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October 05, 2015

Reading Terminal Market plans flea markets on Filbert Street

Market plans three "Philbert Phlea" events in October, plus annual Harvest Festival

There's one block near Reading Terminal Market that will soon start seeing more block parties.

The market announced that it plans to close off the 1100 block of Filbert Street three times in October for a series of arts-and-craft events called Philbert Phlea, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported.

In July, the market announced that it got a $160,000 grant from ArtPlace America to enrich Filbert Street by turning it into a public outdoor performance space.

RELATED STORY: Reading Terminal Market awarded $160,000 grant to transform Filbert Street 

The market will bring together artisan merchants for Philbert Phlea on October 10, 24 and 31. In addition, it will celebrate its annual Harvest Festival on October 17.

General Manager Anuj Gupta told the Business Journal that the market is still working out all the details on how it will use the grant funds, but "we don't have to wait for that to happen to start experimenting (with) programming in the space."

It's also already started to make "significant physical improvement to Filbert Street," said Gupta, including outdoor lighting which was installed before Pope Francis' visit.

The design process may not be finished until next spring. Read the full story here.