-Courtesy of Gloss PR
Philadelphia’s most upscale street festival returns on Walnut Street and all-around Rittenhouse Square for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, May 6th.
The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival event brought more than 50,000 people to Rittenhouse Row annually. Arranged as a sophisticated and upscale festival, the event featured local businesses selling and promoting their brand alongside national brand activations, live entertainment, fashion and extraordinary food and beverage from top Philadelphia restaurants. The spirit of the day is accessible luxury—a way for the community, suburbanites and out of town visitors connect with all the upscale experiences that the businesses of Rittenhouse Row offer. This is the only event where Walnut Street is closed to automotive traffic. The event has not been held since 2019 and has been a staple event in the area since Rittenhouse Row was founded in the late 1990s. We are bringing back the event as a Philadelphia tradition with new elements, new energy and many first-time participants.
On Saturday, May 6, 2023, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Walnut Street from 15th to 19th Streets, 18th Street from Locust to Sansom Street. Walnut Street is closed on each block, 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th Streets are open.
The Festival is intended to provide a one-day welcome back to office workers, suburbanites, visiting friends and relatives and others who forget how much they love the energy and excitement of the Rittenhouse lifestyle. Member businesses create an affordable and approachable presentation to give festivalgoers a sample of their offerings.
On the 1500 Block of Walnut Street
Organized by James Beard nominee and Rittenhouse Row member Ellen Yin
Sisterly Love Collective’s Rittenhouse Market features Jet Wine Bar’s Pama Sangria Garden, made to order churros from El Merkury’s new cart, tacos from Revolution Taco, and fresh baked cookies from Butcher & Singer.
More than 20 Sisterly Love Collective women epicurean entrepreneurs will be selling gourmet and craft items. Former Editor of Gourmet Magazine will curate visual direction. Supported by Visit Philly and PIDC.
Oyster House will be shucking fresh oysters and serving shrimp cocktail alongside free tastings from Wolffer Estate Vineyard (Summer in a Bottle), Gallo Wines, Two Robbers Hard Seltzer and the Philadelphia Distilling Cocktail Garden featuring Bluecoat Gin.
Norma Michaels Entertainment has coordinated live music from Temple University graduate Sadie Leigh, and the talented youth from the Paul Green Rock Academy and Paul Green’s adult group, The Green-Tones.
Soon to open Rittenhouse business Skin House Facial Bar, Green Mountain Energy and Jessup House will also be exhibiting on this block.
On the 1600 Block of Walnut Street
Family entertainment and activities inside and outside the Capital One Café at the top of the block, featuring games, giveaways and DJ Kenny A.
The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market’s 100-year tradition of supporting children’s charities has been reimagined as a Rittenhouse Row festival zone for families in support of the Greenfield School. We will be raising funds for our neighborhood public school with flower sales, make and take crafts and previews for the schools upcoming auction. This area will also feature a way to support The Fund for The School District of Philadelphia’s Dress Down Day.
Fitness, Wellness and Beauty members are exhibiting and activating with free workouts from Pure Barre and Barry’s, and booths from Adolf Biecker, Dviniti, Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center.
Food and drink on this block will feature Patchwork, Spice Finch and lobster rolls from Happy Rooster. Rittenhouse Row’s beloved Tequila’s will be at the festival, thanks to the support of Clarke & Cohen Property Loss Consultants and Public Adjusters. Tequila’s will sell chips, salsa, guacamole, ceviche and rose petal mock-margaritas to benefit their employee go-fund-me.
Also on this block, our own “better than Amazon” start-up The Rounds, Kimmel Cultural Campus, Scully Company’s Icon apartment building, and brand-new women’s fashion boutique, Pretty on You.
On the 1700 Block of Walnut Street
The top of the block will feature family friendly activities from TD Bank and Xfinity.
Spirits tastings from BOTLD and Cocktail gardens from Bar Bombon, DiBruno Bros. and Wilder.
Booths from European Wax Center, Innervision Eyewear, Philadelphia Runner, Triple Tree Flowers.
Delicious café fare from HipCityVeg, Pizzata Pizzeria, Village Whiskey and The Rittenhouse Hotel.
Norma Michaels Entertainment has coordinated live music from the Main Line’s Valley Road, and Rittenhouse’s own Pheedback and So. Central Rain. This stage is sure to please festivalgoers with covers of music from Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Stone Temple Pilots, Chris Cornell, The Who, Oasis, Phish, Greatful Dead and REM.
On the 1800 Block of Walnut Street
Starr Restaurants will offer delectable selections from their Rittenhouse Row properties including Barclay Prime, Butcher & Singer, Continental Mid-Town, El Rey, Parc and The Dandelion.
Other activities on this block include Firstrust Bank, giveaways, gifts and consults from the gorgeous new Rescue and tastings from Venditore by Giordano.
The block will be set to festive music from The Laurel’s VIP Lounge, featuring music by DJ Eddie Tully.
Will feature streeteries and expanded areas from Parc and a. Kitchen. Parc will be serving frose, and a. Kitchen will be serving Chef Eli Collins Best of Philly winning burger\