Once again, the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will celebrate the end of its month-long, citywide performances and events with an all-day extravaganza, consuming six blocks along the Avenue of the Arts and capturing all the mystery and magic of the festival’s “If You Had a Time Machine” theme. Should you be thinking the street fair sounds like one big lame-fest, here’s five reasons why you should consider checking it out:
1. It’s free, dammit! For absolutely no cost, you’ll enjoy an eclectic mix of live tunes, including the Brazilian beats of Philly Bloco and piping-hot jazz of the Blackbird Society Orchestra, as well as a variety of unique street performers—from jugglers and acrobats to post-apocalyptic stilt-walkers and a nine-foot tall robot.
2. It’ll be your last chance to walk through the Kimmel Center’s Time Machine, then spend several minutes trying to figure out what the hell it actually does. Seriously, does anyone get that thing?
3. You’ll get to discover new local eats and treats. Aside from carnival staples like cotton candy, hot dogs and ice cream, the diverse line-up of food vendors will be serving up practically every type of cuisine you can imagine.
4. There’s fun for the whole family. If you’ve got youngsters, this is one event where you’re definitely going to want to bring them along. After a ride on the Ferris wheel, kiddies can make their way through three elevated obstacle courses, then mingle with animatronic and puppet dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Petting Zoo.
5. Because everyone else you know probably is. The inaugural fair in 2011 attracted nearly 200,000 people. So do you really want to be that one schlub who doesn’t go, then have to spend an entire year hearing about it until PIFA returns in 2015?
Sat., April 27. 11am-7pm. Free. South Broad St., between Chestnut & South Sts. pifa.org/streetfair