Brewerytown: Spring Festival Fosters Neighborhood Pride

Brewerytown residents walked down West Girard Avenue where the Brewerytown Spring Festival is held.
Brewerytown residents walked down West Girard Avenue where the Brewerytown Spring Festival is held.

For the past three summers, Brewerytown has hosted the annual Art and Soul Food festival, a celebration of local food, art, music and fashion.

The event is an indoor-outdoor festival located on West Girard Avenue between 26th and 29th streets. People from outside the neighborhood, along with Brewerytown residents, will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the local flavor.

In an effort to broaden the event’s appeal, it has been renamed the Brewerytown Spring Festival and moved up a month into the spring. It will now be held on Saturday, May 12, beginning at noon and ending around 4 p.m., however, it tends to run several hours after the official end time.

The festival is organized by the West Girard Business Association, the Fairmount Community Development Corp. and the Greater Brewerytown Community Development Corp.

Tim McAdams, owner of the Best in Show Grooming Salon on 2708 W. Girard Ave., helped organize the Brewerytown Spring Festival and explained the new focal point behind the event.

“The focus this year and hopefully in subsequent years is going to be on handmade arts and crafts,” McAdams said.

The festival will also feature live music from local schools and musicians. Due to a lack of diverse soul food in the area, the change has been made to give the festival a more universal appeal, McAdams said.

Brewerytown resident Camille Rhodes is excited for the festival and the neighborhood pride it instills throughout the community.

“I’m looking forward to it because the weather has been beautiful and it’s a great way to give Brewerytown some exposure,” Rhodes said.

McAdams said he hopes the event grows in popularity and appeal similar to the West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, which has become a staple of that particular community.

“You’re bringing people from out of the neighborhood into this neighborhood letting them see what’s going on up here. I think it will have a broader appeal outside of this community and brand Brewerytown and put it on the map,” McAdams said.

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