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Museum of the American Revolution

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As warm weather approaches, Philly begins to boom with exciting events and happenings of all kinds.

Outdoor festivals, like the South Street Spring Festival and the 9th Street Italian Market Festival, takeover the streets, and the city's parks come alive with seasonal pop-ups, like Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Beyond an abundance of al fresco activities, spring brings plenty of opportunities to explore many of Philly's indoor gems, too. For example, Philly Wine Week invites you into venues all throughout the city where you can cheers in the warmer weather and enjoy dozens of special events, as does the annual Philly Beer Week that follows.

The brand-new, highly anticipated Museum of the American Revolution also opens its doors, welcoming you inside as soon as April of this year. Located right in the heart of Philly's Historic District, the 118,000 square foot space promises to be a real treat for American history buffs of all ages.

With happenings galore, it's finally time to come out of hibernation and get ready for months of nonstop action ahead. (Goodbye cold and flu season, hello festival fever!) Check out all of the fun to partake in throughout Philadelphia below and start marking your calendar now!

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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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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    A 200-foot Chinese dragon is one of the many illuminated attractions at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

    May 9 – June 11, 2017
    Look forward to a 200-foot glowing dragon, brand-new lanterns, a nightly beer garden and more at the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

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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.

    Through 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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  • The 82nd NFL Draft in Philadelphia

    The draft returns to its Philly roots this spring

    The three days of the 82nd NFL Draft will all take place outdoors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    April 27-29, 2017
    During the three days of the 82nd NFL Draft — all taking place outdoors, including on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — fans can enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and much more.

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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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  • The Penn Relays Carnival

    The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania

    A late April tradition, the annual Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year, making it the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet.

    April 27-29, 2017
    The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. More than 100,000 spectators attend the annual racing event to see the world’s top track athletes compete at Franklin Field.

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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.

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

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  • Cinedelphia Film Festival

    Philadelphia’s celebration of global filmmaking

    Cinedelphia Film Festival brings more than two weeks of alternative-based movie screenings to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.

    April 13-29, 2017
    Cinedelphia Film Festival brings 17 days of alternative-based movie screenings to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    Performances of all sorts take place each year at the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival, which draws in productions from around the world.

    May 18-20, 2017
    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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  • Susan G. Komen Philadelphia
    Race for the Cure

    The 26th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer

    Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

    May 14, 2017
    This Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites everyone in the Delaware Valley and beyond to celebrate 25-plus years of fighting to end breast cancer at the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.

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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 25 – June 4, 2017
    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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  • Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Strawberries as far as the eye can see

    The delicious red fruit is the star of the show at the Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village.

    May 20-21, 2017
    Celebrate spring at the annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village, where festive foods, children’s activities, pie-eating contests and a lively lineup of family entertainment are just some of the weekend’s exciting attractions.

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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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  • LOVE Your Park Week

    Making Philadelphia’s great public spaces even better

     LOVE Your Park Week is a week-long festival complete with volunteer opportunities, clean up days and other events.

    May 13-21, 2017
    Philadelphia’s fifth annual “LOVE Your Park Week” allows residents to pitch in and help clean up some of Philadelphia’s 10,000-acre park system – and then enjoy the spaces with special events.

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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Thousands of athletes from more than 125 colleges and universities compete in the Dad Vail Regatta.

    May 12-13, 2017
    The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.

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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.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    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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  • Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival

    The annual springtime taste of Passyunk’s restaurant row

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    April 30, 2017
    Held in the springtime, Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival brings dozens of East Passyunk restaurants and businesses together in one spot for a neighborhood celebration of food and more.

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Center City Jazz Festival offers a day-long spring feast of hot riffs and cool jams from over 20 bands at five different venues, including TIME Restaurant.

    April 29, 2017
    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features more than 20 bands performing at five venues all within walking distance.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    For one day in the spring and fall, the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival shuts down Main Street.

    StrEAT Food Festival: April 9, 2017; Restaurant Week: April 10-21, 2017
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Proving the theory that science is fun for six years in a row!

    The Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its seventh year of scientific celebrations with nine days of fun events focused on science and technology.

    April 21-29, 2017
    The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its sixth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display.

    April 1 – May 26, 2017
    At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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  • The Penn Relays Carnival

    The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania

    A late April tradition, the annual Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year, making it the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet.

    April 27-29, 2017
    The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 123rd year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. More than 100,000 spectators attend the annual racing event to see the world’s top track athletes compete at Franklin Field.

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