What’s Going On in Our Neighborhood During the DNC

July 27, 2016
Julia Donato

Philadelphia is a historical town – the place where it all began, as they say – and we’re damn proud to be a Philly-local-built design agency, born and bred in the City of Brotherly Love.

From beefed-up historical tours to folks wearing giant paper mâché replicas of politicians’ heads, the whole city’s been buzzing for months about the impending Democratic National Convention.

Now that it’s finally here, we have a front-row seat for all the action. Here are a few of the standouts we’ve been enjoying.

 

Philly Feast

We’re probably biased, but the DNC picked a damn good location for their United We Eat food truck festival. Right outside our office door, all of 3rd Street was filled with dancers, craft vendors, musicians, local wineries, costumed stilt-walkers…and of course, tons of food trucks and their hungry patrons.

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We love Old City Philly. We feel so lucky to have awesome shops, restaurants, and vendors to check out on a daily basis. It was so great to see other folks appreciate the place we so proudly call home!

 

Donkeys Around Town

You might’ve seen ‘em. Might’ve snapped some selfies with ’em. You may have even tried to climb ‘em. (Don’t.)

Fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys were decorated by Philly artists as part of an initiative by the Mural Arts Program and Art Jawn. There’s a donkey for each of the fifty U.S states, 5 that represent our territories, one for Washington, D.C., and another for Democrats living abroad.

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You can find the donkeys scattered around interesting and historical spots around the city like the Betsy Ross House (right down the block from us!), the Independence Visitor Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There’s even a #DonkeysAroundTown hashtag and a public scavenger hunt starting July 21st. The donkeys are sticking around even after the DNC leaves town, so make sure you check them out before they depart on September 5th.

 

Boathouse Row

Between the gorgeous Schuylkill River, beautiful well-kept parks, and a backdrop of lush trees, Boathouse Row is a standout. Inspired by patriotism and our DNC guests, the houses will be blazing bright red, white, and blue all week (July 25th-29th).

 

PoliticalFest

From July 22nd through the 27th, seven locations across Philly will host a family-friendly nonpartisan exhibition called PoliticalFest. The main goal of PoliticalFest? Celebrate American history, politics, and government. The whole shindig will be at the National Constitution Center, which has an exhibit called Headed to the White House. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, First Families at the National Liberty Museum, and more.

Throughout the city, you’ll find multimedia and interactive displays, special events, panel discussions and live interviews, and historical exhibits meant to educate, excite, and entertain Philly residents, out-of-towners, and convention-goers alike.

 

Entertainment at The Oval and Dilworth Park

To amp Philly residents up for the upcoming convention, Dilworth Park hosted a four-night (July 20th-23rd) Political MovieFest showing free movies voted on by local film buffs. The Manchurian Candidate, Selma, and The American President were all on the list – and Brûlée Catering, Air Grille, Capogiro, and Philly Pop Kettle Corn completed the film fest with delicious treats for the audience.

During the week of the DNC (July 25th-29th), The Oval is hosting its own slew of food trucks, playing presidential trivia and political Quizzo, setting up an inflatable Truth Booth complete with video-recording for participants to share their own truths, and offering a dollar off libations at their beer garden. Beer + truth-telling + trivia? We’re in!

 

Conclusion

There’s a lot more than Pokéstops to discover in our amazing city, especially during the DNC. Give yourself a healthy dose of history, fun, and maybe even some activism, if that’s your thing.

And if you’re looking for another awesome stop to add to your list, stop by and say hello! We love visitors.