Shop Center City Saturdays Return to Highlight the District’s Unique Retail Corridors      

The Center City District is the location for almost 1,500 very diversified storefront businesses from one-of-a-kind owner-proprietors and unique restaurants to regional and national chains. On three consecutive Saturdays, September 17, September 24 and October 1, Center City District (CCD) is promoting Shop Center City Saturdays, an annual campaign that highlights the unique shopping experiences offered throughout the district’s many retail corridors.

Center City offers a walkable, vibrant atmosphere accented by outdoor cafes and public spaces, world-renowned restaurants and celebrated arts and culture venues. The Avenue of the Arts, Market East, Midtown Village and Rittenhouse Row each provide a unique well-rounded shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

Avenue of the Arts is the city’s premier destination for the performing arts, with places like the Kimmel Cultural Campus, at the forefront. Rittenhouse Row is home to a variety of national retailers and luxury brands, while Midtown Village specializes in locally-owned businesses. On Market East, the focus shifts to well-known national brands like Macy’s, TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less and the Fashion District mall.

During Shop Center City Saturdays, which is supported by Haku Vodka, visitors can explore these diverse offerings while enjoying special events and promotions hosted in each neighborhood. Happenings will vary from week to week, which allows returning shoppers to focus on a different corridor. The schedule includes:


Saturday, September 17

Center City District Restaurant Week
(ccdrestaurantweek.com)
Prix-fixe three-course dinners for $40, plus $25 lunches at over 65 Center City restaurants.

Philadelphia Fall Arts Fest at the Kimmel Cultural Campus
(Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. | 11 a.m.-3 p.m., kimmelculturalcampus.org/events-and-tickets/events/philadelphia-fall-arts-fest/)  
Diverse sampling of free, live performances and fun activities, including some from the Kimmel’s own world-renowned resident companies. Plus, connect with local arts organizations about their programs for the upcoming season. A representative from CCD will be in attendance with information about Dinner and a Show, a brand-new promotion that offers discounted theater tickets to select venues along Avenue of the Arts. Discounts are available now through the end of the year. For more information, visit centercityphila.org/dinner-show.

Pop-Up Fashion Experience on Market East
(Market East, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Keep an eye out for a pop-up experience along Market East, curated by CCD and Philly Fashion Week, which includes a Shop Center City shopping bag giveaway while supplies last.

September 24
Center City District Restaurant Week
(ccdrestaurantweek.com)
Prix-fixe three-course dinners for $40, plus $25 lunches at over 65 Center City restaurants.

Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Festival
(Walnut St., from Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square | 11 a.m.-5 p.m., www.rittenhouserow.org)
Celebrate the grand opening of new retailers, which include digitally native brands, nationally recognized labels and local entrepreneurs. Expect live music, pop up shops and trunk shows.

From 1 p.m.-3 p.m., keep an eye out for a pop-up experience along the festival route, curated by CCD and Philly Fashion Week, which includes a Shop Center City shopping bag giveaway while supplies last.

October 1
Midtown Village Fall Festival  
(Midtown Village Philadelphia | 12 p.m.-8 p.m., midtownvillagephilly.com/midtown-village-fall-festival-3/)

Experience multiple stages with live entertainment, children’s activities, food and drinks, merchant and vendor displays, crafters, innovative samplings and drink specials presented by Penn Beer.

From 2 p.m.-4 p.m., keep an eye out for a pop-up experience along the festival route, curated by CCD and Philly Fashion Week, which includes a Shop Center City shopping bag giveaway while supplies last.

“Shop Center City Saturdays is an opportunity for residents from across the region to explore the many retail corridors that make Center City one of the best shopping destinations in the country. We have everything – luxury brands, national chains, local boutiques and department stores,” said Michelle Shannon, VP of Marketing for the Center City District. “We also have world-class arts and culture, award-winning restaurants and dozens of fitness centers, spas, art galleries and more. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these additional amenities while shopping or attending an upcoming special event.”

As pedestrian volumes on Center City sidewalks approach pre-pandemic levels and as more workers are returning to downtown offices, CCD has ramped up safety, outreach and crime prevention efforts in partnership with public and private security to create a welcoming environment for residents, workers and visitors during, but not limited to, Shop Center City Saturdays. In addition to 110 sidewalk cleaners who sweep and pressure wash sidewalks and remove graffiti, three public safety programs have expanded to more than 90 staff, which include Community Service Representatives, bicycle safety patrol and the Ambassadors of Hope. To learn more about CCD’s expanded safety programs, visit centercityphila.org.

To browse Center City’s nearly 1,500 storefront businesses, or to find more information about Shop Center City Saturdays, visit ShopCenterCityPhilly.com. Shop Center City Saturdays is supported by Beam Suntory. All special events are weather permitting and subject to change.

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