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Jan 20 2015

Major Events Make Summer 2015 In Philly Another One For The History Books

Tall Ships, Impressionism Exhibit & Gay Rights & Fourth Of July Celebrations Lead Up to Pope Francis’ Arrival In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is well known as the nation’s birthplace, and in summer 2015 the city will make history once again with blockbuster events and exhibits filling the calendar all season long. Festivities sail into Philadelphia in June with the arrival of the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s major exhibition of impressionist works. Come July, the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement marks a half-century of activism in the place where it all began, and Wawa Welcome America! throws the country’s biggest birthday party. As summer fades into fall, all eyes will be on Philadelphia

Sep 25 2014

Philadelphia Marks 2015 With New Exhibits, Anniversaries & The Pope

Tall Ships, World Meeting Of Families, Alice In Wonderland & Other Events Dot The Calendar

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

So what’s on the calendar? The Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River Waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring more than 80 works by a who’s who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and for the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, The Dream

Aug 27 2014

2015 Annual Events In Philadelphia

So Much To Do For Any Kind Of Trip, Any Kind Of Interest

Festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events keeps 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 region in 2015:


  • Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in the festive daylong Mummers Parade. One of the five Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades put on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1.


  • The region gets revved for the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention
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

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:


Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
Feb 27 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Gay-friendly Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at

Here are

Feb 14 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at

Here are

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:


  • 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
Dec 11 2013

Gay & Gay-Friendly Events Pack The 2014 Calendar In Philadelphia

The Best In Art, Culture, Nightlife, Drag, Pride, Film & Festivals

After receiving a perfect score on the Human Right Campaign’s Municipality Index for two years running, Philadelphia continues to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.

With weekly parties, annual gay pride events, eye-popping art exhibitions and celebrity-studded film and theater festivals, visitors are attracted to every corner of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Here’s a look at the best events by the night, week, month and year:

LGBT Annual Events:

  • Pink Pub Crawl guides participants to some of the Gayborhood’s favorite
Aug 23 2013

Philadelphia Marks 10 Years Of Gay Marketing With New TV Commercial

Miss Richfield 1981’s Selfie Tour Showcases Philadelphia’s Photo-Worthy Attractions, Nightlife & People

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is set to release its second commercial geared toward the LGBT traveler. In 2004, GPTMC produced the first TV commercial by a U.S. destination for the LGBT travel market.

“Ten years ago, Philadelphia was proud to officially ‘come out’ as a gay-friendly destination when we invited LGBT travelers to visit,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC. “With our new commercial, we’re going beyond our history roots and reiterating our invitation, celebrating both


Tagged: GPTMC, Gay-friendly
Aug 5 2013

New Food In Philadelphia's Gayborhood

Recent & Upcoming Additions Include Cupcakes, Red-Sauce Italian & Modern Indian Cuisine

Tucked inside the larger Midtown Village neighborhood, The Gayborhood has always been known as an enclave for lively nightspots and excellent restaurants. Now, with a new wave of openings, including chi-chi taverns, a biergarten/wursthouse, a second location for a popular Indian restaurant and the latest from 13th Street powerhouse couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the dining and drinking scene here tastes better than ever. Here’s a look at some of the newest spots in the area where locals and visitor can get their food and drink on:

Coming Soon:

  • In August, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are
Mar 8 2013

Philly's Lesbian Nightlife Heats Up With Hot Clubs, Cool Parties & Special Events

Inside The Happy Hours, DJ Nights, Burlesque Shows & More

Philly may be best known as the City of Brotherly Love, but sisters from Center City to New Hope have plenty of reasons to celebrate the LGBT-friendly nightlife scene. Women’s parties and exclusive nightclubs have put Philly on the map for lesbian life after dark. Here’s a look at where the girls eat, drink and party:

Bars & Nightclubs:

  • Sisters – Philadelphia’s longtime lesbian nightclub attracts women of all ages Tuesday through Sunday with live entertainment, DJs, Thursday night karaoke and some of the best happy hour specials in the Gayborhood. The tri-level club features three bars, a restaurant
Nov 1 2012

Gay Travelers Find Their Perfect Philly Neighborhood With New Facebook Quiz

One Participant Will Win Overnight Stay In Philly, Including Lady Gaga Tickets

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today debuted a new personality quiz on that will help LGBT visitors figure out which Philadelphia neighborhood best suits them and give them a chance to win a weekend stay in Philadelphia, including tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. A part of GPTMC’s popular Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the fun Facebook-based quiz asks questions about participant’s dining, shopping and nightlife preferences and then determines which of five Philly neighborhoods—the Gayborhood, Old City, Rittenhouse Square/Benjamin Franklin Parkway, East Passyunk and New Hope—meshes best with their mood.


