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Feb 1 2016

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2016 Through January 2017

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017

FEBRUARY 2016

Through February 7, 2016
NATURAL SELECTIONS: ANDREW WYETH PLANT STUDIES.
A selection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolor and pencil studies at the Brandywine Museum of Art highlights the beauty and intricacy of nature’s designs in segmented forms. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org/museum

Through February 28, 2016
EXIT STRATEGY.
At the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a thrilling play about a public school in Chicago targeted for

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Jan 21 2016

2016 Annual Events In Philadelphia

Celebrate Any Event or Interest at a Philly Festival

There’s a reason so many folks add Philadelphia to their must-do calendars. The city’s festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events keep art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs, music aficionados and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year. Here’s what’s going on in the Philadelphia region in 2016:

February:

  • Every winter, the region gets revved up for the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with 700 pre-production, hot-production, classic and green vehicles from a range of manufacturers. January 30-February 7. phillyautoshow.com

March:

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Jan 11 2016

Philly's Hottest Sips

Exotic Cocoas, Creative Cocktails & Sweet Sips Top The List Of The Region’s Winter Libations

Huddling around a steamy cup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures, and Philadelphia’s restaurants, bars, cafes and tearooms offer plenty of delicious options. Be it a cocoa infused with habanero and orange, a julep with bourbon and mint tea or an old-timey hot fountain soda, this season’s drinks call for leisurely enjoyment. Here are a few of the most tempting hot beverages in town:

Coziest Cocoa:

  • A creative cannoli bakery in the Italian Market, Café Crema pays equal attention to its drinks. The hot chocolate bar is stocked with all manner of meltables—including red velvet, peppermint, peanut butter and
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Dec 15 2015

What's In The Old City Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Cafes, Galleries & Theaters In Historic Philadelphia’s Old City

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries, boundary-pushing theaters and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular are First

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Dec 8 2015

Big Events Make For A Big 2016 In Philadelphia

The Democratic National Convention, The 200th Anniversary Celebration Of The AME Church, Creative Africa Summer At The Art Museum & Many Other Things To Do Pack The Calendar

Recently named the first World Heritage City in the United States, Philadelphia looks forward to an action-packed 2016 filled with attraction openings and expansions, only-in-Philly events and don’t-miss exhibitions—all happenings that will complement the immensely walkable city’s buzzed-about dining scene, vibrant art offerings, plentiful parks and public spaces and history galore. 

2016 is a year that will see Broad Street turned into a sprawling street festival for the return of the PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts) and roaring animatronic dinosaurs lumber into The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. On the anniversary front, the Philadelphia Flower Show

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Nov 24 2015

Mummers 101: The Scoop On Philly's New Year's Day Tradition

New Division, Improved Route, Same Awesome Time

New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 116-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. 

Last year, the Mummers tweaked tradition and shifted the parade route, marching in a different direction (north to south) with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.

Once again, the nation’s oldest folk parade surprises audiences with

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Nov 20 2015

Visitphilly.com: The Official Visitor's Guide For The Holidays In Philly

Lights, Attractions, Shopping, Shows, Ice Skating & The Mummers

The best way to plan festive getaways and experiences in Philadelphia: visitphilly.com/holidays. The region’s official visitor website features the definitive guide for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Also getting in on the seasonal spirit, blog uwishunu.com will publish holiday-related news through the New Year.

Here’s a look at the features of the online guide:

  • Thanksgiving: The festive season starts with the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade. People can plan their celebrations on the website with the parade route and map and the day-by-day guide to Thanksgiving week.
  • Holiday Shopping: Independent shops and well-known stores—Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack,
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Nov 12 2015

Rocky's Legendary Philly Weekend

Inspired By Seven Rocky Films

After captivating the hearts of millions of film fans, the fictional character Rocky Balboa makes his return to the big screen once again, this time with Creed, premiering just before Thanksgiving Day 2015. It’s easy for Rocky fans to explore the boxer’s beloved city of Philadelphia, which plays a key role in all of the films, thanks to this two-day, two-night itinerary—available on visitphilly.com/rocky and featuring highlights of the Academy-Award winning film and its six sequels: 

NIGHT ONE:
Having fun and living like a legend—that’s what this weekend is all about, right? Don’t waste any time getting the festivities started.

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Oct 28 2015

Holidays In Philadelphia Mean New Celebrations & Can't-Miss Classics

The Mummers Add A New Division To Their New Year’s Day Parade

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

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Oct 27 2015

What's In The Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Cafes & Culture in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood

Long-considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. And since it’s home to a number of hotels, the neighborhood remains an out-of-towner favorite.

Along the Rittenhouse sidewalks—many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all year long.

The one-square-block park that gives the neighborhood its name is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists

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Oct 1 2015

Philadelphia's Art Scene Showcases Creativity & Innovation

A Busy Calendar Of Arts Events Awaits Art Lovers Through 2016

Art connoisseurs will find lots to love in Philadelphia’s art scene, with dozens of exhibitions packing the calendar from now through 2016. These shows offer museumgoers many opportunities to reflect on the works of great masters or discover exciting new talent on the brink of a breakthrough.

Here’s a look at some must-see exhibitions coming up through 2016:

Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org:

  • Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The unusual match-up of masterpieces
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Sep 28 2015

T.G.I.O. (Thank Goodness It's October) In Philadelphia

20+ Big Festivals, Exhibit Openings And Frightful Celebrations Make For Five Awesome Weekends

October in Philadelphia delivers a feast of festivals that focus on art, design, autumn and family fun.

