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Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service















Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service! On August 25 join the celebration by exploring one of the Philadelphia area’s beautiful and historic national parks!

Tour the monuments and battlefields while learning about the revolutionary war at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The park has 26 miles of trails to walk, run, or even horseback ride!

Independence National Historical Park will be hosting a special, family-friendly birthday party, featuring Junior Ranger activities, a time capsule that will be sealed for 100 years and the unveiling a plaque dedicated to the first director of the NPS.

Don’t worry if you cannot make it to the park on the exact birthday! The NPS is celebrating the centennial all year long with special events at parks around the country: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm




Outdoor Entertaining for the Summer


This is the perfect time of the year for cookouts and outdoor entertaining! Set up umbrellas or awnings with lawn chairs underneath to give guests a shaded area to sit and relax and get out the tiki torches and citronella candles to keep away bugs.

Cookouts are all about food and keeping your guests happy, so make sure you stock up on food and beverages that keep them satisfied. Try some of our favorite festive recipes below!

Watermelon Salsa

1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest (from about 1 lime)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
1 tablespoon sugar
Freshly ground pepper
3 cups seeded and finely chopped watermelon
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Tortilla or pita chips, for serving

Stir together the lime zest, lime juice, sugar and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Add the 3 cups of watermelon, 1 diced cucumber, mango, jalapeno, onion and basil and toss gently. Chill the salsa until ready to serve.Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt just before serving. Serve with chips.

Jerk Chicken Wings

Toss 6 split chicken wings, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons jerk seasoning on a sheet of foil. Form a packet. Grill over high heat, turning once, 25 minutes. Top with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Zucchini and Tomatoes

Toss 2 sliced zucchinis, 2 diced tomatoes, 4 smashed garlic cloves, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper on a sheet of foil. Form a packet. Grill over high heat, 10 minutes. Top with grated Parmesan.























Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day with Philadelphia’s Best Local Chocolates


Today is National Milk Chocolate Day! Philadelphia has a rich history in candy making, and there is no sweeter way to celebrate than enjoying the best local chocolate the city has to offer!

Here are few of the of the best local candy shops with homemade chocolates:

Shane Confectionery

Located on Market Street in Old City, a visit to Shane Confectionery is like taking a step back in time. The old-fashioned candy shop is oldest continuously operated candy shop in America. It offers some of the most historic chocolates you will ever try!

Lore’s Chocolates

Lore’s Chocolates is a gourmet chocolate store located in historic Philadelphia. They also offer chocolate gifts, custom chocolate molds, holiday gifts and chocolate parties.

John & Kira’s

John & Kira’s unique chocolate creations are made with ingredients sourced from urban gardens and small family farms. Many of the chocolates are clever and whimsical creations such as Chocolate Ladybugs and Bees.


East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival

















Start your engines for the 11th Annual East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival! The event takes place on Sunday, July 31, from 11am-4pm on East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson Streets only a short drive from Siena Place.

Over 140 antique, show, classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles will line will line 5 blocks of East Passyunk Avenue. The festival will also feature live music & DJs on every block and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show at the Fountain. Fantastic food & drink options include Italian fare from Mamma Maria Ristorante, an outdoor bar complete with Pizza from Marra’s, and limoncello snow cones from Birra. There will also be a variety of food trucks vending onsite. Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, games, face painting, high-wire performances, and a free moon bounce!

Don’t miss out on the cars, food, and fun at East Passyunk’s largest block party of the year!

For more information on the East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival visit:

When: Sunday, July 31
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Rain date is Sunday, August 7)

Cost: Free for attendees, $20 fee for participating cars


Get a taste of University City Dining Days!


University City Dining Days will return this year from Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 24. Dining Days lets you enjoy a special three-course, prix-fixe dinners at some of University City’s most popular dining destinations. University City is home to some of the most innovative dining options. From celebrity chef restaurants to cozy BYOBs, University City’s diverse dining scene features delicious dishes from India, Ethiopia, Mexico, China, Vietnam, and more!

See the full list of restaurants options by visiting: 

Dates: July 14-24, 2016

Reservations are recommended. 



Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest


With winter a distance memory, the Blue Cross RiverRink has once again been transformed into awesome roller skating rink! The River Rink Summer Fest is a fun activity for people of all ages featuring a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options.

A new addition this year is Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, an air-conditioned 200 seat bar and restaurant. It will serve your favorite Chickie’s and Pete’s items including crab fries, wings, cheesesteaks and more! Other seafood options include fried shrimp, hard shell crabs, steamers and a seafood feast for two.

An arcade and a nine-hole mini-golf course offer more fun activities when you need a need a break from skating!

Location: Blue Cross RiverRink

531 N. Columbus Boulevard Penns Landing Philadelphia PA 19106

Hours: Open til 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be FREE and open to the public. Roller skating will be a ticketed activity with tickets that can be purchased in advance online or on-site.

  • $3 to skate
  •  $10 roller skate or roller blade rental
  • Mini-golf is $5 per person for each game.

All Independence Blue Cross Cardholders receive FREE skating admission.



Spectacular Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia this Weekend!

Philadelphia, “America’s Birthplace”, is rich in history and provides the perfect setting to enjoy a patriotic fireworks display! Celebrate Independence Day by catching one of the many shows this weekend in the city.

1. Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Concert & Grand Finale Fireworks


The Wawa Welcome America concert is a musical celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4 the show will feature Leon Bridges, the Philly Pops and a variety of talented local acts. The evening concludes with fireworks illuminating the sky over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

When: Monday, July 4, approximately 10 p.m

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: Free



2.Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks


On Friday, July 1, the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a free concert on the RiverStage at Penn’s Landing. After the performance, enjoy fireworks over the Delaware River.

When: Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cost: Free



3. U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks Show

fireworksThe U.S. Army Band, one of the nation’s premier musical organizations, returns to Penn’s Landing on Saturday, July 2, for an evening full of music concluding with a patriotic fireworks display.

When: Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cost: Free



4. XFINITY Fireworks Show at Citizens Bank Park


Baseball is one of our nation’s pastimes, so what better place than a ballpark to celebrate the Fourth of July! There will be two chances to see fireworks at Citizens Bank Park following Phillies vs. Kansas City Royals games on July 1 and 2.

(Tickets to the baseball game are required for prime viewing of fireworks following each game.)

When: Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, immediately following baseball game

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

Cost: $22-$85 (includes baseball game and fireworks show)



Schuylkill Banks Free Outdoor Movie Nights

Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights














Outdoor movie screenings are a classic part of summer entertainment! What could be more fun on a summer evening than watching a film beneath the stars with family and friends?

Beginning in June through August, a variety of movies will be shown on the Banks of the Schuylkill River, a short drive from Siena Place.

Showtime is at 8:30 p.m, but we recommend arriving early to find a good spot to sit, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and enter a free raffle sponsored by Philadelphia Runner.

See the movie schedule below. There’s sure to be a screening to please every film buff!

Grays Ferry Crescent Movies:

  • June 23: “Space Jam”
  • July 21: “Inside Out”
  • “Star Wars: “The Force Awakens”

 Walnut Street Movies:

  • June 30 – “Dirty Dancing”
  • July 14 – “This is Spinal Tap”
  • July 28 – “Big Hero 6″
  • August 11 – “Creed”

Visit the event page for directions, more information and to check any cancellations due to weather.



June Events in Philly

Philadelphia Skyline on the schuylkill river from the south street bridge

All American BBQ at Dilworth Park – June 15th- June 19th. 5- 9 PM. A favorite park for all sorts of outdoor fun, hosts a five-day BBQ this week that comes complete with a 21+ beer garden, lawn games (corn hole, mini golf and more!), barbecue-centric food like burgers, corn on the cob, smoked brisket and more. Admission to the party is free and all food and drinks are pay as you go.

June 23rd- Night Market – everything from tacos and fried cheese curds to pizza and ice cream with beverages including local beer and spirits. Each Night Market runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., giving you four hours of fantastic food and neighborhood fun.

Seaport summer Camp June 27, 2016 @ 9 a.m. – Learn all about history, science and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River. Perfect for ages 6-12, Seaport Summer Camp features full days of activities and exploration on the water.