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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 Art. Starting on the same weekend in mid-September, Opera Philadelphia will debut its annual opera festival O17, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will kick off the 14-month-long centennial celebration Parkway 100—which includes the groundbreaking temporary art exhibitions Fireflies and, later, Winter Fountains for the Parkway by artist Jennifer Steinkamp—and the entire city will host the public art exhibition Monument Lab.

Here’s a look at what’s in store for Philadelphia in 2017:

  1. In the exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, the Barnes Foundation presents works by 40 international artists who’ve created in the streets. French for “aimless wandering,” flânerie as an art form can mean scavenging for materials, launching a guerilla campaign or creating a scene to bring an issue to light. Through May 2, 2017. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200,
  2. Brick by brick, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will unlock imaginations as wannabe builders dive into an interactive world of hands-on play. Iconic Philadelphia landmarks created from millions of LEGO bricks in MiniLand, Play Zones with an almost unlimited supply of LEGOs, a kid-friendly ride and 4D cinema will keep children and parents entertained for hours at this this 33,000 square-foot indoor playground. April 6, 2017. Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting,
  3. The Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors this spring in the Historic Philadelphia district, just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects. April 19. 101 S. 3rd Street, (215) 253-6731,
  4. Here’s one that will please history lovers and outdoor fans. The New Year brings the opening of the new Bartram’s Mile, a 1.1-mile addition to Schuylkill Banks recreational trail. The 15-foot-wide multi-use path will extend along the western bank of the Schuylkill River through the grounds of historic Bartram’s Garden, frequented by Washington, Jefferson and other boldface names from history. Selfie alert: The new plaza at the 56th Street access point offers great skyline views. April 22, 2017. Grays Ferry Avenue to south of 56th Street,
  5. Score one for Philadelphia, landing the 82nd NFL Draft for the first time in more than 50 years. During three days of festivities—all taking place outdoors in a space as big as 25 football fields—fans of all ages can enjoy virtual reality and interactive games, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more. April 27-29. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Sports fans rejoice: The Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate track meet in the nation, also take place this weekend at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.
  6. Returning to Franklin Square after last year’s amazingly successful local debut, the Chinese Lantern Festival will transform the historic park into a vibrant, multicolored, light-up wonderland for five weeks. In addition to 29 oversize animals, flowers, pagodas and the ever-popular giant dragon, the popular event brings with it Chinese foods, folk dancers, acrobats—and the Dragon Beer Garden. May 9-June 18, 2017. 6th & Race Streets,
    (215) 629-4026,
  7. After delighting crowds for more than 85 years, Longwood Gardens’ fountains are undergoing a $90 million makeover. Enhanced by 21st-century technology, dramatic new lighting and a variety of newly choreographed fountain shows featuring jets that shoot more than 175 feet in the air will elicit ooohs and aahhhs. New seating areas, a grotto, trestle bridge and landscaped paths offer guests lots of photo-worthy scenes. May 27, 2017. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000,
  8. Just when Philadelphians turn their minds to summer sun, America’s oldest zoo welcomes Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo. The new exhibition features the 100-foot-long Snow Leopard Slope for snow-tubing, the powder-covered, all-ages play area Snow Zone and a tot lot called Polar Bear Pavilion. The seasonally contrary addition includes a refreshment zone featuring hot and cold snacks. June 17-August 20, 2017. 3400 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 243-1100,
  9. Not since 1973 has an exhibition so deeply explored Andrew Wyeth’s work. That changes this summer when the Brandywine River Museum of Art celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth with Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, featuring more than 100 of the artist’s works on canvas and paper. June 24-September 17. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700,
  10. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, oft referred to as Philadelphia’s Champs-Elysées, celebrates its centennial this fall in the 100 events of Parkway 100. The 14-month, indoor-outdoor festival is a grand invitation to residents and visitors to explore the museums that thrive along the corridor via performances, plein-air painting and art lessons, storytelling, Cai Guo-Qiang’s 27 light-up pedicab Fireflies (September 14-October 8, 2017), four floral dome sculptures Winter Fountains for the Parkway by artist Jennifer Steinkamp (December 1, 2017-March 18, 2018) and more. September 8, 2017-November 16, 2018. Various locations.
  11. The city’s musical profile hits a high note when Opera Philadelphia introduces O17, a new opera festival that will mark the start of the company’s season. O17 will thrill audiences with some of the genre’s glittering stars featured in more than 25 performances, including three world premieres, the exclusive East Coast appearance of an internationally renowned production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, commissioned works and must-see, site-specific performances. September 14-25. Various locations, (215) 732-8400,
  12. What makes a monument in the 21st century? Monument Lab will attempt to answer this question for Philadelphia with an eight-week citywide public art and history exhibition co-produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul M. Farber, Ken Lum and A. Will Brown. Monument Lab, a series of temporary installations by local and international artists accompanied by interactive pop-up laboratories for creative conversations. September 15-November 19, 2017. Various locations. (215) 685-0750,
  13. The Franklin Institute’s dramatic Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China’s first emperor until they were discovered in 1974. This traveling exhibition is the sole east coast appearance of the archaeological marvel and sheds light on the science, culture and craft of the stoic, silent guards. September 30, 2017-March 4, 2018. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,
  14. LOVE Park, which got some love of its own in the form a major makeover, is getting ready to show off its new look. Redesigned sloping lawns, colorful new flower beds and a large central fountain are the backdrops to Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, offering stellar sightlines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for photo ops. The iconic round visitors center will also sport a new look and will offer food and beverage service. Fall 2017. 15th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard,

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

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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


In English

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).

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
Jan 30 2018

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

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

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.

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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