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Awesome Spring Events and Festivals
Coming to Philadelphia in 2016

Celebrate the season with arts, science, beer, music and more

As temperatures warm up with the arrival of spring, the opportunities to get out and experience Philadelphia begin to heat up, too. Extended daylight hours and outdoor openings give rise to a ton of al fresco events and festivals, adding to the plethora of awesome indoor happenings already keeping the city abuzz.

From tried-and-true spring traditions — the 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show — to newer, but ever-so popular occasions — Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park and Philly Wine Week — there is plenty to do all season long.

Check out all of our top picks below in our guide to the spring festival season, now through June 2016!

March | April | May | June


March

Macy's Flower Show

March 20 - April 3, 2016
Surround yourself with spring blooms during the annual Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Center City. The spectacular Grand Court becomes transformed into a Secret Garden complete with a whimsical landscape, vibrant flowers, lush greens and blooming trees. Expert flower show guides will offer guided tours of the beautiful display and the historic Wanamaker Building, including a behind the scenes look at the impressive Wanamaker Organ. Free admission

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Macy's Flower Show

Surround yourself with spring blooms right in the heart of the city at the annual Macy's Flower Show. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

March Madness Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Games at the Wells Fargo Center

March 25-27, 2016
Philadelphia takes the honor of hosting the NCAA Tournament East Regional rounds during March Madness this year. Basketball fans can catch the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds at the Wells Fargo Center and see which team will make it to the Final Four showdown. Ticketed

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April

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month

April 2016
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the City of Brotherly Love celebrates with an abundance of free concerts, jazz education nights, family-friendly parties, music-oriented jazz exhibitions and more. Don't miss the fifth annual Center City Jazz Festival on April 30, when 20 different bands will perform over a six-hour timespan at five venues, all within walking distance of each other. Find the full roster of the month's events by clicking the button below. Free and ticketed events

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Israeli Film Festival

Through April 3, 2016
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Israeli Film Festival is a celebration of Israel, with the aim of enriching the American vision of Israeli culture and society through film. A slate of feature films and documentaries are selected to both spark educational discussion and provide lighthearted entertainment. Movies will be screened at various venues throughout the area. Ticketed

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Philly Wine Week

April 3-10, 2016
Philly Wine Week returns for its third and biggest year of wine-centric happenings at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia this month. The eight-day celebration includes events and specials at more than 50 venues, including Alla Spina, Jamonera, a. bar, Osteria, Good King Tavern, Volver, Johnny Brenda’s, Tria, Vedge, Vernick and newcomer Urban Farmer. For the full list of participating venues and events, click the button below. Free admission to events

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Tria is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for the third annual Philly Wine Week. (Photo courtesy of Tria)

200th Anniversary of the African American Episcopal (AME) Church: Part 1

April 7-10, 2016
The African American Episcopal (AME) Church will host a bicentennial celebration in 2016, and the core festivities will take place in Philadelphia, the city where the church was founded. The two-part series of events kicks off in April, with happenings that include a major gospel concert, a social justice forum, a tribute to the church's founding mother Sarah Allen and an ecumenical worship service. The celebration continues in July, inviting congregants to head to Philadelphia for the AME’s general conference — complete with an unveiling of the Bishop Richard Allen Memorial Courtyard and a new mural dedication. Free admission

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african american episcopal church

Founded by the Reverend Richard Allen in 1787, Mother Bethel AME Church is the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. The current church building was constructed in 1889 and stands on the oldest parcel of land in the U.S. continuously owned by African-Americans. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show

April 8-10, 2016
Now in its 22nd year, the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture show is the longest running event of its kind. For the event, skilled artisans from all over the country will bring their standout pieces to the 23rd Street Armory in downtown Philadelphia, transforming the space into a sea of modern and traditional handmade furniture and furnishings. Come see the latest trends, view heirloom handmade furniture and perhaps even pick out a piece for your own home. Ticketed

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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

April 8-23, 2016
A large-scale fire-and-sand performance, a circus built on a foundation of yarn, a traveling symphony performed in water fountains and a sprawling street fair on Broad Street can only mean one thing: the return of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). With 60 performances, PIFA weaves together a variety of art forms and genres by local and international artists in an arts extravaganza. Free and ticketed events

