Spring festival season is in full swing here in Philly. Next up: one of the biggest spring block parties in the city!
The South Street Spring Festival returns Saturday, May 5 to fill 10 blocks along and around South Street with tasty food and drinks, rocking live entertainment, awesome shopping and so much more.
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The South Street Spring Festival runs Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- The free event spans 10 city blocks on South Street between Front and 8th streets.
- Attendees can expect tons of food, drinks, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
- Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest occurs simultaneously and features maypole dancing and German food and beer.
Spring Festival Highlights
South Street Spring Festival takes over South Street between Front and 8th streets and along Headhouse Plaza between South and Lombard streets for nine hours of non-stop fun this Saturday.
Food & Drink
Over 30 restaurants, food trucks, bars and other vendors dish out free samples and pay-as-you-go plates of food all day long. Participants this year — like Bistro Romano, Nomad Pizza, Revolution Taco, Copabanana and more — offer a range of eats, from burgers and empanadas to cheese curds and pierogis.
Select vendors offer cold beer, frozen margaritas (for Cinco de Mayo!), watermelon vodka coolers, non-alcoholic pina coladas in fresh pineapples and other refreshing beverages as well.
Back again to bust the bellies of 20 “lucky” contestants, the Philly Taco Eating Contest takes place during the festival.(For those curious what a Philly Taco is, it’s a slice of pizza from Lorenzo’s wrapped around a cheesesteak from Jim’s.) Winner gets bragging rights and a year’s worth of cheesesteaks and pizza!
Live Entertainment & Celebrations
Snack and sip while watching talented local musicians and bands — 20 total — perform sets at one of three main stages throughout the day. A Mariachi band (!) is even scheduled to perform this year to commemorate Cinco de Mayo.
In addition to Cinco de Mayo specials, restaurants and bars along South Street — including Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, Twisted Tail and Paddy Wacks — plan to host Kentucky Derby watch parties for festival-goers who don’t want to miss the exciting race (the horses take off at 6:46 p.m.).
On the 500 block of South Street, a newly designated area for kids and families offers pony rides, magicians, balloon makers and more fun activities.
And what would a street festival be without shopping? Peruse handmade goods and other offerings from more than 60 local artisans and over 100 other neighborhood boutiques, small businesses and other retailers that set up booths along South Street.
Maifest at Brauhaus Schmitz
Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest — a festival within the South Street Spring Festival — takes over the 700 block of South Street to fete the arrival of spring with authentic German fare, liters of beer, traditional music and dancers performing around the city’s largest maypole.
Wash down Baravian bites like bratwurst, bauernwurst, roast pork and sauerkraut with a liter of German beer while enjoying a bevy of traditional German entertainment, including a liter lift competition, a German wood-chopping contest, a maypole dance and live music from the Heimatklänge band.
The event is free and open to the public, and the food and drink is pay as you go. A limited number of VIP tickets are available to purchase and include an appetizer buffet, access to private restrooms, exclusive beers in the VIP Brauer Bund Bierhall and more. Learn more about the VIP experience here.
Check here for all the details about what to expect for this year’s South Street Spring Festival.