Top Food Festivals to Dig Into in Philly

If you like food and the outdoors, you’ll love these tasty alfresco feasts.

Summer in Philadelphia means it’s festival time. When temperatures rise and Mother Nature cooperates, vendors and locals spill out onto the streets throughout the city—and even beyond—looking for a taste of this fair town. Here are a few of our favorite 2019 food-related fests.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Free to attend, June 6, 5:30-8:30 pm. Baltimore Avenue, between 43rd and 52nd streets

Bargain hunters flock to this annual favorite in the University City neighborhood and for good reason. Local stores, entertainment venues and restaurants dole out steals for just a dollar. Tastemakers this year include Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s frozen treats, Milk & Honey Market’s cookies and crackers, New Desi Village’s samosas and pakoras and Vientiene Cafe’s Thai iced tea.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

The Great Chefs Event

$195, June 8, 1-4 pm. Urban Outfitters HQ, 5000 S. Broad St.

Some of the country’s best chefs whip up gourmet bites at this charity event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, helping kids fighting cancer. In addition to Philly’s own culinary stars, including this year’s chef partners Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, attendees also nibble bites from L.A.’s Michael Cimarusti and Nancy Silverton, New York’s Alex Guarnaschelli and many more.

Philly Vegfest

Free to attend, June 8. Bainbridge Green, 300 Bainbridge St.

Veggie lovers go all out at this healthy fest. There’s plenty of shopping, entertainment and speakers, along with some of the city’s tastiest plant-based fare. Check the website for schedule and updated vendor list.

Fishtown Festivale

Free to attend, June 8, Frankford Avenue, between Girard Avenue and Oxford Street

Summer fun lovers descend on five blocks in the hip Fishtown neighborhood at this beer-centric street fair. But the spotlight shines equally brightly on the food. Expect tasty offerings from some of the city’s hippest restaurants.

Fishtown Festivale

Odunde Festival

Free to attend, June 9, 23rd and South streets, check website for schedule

Every year, more than half a million people join in on the fun at this fest, billed as the largest African-American street festival in the United States. Entertainment, special events and speakers join with vendors selling authentic goods from African nations, plus tons of food.

Odunde Festival

Manayunk Stroll the Street

Thursdays through August 29, 5-9 pm, Main St.

Every week through the summer, this storybook neighborhood encourages outdoor hangouts with themes like “Pet Night,” “Game Night” and even “Throwback Movie Night.” On tap, find plenty to munch from food trucks and restaurants, including summer foods like funnel cake and deep-fried peanut butter and jelly.

PECO Multicultural Festival

Free to attend, select dates through September, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

All summer long this fest celebrates Philadelphia’s global heritage in the spot where William Penn landed in 1682. Among the many fairs that make up this series are the Philadelphia Irish Festival June 2, Juneteenth June 15, Cocilio’s Hispanic Fiesta July 6-7, Islamic Heritage July 20, Festival of India Aug. 17 and Brazilian Day Sept. 8. Expect plenty of get-up-and-dance music, cultural wares and of course tons of delicious food.

PECO Multicultural Festival

Night Market Philadelphia

Through October. 6-10 pm, various locations

This nomadic fest takes inspiration from Asia’s ubiquitous nocturnal feasts, and brings it to different neighborhoods. Expect a diverse array of cuisines, from Southeast Asian to Afro-Caribbean and Halal.

Anne Kim-Dannibale
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