How It all started…
In 2008, Shiloh Baptist Church, located in the South of South Neighborhood of Philadelphia, was in dire need of a new roof. Built in 1868 by George Hewitt of Fraser, Furness, and Hewitt, a renowned architecture firm that designed many iconic buildings in Philadelphia during the Reconstruction Era, the church was (and still is!) a prized landmark on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
Preserving the church was naturally of the utmost importance. However, given the extent of needed renovations relative to the size of Shiloh’s congregation, financing these repairs posed the church with a Herculean challenge.
Community though being a fundamental cornerstone of life in Philadelphia, a few concerned neighbors decided to help by throwing a fundraiser block party, and just like that Bloktoberfest was born!
Starting out as the Rock and Run 5K, Bloktoberfest had humble beginnings raising money for Shiloh Baptist Church on the 2200 block of Christian St in 2008. Over the years though, Bloktoberfest has evolved into an annual city staple, showcasing a wide array of beers, food, and music to roughly 20,000 attendees where ALL the proceeds are given back to the local community!
Since 2008, Bloktoberfest has donated over $350,000 to many local non-profits that further Bloktoberfest’s mission! Read more about the projects and causes Bloktoberfest has funded here.
2019 AND BEYOND…
Holding true to its roots, Bloktoberfest’s mission is to nurture a sense of community in a rapidly changing and developing city and promote the local area as a great place to live and do business.
Between the need to continue growing the festival and the desire to positively impact other transitioning neighborhoods, Bloktoberfest is excited to expand its reach into the Point Breeze and Newbold neighborhoods by moving the festival from South St to Washington Ave!
Same party, NEW location! See you on the Blok Saturday, September 28th, 2019 on Washington Ave between Broad and 17th St!