2nd Street Festival
Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Celebrate in the streets of Northern Liberties during the annual 2nd Street Festival on Sunday, August 3 from noon until 10 p.m.
Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a Philly-centric lineup of live bands, three stages, beer gardens and more than 150 food, drink and merchandise vendors.
There’s truly something for everyone at this blowout neighborhood fest.
A huge street party, six blocks of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Green Street will be blocked off for the festival.
Instead of the usual cars and parking spots, you’ll find the street filled with beer gardens, workshops, art, food trucks and other vendors. Local stores and restaurants will also be opening their doors.
Along with three music and entertainment stages, more than 150 vendors will be set up for all of your food, arts, crafts and family-friendly fun.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the fest throughout the day, so be prepared.
The festival continues its partnership with the Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS), the producers of the half-century-old Philadelphia Folk Festival, to bring the three stages of music and live entertainment to the festival.
Thus far, top-billed headliner Black Landlord is all set to bring the tunes, along with acts like DisCanto, El Caribefunk, The Downtown Shimmy, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra (yup, Joey Sweeney of Philebrity.com!), New Sound Brass Band and many more.
Stages will be set at Germantown Avenue and Fairmount Avenue, with bands rocking from noon to 9 p.m.
The Food, Beer and Vendors
Just like past years, the festival will also offer great local food and beer gardens provided by the neighborhood’s most prominent restaurants, including Standard Tap, Bar Ferdinand, El Camino Real, Gunners Run, Cantina Dos Segundos, Bourbon & Branch and more.
Brews from Yards Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Fish, Leinenkugel, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Stoudts, and Miller Lite can be found in pop-up beer gardens all along 2nd Street, around George Street and Wildey Street, and between Laurel and Poplar streets.
And it wouldn’t be a street fest without food trucks. Expect Nomad Pizza, Surf and Turf Truck, Mac Mart Cart, The Cow and The Curd, Lil’ Pop Shop, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and more. Food will also, of course, be provided by local NoLibs restaurants like Rustica Pizza and Jerry’s Bar.
Plus, more than 100 food and merchandise vendors set up all along the way spotlighting local businesses, artists and community members. Look out for goods from local boutiques and shops like Art Star, Ritual Ritual, Swag Boutique, Moon + Arrow, Once Worn Consignment, Smak Parlour, Duke & Winston and Wear Liberty.
Getting There & More in the Neighborhood
Regular admission to catch all 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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