Lions, Tigers and Beers, Oh My! Philadelphia Zoo Announces Summer Ale Festival with 120+ Taps Pouring from Over 70 Breweries

Lions, Tigers and Beers, Oh My! Philadelphia Zoo Announces Summer Ale Festival with 120+ Taps Pouring from Over 70 Breweries

Philadelphia Zoo’s legendary Summer Ale Festival returns on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Festival-goers are invited to go wild for craft beer and cider with 120+ selections pouring from over 70 regional and national breweries. This exclusive night also features private Zoo access after-hours, live entertainment, delicious lite bites from Philly’s top food trucks (available for purchase) and, of course, the most majestic animals from around the globe.

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Philadelphia Zoo Set to Open WildWorks Presented by Independence Blue Cross with Ropes Courses and Zipline on Tuesday, May 7th

Philadelphia Zoo Set to Open WildWorks Presented by Independence Blue Cross with Ropes Courses and Zipline on Tuesday, May 7th

Animals aren’t the only ones roaming overhead this spring! Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W Girard Avenue) invites guests to take to the air with the opening of WildWorks Presented by Independence Blue Cross opening on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. This new aerial adventure offers high-flying fun that will have guests pushing limits and reaching new heights. This new, ultra-exhilarating experience offers fun for both adults and littles with two courses designed for different ages and skill levels. 

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South Street Spring Festival Returns on Saturday, May 4th with Hundreds of Vendors, 30+ Restaurants, Maifest, Free Comic Book Day, Philly Taco Contest and Much More

South Street Spring Festival Returns on Saturday, May 4th with Hundreds of Vendors, 30+ Restaurants, Maifest, Free Comic Book Day, Philly Taco Contest and Much More

Eat, drink, shop, rock! Philadelphia’s largest all-day, all ages spring block party is back. South Street Headhouse District presents the 6th Annual South Street Spring Festival, on Sunday, May 4, 2019, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Look for over 125+ vendors, 35+ restaurants and food trucks, 20+ bands, 3 stages, dozens of makers, and Philly’s largest Maypole. Come hungry for a taste of Queen Village’s red hot food scene as restaurants and bars serve food and drink out in the street under the blue skies.

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Philadelphia Zoo Debuts Exciting New Outdoor Dining Destination Featuring Food Trucks, Vertical Farm and Seating for 200+

Philadelphia Zoo Debuts Exciting New Outdoor Dining Destination Featuring Food Trucks, Vertical Farm and Seating for 200+

Come hungry, Philadelphia! Starting this week, Philadelphia Zoo debuts a oversize new dining destination and urban oasis called The Urban Green. Philadelphia Zoo’s new open-air air food and drink marketplace debuts just in time for the start of spring and summer seasons. I, guests will find three brand-new food trucks including The Fry Bowl (fried favorites), Root to Leaf (vegetarian-based fare) and Pressed (paninis and wraps). Lancer Hospitality’s Executive Chef Oleg Zelonko has designed an array of delicious options from fresh, delicious sandwiches and custom fries to frequently changing craft beers and vibrant wines.

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East Passyunk Hosts Annual Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 13, 2019

East Passyunk Hosts Annual Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 13, 2019

Hop on down to East Passyunk Avenue for a day of ‘egg-citing’ Easter festivities! On Saturday, April 13, 2019, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) presents the Annual East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the lawn of the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (1430 East Passyunk). Children are invited to decorate egg collecting bags, enjoy treats, dance to family-friendly tunes, hunt for prize-filled eggs and meet the Easter Bunny.

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9th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival Returns with 140+ Cars, Food, Circus, Music and More

9th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival Returns with 140+ Cars, Food, Circus, Music and More

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) is revving up for the 9th Annual Car Show and Street Festival on Sunday, July 27, 2014, from Noon to 5:00pm, on EPA between Broad and Dickinson streets.  Over 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles will line Avenue, with circus performers, street vendors, rack sales, kids’ activities, live music and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show in between.  Wine and dine among the cars as award-winning restaurants and food trucks serve street food and summertime drinks. Admission is FREE for attendees and $15 for cars. The rain date is Sunday, August 3, 2014. For information, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com, tweet at @epassyunkave and follow #passyunkcarshow.

