The Featured Stories That Shaped Philadelphia in 2022 – Metro Philadelphia


The City of Brotherly Love has spent the past year still on the rebound from the pandemic, and it seemed to be the first time in a while that Philly felt “normal.” To take a look back, here are some standout stories that helped shape Philadelphia in 2022.


SIPS City Center has made a comeback

Uh, SBS. You either love or hate the annual event, but no matter which side of the spectrum it falls on, the city’s biggest tight-knit happy hour is making a big return this summer for the first time since COVID.

What this very popular and wildly popular Philly event offers is a way for Philadelphians to get together mid-week at a variety of venues that serve drink and sometimes food specials (think half-price apps) along with basic cocktails (each usually rotated year-round). ). This year, the 14-week event featured Hornitos Tequila.


Philly Theater Week once again puts the spotlight on the arts

Theatrical performances were still making their way back from a long, lonely, COVID-19 hiatus. But in 2022, Philly Theater Week He seemed to bring to life the world of cultural arts that was a breath of fresh air for performers and audiences alike.

The fifth annual edition of this spirited extravaganza spanned 10 days with 64 organizations eventually performing a total of 85 performances in April. Philly Theater Week also featured industry and career development events, shows featuring strong women, LGBTQ eventsShows that offer an opportunity to learn about other cultures, new works, premieres, musicals, classics, experimental theater and even acoustic experiments.

Philly Theater Week, Philadelphia 2022
“Awesome” by Danny Tapper; Danny B Productions. Photography by Emily Hewitt

The city was filled with pride

June has always been a symbol of celebration of the rainbow flag and everything it stands for in the City of Brotherly Love. Pride month It was met with great celebration, but 2022 felt even more heartfelt after restrictions kept most of them away from celebrating together over the past few years.

In Philadelphia, the city and neighboring parties have come out in full support and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community with a parade, festival, citywide events, suburban activities, and of course, restaurants and stores offering specials.

Philly Pride Marsh, Philadelphia in 2022
The Philly Pride Parade and Festival took place on Sunday, June 5th. Corey Aversa

Summer music festivals

With crowds and musical events allowed to return to Philadelphia, the city has emerged to celebrate in multiple ways. Made in USA is one of Philly’s highlights, and this summer ended on a high note with Bad Bunny and Tyler, The Creator.

the Adult Swimming Festival and Block Party He also debuted in Fishtown with some local and national talent, but the summer has really kicked off with the annual WAWA Hello America With free concerts happening all over town and talent including Jason Derulo, Tori Kelly, and more.

Adult Swim Festival, Philadelphia in 2022

Philadelphia celebrated Red October and the World Series

The Fightin’ Phils surprised everyone this year as the official underdogs for 2022 in the World Series. After making it to the playoffs as a wild card draft pick, the team made it to the final against the Houston Astros.

Although they didn’t win the title in the end, the spirit of the town ran high and everyone gathered to watch, celebrate and cheer on our team in a series of amazing, nibbling games this year.

Philadelphia in 2022
Fans cheer during halftime in Game 5 of the NL Baseball Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Street festivals are back and bigger than ever

Street festivals go with Philly like cheeseburgers with steak, and 2022 was full of them. The community has longed to get back into the festive spirit of these years with staples like the Italian Market Festival, Old Town Festival2nd Street Festival, East Passiank Annual car show/festival and much more.

South Street was home to the Many festivals this yearincluding the Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest celebration, the annual South Street Festival and the Philly AIDS Thrift Block Party as well.

South Street, Philadelphia in 2022
South Street FestivalCourtesy of South Street

PFF celebrated its 31st year in person

the Philadelphia Film Festival He made a major personal shift this year after the pandemic left many of his last few solutions all virtual. The 2022 line-up of movies and events spanned a variety of different genres, revivals, and star-studded power.

Highlights included world premieres of two films, North American premieres of two films and US film premieres of five films with the festival ultimately showing over 130 feature films and shorts. The line-up is selected from several international festivals throughout the year.

Two world premieres brought life to FI

The Franklin Institute is a staple in this city. And to make the return of events and the return of new cultural activities really special, the F.I It became home to the highly anticipated world premiere of ‘Harry Potter: The ExpositionThis special exhibition, follows the popular book and movie series, and gives a peek into its history–spanning two decades with 7 books, 8 movies, and other feature books and literary spin-offs.

People from all over the world came to see what the multi-room, immersive experience had to offer. And though it’s now closed, in November, FI announced that it would now be home to another world show –Disney100: The Show, which will open in FI on February 18, 2023.

Philadelphia in 2022
Representatives from the Franklin Institute, visit Philadelphia and the Harry Potter exhibit, along with Mayor Jim Kenny. Submitted

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