Please go to to our Facebook Page to get all the latest information and details on all the exciting events taking place in SSHD.2nd & 4th Saturdays from May – October – Franklin Flea. We are very excited that Franklin Flea has relocated to the Headhouse Plaza for the season. Be on the look out for the Food & Beer Hall under the Headhouse Shambles on the 2nd Saturday of the month. For more information – CLICK HERE RESIDENTS: There will be NO PARKING starting at 6:00AM. The street will be reopened by 8PM.
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL KICKS OFF SUMMER SEASON ON SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 WITH 8+ BLOCKS OF FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC, ARTS, SHOPPING AND FAMILY FUN
South Street Headhouse District Hosts 40 Bands, 30 Restaurants, 100+ Vendors, 27 Artists and More
Philadelphia, PA – South Street Spring Festival is ready to rock with the Philadelphia’s best sounds, tastes, sips, shopping and sights on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 11:00AM to 8:00PM. This giant, free, all-ages outdoor block party will close down South Street (between Front and 8th) and run along Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard).
More than 30 eateries, bars and food trucks will serve signature and special dishes and drinks under the blue skies. More than 40 bands will rock three stages and seven performance areas. Headhouse Plaza will be transformed into a giant lawn concert complete with grass, lawn chairs, games and beachballs. Twenty-seven artists will sell their handmade wares and crafts. Children of all ages will enjoy free family fun in the expanded Kids Zone. Over 100 boutiques, small businesses and other other retailers will cater to your style, beauty, health, fitness and other shopping needs. In conjunction with the Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz will host the third annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street, with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower headbands and even a Maypole. Outside of Atomic City Comics (638 South Street) look for free giveaways and character appearances during Free Comic Book Day.
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FOOD AND DRINK
- Bistro Romano
- Bacon Jams, The
- Boyler Room, The
- Brauhaus Schmitz
- Bridget Foy’s
- Calle Del Sabor
- Cavanaugh’s Headhouse
- Circles Thai
- Cow and the Curd
- Fat Tuesday
- Gozen Yogurt
- Istanbul Restaurant
- Las Bugambilias, Inc.
- LIL’ Pop Shop
- Manny Brown’s
- MoJo’s Pop Co.
- Mom Pops
- Paddy Whacks
- Primo’s Hoagies
- Queen Village Food Market
- Rita’s Water Ice
- South Terminal Market
- St. Lucifer Spice
- Sweet Life
- Tuk Tuk Real
- Twisted Tail, The
- Woolly Mammoth
Sample the Flavors of South Street!
Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic, and transform this historic business district into one of the city’s largest block parties. Enjoy al fresco dining and sips from 30+ restaurants, bars, vendors and food trucks. Look for everything from free samples, to special one-off dishes, to signature favorites, to specially priced grab-and-go. Pricing will vary by vendor and ranges from free samples to pay-as-you-go. Early list of restaurants, bars and food trucks:
On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the third annual German Maifest featuring authentic German food and drink (See below for information). Other District restaurants will also feature specials and features inside their dinings rooms and bars.
Dance in the street as you enjoy rock n roll, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, alternative and other great combinations as programmed by DVT Entertainment and Brauhaus Schmitz. Three main stages and seven performance areas will feature live sets from 40+ local musicians and artists. Follow the music to the 2nd Street Plaza stage for a new outdoor lawn party complete with green grass, lawn games, chairs, beachballs and live local music. Line-ups for South Street Spring Festival include:
Select bars and restaurants will also host music and entertainment indoors.
On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the third annual German Maifest. Get ready to celebrate a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the winter chill is fading, and consumption of copious amounts of beer is highly encouraged—at least it is in Germany. Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl, and get ready to enjoy this traditional Deutsch festival fueled by the best German beer list in the country, along with Chef Jeremy Nolen’s traditional Bavarian festival food.
