Press release

Fall Fun at CCD Parks

Molly Yun
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Live Music, OctoberFest, Flea Market and more!

PHILADELPHIA (August 24, 2016) – As the weather cools down in Philadelphia, the fun heats up at Dilworth and Sister Cities Parks. Center City District has plenty in store to celebrate autumn in the city.

Dilworth Park at City Hall

For the first year, CCD Sips, presented by 2 Gingers, is extended until September 28. All participating restaurants will feature the famous sips specials, $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 cocktails featuring 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, through the end of September every Wednesday5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by Center City District Sips at Dilworth Park to sip specially priced cocktails and half-priced appetizers at Dilworth Park Café and on the PNC Terrace adjacent to the café. Philly’s hottest DJs complement the happy hour at Dilworth Park.

There will be five, dog-friendly weekly Yappy Hours, presented by TD Bank, on Wednesday evenings, August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21, and September 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bring your dog and enjoy drink specials from Dilworth Park Café, featuring $5 sangria, $4 wine, $3 beers and snacks. Dog snacks are also available for purchase. Plan to attend many fun dog-related events that change each week, so there’s something new for Fido and you.

Dilworth Park will be transformed with pumpkins and autumn decor, a beer garden, live music, games, and lots of fall fun for Octoberfest, presented by Saul Ewing, Wednesday, October 12, to Friday, October 14, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, noon to 6 p.m. Celebrate fall in the heart of the city with live music and the Saultoberfest Beer Garden. This craft beer garden, offering a variety of craft ales provided by Penn Beer and Sales and autumn-inspired cocktails featuring Effen Blood Orange Vodka and Jim Beam Apple, will take center stage, along with live music and DJs, curated by Dilworth Park partner, Live Nation. Dilworth Park café and Air Grille will expand its selections, featuring a special German-inspired menu.

Shop for pumpkins, gourds and cool-weather produce at The Farmers’ Market at Dilworth Park, every Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in collaboration with Farm to City. Each week until the end of October, farmers bring their local produce fresh from the fields to Center City.

PNC presents Live @ Lunch – The free concert series returns to Dilworth Park, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., every Wednesday, September 7 to October 26, as part of a series of free events produced by the Center City District. The artists represent the local music scene in Philadelphia. This fall, the theme is international music.

September 7, 2016

Worldtown DJs Ben Arsenal & Oluwafemi play a blend of world music representing their mission of uniting diverse people through music and art. FACEBOOK.COM/WORLDTOWNPARTY

September 14, 2016

Arrastão do Dendê, formed by Afro-Brazilian percussionist Dendê from Bahia, has performed Afro-Brazilian rhythms on timbals, surdos, baqurinhas, trumpets and trombones extensively throughout Brazil, Asia, Europe and the US. MAMADELE.COM/ARTISTS/ARRASTAO-DO-DENDE

September 21, 2016

Intercultural Journeys, a nonprofit that seeks to promote peace and greater understanding between people of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and cultures through the arts as a catalyst for social change and awareness presents a duo of musicians. INTERCULTURALJOURNEYS.ORG

September 28, 2016

Dahi Divine and Friends Tenor saxophonist, prolific composer and jazz bandleader, is exploding onto the contemporary music scene expanding the boundaries of jazz for his generation as a writer, vocalist, hip hop recording artist, and record producer. DAHIDIVINE.COM

October 5, 2016

Ryan Tennis, singer-songwriter, plays a diverse blend of acoustic, roots-funk and reggae music styles. RYANTENNISMUSIC.COM

October 12, 2016

Korey Riker, 2016 Kimmel Center Jazz Composer Residency grantee, accomplished saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator has performed across the globe. KOREYRIKER.COM

October 19, 2016

The 2016-17 ArtistYear Philadelphia Fellowship Program brings new Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University fine and performing arts graduates together. ARTISTYEAR.ORG/FELLOWS/

October 26, 2016

Jazz Lives Philadelphia, a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate jazz music through performance, education and community outreach, presents a quartet of musicians playing trumpet, keys, bass, and drums. JAZZLIVESPHILADELPHIA.ORG

For up-to-date information about events at Dilworth Park, visit or FACEBOOK.COM/DILWORTHPARK/. Follow Center City District Sips on Twitter @CCDSIPS and #CCDSIPS.

Sister Cities Park, 18th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Fall Family Fun Days with Furry Friends, brought to you by TD Bank, at Sister Cities Park, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturdays, October 8 and 15, will feature activities geared for all ages and pets. Guests can take a hay ride around the park, which will be decked out with pumpkins, scarecrows and fall decor. Face painting, balloon art and lots of fun games will be on tap both days. Families can bring their dogs, or talk to local shelters that will have information on adopting a new pet. Live entertainment will feature Grammy award-winning children's performer Steve Pullara, noon to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, and singer-songwriter Kyle Herring, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15. MORE FM will be on site both Saturdays. The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute will lead children’s learning activities. 

Shop ‘til you drop, Saturday, October 22, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Philadelphia Vintage Flea Market. This annual tradition is a great place to dig for treasures among vendor stands of antiques, and grab breakfast or lunch at Logan Square Café. For more information, visit PHILAFLEAMARKETS.ORG.

For up-to-date information about events at Sister Cities Park, visit or FACEBOOK.COM/SISTERCITIESPARK/. Follow CCD Parks on Twitter at @CCDParks and #PairingsOnTheParkway.

About CCD Parks

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. Dilworth Park Café, located along the JFK Boulevard side of the park, offers a menu of American cuisine, coffee, and more. Brûlée Catering's chefs feature seasonal and convenient menu options, including a variety of sandwiches, salads and snacks. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The Air Grille, a retro Air Stream turned food truck sits next door, offering guests hot food. 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.

Sister Cities Park, located at18th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, provides something for everyone in the heart of the arts and culture district near museums and the historic cathedral. Open 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily. Explore the Children’s Discovery Garden, sail a boat in the pond or stop by the Sister Cities Park Visitor Center. Grab a bite to eat at Logan Square Café, a casual family-friendly eatery with quick-stop breakfast for the weekday commuter, lunch for families, or afternoon snacks.  The fountain’s 10 geyser-like spouts mark Philadelphia’s 10 sister cities, each positioned according to its global relationship to Philadelphia.