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Dec. 28, 2019

Philly Trivia: Who Owns the Liberty Bell?

If you said C, you're right! The city of Philadelphia owns the Liberty Bell: the National Park Service just has the iconic symbol of freedom on loan. 

Posted in Center City, History
Dec. 28, 2019

Things to do in Philly During January

2020 is off to an amazing start, with tons of exciting events happening all over the city and surrounding area! With the help of Visit Philly, we put together a list of the top events we think you should check out! 


Winter at Dilworth Park - until February 23rd: If you missed ice skating in front of City Hall before the holidays, don't worry! The rink, along with the whimsical wintergarden and cozy Rothman Orthopaedic cabin will be open well into February! 


Philly Home Show - January 10th to 19th: Looking for some home decor inspiration? Stop by the Philadelphia Convention Center and check out the two weekend event where experts in interior design, landscaping, furnishing, architecture and more come and offer tips, tricks and other advice to event attendees.
Center City District Restaurant Week - January 12th to 24th: This bi-annual, two week event is back, with a variety of restaurants and eateries offering delicious dishes and mouth watering courses, all for the prix fixe price of either $20 per person for lunch, or $35 for dinner! 
Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens - January 18th to March 22nd: if you're willing to head a little outside of the city, stop by Longwood gardens and take in the impressive display of the world's rarest and most beautiful flowers. 
Lunar New Year Events in Philadelphia - Saturday, January 25th: Philly knows how to celebrate the lunar new year! The festivities start off with a midnight lion dance in Chinatown and continue throughout the city to commemorate the start of the Year of the Rat. Parades, craft activities, cooking demonstrations and more await!  
Posted in Center City
Nov. 27, 2019

Things to Do in Philly During Christmas

It's one of the most festive times of the year! While you may have your traditional holiday meals planned out, you might still need to plan out the before and afters of these get togethers. We handpicked several events, with the help of Visit Philadelphia, to keep you in the Christmas spirit! 


Winter in Dilworth Park - now through February 23rd: Holiday Pop ups, an ice skating rink, and much more await you at Dilworth Park! The space also includes a charming Wintergarden, as well as a lovely indoor space to fill up on snacks, cocktails, beer, and hot drinks to fill you with some holiday cheer! 


Franklin Square Holiday Festival - now through December 31st: The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO is back, with its 75,000 bulbs twinkling to music, along with other attractions such as Saturdays with Santa, rides on the holiday train and carousel, comfort foods and much more! 


Holiday Light Show at Fashion District Philadelphia - Now through December 31st: The  newly opened Fashion District Philadelphia is holding its inaugural light show, complete with a 45 foot tall floating tree with stainless steel mirror ornaments and a timed light show with music courtesy of the Philly POPS. This 5 minute show will run every 30 minutes from 4pm until closing. 


Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum - November 29th through December 31st: Have a model train lover in the family you need to surprise and delight? Look no further than Morris Arboretum's Holiday Garden Railway, with 15 rail lines and model trains galore that roll back past scaled replicas of historic monuments and more! 


The Miracle on South 13th Street Light Show - November 30th through January 1st: With lights and signs spanning this magical section of South Philly's 13th Street, come and get into the holiday spirit with other Philadelphians on the block that has become a national sensation! 

Posted in Center City
Nov. 27, 2019

Philly Trivia: What was the name of Philly's First Professional Football Team?


If you said A, you're right! Operating as early as 1899 to 1931, the Frankford Yellow Jackets was the city's first professional football team, playing their home games at Frankford Stadium in the northeast part of the city!  

Posted in History
Nov. 4, 2019

Things to do in Philly During November

The temps are cooling, but Philly is still comin' in hot with events happening all throughout the city! With so much to do, we've put together a list- with the help of Uwishunu- of the top events you should check out in the city for November! 


Terror Behind the Walls- Until November 9th: If you weren’t able to get your spook on until after Halloween, don’t fret! Eastern State Penitentiary is still holding their Terror Behind the Walls spooktacular experience until the 9th. Enter and get your scare on in any of their 6 attractions throughout the historic prison complex. 


Erykah Badu - Tuesday, November 5th: The amazing neo-soul singer is performing at the Met on Thursday the 5th: don’t wait, get your tickets to this fantastic concert! Event starts at 8pm.


An Evening with Samin Nosrat - Weds, Nov 6th: Taking place in the Kimmel Center, the star of the netflix docu-series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will be sharing her cooking knowledge with audience members for a fascinating and fun event. 


Reading Terminal Holiday Showcase- Nov 8th and 9th: The vendors of Reading Terminal are providing a sneak peek of the Christmas goodies they will be offering to shoppers for the holiday season during this 2 day showcase. Don't miss out!


First Person Arts Festival- Now until the 19th: This one of a kind festival is happening at different locations throughout the city until the 19th. Festival goers can experience art based on real life stories through a series of performances, workshops and much more. Visit the First Person Arts website for more info!


Winter at Dilworth - Nov 8th to Feb 23rd: It's not really the holidays until winter comes to Dilworth Park! With its outdoor skating rink, cozy cabin to sip on some hot chocolate, and of course the Holiday Market to pick up wonderful gifts and trinkets for the season, this is a part of the city you need to stop by! 



Posted in Philly News
Nov. 1, 2019

Philly Trivia: What Year Was The First Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philly

If you said B, then you're right! While the holiday was held sporadically since the 1600's and then officially declared in 1863, the nation's oldest Thanksgiving Day parade wasn't held until 1920!

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