Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Kensington Derby & Arts Festival


On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby & Arts Festival will enter its 13th year celebrating human-powered transit, neighborhood artists, and local businesses in Kensington.

Originally established as a way to associate the name "Kensington" with the positive artist and maker community, the event has grown into a Philadelphia-wide attraction. Neighbors and new friends alike come out to experience the parade of sculptures and shop with artists and food vendors along Trenton Avenue, a wide cobblestone street that has been part of Kensington’s rich creative history for over a hundred years.

Funds raised from the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby & Arts Festival support neighborhood projects and revitalization through the community development work of the East Kensington Neighborhood Association (EKNA) and the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC).

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Arts Festival


The Arts Festival celebrates the incredible mix of local artists, musicians, and eateries in the neighborhood. Held on Trenton Avenue, a wide cobblestone street that has been part of the community's rich creative history for over a hundred years, the festival features over 200 local arts and food vendors.

 
 

 

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Derby Overview


Derby teams construct a human-powered vehicle—no stored energy, motors, or electricity—and travel a 3-mile urban course through Fishtown and East Kensington, complete with obstacles. The Derby parade ends with a final mud pit obstacle in front of the viewing stands and the panel of judges. Each year, spectators and Derby Judges award the most inventive entries with prizes in a variety of categories.