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DNC: 16 Things to Do During the DNC Even if You're Not Going to the DNC

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Okay, so you didn't get tickets to the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center next week. But maybe you're still making your way to Philadelphia that week, or perhaps you're just following Mayor Jim Kenney's plea to stay in the city instead of escaping like most folks did during the Pope's visit. Either way, just because you won't be at the actual convention doesn't mean there won't be anything to do around town and feel like you're a part of the big event. All of these activities are DNC-themed and are taking place all week from July 24 to 28.

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1. Join Politicalfest at the National Constitution Center

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525 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 409-6600
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2. Eat delicious local food at Philly Feast

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Arch St & N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Speak Your Truth at the Oval

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The Oval opened on July 15 and is an annual pop-up park that comes to Eakins Oval every summer. There's a beer garden, which will host a political-themed Quizzo night during the DNC, movie screenings, and instruments to play. On July 26 it will also be the first site of the Truth Booth, a free public art event that will encourage the public to speak their truth in video form during the DNC.

4. Admire the Broad Street Mural

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As part of Philly's beautification during the DNC, an artist has transformed the median running along Broad Street into this colorful mural. It spans 14 blocks up to City Hall, so be sure to take a walk across Broad and admire the new look.

5. Go to 'All-American Happy Hour' at Dilworth Park

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1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 440-5500
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6. Watch cartoonists live-draw the DNC

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303 Cherry St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The NIB, a cartooning publication, has set up shop in the historic Snyderman-Works Galleries will be filling the space with political art created by cartoonists who will live-draw the DNC.

7. Check out the Truth to Power pop-up exhibit

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990 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. Help paint a mural at City Hall

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1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 686-0321
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9. Listen to a Declaration of Independence Reading at Independence National Historical Park

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143 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
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Independence National Historical Park will host a long list of events during the DNC, including a three-course dinner at the historic City Tavern followed by a night tour of Independence Hall. If you really want to feel the patriotic pride, head over there on Tuesday, July 26 at 3:45 PM. There will be a live reading of the Declaration of Independence.

10. Take a political tour of Philly

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229 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 280-3746
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11. Find all 57 donkeys around town

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12. Buy DNC swag at the Comcast Center

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1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-0610
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13. Watch the DNC Outdoors

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1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 825-7552
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The newly branded Piazza at Schmidt's Commons will host an outdoor DNC watch party on July 28. A bunch of food trucks will be there, and surrounding restaurants will host specials.

14. Ride your bike down Broad Street

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N Broad St & W Cheltenham Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126

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15. Check out 'Inside the Political Machine' storyslam

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1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-9684
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16. Go to the post-convention rally with Hillary Clinton

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McGonigle Hall, 1800 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19121
(215) 965-2305
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1. Join Politicalfest at the National Constitution Center

525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
525 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Eat delicious local food at Philly Feast

Arch St & N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Arch St & N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Speak Your Truth at the Oval

Philadelphia, PA

The Oval opened on July 15 and is an annual pop-up park that comes to Eakins Oval every summer. There's a beer garden, which will host a political-themed Quizzo night during the DNC, movie screenings, and instruments to play. On July 26 it will also be the first site of the Truth Booth, a free public art event that will encourage the public to speak their truth in video form during the DNC.

4. Admire the Broad Street Mural

Philadelphia, PA 19102

As part of Philly's beautification during the DNC, an artist has transformed the median running along Broad Street into this colorful mural. It spans 14 blocks up to City Hall, so be sure to take a walk across Broad and admire the new look.

5. Go to 'All-American Happy Hour' at Dilworth Park

1 Penn Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19102

A photo posted by ANNA NGUYEN (@annaaanguyen) on

1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. Watch cartoonists live-draw the DNC

303 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The NIB, a cartooning publication, has set up shop in the historic Snyderman-Works Galleries will be filling the space with political art created by cartoonists who will live-draw the DNC.

303 Cherry St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. Check out the Truth to Power pop-up exhibit

990 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
990 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. Help paint a mural at City Hall

1 Penn Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19102
1 Penn Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. Listen to a Declaration of Independence Reading at Independence National Historical Park

143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence National Historical Park will host a long list of events during the DNC, including a three-course dinner at the historic City Tavern followed by a night tour of Independence Hall. If you really want to feel the patriotic pride, head over there on Tuesday, July 26 at 3:45 PM. There will be a live reading of the Declaration of Independence.

143 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Take a political tour of Philly

229 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

A photo posted by @phillytourhub on

229 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Find all 57 donkeys around town

Philadelphia, PA

12. Buy DNC swag at the Comcast Center

1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

13. Watch the DNC Outdoors

1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The newly branded Piazza at Schmidt's Commons will host an outdoor DNC watch party on July 28. A bunch of food trucks will be there, and surrounding restaurants will host specials.

1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

14. Ride your bike down Broad Street

N Broad St & W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19126

A photo posted by Maxfield (@militiahill) on

N Broad St & W Cheltenham Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126

15. Check out 'Inside the Political Machine' storyslam

1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

16. Go to the post-convention rally with Hillary Clinton

McGonigle Hall, 1800 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

A photo posted by Andrew Duong (@andrewdee91) on

McGonigle Hall, 1800 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19121