- 1:30 PM Liter Lift Competition
- 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM HeimatKlange Live on Stage
- 2:00 PM Ceremonial Keg Tapping
- 2:45 PM Maitanz (Maypole Dance)
- 3:45 PM Holzhacker (Chopping Wood Dance)
- 4:45 PM Schuhplattler (Slapping Feet Dance)
Featured German beers, such as Hofbräu Maibock and Hacker Pschorr Hubertus Bock – two traditional Maifest beers – will be flowing all afternoon, along with other rare and imported beer offerings from Warsteiner, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr and Hofbräu.
Food offerings will include roast pork and sausage sandwiches, served with sauerkraut and available with Chef Nolen’s famous pork, marjoram, caraway and mace; bratwurst and his hickory-smoked bauernwurst, featuring pork and beef with garlic, pepper and mustard seed; and roast pork and sausage platters.
Round tables (with umbrellas) for plentiful seating to enjoy entertainment, food and drink
All food and drink for Maifest are pay-as-you-go to general public, and VIP experience packages are also available at www.brauhausschmitz.com
Additionally, Brauhaus Schmitz (in partnership with South Street Headhouse District) will also be sponsoring a contest for an all-expenses paid trip to visit Germany during Oktoberfest. Raffle tickets are $3.00 each. The winner will be announced promptly at 6:00 PM at the 8th Street stage.
There will be Masskrugstemmen, or traditional bier stein holding contest, where contestants will compete to see who can hold a liter mug filled with beer with one outstretched hand for the longest amount of time. The winner will earn a complimentary trip to New York City to test his or her skills in the United States National Masskrugstemmen Championship in September, with the national winner receiving a free trip to Germany. Other playful competitions will include: Maitanz or Maypole Dance; Holzhacker or chopping-wood dance; and Schuhplattler or traditional folk dance.
THE KIDS ZONE
The Kids Zone on the 200 block will be packed all day with engaging activities for the young and the young at heart. Let your young artists express themselves with hands-on art and craft projects. Activities and vendors will include “Discover Your Inner Artist” chalk art area, Art/GAGE activities, Metro Kid’s Club, Nest Philly, Philadelphia Police Bike Safety Program, Rios Investments, School of Rock, South Street Magic and more.
Look for additional Kids Zone activities to be announced. Look for music and entertainers on the Kids Zone stage. Outside of the Kids Zone, look for other child-friendly activities throughout the entire festival including free comic books and character appearances outside Atomic City Comics, Art/GAGE Maifest flower headband making, family-friendly vendors and restaurants, and other surprises.
ART/GAGE – ARTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens can’t wait to show its Philly pride for the eight year with its ART/GAGE initiative – a partnership with the neighborhood and local businesses. Since 2007, PMG’s ART/GAGE initiative has offered interactive experiences outside of the museum and classroom to enGAGE a diverse audience with ART, furthering PMG’s mission to inspire creativity and community engagement.
- Many arts experiences will be scattered throughout Spring Festival to provide an engaging break between the array of street vendors. PMG is excited to offer the following ART/GAGE activities at this year’s SSHD Spring Fest:
- Channel your inner flower-child with Flower Crowns at Brauhaus Schmitz; A favorite returning from last year!
- Decorate a bandana for your furry friend so they’re camera-ready for the photo booth at Pet Snobs!
- Get hands-on with Camden Printworks and screen-print t-shirts with a unique design!
- Join up with Bridgeset Sound to tap into your musical side!
- POW! Design your own comic book with Atomic City Comics!
- Participate in the creation of a mural on parachute cloth with local Latino organization, Puentes De Salud!
- Decorate tiles and make intricate works of art using dyed spaghetti with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens!
During the festival, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) will also be open to the general public to enter its glittering mosaicked space. Guided tours will take place at NOON and 4:00 PM, be sure to call 215-733-0390 to make your reservation!