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South Street Spring Festival Announces 40 bands, 30 restaurants, Maifest at Brauhaus Schmitz, Family Fun, more

Philadelphia’s largest new outdoor block party returns with eight blocks of food, drink, entertainment, music, arts, family fun, shopping and more 

South Street Spring Festival celebrates the best tastes, sips, sounds and sights of South Street Headhouse District. On Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 11:00am to 8:00pm, enjoy a free, all-ages outdoor party that will close down South Street (between Front and 8th), and also run along the 2nd Street Plaza (between South and Lombard). Forty bands and performers will take to three main stages, as well as eight other performance areas. Thirty restaurants and bars will serve food, cocktails and special brews. Brauhaus Schmitz will host the second annual German Maifest with German beers, dancers and even a May pole. Children will enjoy FREE family fun in the Kids Zone storytelling, arts, crafts, music and performances. Forty artists, crafters and retail vendors will cater to your shopping needs. The Heroes Zone will salute both public service and hometown heroes. South Street Spring Festival is FREE and open to the public (ages 21 and up with identification to drink). For more information, visit www.southstreet.com and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.

MAIFEST BY BRAUHAUS SCHMITZ

On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the second 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 with:

  • May Pole with authentic German dancers between 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Main Spring Fest stage outside Brauhaus to feature Heimat Klange between 1:30pm and 6:00pm
  • In conjunction with Art/Gage and Philadelphia Magic Gardens, make your own fresh flower headbands from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Donation suggested)
  • Food will include roasted pork sandwiches, large pretzels, German potato salad, sauerkraut, Bratwurst sandwiches
  • Three beer stations will feature six to eight selections of authentic German styles
  • Special liter mugs are free when you buy $60 worth of food or drink
  • Schnapps station outside with ski plank shots
  • Round tables (with umbrellas) for plentiful seating to enjoy entertainment, food and drink
  • Special VIP packages for special access to food, drink and inside festivities – this includes access to spring imports!
  • All food and drink for Maifest are pay-as-you-go to general public, special pricing/access with VIP ticket

MUSIC

This year’s South Street Spring Festival raises the bar even higher on the quantity and quality of musical acts performing at this free all-day, outdoor music fest.   Music will be heard on three main stages (at 2nd, 5th, and 8th Streets) as well as on every block of the festival at eight street performance locations.  The street will be filled with sounds ranging from accordions, New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, bluegrass, southern rock, indie rock, and blues, to name just a few.  Curated by The Legendary Dobbs, The Twisted Tail and Brauhaus Schmitz, this line-up of musical talent has something for everyone.  If you enjoy great music and dancing in the street this is THE place to be. Over 40 popular local music acts will perform from 11:00am to 8:00pm, including:

2nd Street Stage

  • Rowboat Casino
  • Kid Felix
  • The Great SOCIO
  • Zymotic Flow
  • Footwork
  • The Quixote Project
  • Modern Colour
  • Downtown Shimmy
  • April Mae and the June Bugs 

5th Street Stage

  • Stolen Rhodes
  • John the Conqueror
  • Sweet Leda
  • Johnny Popcorn
  •  BAAM!
  • Cold Roses
  • Laura Cheadle
  • Gypsy Joe Alves and the Groove Prophets
  • Steve Cal Band 

8th Street Stage by Brauhaus Schmitz

  • Heimatklange

Performers in other performance areas:

