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2nd Street Festival

Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties

Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds. Credit: Courtesy of 2nd Street Festival


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Note: The information below is from 2016. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Celebrate in the streets of Northern Liberties during the free annual 2nd Street Festival on Sunday, August 7 from noon until 10 p.m.

An annual August event, the 2nd Street Festival draws thousands of people to pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden Street. All afternoon and into the night, a Philly-centric lineup of live bands play across three stages, while more than 150 food, drink and merchandise vendors set up shop and 20 different food trucks fuel the crowd with delicious eats.

There’s truly something for everyone at this blowout neighborhood fest.

The Layout

A huge street party, the festival shuts down six full blocks of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden Street .

Instead of the usual cars and parking spots, you’ll find the street filled with art, food trucks and other vendors. Local stores and restaurants will also be opening their doors and six taverns will serve up beer and cocktails.

Festival-goers can also find three music and entertainment stages hosting local bands at set times throughout the event. One stage will be set up on Germantown Avenue, Brown Street will host a second stage and the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons will hold the third.

In the middle of the festival you will also find a dedicated street performer space featuring hoola hoopers, stilt walkers, a drum line, a magician and more.

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the fest throughout the day, so be prepared.

The Music

Excellent entertainment is set to fill three stages for 10 streaming hours of live music.

So far, the lineup includes local bands such as KillerWhale, Sirweah, Modern Colour, Tinmouth, DJ Royale of Scratch Academy and more.

Over 20 performers will take to the stages across a wide range of musical genres.

music at the 2nd street festival

The Food, Beer and Vendors

Just like past years, the festival will also offer awesome local food and drinks from the neighborhood’s most prominent restaurants, including Standard Tap, El Camino Real, North Bowl, Cantina Dos Segundo and more.

Festival-goers can also score delicious eats from over 20 food trucks that will line the street.

Getting There & More in the Neighborhood

Regular admission to catch all of the music is free, with food, beer and merch on sale on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Getting to Northern Liberties is a cinch, too. The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders (depending who you ask, of course) are Girard Avenue to the north, Callowhill Street to the south, 6th Street to the west and the Delaware River to the east.

To get from Center City to Northern Liberties, people can hop in a cab, or take “the El” — Septa’s Market-Frankford line — from any of the Market Street subway stations to the Spring Garden Street stop.

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Second Street & Poplar Street
(between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden)
Philadelphia, PA

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