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Aug 7 2008

Philadelphia And The Countryside® News

Exclusive Exhibitions, Annual Events, A Museum Opening And More

Fall 2008:
25th Annual Feria Del Barrio
The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 25 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day, held this year on September 7, 2008, is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities. (215) 426-3311,

Headed To The White House
In honor of this election year, the National Constitution Center is giving visitors a close-up look at the presidential process. Headed to the White House, a first-of-its-kind exhibition running September 17-December 14, 2008, allows visitors to travel on the campaign trail, vote for their favorite candidate and take the Presidential Oath of Office through multimedia, interactive and theatrical displays. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700,

Triple The Fright For Halloween 2008
Actress Elvira knows that Philly is the place to be this Halloween. That’s why she’ll be in town for a special celebration. In keeping with the spooky spirit, fans of Edgar Allan Poe can mark the bicentennial of the literary genius’ birthday (January 19, 1809) by visiting his one-time home, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. And thrill-seekers can check out Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted house inside an abandoned prison, September 19-November 2, 2008. Poe, 7th & Spring Garden Streets, (215) 597-8780,; Eastern State, 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue, (215) 236-3300,

New $88 Million Children’s Museum
Starting October 18, 2008, taking kids to the Please Touch Museum will be a completely new experience when the museum opens its new home in Fairmount Park. Located in Memorial Hall—a National Historic Landmark built in 1876 for the Centennial Exhibition—it will boast three times more space for exhibitions and programs. Just outside the museum, kids and adults will delight in riding the meticulously restored 100-year-old Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181,

Fall For Philly Art
The country’s finest dealers exhibit and sell 18th- through 21st-century art at the USArtists: American Fine Art Show at the 33rd Street Armory, October 17-19, 2008. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology presents Treasures…From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail, a sale of art, antiques and textiles from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, October 24-26, 2008. Textiles, jewelry and housewares are available at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, November 13-16, 2008. USArtists, 3205 Lancaster Avenue, (215) 972-7639,; Treasures, 3260 South Street, (215) 898-9213,; Craft Show, 1101 Arch Street, (215) 684-7930,

Winter 2008:
Philly’s More Holiday Fun
Philadelphia’s classic holiday happenings, including Macy’s famed Holiday Light Show and the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day, events that are 53 and 108 years old respectively, display the city’s history. And every year, new events complement the time-honored customs, creating a unique mix of new and traditional activities. Add to that the twinkling lights, dazzling fireworks and other seasonal pleasures that Philadelphia is known for, and anyone can see that Philly is the best place to celebrate the magical holiday season.

First Stop For Pivotal African-American Exhibition
America I AM: The African American Imprint, a four-year touring museum exhibition, makes its national debut at the National Constitution Center, January 15-May 3, 2009. The exhibition presents a historical continuum of crucial moments in courage, conviction and creativity that solidify the undeniable imprint of African-Americans across the nation and the world. (215) 409-6700,

Philly Beer Week
After the first year’s success, organizers and participants ordered a double. Philly Beer Week, occurring in venues throughout the city March 6-15, 2009, celebrates the city’s vibrant beer culture and features events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings like guided tastings and lectures or prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners.

Two Exclusive Exhibitions In Philadelphia Explore The Stars And Beyond
Museum fans are giddy with delight over the arrival of two major exhibitions making their exclusive appearances in Philadelphia. Cézanne and Beyond will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from February 26 through May 17, 2009, and Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy will be on display at The Franklin from April 4 through September 7, 2009. During the nearly two-month period when the exhibits are running simultaneously, visitors will have a chance to see both shows at museums that are just blocks away from one another on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,; The Franklin, 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,

New Interactive Exhibition At The African American Museum
The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s new core exhibition, The Early History of African Americans in Philadelphia, will debut on Juneteenth (June 19) 2009. Through technology, artifacts, primary source material and stunning graphics, visitors will discover the complex history of people of African descent living in America from 1770 through 1870. 701 Arch Street, (215) 574-0380,

Coming Soon In Historic Philadelphia
On July 4, 2010, the National Museum of American Jewish History will open a new five-story, 100,000-square-foot building that will serve as a vital center of preserving, exploring and celebrating the history of Jewish people in America. And in fall of that year, within close view of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, the President’s House Commemorative Site will mark the location of the nation’s former Executive Mansion and honor the people who lived and worked there, among them at least nine enslaved people of African descent held by President George Washington from 1790 to 1797. Jewish Museum, 5th & Market Streets, (215) 923-3811,; President’s House, 6th & Market Streets,

Sleep Over And Park For Free:
Philly Overnight® Hotel Package
Visitors can find the hotel that’s right for them at a great price. The crowd-pleasing Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two nights at one of 30 hotels and free parking. Guests also receive a Macy’s Savings Pass, which offers an 11% discount, and a Philly’s More Fun™ teddy bear upon check-in.

New Journalist Resources:
Sports Media
Philly Locker Room ( gives visiting sports media the scoop on what to see and do before and after the game. Insider information from Philadelphia journalists, team reps and celebrities offer the best leads on great restaurants, attractions and events happening throughout Greater Philadelphia.

New Pressroom
The new is filled with tourism news, story ideas, photos, videos and PR contacts to meet the demands of a 24/7 news world. And integrated content, improved search capabilities and social media tools make it a more useful resource for journalists than ever before.

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