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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 visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are 10 reasons to spend a couple of nights in Philadelphia this March and beyond:
Annual Favorites:

  1. Dragapalooza returns to Voyeur nightclub with a tribute show to America’s favorite pop divas: Madonna, Cher, Britney, Pink and more. More than a dozen drag queens take to the stage in the Broadway-style show that’s a fan favorite. March 8. 1221 St. James Street, nightlifegay.com
  2. Each year, dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet produce Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit performance for local non-profit MANNA at the Forrest Theatre. March 22. 1114 Walnut Street, (215) 496-2662, mannapa.org
  3. During the Pink Pub Crawl, participants visit some of the Gayborhood’s favorite watering holes. Those wearing pink can join the sipping for $25 ($30 for non-pink wearers), with free admission to Voyeur Nightclub included. April 12. pinkpubcrawl.com
  4. Equality Forum gets to the heart of LGBT culture with educational panels, parties and special events. Festivities include the International Equality Dinner and Sunday OUT!, a lively festival at the open-air Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties. May 1-4. (215) 732-3378, equalityforum.com
  5. New Hope’s 10th annual New Hope Celebrates Pride includes a popular parade, athletic events, family activities, performances, dance parties and more. Proceeds benefit national and local charities. May 11-18. newhopecelebrates.com
  6. The 24th annual Pride Day LGBT Parade and Festival takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and a festive parade that runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing. June 8. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

Must-See Exhibitions:

  1. On view at The Barnes Foundation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders explores the themes of history, race, slavery and commerce with the sculptures of Shonibare, a British artist of Nigerian descent. Life-sized mannequins clothed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa offer a provocative examination of European colonialism and European and African identities. Through April 21. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org
  2. Life and Death in Pompeii at The Franklin Institute unearths the beauty, mystery and tragic destruction of the ancient city Pompeii. Visitors experience daily life in this ancient Roman city, and then floors shake and walls rumble to reenact the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the devastation that remained. Through April. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  3. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, the first comprehensive survey in the United States to be devoted to the art of the Joseon dynasty. More than 150 works are on display, many of which have never been seen before by American audiences. March 2-May 26. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum
  4. 10. On view at the National Constitution Center, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States. It illuminates the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people through Jefferson’s own possessions, archeological items that offer a glimpse into their daily lives and hands-on activities. April 9-October 19. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

Visit Philadelphia, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
 

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