There are few better ways to experience a region than through its food. With a rapidly growing dining scene and a bevy of signature eats, that’s certainly true of Philadelphia. Luckily, there are tons of awesome food festivals hitting the area this year that let you do just that.
Along with massive alfresco and tented events that showcase the culinary classics of our city and the talent behind them, there are also plenty of delicious festivals that allow you to dive deep into the cuisines of other cultures, learn about top produce picks of the season, enjoy traditional American comfort foods and more.
Tempt your tastebuds by browsing the list below of the biggest food festivals coming to Philadelphia this year..
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Food trucks converge on Main Street in Manayunk for the spring edition of the neighborhood’s Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival. The six-hour long fest on Sunday, April 15 promises eats from more than 50 local food trucks — think barbecue, cupcakes, tacos, burgers, pizza and more. Also on tap? Live music, shopping and specials from Main Street eateries.
Where: Main Street, Manayunk
Sunday, April 29, 2018
South Philly’s buzzing East Passyunk Avenue celebrates its culinary spirit in Flavors of the Avenue. More than two dozen of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants and bars gather to dish out their goods, while bands, a fashion show and a craft market entertain outside.
Where: Various locations including Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 E. Passyunk Avenue
Talented home cooks and professional chefs bring their best vegan mac & cheese recipe to University City for the Philly Mac-Down 3: Return of the Mac. Attendees pick a winner for the “Philly’s Choice” award after sampling all of the “cheesy,” plant-based provisions, while a team of expert judges crowns the grand champion.
Where: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Highlights at Oyster House’s annual Shuck Fest include the ninth annual Oyster Shucking Competition, an oyster-shucking tutorial led by the pros, oyster shell crafts, a “shell-fie” photo booth and more. A selection of beers and cocktails are also on the menu along with non-oyster eats like popcorn shrimp and New England clam chowder.
Where: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Sponsored by Philadelphia magazine and taking place at Lincoln Financial Field’s SCA Club, this annual festival brings together more than 650 hard-to-find vintages and rare blends, along with delicious food pairings from some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Saturday, May 5, 2018
The South Street Headhouse District closes South Street to car traffic from Headhouse Square to 8th Street for the annual South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival. Vendors, food trucks and South Street eateries provide delicious food and drink, as does Bauhaus Schmitz, the South Street beer hall that hosts its annual Maifest on the same day. There, revelers can sample German beers and food like bratwurst and sauerkraut, shop from street vendors and see German dancers perform the traditional Maypole dance.
Where: South Street from Front Street to 8th Street and along Headhouse Plaza
Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018
Food trucks dishing out empanadas, cannoli, soul food, Korean BBQ and more line the streets of Phoenixville for a day-long food festival in both the spring and the fall. Vendors selling homemade snacks and handmade trinkets take part in the festival as well, which is expected to attract thousands this year.
Where: Main and Bridge streets, Phoenixville
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May 12-13, 2018
Indulge in tasty tacos from the area’s best restaurants and food vendors at the second annual Philadelphia Taco Festival hosted by SugarHouse Casino. In addition to trying traditional and innovative taco varieties, guests can enjoy tequila flights, margaritas from a beach-themed bar and live entertainment. There’s even a designated area for kids with moon bounces, carnival games, face painting and more. Taco ’bout a good time!
Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
For two days every spring, 9th Street celebrates its roots with the huge South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Foods from around the world — with a focus on Italian fare — fill South 9th Street during the two-day event. Attendees can enjoy pizza, house-made sausages, delicious cheese, cannolis and more as well as delicacies from the market’s Mexican and Vietnamese spots.
Where: South 9th Street from Fitzwater to Wharton streets
Berry fans can sample pies, tarts, shortcake, jams and preserves at the Peddler’s Village annual Strawberry Festival. Strawberries of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests are some of the things to look forward to at this free annual Bucks County event.
Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Over 100 vendors set up along Walnut Street to showcase the area’s best shopping, art, food, drink and more at the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. A crowd of more than 50,000 typically comes out to the charming Rittenhouse neighborhood for this event, which features dozens of the area’s restaurants set up along the sidewalks of Walnut Street, serving up samples of spring fare.
Where: Walnut Street from Rittenhouse Square to Broad Street
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Guac isn’t extra at Morgan’s Pier during MANNA’s Guac Off, where Philadelphia’s top restaurants prepare fresh guacamole in hopes of being crowned the next “Guac Master.” Fill up on chips and guac while enjoying drinks from the bar. Plus, all proceeds from the event will go toward MANNA, an organization that prepares and delivers meals to people with life-threatening illnesses.
