Culture Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2nd Street Festival – Sun. Aug 6 – sign up to volunteer… Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:00:16 +0000 The 9th Annual 2nd Street Festival
is Sunday
, August 6th 2017 from
noon till 10 p.m.

We’re closing off North 2nd between Germantown and Green Streets, here in Northern Liberties and filling the entire street with beer gardens, workshops, art, food,  and other merchandise vendors.

Be sure to support the NLNA by visiting our tent and procuring refreshing Yards Brew or five!

Or… volunteer to help out in exchange for
NLNA Beverage Tickets!

We need help with traffic during festival set-up. We also need help setting up,
staffing and breaking down the NLNA tent. Sign up HERE!


Save The Date – NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)

A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks



Help Us Turn Lemons Into Lemonade… Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:05:53 +0000 On May 6th our beloved mural by Frank Hyder
and the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia was destroyed by graffiti.  

This mural was done in 2009  by Frank and his students and since has become a great part of our neighborhood.  Located on the north side of Bell Floor Covering at 1050 North 2nd street in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, the mural has added to the quality of life in the neighborhood and is a colorful backdrop that has brought a splash of color on even the dreariest of days.  

We have always been grateful for the culture, awareness, education and beauty that this program has brought to our city, so we think it would be awesome to hand a check over to them,  from funds raised by a grateful community to help keep our city beautiful.

Please click here to contribute. Any amount helps.


Adult Figure Drawing at the Community Center Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:46 +0000 IMG_7173 small

We  will be on hiatus
until September…

From 6:30 to 9:30 adult figure drawing sessions
will be held on most Thursday nights at the
NLNA Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)
$10 walk-in fee pays the model.
Drop in for an hour or three!
Bring your own supplies…
with questions, or join us on Facebook.

Drawing is a lifetime practice!



The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.



Ongoing – Rec Center Events Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:43 +0000
rec-center-kidsNorthern Liberties Rec Center
321 Fairmount Street 19123
Free Improv and many other activities are happening at our neighborhood recreation center at 321 Fairmount Ave. Numerous great activities for kids and adults.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest
Shakespeare Comes to Liberty Lands! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:00:57 +0000 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 15 – July 1
Admission is Free!
6/15 thru 6/18 at 6:30pm
6/22 thru 6/24 at 6:30pm
6/25 at 3:00pm
6/29 thru 7/1 at 6:30pm
Run Time is 90 minutes
For more information follow us on Facebook – The Word Players
Northern Liberties Community Garden Tour – Sat, June 17 Mon, 15 May 2017 14:55:21 +0000 10am-2pm
(rain date June 18)

Wanna see some
of the best secret retreats in Philadelphia?

Walk the Northern Liberties Loop, a self-guided tour of Spooky Garden, Seedy Acres, Orkney Park, Orianna Hill Community Garden,
Liberty Lands Park & Community Garden, and The Bodine School Yard Garden. 

Part of a city-wide celebration of community gardens & organized by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, this tour features a wide variety of approaches to urban greening in a 1-mile, family friendly loop. 

All of our gardens will have tours & activities!

Two of the gardens contain playgrounds!

Spooky Garden will host a BBQ beginning at noon!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a diverse collection of innovative approaches to urban greening, from a community-owned park built on a former brown fields site, to a miniature urban forest, to a storm water garden at a public school.

Parking will be available for out-of-neighborhood visitors in the Bodine HS parking lot.  

Here’s the NoLibs route:
















City Planter  814 N. 4th St – Refreshments
Orianna Hill  900 N. Orianna St
Liberty Lands  961 N. 3rd St
Bodine High School  1101 N. 4th St – Free Parking
Spooky Garden  1116 N. 4th St through to 1015 N. Leithgow St
Seedy Acres  912 N. Leithgow St
Orkney Park  867 N. Orkney St

More info available at: 
Neighborhood Meet n’ Greet – Thurs, June 15 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:20:50 +0000
6 to 8pm at the NL Community Center,
3rd & Fairmount

Share food, beer and wine with neighbors, and meet the new NLNA Board of Directors.