  • A Day Without Love (Brian Walker)
  • Bastards of Earle
  • Ben Abrams
  • Blackstars
  • Brooks Long
  • Cole Campbell
  • Cookie Rabinowitz
  • Craig / Berto (Great SOCIO)
  • Daniel de Jesus
  • Greg Sover
  • Gypsy Joe Alves and the Groove Prophets
  • Joe Jordan
  • Justin Gonzalez
  • Justin Phillippi
  • marc lancaster
  • Mike Pays Heat
  • Montgomery Streets
  • My Man Shafe
  • out of the beardspace
  • Ovi Horta
  • paul st John
  • Rachel Schain
  • Seth Adam
  • skip denenberg
  • Tess Emma
  • Vanity Plates / Jim Feigan
  • Wooden Hez
  • xap

FOOD AND DRINK

Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic, and transform this historic business district into one of the city’s largest block parties. At least 30 restaurants, bars, cafes and food trucks will come outside to serve signature food, drinks, and cuisine from around the world. 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. Participants include: 

  • Bistro Romano
  • Boyler Room
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
  • Bridget Foy’s
  • Cavanaugh’s Headhouse
  • Copabanana
  • Delicias
  • Fat Tuesday’s
  • Headhouse Crab & Oyster Company
  • Hot Diggity
  • Jon’s Bar & Grille
  • Las Bugambilias
  • Legendary Dobbs
  • Leziz Turkish Cuisine
  • The Lite Choice
  • Lovash
  • Manny Browns
  •  O’Neals Pub
  • Paddy Whacks
  • Pizzeria Stella
  • Primo Hoagies
  • Redwood
  • The Reef
  • Rita’s Water Ice
  • Steaks on South
  • Supper
  • The Twisted Tail 
  • Woolly Mammoth

FREE FAMILY FUN  

The Kids Zone (located in the 200 block of South Street) will feature engaging activities for the young and the young at heart from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Let your young artists express themselves with hands-on art and craft projects by our community partners, or have a seat for storybook reading. There’s something for everyone, of all ages, in the Kids Zone. The line-up includes:

  • Liberty Bellows accordion band
  • Performance by Philadelphia Dance Academy
  • Martial arts demonstrations by Gracie Academy
  • “Discover Your Inner Artist” chalk area
  • Storytelling
  • Face Painting by Freckles
  • Arts and crafts by Fleisher Art Memorial and Queen Village Art Center
  • Readings and activities from the Art Sanctuary
  • Sand castle art projects
  • More to be announced

HEROES ZONE

Join us as we salute both public service and hometown heroes in the Heroes Zone (located in the 600 block of South Street) from 11:00am to 5:00pm, including:

  •  Philadelphia Police Department
  • Philadelphia Fire Department
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Homeland Security
  • American Red Cross
  • Local Cub Scouts and civic associations

ART/GAGE BY PHILADELPHIA MAGIC GARDENS

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens can’t wait to show its Philly pride for the seventh year with its ART/GAGE initiative! 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 exhibiting artist Joel Garcia, all the way from Mexico City, will demonstrate his master papier-mâché skills. Francesca Rivetti from Follicle Studio and Conrad Booker will show off their hair-expertise with a live interactive demonstration of fashion and hair wizardry. 

Feeling thirsty? Stop by Brauhaus Schmitz, grab a drink, and create your own flower head-wreath or painted mug while you sip. The Neighborland project will get festival-goers thinking about South Street’s potential with an interactive endeavor that all are encouraged to take part in. Participants can also create their wheat-paste masterpiece to contribute to a community collage. Last but not least, don’t forget to bring a blank t-shirt and create your own Philly-inspired screen-printed fashion statement with Camden Printworks.

During the festival, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will also be open to the general public to enter its glittering space. Guided tours will take place at 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Call 215-733-0390 to make your reservation!

SHOPPING

Over 40 artists, crafters, and retailers of all kinds will fill the street and our Artisan fair to serve your shopping needs. District merchants from South Street, Headhouse, Fabric Row and more will offer day of specials and other promotions. 

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