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August 27, 2014

Our Guide To The Made In America Music Festival, Hitting The Benjamin Franklin Parkway For Two Days Of Live Music, Beer Gardens And Much More, August 30-31

Made in America Philadelphia

The Made in America Music Festival will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with continuous musical entertainment for two full days, August 30-31. Enter below to score free passes! (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Are you ready to rock, Philadelphia?

Jay Z’s epic Made in America Music Festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Labor Day Weekend 2014 on August 30 and 31, and we are psyched.

This third year of the blockbuster urban music fest is going bicoastal, with simultaneous concerts here in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles on August 30 and 31.

Famously curated by Jay Z, Made In America boasts an impressive roster of artists, including Kayne West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, The National, De La Soul, Girl Talk, Chromeo, J. Cole, Spoon and many more.

Below, we’ve pulled together our guide with resources to help you make the most of your festival this Labor Day weekend.

The Layout

The majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway transforms into Made In America’s festival grounds, which reach from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval and the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Nearly 60,000 festivalgoers will descend on the Parkway each day to take in the tunes, grab Philly-centric fare in the food truck area, shop merchandise tents and sip brews from a bevy of beer gardens.

Made in America is way more than music, though. Attendees will have access to a slew of cultural vendors, retail and plenty of food and drink, too, including multiple Budweiser beer gardens.

Note: The gates to the festival grounds open at noon each day, the event is rain or shine and there’s no re-entry on either day.

Wondering what you can and can’t bring along? The festival does allow attendees to bring items like factory-sealed plastic water bottles or empty plastic water containers, a small non-framed backpack, blankets, non-professional cameras and small hand-held umbrellas. What you can’t bring: outside food or drink, coolers and audio or video recording equipment. Check here for more information of a complete list of items that are allowed and not allowed inside the festival.

For the complete festival map, see below.

Plus, fans can livestream all the tunes right into their own homes, so anyone can feel like they’re part of the music magic.

Made in America Festival in Philadelphia

For its third year, Made in America spotlights a variety of awesome artists (Kanye! Kings of Leon!) in a two-day music fest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, August 30 and 31. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 27, 2014

Completely Awesome Breaking News Alert: Spruce Street Harbor Park To Stay Open For Another Month, Continue To Wow Visitors And Residents Alike Through Sunday, September 28!

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Hooray! Thanks to a last-minute extension, Spruce Street Harbor Park will remain open daily through Sunday, September 28. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Due to popular demand, Spruce Street Harbor Park will remain open for one more month, through Sunday, September 28.

The public has spoken, and the good people of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation — the nonprofit group operating the pop-up park — have listened.

That’s right: there’s now one more month to lounge in hammocks, play shuffleboard, stroll beneath misters, sip a beer on the floating restaurant, and take selfies in front of the LED lights.

All of the current hours will remain the same, and there may even be some seasonal activities in the works.

And we truly couldn’t be more thrilled about the extension.

Without a doubt, Spruce Street Harbor Park’s presence at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River waterfront has been a resounding success.

Conceived as a two-month-long placemaking installation, the park has done so much more than merely attract Philadelphians and visitors to the river. Spruce Street Harbor Park has served as a clear reminder of just how amazing this city’s waterfront can be, and in the process garnered support for future developments all along the Delaware River (hello, Washington Avenue Pier and Pier 68).

And Philadelphia is not alone in loving the new pop-up park on the waterfront – The Huffington Post recently named it one of the best urban beaches in the world(!!) and Travel + Leisure just named it one of the coolest floating restaurants in the world(!!).

If you, too, have loved spending time on the waterfront this summer, let the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation know via Twitter at @Penns_Landing or email.

But don’t wait until September 27 to get out there and enjoy the park! Remember, the space is still temporary and will close up for the season at the end of the month.

For now, though, let’s all just head down to the waterfront and soak up the good times to be had at the stupendous Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Spruce Street Harbor Park in September
When: Now open daily through Sunday, September 28! General park hours, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Free admission
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Previously: Check out all of our prior coverage of Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is continuing to rock the Delaware River Waterfront with a floating restaurant and beer garden, games, a hammock lounge and more.(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 27, 2014

Yelp Debuts Big Primpin’, A Brand-New Salon Event Series Featuring Free Light Bites, Salon Services And More, Kicking Off This Thursday, August 28

Beginning this Thursday, August 28, Yelp Philly debuts Big Primpin', a new monthly salon series. (Image courtesy Yelp)

Beginning this Thursday, August 28, Yelp Philly debuts Big Primpin’, a new monthly salon series. (Image courtesy Yelp)

Beginning this month, Yelp Philly will debuts a brand-new free event series, the Big Primpin’ Series, to shine a spotlight on a different local beauty salon every month.

