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.
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.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
Show off your Lego-building skills with an almost unlimited supply of bricks at the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. (Photo courtesy LEGOLAND® Discovery Center)
Opens April 6, 2017
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.
Museum of the American Revolution Grand Opening
The Museum of the American Revolution promises art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation's Revolutionary Period. (C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)
April 19, 2017
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.
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.
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 includds a ton of interactive activities including slime-making, hands-on DNA extraction from a strawberry and a detailed robot exploration.
Bartram's Mile Expansion Grand Opening
Bartram's Trail will offer new recreational opportunities and great skyline views. (Image courtesy Andropogon)
Opens April 22, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 11, 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.
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)
Burholme: May 11, 2017
Spruce Hill: June 29, 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.
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.
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)
May 17 - 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Longwood Gardens' Fountain Makeover
This summer, the fountains at Longwood Gardens return after a spectacular renovation. (Rendering courtesy Longwood Gardens)
May 27, 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.
Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park will be back with hammocks, food, games and more this spring, summer and fall on the Delaware River Waterfront. (M. Stanley for DRWC)
Spruce Street Harbor Park: May 12, 2017
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest: May 2017
The Penn's Landing area turns into an all-out summer oasis each year with hammock lounging, beer-garden drinking and boardwalk eating at Spruce Street Harbor Park as well as roller skating and more at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Located just steps from one another, residents and visitors alike excitedly await the waterfront destinations' every spring.
PECO Multicultural Series of Festivals at Penn’s Landing
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.
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)
Spring, Summer and Fall 2017 (TBA)
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. Stay tuned for this year's designated locations!
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opening of The Oval
Summer 2017 (TBA)
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, dine on tasty dishes from local food trucks and lounge with a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden.
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.
September 7-23, 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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
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 15 - November 4, 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.
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!
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.
Debut of the new LOVE Park
September 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Center City District Restaurant Week - Fall Edition
Fall 2017 (TBA)
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.)
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.
Fall 2017 (TBA)
Several neighborhood organizations partner with local businesses to produce Bloktoberfest, an all-ages celebration of beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon and along four blocks of South Street.
Asian American Film Fest
Fall 2017 (TBA)
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.
Jewish Film Fest
Fall 2017 (TBA)
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Year’s Eve 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.
Center City District 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.
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.
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
In 2017, Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month with a host of exhibitions, special events, community programs and more. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
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.
PHS 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.
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.
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.