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The 50 Biggest Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2017

A month-by-month guide to the biggest, can’t-miss events coming to Philly this year

Travel & Leisure ranked Philadelphia as one of the top destinations in the world to visit in 2017, and it's clear why — more excitement than ever awaits this year.

From mega festivals and parades to blockbuster exhibitions and art shows to happenings for garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs, music aficionados and sports fans, events of all kinds pack the calendar year with epic fun, delicious food and more.

The events below are some of the biggest events coming to the city in 2017 – drawing tens of thousands of people. But it is just a sampling of the hundreds of events that take place in Philadelphia every season. For more comprehensive guides to
events and festivals coming to Philly this year, check out our guides Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter festivals and events.

Ongoing | January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


Museum of the American Revolution

exterior of museum of the american revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution promises art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation's Revolutionary Period. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Now Open

The Museum of the American Revolution opens its doors this spring in Philadelphia's Historic District, just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

Show off your Lego-building skills with an almost unlimited supply of bricks at the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Now Open

Block by block, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will unlock imaginations as wannabe builders dive into an interactive world of hands-on play. Iconic Philadelphia landmarks created from millions of LEGO bricks in MiniLand, Play Zones with an almost unlimited supply of LEGO bricks, a kid-friendly ride and 4D cinema will keep children and parents entertained for hours at this indoor playground.

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Bartram's Mile Expansion Grand Opening

 bartram's trail expansion

Bartram's Trail will offer new recreational opportunities and great skyline views. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Now Open

Here’s one that will please history lovers and outdoor fans. April brings the opening of the new Bartram’s Mile, a 1.1-mile addition to Schuylkill Banks recreational trail. The 15-foot-wide multi-use path will extend along the western bank of the Schuylkill River through the grounds of historic Bartram’s Garden, frequented by Washington, Jefferson and other boldface names from history. Selfie alert: The new plaza at the 56th Street access point offers great skyline views.

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Design Philadelphia

October 5-14, 2017

Design Philadelphia, taking place each fall, is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation, with 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers. Venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban planning.

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Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Fall Festival

One of the largest festivals of the year, the Midtown Village Fall Festival fills the streets of Midtown Village with entertainment and festival-goers every year. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

October 7, 2017

With music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities, the Midtown Village Fall Festival takes the neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level.

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Old City Fest

Old City Fest

Celebrate the many creative folks who live and work within Old City during the annual Old City Fest. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

October 8, 2017

Artists, makers, designers, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival. Throughout several blocks along North 3rd and Arch streets, activities, exhibitions and programs appeal to families, as well as the over-21 crowd.

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The largest National Coming Out Day Festival celebration in the world, Outfest brings a 10-block party to the Gayborhood. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

October 8, 2017

OutFest, part of the National Coming Out Day Festival, is the largest event of its kind in the world. The 10-block Gayborhood party packs in the fun with drag shows, games, bar crawls, music, shopping and a main stage featuring live entertainment — including a high-heel race.

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October 14, 2017

Several neighborhood organizations partner with local businesses to produceBloktoberfest, an all-ages celebration of beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon and along four blocks of South Street.

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Philadelphia Film Festival

October 19-29, 2017

The annual Philadelphia Film Festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues around the city. Attendees take in short films, feature-length films, animated movies and special guest appearances.

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Harry Potter Festival

October 20-21, 2017

The wizards of Hogwarts take over during the Harry Potter Festival. Chestnut Hill transforms into a mini-Hogsmeade with a costume parade, Horcrux Hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Potter Pub Crawl and more. It all culminates with dozens of Quidditch teams competing for the Golden Snitch.

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Philly Free Streets Day

The second annual Philly Free Streets Day shuts down seven miles of Philly streets to vehicular traffic, opening them for runners, cyclists and pedestrians. (Photo courtesy Open Streets PHL)

October 28, 2017

Get excited, Philadelphia: The second-ever Philly Free Streets Day hits the city this month. During the event, major thoroughfares throughout the city completely close to vehicular traffic and open up to pedestrians, runners and cyclists. This year, Philly Free Streets covers seven miles of the city’s roads — from parts of Philadelphia’s Historic District up into El Centro de Oro (The Golden Block) in North Philadelphia. Pull out those sneakers and get ready to explore — traffic-free!

