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Old City Fest

OCT 7, 2018

A free street festival in Philadelphia’s historic district

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Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
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Overview

Old City transforms from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into a mecca for entertainment and al fresco eating during Old City Fest.

Several blocks along North 3rd Street and Arch Street closes down to traffic to showcase local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries and theaters, as well as the neighborhood’s culture, history and architecture.

Dozens and dozens of the area’s businesses participate.

Activities, exhibitions and programs unfolds throughout the afternoon that cater to both families and the over-21 crowd.

The Experience

More than 100 vendors will fill the streets during the fest, going beyond just food and drink.

Old City Fest is a celebration of art and design, fashion and food, creativity and culture on the streets of America’s most historic square mile— Old City, Philadelphia.

This event highlights the region’s premier art and design district, showcasing local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history and architecture

Don’t Miss

More than 100 vendors usually fill the streets during the fest — going beyond just food and drink — with booths featuring galleries, design houses, artisans and independent retailers selling an array of goods and services.

Festival-goers should come ready to shop, as plenty of crafts, home goods, fashion-forward apparel and other local finds will be on display.

Of course, the annual festival is packed with food and drink vendors — usually more than two dozen in total — who take over the streets of Old City. Participants typically include area staples like Cuba Libre, Continental, Franklin Fountain and more.

Families can also enjoy an array of all-ages entertainment on the family fun zone stage, as well as kid-friendly activities, which over the years have included mini-golf with Franklin Square, Revolutionary War trivia with the Museum of the American Revolution and 18th-century dress-up with Elfreth’s Alley.

Getting There & Tickets

Old City is easily accessible via foot, bike, Indego Bike Share and public transportation. Street closures mean limited parking, so visitors’ best bets are to either walk if able, ride a bike, or hop on the Market-Frankford line.

Admission is free; eats, drinks and vendor shopping are pay-as-you-go.

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