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The Top Multicultural Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2017

International sights, sounds and flavors shine at top Philadelphia festivals

Hailed as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, Philadelphia is truly an international melting pot, and the city's neighborhoods and towns are home to a diverse array of individuals who infuse the city with rich food, music and cultural traditions from around the globe.

This year, Philly will once again offer festival-goers the opportunity to explore the sights, sounds and flavors of the world at a stellar selection of multicultural festivals and events.

The 2017 festival season highlights include the returning PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing, South Street's massive Odunde festival, BlackStar Film Festival and the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, to name a few.

Whether you're looking to express your own cultural pride or hope to discover new traditions and flavors with friends and family, read on to discover Philadelphia's multicultural festival offerings for 2017 below.


Mexican Independence Day

The Mexican Independence Day celebration brings an all-ages festival to Penn's Landing in September. (Photo courtesy Douglas Bovitt of DRWC)

September 10, 2017

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with music, food, dancing and more. Browse traditional arts and crafts, dance with Mexican rock bands and enjoy face painting and giveaways during the popular Penn’s Landing event. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Feria Del Barrio

The annual Feria del Barrio festival brings a fall celebration of food, music and more. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

September 17, 2017

Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for a free family event. At Feria, you can find foods, artists, singers, dancers and performers — all while getting useful information from dozens of local agencies and cultural partners. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Brazilian Day Philadelphia

September 17, 2017

The rhythms and beats of Brazil come alive on Brazilian Day Philadelphia, an annual event that celebrates Brazilian Independence Day and the culture and traditions of Brazil. Vendors offer a variety of authentic traditional foods and merchandise and performers light up the stage with dances such as Samba, Forro, Pagode, Capoeira, Samba-Reggae and more. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Puerto Rican Day Parade

Now in its 55th year, the Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to march down the streets this fall. (Photo courtesy El Concilio)

September 24, 2017

Join hundreds of spectators on the streets of Philadelphia for a day of music, dancing and fabulous floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, this cultural fete is the city’s oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage. Hundreds of performers, local celebrities and youth groups parade the streets for a festive afternoon.

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Ciao Philadelphia: Italian Cultural Month

October 2017

Greater Philadelphia holds one of the largest Italian-American communities in the country. Returning for its fourth year, Ciao Philadelphia brings a month-long series of events that highlight the contributions of this community to the city and beyond. Events unfold daily, ranging from concerts to film screenings to food celebrations and much more.

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The Pearl Street Block Party

Explore Callowhill's diverse art scene at the Pearl Street Block Party. (Photo courtesy Asian Arts Initiative)

October 7, 2017

In October, Asian Arts Initiative hosts Pearl Street Block Party, transforming an unassuming alley into a daylong, art-filled fest centered around community building, art showcases and delicious eats. As with all of Asian Arts Initiative programming, the block party celebrates the diversity and depth of Asian cultures.

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The Philadelphia International Art Expo

Fall 2017 (TBA)

Join October Gallery in the heart of Germantown as they return with the annual Philadelphia International Art Expo. This must-see exhibition and art show attracts artists and vendors from around the globe and showcases work by some of the top names in African and African-American art.

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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

This fall, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival returns with another stunning selection of cinema. (Photo courtesy Asian American Film Festival)

Fall 2017 (TBA)

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

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Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Fall 2017 (TBA)

The annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents dozens of films from countries around the world. The curated selection of documentaries, narratives, feature films and shorts celebrates Jewish identity, culture, history and community.

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Past Events

Israeli Film Festival

March 4 - April 2, 2017

Coming into its 21st year, the Israeli Film Festival offers movie-goers a rich celebration of Israeli culture. This season brings 13 feature films and documentaries — selected to provide a diverse and impartial reflection of Israel — to festival screens.

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Cherry Blossom Festival

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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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

May 20, 2017

Celebrate Asian American month (May!) and Philadelphia’s Asian-American population at the 11th annual outdoor festival going down at Franklin Square. The fest invites you to come out and learn about a number of Asian cultures — Cambodian, Thai, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese and more — through food, performances, a children’s fair and more.

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Mexican Week Philadelphia

May 1-6, 2017

Celebrate the arts, music, food and cultural traditions of Mexico as Mexican Week returns with fun events throughout the region. From restaurant specials to flag-raising events to Cinco de Mayo happenings, each year brings a roster of events to fill your calendar.

