al freso hangouts. Guests will also find three different stages for music — at Brown Street, Germantown Avenue and The Schmidt’s Commons — and a stage for street performers at Poplar Street.
Plus, from Fairmount to Green streets, guests will find a curated pop-up shop featuring a range of handmade goods.
Food and Drinks
It’s no secret that Northern Liberties is home to some great spots for grub. During the day-long festival, NoLibs vendors will line the street with a bevy of festival-ready eats and drinks.
Guests can expect food from brick-and-mortar shops including Jerry’s Bar, Rustica Pizza, Cantina Dos Segundos, Rustica Pizza, Weckerly’s, Standard Tap and bites from popular food trucks like Poi Dog, Laughing Crab, Phoebe’s BBQ, the Cow and the Curd and more. The full food vendor list is available right here.
As far as drinks, there will be nine beer gardens, each pouring a selection of craft beer — including Sly Fox, Sierra Nevada, Modello Especial and more — and cocktails inspired by Maker’s Mark. Beer gardens will be located at El Camino Real, North Bowl (which will be home to a special Maker’s Mark Lounge), Heritage, Standard Tap, Cantina Dos Segundos, Gunner’s Run, Bourbon and Branch, Urban Village Brewing and at Laurel Street (for a Jerry’s Bar-operated beer garden).
Live Performances and Shopping
Four different stages will fill the festival footprint, each offering a different lineup of musicians from the area and beyond.
This year’s festival headliners are The Spinto Band, an indie-rock group based out of Wilmington, Delaware, that is currently on a national tour. Other performing groups include Paul Green Rock Academy, Kid Felix, Ensemble Novo, Jolly Jane, Mt. Vengeance and Yellow Kites.
At the Poplar Street stage, festival guests will find a variety of street performers: stilt walkers, hula hoopers, magicians and more. Click here for the full performance schedule.
In addition to the dozens of food and drink vendors lining the street, Northern Liberties’ own Art Star (a 2nd Street art gallery and shop) will curate a shopping bazaar featuring handmade goods, clothing, home decor and more. The pop-up market will run from Fairmount to Green streets.
Getting There and Staying Over
Regular admission to check out the 2nd Street Festival — including the music — is totally free, with food, beer and merch on sale on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Getting to Northern Liberties is a cinch, too. To get from Center City to Northern Liberties, people can hop in a cab, Uber or Lyft, or take SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line from any of the Market Street subway stations to the Spring Garden Street stop.
For those riding on Indego, pick up or drop off bikes at the Spring Garden Station, right by the Market-Frankford SEPTA line.
Those who want to turn the festival into a getaway (or a staycation!) should book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package featuring more than $200 in free perks, including free hotel parking, free Indego bike share passes, a Garces gift card and more.
Make plans to check out this giant neighborhood festival this weekend!