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Philly Farm and Food Fest

April 10, 2016
Heads up, local food lovers. The Philly Farm and Food Fest creates a farm-to-city experience at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, featuring over 100 vendors, an excellent lineup of speakers and classes and a pop-up market for buying local goods and produce. Chefs from award-winning Philadelphia restaurants like Zahav and Talula's Garden will be there to share insider kitchen tips, and an all-day "Cheese Festival-within-a-Festival" will unfold to pull some of the area's greatest fromage experts into one room. Look forward to special pairings and tastings throughout the event. Ticketed

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Dining Out for Life

April 14, 2016
Nearly 200 restaurants in the region are giving back during the 26th annual Dining Out for Life, benefiting those suffering from HIV and AIDS. During the special evening, participating restaurants, including Little Nonna’s, Fette Sau and Vedge, will donate one-third of the cost of your meal to the fight against these devastating diseases. Free, excluding price of dinner

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Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Manayunk Restaurant Week

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival: April 10, 2016
Manayunk Restaurant Week: April 11-22, 2016
This April, Manayunk welcomes guests to both an awesome food festival and a two-week-long restaurant week celebrating the neighborhood's diverse dining scene. The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival will kick off the delicious springtime celebration, closing down Main Street for an entire day of food, live entertainment and more. The festival will draw more than 50 of the city's top food trucks and local vendors to the neighborhood, and the area's shops and restaurants will welcome festival-goers with special menu items and deals. Manayunk Restaurant Week returns for the two weeks after the festival, featuring special three-course menus at a variety of area restaurants. Prix fixe dining options range from $15-35 per person, making it a delicious and affordable night out in Manayunk. Free admission

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The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival features top food trucks, shopping, live music and more. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

April 11-17, 2016
Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese. The first two weeks of April are generally peak cherry flowering season, so come prepared to take in the trees' pretty-in-peak beauty and consider bringing your camera to capture it all. Ticketed

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Cherry Blossom Skyline

The east side of the Schuylkill River, along Kelly Dive, is home to some delightful cherry blossom viewing. (Photo courtesy of Michael W. Murphy on Flickr)

Peddler's Village Spring Fling

April 16-17, 2016
Peddler's Village Spring Fling welcomes the season with a showcases of local flower and garden centers, home improvement displays and seasonal artisans and crafters. Guests can attend educational demonstrations, purchase plants and crafts and enjoy live musical acts throughout the day. Free Admission

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Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

April 22 - June 12, 2016
As part of the celebration of Franklin Square's 10th birthday, Historic Philadelphia is lighting up the landmark park with the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast United States. The square at 6th & Race streets will come alive each night with 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. All creations were constructed by lantern artisans from China. Free admission during the day; Ticketed at night

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A 200-foot-long Chinese dragon will be one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. (Photo courtesy Chinese Lantern Festival)

Philadelphia Science Festival

April 22-30, 2016
Now in its sixth year, the Philadelphia Science Festival aims to inspire the next generation of scientists with a plethora of events over a nine-day span. Highlighting how science and technology impact our daily lives, the festival features a number of hands-on, interactive events and exhibitions for all-ages, including the annual massive street Science Carnival to take place at a new location this year, Penn's Landing. Best of all, most events are completely FREE. Primarily free; Some ticketed events

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PIFA Street Fair on the Avenue of the Arts

April 23, 2016

As the culminating event of the 16-day Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the 2016 PIFA Street Fair brings a day-long celebration right in the center of Philadelphia. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will close off Broad Street to traffic and open up the street for an array of festivities and events. Spend the day on the Avenue of the Arts with food vendors, artisans, and exhibitors and enjoy street performances, musicians and family-friendly entertainment.

