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Jun 4 2015

Now Playing In Philadelphia: Big Events & Openings

Tall Ships, World Meeting Of Families, Liberty One Observation Deck, Alice In Wonderland & More Pack The Calendar

With 2015 comes plenty of reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. In fact, The New York Times ranked Philly at the #3 spot in its influential article of the
“52 Places to Go in 2015.”

So what’s on the calendar for the rest of the year? The Tall Ships festival, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring 80 works by a who’s-who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at

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Apr 8 2015

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk (Manayunk Arts Festival), a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street (Odunde), a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue (Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day), a weekend celebrating all-things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill (Harry Potter Festival) or a gathering of would-be scientists at multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (Philadelphia Science Festival). Philly’s neighborhoods make merry all year long with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for

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Jan 16 2014

Quirky Events In Philadelphia

Gay Bingo, Bad Movies, Racing Grandpas & Other Zany Events Make Philly Fun All Year Long

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:

January-February:

  • The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
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Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local

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Aug 14 2014

Halloween Hauntings In Philadelphia

High-Tech Haunted Houses, Cemetery Tours & Creepy Cruises Are More Treat Than Trick

While rumors persist year-round of real ghosts and goblins inhabiting some of Philadelphia’s most historic sites, it’s during Halloween season when other-worldly creatures emerge from all corners of the region to make it a happily haunted time of year. Families with wee ones get gentle thrills at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo and Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk. And for serious thrill-seekers, several of the area’s haunted houses (think Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary) have earned acclaim for their Hollywood-quality special effects, animatronics, pyrotechnics and teams of horrifically talented professional actors.

Here are some spots that

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Mar 19 2014

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:

CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
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Oct 2 2013

Nation's First Thanksgiving Parade Gears Up For Its 94th Annual Run In Philadelphia

Floats, Marching Bands & Celebrities Make The Parade A Philly Family Favorite

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

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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays
Feb 21 2013

Philly Neighborhoods Host Festivals Galore All Year Long

Seasonal Celebrations Pay Homage To Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More

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:

CENTER CITY

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
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Nov 2 2011

Philly's More Fun When You...Race A Goat? Indeed.

Gay Bingo, Granny Races, Graveside Runs & More Make Philly Quirky All Year Long

As if making an international name for itself in the 19th and 20th centuries with an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked bell didn’t make Philadelphia quirky enough, it seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:

January:

  • Setting the standard for quirky events, the Mummers Parade kicks off every New Year with more than 15,000 men, women and children spending thousands of dollars on
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Aug 17 2011

Philadelphia Dresses Up: Where To Celebrate Halloweeen 2011

Hayrides, Soirees, Historical Frights & The Best Haunted House In The Country

Halloween fans eager to start the bewitching season early can head to Philadelphia for the famous and feared Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, haunting even the bravest of the bunch beginning September 23, and for some costume inspiration at Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, running at The Franklin Institute now through late October. Thrill-seeking families, couples and friends continue their Halloween excursion with the hayrides, parties, festivals—and more haunted houses, of course—that transform one of the country’s most historic regions into a Halloween destination sure to scare, surprise and entertain. From devilish dance parties and peculiar

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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays
Aug 30 2010

Philadelphia Dresses Up: Where To Celebrate Halloween 2010

Hayrides, Soirees, Historical Frights & The Best Haunted House In The Country

The cornerstone of Philadelphia’s haunted season, Terror Behind the Walls at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary amps up the scary factor this year with a VIP offer that pairs the acclaimed haunted house with a chilling nighttime tour of the prison’s cellblocks. Thrill-seeking families, couples and friends continue their Halloween excursion with the hayrides, parties, festivals—and more haunted houses, of course—that transform one of the country’s most historic regions into a Halloween destination sure to scare, surprise and entertain. From devilish dance parties and peculiar pumpkin patches to eerie explorations through some of the region’s most historic sites, there’s something

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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays
Sep 21 2009

Calling All Vampires: Get A Bite Of Philadelphia This Halloween Season

Vamp It Up With Dracula Delights And Lots Of Other Halloween Treats

Consider yourself warned: Dracula is taking over Philadelphia this Halloween season, along with Edgar Allan Poe, a Sphinx and other thrill-ebrities who will wreak delightfully scary havoc with ghoulish events and ghostly attractions throughout the region. Dracula events range from kid-friendly treats at Sesame Place during The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular to a six-hour vampire dance party at Shampoo Nightclub to a Dracula Parade with larger-than-life puppets. Ghost tours, scarecrow festivals, haunted houses and dinner in a cemetery round out the region’s Halloween offerings.

Thrill seekers who book one of the 80 featured hotel packages on gophila.com/withlove will receive a special

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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays
Sep 16 2009

10 Not-To-Miss Halloween Treats In Historic Philadelphia

Edgar Allan Poe Show, Ghost Tours And Pumpkin Painting Make Authentic Treats—And That’s No Trick

It’s the time of year when visitors wander the cobblestone streets of Historic Philadelphia and ask the question, are they or aren’t they…haunted. Halloween offers lots of “Poe-tential” for literary encounters with spooky characters, as well as family-friendly ghosts and goblins who some think still inhabit the centuries-old neighborhood.

