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Fall fun in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection)

Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. Mai...

Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philadelphia has lots of LGBT-friendly activities planned to help fill your autumn travel calendar:

Restaurant Week: September 23 to 28 and September 30 to October 5
During Restaurant Week, more than 100 of Center City’s finest restaurants are offering indulgent prix fixe menus that are both delectable and easy on the wallet with three-course dinners for only $35 per person. From steak to seafood, Italian to Japanese, the choices are vast — several of Philadelphia’s popular BYOBs are even joining the action. Make your reservation ASAP as Restaurant Week reservations fill up extremely quickly.

Open Air: Through October 14, 2012
The Association for Public Art lights up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s towering just-for-Philadelphia visual extravaganza that combines public art with interactive mobile technology, titled Open Air. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., visitors to the parkway can use a free mobile app that employs voice signals and GPS positioning to morph 24 robotic searchlights into light sculptures viewable from up to 10 miles away.

Eastern State Penitentary and Terror Behind the Walls: Through November 10, 2012
Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season at Eastern State Penitentiary by visiting Terror Behind the Walls, a spooky haunted house inside an abandoned prison where pained former prisoners are said to haunt Eastern State’s dark Gothic halls.

OutFest Philadelphia: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Every fall, Philadelphia celebrates National Coming Out Day with OutFest, a block party in the heart of the Gayborhood, featuring drag shows, games, bar crawls and shopping. Philadelphia’s celebration is the largest Coming Out Day celebration in the world.

Discounted hotel deals are available from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.  In addition, Amtrak and Megabus offer significant savings with advance purchase tickets.

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Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at

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