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Aug. 1, 2019

Philly Trivia: Philadelphia is Home to the Most Amount of Paintings in What Style?

If you said C, correct! Outside of Paris, Philly is home to the largest collection of Impressionistic paintings! 

Aug. 1, 2019

Things to Do in Philly During Labor Day Weekend

So much to do over the Labor Day Weekend, so little time! Don't worry though: with the help of visitphilly.com, we have a list of some exciting events and festivals over the holiday weekend. Check it out! 

Hale and True + BBQ at South Philly Smökhaus - August 31st: If you love smoked meats and cider, then make your way over to the South Philly Smökhaus, where Hale and True Cidery will set up shop to make all your barbecue and cider dreams come true. 

Made in America Music Festival - August 31st to September 1st: It's not really Labor Day until we have Jay-Z performing on the Parkway. Running for the 7th straight year, the Made in America Music Festival will include acts this year such as Lizzo, Cardi B, Travis Scott, James Blake and more! 

Labor Day Fireworks at Sesame Place - September 1st: Looking for a place to take your favorite kiddos? Sesame Place is ready and waiting to entertain guests tall and small, with all day festivities that will end at 8 with a Neighborhood Street Parade and a fireworks show that is sure to delight the entire family.  

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks and Fountain Show at Longwood Gardens - Sunday, September 1st: For those looking to take in gorgeous botanical gardens, gorgeous water fountain shows and finally a spectacular fireworks show, then Longwood Gardens is the place to be this Labor Day weekend! The show's fountains and lights will be choreographed with music from Footloose, The Greatest Showman, Slumdog Millionaire and more. Don't miss out! 

Waterfront Day on the Delaware River Waterfront - August 31st: Entering its third year, The Spirit of Philadelphia and other Delaware Rive waterfront attractions come together to offer Waterfront Day, a celebration that includes a pop up rooftop beer garden, live entertainment and other exciting activities and attractions along the waterfront, finishing with a fabulous fireworks display. 

Urban X-pressions Rooftop Throwback Party at TGI Fridays on the Parkway - August 31st: TGI Fridays may not be the first place you think of when it comes to a happening rooftop party, but the TGI Fridays on the Parkway is here to prove you wrong. Wear your best track suit and other throwback attire (no, really, the event organizers encourage guests to do so) and head on down to the Ben Franklin Parkway to hang out and get down with some hip-hop and R&B from the '70s, '80s and '90s. 

Posted in Philly News
June 28, 2019

Things to do in Philly During Fourth of July

When it comes the birthplace of America, there are almost too many events to choose from! If you're not sure what to do during America's birthday, don't worry, we have a list of events we think you'll love to attend during Independence Day: 

Summer Beer Garden at the Mütter Museum: Philly is kicking off Independence Day celebrations the day before, and what better way to celebrate Independence Day Eve (can we make that a thing? We're making it a thing) with some drinks at the Mütter Museum! Drinks are pay as you go and full museum access is included with each ticket. 

POPS on Independence at Independence Hall:Grab your friends, family, some blankets & bug spray and head on over to Independence Mall on the 3rd for a free concert featuring songs that will get you into the patriotic spirit. 

Parks on Tap at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden: Starting on the 3rd and continuing to the 7th, the Parks on Tap event in Fairmount offers a variety of fun events including a free yoga class and other family friendly activities and programming in honor of the traditional Japanese festival Tanabata.

Trails on Tap at Valley Forge National Historical Park: For those who are looking for some fun in Montgomery County during the holiday, Trails on Tap is heading to the Betzwood Pinic Trailhead in Valley Forge National Historical Park form the 3rd to the 7th. 

America's Birthday Party at Independence Visitor Center: Did somebody say cake? We sure did! The Independence Visitor Center will be celebrating America's birthday from 9am-2pm with a 5 tier cake decorated on-site by Termini Brothers Bakery, along with 2,500 cupcakes arranged in the shape of the American flag! 

July 4th Celebration of Freedom Ceremony & Independence Day Parade: If you would rather stay outside on the 4th, from 10am-12:30pm the front of Independence Hall will be buzzing with excitement with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, music from the Philly POPS Big Band, special guests and more! Following the ceremony, join the gang in a parade through the streets of the Historic District for the Salute to America Independence Day Parade. 

Party on the Parkway: From noon to 7pm on the 4th, Ben Franklin Parkway will be absolutely jam packed with events, food vendors, live music and even a zip line above the crowds and over the Parkway! There will also be a special kids zone in Aviator Park, offering live storytelling, as well as arts and crafts for kiddos of all ages. 

 

 

June 28, 2019

Philly Trivia: How Many Times is the Liberty Bell Tapped on the Fourth of July?

If you said B, you're right on the money! The bell is tapped thirteen times to represent the original 13 colonies. 

Posted in History, Old City
May 30, 2019

Philly Trivia: What Philly Green Space is Considered the Largest Landscaped Garden in the World?

If you said Fairmount Park, you're right! At 9,200 acres, it is considered the largest landscaped garden in the world. 

Posted in Philly News
May 30, 2019

Top Things to Do in Philly in June

The weather is warming up, the sun is shining and things are happening all throughout Philly during June! With the help of Visit Philly, here are our top picks for events and happenings during this summer month: 

 

Philly Beer Week, May 31st-June 9th: Philadelphia is hands down one of the best cities to drink beer in- no, really, the city has been called "the best beer drinking city in America". Living up to its name, Philly has a 10 day beer festival to celebrate its beer culture- including everyone from small home brewers to nationally known beer makers- with events all throughout the city for a beer enthusiast to partake in. 

