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"And just like that, it’s festival season in Philly. As summer fades into fall, the Greater Philadelphia region ramps up its outdoor celebration game with a host of exciting events.
, and welcome autumn-ready visitors for scarecrows, pumpkins, hayrides and more.
And major annual festivals set for this weekend include the, the , the , the and the . Whew!
Thereturns for another year of groundbreaking performances, the pays tribute to body art and the continues its tournament of free-to-attend soccer matches featuring teams representing countries worldwide." - Visit Philadelphia
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Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day? Thank this Philadelphia woman.
While thanking the important women in your life Sunday, there’s one more person to add to your list. Luckily, she’s local.
Anna Jarvis, a Philadelphia transplant, is often credited with creating Mother’s Day, a national celebration meant to recognize all the hard work that mothers do. The first Mother’s Day was observed in 1908, and it was given federal recognition in 1914.
“The purpose of Mother’s Day,” Jarvis told The Inquirer in May 1913, “is to make men and women realize their individual responsibility to right the wrongs of motherhood and childhood, not only in the home but also in the industrial world, and in the name of ‘mother’ to inspire men to carry forward the work for the home, which would mean not only its uplift, but would deepen their brotherhood toward each other.”
Jarvis rallied around the day in memory of her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who organized mothers clubs and led a Mothers’ Friendship Day before she died on May 9, 1905, according to Inquirer archives.
The two shared a close relationship — a friend said that they cared for each other “with a love which was more than love,” according to a 1987 Inquirer story. Carnations became a symbol for the day because it was her mother’s favorite flower.
The first Mother’s Day happened on May 10, 1908, with events in West Virginia and the Wanamaker department store on Market Street, according to archives. Jarvis later launched a letter-writing campaign to spread the recognition.
by Patricia Madej - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Do some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping on Saturday, or bring her with you to a pop-up market full of treats, trinkets and beautiful blooms.
The Blooms, Booze & Bling market outside Art in the Age features bouquets from The Flower Shop, items from Sisterfriend Jewelry and beautifully bottled cocktails from the host store.
The Sisterly Love Food Fair returns to East Market with packaged treats and crafts from women-owned businesses in Philadelphia.
East Passyunk Avenue buzzes with Mother’s Day activities on Sunday as part of its Garden Days programming. Catch a flower-themed performance by Society Hill Dance Academy (keep an eye out for cocktail mixer giveaways) and take in a pop-up show by the East Passyunk Opera Project at The Singing Fountain. Plus, stroll the avenue for charming gifts and special restaurant menus in honor of moms.
Colebrookdale Railroad offers tea (Saturday – Sunday) or dinner service (Friday – Sunday), which includes a complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvre plate and dessert during a ride through the Secret Valley Heritage Area.
Breakfast on the New Hope Railroad (Saturday – Sunday) starts with a meal at the 19th-century station before a scenic ride through Bucks County.
Sesame Place presents each mom with a rose during its special Mother’s Day character buffet (Saturday – Sunday).
Moms get reduced fare on the West Chester Railroad (Sunday), which stops for a brief layover in Glen Mills.
Spend Mother’s Day in the heart of Philadelphia with reservations at one of Center City’s top spots:
Brunch at Talula’s Garden features spring cheeses, an asparagus and ham benedict, lemon pudding cake and more.
Steak 48 opens early to serve lunch and dinner menu items like corn crème brulee, mac & cheese, Kennett mushrooms and, of course, steaks.
Chopped champion Gregory Headen cooks up a special brunch at Jet Wine Bar. Look for funnel cake, french toast, burgers and craft cocktails.
French toast made with churro batter and served with caramelized plantains is on the menu at Revolution Taco, where Mother’s Day guests get a sneak preview of the forthcoming brunch menu.
The three-course brunch menu at Square 1682 comes with a bottle of champagne and mom’s choice of juice, plus avocado toast, blueberry ricotta pancakes and more.
Twisted Tail leans into its comfort food reputation with a three-course family-style meal of crab cake benedict, ricotta beignets and more treats.
Mezcal and tacos top the Mexican brunch menu at Tio Flores on South Street.
All our favorite places to dine alfresco around Philly right now, just because we want to. Not because we have to.
