Press release

Sister Cities Park programming offers summer-long fun for families

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Molly Albertson
T 215.440.5516

Sister Cities Park programming offers summer-long fun for families

PHILADELPHIA (May 17, 2017) – This spring and summer, Sister Cities Park at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be offering a variety of exciting events, from BYOB summer barbeques with live music in the evenings to children’s art, science and nature programs. 

Pairings on the Parkway

This summer concert series event returns for another season, featuring singer-songwriter style live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursdays each week. Park goers can bring their own bottle. Chaddsford Winery’s award-winning, PA-made wines will also be available for purchase by the glass and bottle. Chaddsford Winery will feature its Proprietors Reserve White, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Proprietors Reserve Red, Harbinger, Sangri-la Sangria, and

Hard Cider. Winery staff will also offer pairing suggestions based on Logan Square Café special summer grilling menu. The Children’s Discovery Garden will have extended hours so children can enjoy the park while the music plays. The music schedule is:

Thursday, June 1: Nalani & Sarina - Soul-infused pop/rock

Thursday, June 8: Birds Over Arkansas/ Phillip & Billip  - Progressive Americana combining rock rhythms with singer/songwriter sensibilities

Thursday, June 15: Nelly’s Echo - Pop

Thursday, June 22: Jamie Salvatore - Acoustic music with heart

Thursday, June 29: Matt Cusson - Singer/songwriter with soul

Thursday, July 6: Joy Ike - Pop/soul/folk

Thursday, July 13: Minerva - Messages of hope embedded in emotionally-driven rock

Thursday, July 20: Elliven  - Reggae/pop/culture Music

Thursday, July 27: Kwesi - Acoustic/Indie

Thursday, August 3: Brian Fitzy - Soul-pop with a jazz and hip hop backbone.

Thursday, August 10: Christine Havrilla - Neo/funkadelic/folk/pop/twang/rock

Thursday, August 17: Tim Williams - Acoustic singer/songwriter

Thursday, August 24: Matt Santry - Songwriter pop

Thursday, August 31: John Grecia & Drew Nielands  - Piano-driven pop and rock

*Schedule is subject to change; check for the most up-to-date information.

Library in the Park Book Cart

The book cart features some of your favorite titles from notable authors and is accompanied by a new children’s reading lounge area. Presented by TD Bank, this program encourages children to read while they are in Sister Cities Park.

Story Art

Join in on the fun of nature-themed crafts every Monday at 10:30 a.m., June 5 – August 7. This exciting activity for children includes story reading from the Free Library of Philadelphia followed by crafts with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Grow Up Green

Join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., June 7 – August 9 for a different activity each week. Outdoor play inspires a greater connection with the outdoor world. Children, ages 3 and older, are encouraged to attend.

Nature in the Park

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University every other Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for fun-filled activities for budding young scientists. Each week has a theme and children can stop by to learn about dinosaurs, nature, history and more.

*All programs are weather permitting and subject to change.

Logan Square Café at Sister Cities Park is a family-friendly café that offers a quick-stop breakfast, lunch for families exploring the park, or an afternoon pick-me-up for tourists visiting area museums. For information, call 215-665-8600 or visit

Children’s Discovery Garden

Young visitors can explore nature in an urban setting in the Children’s Discovery Garden in Sister Cities Park. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, the garden’s winding pathways, scalable rocks and meandering stream provide a setting for discovery and imaginative play. Children can hike the trail, summit the “mountain” and enjoy the view, while connecting with the natural and man-made environments surrounding them.

Boat Pond

Enjoy the pleasures of sailing in the boat pond. Bring your own model boat or buy one at the park to navigate the shallow waters for hours of fun. Small boats are $5 and large boats are $7 (two large boats are $12). Save your receipts for five purchases and you get the sixth free.

The pond is open and staffed with an attendant Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., expect for Thursday evenings during Pairings on the Parkway, when it’s open until 7:30 p.m.

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