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Namas Day

April 23, 2016
Presented by Philly Area Yoga, Namas Day celebrates yoga with a full day of workshops, classes and more yogi-centric fun. The one-day festival will start with a guided meditation, followed by an array of sessions led by some of the top yoga professionals from the Tri-state area. Guests can expect to dive into topics ranging from alignment and anatomy to mantras and meditation. Be sure to bring your yoga mat – there will be plenty of opportunities to strike a pose. Ticketed

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18th Annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Craft Beer Fest

April 23, 2016
Craft bourbon, brews and blues come together for the annual BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Craft Beer Fest at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant. Now in its 18th year, festival-goers can fill up on 70-plus craft beer samples, barbecue from a whole roasted pig, bourbon samples and more. Bonus: Live blues bands will provide the soundtrack all day long. Ticketed

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Flavors of the Avenue

April 24, 2016
East Passyunk’s Flavors of the Avenue brings together the neighborhood’s top restaurants for a huge outdoor dining celebration. Held under a tent in a lot between Tasker and Morris streets, Flavors of the Avenue offers visitors the chance to sample dishes from more than two dozen of East Passyunk's award-winning chefs and restaurants. Outside of the food tent, attendees are invited to a free street festival with live music, a fashion show hosted by East Passyunk merchants (held between Moore and Morris streets) and the April Showers Craft Show curated by Crafty Balboa (held around the Singing Fountain). Ticketed

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The Penn Relays

April 28-30, 2016
High school, college and even professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. With an average of one race every five minutes over 33 hours of competition, it could be declared the most action-packed, too. Ticketed

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The Penn Relays

The Penn Relays take over Franklin Field in West Philadelphia for three days in late April. (Photo courtesy D. Tavani)

Philly Tech Week

April 28 - May 7, 2016
Organized by Technically Philly, Philly Tech Week 2016 presented by Comcast celebrates and encourages the technology and innovation thriving in the Philadelphia region. Last year's Tech Week encompassed more than 140 citywide events, including a women-in-tech summit, a robotics showcase and a cocktail-infused tech expo and demo party held at the Comcast Center. Stay tuned for more info about this year's Tech Week. Free and ticketed events

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Philly Tech Week brings an annual display of innovation to the area, with 100-plus events spread out across the city. (Photo courtesy Philly Tech Week)

Philadelphia Black Pride Celebration

April 28 - May 1, 2016
Over five days, the Philadelphia Black Pride Celebration entertains and inspires with open-mic spoken word, awards, parties and more at venues citywide. Now in its 17th year, the 2016 theme has been declared "My Philly Black Pride" and is designed to build upon past year's narratives surrounding black and LGBTQ visibility. Click the button below to check out all of the programming and events that will unfold throughout the city. Free and ticketed events

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Science Carnival at Penn's Landing

April 30, 2016
The Philadelphia Science Festival comes to a close with the popular Science Carnival, hosted in a new spot this year at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The FREE celebration features a ton of family-friendly activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities and explosive visuals from more than 150 partnering exhibitors.

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Go West! Craft Fest

April 30, 2016
This annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more. Expect around 100 vendors as well as live entertainment for kids and adults, kids' crafting areas and an array of delicious food options. Free admission

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May

Celebration of Black Arts

May 1-31, 2016
The Celebration of Black Arts (formerly named the Celebration of Black Writing), hosted by Art Sanctuary, is one of the oldest events of its kind. Coming into its 32nd year, the month-long celebration of African-American literature and art features an array of events that welcome all ages, backgrounds and interests. All throughout May, author readings, interactive workshops, live performances, an awards show and an outdoor festival will take place to spark discussion and spawn recognition of talented artists within the African-American community.

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Blue Cross Broad Street Run

May 2, 2016
The annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a 10-mile, point-to-point course running from the northern edge of the city to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on the Delaware Waterfront. Thousands of runners pass many of the city’s most important landmarks, including City Hall, Avenue of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia stadium complex. Ticketed

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Broad Street Run

The largest 10-mile run in the nation, the Broad Street Run attracts 35,000 runners each year. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race

May 1, 2016
Come May, the question, “Are you going to the goat races?” reverberates throughout the region’s craft beer community. The Sly Fox Bock Festival and Goat Race pits several dozen goats against one another in a friendly race held at Sly Fox’s production brewery in Pottsville. The winner lends his or her name to the seasonal Maibock-style beer, which is tapped immediately after the race. Live German Oompah music will play throughout the day, and many of the goats and their owners will stay after the race to mingle with the crowd. Free admission

