Summer Events in University City!

May 02, 2018 10 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 this summer!


University City Dining Days returns to the neighborhood this year from Thursday, July 12th through Sunday, July 22th. Dining Days is our “3 Courses, 3 Prices” promotion at many of University City’s most popular dining destinations. This year we’re looking forward to welcoming newcomers Taiwanese street food spot Danlu, upscale casual Bernie’s Restaurant & Bar, and the sleek new Walnut Street Café in the lobby of the new FMC Tower. See what restaurants are participating this year at Menus and reservations will be coming soon.


The 40th Street Summer Series, co-produced by University City District, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Rotunda, returns to rock the green area behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street with free monthly concerts and performances. This year’s programming offers a wide array of musical stylings and performers and will run on five Saturdays from May through September. 

Confirmed headliners include:

  • May 19th: Dual headliners Dan Blacksberg's Hot Klezmer + West Philadelphia Orchestra,
  • June 23rd: Thee Phantom and Illharmonic Orchestra
  • July 14th: Las Cafeteras
  • August 18th: The York Street Hustle
  • September 15th: New Sound Brass


Activities, giveaways, and opening acts begin at 6 pm. Visit our Summer Series page for more information on dates and performers!


UCD, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, will once again present Movies in Clark Park, four weeks of free outdoor movies. Each screening will be preceded by fun activities and offerings from local organizations and businesses. The schedule this year will be:


Keep an eye on our Movies in Clark Park page for updates on programming and partnerships!


The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, presented in association with the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA), will return on June 7th and September 13th from 5:30 to 8:30pm. During this unique event, University City's Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd Streets showcases its charm with $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites. Grab everything from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets and much more. Details for the September Dollar Stroll will be available later this summer!  


PECO Performances at The Porch are returning for a second year! Beginning in late May, a wide array of performers will sing, dance, drum, act, and entertain each week at free lunchtime shows. The Porch also hosts two trucks for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2pm. We are thankful for PECO’s continued support to enable this series. Visit our Porch website for details on food trucks and weekly performances. 


Stay tuned for details on the next version of University City MIX, our networking happy hour! 


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