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Mar 23 2018

Spring Sprouts Beloved LGBT Acts & Pride Festivities

Pride Events Pour Into The Streets; Bucks County Playhouse Hosts Hunky Quartet; qFLIX Returns

Spring is the season of rebirth—for nature, of course, but also for Philadelphia’s LGBT scene. Performers take to the streets for PrideDay and for New Hope Celebrates Pride. Music gets a whole lot more colorful with concerts by Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle and Pink. Indulgent brunches shimmy outside to patios or, as with the I’m From Driftwood – Spring Brunch, a happening courtyard. This season of theater includes the moving, poetic Seancers by Nigerian-American queer performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko at FringeArts and the eye and ear candy of quartet Well-Strung, who elicit some much-needed smiles at the Bucks County

Mar 22 2018

Wee Hours, Great Food: Philly's Late-Night Dining Scene

Plenty Of Options For Midnight & After Midnight Eats In Philly

As Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to grow, the city’s bistros, gastropubs, brasseries, eateries, diners and fast-food spots are growing by…hours. By law in Philly, last call at the bar happens at 2 a.m. Last call for food, however, is anywhere from 11 p.m. to never. Check out this list of the hottest, coolest and coziest spots to nibble, nosh, gobble and dine well into the early-morning hours.

Until Midnight On Weekends:

  • Brauhaus Schmitz – Cravings for late-night sausage sandwiches are answered here. The links are house-made at this authentic German restaurant and beer hall, where the lunch menu becomes
Mar 21 2018

Culinary Tours & Tastings Flavor Visits To Philadelphia

Food-Focused Tours & Classes Tempt Taste Buds In & Beyond Philadelphia

When foodies hit the road, they take their passion for culinary tours and tasting experiences with them. In Philadelphia, visitors can partake in cooking classes and plenty of wine and beer celebrations—and in doing so get a great sense of the city and its neighborhoods. Here’s a look at some of the region’s culinary happenings:

Food & Drink Tours:

  • Brewery Tours – America’s best beer-drinking city proudly brews some of the nation’s best beers. People can get an up-close look at the process during tours of area breweries, including Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC), Manayunk Brewing Company
Mar 21 2018

Southern, Soul & Caribbean Food Satisfy Philly Diners

Caribbean Cuisine Week Celebrates Island Flavors This Spring

Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and thankfully, Philadelphia’s dining scene is rich in all categories of authentic soul food. Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern, Cajun, Cuban and Caribbean eateries. Here’s a look at some of city’s most soulful soul foods:

Hot Buttered Soul:

  • Aprons Soul Food – At this Point Breeze mainstay, days begin with red velvet pancakes and fish and grits, and just keep getting better with lunches and dinners of chicken

En Español

Mar 20 2018

Latino/Hispanic Philadelphia Fact Sheet

Facts & Figures About Latino/Hispanic Life, Culture & More In Philadelphia

Strength In Numbers:

  • The 2010 U.S. Census reported 187,611—that’s 12.3%—of Philadelphians are Latino/Hispanic. In July 2016, the census estimate for Philadelphia’s Latino/Hispanic population rose to 14.4%. The 2010 Census broke down this population as:
    • 121,643 Philadelphians are Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent.
    • 15,531 Philadelphians are Mexican or of Mexican descent.
    • 3,930 Philadelphians are Cuban or of Cuban descent.
    • 46,507 Philadelphians are of other Hispanic descent.
  • Each year, more than two million domestic leisure visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic/Latino origin (source: Longwoods International). Most city attractions, including the Independence Visitor Center, Barnes Foundation, Liberty Bell Center

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Mar 20 2018

Hoja Informativa De Filadelfia Latina

Hechos y cifras sobre la vida, la cultura hispana y más en Filadelfia

Fuerza en números:

  • El Censo de EE.UU de 2010 informó que 187,611, es decir, el 12.3% de los habitantes de Filadelfia son latinos/hispanos. En julio de 2016, la estimación del censo para la población latina/hispana de Filadelfia aumentó a 14.4%. El Censo 2010 desglosó esta población como:
    • 121,643 habitantes latinos son puertorriqueños o de ascendencia puertorriqueña.
    • 15,531 son mexicanos o de ascendencia mexicana.
    • 3,930 son cubanos o de ascendencia cubana.
    • 46,507 son de otra ascendencia hispana.
  • Cada año, más de dos millones de turistas nacionales que visitan la Zona Metropolitana de Filadelfia son de origen hispano/latino (fuente: Longwoods International).
Mar 16 2018

Those Famous Philly Flavors—Delicious And Deciphered

A Guide To The Philadelphia Region’s Legendary Foods

Philadelphia’s signature flavor is a dynamic mix of traditional recipes, new culinary inventions, well-known treats and obscure dishes—specialties that can be found everywhere—from corner stores to the fanciest restaurants. Among the region’s best-known foods are Italian water ice, Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels and the ever-popular cheesesteak. More local favorites include pork roll and scrapple, which are available here in the region and through services such as Taste of Philadelphia, one of many companies that ship Philly goodies across the United States.

