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Oct 29, 2013, 12:45 ET
A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the free Christmas Light Show at Macy's in Center City illuminates the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights and finishes with sounds from the Wanamaker Organ.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

Lights, Camera, Holidays: Where to See Philadelphia All Aglow

Dark winter nights turn glittery and bright with holiday lights that shimmer and shine all across Philadelphia and The Countryside®....

Oct 01, 2013, 19:06 ET
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, M.Edlow for GPTMC)

Many Philadelphia Attractions Open During Government Shutdown

 Although the U.S. federal government shutdown has temporarily closed some of Philadelphia's most popular visitor sites, including the Liberty...

Sep 24, 2013, 09:45 ET
The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco).  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

African-American Exhibits, Shows & Performances Highlight Philly's Fall Arts Calendar

 As the fall arts season swings into high gear, culture vultures visiting Philadelphia will find plenty of African-American exhibitions, shows...

Sep 16, 2013, 10:00 ET
In Philadelphia, every wall is a potential blank canvas, and stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city. Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals, such as this one in the city's Latino neighborhood, El Centro de Oro. Interested visitors can view several of these works on a variety walking, biking and trolley tours. Credit: Photo by K.Ciappa for GPTMC. (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

A Filadelfia le encanta el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana (del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre) está lleno de diversión, comida y cultura. (Foto:...

Sep 16, 2013, 10:00 ET
In Philadelphia, every wall is a potential blank canvas, and stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city. Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals, such as this one in the city's Latino neighborhood, El Centro de Oro. Interested visitors can view several of these works on a variety walking, biking and trolley tours. Credit: Photo by K.Ciappa for GPTMC. (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Hispanic Heritage Month In Philadelphia

 Philadelphia's Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture. Follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter...

Sep 10, 2013, 10:45 ET
From October 10-18, the ninth annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature program of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, shines a spotlight on the vibrant creative community across the region. This year's theme, EXPERIENCEdesign!, focuses on the experiential and emotional aspects of design by engaging festival goers' five senses.  (PRNewsFoto/The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, DesignPhiladelphia )

Five Not-To-Be-Missed Festivals In Philly This Fall

Fall in Philadelphia means the air is cool and crisp; seasonal fruits and vegetables transform local cuisine; hues of orange, red and brown...

Aug 23, 2013, 08:00 ET
Philadelphia marks 10 years of gay marketing with a brand new television spot starring Miss Richfield 1981.  (PRNewsFoto/The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Philadelphia Marks 10 Years Of Gay Marketing With New TV Spot

 To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign,...

Aug 22, 2013, 11:14 ET
The recently completed Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia is the world's only museum dedicated to the famed Founding Father.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

World's Only Benjamin Franklin Museum To Open In Philadelphia On August 24

 When the new Benjamin Franklin Museum opens in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24, visitors can delve into all aspects of Franklin's life,...

Jun 25, 2013, 10:00 ET
40 Civil War generals are among those resting for eternity at Laurel Hill Cemetery, one of the few cemeteries in the nation to be designated a National Historic Landmark. (Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC).  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Philadelphia Commemorates Battle of Gettysburg

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and Philadelphia—a major arsenal, shipbuilding and hospital center...

Jun 17, 2013, 09:30 ET
Fireworks light up the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the city's Wawa Welcome America! Celebration. From June 24 through July 4, 2011, Philadelphia celebrates America's birthday with parades, family activities, patriotic ceremonies, several spectacular fireworks displays and the nation's largest free outdoor concert featuring top-name talent.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, G. Widman for GPTMC)

Top 10 Reasons To Celebrate The Fourth Of July In Philly

When it comes to celebrating America's birthday, nobody rocks it like Philadelphia, America's birthplace, and 2013 -- the country's 237th birthday...

Jun 06, 2013, 15:52 ET
A family plays Philly Mini Golf at Franklin Square, one of the city's original parks. Run by Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the landmark is also home to the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and two playgrounds.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

U.S. Open Brings Golf Fever To Philly

 Fore! For the first time in 32 years, Philadelphia will host one of golf's four major tournaments when the U.S. Open takes over Ardmore's...

Jun 05, 2013, 12:14 ET
Screenshot of Visit Philly's tweet welcoming new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, one of its more popular tweets.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Visit Philly Wins Travel + Leisure Social Media Award

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) announced today that it has received a Social Media in Travel & Tourism Award...

May 15, 2013, 10:00 ET

Artistas latinos engalanan los escenarios más importantes de Filadelfia

Los escenarios de Filadelfia recibirán una inyección de energía gracias a varios conciertos engalanados por artistas latinos. En los...

May 15, 2013, 10:00 ET

Latin Rhythms Liven Up Mainstream Philadelphia Stages This Season

Philadelphia's concert schedule gets a boost this spring and summer thanks to the addition of several concerts headlined by Latino artists....

May 09, 2013, 12:15 ET
On May 9th, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) released its annual report, revealing that the region welcomed a record 38.8 million domestic visitors in 2012.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Record Visitation To Philadelphia In 2012

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) released its 2013 annual report, which reveals that the region welcomed a record...

May 01, 2013, 13:36 ET
SundayOUT! at The Piazza.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Philadelphia's Equality Forum 2013 To Feature Cuba

Equality Forum 2013, an annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit, has over 30 programs including panels with national and...

Apr 25, 2013, 09:15 ET
Music lovers crowd Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Budweiser Made In America, taking place August 31-September 1, 2013 for the second year. Acts include Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Emilee Sande, Solange and more. Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC. (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Six Must-Do Philadelphia Festivals This Spring & Beyond

From spring until fall, Philadelphia hosts a variety of festivals that music fans and culture vultures will consider must-dos, must-sees and...

Apr 16, 2013, 11:03 ET
Marchers in Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia don caricature costumes depicting the Mexican army that prevailed over the French and Turkish forces during the 1862 Battle of Puebla, commonly known as Cinco de Mayo. Many of the bearded masks, beaded capes, headdresses and other costume accessories are crafted in Mexico and, by tradition, are meant to disguise the identities of participants. First introduced to the city in 2007, the parade and festival brings in tens of thousands of marchers from around the U.S. and Mexico.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Los eventos para conmemorar la herencia hispana florecen en Filadelfia esta primavera y verano

El mes de la Herencia Hispana se celebra del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, pero Filadelfia celebra esta riqueza cultural durante todo el...

Apr 16, 2013, 09:00 ET
Beginning in mid-April, GPTMC is handing over the reins of the @VisitPhilly Instagram account to professional photographers and/or seasoned Instagram users to document each of the neighborhoods featured in the Philadelphia Neighborhoods campaign. The Guest Instagrammers' images help populate the new visitphilly.com/neighborhoods. The section includes user-generated content that feeds into the site via Instagram and Foursquare, enabling people to see what other visitors are doing and experiencing in the city's neighborhoods.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Visit Philly Launches Guest Instagram & Pinterest Programs

 Beginning this spring, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is handing over the reins of its popular Instagram and...

Apr 16, 2013, 09:00 ET
Marchers in Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia don caricature costumes depicting the Mexican army that prevailed over the French and Turkish forces during the 1862 Battle of Puebla, commonly known as Cinco de Mayo. Many of the bearded masks, beaded capes, headdresses and other costume accessories are crafted in Mexico and, by tradition, are meant to disguise the identities of participants. First introduced to the city in 2007, the parade and festival brings in tens of thousands of marchers from around the U.S. and Mexico.  (PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 through October 15, but Philadelphia celebrates the rich culture all year long with...