Old City Fest returns with food, drink, circus, art, design and music in October

The Old Town district will feature the seventh annual Old Town Festival on Sunday, October 9, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. along N. 3rd Street (Market to Race) and Arch Street (2nd to 4th). Activities will include the Family Fun Zone presented by Adventure Aquarium, Piano Duels presented by The Bourse Food Hall, Cherry Street Garden presented by City Winery and a wide range of food, beverage, arts, crafts and retail, with the participation of more than 100 vendors. . Admission is free, with food and drinks a la carte. For more information, visit oldcitydistrict.org or call (215) 592-7929.

“Old City Fest spotlights our region’s premier arts and design district, showcasing local designers, creative businesses, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history and architecture,” said Job Itzkowitz, executive director of the Old Town district. “Old City Fest was designed to be different. The city offers many amazing neighborhood festivals with food, drink and music. We wanted to go deeper and celebrate everything that makes this most historic square mile unique. of America. We organized the event to give Old Town merchants, artists, designers and the creative community a platform to shine for the region.”

Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood Philadelphia’s historic gem. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and get ready for a festival like no other. For a full list of activities, vendors, times and other information, see below or visit oldcitydistrict.org.


* Look for Adventure Aquarium to make a splash along Arch Street, offering plenty of family-friendly activities as a sponsor of the Family Fun Zone!

*Notable names join the list of restaurants, including Fork Restaurant celebrating its 25th anniversary and Campo’s Philly Cheesesteaks celebrating its 75th anniversary! Plus, look out for Buddakan, Cuba Libre restaurant and rum bar, Franklin Fountain, and many more of your Old Town favorites!

*New restaurants participating in Old City Fest this year include Istanbul Cafe, Kick Ax Throwing Philadelphia, Las Bugambilias, Malooga, Oishii and Riverwards Produce!

*Enjoy signature sips, snacks and live music at Cherry Street Garden presented by City Winery!

* The Food Hall Fellowship will bring dueling piano band The Philly Keys to the streets for lively, interactive carols, plus vendors Freebyrd Chicken, Grubhouse, Scoop De Ville, Rebel Taco, and more at 4th and Arch Streets !

*Walk down the aisle of Wedding Row, with new Old Town businesses Damari, Hitched, SuitShop and catch live dance performances from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio!

*MPN Realty brings experience, knowledge and expertise to Old City Fest! Stop by the MPN tent at 3rd and Arch Streets to learn about Old Town, current business opportunities for sale or rent, and tour available retail spaces upon request!

* Meet new Old Town businesses and organizations including the American Vegan Center, Anima Natural Pet Products, Citizens, City Fitness, Claudia Mills Studios, Museum of Illusions, Philadelphia Film Society, PingPod, Unique Photo, Wax & Wine, and more !



The Family Fun Zone presented by Adventure Aquarium will feature special guests, performances and activities throughout the day!

Adventure Aquarium will offer parents the opportunity to enroll their children ages 2-5 in their Preschool Kids Adventure Pass. Pre-K Kids Passholders get FREE unlimited visits to Adventure Aquarium for an entire year!

Look for the very special Adventure Aquarium animal appearance at Old City Fest and learn more about the animals you can visit at the Aquarium. Plus, stop by the Adventure Aquarium tent for more fun activities!

Family Fun Zone presented by Adventure Aquarium
12:00 p.m.: Give & Take Jugglers
3:00 p.m.: Philadelphia Academy of Dance
4:00 p.m.: Give & Take Jugglers

Also enjoy visits to the Betsy Ross House, Once Upon A Nation storytelling, and historical chocolate-making demonstrations throughout the day.


The range of restaurants in Old Town showcases the wide variety of styles and flavors while showcasing some of the best food and drink. With over a dozen food vendors setting up for the festival, there’s something for everyone. (*New to Old City Fest for 2022.)

Buddakan – Edamame Dumplings (sauternes-shallot truffle broth), Cantonese Spring Rolls (with shrimp and chicken), Pork Belly Bao Buns (charred pork belly, spicy shallots, nappa cabbage), Red Zengria, Sapporo Draft (lager)

* Campo’s Philly Cheesesteaks – Campo’s celebrates 75 years in business this year at Old City Fest by selling its famous cheesesteaks and hoagies

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – Chicken Empanadas (minced chicken, corn and jack cheese), churros dusted with cinnamon sugar and our signature classic mojito (by the glass or in a fresh coconut)

Fork – Mini Bratwurst, Cocktails (Old City Crush, Fall Spritz), Beer. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Fork will also have a huge cake in front of its location at 306 Market Street!

