Philadelphia and the Countryside - Press Room

Releases: Expanded View

En Español

Oct 16 2017

17 Big, Brilliant Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2018

Skyscrapers & Ships, Parks & Piers Help Philly Stand On Its Own Next Year

As one of Travel + Leisure’s “50 Best Places to Travel” and U.S. News & World Report’s “25 Best Places to Visit in the USA,” Philadelphia has emerged as a destination unto itself. Visitors who haven’t been to the city recently will be amazed to discover Philly in 2018. An expanding skyline, amazing dining scene, reinvigorated public spaces, vibrant arts scene and diverse, dynamic population have transformed Center City and beyond. In the coming year, the changes only get bigger and better.

In 2018, Philadelphia will debut the spectacular Comcast Technology Center, a fully re-imagined LOVE Park, and phase one of the Rail Park, the city’s first elevated park. Add in can’t-miss art exhibitions and a pair of major homegrown centennials for quite the year:

Grander Than Grand Openings:

  1. LOVE Park, spring 2018 – Fully restored, the LOVE sculpture returns to its redesigned home of John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. The city will fete the square’s new look, complete with modern fountains and lighting, a refurbished midcentury modern Welcome Center and newly planted lawns and gardens. 15th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, phila.gov
  2. Rail Park, early 2018 – The long-awaited development of the three-mile Rail Park commences with the opening of the former Reading Viaduct. This four-block (about a quarter mile) segment of no-longer-used elevated track will become a planted, permanent, activated greenway stretching between Broad and Callowhill Streets, crossing 12th and 13th Streets. therailpark.org
  3. Penn Museum Middle East Galleries, April 21, 2018 – The first of the University of Pennsylvania’s extensive renovations to its 130-year-old museum begins where it all began, with America’s first archaeological expedition to the Middle East in the 1880s. The restored and renovated 6,000-square-foot Middle East Galleries will recount humanity’s nearly 10,000-year-long journey from villages to cities through 1,400 artifacts, in addition to video and interactive stations. November 17, 2018 will bring the reopening of the Mexico and Central America Galleries, with Africa, with spectacular Egypt to follow. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
  4. The Philadelphia Bourse, summer 2018 – The Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange transforms into an artisan market in the style of Chelsea Market. The burnished, Victorian-era member of the National Register of Historic Places across the street from Independence Mall was most recently a food court. The Bourse’s new incarnation promises an experience befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a city of makers. 111 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 625-0300, theboursephilly.com
  5. Cherry Street Pier, summer 2018 – When things happen along the Delaware River Waterfront, they happen fast—and in fantastic fashion. The newest case in point: the forthcoming $4 million makeover of the 55,0000-square-foot Municipal Pier 9 into Cherry Street Pier, an accessible, egalitarian, mixed-use space for artist studios, shopping, performances, dining (and drinking), working and relaxing in an innovatively designed public space. Cherry Street Pier will be a permanent addition to seasonal riverside attractions Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park. delawareriverwaterfront.com
  6. Comcast Technology Center, fall 2018 – The city’s most spectacular new skyscraper rises 60 stories above the streets of Center City, creating a new home for media and technology giant Comcast’s growing workforce, NBC 10/Telemundo 62, tech upstarts and, high atop it all, the landmark Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, scheduled to open in September. (Comcast Center, the company’s global headquarters, remains nearby.) Lord Norman Foster designed this $1.5 billion, 1,121-foot building, the tallest between New York and Chicago. The Four Seasons will occupy floors 48 to 60, offering sleekly minimalist design, 360-degree views throughout and exceptional luxury. Chefs Greg Vernick and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will have restaurants at the bottom and top, respectively. 18th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, corporate.comcast.com; fourseasons.com/philadelphia
  7. Fashion District Philadelphia, fall 2018 – Center City East’s former “Gallery mall” gets new life as a shining retail, entertainment and dining complex stretching over three city blocks. Adding to current anchors Century21 and Burlington will be a 38,000-square-foot H&M—the region’s largest—and a “dine-and-recline” movie theater. Between 8th & 11th Streets and Market & Filbert Streets, fashiondistrictphiladelphia.com

