Year In Review: Looking Back At The Best Of Philadelphia In 2013 In Photos

With the final hours of 2013 upon us, we here at Uwishunu wanted to take a look back at the year behind us. What better way than to share this year’s highlights via awesome images from top events and moments. Here’s a snapshot of 2013’s finest moments of the year, in photography form. Happy New Year!


Hugh Jackman Celebrates the Academy of Music’s 156th Anniversary

Kicking off the year in style, star of stage and screen Hugh Jackman helped celebrate the anniversary of the venerable Academy of Music alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)

The Philadelphia Auto Show Returns

The annual Philadelphia Auto Show welcomed thousands to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to check out more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars that were on display during the week-long event. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Auto Show)


Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays Launch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Wednesday nights became much better -- and more affordable -- when the Philadelphia Museum of Art launched Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday evening hours. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Vedge Named One of the 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013

In early 2013, Vedge, Philadelphia's critically acclaimed vegan restaurant, got major props as it was named one of the 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013 by GQ Magazine. (Photo courtesy Vedge)


The Philadelphia Flower Show

Horticulture-lovers traveled to Great Britain without a pricey plane ticket during Brilliant!, the 184th Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Now a biannual event, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts -- PIFA, for short -- transported Philadelphians through time with its festival theme, If You Had a Time Machine.... (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Many more photos from the year, below.


The Philadelphia Science Festival

Returning for its third year, the Philadelphia Science Festival was bigger and better than ever in 2013 and hosted hundreds of brainy events during an 11-day fest. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

The PIFA Street Fair Takes Over The Avenue of the Arts

The Penn Relays

Olympic-caliber college and high school track stars met at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field to show off their fastest sprints at the Penn Relays; the world’s largest annual relay meet. (Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia)


Paine’s Park Opens

Located on the Schuylkill River Banks, Paine’s Park skate park opened to the public this past spring, solidifying Philadelphia’s devotion to skateboarding culture. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Night Market Philadelphia Kicks Off Its Season In Fairmount

Sensational street food festival Night Market Philadelphia returned for a hugely successful 2013 season, transforming Fairmount Avenue into an alfresco eating and entertainment destination in May, and then taking on West Oak Lane, South Street and Chinatown. (Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia)

The Barnes Foundation exhibits Ellsworth Kelly

A year after its opening, The Barnes Foundation presented Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture On The Wall and an outdoor sculpture, The Barnes Totem. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)


The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club

For the first time in more than 30 years, Philadelphia played host to one of golf’s four major championships as Merion Golf Club welcomed thousands of fans to the 113th U.S. Open Championship. (Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Serpico Opens

June saw the opening of the highly anticipated Serpico by New York’s Peter Serpico (of Momofuku Ko fame) and Philadelphia’s own Stephen Starr. To Philly foodies, the one-room, 59-seat project represented something of a culinary renaissance for South Street. (Photo by Michael Persico)


The Oval Opens

On the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Oval -- an open-air public space at Eakins Oval -- brings new dimensions to the Parkway, transforming an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre fun space. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The PHS Pop-Up Garden Hosts Summer Fun

In its third year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden initiative transformed a vacant lot on the Avenue of the Arts into Philadelphia's official hangout for five months this past summer -- complete with beer garden, quizzo night and open-air good times. (Photo courtesy PHS)


The Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens

Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s statesman, inventor and revolutionary, the Benjamin Franklin Museum reopened reopen on Saturday, August 24 following a major two-year revitalization. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Made In America Rocks the Parkway

For its second year in a row, Philadelphia got made. The Made in America music festival rocked the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a blockbuster music lineup curated by none other than Jay Z for a two-day festival. (Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Bike Share Is Coming To Philadelphia

In August 2013, Mayor Nutter made an exciting announcement — bike share is coming to Philadelphia in the summer of 2014 with 1500 to 2000 sharable bikes all around town. (Photo by Mitchell Leff for the City of Philadelphia)


The Eagles Open Their 2013 Campaign

The Philadelphia Eagles opened the 2013 season under new head coach Chip Kelly at Lincoln Financial Field with some dazzling displays of offensive brilliance. 17 weeks later they won the NFC East and clinched a playoff berth by beating the Dallas Cowboys in the last game of the regular season. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Eagles)

Little Nonna’s Opens on 13th Street

Midtown Village magnates Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, owners of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Grocery, Open House and Verde, added yet another fabulous eatery to their restaurant portfolio with the opening of Little Nonna's on 13th Street. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)



The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts welcomed its first large-scale gallery intervention exhibition with KAWS @ PAFA, a boundary-pushing show of works by Brooklyn-based pop artist KAWS. (Photo by Denise Guerin for PAFA)

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Returning for its eighth year, the always-entertaining Midtown Village Fall Festival welcomed thousands to revel in eight hours of outdoor fun on a nearly eight-block footprint. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Bloktoberfest in Graduate Hospital

Celebrating the Graduate Hospital neighborhood with craft brews and live music, Bloktoberfest took over South Street with eight blocks of fun from Broad Street west to 18th Street. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia) (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)


The Awesome Fest Drive-In Movie Theater

In the fall, Eakins Oval was turned into an old-school drive-in movie theater for five weeks during the Awesome Fest Drive-In, Center City's first-ever drive-in movie theater. (Photo courtesy Awesome Fest)

Electrical Spectacle Debuts at Franklin Square

Franklin Square brightened the holiday season with a brand-new light show, Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, welcoming guests for a glowing show of more than 50,000 lights, recorded holiday tunes by the Philly Pops, a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights, visits from Santa Claus and more. (Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia)


Waterfront Winterfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink

This holiday season, Penn’s Landing’s Blue Cross RiverRink celebrated 20 years of ice skating on the Delaware River in 2013 by transforming the annual waterfront rink into a veritable winter wonderland: Waterfront Winterfest. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Gets a Surprise December Snowstorm

Holidays in Philadelphia

The holiday season brought bright lights, festive events, merry pop-up shops and more to the City of Brotherly Love. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)


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