South Street Fest will feature Oktoberfest celebration and block party at Philly AIDS Thrift

After a rainy forecast caused the South Street Headhouse District to postpone its annual spring festival, the celebration is finally here.

South Street Fest will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along the popular corridor from Second to Eighth streets. the The free event features live music, craft vendors, and tons of food options.


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Some of South Street’s most popular restaurants will serve fan favorites, including Banh Bi & Bottles, Puyero Venezuelan Flavor, Bistro Romano, Brauhaus Schmitz, Bridget Foy’s, Haagen-Dazs, MilkBoy South Street, Neighborhood Ramen, Paddy Whacks, Rita’s Italian Ice, The Good King Tavern, and Wooly Mammoth.

Family projects will be presented throughout the day by 3rd Street Gallery, which will also have plenty of art on display.

Small businesses like Sam Shaw’s Treatery, Vive 1977, Aurora Grace Chocolates, Black and Nobel, BridgeSet Sound, Lil Drummaboy Recordings, Premiere Bande, Queen & Rook Game Cafe and Repo Records will join in the festivities.

The festival coincides with a handful of smaller celebrations. Visitors are invited to the German restaurant and bierhall Brauhaus Schmitz for its annual Oktoberfest event from noon to 8 p.m.

While admission along the 700 block of South Street is free, exclusive VIP tickets are available with added benefits, including a commemorative mug. Party features Oompah music, German dancers, a Liter Lift competition, games, face painting, and German food and beer. Seating will be available for up to 1,000 people.

Nearby, at 710 Fifth St., the Philly AIDS Thrift is hosting its 17th anniversary on the block from noon to 6 p.m.

DJ Robert Drake will play music, along with special live performances from Snacktime and the Squidling Bros. Sideshow Act. There will be lots of games and activities, including a dip tank, face painting, and a pie-eating contest.

Visitors can also check out an outdoor skate pop-up experience on Fifth Street, or an art pop-up at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. There will be a free art activity that participants can take home at the end of the day, inspired by Mexican folk art.

For more updates and bonus perks ahead of South Street Fest, check out the Headhouse District on Instagram.


south street festival

Saturday, October 1, 2022
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | pay per use
South Street from Second to Eighth streets
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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