Grid's Picks for Spring Fairs & Festivals

Photo courtesy of Philly Farm & Food Fest

Photo courtesy of Philly Farm & Food Fest

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
Main Street will be closed off all day April 10 to accommodate the spring edition of Manayunk’s biannual fiesta. Dozens of food trucks will offer gourmet food, along with live music on Green Lane, Cotton Street and Shurs Lane. The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival kicks off the neighborhood’s Restaurant Week, which runs through April 22.
WHEN: April 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Main Street, downtown Manayunk

Philly Farm and Food Fest
Farmers, artisans and regional experts share their knowledge through a variety of classes and hands-on workshops centered around food and agriculture at the fifth installment of this festival. Brains, bellies and shopping bags will be filled all day.
WHEN: April 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
COST: General admission $20; group general admission $18; free for children under 12

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
“Visit Japan without leaving Philly,” beckons the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, inviting everyone to a weeklong exploration of the country’s music, art, food and culture. Activities include a sushi contest, a harajuku fashion show, anime cosplay, dancing, and arts and crafts.
WHEN: April 11 through 17
WHERE: Various locations. The main celebration is at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park on April 17
COST: Adults $10; free for children

Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
Founded in 1962, this show includes a diverse range of period furniture, nautical and Native American art, books, prints, jewelry and more from 58 exhibitors. Special events, included with admission, include lectures about lifestyle, curation and crime within the art world.
WHEN: April 15 through 17 WHERE: Navy Yard, South Broad Street and Intrepid Avenue
COST: General admission $20; seniors $18

International Spring Festival
Enrich your understanding and appreciation of different cultures and nations through entertainment on five stages, a health fair, lectures, a planetarium, exhibits, scavenger hunt and crafts for the kids. A full schedule of performances and workshops can be viewed on the website.
WHEN: April 16, 11 a.m.
WHERE: North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, Pa.

Philadelphia Science Festival
Choose from over 90 events during this nine-day, communitywide celebration of science. Attend lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal educational experiences designed for Philadelphians of all ages.
WHEN: April 22 through 30
WHERE: Various locations

Chinese Lantern Festival
Celebrate Franklin Square’s 10th birthday with huge illuminated displays, lighting up the park for artisans from China and Philly, along with nightly entertainment.
WHEN: April 22 through June 12, 6 to 10 p.m. nightly; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Franklin Square

Namas Day Yoga Festival
A “welcome meditation” opens this daylong series of classes, which include chakra workshops, spirituality talks and physical yoga practices. Classes are arranged by skill level and can be viewed at the website.
WHEN: April 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: WHYY Studios, 150 N. Sixth St.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Street Fair
This daylong party closes out the popular annual performance series curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Carnival games, music, pop-up parks and top-notch vendors will take over nine blocks of Center City.
WHEN: April 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Broad Street near the Kimmel Center

Portside Community Arts Festival
Previously called the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival, this annual fundraising event features artisan vendors, live music, food trucks and a moon bounce for the kids. Register for Philly’s first ever inflatable sculpture contest at—winners will be announced at the festival.
WHEN: April 23 and 24, noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Penn Treaty Park, 1341 North Delaware Ave.

Flavors of the Avenue
A big-top tent will house more than two dozen award-winning restaurants serving fine food, wine and craft beer. Outside, live music and a craft show will be open to the public.
WHEN: April 24, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: East Passyunk Avenue
COST: Street festival is free; general admission for the food tent is $50

Philadelphia Black Pride
This four-day festival created by and for black LGBTQ communities and allies is an opportunity to celebrate, network and bring awareness to numerous social and political causes. Discussions and events are listed on the website.
WHEN: April 28 through May 1
WHERE: Various locations

Philly Tech Week Kickoff Festival
Celebrate technology and innovation at the App Arcade and Maker Corner (details on the website). Philly’s coolest inventors, programmers and designers will have plenty of gadgets to show off.
WHEN: April 29, 5 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Dilworth Park

Go West! Craft Fest
Go West! is a unique opportunity to see the distinct artistic visions of our city’s many crafters, all gathered into one beautiful hodgepodge. Check out the festival website for a colorful gallery of last year’s fun.
WHEN: April 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 40th Street and Woodland Avenue