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Dining Under the Stars in Media

Every Wednesday evening, beginning May 4, 2016
Come hungry to Dining Under the Stars when Media restaurateurs swing open the doors and set up service at tables in the middle of State Street. Cars are a no-no during the weekly al fresco event, which features live entertainment, merchant specials and other treats. Free admission, excluding food and drinks

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Dining Under the Stars

Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars. (Photo courtesy of Dining Under the Stars)

Philadelphia Wine and Food Festival

May 3, 2016
This May, oenophiles and food-obsessed Philadelphians will convene at Lincoln Financial Field for Philadelphia magazine’s annual Philadelphia Wine and Food Festival. Wine takes precedence at this epicurean extravaganza, where more than 650 varieties from all around the world are to be poured, but delicious bites from Philadelphia restaurants rank a close second. Ticketed

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The opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park

May 6, 2016
From the day it closes in the fall, Spruce Street Harbor Park's return is eagerly awaited by residents and visitors alike. In May, the pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront revives itself, returning smiles to those who have been yearning for a spot in one of the park’s plethora of lounge-friendly hammocks. The riverside oasis also brings back its beer gardens, pop-up restaurants, ping pong tables and other outdoor activities. We’ll cheers to that.

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South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Maifest

May 7, 2016
The super-popular South Street Spring Festival returns this May for its biggest year ever. The free, all-ages celebration will span a total of 12-plus city blocks – three more than last year – that will be lined with 125 vendors, 35 participating restaurants, 40 bands, 3 stages, 7 performance areas and a ton of family-friendly fun. At the western end on the 700 block of South Street, you'll find Maifest, held at Brauhaus Schmitz, where hundreds of people flock for a taste of Germany right in Philadelphia. Coinciding with the South Street Spring Festival, Maifest brings a bevy of German beers to try as well as traditional music and authentic dancers who gather around the city’s largest maypole. Free admission

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Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Art Star Craft Bazaar

May 7-8, 2016
Lovers of one-of-a-kind finds descend on the annual spring edition of Art Star Craft Bazaar, where the handmade goods include housewares, ceramics, clothing, art, paper goods and much more. The weekend-long sale at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is punctuated with live music, food and art demonstrations. Free admission

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Love Your Park Week

May 7-14, 2016
Outdoor events of all sort make up the weeklong Love Your Park Week presented by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and neighborhood park groups. Kicking off with a citywide service day on May 7, the week also includes service days, festivals, family-friendly events and much more, all aimed at taking care of the 10,000 acres of Philadelphia’s park system. Free

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Night Market Philadelphia – Roxborough

May 12, 2016

The Night Market Philadelphia heads to Roxborough this month. The street-side, seasonal celebration of food, music and community attracts thousands of visitors from around the region and features dozens of the city’s best food trucks and neighborhood restaurants. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks and community spirit during an al fresco experience in the city.

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Night Market

Night Market Philadelphia brings an evening of food truck noshing, live music and outdoor entertainment to Roxborough this month.

Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

May 13-14, 2016
Thousands of athletes from more than 125 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada compete on the scenic Schuylkill River during the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the nation and a Philadelphia tradition. The two-day race is held in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world. Free admission

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Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

The Dad Vail Regatta has attracted competitors and their families for generations, so expect crowds of more than 10,000 spectators. (Photo courtesy of the Dad Vail Regatta)

Plazapalooza

May 14, 2016
Plazapalooza — Graduate Hospital's annual al fresco festival — returns this April with food, beer, live music, family fun and more. It all goes down at Grays Ferry Triangle at 23rd and South streets, where local bands will perform, brews will flow and food will be available from local eateries in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Free admission

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Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

May 15, 2016
This year, Philadelphia’s Garden District will host the 20th anniversary of the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, turning Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill into an outdoor garden marketplace on the first Sunday in May. The festival draws nearly 30,000 attendees and more than 150 home and garden vendors, artists and craftsmen displaying their wares. Free admission

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New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride

May 15-22, 2016
Rainbows rule during Pride Week when the LGBT community and their friends gather in New Hope and Lambertville for a week of lively and colorful festivities that include a block party, live entertainment and a parade so big it winds through two towns. Free

