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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 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 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 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.


Feb 26 2018

Black-Owned Shops, Restaurants, Day Spas & More Boom In Philadelphia

Visitors To Philly Can Support Independent, Brick-And-Mortar African-American Businesses

Philadelphia is rich in Black culture, heritage and history. The tradition carries on in Philly’s array of Black-owned and -operated shops, restaurants, galleries and bars. Need some serious comics? Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. A made-to-measure suit with Super Bowl cred? Damari Savile. Unforgettable cultural experience? West Philadelphia’s inimitable arts space, the Tiberino Museum. Have a long list of great people to gift shop for? Options for the perfect something abound. Here’s a traveler-tailored list of some of the city’s standout Black-owned businesses:


  • Black and Nobel – Hakim Hopkins, owner. This independently owned store, almost exactly where Broad Street
Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fishtown And The River Wards

Northeast of Center City, Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond—collectively known as the River Wards—are some of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. An influx of restaurants, bars, music venues, art galleries and residents are quickly transforming the makeup of these formerly working-class sections along the Delaware River.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar (DiPinto Guitars), drink craft beer while playing

Jan 23 2018

Many of Philly's Finest Attractions Are Free—Or Almost

Great Places To Experience For Visitors On A Budget

When it comes to visiting Philadelphia, some of the best things to see and do are free, or close to it. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s great news. Check out the city’s many low-cost or no-cost attractions, including historic Independence Hall, student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music and tours (and beer tastings) at the Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Historic Sites:

  • American Philosophical Society Museum – On 5th Street, next to the east wing of Independence Hall, Philosophical Hall (1789) was built by the American Philosophical Society, the nation’s first “think tank,”
Jan 23 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?


Beyond Philadelphia’s historic Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives a thriving Asian neighborhood, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, Philly’s Chinatown 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 is active and authentic, popular for steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles, seasonal street festivals, a new food hall (

Jan 19 2018

31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions In 2017

Fact Sheet

Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2017. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk*.

Historical Sites & Attractions:
1. African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)* – Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution in a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The core exhibit Audacious Freedom takes a fresh, bold look at African-Americans’ role in the founding of the nation; other exhibits and programs explore the history, present and future of the African diaspora in the U.S. 701 Arch Street, (215)

Dec 21 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Washington Square West

Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood named for a 17th-century park and including the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square originally served as a grazing pasture, potter’s field and gathering spot for early African-Americans—who dubbed the park “Congo Square”—on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, now home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the 150 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row.

Dec 20 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Avenue Of The Arts

Although technically South Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts district—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the moniker Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. The energy is contagious as theatergoers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados and the artists and performers themselves spill onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied thoroughfare.

The Avenue of the Arts is home to the striking Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other cultural

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 5 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fairmount & Spring Garden

Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” But the personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right.

Fairmount stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. The residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to friendly residents and atmosphere. What’s a visitor to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary.

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

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 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

Oct 2 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mount Airy

Diverse and historic, Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy are urban neighborhoods in northwest Philadelphia. Each enclave has a distinctive style, feel and highlights that represent the communities’ past and present. All are worth day trips, and fortunately, getting there is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at before heading off to explore these vibrant neighborhoods.

Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill, a National Register Historic District, was once a vacation

Sep 13 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

South Street

Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Also lining South are ethnically diverse and destination restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert, galleries and performance spaces.

Over the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending on who you ask) spans up to 14


En Español

Sep 5 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Centro de Oro

The hub of Latino culture and life in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro (“The Golden Block”) is home to international non-profit organizations, third- and fourth-generation family-owned businesses and residents descending from almost every Latino country. Visitors to this lively enclave—just a short cab ride from Center City Philadelphia—can feast on authentic Latin/Caribbean dishes at Isla Verde, find inspiration in the work of Puerto Rican artists at Taller Puertorriqueño or feel their way through a flamenco dance lesson at Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

Here are some ways to experience Latino culture and flavors in El Centro de Oro and beyond:

Jul 26 2017

Craft Distilleries Revive Pennsylvania's Pre-Prohibition Tradition

After A Nearly 100-Year Absence, Small-Batch Distilling Has Returned To The Philadelphia Area

Craft distilleries in the Philadelphia region are absolutely booming, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation. Until Prohibition wiped out the state’s industry, Pennsylvania housed the country’s densest cluster of homespun and commercial whiskey producers, beginning with some of the country’s earliest settlers.

In 2011, Pennsylvania’s government passed reforms that allowed distillers to offer tours, samples and onsite sales. These new laws opened up the craft to would-be distillers who now proudly produce and sell small-batch spirits in Philadelphia. In a sign of the industry’s maturation, the Philadelphia Distillery Trail keeps a running tally


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Jul 7 2017

Eventos Que No Se Puede Perder Este Verano En Filadelfia

Festivales, entretenimiento en vivo y exhibiciones celebran la cultura latina

Al ser una región diversa y vibrante que es hogar de muchas comunidades latinas, el área metropolitana de Filadelfia ofrece una gran variedad de eventos y festivales culturales latinos desde el verano hasta el otoño. Desde el Delaware River Waterfront hasta el Condado de Chester, las exhibiciones de arte (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), presentaciones musicales (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas y más), festivales (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Barrio) y fútbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honran el legado y el futuro de los latinos.


  • Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta – La exhibición