Skip to main content Official Visitor And Travel Site

The 60 Biggest Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2018

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

The year 2018 is a big one for Philadelphia!

A ton of blockbuster events will fill every month of the calendar, and more than a handful of grand openings usher in some major attraction debuts this year.

Red ribbons will be cut on the Rail Park, the Bourse Philadelphia, Cherry Street Pier, the Comcast Technology Center and the Fashion District Philadelphia, and the fully restored LOVE Park — complete with a restored LOVE sculpture — also comes to life this year.

Other notable happenings include mega outdoor festivals, art shows, film screenings, sporting games and food-centric events, bringing lots to look forward to for everyone.

The events below are some of the biggest events coming to the city in 2018 – drawing tens of thousands of people. But these mark just a sampling of the hundreds of events that take place in Philadelphia every season. For more comprehensive lists of events and festivals coming to Philly this year, check out our Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter guides.

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


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, including Harp and Crown (above). (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Through Friday, January 26, 2018

Treat yourself to a fantastic meal without breaking the bank during the always popular Center City District Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 (at select restaurants) or a three-course dinner for $35 at some of the best restaurants in the city, including Abe Fisher, Barbuzzo, Harp & Crown, High Street on Market, Scarpetta and many more.

More about Center City District Restaurant Week

Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Winter Fountains along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Installation artist Jennifer Steinkamp has lit up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with four stunning, surreal domes. (Photo by James Ewing Photography for Association for Public Art)

Through Sunday, March 18, 2018

The free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this winter with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway's grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue's groundbreaking.

More about Winter Fountains


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. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

January 27 - February 4, 2018

Explore the automotive industry’s newest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show. More than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars will be on display over a 700,000-square-foot area. The best part? A select number of cars will be available to test drive.

more about the philadelphia auto show


Black History Month in Philadelphia

people at the penn museum in philadelphia

In 2018, Philadelphia celebrates Black History Month with a host of exhibitions, special events, community programs and more. (Photo by Visit Philadelphia)

February 2018

Throughout February, major attractions across the city offer special programming to celebrate Black History Month. Stay tuned for our complete guide to events like live dance performances, arts workshops, film screenings and more.

more about black history month in Philadelphia

Chinese New Year

Friday, February 16, 2018

This February, the Chinese New Year arrives with events that celebrate deities, ancestors and the year ahead, which is the Year of the Dog. The holiday officially falls on Friday, February 16, but Philadelphia is sure to commemorate the holiday in the weeks leading up to the official date. Find celebrations at places like the Independence Seaport Museum and the Penn Museum and in the heart of Chinatown with spirited parades and events from the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.

Reading Terminal Market's 125th Birthday

Reading Terminal Market

Celebrate the Reading Terminal Market's 125th birthday at a number of fun events throughout the year. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

February 22 & 24, 2018

Center City’s iconic railway terminal turned epicurean haven, the Reading Terminal Market, fetes a century and a quarter of feeding foodies. The venue is gearing up for a grand period gala — Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and all — for the date it opened in 1893 (February 22) and a public party the following Saturday, February 24. Other plans for the yearlong celebration include a multicultural Diamond Day in June and indoor-outdoor festival the Taste of the Market on a to-be-announced date in September.

More about Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday


PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

The world's largest indoor flower show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with its newest theme, Wonders of Water, in March. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

March 3-11, 2018

The 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Wonders of Water, will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water in the world’s largest indoor flower show. Top floral and garden designers from all across the country will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes filled with beautiful plants of all sorts representative of each environment.


qFLIX Philadelphia

March 19-25, 2018

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. Films will screen across a seven-day span at a selection of city venues.

More about qFLIX Philadelphia

Philly Wine Week

Women enjoying wine at Root Restaurant and Wine Bar

Look forward to eight days of valuable vino learnings, pairing parties, wine flight specials and more during Philly Wine Week. (Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)

March 22-29, 2018

The ever-expanding Philly Wine Week now features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city. From tastings to dinner parties to educational sessions, vino-filled opportunities of all sorts await.

more about Philly Wine Week

Reopening of LOVE Park

rendering of love park

LOVE Park reopens in spring 2018 with green space, a new water feature, concessions and much more. (Rendering courtesy Hargreaves Associates)

Spring 2018 (TBA)

Fully restored, the LOVE sculpture returns to its redesigned home of John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. The city will fete the square’s new look, complete with modern fountains and lighting, a refurbished mid-century modern Welcome Center and newly planted lawns and gardens.

