Everything You Need To Know About The Free Federal Donuts Block Party This Sunday, October 1

Donuts, fried chicken, a Rooster Soup Co. grill and live music, all for free...

Picture a wall lined with donut after donut after sweet, sweet donut. Now imagine a number of those walls set up throughout a one-block radius for you to score free donuts, the perfect pairing for the (also free) fried chicken sandwich in your hands. Sounds pretty great, right?

This Sunday, October 1, Federal Donuts is throwing the ultimate food-of-your-dreams block party, featuring a complimentary showcase of its signature eats alongside a Rooster Soup Co. grill-out.


  • Federal Donuts hosts its first-event block party on Sunday, October 1, 1-4 p.m.
  • The party will take over Sansom Street between 16th and 17th streets.
  • The free celebration includes live music, fried chicken sandwiches, $5 Yards beer and walls full of donuts.

Beer, live music, face painting and other entertainment are all part of the three-hour soiree (1-4 p.m.), designed to celebrate the launch of the brand-new Federal Donuts cookbook, Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story.

Read on for our guide to the afternoon block party.

Federal Donuts
(Photo by Michael Persico)
The three-hour Federal Donuts block party features donuts, fried chicken sandwiches and eats from a Rooster Soup Co. grill-out — all for free.

The Food & Drinks

Come out to Sansom Street between 16th and 17th streets for a party filled with deep-fried joy from Federal Donuts and fresh-off-the-grill eats from Rooster Soup Co.

Federal Donuts will serve up its popular fried chicken sandwiches alongside a selection of its fancy donuts, including a VISIT PHILADELPHIA version featuring white chocolate covered pretzels. (Full disclosure: Visit Philadelphia is a sponsor of the event.) Multiple donut walls will be set up throughout the block party, and all food from both Federal Donuts and Rooster Soup Co. will be available for free.

Meanwhile, beer from Yards Brewing Company can be purchased for $5. All proceeds will be donated to Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative, Rooster Soup Co.’s nonprofit partner.

(Photo by Michael Persico)
The Sansom Street block party celebrates the Federal Donuts’ partners’ new book, Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story.

The Entertainment

Local talent will supply block party essentials like live music and entertainment. Look for Killiam Shakespeare, DJ Royale, WhoaPhat featuring Sam Gellerstein (a Federal Donuts staffer!) and Max Swan (also a Federal Donuts team member).

Beyond the live concert stage, the block party fun includes a dunk tank, face painting and a caricature artist.

Plus, in addition to photo ops in front of the donut walls, a Visit Philly XOXO photo spot will bring plenty of prime selfie moments. Be sure to use #VISITPHILLY!

The Federal Donuts Cookbook

Sunday’s block party celebrates Federal Donuts’ love for Philadelphia and helps to launch the brand-new Federal Donuts cookbook, Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story. It’s the second book from chef Michael Solomonov (a four-time James Beard Award Winner) and business partner Steven Cook (of CookNSolo Restaurants), with contributions from Federal Donuts partners Tom Henneman, Felicia D’Ambrosio and Bobby Logue.

Part recipe resource and part entrepreneurial narrative, the book officially debuted on Tuesday, September 26 and follows in the footsteps of the duo’s first cookbook, a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award winner for “Book of the Year” and “Best International Cookbook.”

Before Solomonov and Cook head out on a national book tour, the pair wanted to celebrate the company’s roots in Philadelphia and invite its fans out for a special alfresco celebration. The partners will be onsite at the party for a cookbook signing.

Get ready for a Sunday fun-day full of fried chicken and donuts on the streets of Philadelphia. See you this weekend!

Federal Donuts Block Party

When:October 1, 1-4 p.m.
Where:Federal Donuts, Sansom Street between 16th and 17th streets
Cost:Free to attend




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