Night Market Old City
Popular street food festival arrives in Philly’s historic district
May 15, 2014
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Night Market Philadelphia, the city’s favorite street food festival, comes to Old City on May 15.
Join tens of thousands of locals and visitors alike for a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the city’s historic district with amazing food, great beer, live music and more.
First things first: There’s going to be tons of great food, so it’s best to come early to try and avoid the lines — and come hungry to taste everything.
Look forward to dishes and snacks from more than 85 of the city’s best food trucks and restaurants, with tons of the tried-and-true favorites on tap. Don’t miss Night Market mainstays including local ice cream from Little Baby’s, tacos al pastor from El Zarape and wood-fired brick oven pizza from Nomad Pizza.
They’ll be joined by some of the more interesting dishes that Philly’s food trucks have to offer, including Poi Dog Snack Shops’ Michi Niri fried chicken, The Cow and the Curd’s Wisconsin fried cheese curds and homemade, small-batch ice cream from Zsa’s.
And how could you pass up eating a loaded hot dog from the excellently named Hot Diggity 2: Electric Boogaloo?
When it comes to restaurants, Old City favorites like Han Dynasty, The Continental and Amada will all be out in force, and if you haven’t had a chance to hit up High Street on Market or The Gaslight yet, now’s your chance.
We’re happy to report that local brewery Yards will be supplying great beer for Night Market Old City. They’ll have brewery stations at three locations:
- Arch St. between 3rd and 4th Streets
- 3rd St. and Church St., and
- 3rd St. and Cherry St.
In addition, Chester County’s acclaimed Penns Woods Winery will on hand offering wine made with Pennsylvania grapes.
Finally, it’s likely that a number of local restaurants will be offering drinks from their restaurants, so make sure you stroll around and see what’s available.
Old City’s Night Market will take place on some of the same streets our Founding Fathers strolled over 225 years ago.
The festivities will happen over two blocks of Arch Street from 2nd to 4th Streets, plus two blocks of 3rd St. between Market St. and Race St.
Night Market is a delicious and extremely photogenic event, so while you’re out there on Thursday, be sure to Instagram the scene and the eats you enjoy and tag your photos with the hashtags #NightMkt and #VisitPhilly.
Visitphilly.com will post the best shots online at visitphilly.com/NightMkt for everyone to see.
Art and Entertainment
Once you’re done eating and drinking, there’s plenty more to do at Night Market (until you’re hungry again).
Art fans shouldn’t miss the mobile art collaboration between The Clay Studio and The Center for Art in Wood. There will also be a ticket raffle and photo booth from the Arden Theatre Company and four bands plating, including sweet funk and soul from Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret.
While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the plethora of historic attractions, excellent independent eateries and top-notch art galleries.
Getting There and Parking
If you’re planning on taking public transportation (which is highly recommended), your best bet is the Market-Frankford line. Get off the subway at 2nd and Market Street — just one block away from the festivities.
If you’ve got to drive in, click the button below for the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s list of available parking lots:
In the neighborhood
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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- Omni at Independence Park
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Best Western Independence Park Hotel
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
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104 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Penn’s Landing
- Elfreth’s Alley
- The Betsy Ross House
- Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
- Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
- The Liberty Bell Center
- Philadelphia CityPASS
- Franklin Square
- Independence Hall
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