    Not-To-Be-Missed Events:
  8. Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday, February 22, 2018 – Center City’s iconic railway terminal turned epicurean haven fetes a century and a quarter of feeding foodies. The venue plans a grand period gala—Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and all—for the date it opened in 1893 and a public party the following Saturday, February 24. Other plans for the yearlong celebration include a multicultural Diamond Day in June and indoor-outdoor festival the Taste of the Market on a to-be-announced date in September. 12th & Arch Streets, (215) 922-2317, readingterminalmarket.org
  9. Sail Philadelphia, May 24-28, 2018 – Philadelphia celebrates Memorial Day weekend with a four-day festival featuring 10 Tall Ships docked along the historic Delaware River Waterfront. This official Tall Ships America event includes public tours, day sails and loads of riverside fun. sailphiladelphia.com
  10. PIFA 2018, May 31-June 10, 2018 – The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns to Broad Street. Collaborative, innovative performances are the hallmark of the 10-day, art-filled festival and street fair along Broad Street, also known as the Avenue of the Arts. Another highlight: French performance troupe Trans Express returns, this time for the world premiere of Crystal Palace, a 30-foot chandelier—made of 50 air acrobats and dancers—and a recreation of the history of dance, from the waltz to disco. kimmelcenter.org
  11. BMW Championship, September 4-9, 2018 – Historic Aronimink Golf Club hosts the penultimate event of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup, with the Tour’s top 70 players vying for the 30 qualifying spots in the season-ending Tour Championship. Founded in 1896, the Delaware County course has recently been restored to its original, 1928 Donald Ross American parkland design, right down to its signature, amoeba-like tee boxes. Past winners of BMW Championship winners include Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and, in 2017, Marc Leishman. 3600 St. Davids Road, Newtown Square, (610) 356-8000, bmwchampionship.com
  12. Parkway 100 celebration, October 26, 2018 – Exactly one century to the day of the debut of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the culture-packed, museum-lined, park-pocketed boulevard fetes its centennial in grand, to-be-announced style (which will certainly include cake). Leading up to that finale, major public art projects and exhibits spanning City Hall, the Parkway Central Library, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation to explore and honor the corridor’s history and future. parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org

    Exciting Exhibitions:
  13. Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, March 16-September 2, 2018 – The National Museum of American Jewish History debuts its exhibition on the life of a 20th-century American musical icon. Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music illustrates the famed conductor and composer’s life, Jewish identity and social activism through more than 100 artifacts—including Bernstein’s piano—as well as film, interactive media and sound installations. The exhibition is part of a city- and country-wide celebration of Bernstein’s centennial. 101 Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org
  14. Game Masters, March 31-September 3, 2018 – The Franklin Institute celebrates the genius and popularity of more than 30 game design innovators in an interactive setting. Visitors can engage in more than 100 video games, ogle original, transformative artwork, learn the stories behind celebrity characters, observe interviews with gaming pioneers and delve into both classic arcade diversions and immersive multiplayer experiences. 271 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-2100, fi.edu
  15. Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950, April 18-September 23, 2018 – The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates and explores the energetic first half of America’s 20th century in an exhibition featuring vibrant, essential modern works by Georgia O’Keefe, Horace Pippin, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley and more revolutionary artists. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  16. Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema, May 5-September 3, 2018 – This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections and exhibitions, curated the exhibition with the Musée de l’Orangerie as co-organizer. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
  17. Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist, October 20, 2018-January 14, 2019 – The artist’s first U.S. retrospective since 1987 highlights the bold defiance, keen talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist named alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir. Berthe Morisot, co-organized and co-produced with the Dallas Museum of Art, tells the story of the most prominent female member of the Parisian avant-garde. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
     

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.
 

Contact(s):
  • E-mail

Related Releases

In English

Dec 4 2017

17 Enormes Razones Para Visitar Filadelfia En 2018

Con sus rascacielos y barcos, parques y muelles, Filadelfia se lucirá el próximo año

Como uno de los "50 mejores lugares para viajar" de Travel + Leisure y los "25 mejores lugares para visitar en Estados Unidos" de US News & World Report, Filadelfia se ha convertido en un destino por mérito propio. Quienes no han visitado la ciudad recientemente se sorprenderán al descubrir Filadelfia en 2018. Un horizonte en expansión, una increíble escena gastronómica, espacios públicos revigorizados, una escena artística vibrante y una población diversa y dinámica han transformado el centro de la ciudad y otras áreas. En el próximo año, habrá mayores y mejores cambios.