More about LOVE Park

Opening of the Rail Park

Rendering of the Rail Park

In 2018, a stretch of un-used train track north of Center City will become a permanent greenway. (Rendering courtesy Rail Park)

Early 2018 (TBA)

The long-awaited development of the three-mile Rail Park commences with the opening of the former Reading Viaduct. This four-block (about a quarter mile) segment of no-longer-used elevated track will become a planted, permanent, activated greenway stretching between Broad and Callowhill Streets, crossing 12th and 13th Streets.

More about the Rail Park


Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Enjoy the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees or the many featured Japanese-centric festivities during the 20th annual Cherry Blossom Festival. (Photo by Jim Allen)

April 7-15, 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of this springtime tradition, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park for the season amid a week of citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race and demonstrations of nihon buyo traditional dance and martial arts.

more about the Cherry Blossom Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Carnival at Penn's Landing

The Philadelphia Science Festival returns this April with eight days of fun events focused on science and technology. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival)

April 21-28, 2018

With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival, the citywide Philadelphia Science Festival demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life during a more-than-week-long celebration.

More about the Philadelphia Science Festival

Penn Relays Carnival

Penn Relays

The Penn Relays draw crowds in the tens of thousands to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete — and often begin Olympic careers. (Photo courtesy Penn Relays)

April 26-28, 2018

High school, college and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays Carnival, the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation. With an average of one race every five minutes, it’s the most action-packed, too.

More about the Penn Relays

Philadelphia Black Pride

An event for Philly Black Pride

The annual multi-day Philadelphia Black Pride event gathers thousands of members of the African-American and LGBT communities. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

April 26-29, 2018

Always coinciding with the Penn Relays, Philadelphia Black Pride is a pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. With a diverse array of events, the celebration is known to bring together thousands of members of the African-American and LGBT communities.

More about Philadelphia Black Pride

Philly Tech Week

A Philly Tech Week event

Philly Tech Week brings together some of the best and brightest minds in the city for panels, conferences, gaming-themed events and cocktail parties. (Photo courtesy Philly Tech Week)

April 27 - May 5, 2018

Throughout Philly Tech Week, more than 25,000 business leaders, tech geeks and even the technically challenged 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.

More about Philly Tech Week

El Carnaval de Puebla

Sunday, April 29, 2018

South Philadelphia’s vibrant pre-Cinco de Mayo procession El Carnaval de Puebla showcases folk traditions from the Mexican state (which is the home of many Philadelphians) through a colorful parade and street fair featuring dancers in ornate costumes and oversized masks representing historical figures and folk dramas.

More about El Carnaval de Puebla


Celebration of Black Arts

people at art sanctuary in philadelphia

The Celebration of Black Arts is a month-long celebration of African-American literature and art featuring an array of events. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

May 1-31, 2018

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

More about Celebration of Black Arts

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest

South Street Spring Festival

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun at the South Street Spring Festival. At Headhouse Square and along South Street, the annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a kids’ zone and 100-plus vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza.

More about South Street Spring Festival

Broad Street Run

Broad Street Run

The 10-mile, 40,000-participant Broad Street Run spans the Logan neighborhood to South Philly — a raucous yet serious 39-year-old tradition. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Gaining in popularity every year, the Broad Street Run takes participants along a flat 10-mile stretch of one of the city’s main arteries. Spectators line the sidewalks of Broad Street to cheer on the wave of runners from North Philadelphia, around City Hall and to the finish line in South Philadelphia.

More about Broad Street Run

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

Come out to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival for live music, food and a parade of mobile sculptures along a three-mile obstacle course. (Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

People fill the streets of Kensington and Fishtown for the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, enjoying not only racing sculpture and art, but also live music and great food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course.

More about Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Italian Market Festival

Always a bustling neighborhood, the Italian Market turns it up a notch during the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival in May. (Photo by L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia)

May 19-20, 2018

Everyone’s Italian at The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, featuring live entertainment and activities, a bounty of international foods (including homemade sausages, imported meats and cheeses, fresh pastas and cannolis) and specialty cookware. Two must-see events: the Procession of Saints and the greased pole-climbing contest.

