The 2023 Kensington Derby & Arts Festival

The Kensington Derby & Arts Fest is BACK on Saturday, May 13th! Team registration is officially NOW OPEN, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!

Since 2007, the Kensington Derby & Arts Festival has drawn families, foodies, artists and inventors to Philadelphia for one of the city’s wackiest celebrations of local flavor. Register your TEAM!

The event is part arts festival—with more than 100 vendors selling everything from food to handmade goods—and part parade of human-powered vehicles that wind along a three-mile urban obstacle course. Register as a vendor!

  • FREE NextFab Memberships:   This year, we are partnering with NextFab at 1800 N American St to be the HQ of the Kensington Derby.  As such, they will provide technical assistance to Derby teams assembling their sculptures, and as a part of this partnership, NextFab is providing FREE three month memberships at their 1800 N American St facility to a select few interested teams.  Please let us know if you would like to be considered.
  • NextFab Sculpture Building Workshops:  In addition to offering free short term memberships, NextFab will also be hosting monthly demos, technical consultations and support hours for questions/help during their Second Thursday programming (dates below).  During these workshops, Rabbit Recycling will also host a pop-up with a broad selection of materials to snag for your sculptures! The first one is NEXT WEEK, on Thursday March 9th from 6-8pm!

We will be in touch with logistics to the Derby.  However, if you have any questions at any time though, please contact the Festival Organizer at fishtownco@gmail.com.