Weekend Pick: Pearl Street Arts Festival Celebrates Chinatown North’s Revitalization

pearl street by walter hood

Pearl Street rendering by Walter Hood.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, the Asian Arts Initiative is throwing a party — well, an arts festival whose participants perfectly embody the growing artistic importance of this neighborhood. The visual art installations include work by Marginal Utility, Practice, Vox Populi and Fleisher Art Memorial, while live performance will include Art in Motion, EgoPo Classic Theatre, Hip Hop Fundamentals and Philadelphia Taiko Center, among many others.

In the offbeat category, there’ll be a mobile tea cart with free drinks, a community feast and and interactive furniture build with landscape architect Walter Hood.

It’s all free, but an RSVP is required for the community feast, for obvious reasons. Best of all, the hours are well-chosen for those who like to ease into the weekend.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Pearl Street Block Party (FREE)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Community Meal (FREE; RSVP required)
In case of rain, Block Party will be indoors at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.

Pearl Street between 12th and 13th streets
Access via Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.
For more information, call 215-557-4055 or visit www.asianartsinitiative.org