The 36th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival, September 26

by Walt Maguire
Posted 9/25/21

On Sunday, September 26, Germantown Ave. will once again be closed to traffic from Rex to Willow Grove Aves. for the 36th annual festival.

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The 36th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival, September 26

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On Sunday, September 26, Germantown Ave. will once again be closed to traffic from Rex to Willow Grove Aves. for the 36th annual festival.

Festivalgoers will find that the original tented format has returned, with just a few tweaks. All guests strolling the avenue will be required to wear masks, since there will be an abundance of foot traffic. Guests will also be asked to wear masks in shops as they walk in and out.

While the main attraction is the 100 vendors expected this year, including more than fifty new artists, the festival will also feature the return of family activities, live music, and some specials.

Live Music
Stages on Germantown Avenue at Bethlehem Pike and Hartwell Lane. The Dukes of Destiney and the Classic Rockers both played the 2019 festival, so this is a welcome return for them after last year.

Bethlehem Pike stage

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dukes of Destiny

2-5 p.m. Arlene Hilton Jazz Quartet

Hartwell Lane stage (Buckley Park)

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Classic Rockers

2-5 p.m. City Rhythm

Dining
In addition to all the usual spots, there’s a few additions

  • Bahia Bowls: $8 selected smoothies, $5 protein bites, and $9 regular pitaya and acai bowls. 8136 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
  • Old Fashioned KettleKorn
    Corner of West Southampton Avenue and Germantown Avenue next to Christ Lutheran Church
  • Chestnut Grill: Outdoor dining area with festival favorites
  • McNally’s: Outdoor dining area with festival favorites
  • The Fresh Market: Refreshing beverages and kids’ pumpkin decorating area
  • Weavers Way Co-op: Beverages and local snacks to-go.
  • Stateside Vodka: Seasonal cocktails and bottle sales. 8400 Germantown Avenue and Gravers Lane

The Family Zone provides kids’ activities at the PNC Bank Orange Lot on the 8300 block of Germantown Ave.

Other specials

  • Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels: Harvest Kitchen Raffle for restaurant gift cards
  • The Perfect Stitch: $1-10 remnant sale, all in-store accent pieces $5-20. 8012 Germantown Ave.
  • The Bone Appetite: 20% off Fall Sweaters and Buy 2 get 1 Free bakery items. 8517 Germantown Ave,
  • Scene-N-Action Productions Company (SNAPCo): Open registration for dance and theatre classes ($20.00 Registration Fee), complementary classes, and live dance routine performances. 7942 Germantown Ave.

An estimated 10,000 showed up for the 2019 festival. If the weather holds, that number could show up this time. If not, the rain date is Sunday, October 3rd.

Either way, it’s 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information about the Fall for the Arts Festival 2021, go to www.chestnuthillpa.com or call 215-247-6696.

From the CHBA, 2013:

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