The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons Celebrates New Chapter with Ultimate Summer Cookout

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons (1001 N 2nd St) celebrates a new chapter with The Ultimate Summer Cookout in Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Get ready for the grand finale of summer with a brand new, all-day, backyard party featuring summer eats and sips, live music, DJs, sand pits, lawn games, hand-made shopping, end-of-summer sales and more. Plus, look for surprises in the water and up in the air with a slip n slide, water slide and zip line. All ages are welcome for this family friendly event. Twenty-one and up to drink, with identification only. Admission is free, with food and drink pay as you go. Rain or shine. For information, call 267-246-0618 or visit

The Ultimate Summer Cookout aims to be a new annual tradition where neighbors and visitors can come together to celebrate the end of summer in the city. The party is part of the new events schedule, managed by the property’s first full-time events coordinator, designed to celebrate our vibrant community of local residents and business owners. This summer, the Schmidt’s Commons also announced new tenants including WeWork and debuted a renovated courtyard featuring modular furniture.

Sample the best flavors of the Piazza and Liberties Walk with outside food and drink from Apricot Stone, Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar, Bar Ferdinand, El Camino Real Philadelphia, Gunners Run, Samwich NoLibs and Wahlburgers Philly (just opened). Plus, look for tasty treats from food trucks Johnny Bravo's Seafood, Sweet Lavender and D'Emilio's Old World Ice Treats.

Menu highlights will include:

* Samwich by Suppa - Exclusive for this event - Monster Brisket Samwich featuring house smoked brisket, mac n cheese, jalapeño slaw, peach SoCo bbq sauce, Hudson Bread's onion brioche roll. (Photo available)
* Wahlburgers - Invincible Burger - 1/2 lb beef burger, caramelized onions, bacon, provolone, balsamic glazes, pretzel bun. (Photo available)
* Apricot Stone - Grilled chicken and lamb kebabs on grill. (Photo available)
* Bar Ferdinand and El Camino Real - Seasonal selections including Watermelon Lemonade and Tropical Rum Punch.
* Sweet Lavender - Lavender infused cupcakes, pastry and lemonade.

Food and drink can be enjoyed on brand new seating installed this month in the center of the courtyard. Additional outside seating will be available outside Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar, Bar Ferdinand, El Camino Real Philadelphia and Gunners Run.

Get your groove on with music from the West Philadelphia Orchestra, plus DJs from Creep Records Store. Vendors from around the city will offer hand-made and unique items. ThePiazza and Liberties Walk retailers will be open for end-of-summer sales and specials.

Bring your bathing suit and beat the heat in the 30 foot water slide and 30 foott slip ‘n slide. Take to the air as you enjoy a bird's eye view of the Piazza on a 40 foot high zip line that spans 200 feet across. This will be the first time a zip line has been installed in the Piazza - giving you the very best view of the action all around you.

The Ultimate Summer Cookout joins Salsa Night and Movies Under the Stars as part of new programming from the Schmidt's Commons' new Events and Programming Coordinator Krystal Souvanlasy. Souvanlasy brings many years of experience in event coordination, community engagement, graphic design and neighborhood development. She was part of the team that developed and coordinated South Street Spring Festival, which now annually attracts over 55,000 people to South Street and Headhouse Square every spring.

The Ultimate Summer Cookout is free and open to the public. Families are invited and the event is all ages. Rain or shine. Food and drink is pay as you go. For information, call 267-246-0618 or visit


Opened on May 15, 2009, this beautifully landscaped 80,000 square foot open-air district is located on 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue in Northern Liberties.

With all forms of public transportation nearby, residents have direct access to the entire city. Our buildings are as beautiful as they are accessible; our modern architectural design has received one of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) most prestigious honors.

The Commons is made up of 8 unique residential buildings, 140,000 SF of retail and commercial space, and the Piazza at Schmidt’s, an 80,000 SF central plaza where events are hosted all year round. From concerts to free festivals, vendor markets, screening events, dance performances, and live broadcasts of sporting events, the Commons has something for everyone. At the head of the plaza is an 800 SF permanent stage and a HD 400 SF Daktronics LED screen. Expect to see all Philadelphia sports games playing on the Jumbotron year round. All are welcome!

Also within the Schmidt’s Commons is Liberties Walk, located directly across the street from the Piazza. Liberties Walk is an extension of the mixed-use live/work/play community with a small village vibe that consists of 70 residential walk up apartments, 30 first floor commercial and retail units, and 18 townhouses.