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Apr 16 2014

Summer Blooms In Philadelphia With New Museum Exhibitions

Baseball, Brains, Birds & More Add Interesting Twists To The Season’s Exhibition Line-up

This summer’s to-do list just got a lot longer thanks to new exhibitions cropping up in museums throughout Philadelphia. The shows treat visitors to a wide array of unusual collections, rarely seen treasures and interactive discoveries. And come mid-June, The Franklin Institute opens the doors to its eagerly awaited Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, a 53,000-square-foot addition to the iconic institution featuring a dramatic new permanent exhibition on the inner workings of the human brain and two temporary exhibition galleries.

Here’s a look at some of the fun and powerful exhibitions popping up in Philly in summer 2014:

Animals &

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Apr 16 2014

Major Philadelphia Art Exhibitions

Spring 2014 & Beyond

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

  • His still life works are the most iconic and enduring in the field. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s paintings and shows how he set the genre on a new course. The exhibit features 21 Cézanne masterpieces. The Barnes’ permanent collection contains 69 Cézannes, including 16 still lifes, all of which will be on display. June 22-September 22, 2014.
  • The first comprehensive survey of the painter in nearly half a century, William Glackens brings together 45 paintings and
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Apr 8 2014

Fireworks Displays Light Up The Philadelphia Skies All Summer Long

Colorful Displays Glow At Sesame Place, Longwood Gardens, Citizens Bank Park & More

From the first sparkle to the last glimmer, it’s hard to resist the lure of fireworks. Luckily, Philadelphia has sparkle to spare this summer. Pyrotechnics fans who circle the Fourth of July on their calendars in anticipation of dazzling displays of sky art can add a lot more dates to their schedules. All summer long skies around the Philadelphia region glow with brilliant bursts of colors and shimmering lights, most accompanied by musical scores.

Here are some places that will inspire ooohhs and aaahhs this summer in Philadelphia:

  • There’s no crying in baseball, but there sure are lots of fireworks.
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Apr 8 2014

Philly's Bottle Shops Boast Thousands Of Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Beer Lovers Buy Craft Brews By The Bottle, In Growlers & In Mix-a-Six Packs

Craft beer is big business these days, particularly in Philadelphia, a serious beer town gaining accolades for its suds scene from notable publications like GQ, Draft magazine, Forbes, CNN Travel and others. So what makes the Philadelphia region’s beer scene so great? The bottle shops, for starters. These shops offer hundreds if not thousands of specialty beers to try individually and in “mix-a-six” format (that’s a six-pack of beer with six beers of the drinker’s choosing). What’s more, many of these shops fill growlers of draught beer to go and offer food to accompany the bountiful beer offerings.

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Apr 1 2014

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region April 2014 Through March 2015

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014 
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015

APRIL 2014

Through April 6, 2014
BEYOND THE PAINT: PHILADELPHIA’S MURAL ARTS.
In conjunction with the Mural Arts Program’s 30th anniversary in 2014, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) showcases the cumulative work of 30 years of community-engaged art-making in Philadelphia through archival and documentary material. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through April 12, 2014
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
At the Academy of Music, this spectacular

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Mar 27 2014

La Primavera Florece Con Eventos Latinos En Filadelfia

El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, El Legado De Roberto Clemente Y Una Semana De Gastronomía Mexicana Son Algunos De Los Eventos Que Se Avecinan

No hay necesidad de esperar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana para celebrar. Filadelfia reconoce la riqueza de la cultura hispana todo el año con coloridos festivales, música vibrante, exhibiciones poderosas y más.

Aquí un vistazo de lo que estará pasando esta primavera y verano:

Hasta octubre:

  • Por casi dos siglos, el béisbol ha trascendido diferencias culturales y ha unido a comunidades de minorías en su camino a entender los valores estadounidenses. Persiguiendo Sueños: Béisbol y convertirse en estadounidense, en exhibición en el Museo Nacional de Historia Judía, explora como el pasatiempo favorito de Estados Unidos ha ayudado a
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Mar 27 2014

Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer

Festivals, Live Entertainment & Exhibits Celebrate Hispanic Culture

No need to wait until Hispanic Heritage Month in September to celebrate Latino culture. Philadelphia recognizes the richness of Hispanic culture all year long with colorful festivals, pulsating music, powerful exhibitions and more.

Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:

Ongoing:

  • For almost two centuries, baseball has transcended cultural differences and united minority communities on their path to understanding American values. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores how America’s favorite pastime has helped immigrants from all backgrounds become part of the
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Mar 19 2014

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:

CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
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Mar 19 2014

Philadelphia Jazz Makes History & Sweet Sounds

Jazz Clubs, Live Performances, Jam Sessions & Special Events Make Philly A Year-Round Destination For Jazz Music

As the birthplace or temporary home of such noted jazz figures as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Philadelphia plays an important role in the history of the art form. But it’s not all about history. Concerts and events make the city a jazz hotspot even today. As acclaimed bassist Warren Oree said, “There’s another ‘Sound of Philadelphia’—the sound of Philadelphia’s jazz.” Here’s where people can hear it all year long:

Festivals & Events:

  • The third annual Center City Jazz Festival, which celebrates the past, present and future of jazz in Philadelphia, is
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Mar 17 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ Unveils New Mobile Website

The Importance Of Mobile In Destination Marketing Is The Reason For A Revamped Visitphilly.com

This week, VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ launched a new mobile experience of its website, visitphilly.com, the official visitor website for Greater Philadelphia. Mobile traffic to visitphilly.com topped 3.1 million visits in 2013—a 325% increase over 2011, when mobile traffic accounted for 680,000 visits.