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Longwood Gardens' Fountain Makeover

Longwood Fountains

This summer, the fountains at Longwood Gardens return after a spectacular renovation. (Rendering courtesy Longwood Gardens)

Through October 31, 2017

After delighting crowds for more than 85 years, Longwood Gardens’ fountains are undergoing a $90 million makeover. Enhanced by 21st-century technology, dramatic new lighting and a variety of newly choreographed fountain shows featuring jets that shoot more than 175 feet in the air will elicit ooohs and aahhhs. New seating areas, a grotto, trestle bridge and landscaped paths offer guests lots of photo-worthy scenes.

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Jewish Film Festival

November 4-19, 2017

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival brings dozens of films from countries around the world for a multi-day festival designed to highlight the diversity and commonality we hold as humans. Screenings will be held at venues citywide and will span a wide range of genres, connected by a thread of Jewish culture, heritage and history.

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Asian American Film Fest

November 9-19, 2017

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival aims to educate and expose the Philadelphia region to films by and about Asian Americans through an abundance of screenings and events. The festival delves into Asian American film through screenings of documentaries and feature films, panels, discussions, parties and more at several locations throughout the city.

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Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the most anticipated races in the country, winding runners past a multitude of iconic Philly sights. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Marathon)

November 17-19, 2017

One of the country’s premier — and most scenic — running events, the Philadelphia Marathon takes participants through the city's historic downtown, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. The weekend includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the Health & Fitness Expo.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest in the country, delights thousands each year with floats, special guests and more. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

November 23, 2017

Sponsored by local station 6ABC and Dunkin’ Donuts, the America’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade wows crowds with fancy floats, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Debut of the new LOVE Park

Fall 2017 (TBA)

LOVE Park, which got some love of its own in the form a major makeover, is getting ready to show off its new look. Redesigned sloping lawns, colorful new flower beds and a large central fountain are the backdrops to Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, offering stellar sightlines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for photo ops. The iconic round visitors center will also sport a new look and will offer food and beverage service.

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Holidays in Philadelphia

Holidays in Philadelphia

From ice skating to tree lightings to quaint shopping experiences, the holiday season in Philadelphia brings lots to do and plenty of festive cheer. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

November and December 2017

The City of Brotherly Love wholeheartedly embraces the most wonderful time of the year, hosting a festive array of iconic holiday attractions. Whether you’re looking to skate at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, shop the popular German-style Christmas Village or take in the Macy's Christmas Light Show, the region is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. And don't miss some of the most popular wintertime highlights that the city has to offer, including the Comcast Center's festive film experience Comcast Holiday Spectacular and the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, featuring ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family fun on the waterfront.

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New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia

New Year’s in Philadelphia

With plenty to partake in all throughout the city, New Year's in Philadelphia culminates in an epic fireworks display over the Delaware River waterfront. (M. Stanley for DRWC)

December 31, 2017

From musical performances to dance parties to fireworks over the Delaware River waterfront, Philadelphia is never lacking in fun ways to celebrate and ring in the New Year. Stay tuned for details, but you can be sure to look forward to a massive fireworks-filled celebration, special dinners, dance parties and other events throughout the city. On New Year’s Day, join thousands on the streets of Philadelphia for the annual Mummers Parade.

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Past Events


Center City District Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week offers a great chance to sample the menus of some of the city's top restaurants. (E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

January 22-27, 2017 and January 29 – February 3, 2017

Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, budget-conscious meals at as many as 120 restaurants for a price of $20-35. Whether your must-visit list includes a longtime Philly favorite or a raved about newcomer — we’re looking at you Mission Taqueria and Scarpetta Philadelphia — Restaurant Week brings one of the best excuses we can think of to make a reservation.

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Philadelphia Auto Show

philadelphia auto show

At the Philadelphia Auto Show, visitors can check out the newest vehicle models that will soon be at dealerships around the region. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

January 28 - February 5, 2017

Explore the automotive industry’s newest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show. Navigate the 700,000-square-foot display floor to check out more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars on display or hop in the driver's seat and go for a ride in vehicles from Jeep, BMW, Mazda and more.

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Chinese New Year

January 28, 2017

Colorful dragons, traditional lion dancers and parades accented with brightly costumed marchers and entertainment of all sorts help to ring in the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia. Although festivities take place all around town, the heart of the celebration is in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood, where thousands gather to join in the fun.


Black History Month in Philadelphia

people at the national constitution center

In 2017, Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month with a host of exhibitions, special events, community programs and more. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

February 2017

Throughout the month of February, Philadelphia's museums, attractions, venues and more pay homage to the city's African-American history — and look to the future — by hosting a number of special events for Black History Month. Click the button below to read our guide to the cultural dance performances, themed tours, movie screenings and more going down during Black History Month in Philadelphia.

