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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn's Landing. Credit: Matt Stanley for the DRWC

The longer days and warmer temperatures mean many things, including the arrival of outdoor events, fantastic festivals all around the city and the first day of spring on Friday, March 20.

Many of the festivals on tap for the spring have been around for so long that they’ve turned into tried-and-true spring traditions — the Italian Market Festival, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show — while many have gained popularity in fairly recent years — Roots Picnic and Philly Beer Week.





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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is back with hammocks, dining, outdoor fun and more all summer long!

    Now open
    Good things come to those who wait. Last year’s blockbuster summer attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park, is making its grand return on Memorial Day weekend.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Now open
    For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Indego – Philly Bike Share

    Affordable, city-wide bike rental service

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tests out the Philly Bike Share program.

    Philadelphia continues to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country with the launch of its own bike sharing program called Indego.

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  • Philly Beer Week

    Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival

    Ben Franklin with the Philly Beer Week hammer.

    May 29 – June 7
    The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    May 30
    Now in its eighth 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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  • Future Sensations at The Oval

    Traveling exhibition highlighting science, storytelling and art

    Future Sensations will offer visitors an interactive, sensory experience at The Oval.

    May 30 – June 6
    Take a sensory journey into the future at The Oval this spring during the never-before-seen traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Starts June 3
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when over 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

    The oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States

    The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, a 10-day event, attracts horse lovers from around the world.

    May 21-31
    Since 1896, the Devon Horse Show has celebrated and showcased equestrians, and what began as a one-day show is now the oldest and largest multi-breed, outdoor equine show in the country.

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  • Genghis Khan at The Franklin Institute

    How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world

    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute.

    Through January 3
    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute, showing visitors how this warrior nomad had such a profound impact on world politics.

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  • Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

    Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes more than 80 Impressionist works of art for the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibit.

    June 24 – September 13
    This groundbreaking special exhibition will showcase more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Manet and others to trace Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of impressionism.

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  • Brewerytown Spring Festival

    Art, food, music and more right on Girard Ave.

    This year, the Brewerytown Spring Festival takes over three blocks of Girard Ave.

    May 30
    The annual Brewerytown Spring Festival transforms the 2600 to 2800 blocks of West Girard Avenue into a colorful and tasty street festival celebrating art, food and music.

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  • Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015

    The largest sailing event in North America set sail for Philly

    Billowing sails will waft in the breeze when the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 pulls into port.

    June 24-28
    Billowing sails will waft in the breeze when the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 pulls into port. Visitors can catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on the ships, which will dock at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront.

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  • Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

    World-famous bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall

    Cyclists take on the Manayunk Wall

    June 7
    Professional and amateur cyclists alike will have the opportunity to tackle the infamous “Manayunk Wall” during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Starts June 3
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when over 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

    “Circle the Square” with fine art

    The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show welcomes more than 140 artists from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

    On the first Friday through Sunday of June, a popular outdoor art show fills Rittenhouse Square

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2015

    Where to watch fireworks during July 4th celebration in Philadelphia

    Celebrate 2014’s Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Celebrate Independence Day 2015 with spectacular fireworks displays in Philadelphia.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 4.5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 23rd annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 4.5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest residental street.

    June 6
    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Philly Beer Week

    Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival

    Ben Franklin with the Philly Beer Week hammer.

    May 29 – June 7
    The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 5-6
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Every Wednesday beginning May 6
    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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  • Genghis Khan at The Franklin Institute

    How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world

    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute.

    Through January 3
    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute, showing visitors how this warrior nomad had such a profound impact on world politics.

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  • World Meeting of Families
    Philadelphia 2015

    Pope Francis coming to global celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2015

    Philadelphia is the first city in the United States to host the World Meeting of Families.

    September 22-27
    Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia during his first trip the United States during World Meeting of Families, an inspirational week of family-centered events and activities at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • The Oval

    Pop-up park returning for two weekends this October

    The Oval, an exciting new public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    Reopens July 15
    The Oval, a popular pop-up open-air public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, returns for two weekends in October. After a fantastic summer of family-friendly fun, food trucks, live music and an incredible beer garden, The Oval is returning with an autumn-centric celebration.

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  • 2016 Democratic National Convention

    Political world converges on Philadelphia in the summer of 2016

    The 2016 Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia.

    July 25-28, 2016
    All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.

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