Italian Market Street Festival
May 21-22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
9th Street between Washington and Christian streets
For two days, the Italian Market will be packed to the gills with revelers enjoying a time-honored tradition in South Philly. The festival is a must-do for food lovers. There will be tasty offerings from all your favorite Italian Market vendors—from sweets to savories and everything in between. Live music and some of the best people watching this side of the Trastevere is just icing on the Italian wedding cake.
Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kinetic Sculpture Derby
May 21, noon-6 p.m.
Trenton and E. Susquehanna avenues
Philadelphia has its share of quirky traditions, but perhaps none more so than the Kinetic Sculpture Derby. Nerds of all ages craft zany parade vehicles and then cruise them down the street for eager spectators to admire. The derby happens simultaneously with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, where East Kensington artists, merchants and restaurateurs bring out their goods onto the street for guests to peruse and buy. It’s a blast of a day celebrating the creative spirit of this eclectic hood.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 21, noon-5 p.m.
Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets
Rittenhouse Row will be closed to traffic Saturday afternoon for the shopping enclave’s annual spring festival. Organizers expect a crowd of 50,000 or more to show up to shop local boutiques, grab some bites from neighborhood restaurants and dance in the street to live bands and DJs. Beer and cocktail stations will be slinging drinks, so grab one and escape to the park if the crowd becomes too much to bear.
Wheat Beer Fest
May 21, noon-8 p.m.
Point Breeze Pop-Up
1622 Point Breeze Ave.
Block party vibes will be flowing at Point Breeze Pop-Up Saturday, which opens for the season with South Philly Tap Room’s 11th annual Wheat Beer Fest. There you’ll find 40-plus craft beers and ciders poured all day long. Grub comes courtesy of food trucks Bombay Local and BrazBQ, and American Sardine Bar chef Doreen Demarco will be flipping dogs on the grill. New Sound Brass Band and rock group Marah will keep things lively with concerts at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively.