Sixth Annual McCarter Theatre Block Party Tonight

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The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra performs at the first McCarter Theatre block party in 2011.

The McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its 2016-2017 season with a block party tonight, Aug. 24. The sixth annual event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the center, which fronts College Road.

The event is free and open to the public. The rain date is Aug. 25.

The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, a band comprised of top high school and college jazz musicians in the region, will perform. Other highlights include scavenger hunts, opportunities to win prizes, backstage tours, crafts with Artsparks, a beer garden, and face painting by Princeton Face and Body Art.

Food and drinks from local eateries will be available for purchase.  Vendors include Four Daughter’s Franks, Gil and Bert’s Ice Cream, Jammin’ Crepes, Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering, Mediterra, My Four Sons, Nomad Pizza, Oink and Moo BBQ, Surf and Turf Food Truck, The Taco Truck, and Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar.