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August 22, 2014

Reminder: The Second-To-Last Week Of The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series Hits Independence Beer Garden Today, August 22 At 4 P.M.

Independence Beer Garden

The beer gardens of summer continue! Tonight, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series hits Independence Beer Garden, pictured above. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series has rocked its way through summer, hitting a different beer garden in Philadelphia every Friday since June with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., including specials on food and local craft beer, giveaways and more.

Today, the second-to-last week of the happy hour series continues today at Independence Beer Garden on Independence Mall in Old City.

The roving happy hour makes its second stop at IBG, one of the newest permanent beer gardens to join the still-growing scene.

In a summer of fleeting pop ups (The Oval is gone, and soon we’ll say so long Spruce Street Harbor Park!) Independence Beer Garden supplies America’s most historic square mile with a much-needed permanent destination for casual all-day alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

If you haven’t yet checked out this awesome addition to Old City, tonight’s the night.

From 4 to 7 p.m., score $4 pints of Yards Brewing Company’s Philly Pale Ale and $4 pretzel bites with spicy house mustard.

Plus, look out for giveaways of free summer swag (think sunglasses, pint glasses, etc.).

Shout that you’re coming by RSVPing via Facebook right here.

After Independence Beer Garden this week, the series has just one more Fridays to go! Check us out for the final Visit Philly happy hour of the summer next Friday, back where it all began at Morgan’s Pier.

Cheers to the weekend!

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series: Week 11 — only 2 more weeks to go!
When: Friday, August 8, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall West
Cost: Pay as you go

Previously: Now Open: Independence Beer Garden Debuts On Independence Mall With Summer Eats, All-American Craft Beers And Plenty Of Alfresco Good Times

Independence Beer Garden in Philadelphia

The new Independence Beer Garden hosts the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series today, Friday, August 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 21, 2014

Tonight Picks: Go Taney Dragons(!), Free Concert At Spruce Street Harbor Park, Outdoor Movie Screenings, Pop-Up Alfreso Dinner Parties Across Philadelphia And More

Morgan's Pier in Philadelphia

Tonight, the food, music and drinks of Hawaii fill Morgan’s Pier for an all-you-can-eat summer luau. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

So many summer night in Philadelphia brim with hot happenings. And tonight is definitely one of those nights.

First up: your beloved Taney Dragons. Last night’s game broke ESPN ratings records. Everyone in Philadelphia watched. And while Taney lost, they’re still alive. They have a do or die game tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Chicago. We’re fully expecting another great game, and we have our recommended places to watch below.

Also tonight, there are a bunch of movie screenings across the city, including a sing-along to every child’s favorite movie this year – Frozen at Penn’s Landing. Also along the waterfront, there’s a free Pattern is Movement concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park and a summer luau at Morgan’s Pier with all-you-can-eat Hawaiian fare and tropical cocktails.

And don’t forget about the sold-out Dîner en Blanc, which will be popping up somewhere presumably beautiful later tonight. Dîner en Noir and Dîner en Sweatpants also join the fun for their first pop-up dining fete.

Dîner en Sweatpants still has availability offering options to people looking to join in on the pop-up dinner fun.

Read on for our complete picks for evening happenings tonight. And be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates as they happen.

Taney Dragons in the Little League World Series: Local Little Leaguers, the Taney Dragons, have a do-or-die game tonight in the Little League World Series at 7:30. Last night’s game broke ESPN ratings records; you can expect everyone to be watching tonight’s game as well. Mayor Nutter will host a pep rally and watch party in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall and Commerce Square will broadcast the action on its Media Wall. And bars across the city will be showing the game, including Alla Spina, Bottle Bar East, Jose Pistola’s and New Wave Cafe.

When: Thursday, August 21, 7:30 p.m
Where: Participating Locations
Cost: Varies

Frozen Screening and Sing-along at Penn’s Landing: Sing your heart out to the music from Frozen as Penn’s Landing hosts a free screening and sing-along tonight at 8 p.m. Make the most of the summer evening and stop by Franklin Fountain for a scoop of ice cream before the show.

When: Thursday, August 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free

Free Concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park: Pattern is Movement & Moon Bounce: Tonight, Spruce Street Harbor Park hosts its last free concert. Presented in conjunction with Weathervane Music tonight’s show features Philly-local bands Pattern is Movement with Moon Bounce. The concert is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, August 21, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street
Cost: Free

Free Screening of Pitch Perfect at the Schuylkill Banks: Sing along to Pitch Perfect as the Schuylkill Banks continues its free movie series this evening. Set to begin at 7:45 p.m. at the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge, the musical comedy tells the story of a college acapella group. Get to the Schuylkill Banks a little early for free snacks, drinks and to take part in a free raffle.