Center City Jazz Festival
Enjoy America’s original art form while hopping around great Center City restaurants.
WHEN: April 30, 1 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Fergie’s Pub, Franky Bradley’s, U-Bahn, Milkboy, Time
COST: $20

South Street Spring Festival
Live music, art, food and family friendly activities will ensure South street is flooded with people May 7, which coincides with Free Comic Book Day at Atomic City Comics, as well as the Maifest Street Festival at Brauhaus Schmitz.
WHEN: May 7, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: South Street, from Front Street to 8th Street

Art Star Craft Bazaar
This retail art and craft show won Best in Philly awards from Philadelphia Magazine twice, and attracts thousands of visitors annually. Expect to find homemade pottery, jewelry, clothing and original artwork.
WHEN: May 7 and 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Columbus Boulevard, between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Craft Fair
More than 100 independent makers from the U.S. and Canada will display their fine handmade furniture, pottery, jewelry, clothing and other everyday functional items.
WHEN: May 13 through 15, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Rittenhouse Square

Country Fair Day
W.B. Saul High School’s annual celebration features a perennial flower sale, craft fair, silent auction, hayrides, face painting and lots of kid-friendly activities.
WHEN: May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: W.B. Saul High School, 7100 Henry Ave.
COST: $25 online; $45 at the door

St. Dominic’s Arts & Craft Fair and Craft Beer Festival
Food trucks and art vendors will be lined up outside St. Dominic’s. An indoor craft beer festival will raise money for restoration of the church.
WHEN: May 14, 1 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: St. Dominic’s Church, 8504 Frankford Ave.
COST: Beer festival tickets $35

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Tens of thousands of people will get a chance to experience fashion, food and family activities near the heart of the city, as Rittenhouse’s favorite eateries move their businesses outdoors to mingle among the crowds and share their fare.
WHEN: May 21
WHERE: Walnut Street, between Broad and 19th streets

Bucks County Yoga Festival
Enjoy food, lectures, and yoga and health workshops taught by local instructors. The festival closes with music and socializing.
WHEN: May 21
WHERE: Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Newtown, Pa.
COST: $59 to $75

9th Street Italian Market Festival
Along with the usual food vendors serving up neighborhood favorites, highlights at this year’s 9th Street festival include live entertainment, beer and wine gardens, a halfball tournament and a procession of the saints.
WHEN: May 21 through 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: South 9th Street Italian Market

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival
More than 200 local arts and food vendors will take to the cobblestone street of Trenton Avenue to help raise funds for neighborhood projects and revitalization. Don't miss the Kinetic Sculpture Derby!
WHEN: May 21, noon
WHERE: Trenton Avenue, from Norris to Dauphin streets

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
The festival returns with more music, comedy, storytelling and circus acts, along with African and African-American folklore told by Charlotte Blake Alston, a one-man performance of “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly” and more.
WHEN: June 2 through 4
WHERE: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
COST: Three performances and lunch for $25

Strawberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards
Pick your own fresh, juicy strawberries to take home, and an expert will be on-hand to answer questions about preserving and preparing homemade jams.
WHEN: June 4, 8 a.m.
WHERE: Linvilla Orchards Entertainment Garden, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, Pa.

Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl
More than 40 indoor and outdoor exhibits showcase media of all forms alongside street performances, craft-making activities and children’s games.
WHEN: June 4, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Art Museum area

Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival
The nonprofit arts programs centered around this farm have assembled a day full of live music, a crafts fair, and art and activities for all ages. Overnight stay is available at the farm’s modern housing facilities.
WHEN: June 4, noon
WHERE: Appel Farm, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, N.J.

This three three-day festival in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens strives to offer festival goers an appreciation of nature alongside home-grown music and sustainability workshops.
WHEN: June 16 to 18
WHERE: Paradise Lake Campground, 2021 Skip Morgan Dr, Hammonton, N.J
COST: $55 to $75

Philly Pride Parade and Festival
This year's theme is “Are you connected?”
WHEN: June 12; parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and arrives at festival location around 1 p.m.
WHERE: Gayborhood to Penn's Landing
COST: Festival admission $15

For more events, visit our community calendar.