Rittenhouse Square is a home to some of Philadelphia’s world renown restaurants, high end fashion boutiques, intercoiffure member beauty salons, national historic landmark hotels, and Philadelphia’s premiere cultural venues; including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Fine foods, specialty products of the highest quality, hospitality, and exceptional service is always the norm of Rittenhouse Square. But for one spring day each year, a widespread portion of the food, the shopping, and the culture comes outside onto the street and spans from Rittenhouse Square to the Avenure of the Arts.
Rittenhouse Square is home to top of the line restaurants and bars such as Alma de Cuba, Rouge, Le Bec-Fin, Lacroix, Butcher and Singer, Village Whiskey, Parc, and then some. It is home to big name stores like Anthropologie, Lush, Ubiq, Urban Outfitters, Mahogany, Kiehl’s and more. And on Saturday May 1st several of these places will be displaying their wares and showing off a bit of their menu outside. Along with the food and shopping, several of Philadelphia’s cultural institutions are often on hand to promote some of their upcoming exhibits and shows. Since places such as The Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theatre, and Curtis Institute aren’t that far away their usually guaranteed to be among them. But The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Walnut Street Theatre, Franklin Institute, and several other institutions are often in attendance. Add live cooking seminars, an all day fashion show, local musicians courtesy of WXPN, and activities for the kids to mix and you have something for everybody.
The festival closes off Walnut Street (between Broad and 19th Streets) for the entire day while restaurants set up shop in booths along Rittenhouse, selling delectable samples from their dining rooms at a fraction of the normal cost. Popular Restaurant Row establishments will be joined by other neighborhood hot spots, making for a true gustatory adventure. The festival plans to benefit Philabundance, and in exchange for a canned food or a $2 donation, attendees will receive a raffle entry to win dinner for two at ALL Starr Restaurants. The festival expects to attract a total of 60,000 guests this year. In past years, nearly 50,000 people from across the region joined the festival .