Come hang out as guest of the NLNA

RSVP not required, but why not check in at the event’s Facebook page? See you there!

NoLibs Music Festival & Flea Market – Sat, Jun 3 Thu, 11 May 2017 02:07:13 +0000 Liberty Lands Park
(Third & Wildey)
Benefits go to NLNA general fund which supports Clean Streets, the Community Center, and of course
Liberty Lands!
We need a few good men and women
to help with set-up and tear-down
of the stage!
CLICK here to volunteer…
Get a FREE Souvenir Bottomless
Beer Cup for your help!
Thank you!
Flea market 9am until you drop!! (Load-in: get there early!
Fee $20 BYOtable)
Food and Beer Cups
from Noon on…
Music starts at 4…. Lasts till 10

The Line Up:

4:00 – School of Rock

5:00 – The Hoppin’ John Orchestra

6:00 – After Dinner Mints

7:00 – Broken Arrow

8:00 – Michael Simons

9:00 – St. James & The Apostles

Spread the word via our Facebook Event!

Festival info: Donald Phillips
Flea Market info: Kathy Vissar:

NLArts Faculty 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit – Fri, May 5 Wed, 03 May 2017 16:51:38 +0000

Join NLArts in celebrating their awesome teaching artists!

10th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition
Opening Reception

Friday May 5, 2017 5-7 PM

Two locations:
Northern Liberties Community Center & 700 N. Third Street and
Higher Grounds Coffee 631 North Third Street (Philly 19123)

May 5, 2017 from 5 to 7pm

13 Artists!

Pat Aluiso,Lily Brown, Rae Burns, Claudia Bokulich, Max Budnick, Mathew Carrieri,
Briget Folick, Jared Gruenwald, Mike Storm, Katrina Mansfield, Mackenzie McAlpin,
Natasha Mell-Taylor, and Steve Teare.

Winterfest 2017 at North Bowl – Sun, Feb 12 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:02:43 +0000 Beat that cabin fever
with a family day out!

Join neighbors at this annual event, hosted by North Bowl.

Tickets include bowling, food, wine, beer,
and soda.
Plus Fabulous Raffles
for Some Pretty Cool stuff!
Buy Discount Advance Tickets below!
Adults $15 (Advance Ticket Form Below)
Adults $20 (at the door)
Seniors $10
Kids $10 (13 to 17 year olds)
Free for kids under 12

All proceeds benefit NLNA

Online ticketing is now closed.

Kwanzaa Celebration – Fri, Dec 30 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:21:40 +0000

Kwanzaa — A Celebration of Harvest & Community

Join NLArts to learn about the history and
significance of this non-religious holiday
celebrated around the world!

Friday, December 30 from 6:30-8:30

Northern Liberties Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)

$15 per person / $25 for families

Live entertainment, light appetizers and beverages will be served along with snacks, drinks and craftsfor the kids!

Tickets available at the door

Email Tia Hall at

Dineth Allen at

Parade of Spirits – Sat, Dec 17 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:58:37 +0000 krampus-kids4pm – gather at Liberty Lands
Parade starts at Sundown

A family-friendly winter parade through Northern Liberties now in its sixth year!

Bring your own belief system.

Find out more on Facebook.

Also, at Gravy Gallery:
Parade of Spirits: Portraits
by Neil Kohl

An open house will be held at Gravy (910 N. 2nd St.) from 6-8pm following the parade.

Gravy Studio & Gallery is proud to present Parade of Spirits: Portraits, by photographer Neil Kohl. The Parade of Spirits is an annual community event that celebrates the folklore surrounding The Krampus. The images in this series are of the event participants, who are often dressed in elaborate handmade costumes.
Open Hours
Saturdays in December, 1-5pm
NLNA thanks the Penn Treaty Special Services District for support of the 2016 Parade of Spirits and festivities!


Find out more about grant opportunities from the PTSSD at
Spring Garden Underpass Lights Are On! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:43:54 +0000

…and then there was light!

