Here Are the Wawa Welcome America Road Closures

Philly has released a list of road closures for the 2017 Wawa Welcome America festival – and it’s quite extensive.

The six-day festival, which kicks off this Thursday and runs until July 4th, will feature performances from Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men, among other events.

The most significant chunk of road closures will occur on July 3rd and 4th, near Eakins Oval and in Old City. The city has released maps of the closures.  Read more »

2017 Made in America Lineup: Jay Z, J. Cole, Solange and More


The 2017 Made in America lineup has been announced – and Jay Z and J. Cole will headline the three-day event.

The list is full of hip-hop and electronic artists – with groups like Run the Jewels and Migos and rappers Pusha T, Vic Mensa, DMX, 21 Savage and more. EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers will perform, as well as Kaskade and Marshmello. Solange, Swedish band Little Dragon and Sampha will add a touch of indie/alternative pop. Read more »

Charter School Claims It Can’t Operate During the NFL Draft

Russell Byers Charter School , NFL Draft

Russell Byers Charter School near 19th and Arch streets, via Google Maps

The 2017 NFL Draft Experience is bringing Philly a slew of street closures and parking restrictions – and apparently it’s prompting a school closure as well.

Administrators at the Russell Byers Charter School say the three-day football event will force the school to cancel classes April 25th through April 28th.  Read more »

Prepare for Travel Madness on the Parkway This Week

Courtesy City of Philadelphia

Courtesy City of Philadelphia

We told you to start planning for the 2017 NFL Draft Experience earlier this month – and hopefully you paid attention. The biggest – and worst – bulk of street closures will kick in tonight and tomorrow – and they’re sure to cause traffic snarls, congestion, bike-lane detours and headaches galore.  Read more »

Yes, That Was Bill Clinton at Made in America

Bill Clinton at the Made in America festival on Sunday. Photograph by Michael Zorn/AP

Bill Clinton at the Made in America festival on Sunday. Photograph by Michael Zorn/AP

A thrilled Bill Clinton meandered around the Made in America festival grounds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, stopping to chat and take photos with fans and looking just about as happy as when he got to play with balloons at the Democratic National Convention in July. Read more »

It Looks Like the NFL Draft Will Be in Philly Next Year

The NFL draft logo side by side with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Benjamin Franklin Parkway photo by Spike Brennan (license)

Per several reports, it seems like the NFL Draft will be in Philadelphia in 2017.

In early July, Wendy Ruderman quoted Bob Brady saying it was a done deal to hold the draft at a temporary stage and arena on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the city hadn’t signed anything, but Brady was insistent: “We are going to showcase the city for the whole country again, and we’ll have thousands of visitors coming in here and all the players, all the sports teams, and all the coaches and managers will all be around. It will be great.” Read more »

What You’ll Be Eating at Pope Fest

pope-stage-1-940x540Our intrepid reporter HughE Dillon was on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway while preparations continue to be made for the Pope’s visit this weekend. Along the way, HughE snapped this shot of the food and drink menu for the weekend at 20th and the Parkway.

There aren’t any cheesesteaks on the menu but there is a Philly flair with Federal Street Soft Pretzels ($3), Italian hoagies ($9) and Italian sausages ($7). Not bad prices, especially when compared to the $5, 20-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola. As HughE points out, that’s a dollar more than Made in America. Also worth noting, no alcohol for sale.

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Beyoncé to Headline Made in America Festival

Beyoncé will headline one night of the fourth-annual Made in America Festival. R&B artist The Weeknd will headline the other. It is Beyoncé’s second time headlining a night at the festival; she previously closed out the first night in 2013.

Other artists on the bill include De La Soul, Axwell & Ingrosso, J. Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Banks, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Santigold, Nick Jonas, Matric, A-Trak and DJ Mustard. Philly’s own Creepoid is also playing the show. Read more »

Glowing Pedicab Sculptures to Hit the Parkway in 2016

Digital rendering of “Fireflies” on the Parkway, courtesy of Cai Studio.

Digital rendering of “Fireflies” on the Parkway, courtesy of Cai Studio.

It was announced this week that 50 local artists and cultural organizations will receive a total of $9.6 million in grants from the Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, which means several projects that have been living in the heads of local artists will finally have a chance to see the light of day. Keep your eyes out for announcements from local organizations, including this cool idea from the Association of Public Art (aPA).

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