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 phillymag.com/whiskeyfest 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.

OTHER TOP PICKS FOR WEEK

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 www.visiteastpassyunk.com, 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…

AROUND THE SINGING FOUNTAIN:

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)

ALONG THE AVENUE:

  • 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)

AT MIFFLIN TRIANGLE:

  • 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  http://www.bit.ly/passyunkwitch. 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, Philebrity.com and Phoodie.info, 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 gomtairy.com, 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!

Philadelphia

  • 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

Pennsylvania 

  • 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)

Other

  • 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 www.hopecuts.org. 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 www.cityofhope.org.  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. 

Made in America Ticket Contest: Your Chance to See Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, More!

Budweiser Made in America Ticket ContestBudweiser Made in America Festival is about to have Philadelphia dancing in the streets on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2013.  You can be part of the Labor Day action by entering to win a pair of tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s live action. Celebrate a great summer and kick off an even better fall by entering below. Special thanks to the United Way of Greater Pennsylvania for the complimentary tickets.  Don’t delay, the contest ends Friday morning!

This coming weekend, Philadelphians return from the shore for a massive dance party on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will headline the two-day music festival that includes our personal favorites Imagine Dragons, plus Queens Of The Stone Age, deadmau5, Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Empire Of The Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Public Enemy, Solange, 2 Chainz, The Gaslight Anthem, A$ap Rocky, Walk The Moon, Nero, Feed Me, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, Fitz & The Tantrums, Emile Sande, Haim, Schoolboy Q, AB Soul, GTA, Robert Delong, Redlight, Mord Fustang, Alunageorge, Jay Rock, Jesse Rose and TJR.  The diverse line-up is a loud and proud celebration of our city’s American spirit. No matter what type of music you enjoy, there’s something for everyone as we all come together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

While the festival is held in good fun, there’s also a meaningful purpose behind the revelry.  Ticket sales will benefit the United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA.  A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. As a result of this concert, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions.

Budweiser Made in America Ticket ContestUnited Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. Visit UnitedforImpact.org.

Our staff of Philly Love Fun actually hold a place close in our hearts for this important cause, as we have worked with and volunteered for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia, on and off, for a decade. In fact, United Way funding has helped our favorite senior centers around town by keeping seniors healthy and independent in their homes vs. nursing homes. United Way funds have also supported other causes and events close to our hearts, including women’s shelters, LGBT health programs, civic engagement programs, Martin Luther King Day of Service and much more. When they approached us for a ticket giveaway, the music festival turned our head but the important cause is actually what sealed the deal!  Now, on to the contest…

CONTEST RULES

We will award up to four pairs of tickets, each valid for ONE day at the Festival. Two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Open to only those 21 and older.  Winners must be willing and able to pick up tickets from our office in South Philadelphia on Friday or Saturday morning, at a mutually agreed upon time.  It is the responsibility of the winner to confirm with us as soon as possible or we will have to pick an alternate winner. Entering is free, with several ways to win.

  1. Follow @phillylovesfun and Tweet us!  Tweet: Contest enter to win tix #BudweiserMadeInAmerica @MIAFestival via @phillylovesfun courtesy @phillysjunited Visit: http://www.phillylovesfun.com
  2. Tweet us about your favorite United Way program/service, make sure to include @phillylovesfun @phillysjunited
  3. Like us on Facebook and post this to our wall:  Join United Way in creating measurable, lasting IMPACT in our communities. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. Visit UnitedforImpact.org.
  4. Fill out our contest and contact form.
United Way of Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service

Philly Loves Seniors! Check out our publisher Kory Aversa volunteering on Martin Luther King Day with United Way and Philadelphia Senior Center.

Enter once or do all four for extra chances. Again, please stay tuned Friday morning to find out who won! We will post it on Twitter, Facebook and the bottom of this post.  Good luck! If you are at Made in America this weekend, please look for us and make sure to send us a Tweet! We’ll be the ones with the amazing dance steps, (wink).  Stay tuned for other giveaways – coming next week!

Disclaimer: No compensation was received in exchange for this blog post.  Tickets were donated by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia. Event is not sponsored by Philly Loves Fun or any affiliates or partners.  All events above are for 21 years and older. Philly Loves Fun is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets, line-up changes, weather occurrences, etc. If you have any questions, it is your responsibility to email or tweet your question BEFORE you enter. 

