South Street Spring Festival Kicks Off Philadelphia's Summer Season with Music, Food, Drinks, Family Fun, Art, Shopping and More on Saturday, May 2, 2015

South Street, Spring Festival, Philadelphia, Philadelphia's, Summer Season, Music, Art, Food, Drink, May 2

South Street Spring Festival is ready to rock with the Philadelphia’s best sounds, tastes, sips, shopping and sights on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 11:00AM to 8:00PM. This giant free, all-ages outdoor block party will close down South Street (between Front and 8th) and run along Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard).

More than 30 eateries, bars and food trucks will serve signature and special dishes and drinks under the blue skies. More than 40 bands will rock three stages and seven performance areas. Headhouse Plaza will be transformed into a giant lawn concert complete with grass, lawn chairs, games and beachballs. Twenty-seven artists will sell their handmade wares and crafts. Children of all ages will enjoy free family fun in the expanded Kids Zone. Over 100 boutiques, small businesses and other other retailers will cater to your style, beauty, health, fitness and other shopping needs. In conjunction with the Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz will host the second annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street, with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower headbands and even a Maypole.  Outside of Atomic City Comics (638 South Street) look for free giveaways and character appearances during Free Comic Book Day.

South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and roster of events, visit and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.


Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic, and transform this historic business district into one of the city’s largest block parties. Enjoy al fresco dining and sips from 30+ restaurants, bars, vendors and food trucks. Look for everything from free samples, to special one-off dishes, to signature favorites, to specially priced grab-and-go. Pricing will vary by vendor and ranges from free samples to pay-as-you-go. Early list of restaurants, bars and food trucks:

  • Bistro Romano
  • Bacon Jams, The
  • Boyler Room, The
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
  • Bridget Foy's
  • Calle Del Sabor
  • Cavanaugh's Headhouse
  • Circles Thai
  • Copabanana
  • Cow and the Curd
  • Fat Tuesday
  • Gozen Yogurt
  • Istanbul Restaurant
  • Las Bugambilias, Inc.
  • LIL' Pop Shop
  • Lovash
  • Manny Brown's
  • MoJo's Pop Co.
  • Mom Pops
  • Paddy Whacks
  • Primo's Hoagies
  • Queen Village Food Market
  • Redwood
  • Rita's Water Ice
  • Samosa
  • South Terminal Market
  • St. Lucifer Spice
  • Supper
  • Sweet Life
  • TLA
  • Tuk Tuk Real
  • Twisted Tail, The
  • Woolly Mammoth

On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the second annual German Maifest featuring authentic German food and drink (See below for information). Other District restaurants will also feature specials and features inside their dinings rooms and bars.


Dance in the street as you enjoy rock n roll, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, alternative and other great combinations as programmed by DVT Entertainment and Brauhaus Schmitz. Three main stages and seven performance areas will feature live sets from 40+ local musicians and artists. Follow the music to the 2nd Street Plaza stage for a new outdoor lawn party complete with green grass, lawn games, chairs, beachballs and live local music. Line-ups for South Street Spring Festival include:

5th St. Stage

  • 11:20 AM Tropical Nasty
  • 12:20 PM Out of The Beardspace
  • 1:20 PM The Berries
  • 2:20 PM Montgomery Streets
  • 3:20 PM The Royal Noise
  • 4:20 PM Swing That Cat
  • 5:20 PM Footwerk
  • 6:20 PM Swift Technique
  • 7:20 PM MPRYNT (Motown Records)

2nd St. Stage and Lawn Concert

  • 11:00am Liv Devine
  • 12:00pm Bluebond School
  • 1:00 PM Nik Greeley Band
  • 2:00 PM Sonnder
  • 3:00 PM Alright Junior
  • 4:00 PM Kid Felix
  • 5:00 PM In The Presence of Wolves
  • 6:00 PM Zymotic Flow
  • 7:00 PM East of the West

8th St. Maifest Stage

  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM HeimatKlange

Select bars and restaurants will also host music and entertainment indoors.


