Festival Kickoff Party & Benefit

Ticket Price: $125

Kick off the 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival amidst the treasured antiques in the showroom of The Liao Collection. Enjoy delicious offerings by 12th Street Catering, desserts by Chaat & Chai, an exclusive whiskey tasting from WhistlePig, and more — all while connecting with the leaders of Philadelphia’s creative industry.

Preview Pearl Street Passage - this year's marquee event! Be the first to explore 10 interactive installations along the 1100 block of Pearl Street before it opens to the public. Mix and mingle with the multi-disciplinary teams of architects, designers, artists, and builders who made it happen.

FEATURING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Worldtown Soundsystem, J.E.Kim, & 7textures


Join us in honoring Hilary Jay, creative visionary behind the past 10 years of DesignPhiladelphia, on the evening of Wednesday, October 7 at the Festival Kickoff Party & Benefit. Raise a glass to her decade-long vision and steadfast commitment to high quality design and designers throughout the City of Philadelphia and beyond. Her ingenuity, tenacity, and generosity are the reasons why DesignPhiladelphia is the movement it is today.

Presented by Center for Architecture, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


The Trestle Inn | 339 N. 11th Street

Keep the party going at Philadelphia’s Home of Whiskey and Go-go. Featuring Funk ‘N Freestyle with j the audiophile, Go-go by the Trestle Specials and 16-oz cans from Old Forge Brewing Company.

After Party is Free - Presented by The Trestle Inn


Marc Brownstein | Richard Davies | Antonio Fiol-Silva | Margie Gorman | Alan Greenberger | Paul Levy | Keith Mock | Anthony Naccarato | Stephen Pouppirt | Ivy Silver | Caroline Tiger | Eileen Tognini | Alina Wheeler | John Wind

Image: Pearl Street Passage Rendering - Courtesy of Groundswell Design Group