With the new, more adaptive design, users have access to 100% of visitphilly.com from their mobile device—2,500 pages of content. So, what can they do?

  • Use their mobile mapping capabilities to find an attraction, restaurant, etc.
  • Reference the roundup of festivals to plan their weekend trips.
  • Find top dining picks from Philadelphia chefs.
  • Plan a themed trip with
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Mar 13 2014

Steal This Magazine

Arrive Magazine Features A First-Time, 43-Page Special Section All About Philadelphia

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ convened 27 of its partners for a special section in Arrive magazine. The 43-page spread in the March/April issue puts Philadelphia an arm’s length away from millions of travelers along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The media value is worth $630,000.

“The magazine is packed with reasons why people should hit the rails and come to Greater Philadelphia this spring and summer,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We’ve found transit magazines highly effective for Philadelphia—a region that enjoys tremendous accessibility.”

The entire Philadelphia spread is branded with With Love, Philadelphia XOXO®, and visitphilly.com is at the

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Mar 12 2014

It's Always Sunny-Side Up In Philadelphia

Rise & Shine At One Of Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots

Weekends were made for brunching—chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a cup of a coffee and/or a Bloody Mary. No one knows this better than Philadelphians, who have a wide array of fantastic brunch options to choose from every Saturday and Sunday. Whether the craving is for a five-star buffet with caviar, a Latin feast of plantains and agua fresca cocktails or fresh granola and locally grown berries, Philadelphia foodies have plenty of go-to spots for a late-morning or early-afternoon meal. Here’s a look at some of the region’s best brunch options:

Brunch Specialists

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Mar 10 2014

What's In The Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill 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 cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in 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-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Mar 7 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ Launches Rocky Itinerary & Sweepstakes In Time For Beloved Boxer's Broadway Debut

Contest Entrants Have Chance To Win A Rocky-Themed Weekend In Philadelphia & New York

The official debut of Rocky Broadway in New York City on March 13 and the recent release of the Rocky Heavyweight collection of all six Rocky films gives fans of the beloved character Rocky Balboa the perfect excuse to re-explore the city the championship boxer called home, and VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ is making it easy for visitors to do just that. The Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia and the Ultimate Rocky Weekend Sweepstakes, both found at visitphilly.com/rocky, encourage visitors to explore the city where the boxer lived, loved and trained.

“Nearly 40 years later, people are still enthusiastic fans of the

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Mar 7 2014

Rocky's Philadelphia: How The City Has Changed From 1976 To Now

Striking Differences In The Skyline, Benjamin Franklin Parkway & More

Beloved boxer Rocky Balboa might be a bit disoriented if he ran up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps today and turned around, arms raised in triumph, to see the city’s gleaming skyline. It’s remarkably different from the modest skyline he looked out on in the original 1976 film, which was recently adapted for the stage and debuting on Broadway on March 13, 2014. The fictional fighter could be forgiven for not recognizing the tall buildings on both sides of the river, beautiful parks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the addition of the Barnes Foundation and the many other attractions

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Feb 27 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Gay-friendly Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are

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Feb 26 2014

Visit Philadelphia Takes The Philly Message To Austin During The SXSW Festival

Event Sponsorship Aims To Influence Millennial Audience

Visit Philadelphia™ is again taking its message on the road to Austin during the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) festival with a sponsorship that will show off Philly to the influential millennial market. Happening on Thursday, March 13 at Cheer Up Charlie’s bar, Homesick Philly—part of the Death and Taxes East End event—will feature a Philly-branded stage, a beer garden serving Victory Brewing Company beer and a chance for festival-goers to win a trip to the Roots Picnic in Philadelphia and other prizes.

“Millennials are an important market for us,” said Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, Visit Philadelphia. “They

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Feb 24 2014

A Dozen Top Spots For Philadelphia Souvenirs

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

Miniature Liberty Bell? Check. Postcard of Independence Hall? Got it. But for friends with edgy tastes or relatives with a liking for luxury, there are plenty of unusual and stylish Philadelphia souvenirs—sassy T-shirts, home décor, jewelry and even culinary treats—at the city’s shops and markets.

Here’s a look at a dozen top spots for Philly souvenirs:

Fashion-Forward Finds:

1. No need to leave one’s heart in Philadelphia when the Lagos Heart of Philadelphia jewelry line lets visitors bring Philly home. The locally based jewelry designer incorporated architectural details from four of the city’s landmarks—City Hall, Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum

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Feb 19 2014

What's On The Avenue Of The Arts?

Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, Galleries & Attractions Along The Avenue Of The Arts

Although technically named Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. Stroll along the Avenue of the Arts and the buzz of energy is contagious as theater-goers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados, artists and others spill out onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied street.

Home to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other

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Feb 14 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

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