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Jan 27 2017

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about NFL Draft Host City, Philadelphia

Fast, Fun & Football-Related Facts About the City of Brotherly Love

This year’s National Football League Draft returns to its Philly roots on April 27-29, 2017. The Philadelphia region is well known for its athletic pride and history—not to mention its central role in the founding of the nation, buzzed-about food scene, vibrant neighborhoods, rich arts and culture scene, parks galore and more. ;

Here are 10 things people might not know about Philadelphia, hosting the NFL Draft for the twelfth time in history:

  1. One quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia. Nine NFL teams, including the hometown Philadelphia Eagles, are based within a seven-hour drive of the city. Others are the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills.
  2. On February 8, 1936, the first NFL Draft took place at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton. The selection consisted of nine rounds, zero team scouts and no media coverage. Teams took turns picking from the 90 names written on a blackboard. The city has hosted the draft 11 times total, with the last event taking place here in 1961.
  3. The country’s oldest, largest track competition coincides with the 2017 draft. The Penn Relays feature 15,000 high school, collegiate and club athletes in 300 events at University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, the current home of the Penn Quakers football team, former home of the Philadelphia Eagles (1958-1970) and host of the 1960 NFL Championship Game—where the Birds dealt the Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi his only career playoff loss.
  4. Philadelphia’s Historic District, home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the soon-to-open Museum of the American Revolution (April 19, 2017) and endless more historic and modern attractions, is 32 football fields away from Draft Town.
  5. The beloved Rocky statue stands proud at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sylvester Stallone’s iconic character first jogged up the museum’s 72 steps 40 years ago. Visitors have been copying him ever since. A bronze imprint of his Chuck Taylor sneakers grace the top of the famed steps.
  6. Often compared to Paris’ Champs Elysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to six museums (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute and The Academy of Natural Sciences) and steps away from Eastern State Penitentiary. The boulevard has also hosted two popes (1979 and 2015), one Live Eight concert (2005) and four Made in America concerts (the first in 2012).
  7. Philadelphia is known as the City of Murals. Founded as an anti-graffiti initiative in the 1980s, Mural Arts Philadelphia has created 3,800 larger-than-life works and is the most influential mural arts organization in the world.
  8. That guy atop of City Hall? It’s not Ben Franklin, arguably Philadelphia’s most famous resident. That’s city planner William Penn, holiding a deed.
  9. Cheesesteaks are available 24/7, but many locals feel that roast pork sandwiches with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe or spinach are worthy of just as much love as Philly’s most iconic sandwich. Top spots include DiNic’s Roast Pork, John’s Roast Pork and Tony Luke’s.
  10. The NFL isn’t the only draft in town: Philly was once the beer-brewingest city in the Western Hemisphere. The region now boasts dozens of craft breweries, tons more beer bars and the largest beer week celebration in the country.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
 

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Feb 14 2018

Sports In Philadelphia

Backgrounder

Philadelphia is one of few U.S. cities with a professional franchise in six major league sports. Most of Philly’s pro teams play within a few miles of Center City, in South Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles football); Citizens Bank Park (Phillies baseball); Wells Fargo Center (76ers basketball, Flyers hockey and, beginning in December 2018, the National Lacrosse League Wings); and, a few miles south of the city line, Talen Energy Stadium (Union soccer). Philadelphia sports fans’ pride and spirit is legendary.

FOOTBALL:
The Pros:

The Philadelphia Eagles took to the football field for the first time in 1933. The

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Dec 20 2017

A Year Of Culinary Festivals And Events Offer Mouthwatering Reasons To Visit Philadelphia

2018 Promises Amazing Food And Drink Events In And Beyond Philadelphia

Dining out is one of the best ways to get to know a region, and Philadelphia delivers its culinary education in a delicious buffet. Foodies who hit the road (or railroad) to Philly are rewarded with farmers markets, insider food tours and tasting experiences such as food truck festivals, neighborhood food fests, cooking classes and all sorts of wine and beer celebrations.