En 2018, Filadelfia presentará el espectacular

...
Btn_espanol

En Español

Jan 17 2017

14 New Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In 2017

The NFL Draft, Museum Of The American Revolution Opening & A New Opera Festival On Tap For This Year

2017 looks to be another blockbuster year for Philadelphia, giving people plenty of new reasons to visit and explore the raved-about city. Still pumped from the excitement of a visit by Pope Francis in 2015 and the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Philadelphia will continue to bask in the national spotlight when the Museum of the American Revolution opens in the Historic District in mid-April and when the NFL Draft takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway later that month. Other highlights include the largest retrospective of works by Andrew Wyeth since the 1970s at the Brandywine River Museum of

...
Jan 30 2018

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight Philly’s Month of

Black History Month celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year, and Philadelphia honors the occasion with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family activities. Philadelphia’s Black History Month features the nation’s longest running African American Children’s Book Fair; Black Pulp!, a new exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Henry “Box” Brown: The Musical, starring Dice Raw. Here are highlights of Philly’s Black History Month:

Museum Happenings:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) hosts the regional debut of Black Pulp!, curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson. This visual overview offers up printed works by
...
Dec 20 2017

Annual Events In Philadelphia In 2018

Philly’s Yearly Lineup of Festivals, Shows, Holidays And More Shine In 2018

Year after year, Philadelphia’s roster of annual events provides irresistible reasons for visitors to come to—and to fall in love with—Philadelphia. That a city so rich in history continues to both celebrate and improve on its legacy is a testament to Philly pride and invention. The 2018 calendar starts with the 121st Mummers Parade and continues with the world’s largest indoor Flower Show, the jam- (and food-) packed South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the idiosyncratic Kensington Sculpture Derby, the epic Philly Beer Week, a 10-day Fourth of July celebration (Wawa Welcome America) and the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving

...
Dec 4 2017

2018 LGBT Events In Philadelphia

Bearded Ladies, Bigger qFLIX And A Philly-centric Rufus Wainwright Concert Mark The Year Ahead

Since holding the nation’s first major LGBT rights protest some 50 years ago, Philadelphia has continued to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.

The city offers a full calendar of events in 2018, including an expanded fifth-annual qFLIX Philadelphia film festival, a Fringe Festival rounded out by a special Bearded Ladies Cabaret performance, as well as concert featuring both Rufus Wainwright and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. These are the icing atop the city and region’s annual pride celebrations, weekly bashes in bars across the

...
Nov 30 2017

Winter: A Season Of Cheer & Queer In Philadelphia

JUNK Sizzles With Holiday Sex Appeal & Martha Rings In Winter Solstice

The temperatures may be dropping, but LGBT entertainment in Philly this winter is anything but chilly. Highlights of the season’s rock-star arts lineup includes standup from Queer As Folk alum Hal Sparks and The Killers’ sure-to-be-electric concert. If an edgier take on the season is the craving, Philly drag darling Martha Graham Cracker ushers in the winter solstice with a Choral Spectacular at FringeArts, choreographer Brian Sanders’ Adult Swim spins holiday traditions by marrying sex appeal and dumpster diving, and, now in its 20th year, the venerable, 20-year-old tradition of GayBINGO! puts on its beloved Christmas edition.

To maximize

...
Nov 6 2017

’Tis The Season: So Many Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, More

As temperatures drop in the history-rich, tradition-steeped city of Philadelphia, holiday spirit spills from shops, theaters, restaurants, parks and stadiums. Every must-do holiday list includes visits to Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a spin around the skating rink and more festive fun at Philadelphia City Hall, a seat at The Nutcracker, a nosh at Latkepalooza and a spot on the sidewalk for the Mummers Parade. These, and dozens more activations and traditions are supported by the Philly Holiday Festival, a creation of Welcome America, and Philadelphia’s Historic District HoliDays & Nights.

As always, the most wonderful way to enjoy

...
Sep 5 2017

Fall: A Great Time To Be Out In Philadelphia

OutFest, Plus A Trans-Inclusive Opera & Halloween Events Round Out The Season

Leaves may fall, but LGBT culture blooms this time of year in Philadelphia. Opera Philadelphia brings groundbreaking drama We Shall Not Be Moved, with a transgender main character and Bill T. Jones as choreographer, to the Wilma Theater in September. The annual OutFest unites the Gayborhood in October. Margaret Cho comes to The Fillmore Philadelphia in November. And, of course, “Gay Christmas”—also known as Halloween—is done right with Tabu Lounge & Bar’s Little Shop of Poppers zany take on Little Shop of Horrors, LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls and a special screening of Hocus Pocus at

...
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

...