Summer Events in University City!

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May 22, 2024 6 days ago

Each summer University City District partners with local businesses, restaurants, organizations, and performers to present a robust schedule of free and fun events throughout University City. Make sure to mark your calendars with these dates and details so you don't miss our exciting programming for Summer 2024!

Want even more events? Make sure to visit our Community Calendar

Save the dates! University City Dining Days will run this year from Thursday, July 18th through Sunday, July 28th. Dining Days is our “3 Courses, 3 Prices” promotion at many of University City’s most popular dining destinations. Over 20 restaurants have already signed up with more on the way! We’re excited to welcome first-time participants Tataki Sushi and Ramen, a modern-style Japanese restaurant with sushi & ramen located at 3400 Lancaster Ave, and Sichuan Mathai, a new Asian fusion restaurant at 4626 Baltimore Avenue, along with returning favorites Dim Sum House by Jane G's, 48th Street Grille, and LaScala's Fire. Visit our Dining Days website to learn more about participating restaurants and special menus! 


The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll will return on Thursday, June 6th and Thursday, September 5th from 5 to 8 PM. During this unique event, University City's Baltimore Avenue between 40th and 51st Streets showcases its charm with $1, $3, and $5 bargains from neighborhood favorites and community vendors. Grab everything from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets and much more, plus enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and more fun! Click here for details on vendors and performers for the June 6th, 2024 Stroll!


UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, three Fridays of free outdoor movies running from August 2nd through August 16th presented by TD Bank. Films will be screened beginning at sundown in the Clark Park bowl during fair weather. Bring a blanket or chair and join the fun!


  • Men in Black on August 2nd: The 1997 sci-fi classic that launched the franchise!
  • Barbie on August 9th: Last year's phenomenon back on the big screen! Stop by Parks on Tap in Clark Park before the film.
  • Wonka on August 16th: Experience Willy Wonka's delightful origin story!


Keep an eye on our Movies in Clark Park page for updates! Movies are shown in fair weather only. The rain date for a movie canceled due to weather will be Saturday, August 17th. 

Looking for more to do in Clark Park? Check out dates for CinéSPEAK Under the Stars films starting Friday, May 24th, for Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of As You Like It at the end of July, and two visits from Parks on Tap, the popular traveling beer garden!


For the first time since 2019, we're bringing back our Summer Series concerts! This summer we will be teaming up with neighborhood partners to present two free concerts at fabulous public spaces within University City. Stay tuned for dates and details for two must-see events coming in August and September, and we can't wait to share more details very soon!

Enjoy free programming at Trolley Portal Gardens, our public space at 40th and Baltimore! We're bringing four more weeks of free, all-ages interactive music on Thursday evenings, presented in partnership with local musician Gretchen Elise. Through June 6th, artists will perform from 5 PM to 7 PM, with performances moving inside Renata's during inclement weather. The remaining schedule will be:

  • June 6 - Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Night: Gretchen Elise - Interactive Jazz-soul set & open jam


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