When: Thursday, August 21, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge
Cost: Free

Summer Luau Under the Stars at Morgan’s Pier: Hawaii arrives at Morgan’s Pier as the waterfront beer garden hosts a summer luau complete with an all-you-can-eat cookout, umbrella drinks and of course some hula dancing. Admission is $20 per person and includes all-you-can-eat luau fare like whole-roasted pig with vanilla-rum barbecue sauce, grilled chicken satays with spicy peanut sambal, tuna poke and more. Special drinks, available for an additional cost, include a Hala Kahiki Shandy made with pineapple beer and lemonade, a tequila-spiked Puebla Colada and more.

When: Thursday, August 21, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $20 (plus tax and gratuity)

Summer on the Square at Chestnut Square: Make your way to Chestnut Square, located between 32nd and 33rd streets on Chestnut Street, for Summer on the Square, an outdoor dining and music series. Tonight, local singer/songwriter Anam Owili-Eger entertains guests while area restaurant like coZara, Zavino, Shake Shack and Vegetate serve up alfresco eats.

When: Thursday, August 21, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Square, between 32nd and 33rd streets on Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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August 21, 2014

Contest Alert: Enter To Win A Free Trapeze Class For Two With Fly School Circus Arts Via Philly 360°

Fly School Circus Arts

Score a free trapeze class at Fly School Circus Arts! (Photo courtesy Fly School Circus Arts)

Have you ever longed to run away and join the circus? Then, heads up!

Here’s your chance to fly through the air with Fly School Circus Arts — for free.

Tucked away in the ever-developing neighborhood of Kensington, Fly School Circus Arts offers up the chance to soar on a trapeze with regularly scheduled classes for individuals and groups.

Founded by trapeze veteran and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze.

Now, Philly 360° is hooking one lucky fan up with a free lesson for two!

Think you are up for the challenge? Then click here to enter for your chance to win a free Fly School Circus Arts lesson for two.

You can find the official contest rules here.

For a sneak peek at what’s in store for the lucky winner, check out Philly 360° contributor Kharisma McIlwaine take to the sky with Fly School Circus Arts in the video below.

Ready to enter? Fly!

To Enter The Philly 360° Contest To Win A Free Trapeze Class For Two With Fly School Circus Arts— click here.


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August 21, 2014

Save The Date: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Fall Festival Returns To The Navy Yard With A Yards Beer Garden, The Franklin Flea Market And More, Saturday, September 20

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presents its annual Fall Festival at The Navy Yard on September 20 with the added bonus of a Yards' beer garden and The Franklin Flea to complement the garden shopping, farmers' market and more. (Photo courtesy the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society)

Summer isn’t quite over, but the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is already planning for fall.

Save the date to celebrate the start of fall at the annual PHS Fall Festival at The Navy Yard on Saturday, September 20.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the grounds of The Navy Yard will welcome seasoned gardeners and garden-enthusiasts for a full day of plant-centric festivities, plus the addition of a one-day pop up Franklin Flea Market and a Yards Brewing Company Beer Garden.

Throughout the day, festivalgoers can shop the marketplace, which sells variety of freshly-grown local produce, plants, gardening tools and home decor. Also, browse the PHS City Harvest Market which will be stocked with locally grown, organic produce. Learn more about your at-home garden at DIY workshops and from a number of on-site expert gardeners, too.

Plus, shoppers can look forward to the Franklin Flea standard of super-high-quality vendors peddling a finely tuned selection of fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and up-cycled furniture.

Attendees can also check out some of the biggest pumpkins, cabbages, and other freshly-grown items at the Garden Giants contest. Also, the Garden Bounty contest welcomes expertly arranged flowers, vegetables and herbs from your garden. Interested in competing?

Pair the day-long events with an alfresco beer at the Yards Brewing Company Beer Garden, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urban gardens, suburban gardens, fall gardens, pop-up gardens…celebrate them all at this all day fest.

Bonus: Get an exclusive peek at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show which will center around the theme of Lights, Camera, Bloom.

In the mean time, don’t miss out on visiting the PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street, which remains open daily through October.

