Philly will play host to the NFL Draft in just two weeks, but something's missing. Like $500,000. The host committee says it's reached 90 percent of its $5 million fundraising goal, and this gap is actually much smaller than the one the DNC faced two weeks out from its big Philly event. Meanwhile, residents in neighborhoods by the Art Museum are getting fed up with the constant disruptions. The Parkway plays host to some 25 events per year, often involving street closures, construction and lots of noise. A spokesperson for the Mayor's Office told Billy Penn the city will meet later this year with neighborhood officials to discuss the future and frequency of big events on the Parkway.
Speaking of major events on the Ben Franklin Parkway, there will be at least three more years of Wawa during Philly’s Fourth of July celebration, as the convenience store announced Thursday — on “Wawa Day,” no less — that it extended sponsorship of the festival through 2019. This extension represents 10 years of Wawa being the title sponsor of Welcome America, the annual Fourth of July free concert and fireworks show on the Parkway. Here's more on the partnership between Wawa and the city.
Seasonal beer gardens in Philly have really taken off in the last several years. When PHS hosted a pop-up on Broad Street back in 2011, it was totally novel. When Morgan’s Pier launched the next summer it was still huge news. But these days, a dozen or more beer gardens pop up around the city each summer. Here’s when some of the most popular ones will launch (hint: some this weekend), what food they’re serving and, of course, what’s flowing from the taps.
|What||King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is the suburban Philadelphia region’s must-attend beer festival of the fall. The #1 ranked festival features over 100 beers from craft and international breweries, inspired dishes from KOP’s most popular and newest restaurants, live music on multiple stages, photo ops and more.|
|Where||DONNERSTAG: HAPPY HOUR at KOP Beerfest Royale takes place under grand tents, outdoors at King of Prussia Mall|
|When||October 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
|What||Take a tour of art collective Spiral Q's huge collection of puppets, which document 20 years of personal and collective stories of struggle, then meet up with Little Chair Printing for some screenprinting fun: Bring a shirt or a tote and you'll get to take a printed version with you. BYO snacks or drinks.|
|Where||Art on the Avenue at 3808 Lancaster Ave. 19104|
|When||April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm|
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Francisville's Urbanstead farm will be the first in the city to have a passive solar greenhouse. Why's that a big deal? For one thing, it's not using electricity. For another, this will allow Urbanstead to grow food and run programs year-round to teach people in the community how to save money through farming. Urbanstead is one of 27 organizations in the country to receive a grant to continue its work. Volunteers at the youth-led farm have already started building the greenhouse.
It's Good Friday. If you're not doing the church thing, you might wanna do the fried-chicken-and-doughnuts thing. Curiosity Doughnuts, just across the Delaware River from New Hope, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today — special hours for the holiday if you want to snag some pre-Easter treats. Check out the drool-worthy doughnuts, and see why the shop decided to expand to fried chicken.