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South Street Spring Festival

Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

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Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest. Credit: Photo Courtesy of South Street Headhouse District


May 6, 2017

The following information is for 2016. Stay tuned for more details about this year’s event!


Get outside and celebrate the season during the fourth annual South Street Spring Festival, back for its biggest year ever. The free, all-ages festival will span a total of 12-plus city blocks – three more than last year – that will be lined with 125 vendors, 30-plus participating restaurants, 40 bands, 3 stages, 7 performance areas and a ton of family-friendly fun.

The festivities will run along South Street, beginning at Front Street and concluding at 8th Street, and will also branch off from 2nd and South streets heading west up to Pine Street.

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Food and Drink

Outside vendors team up with South Street area restaurants to serve up a non-stop flow of delicious food.

Local bites include those from spots such as Whetsone, Primo Hoagies, Copabanana, Rita’s Water Ice and Jim’s Steaks. Popular city food trucks will also be at the festival, bringing a wide variety of cuisines and flavors to the seasonal celebration.

New this year, the South Street Headhouse District will also host a special Philly taco eating contest, featuring tacos filled with the most Philly-flavor a taco can get. The epic challenge utilizes an oversized Lorenzo and Sons pizza slice in place of a tortilla and wraps it around a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak – AKA, the taco filling. The contest, which will be open to the first 20 contestants to sign up, will be a simple race to the finish line for whoever can finish the mammoth meal the fastest.


The South Street Spring Festival features three stages for live music throughout the day. Be sure to visit 2nd Street Plaza, which will transform into a giant lawn concert complete with 1,500 feet of grass, live music, games, chairs, beach balls and more.

Nearby, over 20 different artists will set up shop to sell their works.

Kid Zone

Families can head to the Kid Zone for all-ages fun. Enjoy face-painting, family-friendly games and more.

Maifest Street Festival

Coinciding with the South Street Spring Festival, the 4th Annual Maifest Street Festival at Brauhaus Schmitz brings a taste of Germany to Philadelphia.

Held outside the popular German eatery on the 700 block of South Street, Maifest features a bevy of German beers, traditional music and authentic dancers gathering around the city’s largest maypole.

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Free Comic Book Day with Atomic City

Not only is May 7, 2016 the date of the awesome South Street Spring Festival, but it also happens to be the official Free Comic Book Day! In conjunction with the festival, Atomic City Comics on the 600 block of South Street will celebrate with some special festivities, including free giveaways and superhero sightings.

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