Itinerary: DNC Donkeys, Bike Rides, Movies + More!

When major events happen in Philly, the city comes together to plan fun, inclusive and (almost always) free happenings for all to enjoy. Next week, The Democratic National Convention (DNC) rolls through. The speaker list is pretty impressive– Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, President Obama and Vice President Biden, to name a few. Needless to say, the DNC is a major event. And in true phashion, we’re celebrating!
 
From the donkey statues you’ve been seeing in Center City to free movie nights at Dilworth Park to a massive bike ride down Broad, there are plenty of ways for you make this historic week a monumental one. Below check out our DNC Itinerary for more event ideas.

Donkeys Around Town

Philadelphia-area artists created 57 fiberglass donkeys to represent a participating Convention delegate in the upcoming DNC. The donkeys will be placed in various locations across the city and on display until September 9th.

Each fiberglass donkey represents a delegation for the convention. Every state has one, as well as the five U.S. territories, Washington, D.C., and the Democrats Abroad. The location of each donkey is dependent on where the corresponding delegation is staying for the DNC. The Pennsylvania donkey was installed outside of the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Center City, where the Pennsylvania delegation will be staying.

Take part in the action! Download Scavify —starting July 21st—and join the hunt for #DonkeysAroundTown. Even better? Earn crazy good prizes! The two grand prizes from the scavenger hunt are an all-expenses paid weekend in Philadelphia and a Philly sports package with tickets to Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and Eagles games. May the odds be ever in your favor—the hunt has begun!


POLITICAL MOVIEFEST at Dilworth Park

Bring your friends and family and enjoy the outdoors and four great FREE movies at Dilworth Park! Movies will be shown at dusk beginning Wednesday, July 20, through Saturday, July 23, just before the Democratic National Convention arrives in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, July 20, with Selma, PG13, 2015, 127 minutes
Thursday, July 21: The Manchurian Candidate, PG13, 1962, 126 minutes
Friday, July 22: The American President, PG13, 1995, 114 minutes
Saturday, July 23: All the President’s Men, PG, 1976, 138 minutes.


RideDNC

Turning the Democratic political party into a full-fledged unique celebration, PopeRide and Philly Naked Bike Ride are teaming up to organize a 12-mile bike ride in celebration of this historic convention. But this isn’t just a bike ride- the group encourages riders to come bearing political messages that they want the city and visiting delegates to see (as long as they’re respectful and peaceful, of course).

The ride is happening on Wednesday, July 27. Riders will meet at Broad and Cheltenham at 6:30 pm and leave at 7:30 pm. You can RSVP for the event on their Facebook page, and follow their Twitter (@broadstreetride) for updates.


Committee of Seventy

Seventy’s line-up during DNC Week includes three events, all taking place before the convention begins.

Girls and Boys on the Bus is the committee’s first event in the line-up. Millennial reporters share stories about the campaign trail, highlighting both Clinton and Trump. Reporters include Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics, NPR, CNN and Time Magazine. The event will be followed by a reception and a discussion, accompanied by beer, wine and appetizers.

July 24, 5:30-7:30pm, The Pipeline, 30 S. 15th St., 15th floor

Following this event is American Experiments, where guests will see and hear the best ideas from America’s civic-tech and political-reform communities to reignite the values of our democracy. As an attendee, you will be able to vote for the idea that you believe is most promising! The event is free, so definitely check it out.

July 25, 10am-1:30pm, The University Science Center’s Microsoft Innovation Center, 3711 Market St.

Seventy’s final installation is Voices of Voting. This event centers around a 20-minute theater piece with a hip-hop/funk/jazz score that brings together the struggle to secure voting rights in the 1960s to the present-day challenge of encouraging the younger generation to see the value in voting participation.


Philly Feast, United We Eat:

Are you a food-truck lover? On July 25, from 11am to 3pm, visit 3rd and Arch Streets, in Old City for a diverse line-up of locally-based food trucks, live music and retail vendors. Philly Feast celebrates all of the Convention guests, including volunteers and Philadelphia residents by hosting the event. Use the hashtag #PhillyFeast to stay united and involved during the DNC.


PoliticalFest

Want to make this experience a truly edifying one? The host committee of the Democratic National Convention presents PoliticalFest, a non-partisan, interactive exhibition celebrating American history and the election with panels, performances, and displays.