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PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show (above) celebrated the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, and in 2017, the show will highlight the country of Holland. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

March 11-19, 2017

The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World, will be a real Dutch treat. The nation’s largest indoor flower show salutes the Netherlands’ flower fields, rich culture, innovative eco-design and sustainability efforts. Top-of-the-line horticultural designers and more than 180 vendors transform the Pennsylvania Convention Center with windmills, canals, bicycles, wooden shoes, tulips and more during this annual pre-spring visual extravaganza.


qFLIX Philadelphia

March 14-19, 2017

The annual qFLIX Philadelphia festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts.

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Philly Wine Week

March 19-26, 2017

Philly Wine Week serves as an eight-day celebration of events and specials at more than 50 venues throughout the city, all designed to highlight wine as an approachable and fun beverage option.

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Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival invites residents and visitors to spend time outdoors and enjoy a week-long series of events. (Photo by Jim Allen)

April 1-9, 2017

Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees or taking in the many featured festivities such as live music and cultural demonstrations, the 20th annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the time to celebrate all things Japanese.

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Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show

April 21-23, 2017

One of the most prestigious antique shows in the country, Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show features fine and decorative arts, jewelry and furniture. Nearly 60 exhibitors show up to the Navy Yard to showcase works ranging from Colonial to contemporary.

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Philadelphia Science Festival

April 21-29, 2017

With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a huge carnival, this citywide event demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life. Featuring more than 175 exhibitors, the nine-day festival includes a ton of interactive activities including slime-making, hands-on DNA extraction from a strawberry and a detailed robot exploration.

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82nd NFL Draft

April 27-29, 2017

Score one for Philadelphia, landing the 82nd NFL Draft for the first time in more than 50 years. During three days of festivities — all taking place outdoors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — fans can enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.

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Penn Relays

Penn Relays

The Penn Relays draw crowds of up to 100,000 to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete — and often begin Olympic careers. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

April 27-29, 2017

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, it’s the most action-packed, too.

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Philadelphia Black Pride

April 27 - May 1, 2017

This pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations traditionally coincides with the Penn Relays. Bringing a diverse array of events to venues citywide, Philadelphia Black Pride is an annual opportunity to celebrate, network and build awareness.

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Philly Tech Week

April 28 - May 6, 2017

Throughout Philly Tech Week, more than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks as well as the technically challenged can participate in more than 100 events, including a variety of programs, interactive activities and workshops that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovating uses of technology.

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Celebration of Black Arts

May 1-31, 2017

Nationally acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and performance artists from across the U.S. head to Philadelphia each year for the Celebration of Black Arts. The event, which includes a gallery exhibition, conference, multi-genre performing and literary arts showcases and awards, is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation.

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South Street Spring Festival

South Street Spring Festival

The free, all-ages South Street Spring Festival runs a dozen blocks and includes vendors, food, bands and more. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

May 6, 2017

Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun at Headhouse Square and along South Street during the South Street Spring Festival. The annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza.

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Broad Street Run

May 7, 2017

The 37th annual Broad Street Run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. Drawing around 35,000 runners and a seemingly equal amount of fans, the event brings a lively energy to one of Philly's most iconic streets.

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

The popular Chinese Lantern Festival returns with new lanterns, a beer garden, performances and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.)

May 9 - June 18, 2017

After a super successful festival in 2016, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns this spring. From May 9 through June 11, the park will glow with 29 new (read: different lanterns than last year) handcrafted lanterns, including a newly rebuilt 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year) constructed by lantern artisans from China. Also returning? Themed performances, food specials, the Dragon Beer Garden and the craft market.

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New Hope Celebrates’ Annual Pride Fest

New Hope Celebrates Annual Pride Fest

New Hope's annual gay pride celebration presents a week full of spirited activities and special events. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)

May 14-21, 2017

New Hope Celebrates’ Annual Pride Fest begins with the Equality Flag ceremony on May 14 and continues with a weeklong celebration. Saturday’s Pride Parade and Fair crosses the bridge from Lambertville, New Jersey to New Hope, site of live outdoor performances and events. Sunday’s finale consists of T-dance parties.

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Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

May 18-20, 2017

Musicians, dancers, actors, jugglers, puppeteers and acrobats delight young audiences at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts during the 32nd annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival.

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May. (E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

May 20, 2017

Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse neighborhood come together for a public street fest and a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.

