In celebration of National Hot Dog Month (July), the South Street Head House District presents the Dog Days of Summer. For a whole week this July the SSHD will celebrate with tasty events spotlighting america’s favorite griller-the Hot Dog. There couldn’t be a more appropriate section of Philadelphia to offer such a hot diggity dog of an event, as South Street is rich with hot dog related history. In 1895 Levis Hot Dogs opened on South 6th Street by Abe Levis, an immigrant of Lithuania who opened the shop with his young newlywed, Anna Solo. Levis has been a community meeting place and favorite eatery for more than 100 years rich with Philadelphia history.
The Dog Days of Summer celebration begins July 18th with the lighting of the historic Levis Hot Dogs sign and end July 23rd. All week district businesses will offer hot dog specials and much more!
Week Long Events include:
Opening event! Lighting of the historic Levis’ Sign at 517 S. 4th Street at 6pm
Hot Dog Happy Hour at Supper & Brauhaus Schmitz from 5-7pm
Hot Dog Art Opening featuring Hawk Krall at Hot Diggity at 630 South Street
Hawk Krall is one of Philadelphia’s leading illustrators and one of the nation’s foremost hot dog experts. Hawk has illustrated for Lucky Peach Magazine, Philadelphia Weekly, and many other publications in addition to his hot dog illustrations, many of which garner the walls of Hot Diggity.
Chill by the Grill at the Twisted Tail at 509 S. 2nd Street – 3-7pm
Grilled hot dogs and refreshments (beer & homemade lemonade) served outside of the Twisted Tail with live music
Dog Days of Summer Block Party! 600 block of South Street from 12-5pm
· Live music
· Children’s activities
· Hot Dog Art by Phantom Hand & Joel Spivak
· Pet “Hot Dog” Costume Contest – Win prizes from The Pet Snobs
· Hot Dog Topping Competition
Create your own topping for the chance to be feature on Hot Diggty’s menu! Click here to register
Celebrate National Hot Dog Day at 12pm at Gus’ Hot Dog Stand on 5th & South Streets for a history of the Hot Dog Cart on South Street