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May 2017

  Happenings Inside
IN Center City

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Storybook Weekend - May 12 and 13, 11am-3pm
This festival brings together cultural partners and visiting authors for a weekend of book-based fun in Sister Cities Park! Enjoy story readings by special guest readers and local authors, along with music, make-and-take crafts, face painting and balloon art.

Kids can also meet Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, the Phillie Phanatic, a K-9 unit, and tour a real-life Philadelphia fire truck! The Free Library of Philadelphia will be on-site with the Book Bike and library card sign-ups. You're also encouraged to bring gently used books to add to the Library in the Park Book Cart presented by TD Bank. Throughout the weekend, grab lunch or snacks at the Logan Square Café. Partners include WHYY and The Free Library of Philadelphia. Click here for a complete schedule and details.
Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,


Get Fit in Dilworth Park!
Spring Training continues through May with free fitness programs in Dilworth Park at City Hall:
- Tuesdays: Yoga, Noon and Boot Camp, 6pm
- Wednesdays: City Fit Girls Running Club, 6:30pm
- Thursdays: Zumba, 6pm
Also, be sure to fuel up with healthy offerings from the Dilworth Park Café. Spring Training is presented by Rothman Institute with partners Optimal Sport Health Clubs and City Fit Girls. Visit for schedules and fitness tips.
Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street,

Opens May 2
Mrs. Harrison

Azuka Theatre
Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake
302 South Hicks Street

May 3, 5-6
Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel and The Medium

Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

May 4
Films at AAMP: Black Orpheus

African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street

May 5
Dream Flag Festival

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street

Opens May 6
Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

May 9
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Free Library of Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street

May 11
D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street

May 11
Bibliococktails: Emily Dickinson

The Rosenbach
2008-2010 Delancey Place

May 10-13

Pennsylvania Ballet
Academy Of Music
240 South Broad Street

May 11
Friday Nights: Joanna Pascale

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Logan Square Café Mother's Day Brunch
Bring the family to Logan Square Café for a special Mother's Day Brunch, May 12 and 13, at 10am! Celebrate mom with a VIP meet-and-greet with your favorite super hero mom. $10.95 for children 12 and under, $18.95 for adults, free for kids one and under. (Children one year and under must have a ticket if they require a seat.) Reservations required, please click here.
Logan Square Café in Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,


Spring Retail Events and Sales
It's spring and Center City has come alive as temperatures rise and pedestrians rediscover its vibrant, walkable downtown neighborhoods. From pop-up shops and outdoor festivals, to local and national designer trunk shows and seasonally-themed shopping events, the contemporary retailers and independent boutiques found only in downtown Philadelphia have something to offer for shoppers of all ages. Come to Center City and shop these deals to look your spring best. If it's in, it's in Center City! See what's in store for you!

All Aboard!

Looking for a way to support the Rail Park while enjoying a drink? The Trestle Inn has you covered! Stop in and order a Rye’d The Rails Cocktail with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye – $1 from every cocktail is donated to benefit the Rail Park. It's $8 during happy hour (5-8pm) and $11 after 8pm.
The Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street, 267.239.0290,

Take Mom Out for Something Nice, Why Don't You?
Sofitel Philadelphia invites you to treat the special women in your life to a gorgeous feast this Mother's Day, May 13. From the raw bar to appetizers, to entrees and a carving station, to a sumptuous selection of desserts, it's all lovingly handcrafted by Executive Chef Edward Hancock (view the complete menu). The Mother's Day Brunch at Chez Colette will be available Noon-4pm, at $65 per person (half-price for children under 12), subject to all applicable taxes and 18% gratuity. For reservations, call 215.569.8300 or visit
Chez Colette, Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 South 17th Street, 215.569.8300,

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 or

Society Hill 40th Annual Open House & Garden Tour
On May 20, 1-5pm, enjoy a delightful, self-guided walking tour of private homes and gardens in historic Society Hill. View architectural and interior styles ranging from the 18th-19th Century to contemporary. There's a new selection of houses each year. Come and get decorating ideas for your home! All open house tour ticket holders may also enjoy a 15% discount for dinner after the tour at five area restaurants. Advance ticket purchase is suggested. Tickets: $35 per ticket in advance; $40, at the door. Group rates for five or more available. Call 215.629.1288, or email All proceeds benefit Society Hill Civic Association.
Society Hill Civic Association, 215.629.1288,


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Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation