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Sure, Philadelphia is an exciting place to visit on the weekends, but it’s also a happening spot Monday through Thursday. Visitors can dig into a great meal, catch a concert at a major music venue, dance it up at a club or watch one of the hometown teams do their thing in South Philly. They can also opt for something a little more off-the-beaten path: happy hours at museums, open-mic nights, poetry readings, cooking classes, dance lessons, drag shows and more. In fact, there’s so much to do, visitors will want to book a hotel deal at visitphilly.com/hotels, and stay...
Through December 1, 2014
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The Academy Award-winning Disney film is reinterpreted into this smash hit Broadway musical at the Academy of Music. Featuring unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling music, audiences swoon for this “tale as old as time.” (215) 893-1955, kimmelcenter.org
Through December 29, 2013
SOPHIE TUCKER: THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS. Audiences at the Walnut Street
In the spirit of the season, Philadelphia hotels are offering a number of packages chock-full of special perks, including event tickets, breakfast and free hotel parking. One hotel, the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, is even giving away free stays to 1 out of ever 10 lucky guests who book the special offer. All of the deals are perfect for those who want to enjoy the region’s holiday celebrations and festivities, including the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.
Throughout The Holiday Season:
Elves and Eggnog
Hotels: Omni Hotel at Independence Park
Includes: 20% savings for two nights, breakfast, two eggnog cocktails,
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Nation’s First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28 beginning at 8:15 a.m. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style
On January 1, 2014, the Mummers will make their 114th march up Broad Street in the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade, a spectacle that’s in full view in Visit Philadelphia’s Behind the Sequins: Showtime for the Philadelphia Mummers video series. Six free-standing videos tell the Mummers’ story through the people who make the costumes, choreograph the routines, build the sets and march in the parade.
There are two components to the day-long parade, much of which is documented in the 90-second videos: a festive march up Broad Street that begins in South Philadelphia and ends at City Hall...
All of Philadelphia’s a stage in 2014 when the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and other arts organizations join together to present the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, a celebration of the famed playwright. Festivities include ongoing exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia, an outdoor birthday celebration, pop-up performances, chamber music concerts, literary salons and more. That makes 2014 a blooming great time to explore the region’s British treasures. Visitors can top off their teacups with visits to the city’s historic sites, pubs and sporting events. Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s English...
New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 114-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut up one of the city’s main streets. An unforgettably wild ritual, the parade and subsequent performances are all family friendly, yet exciting enough to entertain everybody. While a carnival-like atmosphere welcomes anyone who decides to stop by at the last minute, a little advance preparation guarantees a clear view. Better still, spending the night in the city ensures an early start to the...
It would take far too many candles to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, so instead the Free Library of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre are collaborating on Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, a yearlong birthday party taking place in Philadelphia in 2014. Fans will get to view some of the Free Library’s Shakespeare holdings, including rare copies of the first Shakespeare folio. Other festival highlights include lectures, an insult contest, digital and live exhibitions, pop-up and theatrical performances and a party befitting the legendary author. A full list of activities is available at freelibrary.org.
While celebrating Shakespeare’s...
Philadelphia boasts many holiday traditions that locals and visitors delight in year after year (Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade), but this year revelers can partake in new activities that are sure to become beloved traditions. There’s the all-new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, a sparkling holiday tribute to Ben Franklin; the addition of a pop-up restaurant and shop at the Blue Cross River Rink; and the Nutcracker Market, featuring hand-made arts and crafts from American artisans.
Here are 32 ways to celebrate the holidays in Philadelphia:...
Dark winter nights turn glittery and bright with holiday lights that shimmer and shine all across Philadelphia and The Countryside®. With new displays at Franklin Square and the Blue Cross RiverRink, the season takes on a magical glow as a number of local attractions and neighborhoods pump up the power and light up the skies with sparkling colors and elaborate light displays like these shining examples:
Bright Lights, Big City:
- The holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park begins with the new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, featuring a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights
For visitors wondering what’s new in Philadelphia in 2014, the short answer is: a lot. A long list of public spaces, exciting exhibitions, milestone birthdays and anniversaries and all-new attractions slated for completion in 2014 give first-time visitors and Philadelphia regulars plenty more reasons to make a trip—or return trip—to the region. Outdoor types can use Philly’s new Bike Share program to check out the new Venice Island or Pier 53 at Washington Avenue Green. Families can head to the Philadelphia Zoo for the new big cat outdoor trail or to the new wing of The Franklin Institute, where loads...
There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s favorite holiday traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking place this year on November 28. Almost a century after Philadelphian Ellis Gimbel created the Thanksgiving Day parade as a marketing tool to kick off the Christmas shopping season, the city that first introduced the turkey-day festivities will again celebrate the start of the season in grand style with the 94th annual 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., 19 marching bands, dozens of celebrities and floats and thousands of performers...
The Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis exhibition opens on October 14, 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)—its only American showing—and visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to explore the metropolis of Philadelphia and its many modernist and French connections. The exhibit, which runs through January 4, 2014, includes 160 works, centered on Léger’s post-Cubist masterpiece The City (1919), as well as pieces by other renowned artists of the period such as Mondrian, Cassandre and van Doesburg. Outside the PMA, visitors can turn their attention to the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic and architectural influences of the...
As the fall arts season swings into high gear, culture vultures visiting Philadelphia will find plenty of African-American exhibitions, shows and performances to pack their travel to-do lists. Autumn brings the sculptural works of internationally renowned artist and Philly native Barbara Chase-Riboud to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the multi-medium talents of two generations of the Philadelphia-based Tiberino family to The African American Museum in Philadelphia. The season’s jam-packed arts calendar rounds out with performances by the city’s internationally renowned dance troupe (Philadanco) and the 15th anniversary of an award ceremony that this year honors Berry Gordy (Marian...
Art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year for festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events galore. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2014:
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in the festive day-long Mummers Parade that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1. phillymummers.com
- The region gets revved up in 2014, thanks to the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with
Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture. Visitors who want to experience the month-long celebration have plenty of options: They can follow the laughter to the Arden Theatre for the hit comedy Mujeres de Par en Par; indulge at celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Volver, his newest venture located inside the Kimmel Center; and join a couple fiestas—Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.
Festivals & Parades:
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When the new Benjamin Franklin Museum opens in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24, visitors can delve into all aspects of Franklin’s life, from his role as statesman and diplomat to his life as a private citizen, inventor, philosopher and more. Built next to the site where Franklin actually lived in the mid 1700s, the underground museum was originally built for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. Now, after undergoing a major transformation, the revitalized site will feature personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to the life, times and legacy of this extraordinary...
Fall in Philadelphia means the air is cool and crisp; seasonal fruits and vegetables transform local cuisine; hues of orange, red and brown dominate the landscape; and tens of thousands of people gather at spots all over the region for awesome autumnal festivals. Whether revelers don their Harry Potter-style glasses and broomsticks (Harry Potter Weekend), set out to watch ancient Chinese sea vessels race along the Schuylkill River (Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival) or enjoy Grammy Award-winning musical acts (WHYY Connections Festival), there’s something to celebrate all season long in Philadelphia. Here are 25 not-to-be-missed events:
Arts & Crafts:
Philadelphia’s fall calendar is packed with new attractions, big-name exhibits and a first-time art festival. Visitors will have two new attractions to put on their must-do lists: the Benjamin Franklin Museum and FringeArts’ new theater space. Some big names (think Grace Kelly and Fernand Léger) lead the impressive exhibition lineup. And for a festival first, art institutions around the city host and share shows for CITYWIDE. Here’s a peek at what’s awesome this autumn in Philadelphia:
- Philly’s all about the Benjamin—even more so when the new Benjamin Franklin Museum opens with a focus on the life,
Philadelphia’s visual art scene—which has enjoyed major recognition recently—gets even more vibrant this fall, when big exhibits debut at major institutions, festivals uncover regional and national talent and off-beat shows make for fun outings. Highlights of the exhibit lineup include Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis and Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ KAWS @ PAFA; Penn Museum’s Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster; and The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit: 50 Years of Wild Things at the Sendak-loving Rosenbach Museum and...