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Museum of the American Revolution

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During the early winter months, Philly holiday traditions abound, including the dazzling SugarHouse New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront, the colorful Macy's Christmas Light Show and more.

Annual non-holiday happenings fill the city with excitement, too, such as the Philadelphia Auto Show, where 700-plus cars — including several models available to test drive — pull up to park at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January also brings Center City District Restaurant Week, serving up dining deals at 120 different area restaurants for nearly two full weeks.

Also consider hitting the ice at your choice of two different rinks (Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and the Rothman Ice Rink) or exploring Philly's thriving museum scene, where dinosaurs have taken over The Franklin Institute for the North American debut of the epic Jurassic World: The Exhibition.

Staying for a couple days? Consider booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway, which comes with free hotel parking, free tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition, free ice skating passes for Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a $20 Garces Restaurants gift card and more.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    Opening April 19, 2017
    Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.

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  • Jurassic World: The Exhibition at
    The Franklin Institute

    Come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs

    Throughout Jurassic World: The Exhibition, guests will come face-to-face with dozens of life-like animatronic dinosaurs that were created with oversight of renowned paleontologists.

    November 25, 2016 – April 23, 2017
    Some very famous gigantic, life-like animatronic dinosaurs come to Philadelphia in fall 2016 when Jurassic World: The Exhibition makes its North American debut at The Franklin Institute in a groundbreaking, five-month exhibition.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can’t-miss winter attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, featuring ice skating, food and drink, arcade games and more.

    November 25, 2016 – March 5, 2017
    A winterized riverfront park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, a kids’ lodge with arcade games and more.

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  • The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall

    This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

    Through February 26, 2017
    Dilworth Park is the place to be this holiday season, with the return of the Rothman institute Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and a new wintergarden.

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  • Robot Revolution
    at The Franklin Institute

    See and interact with more than 40 robots from all over the world

    Interact with more than 40 robots at a The Franklin Institute’s Robot Revolution exhibition.

    October 8, 2016 – April 2, 2017
    See and interact with more than 40 robots at a new exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

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  • The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Elaborate displays fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center ever year at the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

    March 11-19, 2017
    An annual blockbuster event, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world's oldest and largest indoor flower show, full of impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations.

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  • Philly Wine Week

    Toasts and wine-learning events at venues all around town

    High Street on Market is one of the many restaurants and bars serving up wine-related specials for Philly Wine Week.

    March 19-26, 2017
    Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events, parties and specials at over 50 participating venues throughout Philadelphia during an eight-day span of libations.

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  • The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

    A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan

    Shofuso Japanese House and Garden offers a beautiful backdrop for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

    April 1-9, 2017
    Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.

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  • Philadelphia Black Pride Celebration

    Promoting unity among African-American sexual minorities

    Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the annual Philadelphia Black Pride celebration.

    April 27 – May 1, 2017
    Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the Annual Philadelphia Black Gay Pride celebration, a growing tradition that continues to influence and educate the community.

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  • Philadelphia Black Pride Celebration

    Promoting unity among African-American sexual minorities

    Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the annual Philadelphia Black Pride celebration.

    April 27 – May 1, 2017
    Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the Annual Philadelphia Black Gay Pride celebration, a growing tradition that continues to influence and educate the community.

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  • Blue Cross Broad Street Run

    A 10-mile road race along Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street

    The Broad Street Run

    May 7, 2017
    The Blue Cross Broad Street Run draws more than 35,000 participants to run a 10-mile, point-to-point course that travels from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.

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  • New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride Week

    Head “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to Bucks County

    New Hope and Lambertville’s annual gay pride celebration is full of spirited activities and special events.

    May 14-21, 2017
    New Hope and Lambertville’s annual gay pride celebration presents a week full of spirited activities and special events.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    The Phillie Phanatic stops by the International Children’s Festival in University City.

    Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater from across the globe, created specifically for children, to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival

    Wander among the crowd at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.

    May 20, 2017
    One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    May 20-21, 2017
    Celebrating more than a 100 years in operation, the Italian Market in South Philadelphia brings back its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival, filled with food, live entertainment and more.

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  • The Philadelphia Antiques Show

    Antiques and art through the 20th century at the Navy Yard

    Browse antique decorative and fine arts at the Philadelphia Antiques Show.

    April 21-23, 2017
    The Philadelphia Antiques Show is one of the finest and most prestigious antique shows in the country. Back for its 54th celebration, this year’s show promises a wide display of furniture, fine and decorative arts, antique jewelry, folk art and more.

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  • Celebration of Black Arts

    One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

    The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Writing in the month of May.

    May 1-31, 2017
    Now in its 32nd year, the Celebration of Black Arts is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.

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  • Manayunk Arts Festival

    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region

    Thousands gather at the Manayunk Arts Festival on historic Main Street.

    June 24-25, 2017
    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.

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  • Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway, July 4th Concert and Fireworks

    The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday

    July 4th in Philadelphia

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts one of the largest free concerts in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long followed by an amazing fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    June 3, 2017
    Now in its ninth year, the Roots Picnic is bigger and better than ever with a day of incredible and diverse music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 15, 2017
    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • XPoNential Music Festival

    Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers

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

    July 28-30, 2017
    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.

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  • 2016 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 7-23, 2017
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

    he hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.

    August 17-20, 2017
    The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.

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