4D EXPERIENCE – INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3
Experience the world of INSIDIOUS like you never have before. The “Into The Further 4D Experience” is a fully-immersive experience that will take you physically and virtually into the world of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3. Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) will be your guide on an intense 4D experience that will bend your perception of what is ‘real’ and what is ‘the further.’ INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 opens everywhere June 5th. Presented in partnership with Allied Integrated Marketing.
SHOPPING AND VENDORS
Over 100 retailers, boutiques, non-profits and other businesses will fill the street with demos, fashions, gifts, shopping and so much more. This year’s line-up includes:
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O – Z
Celebrate Philadelphia’s thriving handmade scene with shopping from twenty-seven artists and crafters, including:
- 50/50 Company
- Adorned by Aisha
- B Philly Photography
- Black Ink Art
- Brian Mengini – Photography
- Butprom Imports
- Colors Dancing
- Crystyles Airbrush & Tattoos
- Emkay Bead Designs
- Fisticuffs Leather
- Focal Points
- Hausler Collection, The
- Latin Crafts
- Laura K. Murdoch Fine Arrt
- Lux Luna
- Mavazi Couture
- Philly Word Art
- Saffron Creations
- Upstream Jewelry Designs
- Urban Works Textiles
- Vicious Vesture
- Weightless Designs
- Yan Yan
- Owlet Organics
SOUTH STREET SALUTES
South Street Headhouse District salutes both public service and hometown heroes. Look for red, white and blue to indicate “South Street Salutes” tables, which will be scattered throughout the festival this year. Participants this year will include:
- Dude (The) Hates Cancer/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Friends of South St Police Mini Station
- Honor Flight Philadelphia + RV
- Liberty USO
- Navy Reserve
- PA Mobile Veterans
- PA National Guard
Presented by South Street Headhouse District with support from sponsors Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Atomic City Comics, Aversa PR & Events, City Paper, DVT Entertainment, Drink Philly, Geekadelphia, Specialty Productions, TLA, Where Magazine and Yelp.
Join us for one of Philadelphia’s oldest traditions! Hop on down to South Street Headhouse District for egg-citing FREE family fun on Easter Sunday. The parade kicks off at 12:30pm at Passyunk Avenue/South Street. Join us as we head to 2nd Street Plaza to show off our Easter finest.
- Master of ceremonies Henri David
- Philadelphia Freedom Band
- The Bunny Hop
- Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail
- Easter Bunny photos (with your camera)
- Best dressed contests
- Free treats (for contest participants)
Prize will be awarded in 12 categories for best dressed kids, families and even FIDO too!
After the festivities, stay for a fabulous brunch on South Street – including these great spots:
- Bridget Foy’s (200 South Street) – Enjoy brunch with your family starting bright and early at 9:00am with the full brunch menu and special Easter day additions. Highlights will include Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Call 215-922-1813 for reservations. Bridget Foy’s offers the best view of the parade as the route turns the corner in front of the restaurant from South Street into Headhouse Square.
- Ela (627 S. 3rd Street) – Guests can enjoy a special prix-fixe brunch menu for $30.00 per person starting at 10:00am until 5:00pm. Call 267-687-8512 or visit open table for reservations and full menu information.
- Me N Mo Meatballs and More (214 South Street) – Bring the whole family for Easter Sunday brunch and Sunday supper that will feature the regular menu plus menu additions. Specials will include lamb meatballs with a Barolla rosemary wine reduction, veggie balls with mushroom cream sauce and chicken meatballs with shallots and white wine. For the smallest of bunnies, Me N Mo Meatballs and More will have free treats for the kids (while supplies last). Me N Mo is directly on the Easter Promenade route and provides a great value at meals starting at only $8.00 and up. The bar will also be open for those looking for wine, sangria and cocktails. Reservations only for parties of six or more by calling 215-928-3262.
- Redwood (340 South Street) – Enjoy a special three-course Easter brunch from 10:00am to 4:00pm for $26.00 including appetizer, brunch entree and dessert. Standard menu will also be available including Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Veal Shortrib Hash, and Chicken and Waffles. Call 215-238-1512 for reservations and full menu information.
