Fun February Events around Philly

February in Philly has a lot more to offer than just Valentine’s Day celebrations. Make room in your schedule and plan on going to some of these fun February events in the Philadelphia area! From theatre and history to the always popular Philadelphia Auto show, there’s plenty to do during the month of February!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Black History Month in Philly
February 2018
Taking place throughout the whole month of February, many major attractions around the city will be celebrating Black History Month with special programming. Stay up to date with all the Black History Month events taking place with this guide!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at Forrest Theatre
Feb 13-18, 2018
Quick! Get your tickets to this uplifting musical and don’t miss out on Waitress! This women and pie powered musical is a must see at The Forrest Theatre. Combining music by Sara Bareilles and screenwriting by Jessie Nelson, you don’t want to miss your chance to see this musical!

Valentine’s Day
February 14
From romantic dinners to swoon-worthy events, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone in the city! If you’re struggling to find an idea for great activities check out Visit Philly’s guide to The 35 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia!

President’s Day Weekend
Feb 17-19, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of special programming and events for President’s Day this year. There will be plenty to do to celebrate our nation’s past presidents, which will make for a very fun weekend!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Feb 26 – March 9, 2018
Foodies get ready! Easy Passyunk Restaurant Week is back February 26th to March 9th for its 5th year. Make your reservations now and get ready to chow down on some delicious food at more than 24 different restaurants in the East Passyunk area!

Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday
Feb 22 & 24, 2018
The Reading Terminal Market turns 125 years old this year and they are gearing up to host a 19th century gala to celebrate. Enjoy Victorian period costumes, Victorian décor, and more on February 22nd, the Market’s official birthday. Also, make sure to keep your eyes and ears open about any further celebration. The market plans to have a year-long celebration, which will easily extend the fun throughout 2018!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music
Feb 27 – March 4, 2018
This comedy musical has 10 Tony® nominations and is a huge hit among audiences and critics alike. Set in the 1590s, this musical tells the story of two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play in competition against the widely famous play-writer Shakespeare. After hearing that the future of plays involve singing, dancing, and acting, Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to make the world’s first ever musical. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderfully fun musical and get your tickets now!

Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in South Philly

Siena Place residents: where should you go and what should you do to kick off 2018 in and around South Philly? We have a few suggestions for you. So, say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the new year in style!

SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront: Head to 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia in the Historic District and enjoy FREE fireworks shows that start at 6 p.m. with another show at midnight. Just a short walk to Old City, Society Hill, and South Street, this event attracts thousands every year, making it the perfect event to bring the whole family along or celebrate with your friends!

NYE at Xfinity Live!
Ring in the New Year in style at one of the biggest parties in Philly at Xfinity Live. With an all-inclusive pass, you’ll have access to great live music, five bars, food, dancing, and of course a ball drop! Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 at Xfinity Live – general admission tickets currently cost $95, but price may vary as the date approaches.  Learn more here.

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Looking for a more low-key way to ring in the New Year but still have a great time? Check out the New Year’s Celebration at the Tattooed Mom. With no cover, half-priced draft beers from 10 p.m.-11p.m., festive cocktails, and plenty of New Year’s swag – you’ll have a great time.

Aquarium “After Dark” New Year’s Eve: If you’re willing to take the quick trip over to Camden, head to the Adventure Aquarium on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Countdown to midnight with friends while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a live DJ while witnessing the breathtaking skyline of Philadelphia, your top spot for seeing the midnight fireworks show. There’s a five-hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, cocktail hour, cheese and crudité station, tapas station, dinner buffet and dessert all for one bundled price. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: This winterized riverfront park has an Olympic-size skating rink with spectacular views of the Delaware River, complete with lodge, winter garden, and Christmas tree. Relax with friends in the outdoor seating area in front of a cozy fire or warm up in one of the warming cabins. There’s also a kids’ lodge with arcade games to keep the little ones and teens busy.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show: Located at 6th and Race Streets, this is the place to be for festive lights, winter delights, and holiday cheer all throughout the historic Franklin Square. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show with 50,000 twinkling lights and holiday music to accompany your holiday shopping, dining, and more. Best part is, it’s free! Enjoy the LED lights that dance to the music, a treat everyone will enjoy young or old.

Siena Place is not far from any of these events. Make your plans now so you don’t miss out! And if you want to be part of Siena Place, contact Judd Builders to learn more.

Wonderful Philly Events Coming to Town this Holiday!

