Philly Loves Holiday Fun with Top Parties, Tree Lightings and Festivities

With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve put together a list of our favorite events happening in the City of Brotherly Love. From tree lightings to craft shows to drinking events, there are plenty of happening for all ages and we’re excited to share them with you!

East Passyunk Avenue Tree Lighting

Tonight, Thursday, December 5
Join East Passyunk Avenue for their annual Tree Lighting (Passyunk Avenue + 11 Street) above the Singing Fountain from 5:00pm-7:00pm. There will be carolers from Alphabet Academy, music by students from Andrew Jackson School, a special visit from Santa Claus, Ms Goody Cupcakes and free/food drink samples from Avenue restaurants including: holiday cocktail from stateside, bitterballen from NOORD, cookies from Belle Cakery, and hot chocolate from Black N Brew. RSVP + MORE INFO

Following the tree lighting, from 7:00pm-9:0pm Aversa PR + Events (1141 Pierce Street) will host a Holiday Open House. This event is free and open to the public. We heard there are going to be massive holiday decorations that might include a sleigh and soldiers. A dessert bar, light bits, holiday spirits, a rocking DJ and other surprises are included. Don’t miss out! RSVP + MORE INFO 

Friday, December 6
Being avid social media lovers, the #whyilovephilly party happening at the Arden Theatre Co. (40 N. 2nd Street) this week is right up our alley! Philly Love Notes’ annual event is presented by The Arden Theatre Company, Drink Philly and Philebrity. Come have food and booze, listen to music and bask in all the wonderful things happening in our city.  There are quite a lot of participants, but some of our favorites are Stephen Starr’s Continental, High Street Coffee and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. The party runs 6:00pm-9:00pm. Use the event hashtag #whyilovephilly_13. RSVP + MORE INFO  (We hear the party is sold out, but there MIGHT be tickets at the door. Fingers crossed!)

Philly Free School Superfantastical Craft BazaarSaturday, December 7
Looking for something to take the kids to? Or you love crafts? Nice Things Handmade and the Philly Free School are hosting the first annual Superfantastic Craft Bazaar! (Philly Free School – 2001 Christian Street). See over 35 local artisans and crafters turn the school’s roller-skating rink into a holiday wonderland. Shop one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, home accessories, glassware and more! Admission is free. Snacks will be provided. Proceeds from the events benefit Philly Free School! RSVP + MORE INFO 

South Street Winter WonderlandSunday, December 8
South Street Headhouse District’s Winter Wonderland + Holiday Tree Lighting (200 Pine Street) is bound to be fun! With a list of celebrity judges, arts + crafts for kids, a holiday market by PHAIR, free horse-drawn carriage rides and a lot more… this is an event we WILL NOT MISS. Kathy O’Connell from WXPN Kid’s Corner will be there emceeing. RSVP + MORE INFO 

Wednesday, December 13
WARNING: for adults only because we’ll be ditching the cookies and milk! Santa is hosting a bar crawl on East Passyunk Avenue with 14 award-winning bars and restaurants.  A $5 admission gets you great drink and food specials at participating locations ($3 seasonal craft beers, $4 merry cocktails and $5 discounted snacks) as well as a Santa or elf hat and Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card. Collection at least 5 stamps to be entered to win a gift certificate prize package worth $350.00.  Register at South Philly Bar & Grill (9th and Wharton) from 5:30-7:30pm. Stamp cards will be collected at Noir (1909 EPA) at 9:30pm. RSVP + MORE INFO

Joe King Trio IISaturday, December 14
Not only is this Second Saturday on Passyunk Avenue, but it’s also the 5th annual Crafty Balboa Holiday Market! (SS Neumann Goretti High School 1736 South Tenth Street – Entrance on 11th and Moore). Over 50 artists and crafters work will be on display and the first 50 shoppers in the door receive goodie bags. The Fleisher Art Memorial will also be on site for crafty make and takeaways.  This event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. RSVP + MORE INFO

Nice Things Handmade (1731 East Passyunk Ave) will showcase home accessories, jewelry and more at the Holiday Market, then from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. they are hosting a Holiday Ornament Show at their store. Artists were encouraged to submit 7-10 ornaments to display at the show. Submission are actually due today… so if you would like to participate contact the store at (267) 455-0256 and drop your handmade ornaments off by 7:00 p.m.! RSVP + MORE INFO

Wednesday, December 18
Are you Lingerie shopping for yourself or a loved one? Hope Chest (1937 Chestnut Street) is having their Holiday Soiree from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Guests can enjoy 10% off most merchandise, drinks from The Traveler Beer Co and lite bites from Wokworks. There will be a special celebrity trunk show from French lingerie master Simone Perele. RSVP + MORE INFO

Ongoing lightastical fun at Franklin Square
Every night through December 31st, Franklin Square (200 N 6th Street) lights up at 4p.m. with the Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The show (with 50,000 lights) was naturally sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s imagination. Every 30 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. a soundtrack plays by The Philly POPS to kick-off the light shows. While you’re at the show, check out the delicious food trucks on site. There are different trucks everyday so click here to see the full list of participants.  MORE INFO

What events are you going to this holiday season? We’d love to know! Tweet us where you’re going at @PhillyLovesFun with hashtag #PLFholiday.