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New Hope Pride

Each May, the New Hope Celebrates Pride festival includes the Pride Parade, athletic events, musical performances, a dance and more, and proceeds benefit national and local LGBT charities. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

May 21-22, 2016
For one weekend each May, 9th Street — in the heart of South Philadelphia — closes down traffic so a huge, multi-block festival can take over the neighborhood. It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. Take note, the most important thing for you to bring is your appetite. Free

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9th Street Italian Market Festival

Always a bustling neighborhood, the Italian Market turns it up a notch during the 9th Street Italian Market Festival in May. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

May 21-22, 2016
Strawberries of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests are just a couple of the festivities at this free annual event at Peddler’s Village. Fill up on berries, and then explore the 65 boutiques and specialty shops that make up Peddler's Village. Free admission

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

May 21, 2016
One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May. The festival takes over six blocks of Walnut Street for the day to showcase the neighborhood’s fantastic food, fashion, arts and entertainment. Free admission

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

More than 40 restaurants will set up shop along the sidewalks of Walnut Street to serve up samples of spring fare during the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. (E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

May 21, 2016
The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival is one of the city’s quirkiest spring events. The one-day festival celebrates the creative spirit of Philadelphia through a design competition that features a wild array of human-powered vehicle floats. Local crafts, clothing and artisanal vendors and food trucks also flock to the neighborhood to enhance the experience and further display the ingenuity of the area's creative community. Free admission

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Watch wild creations take to the streets during the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby that takes place alongside the annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

May 26 - June 5, 2016
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, a 10-day event that attracts horse lovers from around the world, is a time-honored tradition. The country’s oldest and largest event of its kind features hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, four-in-hand coaching, exhibitions and an old-fashioned fair at the Devon Show Grounds. Look for big crowds at the Grand Prix (May 28), which is so competitive that horses must complete a year-long qualifying process in order to compete. Ticketed event

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Downingtown Fine Arts Festival

May 28-29, 2016
Head to Downingtown at the end of May for the Downingtown Fine Arts Festival, where you can catch a bunch of the area's artists and view their work on display. Victory Brewing Company will serve food and beer from its Brewpub on Wheels and live music will fill the air. Free admission

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

End of May 2016
The awesome area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. The exact opening date is yet to be announced but is set for sometime towards the end of May, with daily free admission that will run through the summer. Free admission

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June

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

June 2-4, 2016
The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with family-friendly music and theater performances from around the globe, along with face-painters, jugglers and other entertainers in the free Fun Zone. Ticketed events

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Philly Beer Week

June 3-12, 2016
The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.” To celebrate our love for suds, the annual Philly Beer Week returns with 10 days jam-packed with beer-related events, tastings and more at venues all around town. Check out the official website to stay up-to-date on all the happenings as they're announced. Free admission

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Morgan's Pier is just one of dozens of great places to grab a beer in Philadelphia. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show

June 3-5, 2016
The nation's oldest outdoor show featuring original art, Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show will "Circle the Square" for its 85th year. Enjoy spring in the scenic, namesake Center City park and browse from a wide range of artworks shown by over 100 artists. Free admission

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Art for the Cash Poor

June 3-5, 2016
Expand your art collection without breaking the bank during InLiquid's annual Art for the Cash Poor. Held at the Crane Arts Building, the yearly block party features food, music and 100-plus artists who will offer works in a variety of mediums at a cost of less than $100. Ticketed event

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Roots Picnic

June 4, 2016
Philly’s own Grammy-Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres, including Usher, Leon Bridges, Future and more, for a daylong concert at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Be sure to bring sunscreen – and even more importantly, your dancing shoes. Ticketed event

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Roots Picnic

Grammy-Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots wow the crowd every year at the annual Roots Picnic. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

June 4, 2016
Take a rare look inside the homes along the nation's oldest residential street during Fete Day on Elfreth's Alley. For one afternoon, residents will open their doors to the public to see how generations have lived and preserved the homes on the historic block. Throughout the day, enjoy food, crafts, live music and colonial games. Ticketed event

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Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park

June 4-5, 2016
The top rugby teams from across the country will battle it out for the No. 1 spot at the beginning of June. A group of college rugby teams will play in the Collegiate Rugby Championships at PPL Park, which will host the two-day game for the sixth year in a row. The invitational championship will welcome a number of local teams in addition to talented rugby teams from across the nation.

