Summer Events in University City!

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May 18, 2022 8 months 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 2022!

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

Save the dates! University City Dining Days will return to the neighborhood in 2022 from Thursday, July 21st through Sunday, July 31st. 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 including KPOD, Stephen Starr and Peter Serpico's future-forward, "kinda Korean" restaurant, the new upscale Jamaican bar and restaurant Irie Entree, and LaScala's Fire, offering wood-fired Italian American. See a list of participating restaurants at, and stay tuned for the release of Dining Days menus! 


The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll will return on Thursday, June 16th and Thursday, September 15th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. During this unique event, University City's Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd 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! Read more about the 25+ participating vendors for the June 16th Dollar Stroll. Details for the September Dollar Stroll will be available later this summer! 


UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, four Fridays of free outdoor movies running from August 5th through August 26th. This year, we're showing music movies! Films will be screened beginning at sundown in the Clark Park bowl during fair weather. Bring a blanket or chair and join the fun!

  • Summer of Soul on August 5th
  • Wayne's World on August 12th
  • Soul on August 19th
  • West Side Story (2021) on August 26th


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 September 9th. 

Looking for more to do in Clark Park? Check out dates for CinéSPEAK's schedule of films starting May 20th, and dates for Shakespeare in Clark Park returning at the end of July! Click here to learn more.


Enjoy free programming at UCD's two main public spaces, The Porch at 30th Street Station and Trolley Portal Gardens!

The Porch features daily rotating food trucks serving lunch Tuesday through Friday, beautiful landscaping, live performances, and fun pop-ups including free giveaways. Click here for more info about The Porch. 

Starting this June, we're bringing activities back to Trolley Portal Gardens, our public space at 40th and Baltimore! Enjoy a schedule of free music and family-friendly activities. Click here for more info about Trolley Portal Gardens

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