- Twisted Tail (509 S. Second Street) – Enjoy Easter brunch in Headhouse Square right next to the main promenade stage from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Twisted Tail will serve a la carte from their standard brunch menu plus offer feature dishes. Call for 215-558-2471 for reservations.
Also open on Easter Sunday with regular menus:
- Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street) – Enjoy selections from the standard lunch menu beginning at 11:30am. Visit open table or call 267-909-8814 for reservations.
- Jon’s Bar & Grille (300 South Street) – Brunch will be served from 11:00am to 3:00pm along with regular menu items. Call (215) 592-1390 for reservations and information.
- Pizzeria Stella (420 South Second Street) – Weekly specials and regular menu will be available starting at 10:00am. Call (215) 320-8000 for reservations and information.
- Supper (926 South Street) – Brunch will be served 10:30am to 3:00pm with standard brunch menu that includes Red Velvet Pancakes, Supper Fritata, Blue Corn Mango Pancakes and more. Call 215-592-8180 or visit open table for reservations.
Event is rain or shine. Free and open to the public.
It’s the most wonderful time for a beer!
$5.00 Admission includes: South Street Santa Hat, Passport & Drinks Specials
Advance tickets available at: SantaStumble2014.eventbrite.com
$3.00 Craft Beer, $4.00 Wine, $5.00 Cocktails
Check in – Cavanaugh’s Headhouse (421 S. 2nd Street)
Collect at least 5 stamps in your passport to win gift certificates from participating businesses! Turn in your passport at Brauhaus Schmitz by 9:30pm. Winners announced at 9:45pm and must be present.
12 SSHD bars/restaurants:
- The Boyler Room – 328 South Street
- Brauhaus Schmitzz – 718 South Street
- Bridget Foy’s – 200 South Street
- Cavanaugh’s Headhouse – 421 S. 2nd Street
- Copabanana – 344 South Street
- Jon’s Bar & Grille – 300 South Street
- MANNY BROWNS ON SOUTH STREET – 512 South Street
- O’Neals Pub – 611 S. 3rd Street
- Primo’s South Street – 326 South Street
- Redwood – 340 South Street
- The Twisted Tail – 509 S. 2nd Street
- Woolly Mammoth – 430 South Street
South Street Headhouse District presents their annual extravaganza Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Historic Headhouse Square Shambles on 200 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Free family fun will include the annual holiday tree lighting, Santa Claus arriving on a firetruck, free horse-drawn carriage rides, performances by Philadelphia Dance Academy and Society Hill Dance Academy, and the Headhouse Holiday Market in conjunction with PHAIR. Brauhaus Schmitz will serve mulled wine and other treats.
During the event, follow along on Twitter at @officialsouthst #SouthStHoliday.
Winter Wonderland is a celebration of SSHD’s finest holiday traditions, with free fun for all ages. Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck with our city’s finest, then he will greet children and collect their wish lists. Parents should bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from Philadelphia Trolley Works. The highly popular “Nutcracker Mash-Up” dance performance by the Philadelphia Dance Academy is back. The award-winning Society Hill Dance Academy will perform holiday ballroom dances for the crowds as well. South Street Headhouse District businesses will join vendors from PHAIR under the Shambles for the Headhouse Holiday Market with gifts for everyone on your list. Brauhaus Schmitz will serve German sausage sandwiches, goulash, beer and gluhwein (mulled wine)
Before or after Winter Wonderland, visitors are encouraged to stroll the District and enjoy holiday window displays at 30+ boutiques and restaurants. Celebrity judges will select the winners who will be announced during the evening’s ceremonies.
