This weekend brings a real festival feast. Not one, not two, but five major festivals are set to take over the city and just beyond on Saturday.
All bring something a little different to the festival table, with offerings that range from delicious Italian eats to a human-powered-float parade to shopping, live music, and more. In other words, there is plenty to explore and enjoy at each event, so why not check out them all?
We've crafted a guide that'll land you at each festival during peak times so you can catch the main action at all of the happenings throughout the area. Read on for your Saturday festival game plan.
The centerpiece of this eccentric festival is the 10th annual Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a three-mile parade featuring human-powered sculptural floats operated by colorfully costumed float drivers steering their way through Kensington and Fishtown. Make sure to get a good spot on Trenton Avenue from Norris to Dauphin, where the derby diehards will parade through the streets and in front of the judges who will dole out awards such as Best Costuming and Best/Worst Pun. The event kicks off at 12:30 p.m., before and after which you can peruse the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival part of the shindig, featuring more than 200 local vendors. While there are food trucks galore, save your appetite for your next stop.
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Trenton Avenue between Norris Street and Frankford Avenue, http://kensingtonkineticarts.org
Aren't you glad you waited to snack? At the Italian Market Festival, you can fill up on pizza, roast pork, cannoli, and all the other Italian eats you could ever want. May we also suggest grabbing an ice-cold Peroni while you're there? Be sure, however, to spare a few minutes in between noshing to check out the multiple greased pole competitions going on at Ninth and Montrose Streets. One of these kicks off at 3 p.m., when you'll witness a bunch of guys battling it out to climb to the top of a 30-foot-high pole covered in lard. If you need to cut your visit to this South Philly landmark short, check it out on Sunday. Starting at 11 a.m., there's the Procession of Saints, with a blessing at Ninth and Washington.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ninth Street between Federal and Wharton Streets, www.italianmarketfestival.com/
It's best you walk to Rittenhouse Row (Walnut Street between Broad and 19th Streets) to catch the last hour of this shopping fest. There's food here, too, and it's worth finding room in your belly. The festival brings together more than 100 vendors — specializing in everything from beauty and fashion to art and, of course, food — for a huge outdoor affair, accompanied by live music, culinary demos, and other special events. Many of the shops and restaurants that populate one of Philly's fanciest streets come out to play for one of the rare chances to walk Walnut Street without having to worry about vehicular traffic.
Walnut Street between Broad and 19th Streets and 17th and 18th from Sansom to Locust Streets, 12-5 p.m., www.rittenhouserow.org
At this point in the day, you're probably ready to chill out, and Graduate Hospital's Plazapalooza is the perfect place to do so. It's just a short walk from Rittenhouse to Graduate Hospital, where this laid-back festival merges alfresco drinking with plenty of live music, showcasing an all-afternoon-and-evening lineup of local bands on a stage at the neighborhood's Grays Ferry Triangle area at 23rd and South Streets. Food trucks and local restaurants will be around, too, so you can fuel up before the last festival pick of the day.
Noon-7 p.m., 23rd and South Streets, www.southofsouth.org/Plazapalooza2017
Each May, New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride with a weeklong array of events that celebrate diversity and inclusivity. The festival culminates on Saturday, starting with the annual Pride Parade at 11:30 a.m. However, the day's fun certainly doesn't stop there, continuing throughout the afternoon and well into the night. Beginning at 9 p.m., find live piano music at The Raven, where an all-night dance party follows starting at 10 p.m. and continuing into the wee hours of the morning. Be ready to end the day (and start the next one) in your dancing shoes!