More about the south 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Sail Philadelphia

tall ships in philadelphia

A dozen tall ships dock at Penn’s Landing over Memorial Day weekend for a Parade of Sail followed by tours, day sails and a festival during Sail Philadelphia. (Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)

May 24-28, 2018

Philadelphia celebrates Memorial Day weekend with a four-day festival featuring 12 Tall Ships docked along the historic Delaware River Waterfront. This official Tall Ships America event includes public tours, day sails and loads of riverside fun.

More about Sail Philadelphia

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Every year, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival brings music, delicious food, entertainment and more to the neighborhood. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

May 2018 (TBA)

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival transforms the Rittenhouse neighborhood into a come-one, come-all street fest. Residents and visitors enjoy a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.

More about Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park — Philadelphia's popular warm-weather waterfront park — returns for a fifth season this summer. (Photo courtesy DRWC)

Spring 2018 (TBA)

One of the best warm-weather spots in Philadelphia, Spruce Street Harbor Park will celebrate its fifth season in 2018. 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.

More about Spruce Street Harbor Park

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

The skating rink at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events. (Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC)

Spring 2018 (TBA)

The Delaware River waterfront becomes a seasonal wonderland each summer during Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Guests can enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides, 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.

More about Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Night Market Philadelphia

Night Market Philadelphia

Popular food truck festival Night Market heads to multiple locations throughout the city this year. (Photo courtesy The Food Trust)

Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 (TBA)

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 pop up brings the Night Market to a different part of the city as it heads to multiple locations every year.

More about Night Market Philadelphia

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)

Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 (TBA)

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.

More about Parks on Tap


Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

June 1-3, 2018

One weekend in June features films by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers at the Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, youth films, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions.

More about Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

June 1-10, 2018

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns to Broad Street. Collaborative, innovative performances are the hallmark of the 10-day, art-filled festival and street fair along Broad Street, also known as the Avenue of the Arts. Another highlight: French performance troupe Trans Express returns, this time for the world premiere of Crystal Palace, a 30-foot chandelier — made of 50 air acrobats and dancers — and a recreation of the history of dance, from the waltz to disco.

More about Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Philly Beer Week

People enjoying beers at Sidecar Diner

Celebrate Philly's beer scene during Philly Beer Week, a region-wide 10-day event. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

June 1-10, 2018

Philly Beer Week, the 11th annual celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture, takes over the city and region for 10 days. Events range from tastings to lectures to beer-pairing dinners where sudsy cheersing is encouraged.

More about Philly Beer Week

Odunde Festival

Odunde Festival

Don't miss the East Coast's largest African-American street festival in Philly this summer. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The 43rd annual Odunde Festival holds the designation of the largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. After a week of events leading up to the festival, the day begins with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River to ring in the Yoruba New Year, followed by music, dance and vendors along South Street.

More about Odunde Festival

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

During PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival, enjoy live music, food, drinks and the annual parade that marches from 13th and Locust streets to Penn’s Landing. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The 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.

More about PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

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. (Photo courtesy JPG Photography)

June 23-24, 2018

Hundreds of artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival. From jewelry to ceramics to woodworks and sculptures, pieces stemming from all mediums are available to peruse and purchase.

More about Manayunk Arts Festival

Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America

The epic Wawa Welcome America! celebration spans six days — and includes several fireworks shows. (Photo by L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia)

June 28 - July 4, 2018

Wawa Welcome America! celebrates the nation’s birthday for the 26th year in a row with a multi-day party of free events for all ages throughout the city, including outdoor concerts, museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties and fantastic fireworks.

More about Wawa Welcome America

Roots Picnic

Roots Picnic

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

Summer 2018 (TBA)

Philly’s own The Roots bring together artists from various genres for the 11th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Look forward to a day-long festival of music.

More about the Roots Picnic

PECO Multicultural Series

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. (Photo courtesy DRWC)

Summer 2018 (TBA)

The PECO Multicultural Series on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city. The free festival series includes the Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival, Irish Festival and Brazilian Day Philadelphia, among others.

