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Oct. 1, 2019

Things to Do in Philly in October

The weather's getting cooler and things are getting delightfully spooky in the city of Brotherly Love: it's October! With the help of Uwishunu, we're giving you a hand picked list of the fun and exciting events happening through the city this month! 

 

Halloween Pop up Bars- October 3rd: for those who celebrate Halloween all month long (and all year-round in their hearts) Philly has two pop up bars for you to revel in the holiday spirit. Both Haunt and Nightmare before Tinsel will be opening their doors on the third. Stop on by, sip on some Halloween themed cocktails and get down with the spookiness!

 

Night Market Philadelphia: Point Breeze - October 3rd: Night Market is wrapping its season down in Point Breeze on the 3rd, so if you want to enjoy over 50 food vendors, live music acts, dance troupes and more, make sure to head down to 20th and Federal Street between 6 and 10pm.

 

Octoberfests in Philly - All Through October: So many shnitzels and steins, so little time! The city is fully embracing the German tradition of Oktoberfest and offering different festivals throughout the city to celebrate all throughout the month. Head over the the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesdays this month, or hop some public transit over to Roxtoberfest, or even grab a regional rail over to King of Prussia for their Beerfest Royale! Please celebrate responsibly. 

 

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music - All Through October: For all you jazz lovers out there, the Ars Nova Workshop has a treat for you! They are hosting a month-long event featuring jazz musicians who specialize in a wide range of instruments, voice and musical styles. Get your tickets ASAP so you can take in all the events! 

 

Posted in Center City
Oct. 1, 2019

Philly Trivia: What Year Was the Piano Built in America?

If you said A, you're right! Built by Johann Behrent, the first piano was constructed in 1775!

Posted in History
Aug. 29, 2019

Philly Trivia: Which Philly Bridge is the Oldest in the Nation?

If you said D, you're right! The Frankford Avenue Bridge, aka Pennypack Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge in America! Originally built in 1697 at the request of William Penn and called the King's Highway Bridge at the time , it served as an important link between Philadelphia and cities to the North such as Boston, Trenton and New York City. 

Posted in History, Philly News
Aug. 28, 2019

Things to Do in Philly in September

After Made in America rolls through town, you may start to wonder what activities are happening in the city during the rest of September- and we can assure you, there are plenty of festivals and exciting events happening throughout the city all month long! With the help of Uwishunu, here are the top events we think you should check out: 

Midtown Village Fall Festival- September 5th: Come and celebrate the independent businesses that line 13th Street in Midtown Village! The event will feature live music and entertainment, goods from local vendors and much more! 

Brazilian Day Philadelphia - September 8th: Stop by Penn's landing and join in celebrating Brazil's Independence Day! The festival in include a variety of authentic Brazilian foods, fantastic live performances and more! 

Restaurant Week - September 15th-27th: It's that time of year again- Fall Restaurant Week in Center City! Take your pick from up to 125 restaurants and eating establishments across Center City, all offering 3-course prix-fixe meals at a discount. 

Mexican Independence Day - September 15th: Stop by Penn's Landing and celebrate Mexico's Independence! Taking place from 2-8pm. the festival will include traditional food, artisan crafts and exciting performances. 

Opening of Fashion District Philadelphia - September 19th: For anyone who has been watching the construction taking place in the Market East corridor of the city, this is one to mark on your calendar- this is the official opening day of all the shops, restaurants and more in the former location of the Gallery. Take a look through different retail stores, check out some of the entertainment options being offered, and maybe grab a bite or two at the multiple culinary options throughout Center City's brand new retail destination. 

South Street Oktoberfest - September 21st: Oktoberfest is here again, and along with it the South Street Oktoberfest! Headquartered at the Brauhaus Schmitz between 12 and 8pm, festival goers can enjoy German food, beer and more! 

Puerto Rican Day Parade - September 29th: Running for over 50 years, Philly's Puerto Rican Day Parade is back again, bringing music, parade floats and fun up the Ben Franklin Parkway. Stop by between 12 and 3pm, and join in on the fun! 

 

 

Posted in Center City
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