South Street Spring Festival Returns Saturday, May 6th With 30+ Bands, 35+ Restaurants, 125+ Vendors, Philly Taco Contest, Maifest, Rocky Horror Time Warp, And More

South Street Spring Festival Returns Saturday, May 6th With 30+ Bands, 35+ Restaurants, 125+ Vendors, Philly Taco Contest, Maifest, Rocky Horror Time Warp, And More

Eat, drink, shop, rock - and time warp! South Street Headhouse District presents South Street Spring Festival this Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Philadelphia’s largest spring festival takes South (between Front and 8th) and Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard), plus connecting side streets. The all-ages, all-day, free outdoor block party will feature 125+ vendors, 35+ restaurants and bars, 30+ bands, 3 stages, 7 performance areas, 24 makers/artists and more.

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South Street Spring Festival Returns with 12 Blocks Of Food, Drink, Music, Arts, Shopping And Fun

South Street Spring Festival Returns with 12 Blocks Of Food, Drink, Music, Arts, Shopping And Fun

South Street Headhouse District announces the return of South Street Spring Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11:00AM to 8:00PM. Rock your way into the summer season with a giant, all-ages outdoor block party that will take over the street from South (between Front and 8th) and run along Headhouse Plaza. Last year, over 58,000+ people came out to enjoy the music, food and fun in the sun. Mark your calendars as the city’s largest block party is back!

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia Returns to LOVE Park for 2014 Holiday Season with Festive Sights, Sounds and Shopping

The Christmas Village will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving and Sunday, December 28, 2014. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousand 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 and American food and drink. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Spread the cheer by following @philachristmas on Twitter, liking Christmas Village on Facebook and visiting

Now in its seventh year, Christmas Village in Philadelphia has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. It expects to attract more than 550,000 people in 2014. Sixty-five international and local merchants and artists are busy preparing high-quality gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE Park. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, homegoods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

For the second consecutive year, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is presented by an NRG company.

“NRG Home is once again proud to be the presenting sponsor of Christmas Village in Philadelphia, a growing tradition that brings the community together,” said Heather Farber, Managing Director, NRG Retail Northeast. “We look forward to connecting with consumers at Christmas Village, listening to what their energy needs are, and sharing how NRG Home can help power their holidays both at home and on the go.”

Follow the smell of gingerbread and waffles to a full menu of European food, sweets and drinks, including mouthwatering German bratwurst or schnitzel served on a warm roll (Brötchen). Look for new menu additions this year, including Döner Kebab (a German specialty featuring fresh meat shaved right off the rotisserie spit, placed in a warm pita pocket with tomato, onion, and our delicious homemade sauce). Wash it all down with a warm mug of traditional German Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) or rich hot chocolate.

On top of the great shopping and dining experiences, visitors will enjoy the glorious Christmas Tree in LOVE Park, a Wish Wall in conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a new kid’s zone on the weekends, theme days and weekends, tasting tours with Chaddsford Winery, live music during evenings and weekends, and other surprises to be announced.

The Christmas Village previews for two days on Thanksgiving Day (9:00am to 5:00pm) and Black Friday (11:00am to 7:00pm). Stop over after Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November 27 and beat the mall crowds on Black Friday, November 28, 2014.

Daily market hours starting Black Friday through the last Sunday in December will be Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Christmas Eve hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm (closed on Christmas Day).

The market will have a Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, November 29, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Invite your family and friends to come sing-a-long to holiday selections by local choirs, marching bands and other entertainers. Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue and rings in the official lighting ceremony of the Chritmas Village Fountain (not the tree), presented by NRG Home. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to Philadelphia empty handed!

Vendor lists, food and drink menus, theme weekends, special event details and special promotions will be released in mid-November. Follow @philachristmas on Twitter, follow Christmas Village on Facebook and visit for more information.


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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 and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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 and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter. 


South Street Spring Fest Returns with Eight Blocks of Food, Music, Family Fun and More

South Street Spring Fest Returns with Eight Blocks of Food, Music, Family Fun and More

South Street Spring Festival returns for a celebration of South Street Headhouse District’s best tastes, sips, sounds and sights. 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). At least 30 restaurants and bars will serve signature and special dishes, brews and cocktails, and sweets and treats.  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 May pole.  Other festivities will include live music from three main stages and eight other performance areas. Children of all ages will enjoy free fun in the Kids Zone. At least 40 artists, crafters, and retailers will cater to your shopping needs. 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.

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