On September 14, the Friends of the Rail Park host a block party to raise funds for phase one of the development of the highly anticipated elevated public park on the Reading Viaduct. (Image courtesy the Friends of the Rail Park)
Plans are progressing to turn the Reading Viaduct into an elevated park in the sky.
And to raise money for those plans, the Friends of the Rail Park and the Callowhill Neighborhood Association are hosting an end-of-summer block party in Callowhill on Saturday evening, September 14.
It’s going to be an all-night affair, from 5 to 11 p.m., with a sunset dinner, craft beer, live entertainment, dancing, food trucks and more.
From 5 to 7:30 p.m., the block party starts with a sunset dinner — pizza and a pig-roast — at 12th and Noble Streets in the shadow of the adjacent Viaduct. The dinner will be catered by the team behind North 13th Street restaurants Bufad, Prohibition Taproom and Cafe Lift.
Then at 7:30, the after-party begins and runs through to 11 p.m., during which there will be food trucks — Taco Mondo, Yumtown and Sweetbox –, beers from Yards Brewing Company, DJs, dancing, live entertainment and more.
The event is presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, which has curated live performances for the evening event. Think sketch comedy, live music and art installations.
Two types of tickets are available for the event: a $30 ticket gets you into the sunset dinner and includes pizza, the pig roast, non-alcoholic drinks after party (5-11 p.m.) and a $10 ticket gets you into just the after party (7:30-11 p.m.).
Tickets are available online. Tip: tickets are $5 less expensive online than at the door.
Consider it an excellent opportunity to support one of the coolest new parks and development projects that could be coming to Philadelphia this decade.
Rally for The Rail Park
When: September 14, block party, 5-7:30 p.m.; after-party, 7:30-11 p.m.
Where: 12th and Noble Streets
Cost: $30 for dinner; $10 for the after-party
More info: www.therailpark.org
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