Tagged: GPTMC, Gay-friendly
Mar 28 2012

Three New Ways For Gay & Lesbian Travelers To Plan Their Philly Trips

New Content On Foursquare, Foodspotting & Pinterest Shows Off City’s Best LGBT Spots

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) recently debuted content on Foursquare, Foodspotting and Pinterest for LGBT travelers planning a trip to Philadelphia or residents who want to get to know their city better. On the various social media apps, those with an interest in Philadelphia’s gay-friendly offerings can get the scoop on must-try restaurants, popular bars, top shops and more.

  1. Foursquare Lists: These new curated guides give LGBT visitors the scoop on how to eat and drink their way through Philly:
  • Gayborhood Grub: Though small, the Gayborhood contains a burgeoning food scene full of delicious options. Readers will

Tagged: GPTMC, Gay-friendly
Mar 12 2012

Gay-Owned Shops Bring The Fab To Philly's Gayborhood

Retailers Specialize In Everything From Art & Accessories To Books & Bling

Offering everything from eye-popping art and organic soaps to trendy housewares and statement jewels, the gay-owned stores of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood offer a boutique shopping experience. And since the shops share the streets with lively restaurants, bars and clubs, it’s easy to make an entire day and night out of any Gayborhood excursion.

  • Business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have helped transform 13th Street—in an area known as Midtown Village—in the last several years. Their flagship shop Open House offers a hand-selected assortment of gifts ranging from accessories and furniture to apparel and housewares, while Verde, just
Feb 27 2012

New Restaurants And Mouthwatering Menus In Philadelphia's Gayborhood and Beyond

New Gay-Friendly Dining Options Abound In The City Of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection

A review of the nation’s top magazines—Esquire, Bon Appétit, Saveur and Travel + Leisure—makes it clear that Philadelphia is for food lovers, and the city’s restaurant scene is also a very gay-friendly one. New eateries in the Gayborhood and around town serve up everything from pub grub to gourmet goodies, alongside a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all of their guests. Here are some of the city’s newest restaurants popular with the LGBT community:


  • Inspired by farm-fresh ingredients, The Farmers' Cabinet, a 1920s-inspired supper club, focuses on the classics. The speakeasy-style restaurant and club serves a
Feb 8 2012

GPTMC Joins With Local, National And International Groups To Promote Gay & Lesbian Travel To Philadelphia

Partnerships Designed To Reach More Gay & Lesbian Travelers

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is proud to announce five partnerships that aim to reach gay and lesbian travelers as part of its groundbreaking Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® marketing campaign. In 2012, GPTMC will work with two Philadelphia-based events, Equality Forum and the Philadelphia International Flower Show; two national companies, R Family Vacations and Miss Richfield; and one international organization, OutServe.

These novel marketing partnerships tie Philadelphia, a popular gay-friendly destination, with well-known entities within the LGBT community, and use advertising, public relations, social media, contests and special events to get the


Tagged: GPTMC, Gay-friendly
Nov 7 2011

A Second Gay Historical Marker Adds To Philly's LGBT Appeal

Two Gay Markers & Nearly 70 Rainbow Streets Signs Welcome LGBT Travelers

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently dedicated a state historical marker to LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, giving Philadelphia two markers that commemorate significant milestones in the LGBT community.

Giovanni’s Room is the longest continuously running LGBT bookstore in the United States, and its historical marker sits right outside the shop at 12th and Pine Streets in the heart of the Gayborhood. The trailblazing bookstore opened in 1973 and served as a refuge and cultural center at the onset of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. Today, Giovanni’s offers an extensive collection of gay literature in a welcoming setting.

Aug 9 2011

Come One, Come All: Hotels Welcome Gay And Lesbian Travelers To Philadelphia And The Countryside®

Philly Offers Accommodations Fit For A King (Or Queen)

Gay and lesbian travelers have plenty of options when choosing gay-friendly hotel accommodations in the Greater Philadelphia region. More than a dozen hotels have identified as gay-friendly, letting gay and lesbian travelers know they are welcome and can be assured friendly service. With chic accommodations and budget-friendly options, the Philadelphia region is the perfect place to Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay. Here’s a look at some of the great gay-friendly hotels in town:


  • Alexander Inn: Nestled in the heart of Washington Square West, popularly known as the “Gayborhood,” The Alexander Inn is one of Philadelphia’s
Jun 2 2011

Philly's Countryside Offers Rainbow Of GLBT-friendly Day Trips

Spend Time Visiting Historic Sites, Strolling Charming Small Towns Or Shopping

Philadelphia’s countryside boasts a welcoming array of fun and easy side trips, all within an hour’s drive or train ride from the city’s Gayborhood. Spend the day enjoying lunch and a stroll along the Delaware River in New Hope, perusing the iconic landscapes of Andrew Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum, hiking the miles of trails at Valley Forge National Historical Park or shopping for high-end goods at the King of Prussia Mall. (Don’t forget: There’s no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Pennsylvania.)

Here’s a look at eight close-by excursions to consider:

Destination: New Hope
Directions: One-hour drive

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