Here are some of the sandwiches, snacks, meats and more that have left a lasting mark on the Pennsylvania palate:

Mar 13 2018

20 Must-Try Eateries For First-Time Visitors To Philadelphia

The Ultimate Dining List For The Philly First-Timer

Philadelphia’s abundance of craft restaurants, independent cafes and food-forward bars poses a delicious mealtime dilemma for every diner—especially first-time visitors. No matter how a newcomer chooses where to eat in Philly—pre-arrival research, an app, a stroll along a neighborhood food corridor—certain iconic spots serve as great culinary starting points.

These essentials of Philadelphia’s restaurant scene include fine-dining stalwarts, historic seafood houses, international standouts and classic sandwich joints. They’re places locals who’ve moved away dream of from afar and make a point of returning to each time they come home. Beloved for their unpretentious settings and unforgettable food, these spots are

Mar 12 2018

Philadelphia's Top Spots For Souvenirs

Where To Shop For Gifts, Home Décor, Jewelry, Clothes & Culinary Treats With A Philly Flair

Visitors seeking a tricorn hat, feather quill pen or mini-Rocky can certainly find such souvenirs in and around Philadelphia’s best-known historical and cultural sites. Then again, those who prefer artisan-made goods and foods, cool T-shirts or locally made jewelry can stop into stylish shops all over the city to pick up unexpected Philly memorabilia. Here are some of the city’s best places to scoop up merchandise and more:

Fashion-Forward Finds:

  • Cheesesteaktees specializes in fun, cheeky Philly-themed tees, hoodies and decals. Patrons can pick up an iconic “illadelph” decal or go for a sports team raglan emblazoned with Sixers great
Mar 12 2018

Arcades, Drags Shows & Other Unusual Nighttime Fun In Philadelphia

Alternatives To Philly’s Bar-Hopping, Music-Centered Nightlife Scene Stand Out

Philadelphia’s hip bars, jazz lounges, indie rock haunts and electric dance clubs are always worth exploring, but visitors whose after-dark tastes trend toward the less usual can also enjoy ping pong, video games, drag shows and museum parties. To make the nighttime fun continue into the next day, visitors can sleep over and take advantage of the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package—packed with perks, including free hotel parking, at

Games For Grown-Ups:

  • Barcade – Grown-up gamers can defeat Donkey Kong and master Marble Madness—all while choosing from a list of a couple dozen top-notch microbrews
Mar 8 2018

What’s In The Neighborhood?


Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s 1977 cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable studio and gallery spaces. The formerly industrial neighborhood charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and hidden cultural gems.

Just north of Center City, Callowhill’s boundaries run from 8th to Broad

Mar 6 2018

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Bella Vista & Queen Village

Once considered working-class suburbs, the tree-lined South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Queen Village and Bella Vista have spent the past decade establishing themselves as some of the city’s most stable and vibrant places to live, work, dine and shop. Small, mostly historic townhouses and a mix of new and well-established businesses make up these side-by-side neighborhoods. Residents both new and old are passionate about maintaining pocket parks and patronizing independent merchants and restaurants. The districts’ busiest byways include the open-air South 9th Street Italian Market and the mini neighborhood of west-to-east-running South Street.

