Summer in the city Dilworth All-American-BBQ

press release

All-American BBQ is Back with More Fun & Food than Ever at Dilworth Park

Molly Albertson
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Celebrate Summer with Live Music, Pop-Up Bar, Lawn Games at Five-Day Event

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Philadelphia, PA (June 13, 2017) – Center City District is celebrating summer in the city with an All-American BBQ at Dilworth Park, from Wednesday, June 21, to Sunday, June 25, with games, grilling, live music and hot DJs, powered by Live Nation. The five-day, red-white-and-blue festival will offer activities for all ages; guests can enjoy the fountains at Dilworth Park, as well as play cornhole, lawn games and board games all weekend for free.

Brûlée Catering will feature traditional barbecue from regions all over America. The menu highlights hometown favorites such as BBQ pulled pork sandwich with Carolina Slaw;  house pulled chicken sandwich with white BBQ sauce and pickled red onions; smoked BBQ wings with jalapeno pickled celery; roasted corn and black bean burger with heirloom tomatoes and avocado spread; and a summertime salad of local produce and cotija cheese with an avocado vinaigrette. Chefs will be serving BBQ hot off the grill made with Big Bob Gibson’s White BBQ Chicken, Lockhart Texas Brisket, Lexington Pulled Pork and St. Louis Classic Ribs.  Home cooked sides will include Cucumber and Onion Salad, Smoked Mac and Cheese, BBQ Baked Beans, Farmhouse Potato Salad and Mustang Ranch Chips.

Also, check out the red and white wine, Summertime Rocket Cocktail, Spiked Sorbet, Passion Citrus Julep, and Cider Cocktail. To quench your thirst, stop in the beer garden for a cold Bud Light or Victory Summer Love. Try a handmade cocktail featuring Effen Green Apple or Effen Blood Orange Vodka and Hornitos Tequila, a premium tequila crafted with 100% blue agave. All ages may enter the beer garden area, but must present ID and be 21 or over to consume alcoholic beverages.

On Saturday, practice adult coloring skills with a special and uniquely designed All-American BBQ coloring sheet. Don’t forget to bring the four-legged friends. 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon will feature a pet costume contest for patriotic pooches, with a prize for the best red, white, and blue ensemble. Special judge Leigh Siegfried, training director at Opportunity Barks will award the prize to the winner. To learn more about Opportunity Barks, visit

Also on Saturday, guests can vote in the audience participation BBQ sauce competition to determine which Brûlée chef makes the best sauce. Everyone can taste several sauces and vote on the best one. Each person who votes will be entered to win a Budweiser BBQ Prize Pack, courtesy of Penn Beer, and the winning Brûlée Chef will win $250 in Center City restaurant gift cards – and ultimate bragging rights.

Lyft, official rideshare partner, has transportation to all the events at Dilworth Park covered. Download the Lyft app to get an affordable ride in minutes. 

Each day will be set to the sounds of some of Philly’s favorite bands and DJs, curated and powered by Live Nation Entertainment.

Schedule of Events *

Wednesday June 21

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. DJ Dee Jay

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Center City District Sips at Dilworth Park, presented by Effen Vodka and Temple University Alumni Association, with $5 cocktails, $4 wine and $3 beer drink specials.

Plus, enjoy an opportunity to taste Effen Blood Orange or Effen Green Apple Vodka featured in the hand crafted cocktails available at the event.

Thursday, June 22

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. DJ Dav

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Marissa of WMMR will crank up the fun and the tunes

Meet the Hornitos Tequila team who will have samples of the delicious cocktails featured.

Friday, June 23

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. DJ Craig Dash

5:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m. Meet the Hornitos Tequila team who will have samples of the delicious cocktails featured.

Saturday, June 24 (live music)

Hosted by Reed Streets

1:00 p.m. Trinidelphia

2:15 p.m. Mo Lowda & The Humble

3:30 p.m. Clay Sears

5:00 p.m. Worldtown Soundsystem

6:15 p.m. Evan Cory Levine

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet the Hornitos Tequila team who will have samples of the delicious cocktails featured.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Patriotic Pooch Costume Contest with judge Leigh Siegfried, training director at Opportunity Barks

7:00 p.m. BBQ Sauce Competition winner announced

Sunday, June 25

Hosted by DJ Xtina

1:00 p.m. Joy Ike

2:15 p.m. Ensemble Novo

3:30 p.m. Swing That Cat

4:45 p.m. Sarah Kane 

Also: Free lawn games set up all day

The All-American BBQ is supported by Penn Beer Sales & Service and Live Nation Entertainment.

* Schedule of events subject to change

For the most up-to-date information about all events taking place at Dilworth Park, visit Follow Dilworth Park on Facebook at and Twitter @ccdparks #DilworthPark.

About Live Nation Entertainment
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Dilworth Park, on the west side of City Hall, a large, sustainable green park with many amenities, programming, and improved access to transit, is the center stage for all of Philadelphia. The park links the Avenue of the Arts with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and connects the office district with Market East destinations. It provides new distinctive entrances to SEPTA’s trains and trolleys and makes both the Market Street Line and the subway-surface lines accessible by elevator.

The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at and on Facebook and Twitter.