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Nov 24 2015

Mummers 101: The Scoop On Philly's New Year's Day Tradition

New Division, Improved Route, Same Awesome Time

New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 116-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. 

Last year, the Mummers tweaked tradition and shifted the parade route, marching in a different direction (north to south) with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.

Once again, the nation’s oldest folk parade surprises audiences with

Nov 20 2015 The Official Visitor's Guide For The Holidays In Philly

Lights, Attractions, Shopping, Shows, Ice Skating & The Mummers

The best way to plan festive getaways and experiences in Philadelphia: The region’s official visitor website features the definitive guide for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Also getting in on the seasonal spirit, blog will publish holiday-related news through the New Year.

Here’s a look at the features of the online guide:

  • Thanksgiving: The festive season starts with the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade. People can plan their celebrations on the website with the parade route and map and the day-by-day guide to Thanksgiving week.
  • Holiday Shopping: Independent shops and well-known stores—Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack,
Nov 15 2015

What's In The Fairmount And Spring Garden Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops & Things To Do In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods

Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.

Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction.

Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself

Nov 12 2015

Rocky's Legendary Philly Weekend

Inspired By Seven Rocky Films

After captivating the hearts of millions of film fans, the fictional character Rocky Balboa makes his return to the big screen once again, this time with Creed, premiering just before Thanksgiving Day 2015. It’s easy for Rocky fans to explore the boxer’s beloved city of Philadelphia, which plays a key role in all of the films, thanks to this two-day, two-night itinerary—available on and featuring highlights of the Academy-Award winning film and its six sequels: 

Having fun and living like a legend—that’s what this weekend is all about, right? Don’t waste any time getting the festivities started.

Nov 12 2015

Best Neighborhoods For Shopping In Philadelphia

Neighborhood By Neighborhood, Philly Shops Offer An Array Of Retail Riches

From Center City to Bucks County, the Philadelphia region’s shopping neighborhoods are absolutely distinctive. Buzzing Old City in Historic Philadelphia has become renowned for its chic boutiques and mod galleries. Industrial and hip Northern Liberties offers shelter shops and craft galleries galore. In upscale Rittenhouse, refined and sophisticated rules at brand-name stores and owner-operated hotspots. And in New Hope, art-driven stores drive major foot traffic. One thing that’s consistent in every neighborhood in Pennsylvania: tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes. Here’s a look at what visitors will want to buy and where:

Center City Shopping Districts:

  • Old City: Ben

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Nov 1 2015

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region November 2015 Through October 2016

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

November 2015
December 2015
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016


Through November 1, 2015
The Penn Museum features spectacular finds from the pre-Colombian cemetery, such as pottery, tools and weapons, excavated by a Penn Museum archeologist. (215) 898-4000,

Through November 1, 2015
The Academy of Music brings to life the story of a young playwright who accepts an offer he can’t refuse

Oct 28 2015

Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can't-Miss Classics

The Mummers Add A New Division To Their New Year’s Day Parade

The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. This year, the Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s oldest and proudly quirkiest New Year’s Day tradition, gets a new look with the addition of a new division—the first since 1978. Joining the Comic, Fancy, Wench, String Band and Fancy Brigades on the march along Broad Street will be the Philadelphia division, which includes costumed marchers from the city’s numerous

Oct 28 2015

What's In The Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Galleries & Theaters In Washington Square West, Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.

Midtown Village forged its personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated along 13th Street, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with restaurants and bars catering to an LGBT-friendly clientele, along with rainbow crosswalks

Oct 27 2015

What's In The Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Cafes & Culture in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood

Long-considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. And since it’s home to a number of hotels, the neighborhood remains an out-of-towner favorite.

Along the Rittenhouse sidewalks—many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all year long.

The one-square-block park that gives the neighborhood its name is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists

Oct 23 2015

Backgrounder: Spas & Salons

An Abundance Of Day Spas & Salons Make Philadelphia A Relaxing Refuge

A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most basic of mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.


  • Sleek and serene, Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services and packages such as “The Energizer,” including a Swedish massage, customized facial and lunch.
Oct 22 2015

Philadelphia's Museum Shops Offer Artsy, Inspired Gifts

Beyond The Collections & Special Exhibitions, Museums Have Much More In Store

When it comes to combining culture and retail, there’s no matching the selection at the museum shops of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. Just beyond the main galleries and halls of some of the most venerable institutions of Center City, Bucks County and the Brandywine Valley, in-house boutiques sell creations that could compete with the exhibitions. Artisan-made jewelry and ceramics, carefully crafted home and personal accessories, fairly traded goods and endlessly educational tomes are among the finds for shoppers. Keep in mind: Most museums promote seasonal deals on annual memberships that offer both free admission and discounts on merchandise. Here’s

Oct 22 2015

New Restaurants & Inventive Menus In Philadelphia's Gayborhood & Beyond

Spots Pop Up & Out In The Gayborhood, Rittenhouse Square, Queen Village & Other Neighborhoods

Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to draw national accolades for its quality and variety, from innovative gastropubs to inviting wine bars to new twists on Italian and other ethnic cuisines. Everyone is welcome at the table, whether the restaurants are located in the heart of the Gayborhood in Center City or one of its adjacent up-and-coming neighborhoods. Here are some of the city’s newest spots that are popular with the LGBT community:


  • Bud & Marilyn’s, a retro-inspired restaurant-bar, is the latest hotspot from business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Inspired by Turney’s restaurateur grandparents, the restaurant
Oct 21 2015

What's In The Chinatown Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Quick Eats, Shops & Arts In Philadelphia's Chinatown Neighborhood

Beyond the colorful Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, the neighborhood is packed end to end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure. On any given day or night, Chinatown bustles with activity and authenticity, from the steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles to the seasonal street festivals

Oct 20 2015

Philadelphia's Newest Restaurants Are Crisp, Cool & Fresh

A Mid-Century Supper Club, Cheese-Focused Eateries, Southern Swagger & Concept Reboots Usher In Autumn Eating In Philly

Bright leaves and shorter days bring a new cornucopia of eating options in Philadelphia. From a highly anticipated vegan bar with Latin fare (Bar Bombón) to a North African bistro (Neuf) to a Montreal-style gastropub (Coeur), Philly’s restaurant scene keeps embracing new ideas, while some familiar favorites get an update for the season. Here’s a look at some of the big restaurant openings this fall:

Notable New Entrées:

  • Building on a successful run in Villanova, Avenue Kitchen brings its laid-back American eats and chic industrial setting to Glen Mills. The new installment shares the same menu: salmon burgers on
Oct 20 2015

A Guide To Gay & Lesbian Nightlife In Philadelphia

Different Neighborhoods Offer Different LGBT-Friendly Vibes

Philadelphia’s LGBT visitors looking for a night on the town can choose among a range of bars and restaurants in the city’s Gayborhood or visit a welcoming mainstream spot frequented by gay and lesbian locals in Midtown Village, Rittenhouse Square, East Passyunk and other neighborhoods. Here’s a look at some of the most popular nightlife haunts in some of the hottest ’hoods:


The city’s Gayborhood, which runs from 11th to Broad streets and from Chestnut to Pine streets, distinguishes itself with 69 rainbow street signs throughout the area and rainbow crosswalks at 13th

Oct 18 2015

Philly's Retail Boom Rolls On This Fall

Upmarket Boutiques & Bargain Stores Expand Reach Throughout Philadelphia Region

Philadelphia’s shopping scene continues to grow this autumn with the expansion of both independently owned and operated spots and larger nationwide stores. In the past year, Center City in particular has experienced growth in high-low retail. On Rittenhouse Square, Barney’s Co-op turned into a Barney’s. Nearby, new outposts of Uniqlo and Nordstrom Rack drew in discount shoppers, not too far from a just-opened mega Five Below and Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Store, planned for December. The coming season saw the urban locations for Shop Sixty Five and Skirt, two well-known shops from the suburbs, while Canadian technical cashmere designer Kit and


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Oct 14 2015

Three New Board Members Join The VISIT PHILADELPHIA Team

Additions To 19-Member Board Include A Governor Representative, Chair-Elect Of The Philadelphia Foundation & Comcast VP

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced today that it has welcomed three new board members: Obra S. Kernodle, IV, deputy chief of staff and director, Office of Public Liaison for Governor Tom Wolf; Bret Perkins, vice president of external and government affairs for Comcast Corporation; and Anthony J. Conti, who led a distinguished career at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 37 years, 29 as partner.

“Their extensive knowledge about business and government will help shape VISIT PHILADELPHIA strategies as we look forward to our 20th anniversary year,” said Manuel Stamatakis, VISIT PHILADELPHIA board chairman. “I welcome their ideas and insights.”

Before joining the Wolf

Oct 9 2015

150 Years Since The 13th Amendment Passed: Historic Philadelphia's African-American Experience Is More Moving Than Ever

America’s Most Historic Square Mile Tells A Rich Story About Free Blacks, Enslaved Africans And African-Americans

Philadelphia reveals undertold chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans during the United States’ early years. This year, the National Constitution Center commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery (the original document is on display) and the beginning of the Reconstruction Era.

Visitors to America’s “Most Historic Square Mile” can discover the more complete story of African-Americans at these moving sites:

Museums & Attractions:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve,
Oct 7 2015

Vegan Paradise: Philly Leads The Way For Meatless Eating And Sustainable Living

Fine Dining, Bar Eats, Fast Food And Clothing Are Going Vegan

Ever since Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s nationally lauded restaurant Vedge opened in 2011, Philadelphia has been a true destination for vegans with standards. Many of the region’s most popular vegan eateries are direct descendants of Landau and Jacoby’s kitchens. The scene continues to bubble over with great ideas, interesting concepts, excellent locally made products and an ongoing mission to make the lifestyle actually livable.

Here are just a few of Philadelphia’s vegan treasures:

Fine Plant-Based Dining:

  • A forerunner to today’s hip vegan joints, Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille cooks up plant-forward fare in Bucks County. While many dishes have
Oct 1 2015

Philadelphia's Art Scene Showcases Creativity & Innovation

A Busy Calendar Of Arts Events Awaits Art Lovers Through 2016

Art connoisseurs will find lots to love in Philadelphia’s art scene, with dozens of exhibitions packing the calendar from now through 2016. These shows offer museumgoers many opportunities to reflect on the works of great masters or discover exciting new talent on the brink of a breakthrough.

Here’s a look at some must-see exhibitions coming up through 2016:

Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,

  • Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The unusual match-up of masterpieces