PHS Fall Festival
When: Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Navy Yard Parade Grounds, 4747 S. Broad Street
Cost: Free
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August 21, 2014

The Ukrainian Folk Festival Returns To Horsham With Traditional Performances, Vendors, Food And More, Sunday, August 24

Enjoy the dance, music and food of Ukraine at the annual Ukrainian Festival in Horsham. (Photo courtesy Ukrainian American Sport Center)

Enjoy the dance, music and food of Ukraine at the annual Ukrainian Festival in Horsham. (Photo courtesy Ukrainian American Sport Center)

This Sunday, August 24 from noon to 4 p.m., the Ukrainian Folk Festival returns to the the Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham (which is only about 40 minutes from Center City) and brings with it a variety of Ukrainian traditions.

The festival celebrates the anniversary of Ukraine’s independence through traditional dance and music performances. A variety of performance groups are slated to take the stage over the course of the festival.

Jenkintown’s Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble from New Jersey, the Vox Ethnika Orchestra and more traditional groups will perform for festival-goers.

Flavors from Ukrainian kitchens will fill food tents throughout the festival, too. Guests can expect Ukrainian sausage, pierogies, desserts and a variety of Ukrainian liquors and beers.

For those looking for American fare, barbecue will also be available. Guests will also find a full service pub pouring wine, beer and mixed drinks.

The family-friendly festival also promises a kid’s zone complete with games and activities for youngsters in addition to a shopping area featuring handmade crafts and art.

Admission to the festival is $15 for general admission, $10 for students and free for children under 14.

Ukrainian Folk Festival
When: Sunday, August 24, noon-8 p.m.
Where: Ukrainian American Sport Center, County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA
Cost: $15 for general admission, $10 for students, free for children under 14
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August 21, 2014

Deal Feed: The Fat Ham Launches A Burger, Beer And Bourbon Special On Friday And Saturday Nights After 9 P.M. This Friday, August 22

The Fat Ham Philadelphia

The Fat Ham’s pork-centric focus takes a beefy turn for a new burger and beer special launching Friday, August 22. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Top Chef talent Kevin Sbraga’s second Philadelphia restaurant, The Fat Ham, began serving up a healthy dose of Southern charm in University City this past winter.

With a pork-laden menu full of Southern-style small plates, spicy fried chicken to write home about and a bourbon-fueled bar program, the intimate 48-seat restaurant has been packing in dining crowds.

Starting this weekend, though, The Fat Ham’s sophisticated small plates might just take a back seat to a hearty burger platter after 9 p.m.

Launching this Friday, August 22, and running every Friday and Saturday with popular demand, chef Sbraga brings back his special pimento cheeseburger to The Fat Ham for a Burger, Bourbon and Beer special.

Available only on Friday and Saturday nights after 9 p.m., a limited number of burgers will be dished up with seasoned fries, plus a can of Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. beer and a shot of Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon — all for for $18 plus tax and gratuity.

This past winter, The Fat Ham ran a similar fried chicken deal and orders ran out within an hour of the start of service.

Be sure to show up on time to score this late-night deal.

Late-Night Burger, Bourbon and Beer Special at The Fat Ham
When: Fridays and Saturdays beginning August 22, 9-11 p.m.
Where: The Fat Ham, 3131 Walnut Street
Cost: $18 plus tax and gratuity
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August 21, 2014

Rock Out At City Tap House As It Teams Up With The Blockley And Brooklyn Brewery For Two Outdoor Concerts, Saturdays, August 23 And 30

Rock out at City Tap House as it hosts two alfresco concerts on its patio, Saturdays, August 23 and 30. (Image courtesy City Tap House)

Rock out at City Tap House as it hosts two alfresco concerts on its patio, Saturdays, August 23 and 30. (Image courtesy City Tap House)

Get down to live music at City Tap House as the University City craft beer bar hosts two outdoor concerts on the final two Saturdays of the month.

First up, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah headlines the alfresco concert series on Saturday, August 23. From 3 to 8 p.m., enjoy outdoor tunes provided by the local indie rock band in addition to music from Mo Lowda and the Humble and Illinois. Tickets for this Saturday’s concert are available online.

Next Saturday, August 30 also from 3 to 8 p.m., the Stooges Brass Band will provide attendees with New Orleans-style jazz and blues. The New Sound Brass Band, a local Mummers troupe, will round out the entertainment. Tickets for the August 30 show are available online.

In addition to music, guests will be treated to beer specials from Brooklyn Brewery — who is teaming up with City Tap House and The Blockley to present the concerts.

Admission to each concert is $15. Both shows are 21-plus. In the case of rain, concerts will take place inside City Tap House.