Tonight: You are invited! Aversa PR Holiday Open House + East Passyunk Tree Lighting After Party

Aversa PR, Philly Loves Fun, Holiday Open House, East Passyunk Tree Lighting Get ready to rock your way around the Avenue! On Thursday, December 5th, join us for one of Philadelphia’s biggest tree lighting parties followed by our first-ever Aversa PR and Philly Loves Fun Holiday Open House/ After Party. Don’t miss the festive fun!

Start the party early, from 5-7pm, with the Tree Lighting Party + Deck the Halls Kick-Off at the Singing Fountain on East Passyunk Avenue (at EPA + Tasker Streets). Enjoy holiday music, sweet treats, free food/drink samples, visit from Santa + the lighting of the magnificant tree ABOVE the historic, world-famous Singing Fountain.

After the ceremonies, from 7-9pm, come get your holly jolly on with us as we present our first Holiday Open House /After Party with lite bites, holiday spirits and more. Ms Goody Cupcake truck will have free cupcake minis, The Tot Cart will serve tots and beer cheese and Sum Pig Food Truck will offer sliders, stews and more (all at big discount).  Noir Restaurant will offer pasta and rice balls (yum), Bitar’s will have new flavored hummus and Middle Eastern platters, candy displays, sweets and treats, more!

The party is free but we’re hosting an optional holiday drive for two great organizations. Bring school supplies to support City Year’s work in the Philadelphia schools. Donations will go to several classrooms in need of supplies for the second half of the school year.  We will also collect toileties, gift sets, toys, etc. for Bianca’s Kids to help foster children. Small gift cards are also welcome for Staples, Wal-mart, etc.

Burn Holiday Calories and Spread Good Will at Fitness for Hope at Sweat Fitness

City of Hope Fitness for Hope at SweatThe holidays are around the corner. Give yourself the gift of fitness and good will by joining the fine folks at Sweat Fitness. On Sunday, November 24, 2013, Sweat Fitness presents “Fitness for HOPE” to support the life-saving efforts of City of Hope. It’s a perfect opportunity to burn some calories before the holiday eating fest, while giving back to one of our favorite organizations.  Since this time of year is also about family, make sure to meet the amazing family that is behind this longstanding charity event. We did a special interview with the entire team, and their story is one we simply had to share!

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, at the Queen Village Location (700 Passyunk Avenue), Sweat’s best trainers will offer four different classes in spinning, wonder track, boxing and personal training. On top of getting your workout on, you can swing by to buy a raffle ticket for a Breakaway Bike. Additionally, Santa loves a one stop shop! Grab those holiday gifts checked off your list by purchasing a commemorative t-shirt, or winning some items in the silent auction.  For the classes, raise or donate $50 or more, and receive a gym bag valued at $50.  Holidays have you strapped? Drop by for a raffle ticket, grab a shirt or make a donation for a pink ribbon that line ALL Sweat Fitness locations. No matter your budget or schedule, there’s an option for everyone!

As you may know, City of Hope is the official charity partner for Philly Loves Fun. Why did we pick this one group instead of spreading the love? First, the folks do amazing, life-saving work right here in our own community of Philadelphia. Second, the stories of donors, patients and staff have compelled us to want to give and give again. Read about Tracy Shannon (owner), Keisha Williams (Sales Director, Center City) and Holly Waters (Operational and Aquatics Director and Personal Trainer) – and the entire Sweat family – that are the driving force behind Fitness for Hope.

Sweat Fitness has partnered with City of Hope for fourteen Fitness for Hope events. While some charity relationships are all about the marketing benefits, or simply contributing to one’s community, the story here goes much MUCH deeper. Tracy’s mother Joyce Shannon Tracy and Holly’s dad Karl Waters both had cancer and passed away. Both now work tirelessly to honor their memories. Keisha is paying tribute to her father Rodney Williams, who is a cancer survivor. Keisha is so dedicated, in fact, to helping pay tribute and help others like her Dad, that she has made it her personal mission to line the entire gym of Sweat’s Center City location with pink ribbons. When we paid her a visit, not only did she meet this goal, she has collected enough donations and ribbons to cover the gym lobby.  When we entered the lobby the outpouring of love was inspiring. When we left the lobby and spied the track covered in pink, we were awe struck.  Keisha says “It’s our way of engaging our Sweat community and inviting the larger community to join our efforts.”  The shirts, Keisha explained, are designed special for the event and will help promote this special and very personal day, while bringing awareness to City of Hope.  Tracy added that she will be taking some of the classes herself, and that she’s been touched by the outpouring of support by the instructors and fitness students. “Our instructors have been announcing Fitness for Hope before classes.”  Takes all of us to fight the fight…bring awareness to Sweat family that breast, prostate and lung cancer are real and affecting people we know – and want to bring it to the public’s attention today before it affects your moms, dads, sisters, brothers and yourself,” Keisha added.