Where: Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Burholme: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Gayborhood: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Kensington: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Point Breeze: Thursday, October 4, 2018
On select dates from May through October, this street festival unites Philly’s top mobile food purveyors with its most enthusiastic eaters. Night Market Philadelphia highlights a different neighborhood during each event (Burholme, the Gayborhood, Kensington and Point Breeze), with live music and entertainment to boot.
Where: Various locations including Burholme
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It’s all strawberries, all the time at this early-summer fest on a 300-acre family farm in Media. Visitors can head out into the field to pick their own strawberries. Also on tap: Delaware County’s largest strawberry shortcake, live entertainment from family-oriented music groups like Lolly & YoYo and more.
Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Chester County Blues Barbecue returns this year to fill the expansive Wyndsor Farm with awesome music and the sweet smell of authentic, Texas-style barbecue (supplied by Stampede Smokin’ BBQ). Prior to each of the three acts on the main stage and during breaks, guests can hear local blues artists perform in the Sly Fox Beer Tent.
Where: Wyndsor Farm, 2550 Ridge Road, Elverson
Sunday, June 3, 2018
At the Philadelphia Burger Brawl, more than 60 chefs and restaurants bring their best burger recipes — but only one will reign supreme. Two other contests, the Taco Takedown Competition and the Cutthroat Cocktail Competition, take place alongside the main event as well. Dig in!
Where: XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue
June 7 – August 23, 2018 (Thursdays Only)
Food trucks, vendors, live music and more come to Main Street in Manayunk every Thursday night for Stroll the Street. Select neighborhood retailers and restaurants join in on the fun by offering enticing deals of their own — like $5 appetizer and cocktail specials — during the event.
Thursday, June 7 and Thursday, September 13, 2018
Looking for a bargain? During University City’s Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, local restaurants and businesses offer attendees bites to eat and other goods for the incredibly reasonable price of $1.
Where: Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd Streets
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Taste exquisite cuisine prepared by some of the country’s best chefs at The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia, Marc Vetri’s fine dining festival that benefits the fight against childhood cancer. Located at The Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, this unique event changes to a daytime format this year to encourage guests to bring their kids to experience the delicious food and fun.
Where: Urban Outfitters, 5000 S. Broad Street
Celebrate and learn more about vegan and whole-food-plant-based lifestyles at the revival of VegFest. Vendors and exhibitors of vegan food, art and other goods set up shop at Bainbridge Green for this fabulous day that also features live music, speakers and cooking demonstrations.
Where: Bainbridge Green, between 3rd and 4th streets on Bainbridge Street
Sunday, June 10, 2018
The aromas of African, Caribbean and soul foods fill the air at Odunde, the East Coast’s largest African-American street festival. Live performances and art vendors span 12 city blocks, and include merchants and makers of fried fish, big drinks, corn on the cob and much more.
Where: 23rd and South Streets, Philadelphia
Celebrate the start of summer at the first-ever Summer Food & Music Festival in Peddler’s Village. A weekend full of scrumptious food, live music and loads of family fun is guaranteed.
Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road
A highlight of Philadelphia’s 10-day Wawa Welcome America! July 4 festival, Wawa Hoagie Day offers hungry lunch-goers free sandwiches from a block-long, six-ton sandwich located on Independence Mall. The event also serves as part of Wawa’s salute to the members of the military as well as fire and police departments.
Where: Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Steal away from the summer heat and cool off at a special ice cream festival located in Philadelphia’s most famous public market. The Philly Ice Cream Scoop, hosted by Reading Terminal Market, encourages guilt-free consumption of frozen treats from participating local ice cream shops.
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Every summer, Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia distinctive through free events as part of the PECO Multicultural Series, including the Hispanic Fiesta, the Islamic Heritage Festival, Brazilian Day and others. Festival-goers can look forward to global music, dancing, crafts, pride and, of course, food.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Linvilla Orchards, a 300-acre Delaware County farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education, celebrates blueberries during its annual, aptly named Blueberry Festival. Highlights include picking your own berries, hayrides, a blueberry-pie-eating contest and more!
Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
More than 30 eclectic neighborhood restaurants take part in University City Dining Days, a three-course, three-price dinner promo featuring $15, $25 or $35 meals (not including tax, alcohol or gratuity).
Where: Various locations including Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street
Live country and bluegrass music and berries combine for a weekend-long midsummer party in celebration of National Blueberry Month at Peddler’s Village’s Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival in lovely Bucks County.
Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Celebrate the deliciousness of freshly harvested peaches at the annual peach festival at Linvilla Orchards. The festival includes pick-your-own peach activities, family games, crafts, music and plenty of treats (read: pies) to sample.
Northern Liberties, the neighborhood that helped launch Philly’s craft beer craze, closes down North 2nd Street for a festival of beer gardens, food, workshops, art, street performances and two stages of live music.