Brooklyn Brewery Summer Concerts at City Tap House
When: Saturdays, August 23 and 30, 3-8 p.m.
Where: City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street
Cost: $15
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August 20, 2014

Labor Day Weekend In Philadelphia: How To Spend The Long Holiday Weekend In Philly

Philadelphia Skyline

Happy Labor Day weekend, Philadelphia! Celebrate the holiday weekend with outdoor concerts, festivals, exhibitions, parties and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is nearly here.

Before the summer season winds down, a ton of events fill venues across Philadelphia for one last hurrah.

Now’s the perfect time to get out there and prolong summer — whether that means hitting up a beer garden, attending a free outdoor concert, sipping beer at an early Oktoberfest celebration or attending an exhibition (all of which are on tap for Labor Day weekend!).

Plus, a number of blockbuster happenings are slated on tap: Made in America, Jay Z’s epic music festival, fills the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for two days, Spruce Street Harbor Park, the super popular pop-up park on the Delaware River, continues its run on the waterfront, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main exhibition, Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art closes its doors. And that’s not all.

Read on for our guide to the events and exhibitions of Labor Day weekend.


Your Essential Philadelphia Summertime Bucket List: As the last unofficial weekend of summer arrives, now is your chance to cross off any summer bucket list to-dos from our Essential Philadelphia Summertime Bucket List. Whether you still haven’t lounged in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park or packed a picnic and ate in Rittenhouse Square, now is your time to plan your final summer outings.

How to Spend Your Summer Nights in Philadelphia: Long weekends mean an extra night to take full advantage of the city’s nighttime offerings. By night, the city comes alive with happy hours, outdoor dining events, museum happenings, movie nights, concerts and much more. Check out our guide to how to spend your summer nights in Philadelphia.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park, an awesome pop-up park on the river, brings the waterfront a beer garden, hammock lounge, floating restaurant and more. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Made in America: August 30-31. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway thumps with live music during the third annual Made in America festival. Festival co-presenter Jay Z enlists help from big-name acts, like Kanye West, The National, Tiesto, Kings of Leon and Pharrell, to bring two days of celebration and musical surprises to the City of Brotherly Love. Tickets for a one-day pass are $89.50 and for a two-day pass are $150 — both plus taxes and fees.

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Morgan’s Pier: Friday, August 29. The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series draws to a close on Friday, August 29, but not before bringing $4 beer deals, food savings and summertime giveaways to Morgan’s Pier. Beginning at 4 p.m., take full advantage of the last unofficial summer Friday by hanging alfresco with a cold brew in hand.

Spruce Street Harbor Park: Through Sunday, September 28. The super, super popular Spruce Street Harbor Park recently announced that it is extending its season through Sunday, September 28 (the best news!). So if you haven’t had the pleasure (seriously!) of checking out the pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront do so in the next month — particularly over Labor Day weekend. The park promises guests a place for alfresco drinking, hammock lounging, floating restaurant-dining, game playing and much more. Plus, it’s gorgeous.

Labor Day Weekend BBQ at Opa’s Drury Beer Garden: Sunday, August 31. Hang alfresco at a backyard beer garden as Opa’s Drury Beer Garden puts on a Labor Day Weekend BBQ on August 31. From 2 to 6 p.m., enjoy specials on beer, cocktails, burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob, all while enjoying games like ping pong and Jenga.

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)

Cannstatter 142 Annual Volksfest: August 30-September 1, Noon-10 p.m. Transport yourself to Germany this Labor Day weekend as the 142 annual Volksfest (or Oktoberfest) party presented by the Cannstatter Club, a German-American society in Philadelphia. From Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1, head to the fest to sip German beer and wine and classic German fare like bratwurst and frankfurters. Also enjoy performances, rides, a raffle and crafts for youngsters. Admission is $6 for one-day, $9 for two-days and $11 for all three days.

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August 20, 2014

Tonight Picks: The Taney Dragons In The Little League World Series, Free Concert In Rittenhouse Square, Center City Sips, Dining Under The Stars In Media And More

Dining Under the Stars in Media

The downtown streets of Media come alive for Dining Under the Stars, a weekly event that invites the public out for alfresco shopping, dining and drinking. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

There’s a palpable summer spirit in the air for numerous events going down this evening — a local team in the Little League World Series, Center City Sips, free concerts, outdoor dining events and more.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., local Little Leaguers, the Taney Dragons, play their third game in the Little League World Series. Cheer for the home team at a number of watch parties throughout the city — including at City Hall, Commerce Square, Xfinity Live and Lovett Library Park in Mt. Airy. Check out our full where to watch guide.