Halloween enthusiasts who book one of the 80 featured hotel packages on gophila.com/withlove will receive a special treat at check-in. The giveaway includes a Philadelphia Privileges coupon book, a five-pack of With Love postcards, a With Love pin and Philly Fill-Ins word games, along with other brochures, coupons and maps. After

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Jul 9 2009

23 Reasons To Visit Philadelphia And The Countryside® In Fall 2009

Mark The Calendar For Princess Diana, Jim Henson, Halloween, Philadelphia Marathon And The Thanksgiving Day Parade

As summer’s high temperatures subside and leaves turn red, orange and yellow, Philadelphia and The Countryside® welcomes autumn with special exhibitions, Halloween haunts and all-ages annual events. Princess Diana, Jim Henson, Henri Matisse, George Washington Carver and Barkley L. Hendricks lead the lineup, which also includes Body Worlds 2 at The Franklin Institute Science Museum, tattoos galore at the Independence Seaport Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, fall festivals and much more.

Fall Into A Philadelphia Hotel:
As part of the new With Love, Philadelphia XOXO™ campaign, fall-loving visitors who book one of the 80 featured packages

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Oct 10 2008

GPTMC Promotes Philly As A Place To Celebrate Halloween All October Long

Elvira Caps Off Month Of Halloween Festivities

Philadelphia is the place for families and adults to be in October, thanks to Halloween happenings taking place throughout the region that culminate with an appearance by American icon Elvira “Mistress of the Dark” on October 31, 2008. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is helping the region reap the benefits of this increasingly popular holiday—one in which consumers are expected to spend an estimated $5.7 billion according to the National Retail Federation—with a promotional blitz that includes special events, advertising, public relations, a microsite at gophila.com/halloween, social media components, hotel packages and partnerships with FOX 29 and

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Sep 17 2008

Boo! Philadelphia's Halloween-inspired Hotel Packages Are A Whole Lot Of Fun

Elvira Hosts Philly’s Biggest Halloween Party of The Year

An Elvira-hosted Halloween party, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and a reading of The Raven at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site are just a few of the reasons why fans of the ghoulish holiday—conveniently taking place on a Friday this year—should spend the weekend in the city. Seasonal events and affordable hotel packages are available at gophila.com/halloween. Here’s a sampling of packages worth considering for All Hallows Eve 2008:

All About Elvira:
Haunted Halloween Bash Hotel Package – Elvira hosts one of Philadelphia’s biggest Halloween parties in the hotel where Bram Stoker penned

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Sep 10 2008

It's A Star-studded Halloween In Philly With Elvira And Edgar Allan Poe

The Queen Of Movie Macabre Hosts Events And Honors The King Of Horror

Home to dozens of authentic haunted attractions, Philadelphia is showing off its fun side this Halloween with the queen of horror films, Elvira “Mistress of the Dark,” appearing at several events on Friday, October 31, 2008. The vampy, campy, good-time ghoul will kick off Halloween weekend at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site with her interpretation of The Raven, then it’s off to a haunted prison and a party at a hotel where Bram Stoker penned portions of Dracula. Fans of the pop culture icon can keep track of her Philadelphia whereabouts by following the VisitPhilly updates on microblogging

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Tagged: Fall, History, Holidays
Sep 5 2008

Celebrate Halloween 2008 In Philadelphia, America's Most Hauntingly Historic City

Party With Elvira, Tour An Abandoned Prison And See A Lock Of Edgar Allan Poe’s Hair

Professional actors, state-of-the art computer technology and Hollywood-quality special effects combine to convert Philadelphia and The Countryside® into one of the world’s scariest Halloween destinations for families, couples and singles. But what adds a deeper and more authentic layer to the just-for-fun sites that thrill hundreds of thousands of visitors every year is the belief that many of the region’s historic sites are haunted. Here’s a look at what’s in store for Halloween 2008 in Philly:

Terrifying Tours:

  • October 23-24: For two nights, a costumed storyteller leads guests on a candlelight tour through the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic
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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays
Sep 5 2008

Haunted Philly: A Little Bit Scary And A Whole Lot Of Fun

Discovering Some Of The Philadelphia Region’s Spookiest Spots

Ghosts and goblins are nothing new to Philadelphia and The Countryside®, an area known for historic sites, Colonial-era graveyards and centuries-old buildings, some dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times. What many people don’t know is that many of the original residents of Historic Philadelphia never left town. The area is one of America’s most fun haunted destinations and a region rich with colorful ghostly lore. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s scariest spots:

Haunted Hotels:

  • The charming, antiques-filled Bucksville House Bed & Breakfast has several guests who never checked out. Spirits have been confirmed in at least one of the
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Tagged: Events, Fall, Family, Holidays