Directly south of Old City and Society

Mar 6 2018

Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help On Philadelphia's New Americans Trail

Candidates For Citizenship Boost Their Knowledge By Touring Philadelphia’s Historic District

Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier—and a whole lot more fun. The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can gain the knowledge they seek simply by visiting Philly’s historic sites and attractions. Best place to start: Philadelphia’s Historic District, the original city—and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that. The trail is available at

Here’s a look at the 20 tour spots:

  1. The African American Museum in Philadelphia, exploring the
Mar 5 2018

The Roots Of The Women's Movement In Philadelphia's Historic District

Women's History Cuts A Path Through America's Most Historic Square Mile

Philadelphia’s Historic District, site of the original city and birthplace of the nation, has, for centuries, been home to some of the strongest, bravest women America has known. The Historic District’s history-making women include both well-known heriones—enslaved African refugee Oney Judge, flag maker Betsy Ross, abolitionist Lucretia Mott—and less well-known pioneers—Rosa Parks precursor Caroline LeCount, medical trailblazer Ann Preston and LGBT-rights activist Barbara Gittings—to name a few. Here’s a list of 19 women who, from the 17th Century on, made history in Philadelphia’s Historic District, along with the places to trace their trails today:


Mar 5 2018

Spring's Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Features Philly Foods

Visitors Receive Free Overnight Parking & Great Restaurant Gift Cards

This spring, the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes not only its signature feature—free onsite hotel parking—but a variety of other perks highlighting Philly’s thriving food scene. Available at 47 participating hotels, the spring package offers coupons and gift cards for top dining establishments, as well as free hotel parking and $10 towards a Lyft ride, for a combined added value of $195. The package is bookable now at for stays beginning March 5 through June 15, 2018.

“Great food means great visits,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “With the Visit Philly Overnight

Mar 2 2018

Quirky, Nerdy & Creepy Fun Await In Philadelphia

Beyond The Region’s Best-Known Attractions Lurk Fantastically Wacky Finds: Preserved Brains, Live Bugs, Old Trees & New Science

Beneath the surface of the eminently historic, emergently hip, eternally proud Philadelphia region, a trove of fantastic weirdness thrives. Visitors can satisfy cravings for quirky, nerdy, creepy and otherwise out-there interests via the country’s largest pizza memorabilia collection (Pizza Brain); oldest hospital, replete with surgical amphitheater (Pennsylvania Hospital); picnic-friendly urban cemetery (Laurel Hill Cemetery); oldest gingko tree (Bartram’s Garden); and only brick-and-mortar homage to the Philadelphia Mummers (Mummers Museum), to name a few. Here’s a look at some of the all-American city’s wonderfully odd attractions—336 years in the making.


Mar 1 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

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

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MARCH 2018

Through March 4, 2018
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin, end their seasonal run. (215) 629-3200,

Through March 4, 2018
Big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy re-envisions the creation of the very first musical at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999,

Through March 4, 2018

Feb 26 2018

A Robust Selection Of Wineries Entice Visitors To Philadelphia’s Countryside


With geography, climate and growing conditions that mirror those of the Bordeaux Region in France, southeastern Pennsylvania continues to emerge as a force in American winemaking.

The Terroir:
Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation for number of wineries—more than 200—and produces nearly two million gallons of wine per year. The Philadelphia region is specifically ideal for producing wine. The temperate climate, gently rolling hills and large bodies of water, create warmer soil that nurtures a long growing season. The soil itself is flecked with limestone and gravel, enhancing the fertility of a range of grapes. Local winemakers point to

Feb 26 2018

Philly Galleries Set The Scene For Picture-Perfect Gardens

Art Often Comes With A Side Of Floral Beauty In Philadelphia

Throughout the Philadelphia region, art galleries and museums sit amid colorful gardens, quiet woodlands and serene meadows that accentuate the art found in both indoor and outdoor galleries. Here’s a look at some of the region’s museums and attractions that celebrate beauty inside and out:

  • Abington Art Center – This vibrant cultural organization, known for its summer concert series, occupies part of the 27 acres of historic Alverthorpe Manor in Montgomery County. Inside, three galleries show as many as six regional and national art exhibitions annually. Outside, Katasura trees dot a meandering walkway through Sculpture Park, which is open and
Feb 26 2018

Indie Coffee Shops In Philadelphia Are Popular For Good Reason

Local Cafes & Bean Blenders Offer Smooth, Strong Alternative To Chain Operations

Independently owned-and-operated coffee shops have been part of Philadelphia culture since the 18th Century. Today, Philly cafes are known for their well-engineered espressos and meticulously roasted beans, hand pours and draft lattes. (Philadelphia is home to the original La Colombe, booming in its 24th year.) But these often busy, often tranquil neighborhood spots aren’t merely better caffeine sources. They’re also great places to sit back and relax into the vibrant, historic and undeniably friendly city. Here are some local favorites by neighborhood:

Big-Deal Roasters, Multiple Locations:

  • La Colombe – Inarguably the originator of Philly’s first wave of