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5 Fabulous Festivals to Celebrate Springtime in Philadelphia


May 18th is your lucky date if you’re in the mood for Spring festivals in the Philadelphia area – there are plenty of events to choose from on this day! Here are some great ideas for fun things to do in Philly this weekend…

Philadelphia Spring Festivals

Love Your Park Week

May 18th marks the closing day of this weeklong annual event that brings residents from all over the Philadelphia area to celebrate more than 100 Philly parks with activities including service projects, fun events & entertainment, educational programs, family activities, park tours and much more. Here’s a partial list of park events scheduled for May 18th:

  • Picnic in Cedar Park
  • Open House at the Fairmount Park Historic Houses
  • Spring Forward: Contemporary Fiber Art in Historic Houses
  • Open Barns Day – Belmont Stables, Courtesy Stable, Northwestern Stables, Bells Corner Stables, Solly Stables
  • Stotesbury Cup Regatta
  • Birding Walk with Ruth Pfeffer
  • Flea Market & Neighborhood Meet and Greet
  • LOVE Carpenter’s Woods Spring Fest

For additional details, visit the Love Your Park Calendar of Events.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

On May 18th  from noon to 5pm, head on over to Walnut Street for the day of fantastic area food, fashion, arts & entertainment. More than 50,000 people are expected from all over the area to enjoy live music, free wine tastings, 40 participating restaurants and much more for visitors of all ages. Here’s some of what you can expect at this exciting event:

  • Tastes of 20 Chairman’s Selection wines + Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines and Cintron
  • Outdoor booths from local shops
  • Live music at Sydenham Street
  • Family-friendly activities on 18th Street
  • Culinary Demonstration Stage
  • Author and culinary expert Hope Cohen of Fast, Fresh + Simple
  • Specialty cocktails & snacks
  • Prizes from Starr Restaurants
  • Smallwares Sidewalk Sale

For additional details, visit the Rittenhouse Row website.

9th Street Italian Market Festival

On May 18th & 19th, traffic will be closed down completely to make way for a huge, multi-block festival in celebration of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia. At the heart of the festivities is America’s oldest outdoor market, Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market, joined by nearby restaurants bringing inside dining outside for the weekend. Several blocks of activities and entertainment include:

  • Curb vendors and street-side merchants
  • Specialty butcher, cheese, gift and cookware shops
  • Cooking demonstrations by top chefs
  • Live entertainment & roaming musicians
  • Procession of Saints
  • Family Events & Crafts

For additional details, visit the Italian Market Festival website.

Trenton Avenue Arts Festival & Kinetic Sculpture Derby

Join more than 10,000 visitors on May 18th from noon to 5pm to celebrate East Kensington’s marvelous mix of local art, local music and local food with more than 200 participating area artists and eateries. This free event on Trenton Avenue is organized by East Kensington Neighbors Association volunteers to raise funds for neighborhood revitalization projects. Planned activities include:

  • Human-powered vehicle derby
  • Specialty foods
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Fun family activities
  • After-party with Live music & free beer

For additional details, visit the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival website.

Brewerytown Spring Festival

Last but certainly not least, on May 18th from noon to 5pm, West Girard Avenue (2700 to 2800 blocks) will be transformed into a brilliant street festival in celebration of area art, food and music. The festivities will include:

  • Live music
  • Specials from local businesses
  • Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA) food trucks
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Arts and crafts vendors

For additional details, visit the Brewerytown Spring Festival website.

So many events to choose from – so little time! We hope you’ll take an opportunity to get out and enjoy some fun and recreation with family and friends in the Philadelphia area this weekend. (If you want stay up to date with all the latest info about events, attractions and happenings in the Philadelphia area, subscribe to this blog so you’ll be alerted when new events are posted.)

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5 Fabulous Festivals to Celebrate Springtime in Philadelphia

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