The Franklin Fountain – Vanilla, Chocolate and Pumpkin Ice Cream, Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches, Ice Cream Bars, Caramel Corn and Halloween Candy

ICI Macarons & Cafe – ICI Macarons & Cafe will offer all 28 flavors of macarons and all pastries like Cruffins, Kouign Amann, Butter Croissant, Cheesesteak Croissant with Mushrooms, Spinach Croissant with Feta. Drinks include: Lavender Lemonade, Matcha Lemonade, Watermelon Lemonade, and Complete Coffee and Espresso Drinks

*Istanbul Cafe – Enjoy Turkish coffee and pastries as well as iced coffee, espresso drinks and hot and iced teas

Khyber Pass Pub – Caramelized Onion Dip (Caramelized Onions, Vegan Sour Cream, Zapp’s Cajun Spice Chips)

* Kick Ax Lancer Philadelphia – Carne Asada Tacos with Shaved Rib Eye, Queso Fresco, White Onion, Cilantro and Lime, Chicken Tacos with Roasted Chicken, Pickled Onions, Queso Fresco, White Onion, Cilantro and Lime, and Margaritas

*Las Bugambilias – Chips and salsa (Picante and Mexicana), Chips and guacamole, Tamales de Puerco (pork tamales), regular and apple churros, Mexican hot chocolate, classic margaritas, bottled beers (Hoegarden, Modelo and Corona Premier)

*Malooga – Hummus dip, falafel bites, vegan bowls (falafel, eggplant and cauliflower), protein bowls (lamb, chicken shawarma), drinks (frozen mixed fruit, soda, water), rice pudding

*Oishii – Chicken satay, Korean meatball, beef bao, grilled corn, Thai tea (with or without boba), vegetable spring rolls, shrimp tempura, funnel cake, fried ice cream, water, soda

*Riverwards Produce – Hot cold cider, apple cake, caramel cut apples, freshly squeezed apple-fennel juice tasting!

Sassafras – All-House Pretzel, Sea Punch (Rum, Apple Cider, Cilantro, Cinnamon Stick, Star Anise, Cloves, Nutmeg, and Bay Leaves), Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Pumpkin Beer


Take a seat and relax at Cherry Street Garden presented by City Winery! City Winery will serve its signature wine on tap and bites of popular dishes in the vineyard garden with rustic cellar features. Plus, look for local artists who are familiar faces at City Winery throughout the day. Experience the ambiance and entertainment offered by City Winery in an intimate location along the festival footprint!


The Bourse Food Hall will bring dueling piano band The Philly Keys to the streets for lively, interactive caroling on 4th and Arch streets! Plus, check out the Stock Exchange Food Hall as vendors Freebyrd Chicken, Grubhouse, Scoop DeVille, Rebel Taco and more set up shop and serve delicious food and drink!


Stroll down the aisle of Wedding Row, with new Old Town businesses Damari, Hitched, SuitShop, and enjoy live dance performances and classes throughout the day by Fred Astaire Dance Studio!


Over 50 businesses and organizations have opened in Old Town since January 2021. Meet new businesses and organizations in Old Town, including the American Vegan Center, Anima Natural Pet Products, Citizens, City Fitness, Claudia Mills Studio, Museum of Illusions, Philadelphia Film Society, PingPod, Unique Photo, Wax & Wine and more at Old City Fest!


Old City is the hub of art and design in Philadelphia. This renowned arts district is home to more than 30 art galleries and home decor showrooms. Be sure to experience all the arts and culture the neighborhood has to offer.

Participants in Old Town Art and Design include:
Studio Claudia Mills
Grossman Furniture
more than old
Center for Jewish Arts in the Old City
Small Garden in the City


At every corner of the old town, discover the latest trends, gifts and decorations in the city, as well as a new emergence of vintage shops! Don’t leave empty-handed with top brands, up-and-coming designers, local makers and more.

Old Town retail participants include:
Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman’s Emporium
Philadelphia Independents
Additional Old Town Fest attendees include:
American Philosophical Society
Orthodontics Independence
Level 1 Fitness
American Revolution Museum
Boats of opportunities
Multi-service center for veterans
The Wellness Refinery

In addition to dining, shopping, fashion, family entertainment, music, artists and designers, look for booths from local businesses, nonprofits, sponsors and other vendors !

For more information on Old City Fest, visit oldcitydistrict.org/oldcityfest.


The Old Town district is a special service district, managed by a board of directors made up of commercial owners, business people and civic organizations in the area. Located in the most historic square mile in the United States, Old City is a unique blend of historic influence and modern lifestyles. The old town has reinvented itself, growing from foundries, factories and warehouses to the city’s residential, commercial, gastronomic and cultural destination with art galleries, restaurants, high-end shops and tours historical. www.oldcitydistrict.org.

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