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Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Over the years, the rectangular section of Center City between 11th & Broad Streets, and Market & Spruce Streets has been divvied up and called different things by developers and realtors. But the current appellation - Midtown Village - serves it well: It resides in the dead-center middle of Center City, between the history-heavy mainstays of Old City and Independence National Historical Park, and the upscale cosmopolitan majesty of Rittenhouse Square.

As part of the larger umbrella known as Washington Square West, Midtown Village also contains the LGBTQ-centric Gayborhood, with its restaurants, galleries and hot spots; the popular dining destinations of the famed 13th Street corridor; and some of the biggest and best hotels and theaters in the city. The term “Gayborhood” was first used to describe OutFest by the City Paper, when David Warner described it as a “beautiful day in the gayborhood.”  Philly Pride immediately began to use to the term the following year to describe the area of our gay pride parade formation. It has now become a universally recognized term.

How to get there

Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street, Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust, Trolley Routes to 13th Street, and any Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station. There are also several Bus Routes that serve the Gayborhood including Routes 9, 12, 21, 23, 42, and 45. Plan your trip here.

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Upcoming Local Happenings
Cauldron

Opening!

The Cauldron Philadelphia

Double, double, toil and trouble. Philly’s first potion bar this way comes - opening on Friday! Inspired by (but not affiliated with) several magical literary worlds, The Cauldron Philadelphia serves up inventive molecular cocktails and mocktails that smoke, change color or expand — just like, well, magic. Visitors can also purchase tickets to a potion-making class to brew their own alcoholic concoctions in a self-guided lesson with the aid of their very own “magic wand.” Note: Children’s classes are also available, but only on specified dates and times. Get there on SEPTA! Just a short walk from the Walnut-Locust Station on the Broad Street Line.

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Theater

Hairspray

Miller Theater

Get ready for a groovy time at this blockbuster musical about teenager Tracy Turnblad and her dancing dreams in 1960s Baltimore. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy is full of big dreams, big hair and big hit musical numbers like It Takes Two and Good Morning, Baltimore. Catch it now thru 5/22. Get there on SEPTA! Just a short walk from Walnut/Locust Station.

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Rothman roller rink

Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink

Dilworth Park

Let the good times roll! The retro roller rink at Dilworth Park returns for the spring season - from 4/22 thru 6/17. Lace up your own skates, or rent a pair for $5. Note: Online reservations are strongly recommended for one-hour skate sessions. In between laps, an on-site beer garden serves up brews, cocktails and light fare. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

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PHS Pop-Up Garden

South Street

The popular Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden on South Street is open for another season of outdoor food and drinks within a tree-shaded space at 15th & South Streets. Get here on SEPTA! Ride the Broad Street Line to Lombard-South or hop Routes 4. 27, 32 or 40.

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Center city fit

Cardio Boxing

Dilworth Park

Come and learn some boxing basics with a professional instructor every Tuesday in the month of May. You'll get a great workout in this class that combines bodyweight exercises and boxing combinations. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

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Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse Row Spring Stroll

Rittenhouse Square

The Rittenhouse Square neighborhood transforms into the hot spot for outdoor shopping, fashion events and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants this Saturday. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th Street and 19th Street Stations, ride the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust or take Routes 2, 9, 12, 17, 21 or 42.

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The Spring in LOVE: Multicultural Marketplace

Love Park

Open select dates from 4/22 thru 5/28, this pop-up marketplace in LOVE Park features vendors from the African American and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. New Black- and Brown-owned businesses rotate into the space each weekend, selling apparel, health and wellness items, pre-packaged goods and custom artwork from local artists. It's so easy to get to LOVE Park on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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