South Street Spring Festival is back this coming Saturday, May 6th! Philadelphia’s largest outdoor block party and largest spring festival celebration will feature 35+ restaurants, 30 bands, 3 stages, 125+ vendors, 7 performance zones, 24 artists and other surprises.
Signature events withing the festival will include:
* Philly Taco Eating Contest
* Maifest and Philadelphia’s Largest Maypole
* South Street Sideshow Stage
* National Comic Book Day and Comic-Con
New for this year, Philadelphia – step to the left! Let’s do the time warp (again) and South Street as South Street and TLA bring the iconic dance into the street for a Rocky Horror Flash Mob.
Eat, drink, shop, rock – and time warp! South Street Headhouse District presents South Street Spring Festival this Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Philadelphia’s largest spring festival takes South (between Front and 8th) and Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard), plus connecting side streets.
The 5th Annual Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz will take over the 700 block of South Street
with food, drinks, dancers and live music, all free and open to the public; limited VIP tickets are available now. Open to the public, Maifest has quickly become a beloved annual South Street
tradition of food, drinks and live music. Maifest t is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go food and beer, and limited VIP Tickets.
The all-ages, all-day, free outdoor block party will feature 125+ vendors, 35+ restaurants and bars, 30+ bands, 3 stages, 7 performance areas, 24 makers/artists and more.
Festivities will include Philadelphia’s largest location for National Comic Book Day (at the 3rd Annual Atomic-Con). On the 700 block, Brauhaus Schmitz will hoist the city’s largest maypole for the 5th Annual German Maifest.
Jim’s Steaks and Lorenzo & Sons Pizza will again present the Philly Taco eating challenge. The South Street Sideshow Stage will feature the strange, unusual and unexpected.
PHILLY TACO EATING CONTEST
The Second Annual Philly Taco Eating Contest will headline the South Street Sideshow Stage at 5th Street at 4:00pm. The legendary challenge of many a late night on South Street, the Philly Taco combines an oversized Lorenzo’s Pizza slice wrapped around a Jim’s cheesesteak. The contest, which will be open to the first 20 contestants, to sign up will be a simple race to the finish line for whomever can finish the mammoth meal the fastest. The prize, a year’s worth of cheesesteaks and Pizza for the winner. Sign ups ahead of time by emailing FESTIVAL@SOUTHSTREET.COM with the subject TACO CONTEST. The entry fee is $20 and includes a free t-shirt and a chance to win a year’s worth of cheesesteaks and pizza.
The grand finale (and new for 2017) is the gigantic Time Warp Dance performed in front of the Theatre of the Living Arts at 4th & South. As the lights of the festival go down, the party moves to the TLA where Transylvanian Nipple Productions will stage their live stage show with the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
It’s just a jump to the left – and then a step to the right. Philadelphia here we go…as they say, “only on South Street!”
South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. For updated line-ups and information, visit southstreet.com and South Street Headhouse District on Facebook.