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Fairmount Arts Crawl

June 4, 2016
The Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl is a free annual indoor and outdoor festival for art lovers of all mediums, bringing tons of people to the Fairmount neighborhood for an eclectic showcase of local artists, street performers, area restaurants, businesses, shops and bars. The event features artists in a range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed-media, with more than 40 exhibits in all. Craft-making, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and other kid-friendly activities will take place throughout the event. Free admission

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Philly Cycling Classic

June 5, 2016
Cheering crowds pack the streets for the giant neighborhood party that accompanies the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. This race brings some of the world’s best riders to take on “The Wall,” Manayunk’s steepest topographic challenge. In addition, recreational cyclists are invited to ride the closed course before the pros. Free admission

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Philly Cycling Classic

The start/finish line of the Philly Cycling Classic sits atop the infamous Manayunk Wall, creating a dramatic end to the race as riders push up the grueling 17% grade hill. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Irish American Festival

June 5, 2016
The PECO Multicultural Series on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city. The free Sunday events include an array of cultural events and festivals that run through September, beginning with the Irish American Festival, the only spring edition of the series. Here, enjoy performances from notable Irish musicians, famous dance schools, bagpipers, and of course, traditional foods like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash during the annual festival. Free admission

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Philly VegFest

June 6, 2016
Vegetarians, this one’s for you. The Headhouse Shambles at 2nd and Pine streets hosts the annual Philly VegFest, a day that raises a fork to all of the meat-free food options in the City of Brotherly Love. Sample an array of eats and drinks while learning about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Free admission

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Copa America Centenario

June 9-14, 2016
Score one for Philadelphia. On June 11, the United States Men’s National Team will play at Lincoln Financial Field, making the City of Brotherly Love one of the country’s 10 host cities to welcome the Copa America soccer tournament. This is the first time ever that the tournament will be played outside of South America in its 100-year history. Ticketed event

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lincoln financial field

For the first time ever, the Copa America soccer tournament will be played outside of South America and Philadelphia has landed itself a spot as one of 10 host cities. (Photo courtesy Lincoln Financial Field)

Bloomsday Festival

June 9-16, 2016
To mark the accomplishments of iconic Irish author James Joyce, each year his novel Ulysses, which is set on June 16, 1904, is relived on Bloomsday with celebrations all over the world. In Philadelphia, those festivities start bright and early at the Lobby of Parkway Central Library with a free reading on June 16 at 9:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon reading at Rittenhouse Square and an evening reading at Delancey Place. An array of celebratory events will take place leading up to the official Bloomsday, including Quizzo at Fergie’s Pub on June 9th and hands-on tours at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, where visitors can actually hold pages from the Ulysses manuscript and other Irish writers on June 10, 12 and 14. Free admission

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Odunde Festival

June 12, 2016
The annual Odunde Street Festival is celebrating over 40 years of bringing a genuine taste of Africa to South Street with a cultural, family-friendly celebration that attracts more than 500,000 people each year and covers 12 city blocks. Free admission

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Odunde Festival

The Odunde Festival, held each June on Philadelphia's South Street, is the largest African-American street festival in the nation. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

PrideDay, LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

June 12, 2016
The 28th annual Pride Day LGBT Parade and Festival takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food and drinks. A festive parade, the signature event, runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing. Free admission

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Juneteenth

June 18, 2016
Historic Germantown honors the end of slavery in the United States during the annual Juneteenth Festival at The Johnson House. The community festival begins with the Freedom Walk on Germantown Avenue leading up to a day of live music, performances, family-friendly events and educational activities teaching visitors about the history of anti-slavery and abolitionist movements. Ticketed event

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Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

June 19-20, 2016
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival is the only film festival in the Greater Philadelphia region that celebrates the Latino and Latin American film scene. Beyond numerous film screenings, the festival also promises parties, panels and receptions. Ticketed events

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