- 3:00pm to 7:00pm – Headhouse Holiday Market with PHAIR, food and drink by Brauhaus Schmitz
- 5:00pm – Santa Claus arrives
- 5:30pm – Society Hill Dance Academy performance
- 6:00pm – Nutcracker Mashup by the Philadelphia Dance Academy
- 6:30pm – Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Storefront Challenge winners announced
Give back: SSHD, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 will collect unwrapped toys for children in the region through the Salvation Army. Look for collection bins under the Shambles during the event.
South Street Headhouse District announces the resurrection of the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival and Parade, on Sunday, November 2, 2014. After a twelve year hiatus, this popular celebration returns to honor departed loved ones while celebrating the circle of life. The unique procession will feature spectacular giant puppets, dancing skeletons, traditional Mexican music, strolling costumed spirits, Frida Kahlo look-alikes and a funeral hearse. The parade route begins at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) starting at 1:45pm and ends on the 400 block with food, drink, art and family fun from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. The parade and street festival are free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go.
“After all these years, we are proud to bring this beloved festival and parade back to Philadelphia,” said Executive Director Michael Harris. “It will be a day to celebrate those we have lost, contemplate our existence and reaffirm our ties with our ancestors.”
Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume and share food, art, music and fun with their extended community, both living and dead. Starting at 1:30pm, participants can gather at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. While waiting pay homage to deceased family members and friends by writing a chalk message in front of the specially created “ofrenda,” or altar offering up gifts to the dead. The parade kicks off at 1:45pm and feature spectacular giant puppets, dancing skeletons, traditional Mexican music, strolling costumed spirits, Frida Kahlo look-alikes and a funeral hearse (provided courtesy of McGuinness Funeral Home).
Once the procession hits the 400 block, the festival comes to life with music, song and performances from the following:
- Mariachi Pedro Villaseñor (1:45pm to 2:30pm)
- Los Straitjackets (2:45pm to 3:30pm)
- Fuego Nuevo (3:30pm)
- Tonantzin Coatlicue (3:45pm to 4:15pm)
- Grupo de Danza Nuevo Mexico (4:30pm to 5:00pm)
- Grupo Cenzontle (5:15pm to 5:45pm)
- Ensemble de Folklore de la Escuela de Música del Estado de Hidalgo (6:00pm to 7:00pm)
The world’s number one instrumental combo, Los Straitjackets, will perform a special preview prior to their show at World Café Live that night where they will perform with the legendary Deke Dickerson in promotion of their new album Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings the Instrumental Hits. For tickets and more information, visit tickets.worldcafelive.comAdditionally, participants can enjoy face painting, art demonstrations with Joel Garcia from the Eyes Gallery, Frido Kahlo look-alike contest hosted by the Eyes Gallery, skull tile making, and food and drink from Baron Von Schwein, Copabanana, Farm Truck, Las Bugambilias,Tuk Tuk Real and Woolly Mammoth. All festival activities will take place on the 400 block, which will be closed to traffic.
The Day of the Dead Festival and Parade is presented by South Street Headhouse District with support from the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, the Mexican Cultural Center, and in part by grant funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Art Challenge. Guidance is being provided by original organizers, Isaiah and Julia Zagar of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and Eyes Galley, and Bill Curry of Copabanana.
All activities are free and open to the public. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Beer and cocktails are available for those 21 and up, with valid identification.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out which businesses are participating and what they are offering!
Blue Party Fundraiser
In addition to South Street Super Sunday, from 1:00PM-5:00PM, join Bella Vista Neighborhood Association, Queen Village Neighborhood Association, Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition and the South Street Headhouse District for our “Blue Party Fundraiser.” All proceeds benefit the needed repairs to the South Street Police Mini-Station
For a donation of $20.00 per person, enjoy food & beverages from Nomad Pizza, Good King Tavern, Supper/Global Dish Catering and Dickey’s BBQ on South 7th Street between South & Bainbridge Streets.
Donations payable to: Friends of South Street Police Mini-Station
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 63871, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Please visit the Friends of the Ministation’s website for more details: www.policeministation.org
As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.