9th Street Italian Market Festival
Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia
May 16-17, 2015
Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.
For one weekend each May, 9th Street — in the heart of South Philadelphia — closes down traffic and a huge, multi-block festival takes over the neighborhood.
It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. And the most important thing for you to bring with you is your appetite.
In addition to the blocks of curb vendors and specialty butcher, cheese, gift and cookware shops that line the market, there will also be street-side merchants selling specially prepared foods just for the Festival.
Expect to see stands offering a display of fresh sausage and peppers, antipasto salads, roast pork sandwiches, cheeses, cured meats, an infinite array of pastries, famous mango roses and so much more.
New participants this year include Cardenas Oil and Vinegar Tap Room, which will be featuring oils and vinegars from around the world, and Torero Tapas Bar, which will present a variety of Spanish flair tapas plates and paella.
Many other nearby restaurants will extend their table service to the sidewalk so you can dine alfresco and enjoy the festival atmosphere.
A stunning smorgasbord of flavors will be on full display during the festival, as vendors line the street, musicians roam the crowds and top chefs show off some of their best techniques at live cooking demonstrations.
Check out a full list of events and parking map below.
Di Bruno Bros. 75th Anniversary Celebration
A boutique foodie heaven, Di Bruno Bros. has been providing an extensive selection of imported and domestic cheeses, gourmet meats, olive oils and other specialty items to Philadelphia for 75 years. And now it’s time to celebrate that momentous anniversary at the 9th Street Festival.
Di Bruno Bros.’ 75th anniversary celebration, taking place near its original shop on the piazza at 9th and Montrose Streets, invites attendees to enjoy festive foods, a throwback photo booth, temporary tattoos, balloons and more.
Entertainment and Games
Yes, food is the name of the game at the festival. But there’s plenty more to dig into once you’re done (or in between) eating and drinking.
A Roman-Catholic tradition, the annual Procession of Saints starts on Sunday, May 18 at 11 a.m. The St. Paul Parish in the Italian Market holds a procession where parishioners carry approximately 20 statues of saints, including two Blessed Mother statues 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.
In addition, music fans can look forward to live entertainment from myriad bands and DJs on four separate stages. Contests will be held both days, including Name the Type of Wine, Meatball Stacking, Guess That Gelato Flavor and more.
And finally, returning to the 9th Street Italian Market Festival where it was created in 2009, the John Marzano Halfball Tournament celebrates its anniversary with a lineup of top players at one of the city’s favorite street games.
For a full list of the free entertainment available during the festival, click the button below.
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