After a year off due to COVID, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show returns this month, allowing some of the nation’s top and most promising up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent on the streets of Philadelphia. And, it’s all just steps from your 1500 Locust apartment!
The festival, Sept. 17-19, is now in its 94th year—a history that proves it’s an event not to be missed. Started in 1928 by students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the festival is the oldest outdoor arts show in the nation. At the time of its founding, the show featured artwork strung on clotheslines among the trees of the historic Rittenhouse Square park, representing a range of mediums—while the clotheslines are no longer in use today, the show still is committed to showcasing a diverse range of talent.
More than 140 artists will exhibit at this year’s event, representing painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed media artists and much more. The majority are professional artists while the show will honor its roots with a showcase of local student art as well.
If you want to get a sneak peek of the talent on tap at the event, check out the show’s Facebook page at 5 p.m. every Thursday leading up to the festival. The 5 O’Clock Club spotlights a new participating artist each week, allowing viewers to learn about their artform, their vision for the show and ask them any questions they’d like.
Then, on the day of the show, put on your walking shoes and get ready to pound the pavement around Rittenhouse! The free event is spread across several city blocks, offering you plenty of space to peruse the art safely. In addition to the artists, the festival also showcases local food vendors, merchants, live entertainers and more.
If you’re looking for some free, outdoor fun on these last days of summer, make sure not to miss the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
18th and Walnut streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103