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Check out our Top Picks for a series of short articles full of fun suggestions for great things to do in and around Philadelphia.

We make things easy for you — we give you plenty of top recommendations and then you can pick and choose the places you like best.

Top Picks gives you the best of Philly: everything from bars under the stars to the city’s best ice cream cones.

  • Complete Guide To Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia 2015

    It’s hard to believe that the unofficial end of summer is mere weeks away, but Philadelphia is celebrating the end of one season and beginning of another with a bang as tons fun happenings — and even some of the biggest events of the summer — take the spotlight.

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  • Top 12 Things To Do In Philadelphia In September 2015

    A visit from the pope, blockbuster festivals, final days of summer and more

    Made in America

    Philadelphia is preparing to make history this month with a landmark visit from Pope Francis (September 26-27, 2015). Leading up to the incredible weekend, the city is celebrating the final weeks of summer and the start of fall with fantastic outdoor festivals, artistic celebrations and the final days of several major exhibitions.

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  • Top 50 Must-See Attractions In Philadelphia (While You’re In Town For The Pope)

    Explore the City of Brotherly Love’s iconic and can’t-miss experiences

    From the historic Liberty Bell to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, here’s a look at the most popular and can't-miss attrac

    From the historic Liberty Bell to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, here’s a look at the most popular and can’t-miss attractions and museums that make Philadelphia a world-class city.

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  • The 24 Must-See Exhibitions in Philadelphia This September

    Vatican treasures, impressionist masterpieces, LEGO art and more

    The 24 Must-See Exhibitions in Philadelphia This September

    If you’re coming to Philadelphia this September, you’re in for a treat: There are 24 awesome exhibitions on display at Philadelphia’s many museums and attractions.

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  • Awesome Pope-Related Food and Drink Specials at Philadelphia Restaurants, Bars and Breweries

    Papal beers, Argentinian food, Roman dishes and much more

    Awesome Pope-Related Food and Drink Specials at Philadelphia Restaurants, Bars and Breweries

    Pope Francis is coming, and Philadelphia restaurants, bars and breweries are celebrating with some very creative offerings.

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  • The Top 12 Things to Do in Philadelphia in August 2015

    Cool down with a bevy of street festivals, plus Center City Restaurant Week, live music and more

    Top Things to Do in August in Philadelphia

    August in Philadelphia brings Center City Restaurant Week, live music, film series, a ton of awesome street festivals and much, much more…

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  • The 50 Biggest Festivals & Events in Philadelphia This Summer

    Our month-by-month guide to endless summer fun in the city

    What are some other words for summer fun?Fireworks. Festivals. Beer gardens. Pop-up parks. Philadelphia.

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  • 14 Burgers To Eat In Philadelphia This Summer

    Summer is burger season and here are 14 of the hottest burgers in Philadelphia to seek out this summer

    Summer is burger season; here are 14 of the hottest burgers in Philadelphia to seek out this summer…

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  • #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots

    Snap and share photos in front of Philadelphia’s iconic structures and places

    XOXO marks the spot this summer in Philadelphia thanks to fun #VISITPHILLY Photo Spots located at highly trafficked and iconic areas throughout the city.

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  • Where to Find the Top Coffee Shops and Espresso Bars in Philadelphia

    Ultimate guide of must-visit cafes for coffee lovers

    The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia with many cafes roasting signature beans and crafting amazing caffeinated beverages. Check out our interactive guide to 30 of the best spots for the perfect cup of coffee around the city.

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  • Top Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Restaurants in Philadelphia

    Delicious meat-free dining sure to satisfy

    Veg-loving visitors to Philly have plenty of options from which to choose—upscale white tablecloth restaurants dishing out inventive vegetable creations to casual spots serving up raw foods and gluten-free dishes.

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  • The 20 Best Summer Events and Festivals in Philadelphia’s Countryside for 2015

    Venture outside the city limits for concerts, beer, food and more

    Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    Philadelphia’s Countryside welcomes summer with great festivals, fun concerts, family-friendly activities, beer festivals and so much more.

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  • The Best Places To Catch Live Music Outdoors This Summer In And Around Philadelphia

    From Fairmount Park to the Philly waterfront — check out these spots for a great selection of outdoor live music.

    There’s no need to wait around until Jay Z’s Labor Day blockbuster hits to enjoy great outdoor music in and around Philly. Philadelphians and visitors alike can jam out to live music all summer long at an impressive selection of outdoor concert venues throughout the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Top Family-Friendly Summer Events and Exhibitions in Philadelphia 2015

    Pack up the car for a summer of family fun in the city

    Plan a family trip to Philadelphia with our guide to the top summer events and exhibitions sure to please visitors of all ages.

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  • The Best Places to Shop for Menswear in Philadelphia

    Your go-to guide for the city’s top menswear shops.

    Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, these Philadelphia shops stand out from all of the rest.

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  • Top Events and Exhibitions With Religious Connections During Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia

    Guide to World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis’ visit, public mass and more;
    September 22-27, 2015

    Pope Francis to hold mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Philadelphia attractions are rolling out the white carpet with special events, exhibits and tours to celebrate the eighth World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and a visit from Pope Francis himself this September.

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  • A Trail of Sacred Sites in Greater Philadelphia

    From shrines to synagogues, the City of Brotherly Love has spirit

    People walk on hallowed ground when they visit Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, the “Mother” Church of

    Thanks to their history, architecture or emotional resonance, Greater Philadelphia’s sacred places make the area an awe-inspiring place to visit, providing physical testaments to the indomitable spirit of people who made great sacrifices for the liberty to worship as they please. Here’s a look at the region’s old and new sacred sites.

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  • Top Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

    Get outside and watch a movie

    Grab some popcorn and a blanket for a few of our favorite movie screenings under the stars this summer.

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  • The Top Places to See Impressionist Art in Philadelphia

    Discovering the Impressionists joins works by Monet, Renoir, Cassatt and others around town

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year

    Philadelphia’s many outstanding museums showcase stellar permanent impressionist collections that art lovers can admire all year long. Here’s a look at where to see Philadelphia’s impressive impressionism collections.

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  • The Top Multicultural Festivals in Philadelphia in 2015

    Internationals sights, sounds and flavors shine at top Philadelphia festivals

    The Top Multicultural Festivals in Philadelphia in 2015

    Explore the sights, sounds and flavors of the world at a stellar selection of multicultural festivals and events coming to Philly in 2015.

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  • Top 16 Things to Do at Penn’s Landing This Summer

    Amazing parks, killer concerts, outdoor movies and more for summer 2015

    Top Things to Do at Penn's Landing This Summer

    It’s going to be an epic summer on Penn’s Landing with Spruce Street Harbor Park, Summerfest, Tall Ships and more. Here’s what not to miss in 2015 …

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  • Top Things To Eat At Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Fried chicken sandwiches, pork belly bao buns, enormous ice cream sundaes and more

    The 10 Most Delicious Things To Eat At Spruce Street Harbor Park This Summer

    This summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park returns with ridiculously tasty food offerings. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to eat at the park for summer 2015.

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  • The Return of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series for 2015

    Awesome Friday Happy Hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day

    Visit Philly Beer Garden Series 2015

    The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will return in 2015 for its second season of kicking off summer weekends at Philadelphia’s best beer gardens.

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  • The Biggest Concerts And Music Festivals Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

    Philadelphia explodes with arena-rocking performances by top talents

    The Biggest Concerts Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

    This year, concert-goers will enjoy a steady flow of arena-rocking performances at Philadelphia stadiums and entertainment venues. Whether you are more at home listening to seasoned talents like Bette Midler and Billy Joel singing the classics, or are ready to rock out to the sounds of music industry newcomers like Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, this list is definitely for you.

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  • Top 15 Things To Do At Spruce Street Harbor Park and Summerfest in 2015

    Philly’s coolest waterfront park probably ever adds a roller-skating rink, more food for 2015

    Philadelphia has fallen in love with Spruce Street Harbor Park, the new park that has popped up on the Delaware River Waterfront this summer. The park has a little bit of everything: a boardwalk with arcade games, a hammock lawn, a bocce court, a floating restaurant, a beer garden and so much more.

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  • Top Summer Pop-Ups and Seasonal Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Our complete guide to the city’s seasonal outdoor spaces

    Top Summer Pop-Ups and Seasonal Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

    Grab your shades and apply some sunscreen and get outside with our guide to the fantastic pop-up parks and beer gardens in Philadelphia this summer.

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  • Top Reasons Philadelphia Is One Of The Best Biking Cities

    Trails, bike lanes and the all-new bike share make the city a haven for cyclists

    Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the country with dedicated bike lanes on city streets, hundreds of miles of trails and a growing number of bicycle commuters.

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  • Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    Upcoming events in one of the best beer-drinking cities in the U.S.

    Top Beer Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    As one of the best beer-drinking cities in the U.S., Philadelphia sets a high bar for beer events. Here’s a selection of some of the oldest, largest, quirkiest and most popular celebrations of the artisanal sud coming to the region in 2015.

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  • Discover the Sound of Philly

    Explore our curated Spotify playlists for the songs that define the city

    Discover the Sound of Philly

    Philadelphia has a unique sound of its own, so we’ve put together a collection of songs on Spotify that define the city.

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  • Top Events, Festivals and Exhibitions Coming to Philadelphia in 2015

    A month-by-month guide to the biggest, can’t-miss events coming to Philly this year

    Top Events and Festivals

    Festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events; to help you plan your next visit (or three) to Philadelphia, we’ve put together some of the most exciting happenings each month in 2015.

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  • Where to Find the Best Grilled Cheese in Philadelphia

    Our favorite variations of the classic comfort food at city eateries

    Grilled Cheese

    Nostalgic and consistently comforting, the grilled cheese is an understated iconic sandwich. To help you find the ultimate grilled cheese, we’ve put together a few of our favorite variations found at Philadelphia eateries.

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  • Top 12 Must-Attend Sporting Events Coming To Philadelphia in 2015

    12 can’t-miss sporting events coming to the City of Brotherly Love in 2015

    Sports fans have plenty of reasons to visit Philadelphia in 2015. This year, the city will welcome some of the most talented athletes in the world for professional sporting events, long-standing races and exciting competitions.

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  • Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia

    City attractions and locations seen in the Rocky films

    Philadelphia was forever immortalized on celluloid with the tale of an aspiring boxer with the Academy Award-winning 1976 film _

    Philadelphia was forever immortalized on celluloid with the tale of an aspiring boxer with the Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky. Get yourself into fighting shape and explore city locations frequented by the beloved fictional Philadelphian.

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  • 11 New Hotels Coming to Philadelphia in 2015 and Beyond

    There are some major new hotel projects in the pipeline for the City of Brotherly Love.

    After Philadelphia saw its highest occupancy rate ever in 2014, a number of high profile hotel projects are on the books to open in Philadelphia in the next few years. Read on for news on a dozen major new hotels that are coming to Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Attractions Making Headlines in 2015

    Visit the attractions, restaurants and destinations that have the nation talking

    Philadelphia enjoyed some spectacular press in the first months of 2015. Check out 22 city spots that have gained national attention in the beginning of 2015.

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  • Making a Classic Modern - Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    One of Philadelphia most iconic buildings is getting an update from one of the world’s most preeminent architects

    A long-time in the making, Philadelphia Museum of Art is about undergo an ambitious renovation, revitalization and expansion with the assistance of famed architect Frank Gehry.

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  • Marking 50 Years of LGBT Activisim in Philadelphia

    Exhibitions, re-enactments and events celebrating the gay civil rights movement

    50 Years of LGBT Activism in Philadelphia

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement in Philadelphia with exhibitions, re-enactments, events and more…

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  • Top Reasons You Must See Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute

    Incredible exhibition of LEGO artwork on display in Philadelphia for a limited time

    Discover famous masterworks, larger-than-life sculptures and 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurs all created entirely from LEGO® during The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute. Read our top reasons you must see this exhibition.

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  • Top 17 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2015

    The Pope, bike sharing, an observation deck and more

    Top 15 Things to Look Forward to in Philadelphia in 2015

    From the pope’s visit and the launch of Philadelphia Bike Share to a blockbuster Impressionism exhibition and the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in Philly. Here are some of the major happenings taking place.

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  • Where to Find the Best Meatballs in Philadelphia

    They come in all types and sizes, but just one shape

    The B+V+P stands for beef, pork and veal at neo-red sauce joint Little Nonna’s.

    Meatballs abound in Philadelphia. From traditional Italian versions with gravy to Vietnamese pork balls in noodle soup, vegetarian tofu-ball sandwiches to luxuriant rounds of hand-rolled short-rib, here are some of the most memorable meatballs in the region.

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