The aesthetically inclined can indulge in The Philadelphia Collection, DesignPhiladelphia and two weekends of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Wizards and muggles will rub elbows at the magical Harry Potter Festival, while scream queens and kings can get their scare on at Eastern State Penitentiary’s lauded Terror Behind the Walls and Laurel Hill Cemetery’s True Tales from the Tomb. Even the city’s beloved culinary invention gets its very own salute in the first-ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.

Here are the highlights of five October weekends

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Sep 28 2015

15 Reasons To Come Back To Philadelphia After The Pope

Post-Pope: Cheesesteak Festival, Alice In Wonderland & One Liberty Observation Deck

After Pope Francis thrilled visitors in Philadelphia, the city is still brimming with energy and excitement. Now it’s the jam-packed, something-for-everybody event calendar that has people buzzing.

The unfortunate few who have never tried a cheesesteak can join locals as they nibble and nosh their way through the first-ever Cheesesteak Festival. The opening of the new One Liberty Observation Deck will inspire the photographer in everyone who views the city from 57 floors high. The returns of the exciting Army-Navy Game and the spectacular Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts bring in the sports and art crowds. Another reason to

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Sep 28 2015

Festivals, Events & Exhibitions For LGBT Travelers To Philadelphia This Fall & Winter

OutFest And A New Cabaret Series Make Autumn Awesome For Gay And Lesbian Travelers To Philadelphia

A welcoming and diverse destination that celebrates its LGBT pride every day, Philadelphia offers a range of cultural and social events perfect for gay and lesbian travelers this fall. Highlights: OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival; The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater, a series featuring renowned cabaret talent; and Opera on the Mall’s presentation of La Traviata. As the temperatures cool down, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and the storied Mummers Parade usher in the holiday season and the New Year.

LGBT Festivals & Celebrations:

  • Philadelphia’s official LGBT community center, the William Way LGBT
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Sep 18 2015

Philadelphia's Best Vantage Points

Sensational Skylines:

  • South Street Bridge: Skyline view from west, over the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. South Street near 26th Street
  • Belmont Plateau: Skyline view from 10 minutes west of Center City. Take Schuylkill Expressway west to Montgomery Avenue and turn right onto Belmont Avenue. This shot only works during clear weather.
  • Top of the Tower: Dramatic skyline view from inside 51-story building and balcony access for 360-degree view. Potential fee depending on how much staff time is involved to fulfill request. 1717 Arch Street, (215) 567-8787, topofthetower.com
  • City Hall Observation Deck: At the top of City
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Aug 23 2015

Passion For The Pie: Philly's Pizza Secrets Revealed

Bon Appétit Calls The Pies At Pizzeria Beddia The Country’s Very Best

Philadelphia’s gained some serious pizza cred in recent years. The city is home to a pizza museum, artisan pizza trucks and, according to Bon Appétit, America’s very best pizza. And since it’s Philly, many of the pie purveyors embrace unusual techniques and quirky “rules” that make each pizza experience different.

These pizzerias are just a few of the names that have helped the Philadelphia region earn a rep for travel-worthy pizza.

Twist On Classic Pies And Pizzerias:

  • Neapolitan pizza is more than a hobby in Italy—it’s the law. Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtù earned the right to make
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Aug 18 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month In Philadelphia Brings A Feast Of Fiestas

Exhibits, Festivals & Parades Highlight The Month In Hispanic Happenings

Visitors don’t have to dig deep to find lots to do during Hispanic Heritage Month festivities (September 15-October 15). Festivities are on tap for the groundbreaking of El Corazon Cultural Center, Taller Puertorriqueño’s long-awaited community arts center. Plus, revelers can catch the party spirit at Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For event updates, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.

Parties, Parades & Festivals:

  • It’s all Mexico, all day—food, music, dancing and crafts—during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn’s Landing.
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Jul 22 2015

Many Of Philly's Top Sites Say "Hola" To Spanish-Speaking Visitors

Region’s Cultural & Historical Attractions Offer Programming, Tours & Guides In Spanish

Spanish-speaking visitors to Philadelphia can feel truly welcomed at many of the region’s tourist attractions, thanks to a wealth of bilingual docents, translated audio guides and multilingual written materials. Each year, more than one million domestic visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic origin. Because of this influx, the region’s historical and cultural sites are busy making accommodations so that their Spanish-speaking guests don’t have to miss out on a thing.

Before, during and even after their visits, travelers can stay updated on the region’s Latino culture by following @PhillyTeAma on Twitter.

Historical Interpretation:

  • The best place to start
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Jun 30 2015

Fact Sheet: 30 Top Philadelphia Attractions

* Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2015. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk.

Historical Sites & Attractions:

  1. While exploring the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, visitors can enjoy exhibitions that display artifacts from the ship’s past and play an interactive role. A walk down Broadway, the longest and most impressive passageway on the battleship, is part of the guided tour. America’s most decorated battleship also hosts special events and overnight encampments. 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ, (866) 877-6262, battleshipnewjersey.org
  2. The Betsy Ross House tells this story of
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Jun 15 2015

It's The Year Of Urban Public Spaces In Philadelphia

Reclaimed Outdoor Spaces Invigorate The City & Offer Modern Opportunities For Leisure

In The New York Times' influential “52 Places To Go In 2015” article, writer Nell McShane Wulfhart calls Philadelphia “an urban outdoor oasis,” attributing the city’s transformation to places like Dilworth Park, Race Street Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Bike Share. And what an urban oasis it is.

Philadelphia’s residents and visitors are heading outdoors in huge numbers thanks to the activation of many under-utilized spaces in recent years. Lively urban parks, reimagined recreational landscapes and spirited pop-up gardens have taken over once-overlooked patches of land and water. These transformations have the city’s civic planners reclaiming

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