When we spoke to Tracy, she was kind enough to share the story of her mom.  “I lost my mother, Joyce Ann Shannon, to lung cancer on November 28, 1997- the day after Thanksgiving. She was 49 years young. I have missed her EVERY day since she lost her battle to cancer.  My mother fought lung cancer for over a year and a half.  I have never watched someone fight with all their might to beat such a beast only to be defeated. I continue her fight by raising money for City of Hope. “I stand behind City of Hope and believe that they will find a cure for cancer.  Their research has advanced cancer treatments and is giving cancer patients a fighting chance to beat cancer. I started my career at Sweat one month after I buried my mother. Fitness for Hope is a pinnacle event for Sweat and many of my Sweat life long friends and colleagues, Donna Storm, John Rosado, Holly Waters, Laura DeRiggi. and Keisha Williams, to name a few, support the event. 

Tracy has pride when she talks about other members of the Sweat family giving back. “Donna Storm, Sweat’s group fitness director, a fitness expert and avid fundraiser for charities, is a founder of Workout for Hope. She has hosted or co-hosted Workout for Hope since its inception. Donna is a co-founder and co-host of Sweat’s Fitness for Hope. John Rosado, who I met on my first day at Sweat, is a great personal trainer and a a regular supporter of our Fitness for Hope event. John has always felt like a brother to me. When his mother, Peg, was diagnosed with cancer. I could see the worry in his eyes. Fortunately, John’s mother WON her battle with cancer. Thank you Peg—you are an inspiration and give Hope. John continues to support Fitness for Hope through hard work and dedication. Laura DeRiggi, is a cycle instructor at Sweat Fitness. Laura has been an instructor at Sweat since the day the doors opened. Laura has taught a two hour cycle at every Fitness for Hope. She is out to demolish cancer.  Every year she walks in to teach, says “here is some money towards the event, oh and put my next paycheck to City of Hope. Tracy says she brings tears to my eyes every year. Holly Waters, is another life long friend and Sweat colleague that is passionate about City of Hope and its mission. Holly Waters, a “Best of Philly” personal trainer and instructor at Sweat, left the corporate world of NYC to work at Sweat. She wanted fitness to be her life. I asked her to email me what City of Hope means to her. I didn’t want to alter her email because I think it shines light on her career choice and dedication:

“I ran my first race with him…He cheered me on every day of his life…Cancer took him away from me. I miss him so much it hurts...Carl K. Waters showed me how much fun fitness could be at a very young age.  He traveled near and far so I could hear his screams of encouragement.  He fought so hard to live to my first Boston Marathon but cancer took him Nov 3, 2004 at the age of 55. I continue to work hard to make him proud and the Fitness for Hope which I have been apart of for the last 9 years continues to help me honor him and dedicate a wonderful day of fitness to an honorable and dedicated Dad.”

This Sunday, please join these wonderful folks, and our friends at City of Hope, and come work out as if your life depended on it – as it may someday. Cancer can affect us at anytime – and affect those we love. What not a better way to get our minds and bodies into shape for the holidays, while giving back and supporting the efforts of these amazing folks! Any donation is welcome. Register here. Donate here

Top Salons Battle on the Runway During City of Hope Fantasy Hair Competition

Hairball 2008 Benefits Cancer and HIV/AIDS ResearchHalloween weekend is no time to let your hair down. In fact, top salons are sending the styles sky-high as they battle it out during the region’s top Universal Warrior: Fantasy Hair Competition (formerly COH Hair Ball) on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 8:00 PM, at Voyeur (1225 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19107). Salons will compete in seven different categories for top prizes valued over $5,000. Stylists will gather their “hair-raising” forces and prepare to enter the arena to compete head-to-head (literally) against the best coiffed warriors from all parts of history, time and space. Ten-dollar cover donation goes directly to City of Hope. For more information call 1-800-344-8169, email or visit All guests must be 21 years of age or older with identification.

Vikings, super heroes, alien forces, earth militaries, futuristic commandos and every hair-hopping warrior imaginable pay homage to the real-life warriors fighting cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatened illnesses at City of​Hope. During the night, enjoy special $3.00 you-call-it drinks and the epic battles of good vs. evil performed by Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia. The judging panel will include top industry experts, plus our esteemed line-up of celeb judges.

Universal Warrior is the grand finale to the HopeCuts Mid-Atlantic 2013 campaign, which is the largest beauty industry fundraiser in the United States consisting of hundreds of participating salons donating their time and raising funds for cancer and HIV/AIDS research and treatment programs at City of Hope. Salons that raised $200 or more during HopeCuts qualified to compete in the unique competition. In 2013, 175 salons in the tri-state area have participated in HopeCuts with a total of $100,000 raised – with more salons and dollars to come. Thank you to the participating salons and HopeCuts’ Benefactor and Parent Sponsor, Raylon Corporation.

