Philly AIDS Thrift has announced their 17th Anniversary Block Party taking place at the 700 blocks of S. 5th Street and E. Passyunk Avenue (between Bainbridge St. and Monroe St.) on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

The celebration will include live music and bands, food trucks, celebrity dunk tank, carnival games, craft/vintage vendors, pie eating contest, face painting, caricature, and dancing in the street!

Live performances by: Snacktime – Philly’s own Brass hip-hop/funk band which was listed as Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Local Band” 2022. Performing at 1:00pm. – The Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow, feat. MacKenzie Molotov – an international collective of circus sideshow performers from Philadelphia, Berlin, and New York. The group features Mackenzie Moltov, the sword-swallowing and fire-breathing clown babe. Performing at 3:30PM.

Philly AIDS Thrift will also be hosting its 3rd Annual Pie Eating Contest, emceed by CBS 3’s Jim Donovan. The contest is open to everyone; however, spots are limited. In partnership with MANNA, the berry pies will be graciously provided by the wonderful organization, in correlation to their annual fundraiser, Pie In The Sky, which begins on October 1st. Starting at 2:30pm.

There will also be over 35 craft and vintage vendors as well.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis during its most recent grant cycle, Philly AIDS Thrift was able to award $300,035.00 to 27 local organizations in 2022.