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Philadelphia's Top Spots For Souvenirs
Visitors seeking a tricorn hat, feather quill pen or mini-Rocky can certainly find such souvenirs in and around Philadelphia’s best-known historical and cultural sites. Then again, those who prefer artisan-made goods and foods, cool T-shirts or locally made jewelry can stop into stylish shops all over the city to pick up unexpected Philly memorabilia.
In preparation for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, July 25-28, Philadelphia shops are planning their patriotic and collectible merchandise. Think donkey and elephant jewelry charms and political bobbleheads.
- Cheesesteaktees lets its shirts do the talking. The online shop specializes in fun, cheeky Philly-themed
The Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Mexican Modernism Exhibit Gives Visitors Reasons To Explore City's Mexican Connections
Art lovers are saying viva el arte to the eagerly anticipated exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 25, 2016 through January 8, 2017. A first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mexico City’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, this large-scale show features paintings, prints, books, broadsheets and many works relating to major mural projects—perfect for Philadelphia, boasting more than 3,800 murals on walls all over the city. The show includes pieces from legends Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and important contemporaries such as Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo) and...
Story Starters: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia
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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
Philly Celebrates The Year Of The Bard
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...
Backgrounder: Gay-friendly Philly
Philadelphia, which recently marked the 40th anniversary of its vibrant Gayborhood, continues to come out as one of the nation’s top travel destinations for gay and lesbian visitors. As reflected in its award-winning Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the region has become the place to learn about America’s past by day and to experience a little of the party life by night. Philadelphia is now tied for the #9 spot on the list of most-visited gay and lesbian destinations on Community Marketing, Inc.’s annual LGBT Tourism Study, and it’s tied for #2 among...
If You Like Frida, You Might Also Like…
It’s the first time in 15 years that a major exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s art has toured the U.S., and from February 20 through May 18, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only East Coast museum where art lovers can view her groundbreaking paintings. Those who would like to extend their Philly visit into an overnight or a long weekend will have plenty of options for rounding out their stay thanks to a variety of annual events, one-time exhibitions and funky shops carrying Frida-inspired goodies:
The owners of Eye’s Gallery trek through Mexico scouting for unusual art,
Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can't-Miss Classics
The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, which will be displayed on screens around town at midnight. This year, the Mummers Parade, Philadelphia’s oldest and proudly quirkiest New Year’s Day tradition, gets a new look with the addition of a new division—the first since 2008. Joining the Comic, Fancy, Wench, String Band and Fancy Brigades on the march along Broad Street will...
32 Ways To Celebrate The Holidays In Philadelphia
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:...
25 Not-To-Be-Missed Fall Festivals In Philly
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:
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Philly Neighborhoods Host Fun & Funky Festivals All Year Long
Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares in West Philadelphia, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille in Fairmount, there’s always a reason to celebrate in the authentically Philly neighborhoods outside of Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:
Fishtown & Northern Liberties:
- Lining the cobblestone street with artists of all stripes and genres, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival includes the storied Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a quirky competition for the most
Philly Neighborhoods Host Festivals Galore All Year Long
Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares on Penn’s Landing, a celebration of the fall season in Midtown Village, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street or a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue, there’s always a reason to celebrate in neighborhoods in and around Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:
Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
- For the third year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival will unleash 10 days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures, debates and hands-on activities on campuses, museums and other venues around the city, culminating
Philadelphia Shows A Passion For Fashion & Design This Fall
Fashion and design are in season this fall in Philadelphia, and the city is welcoming the cooler months with events, exhibitions and openings tailored to inspire winter wardrobes and new home looks. It all kicks off on September 12 with the second annual Philadelphia Collection, a two-week celebration of all things stylish. The focus then moves to design, with special exhibits, events, open houses and openings, including the buzzed-about move of the Calderwood Gallery to North Broad Street and the first design show house in Chestnut Hill since 1997. Here’s a look at how residents and visitors can stay en...
Fashion Weeks, Festivals & Exhibits Make For A Stylish Fall In Philly
Fashion and design are in season this fall in Philadelphia. The runways will be packed with two fashion-focused events that span two weeks: Philadelphia Fashion Week and the first-ever Philadelphia Collection 2010. Design fans will get their fill, too, thanks to the sixth annual DesignPhiladelphia, a celebration of everything from interior design to architecture to culinary arts and more. Best of all, many of these events run over the long Columbus Day weekend, October 8-11, making it easy for fashion and design fans to hit all the runway shows, exhibits, workshops, pop-up boutiques and trunk shows on their lists. Style-loving...
Girls Rule While Cleopatra Reigns In Philadelphia
The following girls’ weekend itinerary is available at visitphilly.com/cleopatra:
LOCATIONS: Northern Liberties, Old City, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, University City and Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia; Kennett Square and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
TRANSPORTATION: Foot, taxi, bus, Phlash, subway or car
DURATION: Three days and two nights
TRIP SYNOPSIS: Strong, shrewd, beautiful and beguiling, Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh to rule Egypt before the completion of the Roman conquest, has been portrayed reverently by historians and Hollywood alike, making her an enduring icon and role model to women. As such, the world debut of Cleopatra: The Search for the...