Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

‘Human-Powered Vehicle Floats & Art’

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, held May 20 from noon to 6 pm, is one creative and quirky event that you don’t want to miss! In years past, it was two events, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Derby.

The all-day event is a combination of crazy derby admirers and those that love art, food and much more.

The festival raises money for neighborhood projects and revitalization in the area while exposing people to an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood. 

Kinetic Sculpture Derby

Get enthusiastic while you cheer creative human-powered vehicle floats along a three-mile urban obstacle course through the Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods, finishing with a messy mud pit. This part of the event, which started in 2007, is a design competition which spotlights the artist community within the Kensington neighborhood via a design parade throughout the area.

The parade starts at 12:30 pm at Trenton and Norris streets and will end at the mud pit grand finale that will be roughly around 2:30 at Trenton and Norris streets. There are prizes for those participating in the derby. Prizes for such categories like best costume, best art, best engineering, people’s choice and a secret judge award.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

The Mud Pit

The Arts Festival

Wander Trenton Avenue, a wide cobblestone street that has been part of Kensington’s rich creative history for over a hundred years, and explore more than 200 local artists, vendors and fantastic food trucks during the arts festival. Throughout the day, enjoy live performances, demonstrations and neighborhood attractions.

Shopping will consist of handmade jewelry, children’s clothing, vintage decor, organic bath, body and home goods, ceramics, custom photography, screen-printed t-shirts and much more!

The food trucks that are participating include Cow and the Curd, Say Cheese Philadelphia, Oink and Moo BBQ, Baby Blues BBQ, Mamas Meatballs, Smokin’ Tacos, Kung Fu Hoagies, Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Philly Fry, Little Baby’s and Mr. Softee.

The Festival spans approximately six total blocks, four along Trenton Avenue — between Norris Street and Frankford Avenue — and another two along Susquehanna, crisscrossing Trenton — from Martha Street to Frankford Avenue.

Come out for a full day of fun and enjoy creative human-powered vehicle floats, art, live music, shopping, food and much more . It will be a great time had by all!

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival


Kensington & Fishtown Neighborhoods
Trenton Avenue and Norris Street
Trenton Avenue and E. Susquehanna Avenue


May 20, 2017


12:00 pm – 6:00 pm



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