Philadelphia was founded on principles of equity and freedom of expression more than 300 years ago. Today, the “City of Brotherly Love” is a welcoming place for people from around the world and a friendly destination for gay and lesbian travelers.
Famous as the birthplace of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the cradle of liberty offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside.
Philadelphia is a dynamic city, sunup or sundown. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, quaint neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. When the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, candlelight tours, delectable dining and thriving nightlife.
The heart of historical, business and cultural activity, gay and otherwise, is Center City (the local term for downtown). Compact and easy-to-navigate streets, place the city at your feet – literally. Bring comfortable shoes, because this town is made for walking. Getting to Philadelphia is almost as easy as getting around town once you arrive. The city is served by Philadelphia International Airport, Amtrak and SEPTA, Greyhound and the Interstate Highway System, linking Philadelphia with the rest of North America and the world, serve the city.
What a vibrant city! It’s new skyscrapers, reaching far above William Penn’s hat, atop City Hall, portray a revitalized community. Visit Philadelphia’s art museums, Convention Center, the Gayborhood / Midtown Village, historical district, go shopping or enjoy entertainment areas. You’ll find an ongoing kaleidoscope of events, happenings and fun.
Philadelphia Featured Hotels
301 South 12th Street
The Alexander Inn is a popular Boutique Hotel, located in Center City Philadelphia, within sight of many of the best attractions the city has to offer. The building is historical, recently renovated, and now has the charm of the past and all the comforts and safety of our most modern buildings. We have 48 nonsmoking designer rooms, all with private baths, large fluffy towels, and wireless Internet access. Artwork, design, style and fresh flowers are everywhere to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Our reception desk is staffed with knowledgeable and friendly people. TAG APPROVED!!!!!
Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
1201 Race Street
On foot or by cab, car, or horse-drawn carriage—no matter how you choose to travel around the city of Philadelphia, you’ll love the location of the newest Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel. Located just steps from the Philadelphia Convention Center and halfway between Independence Hall and Logan Square, our new 92-room hotel is convenient to the places you want to be. Check in soon and experience hospitality like only Four Points by Sheraton can deliver.
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
1100 Arch Street
The Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City hotel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is part of the Gallery Mall with over 100 shops and restaurants. Reading Terminal Market, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the theatre district are all within walking distance of the Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City hotel in Pennsylvania. Deluxe accommodations, friendly Pennsylvania style service and a relaxed atmosphere await our guests.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
The first skyscraper ever build in the City of Brotherly Love is home to Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Contemporary décor and gracious hospitality make Loews one of Philadelphia’s most inviting luxury hotels. Enjoy supremely comfortable rooms and personalized service, as well as delicious cuisine from the hip Sole Food restaurant
TAG Approved Hotels
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia City Center
1100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, The
201 South Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel, The
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport
4101b Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Westin Philadelphia, The
99 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Academy of Natural Sciences offers a unique opportunity to learn about the environment and its diverse species while having fun.
1 Aquarium Dr. at Camden Waterfront
Adventure Aquarium features nearly 200,000 square feet of sea life and wildlife. Visitors explore the West African River Experience featuring hippos, porcupines and over 20 species of African birds in a free-flight aviary, surround themselves with dozens of sharks in a suspended 40-foot walk through tunnel, and more.
The African American Museum
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is committed to telling the story of African Americans and collecting, preserving and interpreting their material and intellectual culture in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & the Americas.
The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and is one of the finest private collections of early French-Modern and post-Impressionist paintings in the world.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Known for its grand
architecture and strict discipline, Eastern State Penitentiary was the world’s first true penitentiary, a prison designed to inspire penitence in the hearts of criminals. It stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and a surprising, eerie beauty. Tours include Al Capone’s cell, Death Row and our critically-acclaimed artist installations.
Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 North 20th Street
The mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
The centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park, America’s most historic square mile. The 46-acre park encompasses Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Philosophical Hall and Old City Hall. Built between 1732 & 1756 as the Pennsylvania State House, Independence Hall is the site where the Declaration of Independence was first adopted & the U.S. Constitution was written.
Independence Seaport Museum
Stride up the gangplanks for a journey through the history and traditions of Philadelphia’s maritime past! Enjoy interactive exhibits on immigration to underwater exploration, tour an in-house wooden boat shop, climb aboard the oldest floating steel warship in the world or go below deck of WWII Submarine.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 S. Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music serve as home to 8 Resident performing arts organizations.
The Liberty Bell is located in Independence Nat’l Historical Park, America’s most historic square mile. The Bell was moved to a new home in the Liberty Bell Center in October 2003. The new center features information & a film in multiple languages.