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9th Street Italian Market Festival

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)

May 20-21, 2017

The annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and the Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannolis, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas.

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival is one of the city’s quirkiest spring events. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Federal Credit Union)

May 20, 2017

During the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, people stroll the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to find an eclectic mix of local artists, musicians and food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course.

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Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

June 2-4, 2017

For one whole weekend, film fans view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions.

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Philly Beer Week

June 2-11, 2017

Philly Beer Week, the 10th annual celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture, takes over the city and region for 10 full days. Events range from tastings to lectures to beer-pairing dinners.

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The Roots Picnic

Roots Picnic

Legendary Philly-bred band The Roots pulls together big-name artists of all types for an outdoor day of music at Festival Pier. (Photo courtesy Roots Picnic)

June 3, 2017

Philly’s own Grammy-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for the 10th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Past performers have included Usher, Future, Leon Bridges, DMX, Willow Smith, GoGo Morrow and, of course, The Roots.

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Big Bling

June 8 - November 2017

The Association for Public Art (aPA) brings sculptural installation Big Bling to Philly this summer. A creation of acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear, Big Bling stands as his largest temporary outdoor sculpture yet. On view from June to November 2017 on Kelly Drive, the multi-tier wood structure appears to be part animal, part abstract sculpture and part meditation piece.

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Odunde Festival

Odunde Festival

The Odunde Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

June 11, 2017

The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast comes to South Street during the annual Odunde Festival that features cultural, historical and events for all ages. Look forward to food trucks and shopping vendors galore lining the streets.

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PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

Celebrate gay pride with live music, food, drinks and the annual parade that marches on from 13th and Locust streets to Penn’s Landing. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

June 18, 2017

The 28th annual PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and a festive parade that runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing.

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Manayunk Arts Festival

Manayunk Arts Festival

The Manayunk Arts Festival is one of the region's biggest outdoor, juried arts festivals, bringing hundreds of artists to the area. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

June 24-25, 2017

More than 300 artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival.

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Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America

The epic Wawa Welcome America! celebration spans six days, culminating with fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

June 29 - July 4, 2017

Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 25th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city, including outdoor concerts, museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties and fantastic fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

The storming of the Bastille gets a Philly twist at the Eastern State Penitentiary, where re-enactors put on a playful performance and thousands of Tastycakes(!) get tossed to the crowd. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

July 15, 2017

The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day, as re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes experimental cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the crowd.

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XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential Music Festival

Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. (Photo courtesy WXPN)

July 28-30, 2017

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront for the XPoNential Music Festival.

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BlackStar Film Festival

August 3-6, 2017

Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color.

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2nd Street Festival

August 6, 2017

Where better to celebrate craft beer than in the neighborhood that helped launch the craze? All afternoon and evening, Northern Liberties vendors close down North 2nd Street for the 2nd Street Festival, complete with beer gardens, food, workshops, art, street performances and a ton of bands playing on two stages.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk Festival

Head out to the Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville for a weekend full of folk music just outside the city. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

August 17-20, 2017

The 56th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock, attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville.

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The Oval+

Through August 20, 2017

Just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Oval returns to transform the asphalt and lawns surrounding 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into an eight-acre, all-ages pop-up outdoor space. Visitors can enjoy giant games like chess and activities like ping pong and mini golfs, dine on tasty dishes from local food trucks and lounge with a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden. This year's Oval also includes several art installations set up along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Logan Circle.

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Made in America Music Festival

Made in America Music Festival

The Made in America Music Festival draws thousands to downtown Philadelphia for an epic two-day music fest. (Photo courtesy Made In America Music Festival)

September 2-3, 2017

Celebrating its fifth year, the Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical soiree that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival, complete with dozens of top performers and multiple stages, is one of the year’s can’t-miss events. Stay tuned for more details as they're announced.

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Fringe Festival

September 7-24, 2017

For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city during the Fringe Festival. Catch shows – many of which are offered for free – at venues all throughout the city.

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Parkway 100

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway celebrates its centennial birthday with special events, exhibitions and more. (B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

September 8, 2017 - November 16, 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s impressive cultural boulevard, celebrates its centennial this year with a slew of special events, exhibitions, community discussions and more. Throughout the duration of the celebration, visitors can interact with installations set up along the Parkway and also enjoy themed exhibitions at cultural institutions like Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Mormon Temple. Click the button below to learn more about all of the Parkway 100 festivities.

