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One of Philadelphia’s most popular festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday.
The Rittenhouse Row Festival takes over Walnut Street (from Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square) to showcase the neighborhood’s fantastic food, fashion, arts and entertainment.
Dozens of restaurants set up shop along the sidewalks of Walnut Street to serve up samples of spring fare. Beyond the eats, there’s also lots of live music, culinary demonstrations, fashion shows and more at the rain-or-shine affair.
100-plus vendors line the streets with food, drinks, fashion and more.
The Rittenhouse Row Festival brings shopping opportunities galore. In addition to the national retailers that line Walnut Street (like Anthropologie, Madewell, Urban Outfitters and more), numerous Philadelphia vendors set up shop along the pedestrian-oriented blocks that fill the festival.
With so many excellent Stephen Starr restaurants scattered throughout the neighborhood, it’s no surprise that festival-goers can enjoy samples from many of the restaurateur’s top Philly spots. Plus, designated picnic and beverage areas allow for a break from the bustling shopping scene.
Attendees can look forward to street-friendly fare from popular spots, including Alma de Cuba, Butcher & Singer, Continental Mid-town, HipCityVeg and Parc, plus a fill-your-own cannoli station from Termini Brothers Bakery and complimentary ice cream from Little Baby’s.
Capital One Rittenhouse Cafe, the festival’s presenting sponsor, takes over the corner of 17th and Walnut streets with indoor and outdoor activities that include a buffet, prizes, an inflatable dartboard and lawn games.
Deals from additional sponsors include free hot dogs from Dietz & Watson, Peroni samples, a virtual reality experience and more
Admission to the fest is free and all food and drinks are pay as you go (read: no tickets, just bring cash).
While driving is an option (there are multiple parking lots in the area), the easiest way to get to the festival is by foot, by bike or by public transportation via SEPTA.
The Walnut-Locust subway stop on the Broad Street Line leaves visitors in the midst of the action (at Broad and Walnut streets) and those arriving by Regional Rail can hop off at Suburban Station and walk just a few blocks south to the festival.
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