“I want to be on Broad Street, on a freakin’ boat, or a bus, or whatever it is, and have a trophy over my head,” said Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper at his introductory press conference. Two months later, the Phillies announced that the 2026 MLB All-Star Game would be held at Citizens Bank Park to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
As thousands of fans descend on the retro-cool, crimson-bricked ballpark on Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia with all eyes glued to Harper’s every twitch, it is only fitting there should be a guide on what to see and do in the summer months. Consider this your cheat sheet.
Yes, there are still cheap seats available at the Bank (that’s what the natives call Citizens Bank Park) and you can get decent seats in the Terrace Deck for as little as $20. To get an eagle-eyed (no, not those Eagles) view of Harper, upgrade to the Pavilion Deck (Section 103 or 303). The Phillies also offer a Power Ticket that packs on $12 worth of concessions for only $10. Check the schedule for promotional giveaways and theme nights, too. Dollar Dog Nights sell out fast — and hot dogs have threatened to dethrone the cheesesteak in recent years. (Pro Tip: Wait until an hour before first pitch and grab oversold tickets from StubHub for $10 or less).
Tailgating at Phillies games is pretty tame compared to what happens over at the Linc during NFL Sundays. You’ll see couples leisurely playing ladderball, washers and baggo, instead of middle-aged men chugging beers in converted school buses and lounging in kiddie pool saunas. It’s still a scene to be seen, though. The unwritten rule at Phillies tailgates: Don’t wear a Joe Carter jersey. We still hate that dude! The rowdiest parties are in Jetro Lot, named after the Jetro food services warehouse, and it’s not always family friendly. One local brewery, Double Nickel, immortalized the lot with their Jetro IPA. (Pro Tip: Count the number of E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles! chants you hear. The number will increase or decrease based on the Phillies’ win total).
Whether you get a ticket to a game or not, heading to a local bar can be just as good as sitting in the bleachers at the ball park. Check out our guide for what and where to eat at the ballpark.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, the Phillie Phanatic is the most famous mascot in all of sports. Seriously, that’s a fact. But what exactly is it? The furry, green bird-like creature is originally from the Galápagos Islands and is the Phillies’ biggest fan, according to a biography. The Phanatic can be seen at all home games, usually riding around on his little red scooter while harassing opposing players and umpires and even fans. But, how can you see him or meet him? Well, that’s a bit harder to predict. Your best bet is to get a seat near the dugout since that is where he tends to hold court, gyrating and dancing and flicking his extendable tongue, sometimes dressed as Lady Gaga. (ProTip: Get tickets for a Phillies game around April 25 — that’s his birthday weekend and always a fun one at the Bank. Better yet, for a $600 appearance fee, he can show up at your meeting or event).
Philadelphia has long been heralded as the Mural Capital of the World, as colorfully evidenced by the more than 3,600 commissioned drawings and approved graffiti canvassing rooftops, abandoned buildings, random walls and street corners. At the corner of 24th and Walnut Streets in Center City stands a stunning tribute to the ghosts of baseball past. Completed by artist David McShane in 2015, the 3,750 square-foot mural towers eight stories high and can be seen daily by commuters traveling on the Schuylkill Expressway. The nostalgic mural is adorned by Phillies legends Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Ryan Howard, Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas and Chase Utley, among others. However, it’s the dramatically larger-than-life images of closers Tug McGraw and Brad Lidge that steal the show and elicit tears in diehards, posed in perpetuity as they celebrate the franchise’s only two World Series championships (1980, 2008). (Pro Tip: Ask a local where they were on October 31, 2008 when Chase Utley gave his speech. Just trust us on this one).
Pennsylvania finally legalized sports gambling in 2018, meaning the hometown faithful can literally put their money where their mouth is. For those feeling lucky, head over to SugarHouse Casino in nearby Fishtown. There are other gambling options outside the city limits, too, including: Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino. (Pro Tip: Tap MAC — that’s Philly slang for hitting the ATM — before you get to the casino so you don’t get charged a $6-$10 service fee).
There are few names in Philly sports lore that will arouse stronger emotions than Harry Kalas. The legendary play-by-play announcer served as the voice of the Phillies for 38 years until his until his untimely death in 2009 — fittingly, perhaps heroically, Kalas collapsed and died in the broadcast booth before a road game in Washington, D.C. Today, many longtime Phillies fans pay their respects by making the short trek down Kelly Drive and visiting his grave, located in historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Kalas’ tombstone is marked with an impressive stone microphone, flanked by old stadium seats from Veterans Stadium, begging guests to turn on the radio and linger with Harry the K for a few innings. (Pro Tip: Spend an entire afternoon at Laurel Hill and look for famous burials, like General George Meade, David Rittenhouse, Frank Furness and the fictional Adrian Balboa).