Arts & Culture

Give Back Festival

In 2002, the Nicetown CDC partnered with Nicetown native Ms. Jade, (Chevonne Young) to create the Give Back To The Community Festival. Ms. Jade was a popular artist in the entertainment industry who always wanted to have a community celebration in her neighborhood Stenton Park. She partnered with the Nicetown CDC and began calling her friends Chris & Neef, Freeway, Peedi Crack and other artists to help produce a special community event. The Give Back Festival drew crowds to Stenton Park, that enjoyed the entertainment, vendors, resources and recreation for youth and families. This was the beginning of what was to become the Nicetown CDC’s signature event.

Over the years, the Give Back was relocated to Nicetown Park, centralized on Nicetown’s business corridor. The event has since grown into a 2-day multi-cultural community festival, and is the Nicetown CDC’s signature event.  The Give Back is not just another block party. It is a popular destination that appeals to large audiences – everyone from youth to seniors. Highlights include the ZAR Memorial Education Scholarships, Sons of Streetball, Ivan Robinson Amateur Boxing, Children’s Activities – and this year the Versus Fashion Show presented by Charles Gregory. The Health and Services Information Pavilion features more than thirty service providers with health screenings, service/ program information and giveaways. The Walk & Bike For Peace informs and brings awareness to violence prevention, emergency response, and voters education while inviting all to come and enjoy the Give Back. The highly anticipated Friday & Saturday Evening Concerts entertain and excite the audiences. This, along with our multi-cultural Vendors Merchandise and Food Bazaar will serve thousands over the two-day event. 2022 is the 20th Anniversary year for the Give Back Festival.

Friday Night at The Movies in Nicetown Park

The Nicetown CDC partners with Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to conduct family movie nights in Nicetown Park. This series of four movie showings draws families together to enjoy a community gathering. Vendors provide resource and service information for families, while they enjoy cotton candy, popcorn, water ice and other snacks before the movie starts at dusk. Children can also play in the newly redeveloped play areas while they wait for the movie to start. Parents can listen to the D.J, get resource and service information and enjoy being with other parents and children. These popular movies engage and entertain all who come to enjoy Nicetown Park with their family, friends and neighbors
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