Here’s a look at some of the region’s 2018 culinary happenings:

January:

  • Each January and September, the ten-day Center City District Restaurant Week gives diners nearly endless opportunities to sample three courses at dozens of the city’s
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Sep 28 2017

Winter Holiday Highlights In Philadelphia

Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & LOVE

Celebrating the winter holidays in Philadelphia just feels right. As temperatures drop in the history-rich, tradition-steeped city, a festive spirit spills from shops, theaters, restaurants, parks and stadiums. This year promises the return an abundance of citywide celebrations. The most wonderful way to enjoy Philly in winter: the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering overnight guests free parking and more perks, bookable at visitphilly.com.

Here are some highlights of the winter holidays in Philadelphia:

Holiday Traditions:

  • Christmas Village in Philadelphia – The German-style market returns to an under-renovation JFK. Plaza, also known as LOVE Park. For the 10
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Feb 1 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2018 Through February 2019

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019

FEBRUARY 2018

Through February 2, 2018
THINGS FALL APART.
The exhibition and walking tour in the always-free Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) explores the life and afterlife of things and why (and how) we preserve them. (215) 925-2222, chemheritage.org

Through February 4, 2018
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW.
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace

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In English

Jul 7 2017

Eventos Que No Se Puede Perder Este Verano En Filadelfia

Festivales, entretenimiento en vivo y exhibiciones celebran la cultura latina

Al ser una región diversa y vibrante que es hogar de muchas comunidades latinas, el área metropolitana de Filadelfia ofrece una gran variedad de eventos y festivales culturales latinos desde el verano hasta el otoño. Desde el Delaware River Waterfront hasta el Condado de Chester, las exhibiciones de arte (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), presentaciones musicales (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas y más), festivales (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Barrio) y fútbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honran el legado y el futuro de los latinos.

Junio:

  • Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta – La exhibición
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Jun 27 2017

Must-Do Latino Events This Summer & Beyond In Philly

Festivals, Live Entertainment & Exhibits Celebrate Latino Culture

As a diverse and vibrant region that is the home to many Latino communities, Greater Philadelphia offers a wealth of Latino cultural events and festivals summer through fall. From the Delaware River Waterfront to Chester County, art exhibitions (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), musical performances (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas, more), festivals (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Bario) and futbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honor the heritage and future of Latinos.

June:

  • Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta (Our Theme: Call and Response) – The inaugural exhibition at the new El Corazón Cultural Center rotates the work of
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Jun 6 2017

Philadelphia's Classic Fourth Of July Celebration Turns 25

Wawa Welcome America! Includes Four Fireworks Shows, Four Concerts, Free Museums, Boyz II Men & Mary J. Blige

Welcome America turns 25 this year, and Philadelphia is planning a six-day Independence Day festival to celebrate. As always, a birthday party of this magnitude can take place only in the United States’ birthplace—Philly. From June 29 through July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! includes four spectacular fireworks shows, a bigger Historic District Block Party, a delicious Wawa Hoagie Day and a huge July 4th concert—this time, starring Mary J. Blige. Also on the docket: Free Museum Days, outdoor movies—including Rocky on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—and new alfresco happy hours.

To take in all the patriotic

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May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District’s summer lineup of must-do events

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May 3 2017

VISIT PHILADELPHIA's Historic District Campaign Enters Year Two

Visitors Go Beyond The Bell & The Hall To Discover More History, More Fun

The recent opening of the Museum of the American Revolution, art-centric and community-minded programming and an integrated marketing campaign are the highlights of year two of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s efforts to promote Philadelphia’s Historic District, a vibrant neighborhood that attracts approximately four million visitors annually.

Philadelphia’s Historic District—the original city in the 17th and 18th century—extends from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets. Home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell new and long-established museums, historic houses and interactive storytelling benches, the District is also where America’s founding generation ate, drank,

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