Philadelphia's 86th Easter Promenade Set To Hop Down South Street On Easter Sunday

Philadelphia's 86th Easter Promenade Set To Hop Down South Street On Easter Sunday

Hop on down to South Street Headhouse District for some FREE, egg-citing family fun during the 85th annual Easter Promenade on Sunday, April 16, 2017.  Come dressed in your Sunday Best and promenade down South Street in this grand and popular tradition that last year drew record crowds. Master of ceremonies Henri David returns to lead the parade from the corner of Passyunk Avenue/South Street down to Headhouse Square (2nd Street). Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the Bunny Hop, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail and much more until 2:00pm. Bring your camera and stick around to meet the Easter Bunny himself, and see who wins the best dressed contests!

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Valley Forge Casino Resort Welcomes Canadian Rockers Barenaked Ladies To Valley Forge Music Fair On April 22nd

Valley Forge Casino Resort Welcomes Canadian Rockers Barenaked Ladies To Valley Forge Music Fair On April 22nd

Valley Forge Casino Resort (1160 First Avenue) welcomes Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies to Valley Forge Music Fair on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The band is still together after nearly three decades, producing 14 studio albums which have collectively sold more than 14 million copies, won eight Juno Awards, earned multiple Grammy nominations, a U.S. chart-topping single (“One Week”) and the theme song to one of TV’s most popular shows, “The Big Bang Theory.”  Doors open of The Event Center at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm. Ticket prices range from $40-$65 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

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Dim Sum House Announces Grand Opening In University City This Wednesday

Dim Sum House Announces Grand Opening In University City This Wednesday

Jane Guo and Jackson Fu announce the grand opening of Dim Sum House by Jane G’s at 3939 Chestnut Street in University City this Wednesday, January 11, 2017. This expansive and stylish Old Shanghai inspired restaurant, bar and lounge features 6,000 square foot of space and will seat over 225 people in five unique dining spaces. Three talented chefs will show off their expertise in the kitchen with a menu that focuses on two authentic styles of Chinese dim sum (Shanghai and Cantonese), plus fried rice, noodles, chef specialties and familiar Chinese favorites. At the bar, look for a full line of spirits, 19 beers, 10 signature cocktails, and wine by the glass and bottle. The restaurant is located on the second floor, with the entrance found between 39th and 40th streets on Chestnut.

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The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons Celebrates New Chapter with Ultimate Summer Cookout

The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons Celebrates New Chapter with Ultimate Summer Cookout

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons (1001 N 2nd St) celebrates a new chapter with The Ultimate Summer Cookout in Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Get ready for the grand finale of summer with a brand new, all-day, backyard party featuring summer eats and sips, live music, DJs, sand pits, lawn games, hand-made shopping, end-of-summer sales and more. Plus, look for surprises in the water and up in the air with a slip n slide, water slide and zip line. All ages are welcome for this family friendly event. Twenty-one and up to drink, with identification only. Admission is free, with food and drink pay as you go. Rain or shine. For information, call 267-246-0618 or visit www.theschmidtscommons.com.

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Inis Nua Theatre Partners with Free Library on American Premiere of Spine by Clara Brennan at New Drake Theater

Inis Nua Theatre Partners with Free Library on American Premiere of Spine by Clara Brennan at New Drake Theater

Inis Nua Theatre Company turns a new page at The Drake with the American premiere of Spine, by English playwright Clara Brennan. Spine is a heart-warming, funny and defiant love-song to libraries, an increasingly endangered species under Britain's austerity government. A fiery and wise-cracking teenager forges an unlikely friendship with an elderly widow living in a house of stolen books. Together, the two discover they may be each other’s last resort in life. Spine opens on Friday, February 19 at 8:00pm, with previews on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 at 7:00pm. Spine runs for a total of 16 performances, through March 6, 2016, at the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake (1512 Spruce Street). Tickets are on sale for $25-$30 by calling (215) 454-9776 or visiting inisnuatheatre.org. Patrons will have their choice of $5.00 off tickets at the door for Spine (or off upcoming The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning) by donating a new children’s book to the Free Library of Philadelphia. Collection bins will be available at all performances.

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Philly AIDS Thrift Announces $147,000 in Grants for 17 Local Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

Philly AIDS Thrift Announces $147,000 in Grants for 17 Local Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

Philly AIDS Thrift, in South Street Headhouse District, is pleased to award 17 local organizations with $147,000 in grant funding for their work in fighting HIV/AIDS in the Delaware Valley. Funds announced this week will bring PAT’s total contributions to the community to $1,470,000. Monies for the awards comes from two retail operations that turn gently used thrift items into retail sales that fund AIDS Fund and 19 other AIDS service organizations in the five-county region. The new semi-annual grant program started in 2014 as another way to serve the local community and give back. The next request for grant proposals will take place in fall for winter 2016-2017. For more information about grant awards, donations or how to get involved, please visit www.phillyaidsthrift.com or call 215-922-3186.

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia Returns to LOVE Park Early in 2015 with More Decorations, Expanded Seating, New Food, Other Holiday Surprises

Christmas Village in Philadelphia Returns to LOVE Park Early in 2015 with More Decorations, Expanded Seating, New Food, Other Holiday Surprises

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by NRG Home will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Sunday, December 27, 2015. For the first time ever, the market will open early for a special preview on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 2015. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousands of twinkling lights, the LOVE Park Christmas Tree, live music, children’s activities and photos with Santa Claus. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot cocoa while enjoying European food and drink. Watch for new decorations, seating, vendors and tasty treats! Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Spread the cheer by following @philachristmas on Twitter and Instagram, liking Christmas Village on Facebook and visiting www.philachristmas.com.

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Nick's Roast Beef Announces Pennsylvania's Tastiest Bacon and Beer Fest in Old City

Nick's Roast Beef Announces Pennsylvania's Tastiest Bacon and Beer Fest in Old City

Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City (16 South 2nd Street) announces the return of the 2nd Annual Bacon and Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Bacon lovers will enjoy all new bacon-centric dishes, early fall beer releases, an appearance by Piggy Pat and other surprises. Must-try dishes will include the Bloody Mary Ground Bacon Burger, Warm Bacon Salad, Bacon Crusted Cheesecake, Pumpkin Bacon Chocolate Brownies and more. All dishes and pairings are pay-as-you-go. Admission is free, 21 and up to drink. For more information, call (215) 928-9411, visit nicksoldcity.com, Nick’s Roast Beef Bar and Grille on Facebook, or @nicksoldcity on Twitter.

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20 Restaurants Go Grill to Grill in Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off by South Street Headhouse District

20 Restaurants Go Grill to Grill in Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off by South Street Headhouse District

Twenty of the region’s top restaurants and food trucks will go grill-to-grill in the summer’s ultimate hot-dog competition. South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction with Hot Diggity!, will host the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, under the historic Headhouse Square Shambles (400 Block of South 2nd Street between Lombard and Pine).  Sample the most flavorful, unique and inventive hot dogs while enjoying craft beer, live music, an amateur toppings contest and other summertime fun. VIP passes are $30 and include early access at Noon, a VIP gift and 20 food/drink tickets. General admission is free, with food/drink tickets costing 4/$10 and 15/$30. Funds raised will support the preservation of the historic Headhouse Square Shambles. VIP passes are on sale at dogdays14.eventbrite.com. For updates, follow #DogDays14 @officialsouthst on Twitter.  

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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.