As of Dec 20, 2016 the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. has finally turned on the new lighting installation at the I-95/El underpass at 2nd and Spring Garden.
Congratulations to all who persisted in the struggle to get this dun!
Weeder’s Club Meets Again (and again) on Saturday Mornings at Liberty Lands… Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:30:53 +0000  

Weeders Club AD

Every Saturday morning from 9m to 11-ish

Tools, Gloves, Instruction, Gossip included! All are welcome, bring the kids!

There will be coffee!

Liberty Lands is your park,
owned and maintained by our neighborhood.
Any time spent helping to clean up
the park is welcome.

Meet-up is at the table in the shade of the kids playground.

Teens can earn Community Service Points!



BRAWLERFEST – Saturday, November 5 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:30:29 +0000 blrfst_std_yards_final-small

Step Right Up and Throw Down at BRAWLERFEST

… a brawls to the wall beer ball of bruisin’ brews, slammin’ eats, rockin’ beats,
legendary brawlers, brawl games and big prizes.

Presented by Yards, BRAWLERFEST will take place on
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 500 Spring Garden St.
in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.


Regular Admission = beer, bands and entertainment for the afternoon
Designated Driver = bands and entertainment (beer consumption prohibited)

BRAWLERFEST is equal parts beer festival, old-school carnival and block party, celebrating Philly’s rich tradition of hard work and love for the underdog. Chow down on the city’s best food truck fare and rock out to hometown heroes, like headliner Marah. “Fight the good fight” by trying your hand at carnival games to benefit our charity partner, WXPN‘s Musicians On Call. Winners also get a shot at big prizes like Eagles and Flyers tickets, The Green Legion‘s All-Access Road Trip, Yards Beer and Experience packages and more.

Follow on Facebook.

18th Annual Liberty Lands Halloween & Fall Festival – Sunday, October 30 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:00:17 +0000

fall-fest-w-ruby-helenLiberty Lands
1-4 pm

Kids Crafts and Family Activities Including:

Interactive entertainment and music from:

All proceeds from this event support Liberty Lands park.

Help spread the word!

And, if you’re interested in lending a hand on the day, sign up here: Fall Fest Volunteer Sheet
Read more at our Fest Facebook page.
You can also contact if you’d like to get involved.

Adult Ceramics Class at the Rec Center Sun, 02 Oct 2016 05:00:52 +0000 3 Kilns

Tuesday Nights at 321 Fairmount Avenue (Rec Center) from 6:30 to 9pm.

Explore the craft of ceramics with Natalie Wieters!

Bring your own ideas, or figure out projects during the class. Natalie provides the guidance necessary for each project.

The class is 10 weeks, and the fee is $175 which includes ALL supplies and firing!

For more information, please visit or call 215-686-1785.

The German Society presents a Springerle Cookie Discussion and Tasting — Oct 3 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:00:30 +0000
Monday, October 3rd at 611 Spring Garden Street
The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery in Old City are coordinating a lecture about Springerle cookie moulds at the German Society, on Monday, October 3rd, that will be a part of ArchivesMonth Philly.
Many of the moulds we will be discussing were made in a factory in Northern Liberties, close to 700 N 2nd. The moulds, being local, will be a highlight of the talk.
Below is the link and the flier to the event:

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Help Needed to Restore the Doughboy Statue Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:00:00 +0000 Our Doughboy small

NLNA is launching a
$22,000 fundraising
to restore
the Doughboy statue

and maintain it
for the future.

Transport Workers Local 234 on 2nd St. has generously committed $2,500 to the cause, but more is needed. Help out by donating to the GoFundMe campaign for this worthy cause!

The Doughboy statue, located
at Second and Spring Garden Streets,
honors soldiers (known as doughboys)
from the River Wards who were
killed during the First World War.


Your support will:

  • Reproduce and install one of the bronze plaques of 400 names that was stolen. The complete set of three plaques list all of soldiers from the River Wards who served.
  • Replicate and attach missing bayonet.
  • Clean and apply a protective covering to the complete sculpture.
  • Support the ongoing maintenance of the statue and park.

NLNA is working with the City of Philadelphia and Kreilick Conservation, LLC on the restoration. With your support we can restore the statue to its rightful place and honor those before us.

CLICK HERE to help support the Doughboy Statue.

Questions, contact