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  • International Pop
    at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement is explored through a collection of 150 works of art

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the emergence of Pop Art as an international movement in a new, three-month exhibit.

    February 24 – May 15, 2016
    Explore Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement through a collection of 150 works of art from 80 different artists.

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  • Prisons Today at
    Eastern State Penitentiary

    An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.

    The U.S. tops the list of highest incarceration rates in the world, drawing much discussion in an interactive exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary.

    Now open
    Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.

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  • Creative Africa at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Five exhibitions brimming with art from all throughout Africa

    Creative Africa brings an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    May 14 – September 25, 2016
    Discover an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa in Creative Africa, a group of five special exhibitions at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

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  • Ali’s Wagon

    Outfitting the pint-sized set since 2007

    Opened by new parents Jessie Menken and Nat Weston in 2007, this store sells fun kids’ clothes and accessories, eclectic housewares, bath and body products and gifts, and it hosts parenting classes.

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  • Angelino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

    Bring your own bottle and down Italian comfort food

    Those with a craving for pasta with homemade sauce, oven-baked pizzas, fresh sandwiches and a neighborhood atmosphere go to this bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) shop.

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  • Arts Garage

    A dynamic and multifaceted entertainment venue

    One of the city’s most unique event venues, the Arts Garage is many things to many people: gallery, under-the-radar bar, dance club, presentation space and marketplace. Its “plug and play” accessibility means it appeals to a wide range of performers and creators.

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  • Bar Hygge

    Cozy brewpub serving housemade beer in Fairmount

    At Fairmount’s brewpub and restaurant Bar Hygge, enjoy up to seven house-made beers alongside American contemporary cuisine.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 15, 2017
    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • BlueCat

    This Latin-American BYOB is the cat’s meow

    The husband-and-wife restaurant veterans who own this sunny BYOB share their love of Latin food, along with their affection for their Russian Blue cat, evidenced by the huge mural of the feline. The lunch, dinner and brunch dishes range from empanadas and arroz con pollo to salads and sandwiches.

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  • Boathouse Row

    19th-century boathouses line the Schuylkill River just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Boathouse Row

    Much of the park’s rowing activity centers around Boathouse Row which is near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and sandwiched between Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River. Along Boathouse Row, you’ll find twelve structures.

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  • Bookhaven

    A nicely organized used bookstore

    Breaking the used bookstore mold, Bookhaven packs its two floors with amazing finds, arranged in an organized fashion (by genre, then author) rather than in piles. There is, however, the quintessential store cat.

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  • Brewerytown Spring Festival

    Art, food, music and more right on Girard Ave.

    This year, the Brewerytown Spring Festival takes over three blocks of Girard Ave.

    May 30
    The annual Brewerytown Spring Festival transforms the 2600 to 2800 blocks of West Girard Avenue into a colorful and tasty street festival celebrating art, food and music.

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  • Bridgid’s Bar & Restaurant

    Outstanding craft beer and a loyal following

    Quite possibly the first bar in the city to put its menu on a chalkboard, Bridgid’s pairs an outstanding selection of Belgian and craft brews with delicious lunch and dinner dishes.

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Tour

    See Al Capone’s prison cell

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Philadelphia’s massive prison features several dramatic vistas in the prison’s cathedral-like cellblocks.

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  • Era Bar

    East Africa, North Philly

    It might look like the average neighborhood dive bar at first, but Era distinguishes itself by offering an Ethiopian menu full of traditional dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • Fairmount Art Center

    Release the artist inside with classes, workshops and more

    Located behind the Perelman Building, the Fairmount Art Center offers a variety of classes and workshops for adults and children in a variety of mediums, from watercolors to jewelry making to mosaics.

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  • Fairmount Bicycles

    A friendly shop for bike sales, repairs and rentals

    This full-service bike shop sells new and refurbished bikes, as well as all the necessary accessories and safety equipment. Cycling enthusiasts can also rent bikes for a half-day, full day or week.

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  • Fairmount Running Company

    Don’t walk, run to this shop staffed by experts

    A favorite among the neighborhood runners, this shop is staffed by lifelong runners and coaches and carries every major brand of running sneakers, apparel and accessories.

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  • Fare

    Organic, healthy cusine enables dining with a clear conscience

    Dedicated to healthy, organic and local food, Fare’s dinner, lunch and brunch menus contain small plates, salads and main courses sure to keep a clear conscience.

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  • Figs

    Flavors of the Mediterranean

    Still a relatively well-kept neighborhood secret, this cozy corner BYOB dishes out Mediterranean food in an authentic Moroccan setting.

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  • Ghost

    1964 by Alexander Calder

    Stirling Calder’s son Alexander “Sandy” Calder became famous for sculptures that move. One of his graceful mobiles, Ghost, hangs in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • Girard Supply Co.

    Greenify it in season

    Spearheaded by dynamic local developers MM Partners, this seasonal pop-up store caters to gardeners, plant fanatics and the green-thumb-havin’ crowd in general.