Avram Hornik, the mastermind behind almost every popular open-air restaurant in the city (Morgan’s Pier, Harper’s Garden, all the Parks on Tap pop-ups), is entering the Main Line market for the first time with his tried-and-true model: a big, open floor plan, plenty of seating, great service, a better-than-it-has-any-right-being modern American menu, and the open sky above. 49 Saint Georges Road, Ardmore.
Think of Irwin’s as the restaurant comeback story of the year: Before it closed due to COVID, it was a pan-Mediterranean spot situated high above an otherwise very low South Philly skyline. Now, with chef Michael Vincent Ferreri at the helm, Irwin’s is a resurrection of Res Ipsa Café, the beloved Italian BYOB in Rittenhouse (though it’s keeping the Irwin’s name), and the return of one of the greatest balcony views in the city. 800 Mifflin Street, East Passyunk.
Did you know that Old City’s French-y American brasserie has a secret upstairs garden terrace full of hanging plants and fresh herbs? Well, I guess it isn’t so secret anymore. … 52 South 2nd Street, Old City.
Alma del Mar
Alma del Mar’s outdoor patio is an amalgamation of all that’s great about the Italian Market in general: It’s gritty (basically just a tented concrete lot), it’s full of excellent Mexican food, and the ambience — the colorful furniture, the muraled walls, the market lights, the scrapped-together feel of it all — is so specific to itself that when you’re there, you can’t imagine it — or you — being anywhere else on earth. 1007 South 9th Street, Bella Vista.
The Oyster House & Mission Taqueria Pavilion
We love the Oyster House for all the same reasons you love the Oyster House: They’re exceptional at what they do (sourcing and cooking some of the best seafood in the region). We love Mission Taqueria for all the same reasons you love Mission Taqueria: They make, pound for pound, some of the best tacos in the city. And we plan to love the Oyster House/Mission Taqueria pavilion for the same reason you’ll love the Oyster House/Mission Taqueria pavilion: It’s these two great restaurants under one (patio) roof. 1516 Sansom Street, Center City.
The Deck at the Moshulu
There are very few places in this city where you can enjoy an eggs Benedict and loaded Bloody Mary brunch on the deck of an old wooden ship. Actually, there’s just a single place—this one. 401 South Columbus Boulevard, Queen Village.
Same great fried okra, shrimp and grits and hot chicken sliders. All-new patio setup. 5021 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly.
There’s something so quintessentially Philly about the corner on which Mercato sits. With big Italian BYO vibes (meaning small; meaning simple), rotating chalkboard specials, and market lights overhead that always seem to be lit, it’s as if Mercato owns — and has always owned — its little part of the city. 1216 Spruce Street, Midtown Village.
The Landing Kitchen
Nick Elmi partnered with restaurateur Fia Berisha to open two restaurants inside, of all places, a Residence Inn in Bala Cynwyd. The first, an all-day cafe called the Landing Kitchen, is already open, with a spacious patio overlooking the Schuylkill River. On the menu: avocado toast with yuzu kosho, a crunchy fried chicken sandwich, and a simple fontina/cheddar grilled cheese on brioche toast. The grilled cheese comes with a black caviar add-on — it is Nick Elmi cooking, after all. 617 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd.
American Sardine Bar
The little slice of sunshine next to ASB, with its patio furniture and beer in cans, perfectly captures the backyard-party feel that’s the holy grail of so many hip Philly restaurateurs. 1800 Federal Street, Point Breeze.
Also called the Campo, Le Virtù’s outdoor space is one of those things that make the restaurant stand out in a city crowded to the bulwarks with charming little Italian spots. When the weather is nice, the Campo is like one long unending lawn party for its South Philly neighbors. Sometimes someone will be out there grilling, sometimes it’ll just be friends drinking on the patio, but it’s always a good time. 1927 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.
With its open-air veranda and buzzy plaza, Harper’s Garden was our favorite place to dine outdoors (literally; it won a Best of Philly award in 2019 for outdoor dining) before dining outdoors became the rule instead of the exception. 31 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse.
Sitting outside on KQ’s deck, drinking cold draft wine, spooning fluke tartare into the shell of your gnoccho frico, slurping up bucatini with clam ragout or the kimchi jjigae that came with your black bass, is a heaven only Fishtown knows. A heaven you’ll know, too, when you show up for your reservation. 1310 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.