The town of Media celebrates the warm summer nights with its weekly Dining Under the Stars event, an opportunity to dine and shop on State Street as it’s closed to vehicular traffic on Wednesday evenings.

Also tonight, Rittenhouse Square hosts a free concert from 6 to 9 p.m., Center City Sips dishes happy hour deals out at more than 80 restaurants and pay-what-you-wish Wednesday occurs at the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Where To Watch The Taney Dragons: Tonight, the Taney Dragons, a local Little League team, compete in the Little League World Series. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and a number of bars and public locations are set to host watch parties. Head to the Courtyard at City Hall, Xfinity Live, Commerce Square and more to catch the action. Check our out where to watch picks right here.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Center City Sips: Wednesday nights in Center City means happy hour deals at more than 80 bars throughout the area. Spice up your mid-week while enjoying $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. Some participating bars include Chops at the Comcast Center, Independence Beer Garden, The Corner Foodery and Bank and Bourbon. Don’t forget to check out our top 10 outdoor spots to take advantage of Center City Sips.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating Bars
Cost: $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park in Rittenhouse Square: Get ready to rock out alfresco in Rittenhouse Square as Concerts in the Park, presented by Philadelphia Weekly return tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Look forward to a free two-hour set from DJ Cash Money, lively world sounds from Worldtown Sound System, and an eminently danceable Afro-Cuban-inspired set from Pablo Batista and his Mambo Syndicate.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost: Free

Dining Under the Stars in Media: The town of Media celebrates summer evenings with Dining Under the Stars, alfresco shopping and dining events along State Street from Jackson and Orange streets. State Street closes to vehicular traffic as restaurants and shops take it outside. Live music rounds out the event, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 5-11 p.m.
Where: State Street between Jackson and Orange streets in Media
Cost: Pay as you go

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History: Every Wednesday night this summer, the National Museum of American Jewish History throws opens its Old City doors for any sized donation from 5 to 8 p.m. for the return of its Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday events. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Labor Day.

When: Wednesday, August 20, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay what you wish

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August 20, 2014

Pop-Up Dinner Parties In Philadelphia This Thursday, August 21: Dîner En Blanc Returns, Plus Dîner En Noir And Dîner En Sweatpants

In 2013, more than 2,000 revelers took part in the second Diner en Blanc Philadelphia on the JFK Bridge at 30th Street Station. (Photo by Sean Corbett Photography)

Don’t be alarmed if you spot a crowd of 3,400 people dressed completely in white and carting tables and chairs tomorrow night.

This Thursday, August 21 marks the annual Dîner en Blanc event, a worldwide pop-up dining phenomenon celebrating its third year in Philadelphia.

In 2014, the global event will appear in more than 40 cities around the world with tens of thousands of white-clad revelers attending private, picnic parties at to-be-disclosed locations.

In 2012, the Dîner made its debut in Philly when 1300 guests descended upon the secret pop-up location that was revealed the night of the event to be Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle. In 2013, more than 2000 revelers danced the night away on the JFK Bridge in the shadow of 30th Street Station and the Cira Centre.

The mysterious invitation-required event brings together dancing, drinking, picnicking, live music and fashion in a highly-visible location in Philadelphia. Guests are required to dress in white from head-to-toe, bring along a picnic dinner (and drinks!), a picnic table, a white table cloth and white folding chairs. From there, the party really starts.

While tickets for the popular event have long been sold out, non-attendees are bound to come across gaggles of white-clad participants.

But, this year two other events have cropped up in response to Dîner en Blanc: Dîner en Noir and Dîner en Sweatpants.

Like Dîner en Blanc, Dîner en Noir is a now sold-out BYO-everything pop-up affair at a to-be-disclosed location. A dinner for around 500, the key difference from Dîner en Blanc is that it’s locally conceived and any profits from Dîner en Noir will be donated to local hunger-relief non-profit organization Philabundance.

Still looking to join in a dîner-going? Head to Dîner en Sweatpants in Clark Park. Organized by ticketing gurus TicketLeap, sweatpants-clad (or any attired!) partygoers should bring any color blanket and a picnic dinner, or pick up eats from the on-site farmers’ market or food trucks.

Really, all three dinners embrace the joie de vivre of summer in Philadelphia.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia
When: Thursday, August 21
Where: TBD
Cost: $29.25 per person; plus $5 membership (sold out)
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Dîner en Noir
When: Thursday, August 21
Where: TBD
Cost: $50 for a table for two (sold out)
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Dîner en Sweatpants
When: Thursday, August 21
Where: Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue
Cost: Free!
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