Midtown Village Fall Festival
Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Noon to 8 p.m.
Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.
Taking place on 13th Street from Chestnut to Locust Streets, the Midtown Village Fall Festival features eight hours of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.
Read on for our full guide to the festival.
The epicenter of the festival is 13th and Sansom streets, with activity radiating out from that intersection.
Blocking off Chestnut Street from Broad to 12th Street, Sansom Street from Broad to 12th Street, and 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut, the festival spans seven blocks this year and expects tens of thousands to fill every foot of street and sidewalk.
This entire area will be packed with vendors dishing up food, pouring drinks and peddling local wares.
The Food and Beer Gardens
Delicious food and excellent libations from the neighborhood’s many restaurants will be available from tents set up all along 13th Street.
With food and drink vendors scattered throughout the festival, it’s easy to grab snacks throughout the day.
A few highlights? The team from Barbuzzo will be hand-dipping budino pops on the street and the chefs of Lolita will stay true to the resto’s street food-inspired menu by cooking up tacos and taquitos on the street, too.
Also keep an eye out for chocolate-covered bacon at Jake’s Sandwich Board, chicken drums Indeblue, sushi at Raw, mini-filet sandwiches at Capital Grille, coq au vin at Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, and grilled pumpkin from Charlie Was A Sinner.
Plus, there are eight beer garden areas, so the brews will be flowing. Look out for fall and Oktoberfest brews at the beer garden at Fergie’s Pub, and more brews at McGillin’s Old Ale House, Finn McCool’s, Time and Opa. A huge beer garden will rock the street outside of Bru, too, with live music all day, a great selection of beer and sausages on the grill.
The Entertainment and Shopping
Live music is a huge component of the fest, and you’ll be able to take in live tunes on four stages.
At Broad and Chestnut streets, a stage showcases the talents of students of the University of the Arts. Down the street at 12th and Chestnut, Hard Rock Cafe will rock a a stage with live music, too.
On the other end of the festival, festivalgoers can hear live music on Sansom Street from stages at both Broad Street and 12th Street.
Of course, don’t miss the Sumo suit wrestling at Raw throughout the day.
Artisans and retailers set up shop in booths throughout the fest, too, so be on the look out for deals on goods from 13th Street shops like Verde, Open House and Duross & Langel.
And as always, there will be great kid-friendly activities like a moon bounce, sand castle building and face-painting in the kids area on Locust Street near Nest.
Getting There and Staying Over
As the neighborhood’s name suggests, Midtown Village is in the heart of Center City. With so many streets blocked off to vehicular traffic, arriving to the festival by foot, bike or public transportation is probably the best bet.
The Market-Frankford line and Broad Street line both stop within blocks of Midtown Village. Just ride to the City Hall, Walnut Street, 13th Street or 11th Street stops and walk over.
There is parking in the area, too.
Or just turn the festival into an excuse for a weekend getaway or staycation and take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package which provides guests with two nights at a hotel, free hotel parking and a welcome gift.
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