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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Eccentric design competition and community arts festival featuring human-powered floats

Celebrate creativity and community spirit during the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival. Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Date:
May 20, 2017

Overview

The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival is one of the city’s quirkiest spring events. The day-long celebration features a parade of human-powered, handmade floats and highlights the area’s creative spirit and community pride.

Cheer on design ingenuity during the derby and at its conclusion at the giant, messy Mudpit finishing zone and/or browse the booths from 100-plus local artists and vendors selling and displaying various arts and crafts.

Food trucks will be onsite, too, serving up tacos, hoagies, ice cream and more.

The festival raises money for projects in the area while exposing people to an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood.

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Guide to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Kinetic Sculpture Derby

The Kinetic Sculpture Derby parades mobile sculptures along a three-mile, urban obstacle course through the Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods, finishing with a messy splashdown in a mud pit.

No stored energy, motors, electricity, pushing, pulling or walking is permitted in order to move the human-powered floats throughout the course. Instead, participants must devise unique, human-generated ways to keep “vehicles” – defined as a device that has wheels or moveable legs – moving at a pace of at least three miles-per-hour.

The friendly, juried competition features more than a dozen awards. Among the categories are the People’s Choice Award, Award for Best/Worst Pun, Award for Best Costuming and Award for Best 10+ Person Team.

The Layout

The Festival spans a handful of city blocks along Trenton Avenue from Norris Street to Susquehanna avenues. For the exact parade route, click here.

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