Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

1020 South St,
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Average Base Cost: $14,000

Our average base cost for a Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens wedding is calculated by figuring a 75-person guest list for a Saturday night ceremony/reception in June for 6 hours using a food/beverage cost of $125/pp common for the area. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

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How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: 


  • $700/hour Friday-Sunday
  • $500/hour Monday-Thursday


  • $500/hour Friday-Sunday
  • $300/hour Monday-Thursday
Photo by Shannon Collins
Photo by Shannon Collins

What’s Included: 75 folding chairs, 6 six-foot tables, outdoor lighting and staff.

Extras: There is a damage deposit of either $500 or $1,000 (depending on the size of the event), which is refunded within 14 days of the event barring any deductions.

Photo by Lauren Fairs Photography
Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

Vendors: All outside vendors are welcome

Food/Beverage: Hosts of events with over 40 people who would like refreshments are required to have their event catered. Alcohol must be served by a bartender, staffing service, or caterer with liquor liability insurance. Renters must obey Pennsylvania State Liquor Laws.


More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: Up to 75 guests


Bridal Suite: There is not a proper suite but there is an area downstairs that brides may use to change.

Parking: No, but there are nearby garages.

How Will Grandma Get There? The venue is not walking distance from any noteworthy hotels, however downtown Philadelphia is a quick 5 minute drive away. Hotel options in the area include the Sofitel, Loews Philadelphia and The Westin.


Party On! Events can start at or after 4:00 PM. Events must be over by 10:00 PM and cleaned up by 11:00 PM.

The Report: 

Spanning half a block on Philadelphia’ South Street (3,000 sq. feet), Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a nonprofit “visionary art environment and community arts center” located in Isaiah Zagar’s largest public artwork. The gardens feature an outdoor art installation and indoor galleries, all created with nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors.

Woman Getting Married Says:

If you’re looking for something funky, intimate, and above all unique, this has your name written all over it! I love the flexibility it offers in terms of BYOB, which helps off-set the facility rental fee. However, the money all goes to a good cause (funding the growing arts center), and you get tables and chairs which is always nice. I would definitely set-up the tables in the outside space (which means weather could be factor) and in terms of decor I would actually go for cool upgraded chairs (like white bentwood or clear acrylic ghost chairs) and decor that’s more on the elegant side for a fun high-low look if you have the budget. If this isn’t going to work for you in terms of a wedding venue, I think it would be a fun spot for engagement photos instead (they charge $50/hour to shoot there).

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 7
Layout 7
Location 8
Overall Charm 9
Venue Value 9

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