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9th Street Italian Market Festival

Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

Italian Market Festival

The 9th Street Italian Market Festival brings a plethora of food, entertainment and more to the area. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia


Dates: May 20-21, 2017


South Philadelphia’s Italian Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating outdoor market. What better way to celebrate its more than 100 years in existence than with a blockbuster street festival?

On Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, the already-bustling heart of South Philly will welcome over 70,000 visitors to the area for its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

As one of the city’s most popular block parties, the entire neighborhood directs their attention towards the festival for the weekend. Tons of vendors and local businesses set up booths along 9th Street, which a portion of will be closed off to traffic. Find the area between Fitzwater and Wharton streets free of cars and instead filled with tons of entertainment and food!

Complete Guide to the 2017 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Plan out your 9th Street Italian Market Festival adventure with our guide, detailing everything from festival eats and drinks to timing of the grease pole competitions to locations for all of the live entertainment set to go down. Click the button below.

Guide to the 9th Street Italian market Fest

Food and Drink

The Italian Market Festival is all about the food. Those who attend can enjoy two days filled with the flavors of local Italian-American culture and South Philly spirit, browsing and sampling their way through the numerous specialty butcher, cheese, gift and cookware shops that line the market and from the food vendors setting up shop on 9th Street.

In addition to selections of nearly every Italian and Italian-American delicacy imaginable (cannoli! roast pork! sausage and peppers! pizza!), the Italian Market Festival delivers tons of international flavor with Mexican, South American and Asian fare on offer, too.

For a sit-down experience, many nearby restaurants extend their table service to the sidewalk so you can dine al fresco and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

Check out a full list of events below.

Events and Parking Map

Entertainment and Games

Yes, food is the name of the game at the festival. But there’s plenty more to dig into in between eating and drinking.

Music fans can look forward to live entertainment from an array of bands and DJs. Meanwhile, a half ball tournament brings a lineup of the city’s best players for sports enthusiasts to watch as they engage in the baseball-like game, and a grease pole competition brings 30 feet of crazy lard-filled action that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

Meanwhile, inviting you to partake in a workout of your own, Charge Performance and Wellness will host two free workouts in front of its gym on Saturday, May 20.

Plus, a family oriented area between Federal and Wharton streets invites those of all ages to come out and enjoy everything from face painting and magician performances to balloon artistry and a bouncy and interactive dance exhibition.

Procession of Saints

May 21, 2017
11 a.m. to noon

A Roman-Catholic tradition, the annual Procession of Saints is held every year on the third Sunday of May. St. Paul Parish in the Italian Market holds a procession where parishioners carry statues of saints throughout the neighborhood. Children who have recently made their first holy communion attend, too, donning their white first communion attire.

The procession starts at historic Saint Mary Magdalen Church at 7th and Montrose streets, and pauses for the Blessing of the Market at 9th and Washington. The procession ends at Saint Paul Catholic Church at Christian Street.

Getting There and Staying Over

Public transportation is likely the best way to get to the Italian Market. Taking the Broad Street line and getting off at either Lombard or Ellsworth and walking to the Italian Market works as does taking any number of buses.

Should you drive, there are parking lots at Christian and 8th streets, Kimball and 8th streets, and many others.

More Information

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9th Street and Washington Avenue
(Along S. 9th Street between Federal and Wharton streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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