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Who doesn't want to spend his or her summer in these chairs? Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

There’s more than ever to do in Philadelphia during the summer.

Come celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace with Philly’s wonderful 4th of July celebrations. Start each weekend off right with a visit to a beer garden, sponsored by Visit Philly, then spend a weekend afternoon on the waterfront in the breezy Spruce Street Harbor Park. And some of Philly’s best attractions are only getting better — like the brand new Your Brain exhibit at The Franklin Institute or Big Cat Crossing at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Check out more upcoming events, exhibitions and exciting openings below or with our Top Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2014.

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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    High-energy acrobatics of “Sequence 8”

    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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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Now extended through Sep 28: An awesome pop-up summertime haven on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village.

    With a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens, the new Spruce Street Harbor Park promises to be a popular destination this summer on the Delaware Waterfront.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    First Friday in Old City

    Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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  • Dilworth Park

    Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces

    Rendering of the renovated Dilworth Plaza, opening in 2014.

    Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park is undergoing a major transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    September 6-7: All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    Expect to taste your way through a competitive line-up of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs on Sunday, and you won’t want to miss what the group of celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will be serving up throughout the festival.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 120 restaurants offering three-course meals from $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this September with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 120 restaurants, including Mercato.

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants from $20-35.

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  • The World Is an Apple:
    The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

    Premiere exhibition at the Barnes Foundation

    Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Fruit and Glass of Wine (Nature morte avec fruits et verre de vin), 1877-1879, oil on canvas

    Experience the works of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) this summer at the Barnes Foundation. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne features 21 paintings by the master artist ranging from his early paintings to his late works.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Outdoor retreat just steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is a 20,000-square-foot outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park.

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  • David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA

    First major U.S. art exhibition for the renowned filmmaker

    David Lynch: The Unified Field is a comprehensive look at the renowned filmmaker’s art and artistic process.

    A comprehensive look at the art of David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

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

    The crowd at Made In America.

    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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  • Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

    14th annual arts festival will include 60 artists and a beer tent

    Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the 14th annual Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.

    Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.

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  • PHS Fall Festival

    Celebrate the autumn harvest with a day of family fun at the Navy Yard

    Celebrate autumn during the PHS Fall Festival at the Navy Yard.

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society welcomes the fall season during the annual PHS Fall Festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
    & Restaurant Week

    Bi-annual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    Every spring and fall, Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene with the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Campus Philly CollegeFest

    A day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums

    College students return to Philly in grand fashion during Campus Philly CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27.

    College students return to Philly in grand fashion during Campus Philly CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27.

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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

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  • Go West! Craft Fest

    Craft local

    Attendees at this annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople can expect to find new and cool clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

    Go West! Craft Fest is an annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople that allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

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  • Feria del Barrio

    30th anniversary of one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture.

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 30 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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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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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 120 restaurants offering three-course meals from $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this September with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 120 restaurants, including Mercato.

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants from $20-35.

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