The first event, this Thursday, August 28, will take place at DnA Salon’s new location in Northern Liberties. Each month, guests can expect services from the salon in addition to food and drinks.

Come ready to get pampered as DnA salon is slated to offer a variety of mini-salon services. Look forward to blow dry touch ups, curling iron styling, bang trims, men facial hair clean up and more.

Also enjoy drinks and light bites from the nearby haunt, One Shot Coffee.

Interested in some free primping? RSVP online to secure your spot. But hurry, only the first guests will receive a confirmation from Yelp, after spots are full, interested guests will be put on a wait list. You must have a Yelp account in order to register.

Take note, the Big Primpin’ series is 21-plus.

Big Primpin’ at DnA Salon
When: Thursday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.
Where: DnA Salon, 1109 N. American Street
Cost: Free
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August 26, 2014

The Polish-American Festival Returns To Bucks County With Food, Amusement Rides And More, August 30-September 1 And September 6-7

Over the next two weekends, the Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair returns to Doylestown with food, performances, games and more. (Image courtesy Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair)

Over the next two weekends, the Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair returns to Doylestown with food, performances, games and more. (Image courtesy Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair)

For the next two weekends, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown welcomes folks for the annual Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair.

From August 30 through September 1, and September 6 through 7, the festival celebrates Polish culture through food, drinks, performances, games, shopping and much more.

Celebrate Polish culture through food and drinks including pierogies, placki (or potato pancakes), grilled kielbasa, golabki (a stuffed cabbage dish), Polish beer and more. For those looking for American fare, enjoy barbecue chicken, chicken fingers and American beer.

Three performance areas will welcome entertainers of all sort — magicians, Polish performance groups, traditional Polish dancers, children’s performance groups and more. The full list of live entertainment is available right here.

In addition to performances, a full-fledged fair rounds out the fun. Look forward to classic fair rides and games, think ferris wheels, fun slides and tilt-o-whirl. Also browse handmade items from the on-site crafters village — shops clothing, accessories, home decor, jewelry and much more.

Admission is $12 per person and includes access to most of the fair rides.

Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair
When: August 30-September 1 and September 6-7, noon-8 p.m.
Where: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown
Cost: $12 per person
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August 26, 2014

Lolita In Midtown Village Launches New Lunch Service Wednesday, August 27 And Celebrates With Free Tacos Today, Noon-2 P.M.

Lolita Philadelphia

Savor contemporary Mexican street food at Midtown Village hotspot Lolita for lunch and dinner, and score free tacos in celebration of the lunch launch today! (Photos courtesy Lolita)

Midtown magnates Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran reopened their flagship restaurant Lolita this past spring after a complete renovation — there’s a fresh layout, an updated menu and a shiny new liquor license, transforming the formerly BYOB eatery into a fully equipped modern Mexican bar and restaurant.

Now, to complement the dinner and late-night offerings, Lolita debuts lunch, too.

In celebration of its brand new lunch service — and because they are obviously great humanitarians, too — Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are marking the launch by offering up free carnitas tacos today from noon to 2 p.m.

Then, the updated Midtown Village restau-bar will offer official — like, with a tab — lunch staring tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27.

The brand-new menu includes several of the Mexico City street food-inspired dinnertime hits like hte mango guacamole, Valeria’s Chopped Salad with shaved corn, fresh garbanzo beans, jicama and buttermilk-herb dressing; Yucatan chicken nachos; and both the crispy fish and carnitas y panza tacos.

But the lunch service has some extra-enticing and uniquely lunch-y options as well: standouts include a short-rib burrito with queso mixto and horseradish smashed avocado; a Mexican beer-braised hot dog with carnitas, bacon and pickled onion; the Lolita cubano torta layered with roasted pork loin, bacon and country ham; and an avocado and red quinoa salad with tomato, jicama, orange and lime-serrano vinaigrette.

Lunch is available Monday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.


Lunch Launch at Lolita
When: Free tacos today, noon-2 p.m.; Lunch service starts Wednesday, August 27, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Lolita, 106 S. 13th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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August 26, 2014

City Of Philadelphia To Toast The Taney Dragons And Welcome Them Home With A Parade On Market And Broad Streets On Wednesday, August 27 Starting At 2 P.M.

