By Constance Capone | July 19, 2016 | Culture
The City of Brotherly Love is hosting this year's Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) for the first time at Wells Fargo Center. Ring in the political event of the season with any one of these can't-miss activities.
You don't have to be attending the convention to be a part of the action during this momentous occasion. Follow the hashtag "#DNCDeals" on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated on food and drink specials, local exhibitions, and more. For a patriotic meal, dine at McGillin's Olde Ale House, the oldest operating pub in the city. Enjoy a red, white, and bleu burger paired with a Dublin Donkey—ginger beer with a shot of Jameson. 1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562
Make it your goal to check out all 57 fiberglass donkey statues that have been placed around the city during DNC. Each of the 250-pound donkeys were painted by local artists, and represent the 50 states, Washington D.C., and six United States territories. The figures will be displayed to the public through Labor Day, and locations include Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Franklin Institute.
The Philadelphia Host Committee is bringing nonpartisan political entertainment and education to the people with an interactive six-day PoliticalFest starting on July 22, which will feature exhibits across seven locations. Check out the Headed to the White House exhibit, which will discuss the evolution of elections, and will be held at the National Constitution Center. There there will also be a replica of the Oval Office where guests can sit where the president does. At the National Liberty Museum, antique china and First Family portraits will also be on display. One ticket grants access to all seven attractions: $15 for adults, $5 for children 17 years and under, students, and seniors
Kick off DNC on July 25 with a block party featuring food trucks, live music, and retail vendors, which will congregate in the Old City District. Bringing together convention attendees, visitors, and locals, this daytime event is modeled after Food Trust's Night Market, which will return to Philadelphia in September. The event will be held on Third & Arch streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Make sure to grab DNC merchandise, including apparel, buttons, drinkware, and accessories created by local artists at the Philadelphia Host Committee's pop-up marketplace at Comcast Center, open daily until August 5. Two other pop-up store locations will be hosted at Pennsylvania Convention Center and 30th Street Station.
In an attempt to create the largest event of its kind, the host committee and Center City District collaborated to introduce a city-wide culinary event on July 27. Center City Sips happy hour starts in Comcast Plaza, Centre Square, and Dilworth Park, and continues on to dozens of other restaurants and bars from Liberty Bar & Grill to Independence Beer Garden. Maps are readily available on CenterCityPhila.org to plot on your course.
Head to Dilworth Park for free al fresco movie screenings held on four evenings starting June 20. Voters decided the four films will be playing with winners included Selma, The Manchurian Candidate, The American President, and All the President's Men. Refreshments and snacks will be available to guests including Philly Pop Kettle Corn and treats from Capogiro.
For a rousing history lesson of all the past nominating conventions held in Philadelphia, check out the Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia, which partnered with Philadelphia History Museum to display stories and memorabilia. Philadelphia has hosted 11 conventions from 1848 to 2000, so there is plenty to learn from their video presentations and showcased antique items including badges, ribbons, and pins. This exhibit is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and second Saturdays of the month until early 2017.
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June 2, 2017