Picture 31Taking place in America’s oldest and largest working outdoor market, the Italian Market Festival is a huge, multi-block festival that takes over the heart of South Philadelphia. With the traffic closed off, the streets are lined with vendors offering every Italian delicacy possible, including fresh sausage and peppers, antipasto salads, roast pork sandwiches, cheeses, cured meats, an infinite array of pastries, famous mango roses, and more. There are also gift and cookware shops as well as street-side merchants selling specially prepared foods just for the festival. Nearby restaurants also extend their table service to the sidewalk so that customers can enjoy the festival atmosphere while dining. In addition to the food, there will be two days of free concerts on three different stages featuring classic rock and party band favorites. If that wasn’t enough, rounding out the weekend is a half ball tournament along with other competitions and games.