In celebration of the Taney Dragons’ awesome run in the Little League World Series — the local team made it all the way to the semi-final round — the city will host a parade, tomorrow, August 27 beginning at 2 p.m..

The parade is set to leave from 20th and Market streets at 2 p.m. and continue East on Market Street, around City Hall and continue South on Broad Street to South Philly’s FDR Park.

The parade will make stops at The Kimmel Center for a performance by the Philly POPS! at about 2:30 p.m., and will also stop at Broad Street and Washington Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. for a performance by the Mummers.

Wrapping up in South Philly, the parade will culminate at 4 p.m. with a rally at FDR Park near the south side baseball fields. For more information about the parade route and stops, click here.

Following the parade, the Phillies will join the fun with a pre-game tribute to the Taney Dragons on the field led by Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies are even doing a special ticket offer – with select tickets going for half-price – for the game and with $6 of the proceeds from those tickets sold going to benefit Taney Little League. Plus, all guests will receive a Taney Dragons t-shirt. Tickets, which start at just $14, are available online.

Welcome home, Taney Dragons! You certainly made Philadelphia very proud.

Taney Dragons Welcome Home Parade
When: Wednesday, August 27, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Parade leaves from 20th and Market Streets and ends at FDR Park
Cost: Free
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August 26, 2014

Put Your Best Foot Forward And Run The Boxers’ Trail 5K In East Fairmount Park, Saturday, September 13

On Saturday, September 13, the oft-overlooked Boxers' Trail in Fairmount Park welcomes runners and walkers for a 5K benefit. (Photo by Charles Bouril courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy)

On Saturday, September 13, the oft-overlooked Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park welcomes runners and walkers for a 5K benefit. (Photo by Charles Bouril courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy)

Little known fact: Fairmount Park is home to a 3.8-mile trail that has served as a training site for Philadelphia-area boxers for years — even world-renowned boxer Joe Frazier used the trail as a training ground.

The trail, which is appropriately named Boxers’ Trail, is adjacent to Kelly Drive and runs along the Schuylkill River.

It underwent an update by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and is now a fully developed trail that winds from the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood to the mansions of Fairmount Park and Smith Memorial Playground.

On Saturday, September 13, runners and walkers alike are invited to explore Boxers’ Trail through a 5K run (or walk). Proceeds benefit East Fairmount Park trail maintenance and youth programming at the Mander Recreation Center, which is located mere steps from Boxers’ Trail.

The 5K leaves from Mander Playground at 33rd and Diamond streets. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 9:30 a.m.

Registration for walkers is $15 and $20 for runners. Registration is available online.

Boxers’ Trail 5K
When: Saturday, September 13, 9:30 a.m.
Where: 5K leaves from Mander Playground at 33rd and Diamond streets
Cost: $15 for walkers, $20 for runners
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August 26, 2014

Franklin Square Hosts A One-Night-Only Food Truck Festivus And Beer Garden To Wrap Up Summer, This Thursday, August 28

Franklin Square

This August, Franklin Square hosted Thursday night fun with quizzo, movie nights and much more; close out the weekly fun with a food truck affair this Thursday, August 28. (Photo courtesy Franklin Square)

Historic Philadelphia’s family-friendly favorite Franklin Square makes an ideal spot for families, history buffs and lovers of milkshakes all summer long.

This August, Franklin Square’s evening event series Things on Thursdays has kicked up the entertainment for the young and over-21 crowds alike with movie nights, quizzo, yoga and more.

On Thursday, August 28, the series comes to a close — but not before a food-and-beer filled bash.

From 6 to 9 p.m., celebrate the end of summer at Franklin Square with Food Truck Festivus.

More than half a dozen of Philly’s top trucks will pull up along 6th Street adjacent to the historic square to dish out street food, and a pop-up beer garden in cooperation with Starr Restaurants’ Fette Sau will keep the craft brews flowing.

Participating food trucks include: The Cow and the Curd, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Farm Truck Philly, The Grill Cheese, LeMoNaDe, Seoulful Philly, and Oink and Moo BBQ.

Plus, Starr Restaurants’ SquareBurger at Franklin Square will remain open throughout the festivities to satisfy Cake Shake cravings.

As for the beer garden, the pop-up hangout — dubbed Ben’s Beer Garden — will include Adirondack chair seating, twinkly lights and brews from Starr Restaurants’ Fette Sau.

Plenty of free games will keep the fun lively, too. Take part in volleyball, horseshoes and mini golf, or take a ride aboard the Liberty Carousel.

Sounds like a great way to kickstart the holiday weekend, right?

