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August 2016

  Happenings Inside
IN Center City

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Best of Philly® Soirée - This Thursday!
Join Philadelphia magazine in Dilworth Park on August 4 for an evening of award-winning food, summer cocktails and dancing under the stars in celebration of this year's Best of Philly® winners. Guests can taste food from the city’s best restaurants, enjoy live entertainment, and take part in some of the best that the city has to offer. Also, there will be a raffle and silent auction, the proceeds of which will support the Center City District Foundation (CCDF). Stop by the CCDF table to learn more about the Foundation’s initiatives, buy raffle tickets and bid on Beyoncé concert tickets. For more information about CCDF, visit SupportCCDF.org.

Tickets: General admission, $99 (for entrance at 6:30pm); VIP, $165 (entrance at 5pm). $80 general admission tickets are available when purchased for groups of five or more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit BestOfPhilly.com.
Best of Philly® Soirée, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, BestOfPhilly.com


Pairings On the Parkway

Sister Cities Park
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

August 3
Visiting Artist: Becky Suss

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Historic Landmark Building
118-128 North Broad Street

August 4
Nature in the Park

Sister Cities Park
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

August 6
BlackStar Film Festival Awards Gala

Kimmel Center
Broad and Spruce Streets

August 7
Free First Sunday: Animals

Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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August 9
Science After Hours: Don't Try this at Home

The Franklin Institute
271 North 21st Street

August 12
Art After 5: Thana Alexa

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Center City District Sips happens 5-7pm every Wednesday through September 28, with $5 cocktails featuring 2 Gingers, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers all over Center City! Over 80 bars and restaurants are participating, including the new Dilworth Park Café. Get the full list and specials at CCDSips.com. Sponsored by 2 Gingers and American Express.


Indian Art and Craft Pop-Up Shop
Through August 14, the Philadelphia Art Alliance offers unique handcrafted objects made by artisans from the West Bengal Craft Council. In the second floor galleries is a display of luxurious scarves, hand-embroidered textiles, and magnificent saris, as well as a range of objects in clay, bronze, silk, and paper. Presiding over all these wares is a monumental wooden statue of the Goddess Durga, made in Kolkata and blessed before her long sea voyage to the United States. Come by for a special shopping experience, and the opportunity to support artisans who are keeping ancient craft traditions alive in modern India. The shop is open by appointment only. For an appointment, call 215.545.4302 or email fward@philartalliance.org.
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Second Floor Galleries, 251 South 18th Street, 215.545.4302, PhilArtAlliance.org

Lots and Lots of Bugs
Bug Fest, the annual festival that celebrates insects of all kinds with hundreds of live critters, roach races, bug walks, and even insect-tasting, will be held August 13 and 14, 10am-5pm, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Hundreds of live beetles, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, stick insects, caterpillars, tarantulas, and more will be wiggling around the museum during this popular family event. Visitors will be able to help build a beehive, examine insect decomposers up close, work on a giant termite mound and meet Academy entomologists who can share their stories of life in the field. Some live insects and also specimens from the Academy’s research collection of more than 4 million insects will be on display. Sponsored by Western Pest Services.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.299.1000, ANSP.org

Save The Date: Dog Days and Yappy Hours at Dilworth Park
National Dog Day is in August and Dilworth Park is celebrating with TD Bank! From 11am-1:30pm, August 30-September 1, stop by the Dog Days at Dilworth booth each day to check out a pet product retailer, ask questions of a professional trainer or learn how to adopt your own furry friend. Partners: Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Opportunity Barks. Then, 5-7pm on Wednesdays, August 31-September 28, it's Yappy Hours! Pets and their owners are invited to come, sit and stay at the southern end of the park and join the Friends of Center City and Dilworth Park for CCD Sips-priced cocktails, featuring $5 sangria, $4 wine and $3 beer. Partners: Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), Brûlée Catering, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Morris Animal Refuge.
Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, 215.440.5500, DilworthPark.org

Take Transit
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.

Brought to you by the Center City District
and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Public Ledger Building
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