Old City Festival Returns on October 9, 2016 with Art and Design, Food and Fashion,

Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, two runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. For more info, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929. Old City Fest is produced by Old City District with support from major sponsors Ben FM, Bridge, Colonial Penn, Comcast, Mighty Engine, Where Magazine, Xfinity, Yelp, plus other sponsors and contributors.


“Old City Fest highlights our region’s premier arts and design district, showcasing local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history and architecture,” said Old City District’s Executive Director, Job Itzkowitz. “Old City Fest was designed to be different. The city has tons of amazing neighborhood-based festivals with food, drink and music. We wanted to take that one step farther and celebrate all that makes America’s most historic square mile unique. We curated the event to give Old City’s merchants, artists, makers and creative community a platform to shine for the region.”


From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. Old City staples lining the streets will include Buddakan, Continental, Cuba Libre, Franklin Fountain, Old City Coffee, Sassafras, Center for Art in Wood, Clay Studio, Smak Parlour, and Third Street Habit. Start-ups and newer businesses including Conversion, The Little Lion, People Prints and Select Shop 215 are just some of the more than 100 vendors. Mark your calendar, tell your friends and come prepared for a festival unlike any other. For a full list of activities, vendors, schedules and other information, see below or visit oldcitydistrict.org.






The lineup of Old City restaurants showcases the wide variety of styles and flavors while highlighting some of the best food and drinks. With more than two dozen food vendors setting up shop for the festival there is something for everyone. (*New to Old City Fest for 2016.)


2nd Story Brewing Co.




Cuba Libre

Festival Food Management

Franklin Fountain

High Street on Market

ICI Macarons & Café

Inspired Brews

Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen*

Khyber Pass Pub

The Little Lion*

Lucha Cartel

Mama's Meatballs LLC

The Olde Bar*

Old City Coffee


Philly Pop Kettle Korn*

Positano Coast

Rocket Fizz



Shane Confectionery

Stripp’d Juice*


United By Blue

Wedge + Fig

Wister BYOB*





Philadelphia Independents is sponsoring Independents Row, a special designated area featuring selected artists and makers. Meet the makers and peruse their handmade goods along 3rd Street in front of 35 N. 3rd Street. Independents Row will include:



As the Crow Flies

Betsy Ann Paper

Britta Keenan

The Golden Hen

Mason Made

The Nautical Rose

Philadelphia Independents

Saffron Creations

Sarah Draws Things

Stanley, Chester & Albert

Stitch Prism

Threet Ceramics

Tim Eads

The Tin Goat






Old City Fest will host two fashion shows beneath the fall foliage of Third and Cherry Streets in front of MADE Institute’s Design Studio to highlight the innovation and sophistication that is Old City Fashion. Our first show will feature one of a kind, handmade work from MADE Institute’s current students and members of their Designer Development Program, including Tienel and Harx Four. Wilhelmina models will take the stage once again in the afternoon to share new fall styles from local boutiques and design collectives that celebrate Independent Designers and Diversity through fashion. These boutiques include Smak Parlour, Never Too Spoiled, Fason De Viv and shared space boutique, 323 Arch Street Fashion Collective, who will be represented by the brands LELE and National Picnic. The show will be set to music mixed by Cosmo Baker of Philadelphia’s Scratch Academy. Hair and makeup will be provided by Old City’s own Lakshmi Hair Studio. Whether your taste is contemporary, edgy, glam, or bohemian, these shows will not disappoint!





*The festival will include three live performances on the main stage as well as pop up street performances from Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. In addition, look out for pop-up performances throughout the festival footprint! 






The family fun zone will feature performances from the Give & Take Jugglers, Philadelphia Dance Academy, Music Monkey Jungle and many more. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the historic division of Mars Chocolate, will present the history and preparation of colonial chocolate at the Betsy Ross House. Stop by to experience chocolate the same way that 18th century chocolate maker, Mary Crathorne, did! Check in as special guests will visiting throughout the day. You might recognize some of America’s most famous neighbors!



12:00pm – Gymnastics presentation by students from Relentless Fitness

1:00pm – Arden Drama School

2:00pm – Pirates of Fortune’s Folly Stunt Show SpectaculARRRR!

3:00pm – Philadelphia Dance Academy

4:00pm – Music Monkey Jungle

5:00pm – Give & Take Jugglers




* The Philadelphia Dance Academy will perform some excerpts from their Philadelphia Youth Ballet repertoire. Philadelphia Youth Ballet is the youth performance ensemble of the Philadelphia Dance Academy and is comprised of their most dedicated young dancers.


* Music Monkey Jungle’s dance party is an awesome celebration of movement, dance and active imagination. Children and adults will bounce, bop, swing, clap, pat, stomp and jump through the presentation of live music and dances.


