Urban Oasis Turned Wine Garden
Unwind with friends and begin the weekend early every Friday with the Wine Garden at Collins Park. Enjoy Chaddsford Winery wine and hard cider by the glass ($5 to $9), or by the bottle ($10.49 to $21.99. Buy three bottles and save 10%!) in one of Center City's most picturesque parks. Proceeds help support the Center City District Foundation, which owns and maintains the park for public enjoyment.
John F. Collins Park, 1707 Chestnut Street, 215.440.5500, JohnFCollinsPark.org
New In Town: SLT
SLT is opening its first studio location in Philadelphia on August 3.
SLT is a challenging, high intensity, low-impact workout unlike any other. The perfect combination of cardio, strength training and Pilates, SLT gives you the full body results you’ve always wanted through an efficient, challenging and fun experience led by highly trained instructors. Classes consist of 50-minutes of slow movements (slower = harder), fast transitions and constant core-engagement accompanied by killer music.
SLT, 1625 Walnut Street (2nd Floor),
From 5-7pm every Wednesday, enjoy $5 cocktails featuring Effen Vodka, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers all over Center City! Get the full list and specials at CCDSips.com. Also, the CCD Sips Style Guide has expert tips and Wednesday-only deals from Center City's top salons and shops. Take pics of your style and post them to Instagram tagged #CCDSipsStyle, for your shot at a Center City shopping spree! Sponsored by Effen Vodka and American Express.
This summer, Lyft is the official rideshare partner for Sips! Download the app and use the code CCDSIPS to get $10 off your first ride!
Ten Years of Bugs
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's 10th annual Bug Fest celebrates insects of all kinds with hundreds of live critters, roach races, bug walks, and even insect-tasting, August 12-13. Hundreds of millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, stick insects, caterpillars, tarantulas, live beetles—including one of the world’s longest—and more will be wiggling around the museum. Visitors will be able to hold a cockroach, count the legs on a centipede, witness insects walking on water, examine insect decomposers up close, and talk with Academy entomologists about their favorite bugs. Chocolate chirp cookies, made with nutritious crunchy crickets, will be among the buggy cuisine available to sample.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.299.1000, ANSP.org
Book Release Party: Walking Philadelphia
Celebrate the release of Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture and Little-Known Gems at McGillin's Olde Ale House August 15 at 6pm, with drink specials and general mirth. The book, by sisters Natalie and Tricia Pompilio, is a fun, funny and informative guide sure to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Natalie, a writer formerly with The Inquirer and The Daily News, and Tricia, a photographer, live six blocks from each other in Queen Village.
McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury Street, 215.735.5562,
Rosé After Rosé
On August 15, 5-7pm, join Tinto for a tasting of seasonal summer rosé. Garces wine aficionados will be pouring tastes and talking about all things rosé, while Chef Pozos serves complimentary bites of Tinto’s signature Basque tapas! Tickets are $45.
Tinto, 116 South 20th Street, 215.665.9150, TintoRestaurant.com
All Aboard! Build the Rail Park Happy Hour
Construction of The Rail Park is underway! Stretching from Broad Street at Noble to Callowhill between 11th and 12th Streets, this historic quarter mile will soon become Philadelphia's newest elevated public park, celebrating the city's industrial past and cultural heritage. Head to the Trestle Inn on August 2, 5-8pm, for the Build the Rail Park Happy Hour. This month, there'll also be adoptable pets on-site from PAWS and treats provided by Doggie Style. Twenty percent of all sales will help raise funds for Phase 1 construction. This event is free, but kindly register at RailParkHH.com.
Build the Rail Park Happy Hour, Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street, 267.239.0290, RailParkHH.com
Philadelphia's great transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets make car-free travel, shopping and dining easy in Center City! Get information on routes, fares, schedules and more, at SEPTA.org or RidePATCO.org.
Sister Cities Park is full of educational fun all summer long! Bring the kids to take advantage of these free programs, right on the Parkway.
Grow Up Green - August 2 & 9, 10:30am; Outdoor play activity with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
Nature in the Park - August 3, 17 & 31, 10:30am; Fun-filled science activities from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Story Art - August 7, 10:30am; Nature-inspired stories and crafts with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Presented by TD Bank, along with the Library in the Park Book Cart.
Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, SisterCitiesPark.org