With the warm weather here to stay, it’s time to head outside and not go back in until fall. Luckily the festival season is underway, giving us an excuse to spend weekends eating, shopping, listening to live music and maybe sipping a craft beer or two. Boho festival clothes not required.
The focus is on the food at the annual Rittenhouse Row fest, which manages to serve up sliders and fries from smoky booths on the street and still maintain the swank air of the neighborhood. Browse the sales from Walnut Street’s high-end shops and then grab some food from a.kitchen or Barclay Prime and head to Rittenhouse Square for an impromptu picnic.
Noon to 5 p.m., May 21, Walnut Street between Broad and 19th Streets rittenhouserow.org
Head to Kensington for a parade of wildly imaginative human-powered floats that traverse the neighborhood, participating in obstacle courses — including a mud pit — and competing for the honors of best costume, best art and best engineering. The arts festival, organized by the East Kensington Neighbors Association, features 166 local vendors, a variety of food trucks, and live music from Shark Tape, Rock to the Future, and more.
May 21, noon to 6 p.m., Trenton Avenue from Norris to Dauphin Streets kensingtonkineticarts.org
It's all strawberries, all the time at the 38th annual Strawberry Festival. Edible treats on hand include everything from shortcake to crumb pie to the Cock 'n Bull's powdered sugar-sprinkled fritters. Vendors will sell handmade arts and crafts and a kids' area hosts musicians, jugglers and other hands-on activities. Most importantly, there will be a strawberry pie-eating contest.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 21-22, Peddler's Village in Lahaska 215-794-4000 or peddlersvillage.com
The tagline for this festival is “Everyone is Italian,” which is an excellent excuse to eat your way through the Italian Market. Bands and DJs provide the festival soundtrack, Jerry Blavat hits up the fest on Saturday afternoon, and there’s a car show right around the corner at Eighth and Washington. Sunday morning hosts the Procession of Saints.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 21-22, S. Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Federal Streets 215-278-2903 or italianmarketfestival.com
More than 200 artists show off their work along Haddon Avenue for the 37th annual fair. Check out the classic car and Harley-Davidson section, live music, and the usual festival food fare, along with the open-air Collingswood Farmers Market. It’s the kids who really hit the jackpot here: The children’s area has pony rides.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 28, 678 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, N.J. 856-854-0720 or collingswood.com
Brand Nubian and Biz Markie headline the 41st annual Odunde Festival, one of the biggest African- American festivals in the country. The fest celebrates the Yoruba New Year and stretches live music, African, Caribbean and Soul food, and crafts, clothes and jewelry from vendors out over 12 blocks. The festivities kick off with a procession up to the Schuylkill to make an offering to Oshun, goddess of the river.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 12, centered around 23rd and South Streets odundefestival.org
The annual Pride celebration begins with a parade, starting at 13th and Locust Streets and making its way down to the festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Parade winners, from Best Theme to Best Female Impersonator, will be announced at the fest while you eat and dance. Save $5 on admission by buying your wristband at the pre-party on June 10, at 12th and Locust Streets.
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 12, Penn's Landing, 101 E. Columbus Boulevard, $15 phillygaypride.org
Main Street will be closed to cars so spend the day browsing work from regional and visiting artists in seven categories: glass and ceramics, fiber, photography, painting and drawing, wood and sculpture, jewelry, and mixed media. Make sure to stop by the emerging artist tent where the spotlight is on 25 local young artists. Neighborhood restaurants will set up tables al fresco.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 25-26, Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Street 215-482-9565 or manayunk.com
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