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                       OLD CITY FEST 2017


  • Sunday, October 8, 2017

  • 11:00am - 6:00pm

  • 3rd & Arch Streets

  • Free admission

                         WATCH: Old City Fest featured on 6abc's FYIPhilly program!



Old City Fest is a celebration of art and design, fashion and food, creativity and culture on the streets of America’s most historic square mile— Old City, Philadelphia. This event highlights the region’s premier art and design district, showcasing local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history and architecture.


Activities will include a festival stage with live music, runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. 


From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. Mark your calendar, tell your friends and come prepared for a festival unlike any other!




The lineup of Old City restaurants showcases the wide variety of styles and flavors while highlighting some of the best food and drinks. With more than two dozen food vendors setting up shop for the festival, there is something for everyone.  See the list of participants here.




Philadelphia Independents is sponsoring Independents Row, a special designated area featuring selected artists and makers including candle makers, ceramicists and jewelers. Meet the makers and peruse their handmade goods along 3rd Street in front of 35 N. 3rd Street.  See the full list of makers here.




Old City Fest will feature a fashion show beneath the fall foliage to highlight the innovation and sophistication that is Old City Fashion. One-of-a-kind styles from Erdon, The Geisha House, Meadowsweet Mercantile and Rennes will rock the Old City runway! 


Barnet Fair has carefully curated a show and marketplace that highlights some of Old City’s most exclusive boutiques. Old City has some of the most unique shopping in the city, and it will take center stage at the festival!  Barnet Fair will also provide hair and makeup for the models to compete their look.  Petite Jardin en Ville will decorate the runway and marketplace with their unique flower and plant displays, and DJ Kittycrumb will spin music live on stage.  The shows are scheduled for 1:45pm and 3:45pm.  More details here.




Old City Fest will feature live performances by Ernest Stuart, Chill Moody, and Red Baraat, plus DJ sets by Philly's own turntable wunderkind DJ D-ILL!


Headlining the festival stage this year is Red Baraat, a riveting Brooklyn octet called “The best party band in years” by NPR and “A Big Band for the World” by the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Known for its unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra, the band will be appearing at Old City Fest as part of their 2017 Fall World Tour.


Also performing on the main stage is West Philadelphia native Chill Moody.  Moody has performed at Wawa Welcome America, the Roots Picnic, the Kimmel Center, The Fillmore, the TLA, The Trocadero and Hard Rock Café.  He won “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of Philly” issue and was also named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador by Councilman David Oh.


Returning to Old City Fest this year is Ernest Stuart, a Philadelphia native and versatile trombonist who can play various styles of music from jazz, salsa, R&B, neo-soul to hip-hop. 


Twelve-year-old Dylan Curtis, a.k.a., DJ D-ILL, will also return to the festival this year. His previous DJ engagements include the White House's fifth annual Kids' "State Dinner" and Host/DJ for Kid Zone at Wawa Welcome America.  He is a student of Old City’s Scratch DJ Academy. 


Plus, look out for other pop-up performances throughout the festival footprint!  More information here.




The family fun zone will feature performances from the Give & Take Jugglers, Philadelphia Dance Academy, Music Monkey Jungle and many more. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the historic division of Mars Wrigley Confectionary, will present the history and preparation of colonial chocolate at the Betsy Ross House. Stop by to experience chocolate the same way that 18th century chocolate maker, Mary Crathorne, did! Check in as special guests will be visiting throughout the day. You might recognize some of America’s most famous neighbors!  See the full schedule here.




Look for Philadelphia’s Historic District, a first-time sponsor and one of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s marketing initiatives, to make a lively splash along Arch Street during Old City Fest, bringing lots of new activities to the annual autumnal celebration from many first-time participants. 

Festivalgoers can try for a hole-in-one at Franklin Square’s on-site mini-golf, then test their Revolutionary War trivia skills for prizes at the Museum of the American Revolution’s tent. After making colonial-style paper hats and wigs at the Carpenters’ Hall tent or theatrical props at the Arden Theatre Company’s station, kids can play dress up with Elfreth’s Alley’s 18th-century wardrobes. The day will also include stories at Once Upon A Nation benches, meet and greets with Ellie and Donny, the National Constitution Center’s donkey and elephant mascots, 18th-century chocolate making at the Betsy Ross House, a Philadelphia Historic District prize wheel and so much more. The oversized and always-popular XOXO structure will be the perfect backdrop for participants to capture the memorable day with family photos and selfies. (*New to Old City Fest for 2017.)


Arden Theatre Company

Betsy Ross House

Carpenter’s Hall*

Elfreth’s Alley*

Franklin Square*

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Museum of the American Revolution*

National Constitution Center

National Park Service*

Philadelphia’s Historic District*

Philadelphia History Museum*

Independence Visitor Center Corporation*

Visit Philadelphia* 


More information here



Old City District is the city’s hub for artists, makers, galleries and creative industries. Be sure to experience all of the arts and culture the neighborhood has to offer. 


The Center for Art in Wood will present live woodturning demos, crafts, and activities for the whole family. In front of their large wood doors, watch master wood turners turn tops that you can decorate and take home. Enjoy the crafting table for coloring and make a dragonfly magnet clip.


Come out to watch The Clay Studio’s Wheel Battles as two artists at a time compete head to head on the potter’s wheel in competitions.




Around every corner of Old City find the city’s latest fashions, gifts and home decor. Don’t leave empty handed with top brands, up-and-coming designers and more. (*New to Old City Fest for 2017.)


323 Arch Street Fashion Collective

36 Craven*

5one7 Designs

Adorned By Aisha

Art in the Age

Artist and Craftsman Supply*


Benjamin Lovell Shoes*

Blokes Barbershop and Gentleman’s Emporium

Bucks County Flowers & Things

Edge City Art


The Geisha House*

Grossman Furniture

Lost + Found

Margot & Camille*

Meadowsweet Mercantile*

Mesc Designs


More Than Old

Momo’s Tree House

Never Too Spoiled

Nigel Richards Menswear*

Passionately Natural Soap Co.

Philly Socks*

Philly Word Art


The Ruff Life

Shibe Vintage Sports

Smak Parlour




This year, the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District is offering a special rate for Old City Fest (offer includes nights of Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8).  Spend the weekend in Old City and enjoy all of the art, culture, history, dining and shopping around the neighborhood and attend the fourth annual Old City Fest on Sunday, October 8!  There is limited availability, so be sure to book today!  Click here for reservations.


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