Voyeur Nightclub opens its doors at 8pm to the public. Ten-dollar cover donation goes directly to City of Hope. For more information call 1-800-344-8169, email or visit

City of Hope HopeCuts Fantasy Hair Competition

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About City of​Hope

This year also marks the centennial anniversary of City of Hope, and they have proudly met this celebratory milestone by making break-through advances in the following areas: Type 1 Diabetes, Cancer Immunotherapy Platform, developed a pioneering cancer drug, COH29 and T Cell Immunotherapy. The work conducted at City of Hope is shared with medical centers worldwide, touching the lives of millions of people everywhere.

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Philadelphia Magazine Gives You 200 Reasons to Toast at Whiskey Fest

Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey FestPhiladelphia Magazine and PA Wine & Spirits Stores give you 200 reasons to say “cheers” at Whiskey Fest on Thursday, October 24th.  Enjoy samples of over 200 premium spirits from around the world,  whiskey, scotch, bourbon, tequila, gin, rum, and vodka. Better yet, enjoy nibbles from a great array of Philadelphia (and beyond) restaurants and buzzed about eateries. The fun kicks off with a VIP tasting at 5:00pm and general admission at 6:30pm. Philly Loves Fun will be there responsibly sampling away while we mix and mingle with other guest!  Bonus:  Proceeds from this fun night go to a great charity – SafeHome Philadelphia. 

Starting at 5:00pm, enjoy the VIP experience with early admission to the festival, a behind-the-scenes stadium tour, exclusive spirit and food tastings and a gift card to PA Wine & Spirits Stores.  Doors for general admission open at 6:30pm, and include other event highlights that already having this a top event pick of the week!

  • Fine Wine & Good Spirits Lounge featuring exclusive spirits
  • Special meet-and-greets with industry representatives
  • A chance to mingle with SugarHouse Casino
    • SugarHouse Casino will also give Whiskey Festival ticketholders (plus guest) a complimentary invitation to an upcoming Whiskey Tasting event on November 14 at the Casino
  • The Woodford Reserve® Manhattan Experience
    • Watch local bartenders go head-to-head in this craft bourbon cocktail competition. Taste their creations and cast your vote!
  • The Buffalo Trace Saloon with Live Entertainment
    • Enjoy this elevated classy saloon complete with a country rock band
  • The Dewars Honey Suits
    • Sample the newest member of the Dewar’s family, Highlander Honey, and take home a specially engraved bottle.
  • CIROC Lounge introducing CIROC Amaretto
    • Meet some of the world’s great master distillers – Fred Noe, Simon Brooking, and John Campbell
  • Belvedere Product Red Lounge
  • Ardbeg Rocket Tour
  • The Infiniti Lounge
    • Complete with a molecular mixology demonstration, an exclusive chef’s tasting and the chance to get up close and person with the latest Infiniti vehicles
  • A raffle to benefit SafeHome Philadelphia

Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey Fest 1As with many things, we’re always about the grub and stuffing our bellies. Here’s a sneak preview of the restaurants and their complimentary dishes:

  • Chima – Chicken Potatoes Salada, Farofa, Assorted Skewers
  • Satsuma Asian Kitchen and Bar – Flash seared Tuna
  • The Sweet Trading Company – Chocolate Bars
  • Luke’s Lobster – Shrimp Rolls
  • Sampan – Hamachi Ceviche
  • The Twisted Tail – Bourbon Braised Meatballs
  • Verdad Restaurant – Short Ribs in a Whiskey Onion Reduction

For tickets and information, go to or call 215-279-8316.  Tickets are $95 in advance, $100 at the door; $150 for VIP access. Designated driver tickets are available at the door. Safety first (and always!) Our favorite option for the night is to pair the fest with a ride from Uber. Head home in style AND save $10 in the process when you sign up using our link.

Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey Fest ABOUT THE BENEFICIARY

The 2013 Philadelphia Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will benefit SafeHome Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization that works to ensure that every child has a safe place to sleep, and every parent has an affordable home. By integrating homeless families into the community, SafeHome Philadelphia creates a safe, united, self-sufficient Philadelphia, one that prizes both independence and community.

Presented by Philadelphia Magazine and PA Wine & Spirits. Sponsored Infiniti, SugarHouse Casino, WMMR, KYW and Yelp. Must be 21 years+ to attend. Please taste responsibly.  Not sponsored by Philly Loves Fun.


Fall spirits, food and fun are in the air this week! Find us at these other great events this week:

Disclaimer: Complimentary tickets to cover the event were provided by Philadelphia Magazine. No other compensation was received in exchange for this blog post. Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with any giveaways. Data collected will not be shared.  Event is not sponsored by Philly Loves Fun. 

Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Double the Festive Fun

East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday FlyerWe’re thrilled to help sponsor one of the fall’s biggest celebrations! East Passyunk Avenue presents a day of spooktacular fun with Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. This annual Halloween celebration will feature free activities for children, adults and even fido too!  Spooky Saturday activities include cider and donuts, pumpkin painting, costume contests for children and dogs, pet treats, art lessons and a kids’ dance party. Trick or treating will expand this year to include the blocks between the Singing Fountain and the Mifflin Triangle. Free treat bags will be available at the Singing Fountain for the first 500 children courtesy of Aversa PR & Events and Philly Loves Fun. Yes, that’s us!

