For the first time since 2019, South Street Fest happened on Saturday, October 15th. Philly residents were invited to come out and enjoy music, international food & drinks, handmade crafts, and vendors stretching all the way from 2nd street to 8th street. The experience lasted from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Hundreds of people visited the festival, enjoying hours of shopping, eating, and listening to local musicians.
Two other events were part of the celebration. Brauhaus Schmitz’s 14th Annual South Street Oktoberfest and the Philly AIDS Thrift’s 17th Anniversary Block Party took place at the same time. Oktoberfest had live German music, dance, and the very best German food you could find in the city. The block party entertained visitors with craft vendors, face painting, and fun activities like a pie eating contest and dancing in the streets.
In addition, individual vendors were set up all throughout South Street. Local business owners wanted to sell their products, but they also wanted to develop a relationship with members of the community. There were new sets of vendors on each street, keeping the festival experience interesting for those in attendance. People were selling items like clothes, jewelry, and handmade crafts.
Local musicians provided additional entertainment by playing live music on the street for those in attendance. A day of eating, drinking, and supporting local musicians and businesses brought the community together.