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  • Hickory Lane

    Three squares of seasonal bites

    The menu changes frequently at this neighborhood fave, which uses in-season ingredients for lunch, dinner and brunch.

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  • Isabel

    Mexi-Cali flavor

    This BYOB, from the owners of nearby Asian fave Trio, doesn’t stick to one avenue of Mexican cooking — traditional dishes have their place alongside modern twists on Latin sabor.

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  • Jack’s Firehouse

    Get fired up for solid American fare and an impressive whiskey list

    Set in a 19th-century firehouse—the fireman’s pole is still standing—Jack’s has been serving innovative American cuisine, along with impressive whiskey and scotch selections, to neighbors and visitors for more than 20 years.

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  • Joan of Arc

    1890 by Emmanuel Frémiet

    Joan of Arc

    On 25th Street facing the museum, an inspiring Joan of Arc carries her standard into battle. Sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet cast identical monuments for Philadelphia and Paris. Only in Philadelphia, though, is the heroine known as “Joanie on a Pony.”

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  • La Calaca Feliz

    Elevated, crowd-pleasing Mexican fare

    Boasting muraled walls, this Sibling of Fort Washington’s Cantina Feliz serves modern Mexican cuisine and pours a few dozen tequilas.

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  • Lemon Hill

    Founding father Robert Morris’ hilltop estate

    Lemon Hill is one of Fairmount Park’s most enduring attractions, an open-to-the-public Federal-style architectural beauty built in 1800.

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  • Lloyd Hall

    Philadelphia’s only public boathouse

    Situated on the banks of the Schuylkill River just north of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lloyd Hall is the only public athletic facility on Boathouse Row and the best point of departure for your outing into Fairmount Park.

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  • London Grill

    A mainstay destination for local brews, burgers and finer dining

    London Grill

    A neighborhood staple since 1991, London Grill is one part pub, with local microbrews on tap and a classic cocktail menu, and one part white tablecloth restaurant.

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  • Marathon Farm

    Urban farm to table

    The local Marathon Grill chain launched this Brewerytown urban farming initiative to feed locally grown produce into its restaurants and provide agricultural education opportunities to the community.

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  • Mugshots Coffeehouse

    A community-driven pour house in Fairmount

    Fairmount hangout Mugshots Coffeehouse maintains a commitment to sustainability via recyclable packaging; vegan, vegetarian and organic snacks; fair-trade coffee; and local-food offerings.

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  • Mugshots Coffeehouse & Cafe

    A perfect pour house dishing fresh and local fare

    The first location of this local chain, dedicated to the community and the environment, offers organic and fairly traded coffee and tea and locally grown vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, lunch and dessert. Plus, it sells eggs, cheese, bacon, milk and cider from local farms.

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  • Neighborhood Potters

    Ceramics made accessible for area citizens

    Owners Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson opened this studio/gallery more than a decade ago with the mission to bring a little warmth and soul into everyday lives with beautiful, useable, handmade pottery. Classes are available for students of all levels, and the shop is open by appointment.

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  • North Star Bar & Grille

    A shining star of a bar

    Delicious comfort food, a fantastic microbrew selection, weekly Quizzo and live local and national music acts make North Star Bar a neighborhood favorite and a great reason to visit the area.

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  • OCF Coffee House

    Community and a cup of joe

    One of three coffeehouses run by realty firm OCF, this cafe provides Fairmount with top-notch coffee and espresso, light fare and a warm, welcoming place to gather.

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  • Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    With Philadelphia CityPASS, save more than 40% off admission on some of Philadelphia's most popular museums and attractions, including with The Big Bus Company.

    Save more than 40% on the combined admission to four of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and more.

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  • Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association

    One of the world’s elite racing teams

    One of the world’s elite racing teams

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.

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  • Photography Tours of Philadelphia

    Capture the perfect image during a three-hour walking tour of the city

    Learn how to get the perfect photo of the city on Photography Tours of Philadelphia.

    Learn how to get the perfect photo of the city with Photography Tours of Philadelphia.

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  • Potito’s Bakery & Cafe

    Family-owned bakery with amazing cannoli and more

    A family-owned establishment that’s been serving South Philadelphia for over 28 years, Potito’s Bakery & Cafe has recently expanded, first into Center City and now into Fairmount.

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  • Quaker City Masters Regatta

    A full day of rowing, food and fun on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    Test yourself against a deep field of hundreds of other master’s rowers at this annual rowing extravaganza, held on the famous Schuylkill River racecourse in Philadelphia.

    Enter (or watch) as many races are you care to, but be prepared for a challenging 1,000-meter course, which starts at St. Joseph University’s Boathouse and finishes by the storied Fairmount Park Grandstands.

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  • Rembrandt’s

    American fare in close proximity to museums of art

    While grabbing a quick bite at the bar or enjoying a leisurely lunch, dinner or brunch in the dining room, Rembrandt’s patrons admire European fixtures, hardware and windows dating as far back as 1907—plus a great view of the city skyline.