Pretty in Pink - Dog Costume ContestFall Fest activities will include a craft show curated by Nice Things..Handmade, three live bands, pumpkins and fall foliage at Urban Jungle, a raffle from Philadelphia Scooters, and adoptables from Operation Ava, PAWS and Pig Placement Network.  Food and drink will be provided by Ms. Goody Cupcake, The Tot Cart, Stateside, El Zarape, Mamma Maria Ristorante, Stogie Joe’s, Noord, Fond and Belle Cakery. In the event of rain, select family activities will move in front of Urban Jungle, and the concert and craft show will be cancelled.  Most activities will be held at the Singing Fountain (EPA and Tasker), with select activities to be held at Mifflin Triangle (EPA and Mifflin). For more information, visit, like EPABID on Facebook and follow @epassyunkave on Twitter. Here’s the full agenda to print and save on your fridge until the big day…


Outdoor eats and drinks (11:00am to 4:00pm)

  • Belle Cakery – Fall treats
  • El Zarape – Tacos al pastor
  • Fond – Adult fall beverages and bar menu
  • Mamma Maria Ristorante – Gnocchi, chicken cutlets & sausages
  • Ms Goody Cupcake – Halloween cupcakes including Pumpkin Latte
  • Noord – Snack bar with bitterballen, chicken croquettes and more
  • Stateside – Outdoor grill, seasonal cocktails and beer
  • Stogie Joe’s – BBQ pulled pork sliders and seasonal craft beer
  • The Tot Cart – Tater tots
  • More to be added

Family fun (11:00am to 4:00pm)

  • Craft Show with 40 local artists by nice things…handmade
  • Pig Placement Network, Operation Ava and PAWS adoptables and information tables
  • Pumpkins and fall foliage at Urban Jungle
  • Raffle for a scooter from Philadelphia Scooters

Kids only (11:00am to 1:00pm)

  • Kids’ costume contest for Scariest, Funniest + Most Original, staggered by age groups (11am – ages 4 & under, 11:30am – ages 5 to 8, Noon – ages 9 to 12)
  • Art projects by the Young Rembrandts
  • Dance party to Halloween favorite tunes from Ben FM
  • Free trick or treat bags from Aversa PR & Events for the first 500 kids
  • Pumpkin painting (first come, first served)
  • Trick or treating at the craft show

Fido too (12:30pm)

  • Dog costume contest for Scariest, Funniest + Most Original with prizes from Doggie Style
  • Costumed guest judges including Noord chef/owner Joncarl Lachman, others to be announced
  • Fido treat and water station

Live music

  • Passyunk Pickers (1:00pm)
  • We Are Fauna (2:00pm)
  • Rocktapuss (3:00pm)


  • Alphabet Aquarium (1720 EPA) – Temporary tattoos (11:00am to 1:00pm)
  • Trick or treating at various businesses, including: A Star is Born, Aversa PR & Events, Chhaya Café, Headhunters Hair Design, Ms Goody Cupcake, Noir Restaurant, Occassionette, Sermania, Stogie Joe’s (1:00pm to 4:00pm or as supplies last, other businesses to be announced)


  • Ben FM dance party with musical favorites and games (1:30pm to 3:30pm)
  • Free cider and donuts (starting at 1:30pm while supplies last)
  • Spooky chalk drawing (1:30pm to 3:30pm)

East Passyunk Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday Food and drinks from mobile vendors and restaurants are pay-as-you-go. Other activities, tricks or treats, and cider and donuts are free unless otherwise noted. In the event of rain, Fall Festival music and craft show will be cancelled. Spooky Saturday’s costume contest and trick or treating will move in front of Urban Jungle (1526 EPA).

Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday is presented by East Passyunk Business Improvement District, with support form GPTMC Visit Philadelphia campaign, Yelp, Aversa PR & Events, Acme, PARC, South Philly Review, Uber, Doggie Style, Ben FM and Nice Things.. Handmade.

For updates to the lineup, performance times and EPABID information, visit the Facebook event page, or drop us a line in the “comments” below this post.  Make sure to come to our table for your free treat bag and to say hi!  Better yet, wear your best Halloween costume and bring the kids (and fido) too!

Update – Volunteers are wanted to help us give away treats! Click here for times and details.