On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the third annual German Maifest. Get ready to celebrate a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the winter chill is fading, and consumption of copious amounts of beer is highly encouraged—at least it is in Germany. Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl, and get ready to enjoy this traditional Deutsch festival fueled by the best German beer list in the country, along with Chef Jeremy Nolen’s traditional Bavarian festival food. The schedule for the Maifest stage at 8th and South streets is as follows:

  • 1:30 PM Liter Lift Competition
  • 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM HeimatKlange Live on Stage
  • 2:00 PM Ceremonial Keg Tapping
  • 2:45 PM Maitanz (Maypole Dance)
  • 3:45 PM Holzhacker (Chopping Wood Dance)
  • 4:45 PM Schuhplattler (Slapping Feet Dance)

Plus look for: 

  • Featured German beers, such as Hofbräu Maibock and Hacker Pschorr Hubertus Bock – two traditional Maifest beers – will be flowing all afternoon, along with other rare and imported beer offerings from Warsteiner, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr and Hofbräu.
  • Food offerings will include roast pork and sausage sandwiches, served with sauerkraut and available with Chef Nolen’s famous pork, marjoram, caraway and mace; bratwurst and his hickory-smoked bauernwurst, featuring pork and beef with garlic, pepper and mustard seed;  and roast pork and sausage platters.
  • Round tables (with umbrellas) for plentiful seating to enjoy entertainment, food and drink
  • All food and drink for Maifest are pay-as-you-go to general public, and VIP experience packages are also available at

Additionally, Brauhaus Schmitz (in partnership with South Street Headhouse District) will also be sponsoring a contest for an all-expenses paid trip to visit Germany during Oktoberfest.  Raffle tickets are $3.00 each. The winner will be announced promptly at 6:00 PM at the 8th Street stage.

There will be Masskrugstemmen, or traditional bier stein holding contest, where contestants will compete to see who can hold a liter mug filled with beer with one outstretched hand for the longest amount of time.  The winner will earn a complimentary trip to New York City to test his or her skills in the United States National Masskrugstemmen Championship in September, with the national winner receiving a free trip to Germany.  Other playful competitions will include: Maitanz or Maypole Dance;  Holzhacker or chopping-wood dance; and Schuhplattler or traditional folk dance.


The Kids Zone on the 200 block will be packed all day with engaging activities for the young and the young at heart. Let your young artists express themselves with hands-on art and craft projects. Activities and vendors will include “Discover Your Inner Artist” chalk art area, Art/GAGE activities, Metro Kid’s Club, Nest Philly, Philadelphia Police Bike Safety Program, Rios Investments, School of Rock, South Street Magic and more. Look for additional Kids Zone activities to be announced. Look for music and entertainers on the Kids Zone stage. Outside of the Kids Zone, look for other child-friendly activities throughout the entire festival including free comic books and character appearances outside Atomic City Comics, Art/GAGE Maifest flower headband making, family-friendly vendors and restaurants, and other surprises.


Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens can’t wait to show its Philly pride for the eight year with its ART/GAGE initiative - a partnership with the neighborhood and local businesses. Since 2007, PMG’s ART/GAGE initiative has offered interactive experiences outside of the museum and classroom to enGAGE a diverse audience with ART, furthering PMG’s mission to inspire creativity and community engagement.

Many arts experiences will be scattered throughout Spring Festival to provide an engaging break between the array of street vendors.  PMG is excited to offer the following ART/GAGE activities at this year’s SSHD Spring Fest:

  • Channel your inner flower-child with Flower Crowns at Brauhaus Schmitz; A favorite returning from last year!
  • Decorate a bandana for your furry friend so they’re camera-ready for the photo booth at Pet Snobs!
  • Get hands-on with Camden Printworks and screen-print t-shirts with a unique design!
  • Join up with Bridgeset Sound to tap into your musical side!
  • POW! Design your own comic book with Atomic City Comics!
  • Participate in the creation of a mural on parachute cloth with local Latino organization, Puentes De Salud!
  • Decorate tiles and make intricate works of art using dyed spaghetti with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens!

During the festival, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) will also be open to the general public to enter its glittering mosaicked space.  Guided tours will take place at NOON and 4:00 PM, be sure to call 215-733-0390 to make your reservation!


