2016 Octoberfest at Dilworth Park

press release

So Much to Look Forward to in CCD Parks this Fall

Molly Albertson
T 215.440.5516



Games, concerts, celebrations, local market and pumpkins to fill the parks with fun

PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 24, 2017) — As the weather cools down in Philadelphia, the fun heats up at CCD Parks. Center City District has plenty in store to celebrate autumn in the city.

Wednesdays, September 6 – 27, 12 – 2 p.m.

Checkmate! Grab a friend or two for some classic board game fun in the park! Enjoy live music during Live@Lunch while playing games. Games available include old favorites, such as Jenga, Chess, Sorry!, Life, Uno and more. Grab the gang and take a break over lunch to unwind and play in the park.

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

The popular lunchtime concert series, PNC Presents Live@Lunch returns to Dilworth Park as part of a series of free events produced by the Center City District. After taking a break in August, live music returns for seven weeks in September and October. Philadelphia’s center stage shines with a showcase of local singer-songwriters performing familiar tunes, along with their own original scores on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Stop by the PNC booth during Live@Lunch to see how PNC can serve your banking needs and for a chance to get a $10 PNC Bank gift card (first five people) when you show the weekly @CCDParks Twitter post.

September 6: Nalani & Sarina, nalanisarina.com
September 13: Matt Santry, mattsantry.com
September 20: Joy Ike, joyike.com
September 27: Ernie Halter, erniehalter.com
October 4: Nelly's Echo, nellysecho.com
October 11: Matt Cusson, mattcusson.com
October 18: Philly Keys, thephillykeys.com


Friday, September 8 – Multiple locations

Celebrate the centennial of Philadelphia’s grand cultural axis, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. CCD Parks, along with the cultural and educational institutions, businesses and residences along the Parkway will present more than 100 family-friendly activities! Kick off the evening at CCD parks with musical performances.

Sister Cities Park - 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Gather on the grassy knoll of Sister Cities Park, located midway through the Parkway to enjoy the musical musings of singer-songwriter Matt Santry.

Cret Park - 16th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Not just for coffee anymore, stop by the Capriccio Café & Bar at Cret Park for happy hour specials that feature local Philadelphia ingredients. Stay for the sounds of soul music by Ginger Coyle.

Dilworth Park - 1 South 15th St (West Side of City Hall)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
At the center of the city and the launching point of the parkway at City Hall, enjoy happy hour at Dilworth Park Café with appetizer and drink specials brought to you by Makers 46 and Bud Light. Live DJ music provided by DJ Craig Dash. Just for this occasion, try a Clover Club Cocktail, named after the men’s club, The Clover Club of Philadelphia, which met in the Bellevue–Stratford hotel, is a combination of gin, lemon juice and raspberry syrup, and was quite en vogue in the early 1900s.

For more information about all the Parkway 100 events and happenings, visit www.parkway100.org.

Wednesday, September 20, noon – 3 p.m.,

Join the neighborhood arts celebration, supported by PNC, Wednesday, September 20, noon – 3 p.m., and again at 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the third anniversary of Dilworth Park with special performances by arts groups from across Philadelphia. Groups from the city’s neighborhoods will come together at Dilworth Park at City Hall to showcase their talents. From 5 – 7 p.m., celebrate after work with cocktails and cold beers, a special happy hour outside at the Dilworth Park Café and Air Grille.

Performances throughout the day on various stages are scheduled as follows:

Noon – 3:00 p.m.:

Joy Ike
Al Bustan Seeds of Culture
West Philly DJs
Circadium Rhythm
Girls Rock Philly
Poetry Slam
Jazz Lives Collective

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Seamaac + Hip Hop Fundamentals with DJs
Tasker House Trio
Three Aksha
Ill-fated Natives

* Schedule of performances subject to change.

Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15

Autumn sweeps into Dilworth Park with this annual five-day festival celebrating all the best of fall. Live music, games, entertainment, a pumpkin patch, fall decor and a beer garden will fill Dilworth Park. New this year, the Made in Philadelphia Fall Market brings together regional vendors for a chance to shop the best handmade and local the city has to offer all in one place. The market showcases local crafters selling art, photos, accessories and jewelry, skincare, glassware, wood craft and more.

For fun during the festival, test your arm strength in the Stein Holding Contest, and stick around for a Makers Mark and Makers 46 Tasting and Gourmet Mustard Pairing.

Brûlée Catering will feature traditional fare and offer German and Philly-inspired specialties, such as Currywurst, Sauerbraten Cheesesteak, South Philly Schnitzel, Germantown Potato dumplings, and Festival Fries. In the evenings, the Air Grille will offer a variety of grilled delicacies, including beef ribs with mustard sauce, pulled pork with Black Forest BBQ sauce, Smoked Turkey Legs with a Cider Glaze, and a changing grill plate. Thirsty from all the great flavors, quench the thirst, with Bud Light, and Victory Ale on tap. Effen Vodka, Makers 46 and Makers Mark will be shaken into special seasonal cocktails to compliment the flavors of the festival. Try a Blood Orange Effen, cranberry and ginger beer cocktail on tap, or sip on a Makers, cider and ginger beer mule.

Live music and DJs, curated and powered by Live Nation Entertainment, will play every day. Enter to win a Makers Mark and Makers 46 gift basket giveaway.

Wednesday, October 11: Music and Entertainment, 5 – 9 p.m.

Thursday, October 12: Music and Entertainment, 5 – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 13: Market, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Music and Entertainment, 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 14: Market, Music and Entertainment noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 15: Market, Music and Entertainment, noon - 6 p.m.

Dilworth Park Official Rideshare Partner Lyft, the official rideshare partner, has transportation to all the events at Dilworth Park covered. Download the Lyft app to get an affordable ride in minutes. New users can enter the code CCDOCT to unlock ride credit, and existing users should keep an eye out for ride discounts headed your way from Lyft Philadelphia.

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 www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

About Penn Beer Sales & Service

Philadelphia’s official distributor of Anheuser Busch products, is proud to be part of the beer industry and a service partner for their customers, global and local brewers, and a variety of community organizations. Penn Beer Sales & Service is dedicated to a seamless approach to delivering product and service. From choosing brewing partners, to distributing products to customers, and through incredibly talented hardworking team members, Penn Beer Sales & Service strives to exceed expectations every day.

About Live Nation Entertainment

Providing quality and professional event production, Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.