The NFL Draft is bringing much more than football to the City of Brotherly Love. Go long this weekend with plenty of special events.
The NFL Draft is the hottest ticket in town, as the makeshift theater on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be filled to capacity.
Thousands of others will be ready to put their skills to the test at the open-to-the-public NFL Draft Experience.
We are talking about three days of must-do activities, including interactive experiences, autograph sessions with current and former NFL players, pictures with the rarely seen (at least in Philly) Vince Lombardi Trophy and more.
The NFL Draft is free to attend. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on April 27–28 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 29.
For information and a complete schedule, visit nfl.com/draftexperience.
Toasting the pick
Stop by the NFL Draft Tavern presented by Bud Light to grab a drink and support your team while they’re on the clock. Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Tostitos Cantina is a golden opportunity to chat it up with current and former NFL players while they talk about draft experiences. Ron Jaworski will appear 4 to 5 p.m. April 28 while Zach Ertz will stop by 11 a.m. to noon April 29. While you’re at it, grab a bag of Tostitos tortilla chips. Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Soup for you!
Campbell’s Soup will be rolling into the NFL Draft Experience in its food truck with samples of two fan favorites — Campbell’s Chunky and SpaghettiOs. NFL players will be making special appearances throughout the weekend. After filling up on samples, head over to the NFL Play 60 Zone Obstacle Course to test your football skills. Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
A different draft
Ignore the craziness that is the art museum area and come hang at Revolutions. Philadelphia Weekly’s Draft Party presented by Revolutions. There will be appetizers along with draft tastes from Miller Lite, Leinenkugel, Yards and Double Nickel. 7 to 10 p.m. $20. Penn Treaty, 1009 Canal St. newspaper-media-group.ticketleap.com.
Bypass the crowds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for what is being billed as “The Biggest Draft Party in Town.” The Draft House inside the Refinery Bar & Restaurant opens at noon with guests lined up throughout the day, including NFL Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor (5 to 6:30 p.m.), 97.5 The Fanatic live broadcast with Natalie Egenolf (9 p.m. to midnight), and former Eagles Jeremiah Trotter and Seth Joyner (9 to 10:30 p.m.). The party keeps going until 2 a.m. with a live DJ and the SugarHouse Sweeties. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. phillydrafthouse.com.
Have draft party plans? Head over to Sonesta Philadelphia’s Art Bar to watch the first round unfold while enjoying any draft beer and two hot dogs for $7, a draft and a burger for $10, and salsa chips and guacamole for $4. 1800 Market St. sonesta.com.
Lagers and oysters, oh my!
Revolutionize your NFL Draft Experience at the Little Lion Restaurant’s upstairs bar. The Old City spot will be serving up $3 lagers and buck-a-shuck oysters while fans follow the action on the big screen. 243 Chestnut St. thelittlelionphilly.com.
Escape the Center City crowds and enjoy the draft on TV — sound included — while sipping cans of Founders All Day IPA for $4. Taproom on 19th, 2400 S. 19th St. taproomon19th.com.
Chalk it up
First-round selections will likely be the hot topic of conversation when former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, ESPN’s Mike Golic and other special guests host Chalk Talk presented by First Trust Bank. This draft breakdown session includes lunch, open bar, meet & greet, photo-ops and more. Noon to 2 p.m. $50. Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave. draftinPHL.com.
The NFL Draft hype will reach a new level when Grammy-nominated singer Redfoo and the Party Rock Crew will likely perform The Juicy Wiggle at this free ticketed event (reserve tickets in advance). 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. phillydrafthouse.com.
On Tap for Saturday
Before you start digesting all the news from the final day of the NFL Draft, join Fanatic anchor Natalie Egenolf, a Lawncrest native and Cardinal Dougherty graduate, for kegs and eggs brunch featuring craft and domestic beers on draft, mimosas, bloody Marys and breakfast sandwiches. Local cover band Eleven Eleven will perform during brunch. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refinery Bar & Restaurant at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. phillydrafthouse.com. ••