Food Truck Festivus & Ben’s Beer Garden
When: Thursday, August 28, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go
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August 26, 2014

The Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights Continue On Tuesday And Thursday Evenings This Week And Next Week, Through Thursday, September 4

On Tuesday and Thursday nights through September 4, the Schuylkill Banks hosts free movie screenings at the Walnut Street Bridge and Grays Ferry Crescent.


Due to a few rainy nights this summer, the free outdoor movie nights at the Schuylkill Banks extend into early September and take place on both Tuesday and Thursday nights through Thursday, September 4 — hurrah!

Both the green by the Walnut Street Bridge and the space at Grays Ferry Crescent will play host to two more free movie screenings each this summer.

First up, the Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge screens Pitch Perfect, a recent blockbuster about a college acapella group, today, August 26 at 7:45 p.m.

Grays Ferry Crescent invites movie-lovers out for a free screening of Despicable Me 2 this Thursday, August 28, and a free screening of The Karate Kid next Tuesday, September 2.

A free screening of Rocky closes out the summer movie series on Thursday, September 4 at the Walnut Street Bridge location.

Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge
• Tuesday, August 26: Pitch Perfect
• Thursday, September 4: Rocky

Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent
• Thursday, August 28: Despicable Me 2
• Tuesday, September 2: The Karate Kid

In addition to the free movie, guests can also expect free snacks, drinks and a free raffle at each screening, too. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well.

All movies start at dusk, which ranges from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. In the case of rain, film screenings will be canceled. Check the Schuylkill Banks’ homepage for cancelation information.

Schuylkill Banks Outdoor Movie Nights
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 26, 28, September 2, 4; Dusk
Where: August 26 and September 4 at the Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge; August 28 and September 2 Schuylkill River by Wharton Street
Cost: Free
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August 25, 2014

Now Open: Chef Peter Woolsey Debuts La Peg At FringeArts, The New Restaurant And Beer Garden At The Waterfront Performing Arts Venue

La Peg at FringeArts

With the opening of La Peg at FringeArts, cutting-edge performing arts and contemporary culinary arts come together under one roof to create an all-new social and artistic destination on the Delaware River waterfront. (Photo by Kevin Monko)

Last fall, one of Philadelphia’s foremost contemporary arts organizations, FringeArts, welcomed the public to its new venue, taking the amazing performing arts of the annual Fringe Festival and giving artists a brand-new permanent home on the Delaware River waterfront.

Housed in the former firehouse pumping station beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Delaware River waterfront, a cavernous space was transformed into an bona fide arts destination with a 232-seat theater and 830 square feet of rehearsal studio space.

Throughout the past year, FringeArts has presented a whole slate of cool programming on its stage, living up to its promise to deliver high-caliber cutting-edge works to Philadelphia audiences year-round.

And now, the final piece of the venue’s development is complete: FringeArts’ destination restaurant La Peg is now open.

A full-service restaurant and bar from acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Peter Woolsey, whose Gallic charmer Bistrot La Minette has been a culinary anchor in Queen Village since its 2008 opening, all signs point to La Peg delivering wonderful waterfront eating, drinking and general merrymaking in its spacious interior and sprawling outdoor beer garden.

Open to the public as of today, August 25, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening in conjunction with the launch of the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival on Friday, September 5.

Read on for an overview of what to expect when you visit La Peg at FringeArts.

The Layout

Beyond the spaces made for performing arts, with the opening of La Peg FringeArts is now home to a great new home for the culinary arts, too.

La Peg, modeled on a casual French brasserie, is an indoor-outdoor, come-one-come-all affair designed by architect Richard Stokes and Groundswell Design Group with seating for more than 100, two bars with a dozen seats — one indoor, one outdoor — and plenty of outdoor seating in its beer garden.

The outdoor beer garden was designed by Groundswell, too, under David Fierabend — who is now a certifiable beer-garden master, with both Spruce Street Harbor Park and Independence Beer Garden to his credit.

The 7,000 square-foot courtyard offers up awesome views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and is within eyeshot of Race Street Pier and the waters of the Delaware. For those who are longing for another Spruce Street Harbor Park — here’s your answer!

La Peg (Image courtesy FringeArts)

After more than a decade of annually bringing cutting-edge performing and visual arts to venues all across Philadelphia, FringeArts built a permanent home on the Delaware River waterfront. Now, chef Peter Woolsey joins FringeArts to present La Peg, a brand-new on-site brasserie. (Rendering courtesy Groundswell Design Group)

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