In nearby Kennett Square, Pa., Longwood Gardens features the world’s premier horticultural display set on 1,050 acres. Illuminated fountains, 40 indoor/outdoor gardens, a magnificent conservatory & festivals provide spectacular sights year round.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is the first museum in the world devoted to telling the story of the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive and multi-media exhibits and artifacts.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Historic Landmark Building
118 North Broad Street
Throughout the year, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents special exhibitions, an outstanding permanent collection, and work by some of the region’s most talented contemporary artists. One visit to the Academy and you will understand how extraordinary is our dual heritage as the nation’s oldest museum and school of fine arts.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
A Philadelphia landmark, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the nation’s third-largest art museum. Majestically overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park, the Museum showcases more than 2,000 years of human creativity in painting, sculpture, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Philadelphia Trolley Works Tour & The Big Bus Company
Independence Visitor Center located @ 5th & Market Street
76 Carriage Company was founded over 30 years ago with a vision of providing the Philadelphia Region with superior tours and transportation services. Today, 76 Carriage Company and its offspring, Philadelphia Trolley Works, The Big Bus Co. & Connective Tours is Philadelphia’s largest provider of Sightseeing Tours & Specialty Transportation.
Fairmount Park @ 34th St & Girard Avenue
The Zoo is Philadelphia’s leading family attraction. Soar nearly 400 feet above the city on the Channel 6 Zooballoon. Visit the PECO Primate Reserve to see gorillas, ruffed lemurs and more. Experience the Bank of America Big Cat Falls, home to lions, leopards, jaguars, and the worlds largest big cat – Amur tigers.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Ave of the Republic
Since 1976, it has been the children’s museum of Philadelphia. It was the first in the nation to target families with children ages seven and younger. The mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play.
Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum, on the scenic Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, is home to the largest collection of the artist’s sculpture outside of Paris. This museum houses 124 Rodin sculptures, including bronze casts of some of the artist’s greatest works.
1330 Walnut Street
Boxers PHL, America’s Gay Sports Bar is gay owned and operated and nestled in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. It has two floors, a pool table, wings, beer on tap and many flat screens for you to enjoy.
Knock Restaurant and Bar
225 South 12thStreet
Knock is one of the most popular and friendly bars in town. Happy hour daily from 5 pm to 7 pm. Great food, great drinks, great time!
Tavern on Camac
243 South Camac Street
This locals bar doubles as a nightclub, Ascend, open every night from 9pm-2am, above the tavern. Dine at Terra (American cuisine) on the same premises, most days from, 5pm-10pm.
1220 Locust Street
A good time, no nonsense neighborhood bar. They have happy hour drink specials, as seasonal food menu and daily specials.
Abobe Café – 1919 East Passyunk Avenue – 215-551-2243
Bar Ferdinand – 1030 North 2ndStreet – 215-923-1313
Bike Stop, The – 206 South Quince Street – 215-627-1662
Boxers Philadelphia – 133 Walnut Street – 215-735-2977
Club ICandy – 254 South 12thStreet – 267-324-3500
Knock Restaurant and Bar – 225 South 12thStreet – 215-925-1166
Mixto – 1141 Pine Street – 215-592-0363
Piano Bar, The – 1939 Arch Street – 215-563-4704
Pulse – 1526 Sampson Street – 215-751-2711
Roxxy Bamboo Bar – 939 Norht Delaware Avenue – 2155-931-0101
Stir Lounge – 1705 Chancellor Street – 215-732-2700
Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar – 200 South 12thStreet – 215-964-9675
Tavern on Camac – 243 South Camac Street – 215-548-0900
UBar – 1220 Locust Street – 215-546-6660
Voyeur Nightclub – 1221 Saint James Street – 215-735-5772
Woody’s – 202 South 13thStreet – 215-545-1893
Abobe Café – 1919 East Passyunk Avenue – 215-551-2243
Beau Monde – 624 South 6thStreet – 215-592-0656
Bistro La Baia – 1700 Lombard Street – 215-546-0496
Black & Brew – 1523 East Passyunk Avenue – 267-639-6070
Café Twelve – 212 South 12thStreet – 215-893-5680
Chiarella’s Ristorante – 1602 South 11thStreet – 215-334-6404
City Tavern – 138 South 2ndStreet – 215-413-1443
Copabanana – 344 South Street – 215-923-6180
Dante Luigi’s – 762 South 10thStreet – 215-992-9501
Darling’s Cheesecake Café – 2100 Spring Street – 2155-496-9611
Darling’s Diner at the Piazza – 1033 North 2ndStreet – 267-239-5775
Devon Seafood Grill – 225 South 18thStreet – 215-546-5940
Effie’s Restaurant – 1127 Pine Street – 215-592-8333
El Vez – 121 South 13thStreet – 215-928-9800
Estia – 1405-07 Locust Street – 215—735-7700
Ferdinand – 1030 North 2ndStreet – 215-923-1313
Geno’s Steaks – 1219 South 9thStreet – 215-389-0659
Giorgio on Pine – 1328 Pine Street – 215-545-6265
Green Eggs Café – 212 South 13thStreet – 267-8861-0314
Honey’s Sit n’ Eat – 800 North 4thStreet – 215-925-1150
Jim’s Steaks – 400 South Street – 215-928-1911
Knock Restaurant and Bar – 225 South 12thStreet – 215-923-1166
La Fourno Trattoria – 636 South Street – 215-627-5258
