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All-American Cookout Patriotic Pooch Contest

By June 10, 2019Contests, Events
Patriotic Pooch Contest

The Center City District will host an All-American Cookout at Dilworth Park starting Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. On Saturday and Sunday, dog owners are invited to bring their pups dressed in their best American-themed threads for the popular Patriotic Pooch Contest. The winner of the contest will receive a Budweiser grilling prize pack, plus a little something for the dog.

All-American Cookout Brings the Spirit of Summer to Dilworth Park

Get ready for games, music, food and family fun during this 5-day backyard bash!

The All-American Cookout is a free and festive five-day jubilee that celebrates the official start of summer. Beginning Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23, this Dilworth Park tradition takes America’s favorite summer pastime and adds a generous helping of distinctly Philadelphia flavor. Adults, kids, (and even dogs!) are guaranteed to have a blast.

Planned in partnership with Brûlée Catering, Dilworth Park’s food and beverage provider, the All-American Cookout will offer a smorgasbord of summertime favorites, including a Maker’s Mark bourbon BBQ burger, Philly favorite Weckerly’s ice cream and chicken tenders for the kids. Representatives from Herr’s will be on-site to provide free samples of limited-edition snacks, featuring Stubb’s® Sticky Sweet Cheese Curls and McCormick Montreal Steak® Potato Chips. Live music and DJ tracks curated by Live Nation will play from the MET Philadelphia Stage as parkgoers cool off with a Bud Light or Landshark Lager at the pop-up beer garden. The popular Fine Art and Craft Fair will return on Saturday and Sunday, welcoming a diverse group of Philadelphia-area artisans. Guests can browse and buy clothing, paintings, jewelry and more!

The All-American Cookout will keep visitors entertained with a full lineup of unique activities. Classic carnival games will be available to both children and adults, such as skeeball and a milk bottle toss. Fun contests are planned for people and pets, including a Patriotic Pooch challenge and a watermelon eating competition. The full event lineup includes:

Wednesday, June 19:
5 p.m.-9 p.m.

5 p.m.: DJ Matthew Law
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Guests 21 and older can enjoy Center City District SIPS specials, including $6 Effen Vodka and Hornitos tequila cocktails, $5 wine, $4 Bud Light and half-priced appetizers.

Thursday, June 20:
5 p.m-9 p.m.

5 p.m.: DJ J Sharp

Friday, June 21:
5 p.m-9 p.m.

5 p.m.: DJ Montone

Saturday, June 22:
Noon-8 p.m.

Hosted by DJ Reed Streets
1 p.m.: April Mae & the June Bugs
2:15 p.m.: Jackson Pines
3:30 p.m.: Kicking Down Doors
5:00 p.m.: Jason Ager & the Golden Eagles
6:15 p.m.: Funk Daddy Band
Ongoing: Guests are encouraged to bring their pups to participate in a Patriotic Pooch Contest! On Saturday and Sunday, cookout attendees will vote for their favorite looks. The dog donning the best American-themed threads will win their human an awesome prize.

Sunday, June 23:
Noon-6 p.m.

Hosted by DJ Xtina
1 p.m.: Deb Callahan
2:15 p.m.: Dukes of Destiny
3 p.m.: A watermelon eating contest is planned for guests 21 and over. Be sure to register before spots run out! The contest will only be available to the first 20 signees.
3:30 p.m.: The Naked Sun
4:45 p.m.: Zeek Burse
Ongoing: The Patriotic Pooch Contest will continue through 6 p.m.

Events are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th St., on the west side of City Hall. For the most up-to-date information, visit:


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