italian festival

The Italian Festival! Come Celebrate this time honored Philadelphia Tradition along with The S. 9th Street Merchants.

Philadelphia (May 2014) – Everyone’s Italian during the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival (, the city’s biggest block party that runs along South 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Federal Streets. The nation’s oldest outdoor continuous market will host this highly-anticipated annual event on Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine.


And of course, don’t miss the Italian Festival Kickoff Party on Fridy, May 16th italian festival kickoffat Connie’s Ric Rac


Festival Highlights:
New this Year  – Introducing the first ever photo essay book published by the S. 9th Street Business Association. The book is a compilation of pictures of the Market through Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Dave Lakotas, the photographer will be signing books which can be found at the Visitor Center at 919 S. 9th Street. Also new this year Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church located at 712 Montrose Street will be open for historic tours. This church and parish is the first Italian Catholic Parish in the United States. The Church is a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Landmark. A unique feature inside the church, there are two balconies, which is rather remarkable. Founded by Saint John Neuman in 1852 the church was completed in 1891.


Two new businesses will be taking part in their first Festival. Cardenas Oil and Vinegar Tap Room  and Torero Tapas Bar  are located right next to each other 940 and 942 S. 9th  Street. The Tap Room will befeaturing oils and vinegars from all over the world, Torero will present avariety of Spanish flair tapas plates and paella.


one and only time  happening, DiBruno Brothers will be celebrating in DiBruno Brothers style; its 75th Anniversary on the Piazza at 9th & Montrose Street. Featuring a throw back interactive area with food and games.


And music! Let’s not forget the music. I’d like to give you the highlights of the band lineups, but the entire 3 days of music is just one big highlight!italian festival
All of this, and we haven’t even discussed FOOD yet! Some of the best food in the city will be everywhere you turn over these 3 days. The Italian Festival is free, it’s all ages, and it’s rain or shine. So mark your calendar that entire weekend; May 16th through May 18th.