All located in South Philly or Downtown Philly, all these amazing events are guaranteed to entertain and spread holiday cheer! Perfect for any Siena place residents, the events below range from classic holiday celebrations to interesting exhibits and fantastic plays. There’s something for everyone! Even Judd’s other communities can get in on the fun! If you live near The Reserve at Creekside or Lehigh Valley take a day or weekend trip to enjoy the wonderful festivities that Philadelphia has to offer.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show
November 9 – December 31, 2017
Great for the family, The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show exhibits 50,000 flickering lights set to music every thirty minutes between 4-8pm on weeknights and 4-9pm Friday and Saturday. Other festivities going on during the show are: Saturday with Santa, holiday train rides, food and drink, and mini-golf.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 18,19; November 23 – December 24, 2017
For the 10th year the German-style Christmas Village returns to JFK Plaza with 80 booths that offer some of the best finds ever. Enjoy edible and drinkable treats and entertainment while you browse booths for a handful of trinkets you’ll fall in love with.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Taking place every two hours, experience the whimsical light show during store hours. You could also take a walkthrough tour of the second floor’s Dickens Village that ends with a chance to meet Santa and get a picture, making it the perfect family holiday outing!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
November 24 – March 4, 2018
This popular attraction returns for the fifth year guaranteeing a wonderful time for anyone who goes. Dust off those skates and get ready to have some fun! Enjoy the amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and cozy up beside the fire pits! Or grab a bite at Lodge Restaurant and Bar, Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and more!

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute
Now through March 4, 2018
Explore the story, craft, and science behind the Terracotta Army at The Franklin Institute. With Philadelphia being one of the only two cities hosting this exhibition you’ll want to visit the thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that guarded a tomb of China’s first emperor while it’s in town. Also don’t forget to check out the 170 related artifacts like weapons, ceremonial vessels, and gold ornaments that will also be on display until March 4th.

Coffee and Tea Festival
December 2-3, 2017
Get on that coffee grind and enjoy the Coffee and Tea Festival December 2-3! This annual festival is held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and there is a lot to check out. With more than 50 exhibitors, tastings, gift bags and more, you don’t want to miss out on this festival!

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 8-31, 2017 (Select Dates)
Enjoy one of the most iconic scores and dance tradition this holiday and purchase tickets to see The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet. This unforgettable holiday experience is elegant and enchanting and there is a sensory-friendly performance on December 27th, perfect for the kids!

The Color Purple at The Forrest Theatre
December 12-17, 2017
The Color Purple hits The Forrest Theatre for a six-day stint from December 12-17th. As a part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series, this novel turned musical is a must see!

History in Philadelphia

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Some of the many reasons why Philadelphia is such a great city, is all of the history that has been built on it. There are endless places to visit in Philadelphia to learn about America’s history, no matter where you are in the city. Here are a few that are the most popular with the most astounding pasts:

1. Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of American Democracy and is located on the site where various important events occurred that have shaped America throughout history. Over the years it has grown into a National Historical Park since the Declaration of Independence was adopted there on July 4, 1776.

2. The Betsy Ross Home was the birthplace of the American flag, where you can wander through the tiny 1740 home today. You can find out why Betsy took on the responsibility of creating America’s first flag presented by George Washington.

3. The National Constitution Center holds on of the most influential and significant documents in all history. The National Constitution Center explains the document through various displays, videos and exhibits that will entertain and fascinate you.

These are just a few of many amazing historical sites located in Philadelphia. Taking a day to go to any of these places with family and friends is the perfect way to stroll around the city and learn about the foundations of our country. Siena Place is conveniently a short drive from center city, all of the sites mentioned, and more!

Philadelphia Named the First World Heritage City in The U.S.

Philadelphia, USA - December 14, 2014. Night traffic on South Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia with City Hall in the middle and people walking on sidewalk. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, attracting tourists with historic landmarks like Independence Hall and City Hall.

This past month of November, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia announced that the city has been named the first World Heritage City of the United States! Philadelphia has been granted this title by XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru and it comes as the result of a two-year campaign. It is predicted to increase the City’s international stature as well as give new growth in order to influence tourism and commerce in the area.

Mayor Nutter proudly announces this designation and mentions that Philadelphia is being mentioned for its many contributions to the United States.

Philadelphia’s case to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S. involved many factors throughout history. It was given considering the city is the location of Independence Hall, in which America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and altered history to create this nation in 1776. Also it is where the United States Constitution was written and signed. Now as the fifth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia joins 266 other World Heritage Cities in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

A couple months ago, the Global Philadelphia Association and the City of Philadelphia invited more than one hundred leaders to compare ideas and tactics that could be fulfilled after the World Heritage City designation.

