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A guide to hyperlocal news outlets in Philadelphia

We know Billy Penn is great and all for your general Philly news needs, but where can you go for the news impacting your block? A hyperlocal paper.

  • The city is teeming with neighborhood-centric outlets, which can cover anything from zoning requests and new sports leagues to block party schedules and small business openings.

Lizzy McLellan Ravitch put together a guide to neighborhood news media in Philadelphia, from the Northeast’s free weekly to Passyunk’s “little hobby blog.”

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In photos: Philadelphia Folk Festival’s 60th anniversary

The longest-running outdoor musical festival in the states, the Philly Folk Fest returned to Montgomery County last weekend for the first time in 2 years.

  • What began on a Montco farm in 1962 is now a sentimental gathering for folk musicians and fans young and old, complete with a craft bazaar, food vendors, and even acrobatics.

Contributor Jonathan Wilson photographed the festival weekend, which had plenty of acoustic guitars and tie dye, plus trombones and steel drums.

A giant puppet of the Smiling Banjo welcomes the audience to the open concert on the Martin Stage Saturday afternoon. Credit: Jonathan Wilson for Billy Penn

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Parks & Rec hosts Senior Fun Day at the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Mayor Kenney helps kick things off.


? Partner event: The North Broad Renaissance CDC hosts a free trivia night in Foundation at the Divine Lorraine, and we provided the specially-themed BP Quizzo questions! (6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25)

? Swanky Logan Square restaurant Urban Farmer is partnering with Cartesian Brewing for their annual Beer-BQ with live music, lawn games, and a delectable mix of meats marinated in ales and IPAs. The a la carte items range from $18 – $20. (4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25)

? Should Philly bring back “stop and frisk”? WHYY’s Sammy Caiola moderates a community conversation hosted by The Young Chances Foundation. (6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24)

? Jet Wine Bar on South Street West hosts a pop-up by Brown’s Test Kitchen, with a menu that’s “a culinary journey through the African diaspora.” (5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26)