Old City District Celebrates Arts, Food, Fashion and Culture At Old City Fest On October 8, 2017

Old City Fest, Stage

 Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 8, 2017, 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, 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 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. 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 biggest music line-up in the festival's history with familiar local names like Red Baraat, Chill Moody, Ernest Stuart and DJ D-ILL

* Brand new fashion show and fashion marketplace curated for the first time by Barnet Fair, with stage decorated by Petite Jardin en Ville and DJ Kittycrumb spinning tunes

* Notable new names join the restaurant and food line-up including Capofitto, Common Wealth Old City, Fezziwig’s, Lake Blue, Tuna Bar

* Farmers' Market at Christ Church joins the line-up for the first time 

* New shopping vendors include 36 Craven, Artist and Craftsman Supply, 

Benjamin Lovell Shoes, The Geisha House, Margot & Camille, Meadowsweet Mercantile, Nigel Richards Menswear, Philly Socks and Rennes.

* Big new splashy area sponsored by Philadelphia's Historic District and Visit Philadelphia to include on-site mini golf with Franklin Square, Revolutionary War trivia skills for prizes by the Museum of the American Revolution, colonial-style paper hats and wigs making at the Carpenters’ Hall tent, dress up with Elfreth’s Alley’s 18th-century wardrobes - and more!

* Addition of new non-profit partner Manna who will take pie sale orders


Old City Fest, Food & Drink


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 2017.)

2nd Story Brewing Company
·         Partnering with Linode* (Community sponsor)
·         Pork Dumplings, Cantonese Rolls, Draft Beer
Common Wealth Old City*
Cuba Libre
Farmers Market at Christ Church*
·         Products from Lavinia’s Cookies (cookies and biscotti), Fifth of a Farm Creations (preserves), and Mediterranean Delicacy (olive oil, North African spices and spreads)
Festival Food Management
·         Empanadas, chicken tenders, French fries, mozzarella sticks, fresh lemonade, soda, water
The Franklin Fountain
·         Ice cream in cups and cones (flavors will be Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel, Pumpkin, and Vegan Pumpkin), a seasonal ice cream bar and some seasonal confections from Shane Confectionery  
High Street on Market (Community sponsor)
Honest Tea* (Justice sponsor)
ICI Macarons & Café
·         30 different flavors of Macarons, Cruffin, croissant, Kouign Amann
Inspired Brews
·         Pumpkin Spice, Harvest Grape Kombucha on draught, along with some of our staples by the bottle: Rooted (beets, carrots, mint, ginger), Gingery (lots of ginger), The Dr. (apple, ginger, lemon, chlorophyll), and Immunity (elderberry, hibiscus, echinacea) 
Khyber Pass Pub
Lake Blue*
La Famiglia
·         Gnocchi Pesto (homemade gnocchi with a basil pesto sauce), Gnocchi Famiglia (homemade gnocchi with a tomato sauce)
The Little Lion
·         BBQ Chicken Thigh Sliders with house made coleslaw and pickles, Smoked Chicken Wings, Raspberry Sangria, Crown Royal Apple Moscow Mules
Positano Coast
·         Cioppino with garlic, octopus, shrimp, mussels, gnocchi and grape tomatoes, and Crabcake slider with chipotle aioli
Old City Coffee (Community sponsor)
Stripp’d Juice
·         Acai berry hot waffle, with agave syrup, and hot apple cider
·         Tarts, cookies, bars, small pastries and coffee
Tuna Bar*
United By Blue


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

As the Crow Flies
Charlotte's Web
Mason Made
The Nautical Rose
Rider Ceramics
Rosen & Co
Saffron Creations
Sarah Draws Things
Stitch Prism
Threet Ceramics
The Tin Goat
Sweet Mama Lew
Useful & Beautiful Handmade

Old City Fest, Fashion Show


Old City Fest will feature a fashion show beneath the fall foliage to highlight the innovation and sophistication that is Old City Fashion. One-of-a-kind styles from Erdon, The Geisha House, Meadowsweet Mercantile and Rennes will rock the Old City runway! 

New this year, a marketplace will be located right next to the runway, so Old City Fest attendees can shop the runway looks instantly.

Barnet Fair has carefully curated a show and marketplace that highlights some of Old City’s most exclusive boutiques. Old City has some of the most unique shopping in the city, and it will take center stage at the festival!

Barnet Fair will also provide hair and makeup for the models to compete their look.

Petite Jardin en Ville will decorate the runway and marketplace with their unique flower and plant displays, making it a truly unique experience.

DJ Kittycrumb will spin music live on stage.


Old City Fest will feature live performances by Ernest Stuart, Chill Moody, and Red Baraat, plus DJ sets by Philly's own turntable wunderkind DJ D-ILL!

Headlining the festival stage this year is Red Baraat, a riveting Brooklyn octet called “The best party band in years” by NPR and “A Big Band for the World” by the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Known for its unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra, the band will be appearing at Old City Fest as part of their 2017 Fall World Tour.

Also performing on the main stage is West Philadelphia native Chill Moody.  Moody has performed at Wawa Welcome America, the Roots Picnic, the Kimmel Center, The Fillmore, the TLA, The Trocadero and Hard Rock Café.  He won “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of Philly” issue and was also named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador by Councilman David Oh.

