Fall is festival season in Philadelphia, and this week, the city celebrates in a major way.
Night Market Philadelphia, Midtown Village Fall Festival, Old City Fest and Philadelphia OutFest all go down this week. These four free-to-attend fests — some of the biggest events of the year in the city — feature excellent food and great shopping as well as hours of live entertainment.
Read on for our complete guide to this blockbuster festival week in the city.
- Food-truck fest Night Market is this Thursday, October 4 in Point Breeze.
- The massive, eight-hour Midtown Village Fall Festival goes down this Saturday, October 6.
- Old City Fest celebrates the Historic District’s makers this Sunday, October 7.
- Also this Sunday, Philadelphia OutFest takes over 10 square blocks of the Gayborhood.
- All four fests are free to attend.
Note, too, that these fests are just one part of a jam-packed week full of fun events in Philly. Check out our guide to this week for 25 other great things to do in the City of Brotherly Love.
Night Market Philadelphia in Point Breeze
The fest, centered at 20th and Federal streets, runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and features eats from food trucks and vendors including Slider King, Dim Sum House, House of Cupcakes and Sojourn Philly. (Pro tip: Get there early to avoid long wait times for delicious eats!)
Bonus: Attendees can try off-the-menu dishes from Cafe Ynez, Tu’s Tea and Banh Mi and more thanks to Caviar! Just look out for Caviar’s bright orange signs.
Wash down that delicious food with local brews from Victory Brewing Company, Troegs Independent Brewing, Downeast Cider and Conshohocken Brewing Company, or dance it off at one of the three live music stages along Point Breeze Avenue.
Getting to Night Market is a cinch thanks to SEPTA. Take the Broad Street Line to the Ellsworth-Federal Station and walk a few blocks west on Federal Street to get to the festival grounds. A number of SEPTA bus routes also get close to the action, including the 2, 7, 17 and 29.
Midtown Village Fall Festival
One of the biggest festivals of the year, the Midtown Village Fall Festival returns this Saturday running for a full eight hours from noon to 8 p.m.
This annual neighborhood celebration centered at 13th Street features more than 100 (!) vendors, five entertainment stages, craft beer gardens, karaoke, food and drink from 27 different eateries and more.
Festival-lovers can even hit up a fall festival within the Midtown Village Fall Festival at the BRU Fall Fest, courtesy of the team behind Bru Craft and Wurst, U-Bahn, Tradesman’s and the recently opened underground bar Kontrol. The fest runs along the 1300 block of Chestnut Street and features BRU’s housemade bratwurst on the grill, Tradesman’s pulled pork sandwiches and ribs, German pretzels and more.
The easiest way to get to the action this Saturday is by taking SEPTA’s Broad Street Line to the Walnut-Locust Station and walking just two blocks east to the festival.
Old City Fest
Sunday, October 7 is a major day in Center City, with two great festivals happening within 10 blocks of each other.
Old City Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday along Arch Street and Third Street, celebrates the art, fashion and food scenes of Philadelphia’s Historic District. Come out for crafts, exhibitions and live entertainment, plus eats from Old City favorites like Amada, Buddakan, the new food hall at The Bourse and more.
Don’t miss performances by Chill Moody, West Philadelphia Orchestra DJ D-ILL and Worldtown Soundsystem at the main stage located on 4th and Arch streets, while Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar brings dueling pianos out to the street for some sing-a-longs.
Two fashion shows take place in the afternoon (1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.) and feature styles by Lele @ 323 Arch Fashion Collective, Meadowsweet Mercantile, and Rennes. Bonus: Check out the hottest looks at a marketplace located right next to the runway.
Also in Center City, Philadelphia OutFest celebrates the largest National Coming Out Day celebration in the world (!) on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. in the Gayborhood.
The fest offers drag shows, a high-heel race, games, bar crawls, dance parties and shopping, extending for so many blocks that the event is broken up into zones.
The main stage is located at 13th and Locust streets. Camac Street hosts a Family Zone, while Spruce Street is home to a flea market and the food court.
Bars serve the crowds at designated areas on Locust Street, Spruce Street and 13th Street.
Set in a central location along 12th and 13th Streets in the Gayborhood, OutFest is easy to get to via public transportation. Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust, then walk two blocks east to 13th and Locust streets.
Staying Over and More Fall Fun
Book the package for stays now through Friday, November 30 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit. It’s a deal worth $193!
Looking for even more fun things to do? October offers tons of events, more festivals, must-see exhibitions and Halloween activities. Click here for our full event guide for the month.
Happy festival-ing, Philly!