West Philly Porchfest

West Philly Porchfest is an annual do-it-yourself music festival, featuring musicians of all kinds playing free shows on porches throughout the neighborhood. Created by and for West Philadelphia residents, the festival seeks to represent and celebrate the community’s broad musical and cultural diversity.

Check out the map of performers here: https://westphillyporchfest.com/

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Enjoy all the most delicious eats in West Philly and University City for just $1 each at the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll! Stroll along Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd Streets and enjoy $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites, ranging from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets.

Foodie Crawl by License to Drift

Join travel startup License to Drift for a West Philly foodie experience on Saturday, April 6th. Area restaurants will be curating samples and activities for students to learn more about their venues. So, come out for a fun day of exploration and support businesses in the community. Visiting restaurant stops and neighborhood attractions will be worth points, and the most engaged student team will win a prize! There will also be a wrap party at a participating venue. Registration is FREE! 

Sustainable Development Goals Pitch Night

Global Philadelphia Association’s (GPA) “Sustainable Development Goals Pitch Night” provides a fun and innovative platform for locals to identify a need in their city around 5 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and then creatively devise a project idea to address one of those goals, all while enjoying good company, delicious pizza, and cold beer!

The Five Goals to Choose From are:

#1 No Poverty, #2 Zero Hunger, #3 Good Health and Well-Being, #4 Quality Education, #5 Gender Equality

One of GPA’s missions is to build public awareness and ownership of Philadelphia’s recent “World Heritage City” designation. Pitch night is the perfect mix of socializing and civic engagement, held at West Philadelphia’s very own Clarkville (43rd and Baltimore). The best pitch wins! So come on out and help make Philly a more sustainable and progressive World Heritage City!
#WorldHeritagePHL #SDGs #GlobalGoals #USAforUN

FYI- Pizza included! Cash bar.

Each fall, Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) hosts State of Young Philly (SOYP), a dynamic 10-day event series filled with programming designed to connect young Philadelphians of every background, showcase their positive impact, and amplify their voices. SOYP 2018 brings together nonprofits, government entities, civic leaders, and local businesses to help young Philadelphians identify what civic engagement means to them and the role each individual can play in driving change in their communities.

Summertime in West Philadelphia

If you’re not “West Philadelphia born and raised,” it’s time to check out this thriving neighborhood. It has come a long way since the days of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and is getting livelier everyday. With so many inexpensive activities, you would be missing out if you didn’t spend a day there this summer.

Located west of the Schuylkill River and next to Center City, West Philly is easily accessible by public transit. Either hop on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line towards 69th Street (be sure to get off at 30th, 34th, or 40th Street!), take bus 42 or 21, or take trolley line 11, 13, 34, or 36.

The best urban neighborhoods  have green space and because of Clark Park‘s nine lush acres, West Philly has plenty of it. Feel free to relax with a friend or a good book in the shade, take a walk on one of the park’s many paths, and stop by for all of the special events happening this summer. Each Saturday of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays during the summer from 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Philadelphia Food Trust sponsors a farmers’ market in the park. One Saturday each month between April and October, the park transforms into Uhuru Flea Market, with a variety of vendors selling anything from unique jewelry to home goods and more.

Clark Park isn’t the only green space home to this summer’s outdoor events. The University City District will host the 40th Street Summer Series in the field behind the Walnut Street Library. Happening on the last Saturday of every month, these performances can range from ballet to orchestra and anything in between. Bring a blanket to lounge on and enjoy these free evenings out.

If you want to get a taste of the local restaurants and shops,the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, happening on September 24, is the place to spend the evening. Located on Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 51st Street, many local eateries and small boutiques bring a bit of their shop to the street and sell $1 treats. Besides fantastic deals, expect live music and entertainment.

All of this walking is going to make you hungry. Between all the restaurants in the neighborhood, one of them is sure to have the cuisine you’re in the mood for. Craving Mexican food? Honest Tom’s Taco Shop offers inexpensive yet delicious tacos and burritos for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Looking for delicious local food in a restaurant with dog-themed decor? (We know you are). Founded in 1983, the White Dog Cafe uses environmentally sustainable ingredients to make some of the best food in the neighborhood. Do you want to dine in an atmosphere that is a bit out of the ordinary? Grab a drink or dine at William Street Common (21+); the space emulates an indoor beer garden with communal tables and rustic furniture. Guests are welcome to use the restaurant’s boardgames for their own game night or join in on the Quizzomania fun, a quiz game equipped with prize giveaways, hosted Wednesdays at 9 p.m. They are known for their prix-fixe Sunday brunch, which comes with three drinks and bottomless donuts. Something to remember: at William Street Common,  you don’t have to tip your server because the management pays the servers an hourly wage.

If you think nice restaurants are out of your budget, the 11th Annual University City Dining Days will prove you wrong. Running between July 16 and July 26, roughly 30 restaurants will be offering a three course prix-fixe menu for either $15, $25, or $35. Feel free to eat out a few times during Dining Days and taste the diverse and inventive food Philly has to offer.

West Philly isn’t only home to unique restaurants: they also have their fair share of quirky shops. The Last Word Bookshop is packed from floor to ceiling with used books. If you visit often enough, you will get to pet and feed the fat black-and-white cat named Lester who can be found roaming around the shop or perched on one of the many bookshelves. The A Space is a community center which hosts anything from clothing swaps to potlucks to meditation nights. Take a peek at the event calendar to see what The A Space has planned for the summer! Most events are free or cost a few dollars but donations are always appreciated.

West Philly has a packed summer planned for all of you!