PoliticalFest will be housed at seven locations, from the Philadelphia History Museum to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The hub will be at the National Constitution Center, featuring an exhibit called Headed to the White House about the nature and history of the American election process, from the campaign trail to Inauguration.

Buying a ticket to PoliticalFest will allow you to visit all seven locations for one price. Running from July 22 to 27, the ticket is good for all six days and everything the event has to offer. Plus, college students get a discount!


Get Involved

Mighty Writers is a non-profit organization housed in the city Philadelphia. At 10am on July 26, Mighty Writers will host an event to publicize literacy and celebrate the youth in Philadelphia. The non-profit will organize 3,000 kids, ages 7-17, to sit on the Art Museum and write on the prompt: “If I were President…” If you love writing and would like to get involved, sign up to help usher or facilitate the event.  

3 Squares, Inc., DNC Green Team is looking for volunteers to help keep the DNC eco-friendly. Join the Green Team in their fight to dispose of waste properly, putting waste in recycling versus in compost bins when appropriate, and in their fight towards improving the environment while the DNC takes place. Each volunteer would be assigned to a waste station for an 8-hour shift for the duration of the convention. The Green Team is requesting 300 volunteers, so it’s never too late to join the team! Sign up here.


MORE things to check out

The top 7 Mural Arts happenings during the DNC

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons Hosts Outdoor DNC Watch Party on Thursday, July 28th

Revolution Taco and Weckerly’s Debut DNC Donkey Kick with Hillary’s Favorite Flavors : As a nod to the DNC, and the Democratic nominee, Revolution Taco (2015 Walnut St) and Weckerly’s Ice Cream will partner on the Donkey Kick, the ultimate ice cream sandwich with a spicy kick inspired by Hillary Clinton’s love of chocolate, brownies and heat! The special summer treat will go on sale at Revolution Taco starting Friday July 22, 2016 through Sunday, July 31, 2016 – or while supplies last. The Donkey Kick will be $5.00 when you mention #DNCDeals

 

Meeting Philly One Sip at a Time || The City’s Best Happy Hour

Thanks to our friends at Center City District Sips, Happy Hour has a brand new meaning: $5 cocktails, $4 wines, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Over 90 bars and restaurants in the Center City District are participating in the goodnessso here’s another quick “thank you” to Sips for helping us float our college budgets.

From 5-7 pm every Wednesday, treat yourself to some discounted drinks and food. It’s a great way to end a long day of work or classesbut I don’t have to tell you that. 

#CampusTip: Get there earlybecause once the place fills up, even the air feels a little tight.

Quick fix to the large crowds? Don’t be afraid to bar hop! Check out all the different restaurants participating in Sips, and see what’s around. 

Now, a list of 90 options is sure to be overwhelming, so let’s break it down:

If you’re going for the outdoor feels…

Head over to Uptown Beer GardenDilworth Park, or Independence Beer Garden. The backyard vibes make for a relaxing post-work environment and the “patio” dining experience is a perfect way to soak up the sun.

If you’re going for the cocktails

My personal faves are Liberty Bar & Grill, for the “Whiskey Lemonade,” and Ladder 15, for the “Crazy Water.” No giveaways hereyou have to head over to both restaurants to discover those drinks for yourself. I can’t ruin the magic but I promise you’ll love ’em.

If you’re going for the apps

The American Pub is your go-to place for some killin’ fried pierogies, mozzarella sticks and old bay fries. If fried food is what you love, hop on over to Marathon for the BEST Disco Tots: delicious enough to transport you back in time (disco inferno, eh?).

If you’re going for the views

I like the Drury Beer Garden at Opa. It’s undeniably inviting with its bright picnic tables, fun gaming options—including ping-pong and board games—and colorful decor. The Graffiti Bar at Sampan is another go-to. It’s located down a tiny alley on 13th street (I know, Harry Potter much?) Admittedly, it is a pretty tiny restaurant, but the professionally graffiti-ed walls give the bar a cool vibe that’s worth checking out.

So go enjoy your Wednesday, save a buck or two, and explore the city. The Happiest of Happy Hours to allget sippin’!

#GettingThere: Try to avoid the parking madness by using the public transit system. For Sips, SEPTA is your best friend. 

#TheMoreYouKnow: Wednesdays from 5-7pm, June 1-Sept. 28