Philadelphia’s Christmas Villag

November 19 – 20, 2016
November 24 – December 24, 2016

Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village, this year making a move to City Hall while LOVE Park undergoes renovations.

Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.

The market debuts on the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

Shoppers can expect more than 80 vendors set up in dozens of wooden booths and two large tents, all offering a wide range of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys and high-quality arts and crafts.

But Christmas Village is more than just an outdoor shopping center. You’ll frequently find street-side performances and special events take place throughout the afternoon, and it’s adjacent to several other holiday attractions, including the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market.

New For 2016 + Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market
Christmas Village has a brand new – but history-rich – location this year. Due to renovations taking place at its original home of LOVE Park, the village with be hosted in the courtyard and the north and east perimeter of City Hall this year. This brings it just steps away from the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park, creating the ultimate spot to get all of your holiday shopping done.

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market features local artisans, designers, crafters and homemade treat vendors selling a variety of gifting ideas and holiday foods in festively lit tents topped with original Herrnhut Stars.

Hours and Getting There
Christmas Village officially opens for a preview weekend November 19-20, 2016. Stop by for opening celebrations and the chance to be some of the first guests to shop the holiday market.

The regular season commences with daily hours between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26 through Saturday, December 24 with daily market hours Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. On Black Friday, the market will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day, the market will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Christmas Eve the market will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Christmas Village is closed on Christmas Day.

To arrive at the holiday market, follow directions to City Hall in the heart of Center City.



Philadelphia’s Best Halloween Attraction

Terror Behind the Walls


Dates: September 16 – November 5, 2016

Eastern State Penitentiary located just over one mile from the Cornerstone B&B is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious and top-rated haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.

Once the most famous and expensive prison in the country, Eastern State Penitentiary now stands as a living ruin with long empty cell blocks and remnants of the past. The frightening setting and professional scares make Terror Behind the Walls one of the country’s top-ranked haunted attractions.

Designed to be high-startle, Terror Behind the Walls includes Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound, animatronic creatures and custom props. Over 200 performers are needed for six separate attractions in the 11-acre complex.

Frightening Attractions
Terror Behind the Walls is more frightening than ever. Expanding on a terrifying option introduced in 2013, visitors can decide if they want to be fully immersed in the action by marking themselves to be potentially grabbed, held back, taken into hidden passageways and maybe even become part of the scares.

Venture into the Machine Shop, the most interactive attraction ever devised for Terror Behind the Walls. Visitors will be led deep into the cellblocks into a space never before open to the public. Expect industrial nightmares and unique one-on-one experiences that will surely stick with you.

Additional attractions at Terror Behind the Walls include the brand-new Break Out, the Lock Down, a riot inside Cellblock 12, said to be the most haunted spot inside the penitentiary, Detrius, a walk through an original 1800s cellblock and the overgrown prison greenhouse, Infirmary, a frightening look into the world of prison medical treatment, and the Quarantine, an interactive, 4D experience.

2016 Fringe Festival


September 9-24, 2016

Each year, the Fringe Festival brings local, national and international art to Philadelphia with a more than two-week-long extravaganza drawing upwards of 40,000 people.

For its 20th year, the 2016 festival will run from September 9-24 at more than a dozen neighborhoods in and around the city.

This year’s lineup features more artists than ever before with 15 world-class productions curated by festival organizer FringeArts, over 150 independently produced shows, a full-slate of late night entertainment (much of it free!) and an ever-larger selection of online-only artwork. Most of this year’s shows have never been seen before.

The excitement touches every corner of the city, spreading from the FringeArts headquarters along the Delaware River to South Philly, the Northwest, Kensington and every neighborhood in between. Acclaimed international performers bring progressive performances to Philadelphia’s largest stages. Meanwhile, much-loved and up-and-coming local artists present expansive low-cost art at venues ranging from the conventional to the unlikely.

The 2016 Fringe Festival also has a strong focus on visual art, including collaborations with major art museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and The Fabric Workshop and Museum.


Each year, Feastival brings together Philadelphia’s top culinary artists in support of FringeArts and the Fringe Festival. One of the top events of the year, Feastival features more than 70 area restaurants, live entertainment and hundreds of guests.

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Opening Reception: September 7-6 – 8 p.m.

Fernando Orellana will continue his investigation of the paranormal for his site-specific installation in PAFA’s Morris Gallery located just over a mile from the Cornerstone B&B. Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life, featuring four robotic machines that will attempt to interact with the ghost of Thomas Eakins a century after his death.