A sheltered secret patio for when it’s raining, fans everywhere for when it gets too hot, and spaghetti and meatballs for when the craving hits. Which it always does. 1234 Locust Street,
Imagine you have a friend who has the best roof deck in the entire city. And keeps the fridge full of great beer. And also is a very talented chef. Yeah, that’s what it’s like hanging out upstairs at Standard Tap. 901 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
This combination diner, bar and nightclub has a Seussian garden patio in the back. The colorful stucco walls and tile floors make you feel like you’ve stepped away from Philly for just a little while, and the frozen cocktails and classic diner menu will keep you buzzed and comfy. 435 Spring Garden Street, Callowhill.
Yeah, Gojjo does a lot of really authentic Ethiopian food (plus chicken wings and curly fries). But the Ethiopian cheesesteak (with steak or chicken) is truly a multicultural wonder. And getting to eat it outside on the raucous back patio? That’s even better. 4540 Baltimore Avenue, University City.
There’s the giant olive (which we mean to steal someday), the haystacks of shoestring fries with Chinese mustard, the undeniable frisson of drinking a proper martini at a bar that was made for drinking martinis, and, of course, the roof deck, which is just perfect for relaxing in the sun when you really ought to be working. 1801 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Everyone already loves Martha for its hoagie-heavy menu, local wines, sour beers, and cheese and charcuterie plates. Know what’s gonna make all that even better? When indoor dining resumes, and the outdoor bocce court returns to full glory. 2113 East York Street, Kensington
Be sure to check out the new Germantown Garden! Let us know what you think!
Published as “The Return of Patio Season” in the May 2021 issue of Philadelphia magazine. - Alex Tewfik
One of Philly’s most popular running and biking routes, the Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Loop is a nine-mile lap that hugs both sides of the Schuylkill River. The paved path — part of the larger Schuylkill River Trail — begins near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and winds its way along Boathouse Row to the Falls Bridge in East Falls. Riders or runners cross over the bridge to the opposite side of the river and head back toward the city to finish the second half of the loop on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. (Bonus: As of March 2021, MLK Drive is closed completely to vehicular traffic, so bikers and runners can use the road!)
The Schuylkill Banks is open year-round for walking, jogging, cycling, picnics and dog-walking. Start at the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, which extends the trail out over the river, and continue along the path to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a nice 1.6-mile jog or ride — as well as fantastic views of the Philadelphia skyline.
While not technically a trail, Spruce Street extends from the Schuylkill River to the Delaware River and is certainly one of Philly’s most beautiful roads. Start at 25th and Spruce streets and pass through scenic neighborhoods like Society Hill, Washington Square West and Rittenhouse Square on the way to Spruce Street Harbor Park — the perfect location to cool down when it’s open during the warmer months! — at the other end. If traveling by bike, take advantage of the designated bike lane that runs from east to west, starting at Christopher Columbus Boulevard and ending at 25th Street.
The beautiful, iconic Benjamin Franklin Bridge spans just one and a half miles across the Delaware River, connecting Philadelphia to New Jersey. Start at Fifth and Race streets and take the pedestrian walkway across the bridge and back for a three-mile workout, complete with an impressive look at the skyline. Once back in Philadelphia, stretch out post-activity at the nearby Race Street Pier, which offers some amazing views of the river and the bridge.
In his celebrated run, Rocky Balboa conquered a 30-mile venture across the city — nearly the equivalent of a 50K! For a run that’s slightly more manageable, follow this three-mile route that starts at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue — the heart of the Italian Market where Rocky ran to the sounds of cheering fans — and ends just like Rocky’s run: with a sprint up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bonus: Run back down the steps to give Rocky Balboa a high five. (Find his statue to the right of the base of the steps.)
Stretching from Walnut Street to South Street, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Park offers an oasis of recreational and athletic outdoor components. Surrounding the turf fields, pick-up soccer games, a tennis center and other designated sporting areas are four running and walking paths that create track-like routes.
The Centennial 5K Route is a paved path that weaves its way through grassy parkland in Fairmount Park, perfect for joggers looking for a 5K loop or families seeking a well-marked path to cruise along on a shorter bike ride. The trail begins behind the Please Touch Museum, then passes by the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden before looping around the Centennial District, where the 1876 Centennial Exposition was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
Named for the boxers – including Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier – who’ve used it as their training grounds, the Boxers’ Trail winds its way around East Fairmount Park, connecting spots like the historic Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse and the area’s historic mansions to the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. In fall 2020, the Fairmount Park Conservancy revitalized a gateway to the trail at Dauphin and Greenland drives, while the southern end starts at Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course at 33rd and Oxford streets. The trail is also accessible via the Kelly Drive Loop at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Fountain Green streets.
