The Car Show and Street Festival returns to EPA for the seventh year on Sunday, July 29 from noon to 5, and this time the party looks bigger than ever. The EPA Business Improvement District, which puts on the show, expects more than 140 classic and tricked-out cars, spread out over the blocks between Broad and Dickinson.
|Car show last year, thanks to EPBID|
We’ve been to the show before, and the cars are pretty cool, but the best part is the food, the booze and the scene. That all promises to be even better this year too. There will be live music on every block with stages in front of Le Virtu, El Zarape, Mamma Maria, Stogies Joes and Birra and a DJ most of the day at the fountain (for the schedule and more info…). An expanded roster of food trucks will line the street and the restaurants will open up to the sidewalk serving food and drinks. The Bang! Boom! CRAFT! show, sponsored by our very own Nice Things Handmade at 1731 EPA, will bring dozens of vendors to the fountain.
The biggest improvement over last year? Circus performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.
Then if you’re just getting going when they’re closing up shop at 5, head to Stogies Joe’s and the party outside keeps rolling till 9.
It’s a big change from the car show’s paltry beginning, when lonely clusters of people would shuffle the wide, empty gulf between vendor tables. People would take to the old Phillyblog to complain that the BID shouldn’t even stage events like these because hardly anyone showed up. Actually, it was only two years ago that the event was labeled the “DooWop Car Show and Street Festival,” no doubt catering more to some of our grayer neighbors. Kudos to Renee at the BID for sticking through it all.
Also, the car show is nominated for the best local event by PHL17’s hot list contest, which could use your support, by the way…click