The return of warm weather means the return of outdoor events to Philadelphia neighborhoods. As COVID-19 numbers have dwindled, many community organizations have revamped their pre-pandemic spring festivals and events for a major comeback this season.
In Roxborough, many of the larger outdoor events in the community have returned over the fall and winter. However, Spring Fest, which shuts down much of the neighborhood’s business district, hasn’t happened since 2019. After more than two years, Spring Fest will return on Saturday, May 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Along Ridge Avenue, from Lyceum Avenue to Fountain Street, several city blocks will be closed to traffic and food trucks, craft vendors and neighborhood businesses will line the streets to celebrate spring.
In partnership with the Roxborough Ridge Runners’ Car Club, there will be a special showcase of classic and vintage cars near Gorgas Park all afternoon. The “Rockin’ The Ridge Car Show” will conclude with a demonstration from the winners at 12 p.m. at the park, followed by a performance by the New Jersey Lower Bank Kustums band from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There will also be a large children’s area at Gorgas Park. At 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., attend a story hour session by Flyleaf the Book Fairy. At 1:00 p.m., Action Karate staff will perform a demonstration. From 2 to 3 p.m., Music With Gina will play and sing with children and families.
The main stage on Lyceum Avenue will feature music throughout the afternoon.
• 12 p.m.-1 p.m.: Maggie’s Boots
• 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: The Funkatorium
• 3-3:30 p.m.: Jeanette’s dance school
• 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: The Cheddar Boys
At Roxborough Pocket Park, located at 6170 Ridge Ave., experience three acoustic performances from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Skip & Chickie, Acoustic Ferrari and Two Ripped Jeans will perform alongside the New Ridge Brewery with hour-long sets.
More than 50 artists and craft vendors will line up along Ridge Avenue all afternoon May 7, along with more than 10 food trucks, including city favorites like The Chilly Banana.
The New Ridge Brewing Company will be open to serve beer and cocktails all afternoon. Montgomeryville’s Stone and Key Winery will be at the festival with Olde Kensington-based Original 13 Cider.
For Goodness Cakes, a nonprofit aimed at hosting birthday celebrations for at-risk youth, will be on hand at Pocket Park to talk more about their organization’s mission and give away free prizes to neighborhood businesses like Terrace. Street Bakery, Ale’s Kitchen in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, and A Whisk Worth Taking in Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County.
There is a $10 flat rate for parking in one of two neighborhood parking lots. Both car parks are accessible via Leverington Avenue, which will remain open to traffic.
Roxborough Spring Festival
Saturday, May 7, 2022
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Free, prepaid
Ridge Avenue in Roxborough
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128