Leziz – 611 East Passyunk Ave – 267-639-3214
Lolita – 106 South 13thStreet – 215-546-7100
Mamma Maria – 1637 East Passyunk Avenue – 215-271-2066
Marabella Meatball Co – 1211 Walnut Street – 215-238-1833
Mixto – 1141 Pine Street – 2155-592-0363
Paradiso Restaurant & Wine Bar – 1627 East Passyunk Avenue – 215-271-2066
Portofino Restaurant – 1227 Walnut Street – 215-923-8208
South Street Diner – 140 South Street – 215-627-5258
Spice 28 – 1228 Chestnut Street – 215-928-8880
Tavern Restaurant, The – 243 South Camac Street – 215-545-1102
Tria Café – 1137 Spruce Street – 215-929-9200
Valanni – 1229 Spruce Street – 215-790-9494
Venture Inn – 255 South Camac Street – 215-5455-8731
White Dog Café – 3420 Sansom Street – 215-386-9224
Zorba’s Tavern – 2230 Fairmont Avenue – 215-978-5990
January 1, 2019
Broadway meets Mardi Gras when 10,000 fabulously costumed mummers (in feathers and sequins) “strut” for this one- of-a-kind New Year’s celebration. The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia. Clubs work on the costumes and practice all year for their one day in the sun (…wind, rain or snow).
Philadelphia Flower Show
March 2-10, 2019
The Philadelphia International Flower Show introduces visitors to a lush experience that blends next-stage digital technology with natural beauty.
Philadelphia LGTBQ+ Film Festival (qFLIX)
March 25-31, 2019
Their mission is to preserve the tradition of the exhibition of American and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer independent film that reflects the diversity of the community. qFLIX USA presents this film festival for, by, and about the LGBTQ+ community. They produce this festival for the education, entertainment, and enjoyment of past, present and future generations.
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride
April 26-28, 2019
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride was organized to promote unity among African Americans and people of African Decent who are sexual minorities. The organization produces an annual celebration of “Black Pride”, as well as a variety of activities throughout the year that promote and advocate for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and well being of all related communities.
Early May 2019
Equality Forum presents annually the largest national and international GLBT civil rights forum. Equality Forum includes over 50 programs, parties and special events with no registration free and all substantive programs for free. Featured events include National Equality Rally at Independence Hall, Art Exhibit, International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center, SundayOUT! street festival & much more.
Philadelphia LGBT PrideDay Parade and Festival
June 9th, 2019
June is recognized as Gay Pride Month throughout the World. Philly Pride is one of hundreds of groups organizing and presenting spectacular outside events to promote the visibility of the LGBT community. Tradition dictates that Philadelphia has its LGBT Pride Day Parade and Festival on the 2nd Sunday of June.
Philadelphia Fringe Festival
September 6th – 23rd, 2018
Featuring cutting-edge performing arts events created by some of the most renowned contemporary artists from our region and around the world. The Philly Fringe provides opportunities for any artist, independent of a selection process, to self- produce his or her work, in the tradition of the int’l Fringe movement. Our goal is to construct a cultural center where artists on the cutting-edge of their craft can present their work, exchange creative energies and ideas, and share their artistic visions with audiences & the int’l arts community.
GLBT History Month
The entire month of October
To celebrate gay history month, Equality Forum selects 31 GLBT leaders, one for each day of October. They chose individuals living or dead, who have distinguished themselves within their field of endeavor, as national heroes, or in the GLBT civil rights movement. The goal of GLBT History Month is to teach gay history, to provide inspiring role models, and to highlight important worldwide contributions by gay people.
OutFest Festival Weekend
October 7, 2018
OutFest, our National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Festival, has grown into the largest Coming Out Day celebration in the world.
Philadelphia Film Festival
Oct 18th – 28th, 2018
Four Days of World-Class Films programmed under the expertise of new Artistic Director Harlan Jacobson.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22th, 2018
What’s Thanksgiving without a turkey? And in Philadelphia, what’s Thanksgiving without the Thanksgiving Day Parade? The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the nation brings its own special enchantment to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with giant balloons, marching bands, floats and musical guests.
Premier Transportation Services
Director, Global Sales
For over 20 years, our dedicated and loyal staff at Premier Transportation Services has provided award winning services to our clients. Whether a wedding, sporting event, night on the town, corporate event or just a ride to the airport, Premier Transportation has you covered. Our fleet includes sedans, limousines, Vans, SUVs, as well as Mini buses, Limo, Executive or Motor Coaches… something for everyone. Dispatchers are available 24-7/365 days a year. Premier Transportation is a proud member of IGLTA.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
323-860-5200 / aidshealth.org
William Way LGBT Community Center – 1315 Spruce Street – 215-732-2220