Love Soccer? Check Out the 2012 MLS All Star Game on July 25th

Philly sports fanatics know the city's actually got a fifth major professional sports team. Sure, the Eagles, Philles, Flyers, and Sixers get most of the press, but we've also got a great Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. The Union actually play their games in Chester, Pennsylvania — just a short trek from Philly, accessible by SEPTA regional rail for car-free Philly renters — in PPL Park. This relatively new stadium is soccer specific, which means it offers fans of the sport incredible sightlines and an all-around world class experience watching the beautiful game.

Major League Soccer's season is ongoing, and the Philadelphia Union have quite a few remaining home games. And the Union are also lucky enough to host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park. This year's iteration of the MLS All-Star game will feature a side of MLS superstars competing against Chelsea, one of the English Premier League's best clubs. The match promises to be a wonderful spectacle, one Philly sports fans shouldn't miss.

Interested in making a trip from Center City Philadelphia out to PPL Park? The Philadelphia Union's website offers directions by car and via mass transit. To get to PPL Park by mass transit, Philly renters can take SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center, then catch a free stadium shuttle on Front Street. The shuttle runs for four hours prior to kickoff, and runs return trips until the last fans have left PPL Park.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming Philadelphia Union matches!

Celebrate Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary on July 14th

Renters love living in Philadelphia in part because the city's got so much unique character, with historic landmarks from the Colonial Era sitting adjacent to hot new Jose Garces restaurants. From Old City to Rittenhouse Square and Northern Liberties, Philly offers renters an eclectic mix of old and new. Of course, no list of unique Philly events would be complete without the annual Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount.

Never visited Eastern State? It's one of Philly's most notable landmarks, a prison opened in 1829 that now functions as a museum in Fairmount. On July 14th, Eastern State will host a re-enactment of Bastille Day, a moment that helped precipitate the French Revolution. As part of the 2012 Bastille Day festivities, Eastern State will partner with The Bearded Ladies, a cabaret troupe, to offer what its website — possibly, maybe, just a little facetiously! — promises will be a "'completely historically accurate' re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille."

The whole thing culminates, of course, in a faux Marie Antoinette exclaiming "let them eat Tastykake!" as thousands of those Philadelphia favorites fly from Eastern State's towers. The sight of airborne Tastykakes is one of Philadelphia's most unique spectacles and if you're a renter living in Fairmount or, really, in any Philly neighborhood, it's an event you won't want to miss. Click here for Eastern State Penitentiary's 2012 Bastille Day Preview!

Are You Planning To Catch A Sixers Playoff Game?

In case you missed it, the Philadelphia 76ers made the NBA playoffs again this season. Sure, we know the Flyers are making a run toward the Stanley Cup Finals and the Phillies season just started. But after a season of ups and downs, the Sixers once again advanced to pro basketball's biggest stage. As the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers are facing the stalwart Chicago Bulls, who finished the season with the NBA's best overall record.

One game's already in the books: Saturday's 103-91 loss at Chicago, a game marred by an injury to Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. There'll be one more game in Chicago before the series heads to Philadelphia and the Wells Fargo Center. Game Three will take place Friday, May 4th at 8 p.m.; Game Four, on Sunday, May 6th at 1 p.m.

Never been to an NBA Playoff game? The energy's much more intense than regular season games, and this is a great chance to cheer on the hometown Sixers while seeing another one of the league's best teams, up close and in person.

Located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, the Wells Fargo Center is easily accessible from many Philadelphia neighborhoods. The Sports Complex offers ample parking and even boasts its own SEPTA station, the AT&T Station. Located at the end of the Broad Street Line, the Wells Fargo Center is accessible from an array of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Whether you rent an apartment in Fishtown, Fairmount, Queen Village, or University City, it's easy and convenient to get to a Sixers basketball game.

Great tickets are still available, so check the Philadelphia 76ers website for details. Go Sixers!

The Barnes Foundation Gallery Opens This May In Philadelphia

In case you didn't already know: in May the Barnes Foundation gallery opens at its new home on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Art Museum district.

Never heard of the Barnes Foundation? It's a unique and important cultural organization established in Lower Merion by Albert C. Barnes in 1922. Barnes collected paintings by then-active modernist masters like Picasso and Van Gogh. The space was intended primarily as an educational site. The public was allowed in the Main Line gallery just two days a week, while students could visit more frequently. The collection has always been important for gathering treasured works of art; the gallery was notable, too, for its unique arrangement and curation.

After skirmishes in Pennsylvania courts and a major fundraising effort lasting several years, the Barnes Foundation gallery will finally open its new Benjamin Franklin Parkway location on May 19th, giving Philadelphia city-dwellers better ability to see this important and unique collection! Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that tickets for the gallery's first week were going fast. To learn more about the opening of the Barnes Foundation's Philadelphia gallery, click here.

The Barnes Foundation Gallery
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 640-0171

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