Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival
May 2, 2015
Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.
One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May.
The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival takes over six blocks of Walnut Street (between Broad and 19th Streets) for the day to showcase the neighborhood’s fantastic food, fashion, arts and entertainment.
More than 40 restaurants will set up shop along the sidewalks of Walnut Street to serve up samples of spring fare. Beyond the eats, there’s also lots of live music, free wine tastings and more.
With offerings from more than 40 area restaurants and bar, you won’t go hungry at the festival. Sample miso-glazed octopus from a.kitchen, a Kobe beef hot dog from Rouge, frozen treats from Shake Shack and much more.
Plus, this year a handful of food trucks will be dishing up eats, too, including The Tot Cart, Ben & Jerry’s and The Cow and The Curd.
For wine, beer and cocktails, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will pour tastes of 20 Chairman’s Selection wines with a concierge and onsite store, plus offerings from Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines and Cintron.
Shop the latest spring trends at outdoor booths from local shops including Joan Shepp, South Moon Under, Knit Wit, Town Home, Kembrel, Hope Chest, Born Yesterday, Heads and Tails, Duke and Winston, The Children’s Boutique, Tumi, The Shops at the Bellevue and others.
The festival features an array of entertainment for all ages, including live music at Sydenham Street between 15th and 16th Streets and family-friendly activities on 18th Street between Walnut and Sansom.
Hang out in the Infiniti Lounge on the 1500 block of Walnut Street with author and culinary personality Hope Cohen of Fast, Fresh + Simple or show off your dance moves at the the Whisper Outdoor Lounge on the 1700 block featuring a DJ, specialty cocktails from G Lounge, Whisper and The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., and snacks from the Corner Foodery.
At the Starr Culinary Demonstration Stage at 19th and Walnut, you can learn a few handy kitchen tricks. Drop off non-perishable food items or a monetary donation (10 cans, $10, or both) to benefit Philabundance and you’ll be entered to win one of three prizes from Starr Restaurants. While you are there, check out the Starr Smallwares Sidewalk Sale to purchase discounted china, glassware and accessories from Starr Restaurants with the proceeds benefitting Philabundance.
Treat Yourself — and Stay Over
If you’re in town for the festival, here’s a thought: Why not make a weekend out of it and stay overnight?
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