The South Street Headhouse District will host its annual South Street Fest on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy international food and drinks, handmade crafts and eclectic vendors, plus several city blocks filled with new experiences and festivities to enjoy including Brauhaus Schmitz’s 10th Annual Maifest, Free Comic Book Day at Atomic City Comics and South Street Fest’s Artist Row.
This family-friendly festival spans South Street from 2nd to 8th Streets. The east entry point is at the Headhouse Plaza and the west entry point is at 800 South St. It is perfect for all ages and a great way to support local businesses. This year’s Kids Zone will feature an interactive inflatable from the Philadelphia Union, plus giant chess and giant Connect 4 from Queen & Rook Game Cafe.
Local restaurants including Puyero Venezuelan Flavor, Bistro Romano and Bridget Foy’s will be serving cuisines from around the world. South Street businesses like Repo Records, Garland of Letters and Eye’s Gallery will be joining the festival alongside newer businesses, such as B-Bop Vintage, Black and Nobel, G-Strength and Sam Shaw’s Treatery. New to the festival this year is the launch of South Street Fest’s Artist Row. It will be curated by Crown of Creation, Queen & Rook Game Cafe and the South Street Art Mart. With the help of generous sponsorship, Artist Row will feature more than 20 new and emerging artists and artisans with a focus on women and “BIPOC” creators who organizers claim may not otherwise have the opportunity to bring their craft to the next level.
At the east end of the festival, throw on your fascinator hat and head over to The Twisted Tail and Paddy Whacks Pub, where you can sip on mint juleps while enjoying a 20-foot TV truck in the middle of the street that will broadcast the Kentucky Derby as well as other sporting events. At the west end of the festival, Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest brings German vibes to South Street with delicious biers, brats and dancing around the Maipole.
On the 600 Block of South Street, The Dream Eerie and Atomic City Comics are partnering together for a Free Comic Book Day celebration, including a costume contest, trivia, prizes and a DJ. This will also be the grand opening of the Dream Eerie. For more information, visit SouthStreet.com.