The 10th annual hoopla takes up six blocks in the neighborhood to showcase hundreds of food trucks and vendors, beer gardens, pop-up boutiques and three stages pumping out eclectic sounds from dozens of local bands.
2ND STREET FESTIVAL FAST FACTS
- The 2nd Street Festival goes down on Sunday, August 5 from noon to 10 p.m.
- The festival runs along North 2nd Street from Germantown Avenue to Green Street.
- Shop nearly 250 food, drink and shopping vendors while listening to jams from dozens of local bands.
- Admission to the festival is free.
The Lay of the Land
The 2nd Street Festival shuts down six blocks of North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties from Germantown Avenue to Green Street.
That makes room for a huge number of food-and-beverage vendors, a pop-up market, family-activity zones and a host of stages that’ll keep folks entertained with live music and kooky street performances throughout the day.
Get plenty of rest the night before: The all-day affair goes from noon to 10 p.m.
Where to Find Great Eats
Dozens of bars and restaurants in Northern Liberties get in on the fun during the 2nd Street Festival by bringing their goods onto the streets.
Latin flavors (and margaritas!) abound thanks to popular neighborhood joints like El Camino Real, Cantina Dos Segundos and new Peruvian joint Chalacos. Find desserts from Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Shore-inspired grub from Ike’s Famous Crabcakes and delicious, warm pies from Nomad Pizza.
Looking for booze? Taverns around North 2nd Street like Urban Village Brewing Co., Standard Tap and Bourbon and Branch are among those hosting outdoor bars and beer gardens. Saunter in for suds, wine and well-crafted cocktails.
Satiate the shopping bug at Art Star Craft Bazaar’s curated pop-up market that’s full of cutesy, Philly-centric handmade crafts, clothing and accessories on North 2nd Street between Fairmount Street and Green Street all day.
So Much Live Music & More
It’s easy to get hung up on the food-and-drink aspect of the 2nd Street Festival, but let’s not forget that this bash is one of the largest summer music fests in town — and an excellent precursor to the massive Made in America bash happening in a few weeks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Three stages — at Brown Street, Germantown Avenue and The Schmidt’s Commons — give locals a chance to hear and see more than two-dozen area music and performance-art acts.
This year’s headliner is the always-hype West Philadelphia Orchestra, which blends old-school brass-band sounds with New Orleans funk, Balkan folk jams and all kinds of other lively grooves from across the globe. Also look out for indie rock, hip-hop and folk acts such as DJ DNA, The Aardvark Felon, Black Horse Motel, Louis Middleton and reggae rockers JAH People.
A separate performance space at Poplar Street features entertainment with a big-top slant. Look out for magicians, belly dancers, stilt walkers and hula-hoopers.
Plus, a handful of family zones dot the premises, offering tykes the chance to take part in activities and art-making workshops of their own.
Getting There and More
It doesn’t cost a thing to enter the 2nd Street Festival, but be sure to bring moola — food, drinks and merchandise are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Getting there is a breeze, especially if attendees leave their cars at home and take advantage of cabs, Uber, Lyft or public transportation. The 2nd Street Festival is a short walk away from the Spring Garden Station stop on the Market-Frankford line.
Getting there on two wheels? Find no shortage of spots to chain up a bike. (This is Northern Liberties, after all.) If renting a bike, find an Indego station at the Spring Garden Station.
Late-summer fests don’t get much bigger than the 2nd Street Festival. Don’t miss out!