New Contest: East Passyunk Avenue Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl

Witch Craft Beer Crawl on East Passyunk‘Tis the season for pumpkin brews, chilling tales and witches spells!  Warm up your broom and fly off to East Passyunk Avenue for the fourth annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.  Enjoy seasonal craft beers bubbling up in cauldrons at a record-setting 14 bars and restaurants.  Tickets are $6.66 and include $3.00 craft beers, a witch hat and a Witch CRAFT stamp card. Earn a stamp by purchasing a craft beer, food or other beverage at participating locations.  Collect five or more stamps to be entered to win a gift certificate prize package worth $350.00. Scare up your finest witch’s garb for a chance to win title of “Witch of East Passyunk” and “Most Original Costume.” Passyunk Gardens will cast its own spell with natural witches brew and other tricks and treats. Registration takes place at newly opened Garage (1231 EPA) from 5:30pm -7:00pm.   Thanks to Witch CRAFT sponsors Boston Beers, Origlio Beverage, Drink Philly, Philebrity, Pretzel Crisps, UBER and Yelp. Tickets are on sale now at Proceeds benefit EPABID’s cleaning and greening programs.

Seasonal brews are bubbling up in 14 cauldrons along East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District.  Win a pair of tickets to these bewitched spots:

New additions to the Crawl this year include a costume contest, and tricks and treats along the Avenue. Scare up your finest witch garb as one lucky winner will enjoy $140 value restaurant/bar certificates plus the title of “Witch of East Passyunk” for Best Witch Costume. A special prize will also awarded for Most Original Costume. Passyunk Gardens (1304 EPA) will entice with natural witches brew.  During the enchanted walk along the Avenue, find Pretzel Crisp Samples and other tricks and treats.

East Passyunk Witch Craft Beer CrawlFREE & QUICK TO ENTER

Enter by telling us your favorite fall haunting spot! Visit our CONTEST PAGE for full details. Entering is easy and free, with three chances to in. Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl winner selected Friday, October 18, 2013 at Midnight. We will announce the winners in the comment section below and on our Facebook page!

Disclaimer: No compensation was received in exchange for this blog post. Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with this giveaway. Data collected will not be shared. 

#musteatnow Nick’s Roast Beef Bacon Burger and Bespoke Bacon Cheesecake

Nick's Roast Beef Debuts New Bacon Burger with Bespoke Bacon During Bacon and Beer FestNick’s Roast Beef in Old City, 16 S. 2nd Street, launches a newly famous ground bacon burger that made us stop and say #musteatnow – with a mouth-dropping blend of ground Bespoke Bacon mixed with ground beef on  brioche bun, with lettuce, tomato and pickle chips. The burger makes its debut on Saturday, September 28, 2013, during Bacon and Beer Fest from 5-8pm.  Other bacon specialties for the night include bacon nachos, bacon and beer pairings, and even a bacon cheesecake.

The facts: The house-blend of contains the perfect ratio of 35% bacon to 65% beef. This monster burger comes on a brioche roll, with lettuce and tomato on top, and pickle chips on the side.  Owner “Joey Dog” Schultice recommends toppings worthy of his new burger, including highlighted combinations:

·        Southwestern Twist – Fried pickles, house-made salsa and jalapeño slices
·        More Bacon the Better – Choice of sizzling Bespoke flavored bacon strips
·        South Philly – Sharp provolone, long hots and caramelized onions

This new creation previewed to bar regulars during last week’s Eagles vs. Chiefs game, and was called “A Burger Fit for the Return of Andy Reid” by the Philadelphia Business Journal. After Bacon and Beer Fest, Nick’s Bacon Burger will be a daily special until at least the end of December, if not beyond. Slider-sized bacon burgers are also available upon special request for holiday and business parties in the dining room, and for to-go catering orders. For the full skinny on this new burger and the entire Bacon and Beer Fest menu, visit Nick’s on Facebook.

Mt. Airy Announces List of Food Trucks and Restaurants For Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll

Say Cheese, Mt. Airy, Street Fare, Sip Savor Stroll Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  Get your grub on with the city’s most unique street food, local brews, handcrafted cocktails and amazing wine lists.  As if that weren’t reason enough to head to one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, there will also be free family fun, two stages with live entertainment, an outdoor simulcast of the big Eagles vs. Chiefs game, arts and crafts, and more.  Head over and join us next week on Germantown Avenue, between Sedgwick and W. Mt. Airy Avenue. This is one of Philadelphia’s biggest and most exciting food festivals that is not to be missed.  If you do come out to join us, we have two pieces of advice: Come hungry! And, don’t get in our way in line!
Earth, Bread Brewery, Mt. AiryThis past week we had the pleasure of previewing the food and we met the stars of the show – the Mt. Airy local restaurant owners and chefs. We wined and dined our way down Germantown Avenue sampling samples along the way.  After our tasty preview, we recommend nearly everything. Here’s the local menus and restaurants:
  • Avenida – Tostadas, margaritas and sangria
  • Earth Bread + Brewery – Craft-brewed beers
  • Herb Scott Catering – Grilled meat and veggie skewers + grilled peaches
  • Jyoti Indian Bistro – Kati rolls, chickpea curry and matar paneer
  • Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café – Brownies, sweet potato cupcakes and cheddar biscuits
  • Mini Trini Food Truck – Doubles – Flat fried bread filled with curried chick peas topped with pumpkin, cucumber and mango kuchela and calypso sauce
  • Trolley Car Diner – Catfish sandwiches, hamburgers and water-ice
  • The Wine Thief Bistro – Cocktails, wine and beer

Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll in Mt. AiryBesides the locals, Street Fare brings in food trucks, mobile carts and guest restaurants from around the region. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Bonjour Creperie – Authentic French crepes
  • Cosmic Café – Homemade vegetarian
  • Cupcake Carnivale – Artisan cupcakes
  • Farm Truck Philly – Eclectic American, locally sourced
  • Festival Food Management – Carnival food favorites
  • Foo truck – Gourmet Asian toasted wraps
  • Gigi’s and Big R’s – Caribbean Soul food
  • Jimmie’s Cupcakes – Gourmet cupcakes
  • Ka’Chi – Korean tacos, sliders + rice balls
  • Lil Pop Shop – Hand-crafted gourmet ice pops
  • Local 215 – Gourmet sandwiches, locally sourced
  • Los Taquitos de Puebla – Tacos al pastor (roast pork taco with pineapple), chicken tacos, vegetables tacos; chicken, mushroom, squash flower and corn quesadillas; assorted jarritos and pina coladas
  • Lucky Old Souls Burgers – Grass-fed burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes
  • MacMart – Mac’n cheese made with toppings and mixings
  • Mamma Maria’s – Gnocchi + chicken cutlet or sausage sandwiches
  • Momma’s Meatballs – Traditional and creative meatballs
  • Mompops  All  natural popsicles
  • Mucho Bueno – Tacos, locally sourced
  • Payne Catering – Roasted corn and carnival food favorites
  • Pitruco – Wood oven pizza
  • Relish – Made to order chicken ‘in’ waffles (chicken and crispy chicken skins baked directly      inside waffle), mesquite smoked turkey leg, Reuben on rye and gourmet deli sandwiches
  • Samosa Deb – Indian samosas and kabobs
  • Say Cheese – Gourmet grilled cheese
  • Schmear It – New bagel food truck with a social conscience. Customers can design their own spreads to match their taste, dietary interest/need, or mood, or they can select a signature schmear
  • Stella Jeanne’s Carnival Concessions – Crab cake sandwiches and sweet potato fries
  • Street Food Philly – Gourmet Global street food
  • Sugar Philly – French macaroons and seasonal desserts
  • Sumpig – Smoked pork and buffalo chicken nachos
  • Surf and Turf – Lobster rolls and flank steak sandwiches
  • Sweet Box Cupcakes – Artisan cupcakes
  • Taco Mondo – Specialty tacos and empanadas
  • The Cow and the Curd – Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds
  • Weckerleys – Small batch ice cream and sorbet
  • Yumtown – Gourmet sandwiches and tamales
  • Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream – Seasonal gourmet ice cream, sorbet and ice cream sandwiches

While strolling along historic Germantown Avenue, shop from an artisan fair organized by Renaissance Craftables. Find a stunning new look inside the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck.  Live music offerings will expand this year to two stages filled with sounds from Grammy nominated Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, “Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations”, Lisa Chavous and the Second Line, The GTV’s and The Gin Canaries.

Little Jimmie's Bakery and CafeA new family activity zone has been added at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, corner of Germantown Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Ave, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.  A baby care tent will be managed by Pre-School Plus with comfy chairs for nursing, baby changing tables, diaper bags, hand sanitizer, spray bottles with disinfecting spray and lots of paper towels. Mt. Airy-based Kadillac Tattoo will offer specially designed (local-themed) temporary tattoos.  Rhino Chiropractic will present food jewelry making activities. Mt. Airy Presbyterian will host free-form drawing and coloring. Blue Banyan Yoga will offer kids’ yoga activities.  There will also be an open play and hang out area on the grass where families can sit and relax in this safe space.
An outdoor simulcast of Andy Reid’s homecoming game with the Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs will be projected at 7048 Germantown Avenue thanks to Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN) beginning at 8:15 pm. Several restaurants and bars will also feature the game inside. Go birds!

Sweet Box Cupcakes, Mt. Airy, Street Fare, Sip Savor StrollStreet Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll is presented by Mt. Airy USA, with support from Citi Bank, Penn Medicine Chestnut Hill, TD Bank, East River Bank and others. Media sponsors include Where Magazine, City Paper, Suburban Life Magazine, Philadelphia Life Magazine, and, and Campus Philly. UBER will provide all new users with a $25 ride credit to or from Street Fare (promo code MTAIRYFOOD). For the latest happenings with Street Fare, visit, call 215-844-6021, follow @gomtairy on Twitter and like “Go Mt. Airy” on Facebook.

During Street Fare, make sure to Tweet us your best shots at @phillylovesfun #stfaremtairy. Stay tuned to our feed for festival pics of the trucks, party people and of course, the food. See you next week!

