Summer Events in University City!

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May 18, 2023 4 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 2023!

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

Save the dates! University City Dining Days will return to the neighborhood this year from Thursday, July 20th through Sunday, July 30th. 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 like Garces Trading Company, chef Jose Garces' small casual restaurant and market, as well as long-time favorites like PattayaJezabel'sWalnut Street Cafe, and more! Keep an eye on our Dining Days website at to learn about participating restaurants and special menus! 


The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll will return on Thursday, June 15th and Thursday, September 7th at a new time, from 5:00 to 8:00 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! Read more about the 30+ participating vendors for the June 15th 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 4th through August 25th 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!

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark on August 4th: Indiana Jones' original adventure back on the big screen!
  • Encanto on August 11th: Sing along to the smash Disney hit.
  • King Richard on August 18th: The uplifting story of Venus and Serena Williams and their driven father.
  • Top Gun: Maverick on August 25th: The long-awaited sequel to the 80s classic.

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 15th. 

Looking for more to do in Clark Park? Check out dates for CinéSPEAK Under the Stars films starting Friday, May 26th, for Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical at the end of July, and two visits from Parks on Tap, the popular traveling beer garden!


Enjoy free programming at Trolley Portal Gardens, our public space at 40th and Baltimore! We're presenting six weeks of free, all-ages interactive music on Thursday evenings, presented in partnership with local musician Gretchen Elise. Through June 15th, artists will perform from 5 PM to 7 PM, with performances moving inside Renata's during inclement weather. The schedule will be:

  • May 18: Zay Money and Friends - 10-year-old rapper, singer, & dancer.
  • May 25: Ants on a Log - Music for children and childlike people.
  • June 1: Pierre Paloma & M.O.M. - Inflight interactive percussion jam.
  • June 8: AfrVbz & DJ ACube - Afrobeats dance party!
  • June 15 - Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll Night: Gretchen Elise featuring The Authentic - Hip-hop and jazz open mic.

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