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  • Rodin Museum

    The largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside France

    The greatest hits of the famed 19th-century sculptor are all here – bronze casts of Eternal Springtime, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and, of course, The Thinker. Bold, energetic and emotionally intense, these works are set in a temple-like building down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which administers the collection.

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  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Fashion and modern design highlight the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first major expansion

    The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    Enthusiasts of fashion and modern design will relish a visit to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, the first major expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • Rybread

    A father-and-son serve fresh sandwiches

    Father and son teamed up to share their passion for food at this sandwich-centric cafe. The sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients, are loosely based on the son’s seven-week “unemployment opportunity” road trip across the U.S., and pictures of his journeys adorn the walls.

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  • Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

    Fun, free and family-friendly for more than 100 years

    Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse provides kids with 16,000-square-feet of “play mansion

    Located in a six-acre, wooded parkland in beautiful East Fairmount Park, this century-old landmark is home to a four-story, 16,000-square-foot “play mansion,” iconic 44-foot wooden slide and state-of-the-art Play Pod filled with a giant see-saw and spinning “jungle gyms.”

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  • Social Consciousness

    1954 by Jacob Epstein

    Social Consciousness

    The elongated figures of Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness suggest sympathy, tenderness and sorrow for human suffering.

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  • Stephen Girard Collection

    The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds

    Stephen Girard Collection

    The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds

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  • Stone Age in America

    1887 by John J. Boyle

    Stone Age in America.

    In this handsome bronze, an axe-wielding Native American woman carries one of her young children while another crouches beside her. At her feet lies a dead animal, probably a bear cub, and she scans the path ahead for further danger. Remarkably, this 19th-century sculpture reflects few of the cultural stereotypes common at the time.

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  • Susan G. Komen Philadelphia
    Race for the Cure

    The 26th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer

    Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

    May 14, 2017
    This Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites everyone in the Delaware Valley and beyond to celebrate 25-plus years of fighting to end breast cancer at the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    September 22 – November 11, 2017 (select dates)
    The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s foremost collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings

    Gallery space at The Barnes Foundation, arranged as originally intended.

    The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.

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  • The Belgian Café

    Belgian cookery, brews and a local pedigree

    From the same people responsible for lauded beer bar Monk’s, this spot maintains a selection of cool and interesting beers on tap, as well as an extensive knowledge of mussels.

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  • The Bishop’s Collar

    Jam out to the jukebox, have a drink, make a friend

    “The Collar” is a great place to grab a quick bite during the day, and it’s an even better place to drink and make new friends at night—thanks in part to one of the best jukeboxes in the city.

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  • The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps

    Two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia

    The famous East Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” — better known as the Art Museum Steps — are two of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia. Visiting the statue, running up the steps and taking a picture at the top is pretty much a must on your first visit to Philadelphia. It’s a rite of passage.

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  • The Spirit of Enterprise

    1950–1960 by Jacques Lipchitz

    A muscular pioneer strides forward, scanning the horizon.

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  • Trio

    Asian fare from three friends

    Opened in 2006 by three friends, Trio is a Thai-inspired, Pan Asian paradise. In addition to three floors of dining, it offers a takeout/delivery menu, so fans can eat drunken noodles in the comfort of their homes.

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  • Urban Saloon

    A citified bar fit for all kinds of crowds

    One of the largest bars in the neighborhood, Urban is a popular place to catch a game on several flat-screen TVs or enjoy a relaxing meal. On weekend nights, the scene shifts from locals’ bar to dance club, complete with a DJ.

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  • Veteran’s Memorial Park

    Outside the lines

    One of a slew of space revamped by community greening efforts, Veteran’s Memorial Park in Brewerytown plays host to live music, family-friendly outdoor gatherings and more.

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  • Washington Monument

    1897 by Rudolf Siemering

    The Washington Monument in Eakins Oval.

    In Eakins Oval a mounted George Washington is poised to lead a march down the Parkway. Allegorical figures surround his pedestal, while the lower levels portray “typical” American people and animals. Across the roadway, Auguste Kiss’s Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther and Albert Wolff’s The Lion Fighter flank the museum steps.

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  • Water Works

    A gorgeous events space on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    Fairmount Park’s famed Water Works — onetime home to the engine room for Philadelphia’s cutting-edge water department — is a National Historic Landmark and events space.

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  • William M. Reilly Memorial


    In 1890 General William M. Reilly of the Pennsylvania National Guard bequeathed funds for a memorial to Revolutionary War heroes. Though it took decades to raise additional money, six sculptures were eventually installed northwest of the Art Museum.

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  • Zorba’s

    Great Greek from three generations

    Loved for the authentic Greek food and atmosphere (maybe it’s the three generations of Greeks speaking in their native tongue), this spot is one of the neighborhood’s well-kept secrets. The family-owned and -operated Zorba’s keeps its lunch, dinner and dessert menus classic and reasonably priced.

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