City of Hope HopeCuts: 100 Salons Cut Out Cancer in Beauty Style-a-thon of Year

City of Hope HopeCuts 2013 LogoThe only thing better than getting pampered and coiffed is when you do it for a great cause! Over 100 top salons and spas in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region will donate their time, services and 100% of their daily proceeds for the 18th annual “HopeCuts” event to benefit City of Hope.  On Sunday, September 15, 2013 (or an alternative date selected by salons), staff come in on their day off and volunteer their time to help cut out cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. HopeCuts events and promotions will vary by salon, but may include specially priced services, entertainment, refreshments, raffle prizes and more.   There’s something for everyone – with a salon near you – for men and women. So leave the excuses at the door and get ready to get your styling on!

“HopeCuts” began 18 years ago and has raised over $4 million dollars.  The event began in 1995 when a local cosmetology school opened their doors and dedicated an entire Saturday to raise funds for cancer and HIV/AIDS research at City of Hope.  Today, “HopeCuts” events are held by hundreds of high-end salons across the country, including 100 +salons in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  During HopeCuts, participating salons will offer a women’s and men’s haircuts, with select salons  also offering makeovers, manicures, spray tans, massage and more. Individual salons may also provide music, food, entertainment, raffles, door prizes and more to celebrate this special day.  Our friends at City of Hope tell us that Raylon Corporation is the king of the mountain this year, providing top quality products to all participating salons.  Which salons you ask? Let us bring you are top picks – with many more to come!


  • D. Tails & D. Signs – Midtown Village/Center City
  • Elegant Studio – North Broad Street
  • Headhunters Hair Design – East Passyunk
  • LA Hair Design – East Passyunk
  • Luna Salon – Old City (Note: Event is September 16)
  • Salon Royale Court – Center City
  • Salon on 4th – Old City
  • Salon Tenshi – Northern Liberties
  • Signatures Du Mei – Northern Liberties
  • Toppers Spa/Salon – Rittenhouse
  • Tundella & Co. – Old City


  • Carmine & Co. Hair Salon – West Chester
  • Design by Michael Christopher
  • Essentials Salon and Spa – Doylestown
  • The Secret Salon and Spa – Levittown
  • Tina’s Salon and Day Spa – West Reading
  • Toppers Spa/Salon – Devon
  • Toppers Spa/Salon – Newtown
  • United Artist Salon & Spa – West Reading
  • Wyomissing Hair Salon – Wyomissing

New Jersey

  • Beauty Within Hair Salon – Pennsauken
  • Lil Lee’s Hair Studio and Spa – Sparta
  • Lorraine’s House of Styles – Hoboken
  • Village Mane Salon – Newton (Note: Event is September 22)


  • Salon XYZ – Washington DC
  • Toppers Spa/Salon – Dover

City of Hope HopeCuts 2013 Designer and Hair SalonMore salons and spas will be added and announced in the next two weeks. For a full list, including salons hosting events later in the fall, visit For the most up-to-date in-salon promotions and activities, please visit individual salon and spa websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.  Also, salons and spas are invited to use hashtag #hopecuts13 to post their specials and promotions on Twitter.

“These fundraising efforts could not exist without the generous support of every salon involved and amazing corporations such as Raylon and we are forever grateful of their time and dedication to our cause,” Harry Giordano, Senior Director of Development of City of Hope, Northeast Region. “Without our salon partners and parent sponsors such as the Raylon Corporation, none of this could be possible. The products and support that Raylon donates to the hundreds of participating “HopeCuts” salons is astronomical.”

About City of Hope

This year also marks the centennial anniversary of City of Hope, and they have proudly met this celebratory milestone by making break-through advances in the following areas: Type 1 Diabetes, Cancer Immunotherapy Platform, developed a pioneering cancer drug, COH29 and T Cell Immunotherapy. The work conducted at City of Hope is shared with medical centers worldwide, touching the lives of millions of people everywhere.

The City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and has been named one of the Top 25 Cancer Hospitals in U.S. News and World Report.  For more information about how you can support City of Hope’s lifesaving research and treatment programs, please call 1-800-260-HOPE, or visit the Web site at  City of Hope, Where the Power of Knowledge Saves Lives™.

But Wait! There’s more boys and girls! 

HopeCuts Universal Warrior by City of HopeSalons that raise $200 or more during HopeCuts will qualify to compete in “Universal Warriors,” on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 8:00 PM, at Voyeur (1225 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19107).  Sit back and prepare to enjoy the most wonderously weaved warriors showcasing the best in fantasy hair from all galaxies and time periods far, far away.  Vikings, super heroes, alien forces, earth militaries, futuristic commandos and every hair-hopping warrior imaginable will pay homage to the real-life warriors fighting cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatened illnesses at City of Hope. During the night, enjoy the epic battles of good vs. evil performed by Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia. Salons will compete in seven different categories for top prizes valued over $5,000.  We’ll have a special ticket giveaway for this hair-raising event. So keep a close eye on our Twitter feed!

Disclaimer: Sponsored post courtesy of City of Hope.  Event is not sponsored by Philly Loves Fun.  All events above are for 21 years and older, unless mentioned. If you have a question about any event, please verify all details with sponsoring organization.