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PIFA Street Fair

Live entertainment, performers, food and more in the middle of Broad Street

PIFA Street Fair

The PIFA Street Fair opens up Broad Street for a day-long celebration packed with festive events and public performances. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Overview and Layout

As the culminating event of the 15-day Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the 2016 PIFA Street Fair brings a day-long celebration right in the center of Philadelphia.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will close off Broad Street to traffic and open up the street for an array of festivities and events.

The festival runs from Chestnut to South streets on Broad Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Spend the day on the Avenue of the Arts with food vendors, artisans, and exhibitors and enjoy street performances, musicians and family-friendly entertainment.

Performances and Rides

Since the street festival ends the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, guests can expect a solid roster of live performances throughout the day.

The performers consist of international acts and popular performers from previous PIFA festivals. Guests of the festival can look for Lady Pneumatica, a 40-foot tall inflatable music-playing sculpture, a trampoline and acrobatic stunt show, a performance of North African street performers bedecked in jeweled dresses on tall stilts and more.

In addition to performances throughout Broad Street, guests of the festival can look forward to a number of great carnival rides along the street. Guests can experience Broad Street by zip line; ride on a sky-high Ferris wheel; hit giant swings and more.

There will be plenty of natural elements throughout the festival grounds including trees, water fountains and (drumroll, please!) a 25-foot waterfall across from the Academy of Music.

Food and Drinks

At Broad and Spruce streets, drinks will flow at a Garces Events-run beer garden and throughout the festival, food from more than 30 vendors including Hai Street Kitchen, the Cow and the Curd, Scratch Biscuits and more will be available for purchase.

The festival celebrates the local dining scene with a solid representation of food trucks and Avenue of the Arts area restaurants.

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