15th Annual Kensington Derby and Arts Festival Brings Back the Mud, Live Music, Food Trucks and New Opportunities

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Fishtown District announced the 15th Annual Kensington Derby and Arts Festival will return on Saturday, May 13, 2023, on Trenton Avenue from Norris Street to Frankford Avenue, from 12 Noon to 6:00 pm.

Philadelphia’s most unique spring festival – and 2023 Best of Philly Winner – is back and ready to let the mud fly! The festival brings Philadelphia locals and visitors together with 200+ artists, musicians, performers, food and drink—and a parade of homemade vehicles.  A new parade route spanning across three miles takes these homemade vehicles from the festival start through the Fishtown neighborhood and over to American St, navigating multiple obstacles along the way, before doubling back to the festival grounds for a mud pit finish.

Winners will be crowned in categories that have ranged over the years like Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, Best Breakdown, Media Choice, and, of course, the highly coveted Judge’s Choice Award. NextFab is partnering with the Festival this year to host monthly demos, consults and support for those preparing for the grand event.

“The mud is ready to fly once again on Trenton Avenue!,” said Fishtown District Director of Operations Kae Anderson. “NextFab is thrilled to be partnering with the Kensington Derby this year as the official Kensington Derby HQ! By opening up our makerspace for a three-month workshop series, teams will be advised by our technical experts on how to construct beautiful and functional sculptures. Additionally, in a pop-up hosted by our partner, Rabbit Recycling, teams will have access to free sustainable building materials.

She added, “Art and engineering have always been the focal point of this event, and now thanks to our partnership with NextFab, this year’s derby will be more inclusive and accessible than ever before. We are excited to see what wacky creations our derby teams come up with this year for our 15th anniversary.”

“As a newer business in the Kensington neighborhood, we’re excited to bring our community of artists, makers, and shakers together for this exciting event!,” said Rebecca Ledbetter, Director of Marketing, NextFab.

Thanks to generous support from Penn Treaty Special Services District, there is no fee to enter the Derby parade. Registration is now open!

For more information and to sign-up, visit www.kensingtonkineticarts.org.

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