Returning to Old City Fest this year is Ernest Stuart, a Philadelphia native and versatile trombonist who can play various styles of music from jazz, salsa, R&B, neo-soul to hip-hop.
Twelve-year-old Dylan Curtis, a.k.a., DJ D-ILL, will also return to the festival this year. His previous DJ engagements include the White House's fifth annual Kids' "State Dinner" and Host/DJ for Kid Zone at Wawa Welcome America.  He is a student of Old City’s Scratch DJ Academy. 
Plus, look out for other 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 Wrigley Confectionary, 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 be visiting throughout the day. You might recognize some of America’s most famous neighbors!
Family Fun Zone Stage
12PM: The Magic of Ken Northridge
1PM: Teen Arden
2PM: Music Monkey Jungle
3PM: Philadelphia Dance Academy
4PM: Colonial Kids Quest Puppet Show
5PM: Give & Take Jugglers

Old City Fest, Family Fun Zone


Old City District is the city’s hub for artists, makers, galleries and creative industries. Be sure to experience all of the arts and culture the neighborhood has to offer. 

The Center for Art in Wood will present live woodturning demos, crafts, and activities for the whole family. In front of their large wood doors, watch master wood turners turn tops that you can decorate and take home. Enjoy the crafting table for coloring and make a dragonfly magnet clip.

Come out to watch The Clay Studio’s Wheel Battles as two artists at a time compete head to head on the potter’s wheel in competitions such as tallest vessel and blind-folded throw.


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. (*New to Old City Fest for 2017.)

323 Arch Street Fashion Collective
36 Craven*
5one7 Designs
Adorned By Aisha
Artist and Craftsman Supply*
Benjamin Lovell Shoes*
Blokes Barbershop and Gentleman’s Emporium
Bucks County Flowers & Things
Edge City Art
The Geisha House*
Grossman Furniture
Lost + Found
Margot & Camille*
Meadowsweet Mercantile*
Mesc Designs
More Than Old
Momo’s Tree House
Never Too Spoiled
Nigel Richards Menswear*
Passionately Natural Soap Co.
Philly Socks*
Philly Word Art
The Ruff Life
Shibe Vintage Sports
Smak Parlour


Look for Philadelphia’s Historic District, a first-time sponsor and one of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s marketing initiatives, to make a lively splash along Arch Street during Old City Fest, bringing lots of new activities to the annual autumnal celebration from many first-time participants. 

Festivalgoers can try for a hole-in-one at Franklin Square’s on-site mini-golf, then test their Revolutionary War trivia skills for prizes at the Museum of the American Revolution’s tent. After making colonial-style paper hats and wigs at the Carpenters’ Hall tent or theatrical props at the Arden Theatre Company’s station, kids can play dress up with Elfreth’s Alley’s 18th-century wardrobes. The day will also include stories at Once Upon A Nation benches, meet and greets with Ellie and Donny, the National Constitution Center’s donkey and elephant mascots, 18th-century chocolate making at the Betsy Ross House, a Philadelphia Historic District prize wheel and so much more. The oversized and always-popular XOXO structure will be the perfect backdrop for participants to capture the memorable day with family photos and selfies. (*New to Old City Fest for 2017.)

Arden Theatre Company
Betsy Ross House
Carpenter’s Hall*
Elfreth’s Alley*
Franklin Square*
Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
Museum of the American Revolution*
National Constitution Center
National Park Service*
Philadelphia’s Historic District*
Philadelphia History Museum*
Independence Visitor Center Corporation*
Visit Philadelphia*

Old City Fest, Historic District


This year, the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District is offering a special rate for Old City Fest (offer includes nights of Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8).  Spend the weekend in Old City and enjoy all of the art, culture, history, dining and shopping around the neighborhood and attend the fourth annual Old City Fest on Sunday, October 8!  There is limited availability, so be sure to book today!  Link can be found at oldcitydistrict.org/oldcityfest.

NON-PROFIT VENDORS (*New to Old City Fest for 2017.)

Bulthaup Studio (MANNA)

Bulthaup Studio (132 N. 3rd Street) will host MANNA at their tent location during Old City Fest this year.

MANNA is a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS. Through their delivery of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, MANNA provides hope and nourishment to the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.

MANNA will take orders for pies at Old City Fest as part of its largest annual fundraiser, Pie In The Sky. Be sure to stop by and place your order!

This is the fourth year Bulthaup Studio has partnered with MANNA at Old City Fest.  Bulthaup Studio is also celebrating its 20th year in business in Old City – offering beautiful design for the kitchen and home.

Betsy Ross House
Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
Allied Integrated Marketing - Kimmel Center
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
Connect Church
CraftNOW Philadelphia
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art*
ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS (*New to Old City Fest for 2017.)

6abc* (Official media sponsor)
Alterra Property (Community sponsor)
Barnet Fair*
97.5 BEN FM
Coldwell Banker Preferred, Old City
Colonial Penn (Justice sponsor)
Comcast (Liberty sponsor)
DNB First* (Justice sponsor)
Fearless Athletics: CrossFit Penn's Landing
FirstService Residential (Community sponsor)
Level 1 Fitness
Long & Foster
Lyndon at the Curtis*
MRP Realty (Freedom sponsor)
Penn’s View Hotel
Settle Down Where
Sweat Fitness
TD Bank (Community sponsor)
Terme di Aroma*

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


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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