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Delight in mushroom eats of all sorts, including poppers and popsicles, at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, where plenty of fun fungi activities also await. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

September 9-10, 2017

Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of food, music, parades, contests and other activities that are all part of the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival.

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Center City District Restaurant Week - Fall Edition

September 10-19, 2017

Treat yourself to some of autumn’s best flavors prepared by top chefs in the area during Center City Restaurant Week. Dozens of the finest restaurants in Center City will offer indulgent prix-fixe menus that are both delectable and easy on the wallet with three-course dinners for only $35 per person. A number of participating restaurants also offer a three-course lunch option for $20 per person. (Price excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol.)

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O – Opera Philadelphia's New Festival

September 14-25, 2017

The city’s musical profile hits a high note with Opera Philadelphia’s brand-new festival of glittering stars in more than 25 commissioned works, one-time-only performances and world premieres. Also included: The exclusive East Coast appearance of an internationally renowned production of Mozart’s "The Magic Flute".

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Ever take a ride in a lit pedicab sculpture? You will in the fall. (Rendering courtesy Cai Studio and the Association for Public Art Installations)

September 14 - October 8, 2017

The Association for Public Art (aPA), working with guest curator Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives, will light up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, an interactive artwork consisting of 27 luminous, kinetic sculptures in the form of free pedicabs. Participants can take a ride inside the moving sculptures, which will travel in a route between Sister Cities Park and Iroquois Park connecting the iconic institutions along the parkway.

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind the Walls

The historic Eastern State Penitentiary turns into one of the country's most impressive haunted houses every Halloween season. (Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary)

September 22 - November 11, 2017 (Select nights)

Thrill-seekers test their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison that turns into the country’s largest Halloween haunted attraction. Prepare for a historic spook.

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Philly’s Cheesesteak and Food Fest

September 23, 2017

Philly’s Cheesesteak and Food Fest returns for its third year, devoted to what could easily be deemed the city's most iconic eat. Tickets include plenty of steak-filled samples, and last year's event also featured other Philly eats such as hoagies, roast pork sandwiches, pretzels, water ice and more. Check back for details on this year's full menu as it's released!

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Opera on the Mall

Opera on the Mall

Catch a free broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia on Independence Mall. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

September 23, 2017

Now in its seventh year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia. Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner for an alfresco evening filled with beautiful live music on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall.

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Ongoing Events

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is back for the season with games, hammocks, a floating restaurant and more. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Through October 1, 2017

One of the best warm-weather spots in Philadelphia, Spruce Street Harbor Park has returned for its fourth season. The beloved temporary park invites visitors to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy delicious food from its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun with a roller rink, boardwalk-style rides, a bowling alley and more. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

Through September 4, 2017

The Delaware River waterfront becomes a seasonal wonderland each summer during Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Guests can enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides at the Midway, try their luck in the arcade, enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s first outdoor roller rink.

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Parks on Tap

Philly's traveling beer garden series returns to parks all over the city this summer. (Photo by A. Yee for Parks on Tap)

Through October 1, 2017

Concession trucks meet permanent parks during the warm weather Parks on Tap series. The traveling program takes advantage of green spaces throughout the city and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers to bring two trucks at a time (one food, one craft beer and other adult beverages) to rotating locations throughout the area.

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Night Market Philadelphia

Night Market Philadelphia

Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy the Food Trust)

Spruce Hill: July 1, 2017
Roxborough: August 10, 2017
Italian Market: October 5, 2017

Food trucks galore fill Philadelphia's charming neighborhoods during the city's popular street food festival Night Market Philadelphia presented by The Food Trust. The roving festival of street eats, live music and neighborhood pride attracts tens of thousands of hungry visitors each season. Each popup brings the Night Market to a different part of the city as it heads to four different locations this years.

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PECO Multicultural Series of Festivals at Penn’s Landing

PECO Multicultural Series

The PECO Multicultural Series gives visitors and residents a taste of all the world cultures that make Philadelphia such a diverse and interesting city. (M. Stanley for DRWC)

Spring, Summer and Fall 2017

Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city through free events that include the Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival, Irish Festival and Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival, among others.

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PHS Pop-Up Gardens

PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The PHS pop-Up Gardens are go-to spots for eating, drinking and hanging out alfresco in the spring, summer and fall. (Photo by Rob Cardillo)

Through Fall 2017

The PHS Pop-Up Gardens set up shop at multiple outdoor sites throughout the city. The popular beer gardens become go-to spots for eating, drinking and hanging out alfresco every season.

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