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The 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show


The 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show, once again held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, opens to the public on Saturday, January 19th and runs until January 27th. Independent Philly was on hand today for Media Day to get a sneak peek at the 2013 show before it opens tomorrow. Here is what you can expect this year:

The 2012 show was the biggest one ever held; an additional 30,000 square feet of space has been added for 2013. For you pigskin fanatics, there will be over eleven football fields worth of space housing the 2013 displays.

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Every type of car you can imagine will be on display in the numerous Convention Center halls. There are your industry standards (Toyota, Honda, Volkswagon, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Nissan, etc), high end cars that top off at over $100,000 (from makers such as Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Infinity, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar), over-the-top luxury vehicles (from Aston Martin, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini, Bentley, and for the first time ever, McLaren) that can cost more than many homes, vans, trucks, hybrids, electrics, pre-production 2014 models, and our personal favorite, rare and classic cars.

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Toyata and Jeep will both offer ride-and-drive opportunities inside the Convention Center. There will be additional test drives available outside from Cadillac, GM, Hyundai, Kia, and Suburu.

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DUB Magazine will once again host the DUB Show Tour on the lower level. This area will feature customized rides including those made for several Philadelphia sports stars like Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, Thaddeus Young, and Trent Cole.

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Local Mustang and Camaro clubs will be competing in the first ever Philadelphia Auto Show “Face Off” in 2013. These clubs will showcase their best cars at separate displays and after visiting both areas, attendees will be able to vote for one or the other. The winner will have $2500 donated in their name to a child related charity as well as $1000 to divide up between the participating clubs.

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There will be pop-up shops selling all sort of automotive related goods, food, demonstrations, autograph signings, and all the Vroom you can handle.

Show Hours:

Saturdays: 9AM — 10PM
Sundays: 9AM — 8PM
Weekdays: 12Noon — 10PM



Show Location:

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107
(Click here for directions)



Ticket Prices

Adults (age 13+): $12.00
Seniors (age 62+): $6.00 (weekdays only – must purchase at box office)
Children (age 7-12): $6.00
Children 6 & under: FREE with paid adult

Tickets can be purchased online through the Tickets page or at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on any show day. For each auto show ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.

Discounted tickets are available through Septa.

You also have one day left to enter our contest to win one of two pairs of tickets, good for any day you choose.



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You can view an expanded photo gallery of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show below (click thumbnails for full-sized slide show):


The 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show kicks off on Saturday January 28th and runs until February 5th at the newly renovated Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. Media day took place this morning and Independent Philly was there to get a sneak peak at the 2012 show before it opens to the public tomorrow.

This year’s show boasts over 700 cars from 40 different car brands. You can find just about every type of car on display. There are your industry standards (Toyota, Honda, Volkswagon, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Nissan, etc), high end cars that top off at over $100,000 (from makers such as Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Infinity, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar), over-the-top luxury vehicles (from Aston Martin, Lotus, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini, Fisker, and Bentley) that can cost more than most homes, vans, trucks, hybrids, electrics, 2013 models, and our personal favorite, the rare and classic cars.

A few highlights of this year’s show include the Dub Show Tour, the East Coast debut of Porsche’s all-new 2012 Porsche 911, the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda BO29 (1 of just 55), a 1913 Marcer 35J Raceabout, a 1936 Aston Lemans, and a new Rolls Royce Convertible that will set you back a cool $500,000.

The 2012 Auto Show has increased in size to 600,000 square feet of display space. The added room allows for a new configuration (most exhibits on a single floor) and first-time features that haven’t been possible in the past. The most exciting new edition is an indoor Ride and Drive exhibition where attendees will be able to test drive new Toyota’s on a course modeled after Parker Brother’s famous “Monopoly” board game.

In addition to the multitudes of cars, there will also be appearances and autograph sessions with members of the Flyers and Eagles, custom car demonstrations, pop-up stores, food, and a slew of other activities for those in attendance.

The hours and ticket prices for this year’s show are listed below:

Saturday, January 28: 9am – 10pm
Sunday, January 29: 9am – 8pm
Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 3: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday, February 4: 9am – 10pm
Sunday, February 5: 9am – 6pm

Adults (age 13 and up): $12
Children (age 7-12): $6
Children (age 6 and under): FREE
Seniors (age 62 and up): $6 (weekdays only)

To view an expanded photo gallery with 80+ additional photos from the 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show,




Pretty Lights Cranks Up the Wattage at The Electric Factory


Pretty Lights

The unspoken rule is that Christmas lights don’t go up until after Thanksgiving, but these days it seems like it happens as soon as Halloween is over. This year, Philly had to wait only until November 4th to be treated to a glorious display of Pretty Lights at the Electric Factory.


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Adam Deitch

Pretty Lights is the stage name of Derek Vincent Smith, an electronic music artist from Colorado. For the past year he has been accompanied on-stage by drummer Adam Deitch.


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Drum Support

Independent Philly missed Pretty Lights back on April 2nd at the T.L.A. on South Street but caught his act at Coachella Festival later that month and had been waiting for him to make it  back to the City of Brotherly Love ever since. It was worth the wait.


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Michal Menert (who released his album “Dreaming of a Bigger Life” in the spring of 2010 on the PL label) kicked off the show. Next up was Chali 2NA’s set and we enjoyed the hip-hop as a prelude to some electronica. The Factory was already packed with people by 930 PM and there was truly electricity in the air. When Pretty Lights took the stage around 10:15 PM, the crowd had reached (very close to) capacity, and for the next three hours it was one gigantic party with fans dancing and bouncing around non-stop.


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Derek Vincent Smith

We talked to numerous fans that were having the time of their lives; some had seen Pretty Lights before, and some were witnessing his live show for the first time.


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By the time we caught a cab home at the end of the night we were completely exhausted but thrilled to have been part of the magical evening. We could spend many nights, being entertained by Pretty Lights.

Pretty Light’s released his third EP of 2010 “Glowing in the Darkest Night” on October 22nd.



Please check out our complete photo-gallery of Pretty Lights below including all fan photos: