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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Fest (May 1st - June 30th)

May kicks off with a bang at Franklin Square Park with the return of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival. For the 3rd year, the park will light up this part of the city with whimsical and creative constructions including the 200-foot-long Chinese Dragon! The best time to go is after dark although they open the park at 6pm to those with tickets. You are able to purchase tickets at the door however it’s advised to pre-purchase to avoid the lines! This festival is only here from May through the end of June so be sure to plan a time to go before it’s gone! More information on the festival here.


Dining Under the Stars Media (May 2nd - September 26th - Wednesdays)

Nothing’s better than

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Philadelphia has its fair share of breweries and micro-breweries, however, what are those who aren't into the typical IPA or Belgian to do? That's where the new owners of Hale & True, Risa & Kerry McKenzie have focused their efforts - those who aren't into beer or looking for something a little different. We checked in with the McKenzie's to get some detail on Hale & True, tucked between Society Hill & Hawthorne on South 7th Street, to learn more about the process of making cider, how they got into the business, what we can expect when we visit Hale & True...and of course, when they're opening their doors! Here's what Risa & Kerry had to say about their cidery:

We’ve read you used to make cider out of your apartment, can you go more in depth about

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At the close of 2017, Philadelphia Magazine came out with their top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia and Hungry Pigeon topped the list at #1.

Photo Courtesy of Menus & Maps, local food and travel blogger featuring the brunch pastry bar (also offered on weekdays) at Hungry Pigeon

 

Never been to Hungry Pigeon, there’s no excuse since this top restaurant is virtually open all day long. Week days starting at 7am with breakfast until 11am, then a lunch menu until 2:30pm, followed by “after school” fare and finishing out with dinner beginning at 5pm daily.

Photo of Beer Love, local bottle shop with over 500 varieties, plus 8 taps for brews by the glass

 

What’s great about a restaurant open at all hours of the day? The neighbors are

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Photo Courtesy of Clubhouse Philly's Facebook Page

 

The wait is finally over, Clubhouse is opening this Friday...just 2 more days! There’s been quite a buzz around what is coming to one of Philly’s most prominent areas of the city & we could not be more excited to have chatted with the marketing team at Clubhouse to get the inside scoop!

First, we had to know exactly when we were able to get in there and see what this was all about. We had heard the end of January & they have delivered with opening day coming this Friday, doors open at 11:30am! For those not familiar with exactly where to head this Friday to check it out, head toward Nordstrom Rack in Center City on S. 17th Street & look across the street! The newest sports lounge is

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Wayne HotelThere's loads of history in the Main Line's suburban communities, but Wayne is the only suburb that is itself a historic landmark: its core residential and business districts are all National Register Historic Districts, and the Wayne Hotel, above, is a National Historic Landmark.

The first development to take place in what is now Wayne was "Louella," a subdivision begun in the mid-19th century by a banker named J. Henry Askin. Intended as a community of homes for the well-to-do, Askin got no further than building his own home and a few others before he ran into financial difficulties.

In 1880, banker Anthony J. Drexel and newspaper publisher George Childs together purchased Askin's 293-acre tract plus several adjacent parcels and began construction

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Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, showing BMFIWilliam Harold Lee designed a slew of movie palaces in the 1920s that sought to bring big-city glamour to Philly's suburban Main Streets. One of the few that survive, and possibly the only one that's still a theater, is the Seville (1926), reborn as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, an anchor of Bryn Mawr's lively business district.

So you've been looking for a movie theater right on Lancaster Avenue itself? Your quest is finally over.

While Bala and Narberth both have theaters, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute is the first Main Line movie theater to be located on the Main Line's main drag, at least as you head west from Philadelphia. The four-screen theater complex represents the successful conclusion of a decade-long campaign to rescue and preserve one of

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Tio Flores

We seriously doubt that anyone in Mexico, or for that matter anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world, has an Uncle Flowers in their family.

But Graduate Hospital residents and lovers of Mexican food have one now, at the southwest corner of 16th and South streets.

Tio Flores, which opened Nov. 18, is the latest brainchild of Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiaricho, the duo who have made an art form of creating restaurants that pair distinctive cuisine and atmosphere with great beer (and wine and spirits, while they're at it).

 

Their other restaurants, the diner-deli-beer emporium Hawthorne's and the Anglo-American pub The Cambridge, have both attracted large and loyal followings, and this latest entry should be no different.

Manager

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Grocery Stores, Hospitals and Houses of WorshipThis map shows the grocery and convenience stores (in green), hospitals (in blue) and houses of worship (in red) within the Francis Festival Zone. Most of them will be open over the Papal Visit Weekend. Want to see this map in more detail? Here's a zoomable version.

If you live within the Francis Festival Zone, you will find many things closed or restricted on Papal Visit Weekend,

Nonessential city services, for instance, will be closed from Thursday through Monday. School's out from Wednesday to Friday as well. The courts will be closed from Wednesday through Monday, and there will be no mail delivery or pickup in the Center City, University City and Fairmount ZIP codes on Saturday.

What won't be closed are most of the restaurants and

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Of course, the cheesesteak remains Philadelphia's signature sandwich (though a sizable minority of Philadelphians say the roast pork Italian sandwich should hold that title). But the cheeseburger gets its due at a number of Philadelphia restaurants and pubs. There are dozens of places in this town that serve outstanding burgers, and we've eaten at several of them. Here are three of the best burgers we've had, in no particular order:

Ground Bacon Burger - Photo from Aversa PR & Events

Ground Bacon Burger
Nick's Roast Beef Bar and Grille, 16 South 2nd Street, Old City
Yes, everything's better with bacon, and all those bacon-topped burgers out there offer evidence that this is especially true for ground beef. But what about a burger that promises you the great taste of bacon in every bite? That's what

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View of Center City skyline from East Girard Avenue in Fishtown. Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.Fishtown offers residents and visitors more than just a pretty view of Center City. It's a proud neighborhood, rich in history, that's gotten a new lease on life thanks to new arrivals who have discovered its strong bones and many charms. But how did Fishtown become Fishtown? Read on. Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

Longtime Fishtowners point with pride to the neighborhood's intimate character and industrial heritage. All that has been joined more recently by an influx of new residents with an entrepreneurial spirit and a broader outlook on the world. The new arrivals have made Fishtown a happening place, but we'll bet they have very little idea of all the things that have happened here already.

Longtime Fishtowners can probably rattle

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