* The Give and Take Jugglers have been a consistent hit with both children and adults for over 40 years. Their highly interactive, comedic show uses traditions from vaudeville, circus arts, theater, and music to create a lively and wholesome performance that feels fresh and contemporary.


* The Clay Studio will be hosting clay throw battles! This innovative and dynamic event has two artists go head-to-head in a series of “battles” on the potter’s wheel. The battles include tallest vessel, blind-folded throw, mug race, tandem throw and more. 


* In the Betsy Ross House Courtyard, look for colonial chocolate making demonstrations (and tastings!) from 11:00am to 6:00pm, sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate (the historic division of Mars Chocolate). Chocolate figured prominently in Early American history. With a rebellion against tea and everything British, our forefathers (and mothers) proudly chose hot chocolate and coffee drinks as symbols of freedom.


* Meetfemale entrepreneurs - chocolate-maker Mary Crathorne, upholsterer and flagmaker, Betsy Ross, and shopkeeper Hannah Lithgow - and learn how women and their beverage choices played a role during the American Revolution. New this year, guests can also meet Phillis, an educated freed slave who went on to make a living as a washerwoman. Phillis can be found in the Betsy Ross House’s new interactive exhibit, Women at Work in Revolutionary America.


* Sample the tasty drink Colonists enjoyed and take home some AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, available exclusively at historic sites. The Betsy Ross House is also open for family friendly tours for just $5/adult and $4/children, students, seniors and military.


* Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will also provide colonial games and a Once Upon A Nation storytelling bench in the Family Fun Zone. Visitors will learn about our nation’s history through the award winning, energetic, and interactive Once Upon A Nation storytelling program. They’ll hear fascinating tales of our nation’s history that did not make it into the history books.


* The Momo’s Tree House booth will have a temporary tattoo parlor, a craft station and free temporary hair highlights.


*Look for a Stilt Walker from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts at Old City Fest!


*Pirates of Fortune’s Folly are new to Old City Fest this year. Their Stunt Show SpectaculARRRR! will entertain with plenty of action, music and laughs! “Volunteers” are press-ganged onto the crew to help make things fun and exciting for all!


*Pink Hammers and Sweet Mama Lew will sell handmade goods in the Family Fun Zone


*The Phillie Phanatic will also make a special appearance during the 2:00pm hour!




* Visit the Betsy Ross House, the Center for Art in Wood and the Clay Studio booth for free demonstrations.


* Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will have a booth to promote Franklin Square, Once Upon A Nation, and the Betsy Ross House. A History Maker (first person interpreter) will be in the booth to do calligraphy demonstrations.



Other participants (complete list as of Sept. 1) –

American Philosophical Society

Betsy Ross House + Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (sponsor)

Christ Church

Connect Church

CraftNOW Philadelphia


National Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia History Museum




Old City District is the city’s hub for artists, makers, galleries and creative industries.


Galleries (complete list as of Sept. 1)--

Arch Enemy Arts

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

Center for Art in Wood

Clay Studio

Edge City Art

Grossman Furniture

Millésimé & Ligne Roset

Old City Jewish Art Center


Artists, Makers, Creative Industries –

20nine Design Studios LLC


Adorned by Aisha



Hemlock + Key

Passionately Natural Soap Co.

People Prints

Philly Word Art





Around every corner of Old City find the city’s latest fashions, gifts and home decor. Don’t leave empty handed with top brands, up-and-coming designers and more. (complete list as of Sept. 1)


323 Arch Street Fashion Collective

Blokes Barbershop

Fason De Viv

Lakshmi Hair Studio

Lost + Found

MADE Institute

Momo's Tree House

More Than Old

Never Too Spoiled

Petit Jardin en Ville

Select Shop 215

Philadelphia Independents

Pinot Boutique

Shibe Vintage Sports

Smak Parlour

Third Street Habit

Tundella & Co Salon









Look for other businesses and supporters of Old City District, including:



Alterra Property Group (community sponsor)

Bridge (sponsor)

Center City Veterinary Hospital

Coldwell Banker Preferred

Comcast (sponsor)

First Service Residential (community sponsor)

Greene Bark Press Inc

Green Mountain Energy

GY Properties

Level 1

Long & Foster Real Estate (community sponsor)

Old City Photo Booth (sponsor)

Penn’s View Hotel (community sponsor)

Ride The Ducks

The Ruff Life


Xfinity (sponsor)


Media Sponsors:

Ben FM

Where Magazine



For more info about Old City District and Old City Fest, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929.


The Old City District is a special services district, managed by a board of directors drawn from area commercial property owners, business people and civic organizations.  Located in the most historic square mile of the United States, Old City is a unique blend of historic influence and modern lifestyles. Old City has reinvented itself from foundries, factories and warehouse spaces into the residential, retail, dining and cultural destination of the city with art galleries, restaurants, and upscale retail boutiques and historic tours. www.oldcitydistrict.org.






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