press release

All-American BBQ brings classic summer fun to Dilworth Park

Molly Albertson
T 215.440.5516


Live Music, Pop-Up Bar, BBQ, Bourbon, Games, County Fair Favorites at Five-Day Event

Philadelphia, PA (June 11, 2017) – Come one, come all, to a summertime staple – the county fair. Take a stab at line dancing, sample Budweiser Freedom Reserve Lager with George and Martha Washington, play corn hole and board games, and stay for the classic pairing of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Barbeque. The All-American BBQ at Dilworth Park, free and open to the public, from Wednesday, June 20, to Sunday, June 24, features games, grilling, crafts, live music and hot DJs, powered by Live Nation. The five-day, red-white-and-blue festival will offer activities for all ages.

Dress up your four-legged friends on Saturday, June 23 for a patriotic pooch pet costume contest for a chance to win a brand new Bud Light gas grill. All day, we’ll take pictures of well-dressed dogs and the audience will vote on the best red, white, and blue ensemble. Compete in a watermelon- eating contest for a chance to win a grill set and swag, courtesy of Budweiser, along with the right to brag.

The event is free to enter and to participate in games and activities; pay as you go for food and beverage. New this year, Brûlée Catering will feature traditional county fair favorites for purchase, including the famous deep-fried double Stuf Oreos and other sweets, and shaved ice, available spiked with Beam Suntory spirits. Chefs turn the park into a BBQ pit grilling pulled pork sandwiches with broccoli slaw and Maker’s Mark Bourbon mustard; house pulled chicken sandwich with hot honey bbq sauce and charred red onions; smoked BBQ wings with jalapeno pickled celery; a smokehouse burger, and roasted radish salad. Sides will include smoked mac & cheese, loaded potato salad, house-fried BBQ chips and roasted corn on the cob featuring Maker’s Mark bourbon butter.

Stop in the Bud Light Beer Garden or try a handmade cocktail, featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon. All ages may enter the beer garden area, but must present ID and be 21 or over to consume alcoholic beverages.

Schedule of Events *

Wednesday June 20

5:00 p.m. DJ Martin

5:00 p.m. Sips specials with $6 Hornitos cocktails, $5 wine and $4 Bud Lights

Thursday, June 21

5:00 p.m. DJ JustFriends

5:00 p.m. Meet George and Martha Washington at the complimentary sampling of Budweiser Freedom Reserve Lager along with a Museum of American Revolution ticket giveaway. Freedom Reserve Red Lager is inspired by George Washington's hand-penned recipe from his personal military journal dating back to 1757.

Friday, June 22

5:00 p.m. DJ Avoid the Void

5:30 p.m. Marisa and the WMMR promo team will be on-site to get the party going

6:30 p.m. Greg Sover Band

7:30 p.m. Line Dancing (beginners welcome)

8:00 p.m. DJ Avoid the Void

Saturday, June 23

Music hosted by DJ Reed Streets

Noon      DJ Reed Streets                       

1:00 p.m. Emma Larson band

2:15 p.m. Z by Z band

3:30 p.m. Secret American Band

5:00 p.m. The Radiographers Band

6:15 p.m. Bantams Band

Ongoing Patriotic Pooch Contest

Splash Labs Craft Activity

Sunday, June 24

Music hosted by DJ Jacob Alexander

Noon      DJ Jacob Alexander

1:00 p.m. CJ Dunleavy Band

1:45 p.m. Line Dancing (beginners welcome)

2:15 p.m. Ginger Coyle Band

3:00 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest

3:30 p.m. The Sea Tease Band

4:45 p.m. The Quixote Project Band

5:30 p.m. DJ Jacob Alexander

* 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.

Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. The new beer was specially brewed by Budweiser's own veterans and builds on Budweiser's long-standing support of American veterans with a portion of proceeds sold this summer benefiting Folds of Honor -- a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to military families.

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.