 

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, June 6th: This semi-annual event is back! Be sure to stroll up and down West Philly's Baltimore Avenue to take advantage of a variety of $1 deals that will be offered. Some businesses that are down with offering some dollar deals this year include VIX Emporium, Dock Street Cannery, Loco Pez, Little Baby's Ice Cream and more! 

 

PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival, June 7th-9th: Philly has been celebrating pride for over 30 years, and its 31st event is no different, with live music, vendors, DJ's, food and a parade from the Gayborhood to Penn's Landing.  

 

Odunde Festival, June 9th: The largest African American street festival on the East Coast is in its 44th year, happening at 23rd and South Streets and taking up the entire block, in celebration of the start of the Yoruba New Year. The Saturday festivities including music, dance and vendors to enjoy. 

 

Night Market Festival in Overbook, June 20th: Everyone's favorite pop up food truck festival is headed to West Philadelphia on Thursday, June 20th! Centered around 63rd Street and Lancaster Avenue, head on down to experience the outdoor beer gardens, food trucks & other mobile vendors, as well as live performances scheduled.  

 

Manayunk Arts Festival, June 22nd-23rd: Artists from around the country meet in this lovely part of the city to show off their works during the area's largest outdoor juried arts festival. Walk the length of Main Street while checking out a wide variety of jewelry, ceramics, woodworks, sculptures and more! 

 

Wawa Welcome America Festival, June 29th-July 4th: Kick off the founding of our nation with everyone's favorite hoagie provider. The Wawa Welcome America festival is 6 says of concerts, fireworks, free museum admissions and more!  

Posted in Philly News
May 1, 2019

Philly Trivia: Which Philly Building had Running Water & Indoor Plumbing Before the White House?

If you said B, you're right! While we now consider Eastern State Penitentiary as a historic (and kind of spooky) place, it  was once considered ahead of its time, with running water and indoor plumbing before the White House! 

April 30, 2019

Things to Do in Philly During Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial start of summer is around the corner- if you're looking to avoid the shore, but unsure about what's happening in the city, we've got you covered with a list of fun events happening in the area courtesy of Visit Philly

 

Parks on Tap at FDR Park- Parks on Tap is in full swing! From May 23rd to the 28th, stop by Broad Street and Pattison Avenue for some brews and bites while taking in the fresh air!

 

Devon Horse Show and County Fair- Known as one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country, the Devon Horse Show and County Fair will take place from May 24th to June 3rd. This event offers horse lovers and avid equestrians the opportunity to take in different exhibitions and an old fashioned fair that the whole family will love. 

 

Philly Tango Fest- The Annual Philly Tango fest returns from the 24th to the 27th, to continue its reign as one of the biggest tango events in the nation- stop by as tango teachers and performers get participants inspired to get their groove on, or try out one of the many workshops intended for a wide range of skill levels. Vendors will also be on site for anyone looking to sport some new tango shoes or clothing.  

 

Spruce Street Harbor ParkSpruce Street Harbor Park is back for its 6th season, bringing all its beloved features, such as the colorful lounging hammocks, fabulous floating restaurant, beer garden and outdoor games for everyone to enjoy!

 

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Midway- The holiday weekend is perfect for stopping by the Waterfront- take a ride on the 60 ft tall Ferris wheel, play some games at the arcade or take a spin around the outdoor roller rink. There's plenty of things for everyone to enjoy!  

Posted in Philly News
March 29, 2019

Philly Trivia: Approximately How Many Murals Does Philly Have?

If you guessed D, you're right! The city is estimated to have 2,000 murals and is often cited as having more public art than any other city in the country! 

Posted in History, Philly News
March 29, 2019

Top Events in Philly During April

While there is ALWAYS something to do in Philly, here are our top picks for April! 

 

Philly Wine Week: April 1 - April 7

It's Wine Time all week in the city as restaurants, wine bars and event spaces come together during the first week of April to offer events such as wine quizzo, wine and cheese tastings, a wine week barbecue and much more! 

Philly Celebrates Jazz: April 1 - April 30

Most may not realize it, but Philadelphia has one of the most active live jazz communities in the country. All month long the city will be celebrating with Philly Celebrates Jazz, which will includes live performances, special talks, film screenings, workshops and more. The marquee event, the Center City Jazz Festival (April 27th) will be a full day of affordable performances at locations such as TIME and Chris' Jazz Cafe. 

Mariah Carey at the Met Philadelphia: April 3 

The songstress will be making her way to the new Met Philadelphia on April 3rd. Be sure to take a look at the gorgeous new venue as you treat yourself to a good dose of nostalgia, as Carey will be performing her hit songs from the 90's and early 2000s, in addition to songs from her new album, Caution. 

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair at the 23rd Street Armory: April 4 - April 7 

Join the Philadelphia Fine Art Fair in its inaugural event! The gallery-focused event will feature artworks from 35 galleries and 300 artists. The fair aims to provide guests with a curated experience featuring contemporary works at a range of price points. 

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia: April 6 - April 14 

If there isn't a cherry blossom festival, is it really even Spring? of course not! While there are citywide cultural celebrations all this week, be sure to take a trek over to the Shofuso Japenese House and Garden in Fairmount Park on Sunday to participate in the classic Sakura Sunday celebration.