10 Things You Need to Know About This Year’s South Street Spring Festival

With events on the weekend horizon that include the seasonal kickoff of Spruce Street Harbor Park, a double-header of Biebs at the Wells Fargo Center, Eastern State Penitentiary’s opening of Prisons Today (you must go here right now), and the impending return of the sun, it’s already looking to be quite a fabulous first weekend of May in Philly. 

But if there’s one event this weekend that is by far the most anticipated of them all (besides Mother’s Day, of course), will be the fourth annual South Street Spring Festival, or as it’s become widely known in just a short time as “Philly’s longest block party,” as it will once again take over 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. And with attendance expected around 50, 000, according to festival chairman Mike Harris, this year is looking to be…scratch that….will be the biggest South Street spectacle yet. 

Since this year’s festival is so grand, it’s impossible to keep with it all, so Philly Mixtape broke it down to 10 things you need to know about tomorrow’s festivities, including what’s up with that forecast, the Sunday workout truth on all the carbs you’ll be eating, the local fashion you’ll be dressed up in, and perhaps the most important of them all…..just what is up with that Philly Taco Eating Contest? 

It’s all here and so much more, so dive into the details of this year’s South Street Spring Festival right…now. 

1.It’s absolutely free to get in. There’s no further explanation needed except to say that it starts at 11am and goes until 8pm. 

2.The weather is going to be…..better than it has been over the past five days. Here’s the truth directly from 6abc’s Accuweather forceast….is that the sun we’ll (almost) see? “It will be a cloudy, damp start as a slow-moving low pressure center begins to weaken and lift northeastward. Showers are likely in the morning with a some spotty activity extending into the afternoon, although later showers are mainly light and spotty rain and the day is not a wash-out in most areas. In fact, breaks of sun are likely later in the afternoon. The high improves to about 65.” 

3.It’s fun for the whole entire family Since Mother’s Day is on Sunday, the festival is the perfect way to get a head start in showing Mom your love with a fun all-ages Philly par-tay that also includes a…Kid Zone! You’ll absolutely want to take your music young ones to a special part of the festival that is designated just for them (the 200 block of South Street), and will consist of all kinds of music, crafts, music, more music and for the kid in all of us….lots of fabulous face painting. Ready, set, bouncy house. 

4.It will be serving up fine displays of local entertainment truth. No festival would be complete without a buffet of local music artists bringing the house down, and with a roster that includes 40 local performers, that’s just what’s going to happen….outside as the 2nd Street Plaza will transform into a giant lawn concert to own your local entertainment lives complete with lots of live music, games, chairs and giant beach balls being passed around like candy. Sold. 

5.There’s going to be so…much….food…..If there’s another thing you can expect from tomorrow’s festivities besides having the time of your Philly life, it’s you should expect to eat….a lot. Amongst the many, many activities during the day, several local vendors and restaurants including Whetsone, Primo Hoagies, Copabanana, Rita’s Water Ice and Jim’s Steaks will be there tantalizing your taste buds every carb filled step of the way. You can also expect a wide variety of popular city food trucks to be bringing their one-of-a-kind flavor to the festival, which will no doubt make that Sunday morning workout that much more worth it. 

6.It’s also coinciding with the 4th annual Manifest Street Festival You know the old saying–the mores festivals the merrier, and since May is the festival month in Philly, tomorrow’s annual South Street entertainment gals will also be coinciding with the 4th Annual Maifest Street Festival at red-hot German eatery, Brauhaus Schmitz (700 block of South Street) Besides bringing a scrumptious taste of Germany to Philadelphia, the Manifest festivities will also feature a bevy of German beers, traditional music and its of dancing around the city’s largest maypole. Get the lederhosen pressed and ready, kids. 

7.There will be a handful of boutiques on deck to get your Spring style in check….  Since spring is fashion season and the sun will be tickling our skirts (again) this weekend, the festival will also be hosting a number of Philly fashion retailers including Bridge Set Sound, Moon’s Backstage, JT’s Sunglasses, Philly Aids Thrift and Steel Pony who are aiming to have you trading in your “I’ve Stopped Trying Collection” duds and getting you all dressed up in local fashion love. 

8. There’s going to be a Philly Taco Eating Contest… As if thinking about all those Philly restaurants and food trucks wasn’t enough to get your stomach all sorts of hype, new this year, the South Street Headhouse District will host an oh, so special Philly Taco eating contest. So, just what is a Philly Taco? This about-to-be all over the local news challenge will utilize an oversized Lorenzo and Sons pizza slice in place of a tortilla and wrap it around a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak, or as we all soon call it….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 it the fastest. Read more about the contest you’re two seconds away from entering right here

9.It will make all of us feel like this….right when we truly need it the most. 


10.It’s free to get in. Enough said. 


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