Why Philadelphia is Perfect For the Winter and Holiday Season

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During the winter and holiday season, Center City Philadelphia becomes a winter wonderland filled with festive decorations, events and activities to be apart of! There are various reasons why Philadelphia is the place to be this time of year:

In December, Philadelphia is decorated with all sorts of colors, lights and decorations, making anywhere you go pleasantly beautiful. Rittenhouse Square’s holiday lights cast a cheerful shine on anyone nearby after it gets dark.

There are plenty of holiday shows to catch in the city during this season. In the Macy’s department store across from Philadelphia’s City Hall has a four story holiday sound and light show every two hours! Each show will feature the Wannamaker organ, which is known to be the largest playing pipe organ in the world with 28,677 pipes, wow!

Ice skating is always a fun winter activity to enjoy with friends and family. Head over to the Rothman Ice Rink set up in Dilworth Park in front of City Hall for a day or evening out gliding on the ice! And don’t worry, you are able to rent skates at the rink if you don’t have your own.

Let’s not forget about the traditional Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Years Day. The parade is all day up Broad Street to City Hall from South Philadelphia with bands and costumed mummers. It’s a fun event to enjoy to start off the new year!

Judd Builder’s community Siena Place is located in South Philadelphia, just 17 minutes from Center City where you can enjoy all of these fun winter activities! Take your friends and family to see the winter wonderland of the beautiful city of Philadelphia and enjoy all of the festive and seasonal treats it has to offer.

Reopening of The Blue Cross Riverrink

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The Blue Cross Riverrink Philadelphia winter attraction is back in season starting November 27th! Blue Cross Riverrink takes ice skating to a whole new level being extremely large in size overlooking the Delaware River and converting into a beautiful winter wonderland atmosphere. As Penn’s Landing will be a transformed into a festive cold weather waterfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is ultimately a cold-weather version of the summertime Spruce Street Harbor Park and warmer weather attractions held there.

The rink is open 7 days a week, including holidays, from November 27th to February 28th 2016. A lodge and winter garden with a heated tent, holiday decorated trees, fire pits and comfortable seating will also be available nearby.

Close to Judd Builder’s community Siena Place, this family friendly attraction is a perfect winter hangout to take your children and the rest of the family to! It’s great to be able to enjoy the seasonal wonders of the city of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Sport Complex

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One of the great things about living in Philadelphia is being able to have easy access to the Philadelphia Sports Complex. All home games for the major Philadelphia sports teams including Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles are played within the complex.

Up until 1971, Philadelphia Sports teams were distributed all throughout the city. The Flyers did not yet have a home, the Eagles played on Franklin Field, the 76ers in the Civic Center and the Phllies in the Connie Mack Stadium. Gradually, the teams started moving to stadiums closer together until all home games were played at the intersection of Braod and Patterson streets in South Philadelphia and the area eventually became known as the existing home of Philadelphia Sports teams; The Philadelphia Sports Complex.

Who wouldn’t enjoy going to a game every now and then to spend your free time? Judd Builder’s community, Siena Place in South Philadelphia is located just 6 minutes from the complex! Sporting events in the Philadelphia Sports Complex are great to attend with your children, other family members and friends for some fun quality time in a laid back environment.

Other than the city’s major sports teams, the complex holds games of Temple Owls Football and select Villanova Wildcats Basketball Games as well as international soccer games, track and field, Army-Navy Football games and all-star games and tournaments.

Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia, PA, USA - November 23, 2014; View on the legs of elite runners participating in the 2014 Half-Marathon of Philadelphia, PA. Dan Vassallo of Massachusetts and Lenora Petrina of NYC win the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon. Here a scene, captured from the back of the leading press-vehicle, along the course as captured during the race.

Come be active and participate in the Philly marathon, full or half options, to see if you can go the distance!

The marathon will be on the Ben Franklin Parkway from November 20 to 22. Who would mind getting some exercise in before all that thanksgiving food!?

Give it a shot, register to run and maybe even shop for some new running gear for this fun and challenging experience.

This event is located just 12 minutes from Judd Builder’s community, Siena Place. Treat your family, kids and friends to participate in walking or running the marathon for quality exercise and beautiful Philadelphia scenery!

Taste of Philly

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Join one of the most popular culinary events of Philadelphia known as Taste of Philly, tomorrow November 10th, where you can experience three hours of nonstop food and drink from the city’s best restaurants and breweries!

The evening will consist of sampling delicious food, tasteful beer, wine and top shelf liquor as well as live entertainment from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The samples will be provided by dozens of Philadelphia-area restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance.

Tickets are still on sale; grab some for a unique night out with friends or family before it’s too late!