University City, located just one mile west of City Hall, is home to an array of local cuisine and culture. Rich in history and native flavor, this location is perfect for travelers of all ages. Join us for a sneak peek into what this exciting neighborhood has to offer!
Just outside 30th Street Station, prepare your taste buds for authentic eats from local food trucks at The Porch. Not only will you indulge in some of the best bites in the city, you can also enjoy a craft brew! That’s right—The Porch joined forces with Bridgewaters Pub and breweries to provide you with exceptional beverages from local brewers, including Dock Street Brewing, Levante Brewing, and 2SP Brewing all in one place! Sip on your craft beer and listen to live music during happy hours and special events.
After stuffing your belly to the brim, take a stroll down 40th street and enjoy the Street Summer Festival Summer Series. Delight in live musical performances, fire dancers, dancing and hula hooping, and trapeze acts. And, this isn’t the only festival University City has to offer. BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day festival in early August celebrating the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities with over 60 films in three unique locations. Join in the celebration!
Not enough arts and culture for you? Explore millions of art and artifacts from all around the world at the Penn Museum on South Street. Then, make your way over to the Institute of Contemporary Art for an alternative artistic experience on the cutting edge. Are you more of a sports fan? University City is home to two major academic institutions: The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Experience the highly energetic UPenn fans cheer on their team at The Palestra arena and Franklin Field or see a Division I NCAA Basketball game at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center
If you spent all of your money at the Porch, no need to worry. In the spring and fall, The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll delivers $1 deals from local businesses with live entertainment, fun activities for the kids, and of course, more foods and drinks! The event stretches to about ten blocks, which gives you the chance to explore all of the 30 top West Philly vendors. Whether you are looking for a sweet treat at Little Baby’s Ice Cream, or merchandise from the Baltimore Pet Shoppe, this summer event has it all.
After a long day of exploring, sit back in your lawn chair and enjoy a movie at Clark Park’s outdoor amphitheater. For four weeks in August-September, you can enjoy the Clark Park Movie Series on Friday nights. Spots fill up quickly so make sure you bring a blanket big enough for your family and friends!
University City provides an unforgettable Philly experience. We want you to have an exciting and memorable stay. Join us at The Inn at Penn and Homewood University City, which are both located in the neighborhood. So, what are you waiting for? Book a trip today!