Orellana took inspiration from PAFA’s long-standing tradition of working from the figure, and its wealth of Eakins’ archival materials, to create the installation for the museum’s Morris Gallery exhibition series.

His Study of Life is comprised of four robotic machines outfitted with electromagnetic field (EMF), temperature, and infrared (IR) monitors — tools used by ghost hunters to detect paranormal activity — as well as some of Eakins’ personal possessions from PAFA’s archives. When the monitors sense fluctuations in PAFA’s Morris Gallery, each robot will help Eakins’ ghost carry out a specific action.

The first robot will allow the ghost to open and inspect Eakins’ watercolor box, which includes the artist’s paints and brushes; the second will rotate a red armchair often used as a prop in Eakins’ portraits; and the third will use a series of LED matrices to activate Eakins’ own painting palette and allow his ghost to select and mix his colors.

The fourth and most elaborate robot will allow Eakins to create ghostly drawings of either the photographs that he made when he was alive or new renderings made by his ghost’s direct navigation of the drawing robot.

Given that Eakins’ primary subject was the human figure, the installation will include figure models who will pose for Eakins as they would have done more than 130 years ago in the very same building. While standing in the installation, the figure models will cycle through various poses that Eakins captured in his photography, thereby creating a type of life drawing study for the dead.

(During the hours below, this exhibition will include a nude figure model. No photography of the installation is permitted when the models are in the Morris Gallery.)

Tuesdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2 – 8 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Fridays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

His Study of Life is the latest in Orellana’s recent series of interactive ghost machines, and the first involving a widely-known person. He has previously created work in which personal objects like bells, candlesticks, books, and childhood toys acquired from estate sales of the recently departed would animate when triggered by the presence of their former owner.
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), who taught and exhibited at PAFA in the late 1800s, is inextricably linked with its history and with groundbreaking artistic practices in 19th-century America. As influential as he was controversial, Eakins’ teaching ideas led to a much greater emphasis on the study of human anatomy, including students working from dissections of human cadavers and from the nude model, a practice that had not previously existed in American art schools. Eakins, who also attended PAFA as a student, was dismissed from the faculty in 1886 for what was seen as his over-emphasis on the use of the nude. However, working from the model and other Eakins-era innovations remain central to PAFA’s curriculum even a century after his death.

The upcoming exhibition Thomas Eakins: Photographer, honoring the centenary of Eakins’ death and opening October 19, will present over 60 of his photographs, paintings, and sculpture exploring issues of representation, gender, and sexuality that are as relevant today as when they were made.




The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia


It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia again and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Beer gardens are the ultimate summertime hangout. Why? For so many reasons. For one, it’s hard to beat being outside drinking beer. But one of the biggest reasons we love beer gardens so much is their versatility. Think about it: The open-air hangouts are perfect for a night out with friends, a happy hour with co-workers, dinner and drinks with the family and even a daytime hang with kids. Seriously, many beer gardens become stroller-central during the daytime. And that’s awesome.

Fortunately, Philadelphia has numerous beer gardens for one and all to enjoy. There are the established favorites like Frankford Hall and Morgan’s Pier, as well as new additions and pop-ups like the Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Oval and the PHS Pop-Up Garden.

So whether you’re looking for a litre of draft beer served in an authentic German beer stein (Frankford Hall) or looking to enjoy a local beer in a waterfront hammock garden (Spruce Street Harbor Park), Philadelphia’s beer gardens have you covered.

Below are some of this summers hottest places to down a pint to beat the Philadelphia heat.

Spruce Street Harbor Park
The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s (DRWC) Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for a third year, attracting delighted visitors. Along with ample outdoor seating (including nets suspended over the river), local beer and higher-end grab-and-go food available from cargo containers, the seasonal park features an expanded hammock garden, more arcade games, an urban beach, fountains and a series of barges with lily pad water gardens.

PHS Pop Up Garden On South Street
Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

June 1 – September 30, 2016
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) offers two Pop Up Gardens in 2016, each with a different vibe via foliage that helps set the mood. One returns to the South Street lot next to Jamaican Jerk Hut, where fragrant herbs, crape myrtles, climbing vines and a tall mulberry tree set a soothing tone. The Khyber Pass Pub oversees the beer and cocktail program, which features a botanical bar, frozen daiquiris and brewery favorites. The menu reflects the diversity of South Philly’s residents via sweet potato summer rolls, Italian charcuterie, and bacon guacamole.

PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park

June 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
New this year, Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park is the second Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden. Landscape architect Walter Hood has merged post-industrial structures with urban green space, blending art, history and red cedars and staghorn sumac. Chefs Jason Cichonski of Ela and The Gaslight and Sylva Senat of Dos Tacos and Maison helm the Bun Box, serving steamed bao and other buns stuffed with tikka masala, Buffalo chicken and more. The garden bar will have six beers on tap (including a special PHS beer from Victory Brewing Co.), canned beers and throwback-to-modern cocktails, from Fish House Punch to blood orange margaritas.

Frankford Hall
A little slice of Munich in Fishtown

Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall seats up to 240 people outside. The space is simple by Starr standards, complete with exposed brick walls, reclaimed industrial materials and ping-pong tables. Classic German foods — pretzels, bratwurst, spätzle — are available at a walk-up counter, as is a hefty beer menu that includes everything from traditional German beers to craft specialties available by the half-liter or liter.


Where to Find the Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

Cheese steaks

Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia.

Everyone agrees that the cheesesteak, the celebrated Philadelphia sandwich invented by Pat Olivieri in 1930, should be made with chopped beef and melted cheese. But opinions are strong when it comes to personal preferences about the degree to which said beef is chopped, the type of cheese to be melted, the bread used to make the sandwich, etc.

Those who prefer thinly sliced and finely chopped beef on a light roll often cite Roxborough’s Dalessandro’s as cheesesteak perfection. Others who prefer more coarsely chopped beef topped with gooey Cheez Whiz swear by Pat’s on Passyunk Avenue.

And still others refuse to even consider that a finer sandwich could exist than the thick, extra-cheesy steak sandwich from John’s Roast Pork in South Philadelphia.

The good news is that wherever you decide to go while you’re in town, you’ll definitely be experiencing an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. And no matter if it’s your first or your 101st, each bite is always worth savoring.


When ordering a cheesesteak, the idea is to let the cashier know a.) that you would like a cheesesteak, b.) what type of cheese you want (American, Provolone or Cheez Whiz), and c.) whether or not you want fried onions. And you have to be as concise as possible while doing so.

Locals have become so adept at this practice that they basically have it down to three words: saying “one whiz with” to the person behind the counter means that you would like one cheesesteak topped with Cheez Whiz and fried onions.

Where to find them:

Pat’s King of Steaks

Pat’s claim to fame is that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Since then, Pat’s has grown from a little stand at the southern end of South Philly’s Italian Market to one of the most famous cheesesteak shops in the world, albeit still in the same location (and still the only location).

Geno’s Steaks

Geno’s has been slinging its famous cheesesteaks from the same location here for more than forty years now and has never been more popular. Like Pat’s, Geno’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so you can visit whenever you get the urge.

Jim’s Steaks

South Street’s eclectic mix of people makes for an excellent customer base for Jim’s Steaks, South Street’s premier cheesesteak shop. The crowds can often mean a bit of a wait before you actually get to taste one of Jim’s fine cheesesteak sandwiches, as the line at Jim’s on weekends can stretch out the front door and around the corner onto Fourth Street.

McNally’s Tavern

Not exactly a cheesesteak but something better. A favorite at McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years, The Schmitter® is packed with sliced beef, extra cheese, fried onions, tomato, grilled salami and special sauce all onto a flash-broiled Kaiser roll

Tony Luke’s in South Philly

More than just your typical Philadelphia cheesesteak joint, Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly sandwich experience with specialty favorites like the roast pork Italian and chicken cutlet. The cheesesteak was not on the menu originally; the city’s love for cheesesteak prompted the Luke’s to make their own version which has stayed a best seller since the addition to the menu in mid 1992. Tony Luke’s menu now includes chicken cheesesteaks, seasoned french fries, hamburgers and more.


2016 Manayunk Arts Festival

Manayunk Arts Festival

About Manayunk Arts Festival

June 25th-26th

Manayunk Development Corporation is pleased to announce the 2016 27th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival. This year we invite you to share in the tradition of excellence at the tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Celebrating 27 years of presenting the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country, nearly 200,000 collectors, buyers, and designers will visit Main Street for this event. This year we have nearly 300 artists that will showcase their work along historic Main Street in Manayunk.

We will also once again feature for the fifth year, our Emerging Artist Tent! This year we will be featuring even more local talent. Whether they are young talent just getting into the business or artists who want to begin to make a name for themselves, you will see their wide range of talents all in one tent on the intersection of Main and Roxborough Streets!

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