More about PECO Multicultural Series

Completion of The Comcast Technology Center

The Comcast Technology Center — soon to be the tallest building in Philadelphia — will feature a Four Seasons Hotel in its upper floors. (Rendering courtesy Comcast)

Summer 2018 (TBA)

The city’s most spectacular new skyscraper rises 60 stories above the streets of Center City, creating a new home for media and technology giant Comcast’s growing workforce, NBC 10/Telemundo 62, tech upstarts and, high atop it all, the landmark Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, scheduled to open in September. (Comcast Center, the company’s global headquarters, remains nearby.) Lord Norman Foster designed this $1.5 billion, 1,121-foot building, the tallest between New York and Chicago. The Four Seasons will occupy floors 48 to 60, offering a sleek, minimalist design, 360-degree views throughout and exceptional luxury. Chefs Greg Vernick and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will have restaurants at the bottom and top, respectively.

More about the Comcast Technology Center

Reopening of The Bourse Philadelphia

rendering of the bourse in philadelphia

A former commodities exchange building, The Bourse Philadelphia is undergoing a spectacular renovation to become an artisan market this summer. (Rendering courtesy The Bourse)

Summer 2018 (TBA)

The Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange transforms into an artisan market in the style of Chelsea Market. The burnished, Victorian-era member of the National Register of Historic Places across the street from Independence Mall was most recently a food court. The Bourse’s new incarnation promises an experience befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a city of makers.

More about The Bourse Philadelphia

Cherry Street Pier

Rendering of Cherry Street Pier

Municipal Pier 9 gets a drastic makeover in 2018 to become Cherry Street Pier. (Rendering courtesy Groundswell Design Company)

Summer 2018 (TBA)

When things happen along the Delaware River Waterfront, they happen fast — and in fantastic fashion. The newest case in point: the forthcoming $4 million makeover of the 55,0000-square-foot Municipal Pier 9 into Cherry Street Pier, an accessible, egalitarian, mixed-use space for artist studios, shopping, performances, dining (and drinking), working and relaxing in an innovatively designed public space. Cherry Street Pier will be a permanent addition to seasonal riverside attractions Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park.

More about Cherry Street Pier


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. (Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day consists of re-enactors and audience members playfully recreating 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 3,000 or so Tastykakes to the crowd.

More about Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary


Sunday, July 15, 2018

The free, outdoor, alt-Latin music festival NuevoFest, a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series, features acts from San Juan to Chile to L.A. This year’s fest will be hosted at FringeArts.

More about NuevoFest

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 27-29, 2018

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers — this year’s lineup includes The War On Drugs, Preservation Hall Band and Sturgill Simpson — along the Camden Waterfront for the XPoNential Music Festival.

More about XPoNential Music Festival


BlackStar Film Festival

A screening at BlackStar Film Festival

Catch films about the black experience during the annual BlackStar Film Festival. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

August 2018 (TBA)

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

More about BlackStar Film Festival


Made in America Festival

crowds at made in america music festivla in philadelphia

The Made In America Festival — hosted by Jay-Z — is a Labor Day Weekend tradition in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy Made in America)

September 2018 (TBA)

Coming into its sixth 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.

More about Made in America Music Festival

BMW Championship

PGA Tour FedExCup BMW Championship

Newtown Square's Aronimink Golf Club hosts the BMW Championship in September. (Photo courtesy BMW Championship)

September 4-9, 2018

Historic Aronimink Golf Club hosts the penultimate event of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup, with the Tour’s top 70 players vying for the 30 qualifying spots in the season-ending Tour Championship. Founded in 1896, the Delaware County course has recently been restored to its original, 1928 Donald Ross American parkland design, right down to its signature, amoeba-like tee boxes. Past winners of the BMW Championship include Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and, in 2017, Marc Leishman.

More about BMW Championship

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. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

September 8-9, 2018

Kennett Square’s 33rd annual Mushroom Festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, contests, exhibits and activities in the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

More about Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Fringe Festival

September 6-22, 2018

For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city during the Fringe Festival.

More about Fringe Festival

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)

Fall 2018 (TBA)

Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, one of the country’s most popular haunted houses, inside an abandoned prison.

More about Terror Behind the Walls




Outfest — the largest National Coming Out Day Festival celebration in the world — brings a 10-block party to the Gayborhood each fall. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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-heeled race.