A 60-mile linear park along the Delaware River from Easton to Bristol, Delaware Canal State Park and Towpath are perfect for joggers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts who enjoy the wildlife that thrives on the many miles of river shoreline and 11 river islands. The journey takes trail users through historic towns, past farms and by the Lock Tender’s House Visitor Center in New Hope.
More commonly known as Forbidden Drive (named because cars were banned from traveling on it in the 1920s), the fairly flat Wissahickon Valley Park trail follows the Wissahickon Creek for 5.5 miles, from Lincoln Drive to Germantown Avenue. For more mileage, hop on the Schuylkill River Trail at Falls Bridge and take it to Ridge Avenue, where a paved bike path continues into the park to a parking lot that leads into Forbidden Drive. If driving is an option, navigate to the Valley Green Inn, located centrally within the park, where a large parking lot sits adjacent to the trail. Note that bike bridges in the Wissahickon are temporarily closed for restoration as of March 1, 2021. Check out the City of Philadelphia’s map and detour guide for details.
Information from VisitPhilly.com & Uwishunu.com
Winter classics and inventive dining deals kick off a new week and a new year in Greater Philadelphia.
Though there are no New Year’s Eve fireworks at Penn’s Landing and no Mummers Parade on Broad Street this year (per the City of Philadelphia), there are still plenty of ways to safely enjoy the last week of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.
Miracle on South 13th Street, Winter on Broad Street, Deck the Hall Holiday Lights and other top holiday attractions wrap up for the season this week, as does the pop-up Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at City Hall.
The socially distant winter fun continues into 2021 at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Winter at Dilworth Park and Winter in Franklin Square. Plus, there’s still time for the Elf on the Stealth scavenger hunt through Peddler’s Village.
And, last but not least: New Year’s Eve. Virtual festivities come courtesy of Franklin Square and the Please Touch Museum, while takeout or delivery options include a multi-course meal to enjoy at home (with a side of a board game, if you prefer), a traditional Pennsylvania feast for two and more. Find more daytime and early-evening activities for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day here.
The final full week of 2020 brings two big holidays and plenty of chances to support Philadelphia shops and restaurants.
Score that perfect last-minute gift at one of the many pop-up shops around the region, including one last chance to visit Christmas Village in Philadelphia. And Friday — Christmas Day — is the final Shop Black Business Friday of the season, and makes for a great way to support the small business owners hit hardest by the pandemic.
Socially distant holiday attractions like Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and Christmas Around the Farm at Linvilla Orchards (closing Thursday) offer safe things to do outdoors. Plus, Kwanzaa celebrations — complete with programs and lights — begin at Franklin Square, Boathouse Row and Sesame Place.
On the menu this week? Festive foods galore. Pre-order a holiday feast (or just get some great takeout) from the special menus and packages at Philadelphia restaurants to enjoy the holiday fanfare without the pressure of cooking. And keep time-honored holiday food traditions alive with cannoli, tamales, cookies and more from iconic Philly eateries.
If you’re out and about this week and weekend, remember your mask. Masks are required in the five-county region in all indoor public spaces, as well as any outdoor space where social distancing isn’t possible. (Swoop sets a good example.) Another tip: Plan ahead, as many events recommend or require advanced tickets, especially around the holidays. Read more on visitphilly.com.
Click Below, find things to do in Greater Philadelphia this week and the weekend in three categories: Philadelphia’s Countryside (i.e. nearby Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties); Philadelphia; and online.
Right now, the communities in the city and the Greater Philadelphia region deliver daily stories of strength, resilience, and community — often thanks to the dedicated small business owners working around the clock to keep their doors open and their customers fulfilled. In neighborhoods all over the city, residents and visitors alike find a plethora of boutique shops, unique stores, vintage vendors, and more. Just outside of the city, numerous cities give off small-town charm with its robust local, quaint shops!
Here is a list of our top 10 local shops in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montogomery, and Delaware County.
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