Italian Market Festival May 17 and 18

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

New this year, a photo essay book published by the  9th Street Business Association. The book is a compilation of pictures of the Italian Market through all seasons. Dave Lakotas, the photographer will be signing books which can be found at the Visitor Center at 919 S. 9th Street.

It’s Italian so of course, the star of the festival is FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD! Come early and come hungry. Over 100 vendors will be on site for you to taste your way through the market. Some special places to check out if you go… Cardenas Oil and Vinegar Tap Room,  Sabrinas,  Villa de Roma, Esposito’s, IsgrosDiBruno Brothers.

Also enjoy live entertainment at four different stages located thought the market to suit all tastes and get everyone dancing in the streets. The Festival Main Stage (9th & Washington Avenue) features The Red Alert Band, Modern Bliss and Musician Impossible. The 9th & Christian Street stage stars DJ Johnny Looch spinnin’ 9th Street dance and party favorites, DJ Joe Broscoe hosts the Federal Street stage and will be playing whatever he feels like throughout the course of the two day Festival.

This year, they are introducing a stage a 9th & Ellsworth which will feature local music talent. The Washington Ave. Stage presented by Sugar House will be MC’ed by South Philly favorite Mark Cassasanto, feature writer “On The Corner” from Row Home Magazine.

For more information on the Italian Market Festival, click here.

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