The Massive Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Hits Walnut Street With 100+ Vendors May 19

One of Philadelphia's biggest annual festivals welcomes more than 50,000 people this Saturday...

Get ready for one of the biggest spring festivals in Philadelphia!

This Saturday, May 19, Walnut Street shuts down for the epic Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. The one-day-only annual fest draws over 50,000 people for an awesome showcase of the neighborhood’s food, shopping and more.


  • The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival takes place Saturday, May 19, rain or shine.
  • The festival runs on Walnut Street from the Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square.
  • More than 100 vendors line the streets with food, drinks, shopping and more.
  • Entry to the festival is completely free, and food and drinks are pay as you go.

The Layout

The festival runs from Broad to 19th streets on Walnut Street, and on 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust streets.

The afternoon-long event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the fest is free and all food and drinks are pay as you go. Be sure to bring cash!

Food & Drink

There are plenty of food options available throughout the festival, so make sure to arrive hungry.

Restaurants from Stephen Starr take over a designated area along the 1800 block of Walnut Street, where neighborhood staples like Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer and Parc and more serve popular menu items right on the street.

Food at Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
(Photo by A. RIcketts for Visit Philadelphia)
Arrive hungry (and early!)to enjoy eats from spots like…

  • Parc
  • Alma de Cuba
  • Marathon Grill
  • Spice Finch (new!)
  • Rouge
  • Bar Bombon
  • And many more…

A special bonus for this year’s fest: Guests can get a first taste from Spice Finch, a new Mediterranean bistro and cocktail bar coming soon to the Warwick Rittenhouse Hotel from Top Chef (and Philly native!) Jennifer Carroll.

Elsewhere, Marathon Grill, Rouge and Lacroix serve up grilled fare while Ben and Jerry’s and two Termini Bros. Bakery locations dish out desserts.

Vegan options are also available from spots like Bar Bombon, Hip City Veg, Sip N Glo and more.

After attendees have had their fill of the delicious food, they can wash it all down with beer and cocktail samplings located throughout the festival. Folks from Rouge, Twenty Manning Grill and Audrey Claire man a cocktail station at 18th and Walnut streets while XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant at The Bellevue Hotel hosts a cocktail garden.

Looking for beer? The men’s grooming station from Nic Grooming hosts a beer tasting at 18th & Moravian streets.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
(Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)
The 2018 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival features a cocktail garden, a cocktail station and a beer tasting area.

Shopping and Entertainment

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival offers shopping and entertainment opportunities galore.

Shop homemade wares created by Starr Restaurants’ staff members at the new-this-year Starr Arts Market located at 18th and Walnut streets.

Additionally, don’t miss out on all-day giveaways from the merchants at the Shops at Liberty Place, and check out spring styles from Shop Sixty Five, Henry A. Davidsen, Endeavor Athletics, SoulCycle, South Moon Under and more.

Festival-goers can enjoy an array of entertainment at the festival, including live music at the stage at Sydenham and Walnut streets as well as A.Kitchen‘s outdoor lounge and bocce court.

The kiddos certainly aren’t left out of the fun! Families can enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, games and more in the Family Zone, located within the 1800 block of Walnut street.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
(Photo by A. RIcketts for Visit Philadelphia)
Join 50,000 people in Center City Philadelphia for one of the biggest festivals of the spring this Saturday.

Getting There and Staying Over

Getting to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival by foot or public transportation via SEPTA is easy. The Walnut-Locust subway stop on the Broad Street line leaves attendees right in the middle of the action (at Broad and Walnut streets), and those arriving by Regional Rail can hop off at Suburban Station and walk just a few blocks south to the festival.

Drivers can find parking garages located at 1616 Sansom Street and at 36 S. 19th Street, among others.

Heading to the festival from out of town? Make a weekend out of it and stay overnight in Philadelphia with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring almost $200 in free perks, including free hotel parking and $85 in gift cards to Philly restaurants.

See you in Rittenhouse on Saturday, Philly!

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 and drink



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