Thousands Sip and Stroll Among Cars at East Passyunk Car Show

More than 120 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles roared onto East Passyunk Avenue for the 8th Annual Car Show and Street Festival.  Gray skies couldn’t keep eight thousand people away from South Phillys biggest block party. Besides the auto fun, we danced in the streets to the live music on every block. Family fun included sand castle art, circus performers from Charm City Movement Arts, piglets for adoption, Italian eats from Mamma Maria and Noir, anniversary cupcakes at Ms Goody Cupcake, and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show by Nice Things Handmade. One of our favorite parts of the day was the addition of food trucks and mobile carts. We literally couldn’t stop stuffing our faces with treats from the Tot Cart, Cow and the Curd and Weckerly’s.  Congrats to the Aversa PR team on the great PR this year. South Philly always does us proud, but these year we gleamed with extra joy for our favorite neighborhood.

Check out the car show photo fun below. Plus, stay tuned for East Passyunk’s Spooky Saturday and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  We had a great time judging last year, and we can’t wait to return for some hauntingly good fun.

Disclaimer: No compensation was received in exchange for this blog post.  Event is not sponsored by Philly Loves Fun.  All events above are for 21 years and older.

City of Hope Kicks Off Women’s Cancer Walk with Summer Mixer

While summer’s end is still week’s away, its never too early to celebrate our favorite events of the fall. In between the food fests, block parties and neighborhood celebrations, we escaped to Northern Liberties for a beautiful evening under the stars with Philly for Hope. They hosted a special after work party to benefit City of Hope Philadelphia’s Women’s Cancer Walk (formerly Walk for Hope).  The Happy Hour honored a very special young lady Christy Angelo, who would have been proud of the evening’s festivities.  By the end of the event,  spirits were raised for the approaching walk, and approximately $4,500 was raised for the team created in Christy’s honor.

On top of enjoying delicious bites and summer cocktails, we also got to meet some of the amazing faces behind the walk,  including co-chairs Robyn Marino, chapter President and board members, Amelia Gorman and Tara Kelly. We also got to sit down with some of Christy’s friends who simply glowed with warmth as they recounted stories and shared their personal reasons for walking for hope. It was an inspiring evening that made us run out and start recruiting for our 2013 team.  We can’t wait to catch up with everyone again at the walk itself, if not much sooner.  If you weren’t able to make it to the kick off happy hour, check out our pictures below.

Our Aversa PR and Philly Loves Fun walk team page is also up and running! Join us on Sunday, September 22, 2013 as we walk from Riversharks Stadium, across the Ben Franklin (complete with awe-inspiring views), and through Old City to the Headhouse District. We’ll be sure to have lots of fun, snacks and merriment along the way. Sign up today! If you can’t join us, consider making a small donation of $10, $25 or more to help us reach our goal. Thanks in advance!

City of Hope is a research, treatment and education center dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.  Philly for Hope and the Philadelphia office is located right here in our city – and fighting the good fight in honor of all the Christy’s of the world. While there’s lots of places to get your eats, drinks and fun on this summer, this party celebrates life and makes a direct impact on our local community.

Contest: Win Registration to Diner en Blanc Philadelphia – Deadline Today!

Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, Sold out, party of year, Best of Philly

Philadelphia’s best kept secret is now its biggest sold out success! After months of viral buzz, Diner en Blanc Philadelphia sold out in 24 minutes to 2,500 people.  Aversa PR and Philly Loves Fun celebrates this great success by offering you one last chance to get into the party of the year..

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, 2,500 culinary and culture enthusiasts dressed in white will converge upon a secret locale for an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic. This très chic picnic, imported from Paris, is part mystery tour, part pop-up feast and part je ne sais quoi.

Our parent company Aversa PR, the official public relations firm for Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, presents a final chance to experience the pop-up picnic in white.   Enter the free contest for a chance to win registration for two people. The winner will have their registration fee waived. All contestants agree by entering that they will abide by the rules and guidelines of Diner en Blanc Philadelphia. All guests must wear white to the event, and bring their own table, chairs, china and food (or order food during registration).

One winner will be selected and announced at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 29, 2013.  The winner has 24 hours to confirm by email, or an alternate winner will be selected. Once the winner has confirmed, they will be sent the free code for a registration. It is the responsibility of the winner to register themselves using the code.

Entering is simple. Please visit the contact page and fill out your contact information. Good luck and merci beaucoup!