Experience the world of INSIDIOUS like you never have before.  The “Into The Further 4D Experience” is a fully-immersive experience that will take you physically and virtually into the world of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3.   Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) will be your guide on an intense 4D experience that will bend your perception of what is ‘real’ and what is ‘the further.’ INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 opens everywhere June 5th. Presented in partnership with Allied Integrated Marketing.


Over 100 retailers, boutiques, non-profits and other businesses will fill the street with demos, fashions, gifts, shopping and so much more. This year’s line-up includes:

  • 611 Clothing
  • Arson Entertainment/Kamau McHale
  • Art Sanctuary
  • Barkadelphia
  • Benjamin Lovell Shoes
  • Bridgeset Sound
  • Charisma Home Décor
  • Cohen & Co. Hardware
  • Cool Shades
  • CoolRays Tees & More!
  • Corry Enterprises
  • Davies J. Farthing
  • Deneen Marcel Lashes
  • EnRose Jewelry
  • Eyes Gallery
  • Fabriq Spa
  • Fair Trade Philadelphia
  • Focus Features / Allied TLA Marketing
  • French Women Pasta
  • Grace Gardner
  • Gracie Academy
  • Grass Roots
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Greene Street Consignment
  • Hats in the Beflry
  • Headhouse Books
  • I Love Kickboxing
  • iPhone World
  • Jean Madeline Aveda Institute
  • JG Real Estate
  • JT's Shirts & Sunglasses
  • Kiva Zip
  • Legendary Dobbs
  • Liberty Church Philadelphia
  • Massaging Insoles by Dancing Feet
  • Men's Backstage
  • Metana Jewelry
  • Modish Hair Salon
  • Moment Gear
  • Moon + Arrow
  • Origami Owl
  • Pampered Chef
  • Passanante's Home Food Services
  • Pet Snobs Boutique
  • Philly AIDS Thrift
  • Philly Phaithful
  • Philly Socialists
  • Plumer Realty
  • Power Home Remodeling Group
  • Project H.O.M.E.
  • Radius Fitness
  • Re/Max Home Experts/Restore Décor Design House
  • Reiki School & Clinic, The
  • Retrospect Vintage / Goodwill
  • Ride the Ducks
  • Sallie May Warm Heart Soy Candles
  • Scentsy
  • SD Laurence
  • Smak Parlour
  • Society Hill Veterinary Hospital
  • Soni Kuri Life
  • Steel Pony
  • Stretch and Align
  • SunSmilesUSA
  • Tattooed Mom
  • The Shabby Chic Garden
  • Thinkin Sox Inc.
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Tiffany City Lighting
  • Tutor Delphia
  • Urban Princess
  • Vangaleen's Natural Potions
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Villa
  • VSEC - Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center
  • WAG
  • Whole Foods
  • Wilbur Vintage
  • Zip Car


Celebrate Philadelphia’s thriving handmade scene with shopping from twenty-seven artists and crafters, including:

  • 50/50 Company
  • Adorned by Aisha
  • B Philly Photography
  • Beaucycled
  • Black Ink Art
  • Brian Mengini - Photography
  • Butprom Imports
  • Colors Dancing
  • Crystyles Airbrush & Tattoos
  • Emkay Bead Designs
  • Fisticuffs Leather
  • Focal Points
  • Hausler Collection, The
  • Latin Crafts
  • Laura K. Murdoch Fine Arrt
  • Lux Luna
  • Mavazi Couture
  • Philly Word Art
  • Saffron Creations
  • StitchPrism
  • Upstream Jewelry Designs
  • Urban Works Textiles
  • Vicious Vesture
  • Weightless Designs
  • Yan Yan
  • Owlet Organics


South Street Headhouse District salutes both public service and hometown heroes. Look for red, white and blue to indicate “South Street Salutes” tables, which will be scattered throughout the festival this year. Participants this year will include:

  • Dude (The) Hates Cancer/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Friends of South St Police Mini Station
  • Honor Flight Philadelphia + RV
  • Liberty USO
  • Navy Reserve
  • PA Mobile Veterans
  • PA National Guard


South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and roster of events, visit and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.


Presented by South Street Headhouse District with support from sponsors Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Atomic City Comics, Aversa PR & Events, City Paper, DVT Entertainment, Drink Philly, Geekadelphia, Specialty Productions, TLA, Where Magazine and Yelp.