Germantown Second Saturday Festival


Germantown Second Saturday Festival is Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Eat, Shop, Play, Learn & Experience Germantown!

Featuring Performances by Ursula Rucker, BalletX, and Ms. Tia McNeil

Presented by Historic Germantown & Germantown United CDC

The Germantown Second Saturday Festival will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The festival will take place at Market Square Park (5501 Germantown Avenue) and along Germantown Avenue, between School House Lane and Coulter Street, which will be closed to traffic. Rain or shine.

The community festival, presented by Historic Germantown and Germantown United Community Development Corporation, invites the public to experience Germantown. The festival celebrates the kick-off the Second Saturday series–when all 16 Historic Germantown sites are open monthly–and showcases the many thriving cultural, civic, and business attractions and activities that make Germantown an exciting place to live and visit.

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Photo by Gary Reed


Throughout the day, musicians, poets, and creative performing artists will take to the main stage on Germantown Avenue. Headliners include Germantown-based poet and performance artist Ursula Rucker, one of the most acclaimed spoken word recording artists in the music industry today, powerhouse singer-songwriter and vocalist Ms. Tia McNeil, who will be accompanied by her live band, and BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet. BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.

The main stage will also feature youth performances from two dance studios in Germantown, Kinesics Dance Dynamics and Wissahickon Dance Academy. Additional musical talent includes percussionist Karen Smith and jazz and blues guitarist Jim Dragoni, with son Andrew. Poet, activist and youth poetry educator Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio will emcee.

Photo by Gary Reed

Photo by Tieshka Smith

 Family Fun

The family-friendly Festival will also feature a Kid Zone with moon bounce, face painting, karate demonstrations, and many art-fueled interactive activities.

Photo by Gary Reed

Photo by Gary Reed


Visitors will learn about Historic Germantown’s 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums, including Awbury Arboretum, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Grumblethrope, and Wyck.

The two sites located within the festival grounds, the Germantown Historical Society and Deshler-Morris House (The Germantown Whitehouse), will be open for tours. Learn more at

PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON lived here twice, to seek refuge from the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia and as a summer retreat for the First Family in 1794. This National Park Service site also interprets over three centuries of Germantown history, the 1777 Battle of Germantown and former owners of this historic house, including the Morris family.

Eat + Shop at the Vendor Marketplace

Over 40 vendors will participate in the Festival Vendor Marketplace, coordinated by Germantown United CDC. Side of the Road Jerk Chicken, Sweet Lavender, Uptown BBQ and Grill, Nick’s Roast Beef, Hardy Funnel Cakes, and more will be serving up tasty eats.

Local merchants and information/resource tables include Action Karate, Kingdom in the Klouds, GTown Tees, Philly Roller Derby, Mosaic Development Partners LLC, Willow Wild Crafts, and many others! Attendees can also get to know many of Germantown’s civic and community organizations, including Yes! And… Collaborative Arts, Center in the Park, Friends of Vernon Park, NW PHL Public Schools, Friends of the Wissahickon.

From 1pm – 4pm during the festival, join Germantown’s own Attic Brewing Co. for a Pop Up Beer Garden in the historic Cunningham Piano Showroom Building! The storefront windows, outfitted with midcentury modern furnishings and decor by Vintadelphia (another new Germantown business!), is the perfect spot to watch the festival action. The building, located at 5427 Germantown Avenue, is now slated for redevelopment.

This is the third year Historic Germantown and Germantown United CDC have partnered on the Festival, bringing renewed attention and interest to Germantown and Market Square Park, an underutilized neighborhood park and public space. In 2017, this picturesque block of Germantown Ave and Church Ln welcomed three new and thriving businesses: Kinesics Dance Dynamics, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, and Germantown Day School. In the spring of 2018, Market Square Park will debut a much anticipated farmers market, managed by The Food Trust. The street is also home to longtime Germantown staple Gaffney Fabrics, Inner Circle Midwifery, St. Luke’s Germantown, Parkside Recovery, Friends Free Library at Germantown Friends School, Brennan & Company CPA, Wells Fargo Bank, and others.

The festival is rain or shine.

Photo by Gary Reed

Photo by Nina Coffin

Photo by Jill Saull

Photo by Gary Reed

Festival Parking, Public Transit, and Road Closures

The festival is accessible by SEPTA. Bus Routes: 23 Bus, XH Bus; Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail: Germantown Station (150 E Chelten Ave). Visit for schedules.

Street parking is available near the festival grounds.

Limited free off-street parking is also available. Locations will be announced soon. 

Road closures: Germantown Avenue between School House Lane & Coulter Street, and the unit block of E Church Lane will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m.  – 7 p.m.


Historic Germantown
Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia’s prized historical assets. Historic Germantown, located just minutes from Center City, is where one of Philadelphia’s Revolutionary War Battles was fought; where the first-ever American protest against slavery was written; and where one of the few remaining houses on the Underground Railroad still stands. Learn more at

Germantown United CDC
Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and facilitate the revitalization of Germantown and its business corridors through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development. Vibrant commercial corridors or “Main Streets” contribute to strong neighborhoods. They provide a place to work, shop, and meet your neighbors. Through our Targeted Corridor Management Program contract with the city’s Commerce Department, Germantown United CDC provides assistance to businesses, brings planning and resources to the corridor, oversees activities to make the corridor clean and safe, and works to attract new businesses to the area. We are actively working to bolster and reinforce the vibrancy of the business district to meet the needs of the surrounding community and attract visitors from outside the immediate neighborhood. Germantown United CDC is also exploring opportunities to strengthen and diversify the mix of commercial uses in the business district, the potential to reuse vacant or underutilized properties, business and job attraction strategies, and available sources of funding to support recommended revitalization strategies. Learn more at

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Press Contacts

To request interviews and high-resolution photos, please contact:

Emaleigh Doley, Commercial Corridor Manager, Germantown United CDC

Stacey Swigart, Interim Director, Historic Germantown
215-844-1683, Ext. 101,

Thank you to our sponsors!

Big G Laundry
162 W Chelten Ave

Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

Germantown Special Services District
57 W Maplewood Mall, 1st Fl

Nolan Painting

7226 Germantown Ave

Wells Fargo
5458 Germantown Ave

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