What better way to celebrate National Peach Month than at the annual Peddler’s Village Peach Festival? The two-day fest promises plenty of delicious peach-themed treats, shopping and more.
Where: Peddler's Village, 2400 Street Roadd, New Hope
More than 100,000 fungus fans participate in the two-day Kennett Square Mushroom Festival in Chester County’s Kennett Square, the nation’s mushroom-growing capital. This year’s 33rd-such weekend features tastings, cooking demos, cook-offs, farm tours, a 5K, a nighttime parade and a wine-and-soup mini-fest — all ‘shroom-centric.
Where: 101 South Union Street, Kennett Square
Sunday, September 16, 2018
More than 65 restaurants and nearly 110 vendors come together for the annual Chester County Restaurant Festival in West Chester. Visitors and residents can enjoy a fun afternoon of live music and delicious food along with local beers, ciders and wine at the Church Street Beer & Wine Garden.
Where: Gay Street from Matlack Street to Darlington Street, West Chester
Saturday, September 29, 2018
The alfresco bash known as the South Philly SausageFest welcomes neighborhood restaurants to dish out sausage-inspired eats (including veggie options) and local and regional breweries to pour delicious craft beer. Kids’ activities, craft vendors and a lineup of local music keep the atmosphere fun and festive.
Where: West Passyunk Avenue between Broad Street and 15th Street
August 29 – October 10, 2018 (every other Wednesday)
During Supper Sessions on the Avenue, Mt. Airy continues its popular alfresco dining tradition as restaurants and bars on the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue bring their service — and delicious food — out onto the street. Also on tap: kids’ activities, crafts and live music.
Where: 7100 Germantown Avenue
The Fringe Festival always hits a high note with FEASTIVAL, an annual benefit that celebrates Philly’s arts and culinary scenes with a visually stunning gala. Participants enjoy food and cocktails from a vast list of purveyors, plus live performances, music and dancing.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
September 2018 (TBA)
Brauhaus Schmitz shuts down several blocks of South Street for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. The German block party features 2,000 pounds of sausage — and just as much oompah music.
Where: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
Sunday, October 7, 2018
There’s no better place to explore Old City’s food scene than at the annual Old City Fest. The 2017 festival featured more than two dozen food and drink vendors, serving up fare from popular neighborhood restaurants like Continental, Franklin Fountain and more. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and shopping from more than 100 vendors selling everything from artwork to home goods.
Where: N. 3rd and Arch Streets, Philadelphia
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October 2018 (TBA)
Chinatown’s popular annual nighttime food truck fest returns in the fall with plenty of food and live entertainment. Last year’s festival included delicious eats from Chewy’s, Dos Hermanos Tacos and more. Stay tuned for details about this year’s fest.
Where: 10th and Race streets, Philadelphia
Prost! Peddler’s Village celebrates Oktoberfest each year with its OctoberFEAST. The completely-free celebration features plenty of German fare, German beers, live entertainment and more for the entire family.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
It’s important to remember the classics and this fall food fest gives local eaters a chance to indulge in Philly’s traditional delights with samples of cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, hoagies, water ice and pretzels. A cheesesteak-eating competition, carnival games, craft beer garden, music and an appearance by Cheesy the Cheesesteak mascot round out the fun.
Where: 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street
Saturday, October 6, 2018
The Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s biggest fests of the year — and the food is the star of the show. Tasty eats from a variety of the popular restaurants along 13th Street are served outdoors, while the Brü Craft and Wurst Fall Fest (a fest within a fest!) takes over its own block with brats, beer and more.
Where: 13th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Fair Food and Kitchen Table Consultants launched the Philly Farm and Food Fest as a way to connect growers and eaters in the region — and to promote healthy eating. The resulting event, held in The Navy Yard, brims with local deliciousness, with dedicated areas of the fest focusing on cheese, drinks, CSAs, cooking demos, cookbooks and more.
Where: The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street #120
Apple lovers get their fill at Peddler’s Village annual Apple Festival. The two-day festival features apple butter, cider, dumplings and fritters, as well as a juried craft show, live entertainment and pie-eating contests.
The New York City-based Coffee and Tea Festival brings its hip buzz to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center this December. Expect two full days of seminars with the pros of the coffee industry, tastings, food pairings and more. And be sure to get there early — the first 500 guests get a free shopping bag!
Where: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks
December 2018 (TBA)
The auditorium of the Gershman Y invites folks to partake in the 16th annual Latkepalooza, a celebration of the potato pancake as created by 10 esteemed Philly restaurants.
Where: Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.
A month-by-month guide to the biggest, can’t-miss events coming to Philly this year