May 01, 2022
The return of warm weather means the return of outdoor events in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. As COVID-19 cases have dwindled, many community organizations have revamped their pre-pandemic festivals and spring events for a major return this season.
In Roxborough, many of the community's large outdoor events made their return during the fall and winter. Spring Fest shuts down blocks of Ridge Avenue in the neighborhood's business district to traffic allowing people to stroll the streets and stop at businesses, vendors, and food trucks.
Spring Fest has not been held since 2019, and it returns on Saturday, May 7, from 12-5 p.m. Ridge Avenue will be closed to traffic from Lyceum Avenue to Fountain Street.
Among the attractions, the Roxborough Ridge Runners' Car Club will showcase of classic and vintage cars near Gorgas Park; also New Jersey band Lower Bank Kustums will perform from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
For children, there will be activities at Gorgas Park. At 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., check out a story time session from Flyleaf the Book Fairy. At 1 p.m., staff at Action Karate will perform a demonstration, and from 2 to 3 p.m., Music With Gina will play and sing along with kids and families.
The Main Stage at Lyceum Avenue will showcase music all afternoon long.
• 12-1 p.m.: Maggie's Boots
• 1:30-3 p.m.: The Funkatorium
• 3-3:30 p.m.: Jeanette's School of Dance
• 3:30-5 p.m.: The Cheddar Boys
At the Roxborough Pocket Park, at 6170 Ridge Ave., check out three acoustic performances from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Skip & Chickie, Acoustic Ferrari, and Two Ripped Jeans are set to perform outside New Ridge Brewery, each with hour-long sets.
More than 50 artists and craft vendors will line up along Ridge Avenue for Spring Fest, along with more than 10 food trucks, like city favorites The Chilly Banana.
New Ridge Brewing Co. will serve beer and cocktails all afternoon. Montgomeryville's Stone and Key Winery will be at the festival along with Olde Kensington-based Original 13 Cider.
For Goodness Cakes, a non-profit that organizes birthday celebrations for at-risk youth will be at the pocket park to talk more about the organization's mission and give away free prizes to neighborhood businesses, like Terrace Street Bakery, Ale's Kitchen in Plymouth Meeting and A Whisk Worth Taking in Lafayette Hill.
There is a $10 flat rate for parking at one of two parking lots in the neighborhood. Both lots are accessible through Leverington Avenue, which will remain open to traffic.
Saturday, May 7
12 to 5 p.m. | Free, pay-as-you-go
Ridge Avenue in Roxborough
Philadelphia, PA 19128