Five Blockbuster Neighborhood Street Festivals Hit Philly This Week

Be one of the tens of thousands to turn out for these major annual fests…

Heads up, Philadelphia. This week, the spring festival season peaks with a crush of awesome street fairs and major events throughout the city.

With so very much happening on a single spring week, a game plan to attend all of the blockbuster festivals is necessary.

A spring celebration will greet residents and visitors no matter what part of the city they’re in, including Rittenhouse Square, Fishtown and South Philly.

Below, we’ve rounded up five of the biggest fests and block parties — attendance in the tens of thousands, a festival footprint of multiple blocks — taking place on what promises to be one of the liveliest weeks of the entire season.

For info on New Hope’s PrideFest, the Chinese Lantern Festival, Wizard World Comic Con and more happening this week in Philadelphia and the Countryside, check out our complete guide to this week in Philadelphia.

Read on for the five huge festivals taking place in Philadelphia this week.

Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme

Night Market PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy The Food Trust

Start working on your appetite, Philly! Night Market, The Food Trust's popular, four-times-a-year street-food festival, heads to Burholme in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday for its first event of 2018. Expect live music and a ton of food truck fare from local favorites like Authentik Byrek and Tu's Tea & Banh Mi, plus vendors that are new to Night Market, including Original 13 Ciderworks, House of Cupcakes and Royal Zarasa.

Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme

When:Thursday, May 17, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Intersection of Cottman and Rising Sun avenues
Cost:Free; Pay-as-you-go food & drink

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

People hanging out and enjoying life at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival in PhiladelphiaRittenhouse Row Spring Festival | Photo by Ilana Waber for Rittenhouse Row

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival transforms the Rittenhouse shopping and dining district into a come-one, come-all free street fest. More than 50,000 people from across the entire region are expected to attend the daylong festival, which takes over Walnut Street with the city's finest food, fashions and live entertainment.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

When:Saturday, May 19, noon-5 p.m.
Where:Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets and 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust streets
Cost:Free; Pay-as-you-go food & drink

www.rittenhouserow.org

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Crowds at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts FestivalPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

One of Philly's most perfectly quirky festivals, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival returns for its annual tour de force through Fishtown and Kensington. The festival celebrates the East Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods with a twofer festival: a human-powered vehicle race and show throughout the neighborhoods and an arts festival on Trenton Avenue, complete with one-of-a-kind goods.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

When:Saturday, May 19, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Trenton Avenue, Haggert to Norris streets
Cost:Free; Pay-as-you-go food & drink

www.kensingtonkineticarts.org

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Crowds at the South 9th Street Italian market FestivalPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

This major, annual festival centered at Philly's wonderful 9th Street Italian Market features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and — of course — food. The incredible diversity of both the Bella Vista and East Passyunk Avenue neighborhoods will be on display via a dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli and fresh pasta, as well as Mexican tacos and grilled corn-on-the-cob. Get ready for an eating extravaganza.

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

When:May 19-20
Where:S. 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Wharton streets
Cost:Free; Pay-as-you-go food & drink

www.italianmarketfestival.com

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival

Crowds at the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden FestivalPhoto by Wendy Concannon

Head out to Chestnut Hill on Sunday, May 20 for a day of spring blooms, handmade home accessories, live music and lots of festival fare at the neighborhood's annual Home and Garden Festival. Get your home and garden ready for the summer months by shopping the special collection of items presented by more than 150 vendors along Germantown Avenue. Note: This fest was rescheduled from May 6 to this Sunday due to inclement weather.

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival

When:Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:8000 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free; Pay-as-you-go food & drink

www.chestnuthillpa.com

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