Night Market: What You Need to Know
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Night Market has finally arrived.
The market, which will feature food, crafts and music, will happen from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. It's a Mt. Airy event that is expected to appeal to residents region-wide.
Here's what you need to know:
Location: The market will happen between Carpenter Lane and Mt. Airy Avenue on Germantown Avenue. The avenue will be closed from 2 to 11 p.m., and the 23 bus will be rerouted in that area during that time (but will still run; see details below).
What to expect: There will be more than 50 food trucks and vendors on hand, and the Food Trust, which has run Night Markets in the past, has said there will be more crafts at this event than there were at any other market.
Mt. Airy businesses like Little Jimmie's Bakery, Food For All Market and Geechee Girl Rice Cafe will be selling their wares (but there will be many more as well). And most of the city's food truck population will be there, like the Foo Truck, Sweetbox Cupcakes, Pitruco Pizza, Zsa's Ice Cream, Zea May's Kitchen and many, many more.
There will also be beer from Yards Brewery, liquor from Philadelphia Distilling and wine from Penn Woods Winery. Sponsors like Lankenau Medical Center, for example, will also have tables.
Transit and parking: SEPTA stations on the Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East lines are nearby (Carpenter Station, Allen Lane Station, Sedgwick Station and Mt. Airy Station are some of the closest). The 23 bus and the H bus also run nearby.
The 23 will be rerouted along Upsal Street, then Stenton Avenue, then Gowen Street before resuming its course along Germantown Avenue. The H bus, which runs along Mt. Pleasant Avenue across Germantown, will have a slightly more involved detour—southbound, it will be routed along Chew Avenue, then Upsal Street, then Germantown Avenue, then Pelham Road, then Cresheim Road, then Mt. Pleasant Avenue (in order to avoid the Mt. Pleasant/Germantown intersection).
Self-parking is available at the Lutheran Theological Seminary's campus until it fills up (7301 Germantown Ave.) and after that at New Covenant Church's campus (7500 Germantown Ave.). You can follow signs on Germantown Avenue north of Allens Lane and south of Cresheim Valley Drive to find it. Self-parking costs $5.
For valet parking, head just south of Allens Lane on Germantown Avenue before turning into a parking lane by Valley Green Bank on the west side of Germantown. (The public parking lot next to FitLife gym will be closed at 2 p.m. for vendor parking, which means people won't be able to move their cars from there until after the market is over and the avenue opens back up at 11 p.m.)
Allens Lane, which has seen construction on its water main throughout the better part of the past year, has often been closed lately. But it will be open for Night Market.
The organizers: Mt. Airy USA, which is primarily running the event, has put together its own website with information for the festival. You can also buy a $35 pass through the website to sit in the Lovett library branch park at Sedgwick Street and Germantown Avenue and drink unlimited alcohol all night.
Corrections: We've added information about the SEPTA H bus detour and the FitLife parking lot closure to this article since it was first published.