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October 01, 2018

DesignPhiladelphia's kick-off party will take place at Bok Bar

Mingle with the design community while enjoying food, drink and stunning views of the city

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09-BokBar_Miazhevich.jpg Anastasiya Miazhevich/for PhillyVoice

Looking north from Bok Bar in South Philadelphia.

The 14th annual DesignPhiladelphia will take place Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 13. 

Across the city, there will be panels, workshops and exhibitions bringing artists, designers, architects and design-savvy Philadelphians together.

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Events include a look at what Philly could be like in 2035, a panel discussion with urban farmers, an inside scoop on designing museums and a cocktail crawl focused on sensory design.

In total, there will be more than 100 events, but one that you don't want to miss is the kick-off party. This year, it will take place at Bok Bar, which offers Instagram-worthy views of the city.

There will be beer from Yards and Peroni, spirits by Philadelphia Distilling, dumplings from The Pierogie Kitchen, Hawaiian food from Poi Dog Philly and snacks from 12th Street Catering.

Tickets are $75 – or $30 if you're a student.

Before the party begins, ticket holders can attend a 4 p.m. keynote address in the building's auditorium by Paula Scher of Pentagram. She's considered one of the most influential graphic designers in the world.

In Bok, there will also be an exhibition gallery on the first floor, which party-goers can explore before heading to the roof for food and drink. In the gallery, there will be installations from the students and faculty of Philly's design schools.

DesignPhiladelphia 2018 Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, Oct. 3
5:30-9 p.m. | $30-$75 per person
Bok Bar
1901 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia, PA 19148

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