More about Outfest

Parkway 100 Celebration

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Don't miss the finale of the 100th birthday celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo by C. Kao for Visit Philadelphia)

October 26, 2018

Exactly one century to the day of the debut of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the culture-packed, museum-lined, park-pocketed boulevard fetes its centennial in grand, to-be-announced style (which will certainly include cake). Leading up to that finale, major public art projects and exhibits spanning City Hall, the Parkway Central Library, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation explore and honor the corridor’s history and future.

More about Parkway 100 celebration

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Cheer on over 7,000 rowers during the annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. (Photo courtesy Head of the Schuylkill Regatta)

October 27-28, 2018

Rowers and landlubbers look forward to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events featuring athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to Olympic-level racers.

More about Head of the Schuylkill Regatta


An exhibition for DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphia features more than 100 events across the city focusing on different aspects of design. (Photo courtesy DesignPhiladelphia)

October 2018 (TBA)

The entire city celebrates DesignPhiladelphia, the nation’s oldest festival of its kind, with over 85 events that highlight local to global designers. The Center for Architecture and Design hosts exhibitions, lectures, workshops and demonstrations focused on architecture, interior design, industrial design, multimedia and urban design at venues all around town.

More aboutDesign Philadelphia

Harry Potter Festival

Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill transforms into Hogsmeade during the super-popular Harry Potter Festival. (Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia)

October 2018 (TBA)

The wizards of Hogwarts take over during the Harry Potter Festival, where historic 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 Quidditch teams competing for the Golden Snitch.

More about Harry Potter Festival

Philadelphia Film Festival

October 2018 (TBA)

The 27th Philadelphia Film Festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. Attendees take in short films, feature-length films, animated movies and special guest appearances.

More about Philadelphia Film Festival

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Fall Festival

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

October 2018 (TBA)

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

More about Midtown Village Fall Festival

Old City Fest

Old City Fest

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

October 2018 (TBA)

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

More about Old City Fest

Opening of Philadelphia’s Fashion District

Rendering of Fashion District Philadelphia

In 2018, The Gallery in Center City East gets a makeover complete with new stores, a movie theater and more. (Rendering courtesy Fashion District Philadelphia)

Fall 2018 (TBA)

Center City East’s former “Gallery mall” gets new life as a shining retail, entertainment and dining complex stretching over three city blocks. Adding to current anchors Century21 and Burlington will be a 38,000-square-foot H&M — the region’s largest — and a “dine-and-recline” movie theater.

More about Philadelphia's Fashion District


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 17-18, 2018

With a fast course that winds through the city’s historic downtown, past the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and along scenic Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Marathon is one of the country’s premier — and most scenic — running events. The weekend also includes the Rothman Institute 8K race, a half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the two-day Health and Fitness Expo.

More about Philadelphia Marathon

6ABC/Dunkin Donuts 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. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The nation’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade keeps the tradition going every year. The parade, produced by 6ABC and sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, wows the crowds with fancy floats, giant balloons, talented marching bands and other festive entertainment along the JFK Boulevard and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

More about Thanksgiving Day Parade


Army-Navy Game

army navy game

The Cadets and Midshipmen will square off once again at Lincoln Financial Field this December. (Photo courtesy Lincoln Financial Field)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Are you ready for another match up between two of the most fierce rivals in all of sports? The Army-Navy Game returns to Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Cadets, midshipmen, current service members, veterans and fans gather to cheer on the United States Military Academy as they take on the United States Naval Academy on the football field.

More about Army-Navy Game

Holidays and New Year’s Eve 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. (Photo by Peter Tobia/Center City District)

November and December 2018

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 Christmas Light Show at Macy's, the region is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. 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. And as the year comes to a close, the Sugarhouse Casino Fireworks brings two grand displays over the Delaware River waterfront to ring in 2019!

More about Holidays and New Year's Eve in Philadelphia


By using this site, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Go To Top
Hotel Deal Alert: Get FREE PARKING when you book the Visit Philly Overnight Package!
See Package Details
Free Hotel Parking
Free Tickets to Terracotta Warriors at The Franklin Institute
Free Admission and Ice Skate Rental at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
$25 Garces Restaurants Gift Card
Click here to book