press release

Arts and Culture Entertainment Continues in Dilworth Park with Support from PNC Bank

Giavana Suraci   
T 215.440.5516   

Lunchtime concerts, full-length opera screenings and more! 

PHILADELPHIA (August 25, 2022): Center City District continues to provide year-round activities in Dilworth Park as free arts and culture programming extends into the fall with support from PNC Bank. Returning events include Live @ Lunch presented by PNC, which begins on Wednesday, September 7 and continues every Wednesday and Thursday through October 13, and The Arts on Center Stage Encore, which will be hosted on select Wednesday and Thursday evenings from September 1 through September 14. Attendance is free for everyone.

Live @ Lunch presented by PNC will be headlined by local musicians every week from noon-1 p.m. near the shaded PNC Terrace. Office workers can enjoy some time outside before settling in to watch the shows with great views of the park’s dancing fountain and historic City Hall. Lunch options will be available at the Dilworth Park Café and the Air Grille Garden.

This season’s Live @ Lunch presented by PNC lineup was curated in partnership with the Women’s Coalition for Empowerment, a local nonprofit organization that works to improve financial support and access to employment for financially disadvantaged emerging artists, musicians, and performers.

The schedule of performances include:

Wed, 9/7: Ashley Scott

Thurs, 9/8:  Michelle “Songbird” Ray

Wed, 9/14: Patrice Hawthorne

Thurs, 9/15: Kharisma McIlwaine

Wed, 9/21: Lassiter the Artist

Thurs, 9/22: Sapphire

Wed, 9/28: Shekhinah B.

Thurs, 9/29: Denise King

Wed, 10/5: Ericka Glenn
Thus, 10/6: Shirley Lites

Wed, 10/12: Tara Hendricks

Thurs, 10/13: Ceasar Live Soul

In addition to presenting Live @ Lunch, PNC Bank also supports The Arts on Center Stage Encore, an extension of Dilworth Park’s popular spring and summer series that brings a diverse network of arts and culture organizations outside for free, community-based performances. On select Wednesday and Thursday evenings, guests of all ages are invited to experience live orchestral serenades, full-length opera screenings and more. The Arts on Center Stage Encore is also supported by Temple University.

The tentative schedule includes:  

Thurs, 9/1: Temple University Jazz Ensemble | 6 p.m.

Wed, 9/7: New City Brass Quintet presented by the Curtis Institute | 6 p.m.

Thurs, 9/8: Opera Philadelphia Film Screening: The Marriage of Figaro | 7:30 p.m.

Wed, 9/14: The Viano String Quartet presented by the Curtis Institute | 6 p.m.

 “Autumn is fast approaching and an ideal time to participate in the arts as we celebrate the diversity of our community and the continuation of outdoor activities. There are few better ways to do that than through the Live @ Lunch presented by PNC performances at Dilworth Park. This is the perfect location to enjoy the cooler weather, while also supporting the city’s local artists and businesses. My PNC colleagues and I look forward to enjoying the season’s performances at Dilworth Park and all that Center City has to offer,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC Bank regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.

Center City District and all park food operations follow the City of Philadelphia’s current health safety guidelines. Visit to learn more. All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. Visit for additional information.   


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