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Celebration of Black Arts

The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Arts in the month of May. (Photo courtesy Art Sanctuary)

May 1-31, 2017

Heading into its 33rd season, the Celebration of Black Arts (formerly the Celebration of Black Writing) is a month-long soiree of African-American literature and art that features an array of events. All throughout May, author readings, interactive workshops, live performances, an awards show and an outdoor festival take place to spark discussion and spawn recognition of talented artists within the African-American community.

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Philadelphia Annual Tango Festival

June 1-4, 2017

The Philadelphia Annual Tango Festival invites you to watch some of the best dancers in the world strut their stuff and share their expertise in Philly. The festival features shows carried out by world-class performers, along with workshops, seminars and more.

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Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Celebrate the works of Latin-American and Latino filmmakers at the sixth annual Latino Film Festival. (Photo courtesy Latino Film Festival)

June 2-4, 2017

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival returns for its sixth year of showcasing the innovative works of emerging and established Latin-American and Latino filmmakers. Short films, narratives, documentaries and full feature films fill the screens for three full days. Workshops, lectures and special events are also offered.

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Irish American Festival

June 4, 2017

Celebrate all of Ireland’s cultural gems — from music to dancing to food — at the annual Irish American Festival. Festival-goers can enjoy performances from notable Irish musicians, famous dance schools and bagpipers, and traditional foods like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Outdoor shops will also fill the fest for visitors to score authentic and traditional Irish goods.

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Odunde Festival

A long-standing Philadelphia tradition and festival, Odunde returns to South Street to celebrate the African new year. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

June 11, 2017

The annual Odunde Festival, which draws nearly 500,000 people and covers a dozen city blocks, brings a genuine taste of African culture to South Street and the surrounding area, which is one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods. This year, the landmark festival celebrates its 42nd anniversary and will again host its signature, daylong street fair with a diverse selection of street vendors, delicious eats and live entertainment.

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Philly Carnival and Parade

June 17, 2017

A lively celebration of costumes, dance and performance rooted in Caribbean culture, the Philly Carnival and Parade brings fun for all year after year. Various craft and food vendors line the street, adding to the festivities. Stay tuned for details on this year's parade routes.

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Juneteenth Festival

Historic Germantown hosts an afternoon-long Juneteenth Festival every June. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

June 17, 2017

Historic Germantown celebrates the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment — which ended slavery in America — with its annual Juneteenth Festival this summer. The free fest fills the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue with special exhibits, performances, discussions and more.

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Hispanic Fiesta

Celebrate Latin history and heritage at the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

July 8-9, 2017

The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin-American countries.

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Islamic Heritage Festival

July 22, 2017

This year marks the 23rd year of the Islamic Heritage Festival. A celebration of Islamic culture, the festivities feature kid-centric games, speakers, a health and wellness fair, free giveaways, entertainment and a global open market bazaar, all organized at Penn's Landing.

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Bristol Puerto Rican Day Festival

Summer 2017 (TBA)

The Puerto Rican Day Festival brings a daylong cultural celebration to Bristol’s Lion Park. The event features a procession followed by live music and dance performances, interactive cultural workshops, arts and crafts, an array of authentic eats and plenty of opportunities to get up and dance.

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BlackStar Film Festival

The BlackStar Film Festival returns this summer with film screenings, panels, discussions and more. (Photo courtesy BlackStar Film Festival)

August 3-6, 2017

Now in its sixth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience. Nicknamed “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, this local fest highlights independent films from emerging black directors, producers and writers.

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ACANA Festival

African culture takes center stage at the ACANA Festival at Penn's Landing. (Photo courtesy Jake Krolik of DRWC)

August 6, 2017

The African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) returns with its signature ACANA Festival, an outdoor concert experience that brings artists, groups and dance troupes from around the region to perform for Philadelphia audiences. The festival provides a wide range of African entertainment, from traditional dance performances to modern Afropop and reggae musical performances. This free event also brings African food vendors as well as traditional and modern clothing, arts and crafts vendors and more.

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Festival of India

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Penn's Landing hosts many of the multicultural festivals coming to Philly this year, including the colorful Festival of India. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

August 12, 2017

Each fall brings the annual Festival of India, celebrating the namesake country’s Independence Day while highlighting the vibrant Indian-American community. Now in its 22nd year, the free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance and cuisine.

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Caribbean Festival

The Caribbean Festival returns to the Philadelphia waterfront in August. (Photo courtesy D. Bovitt of DRWC)

August 20, 2017

Celebrate the culture, music and food of more than a dozen different Caribbean islands during the 29th annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing. The festival features a marketplace, workshops, music and more.

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