Map all locationsFall Events
Fall in Philadelphia means beautiful changing leaves, fantastic outdoor festivals, harvest celebrations and the start of a fantastic holiday season.
Scare yourself silly during Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, sample top food trucks during Night Market Philadelphia or explore new cinematic worlds during the Philadelphia Film Festival.
The biggest event of the fall is a historic visit from Pope Francis (September 26-27), but Philadelphia has plenty of great events and festivals to keep you busy all season long.
Get ready to fill your fall calendar up with happenings right here in the City of Brotherly Love.
FALL EVENTS GUIDES:
A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region
From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors to the One Liberty Observation Deck will be gobsmacked by the 360° landscapes that stretch for miles while also hearing tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.
A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956
A perfect family outing, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1956. More than 100,000 lights combine to create snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer floating beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain in the Grand Court.
Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront
Through February 28, 2016
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 recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.
Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia
Through December 27, 2015
Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park, an outdoor holiday market located in the heart of Center City.
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November and December 2016
Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.
A must-see holiday tradition in the lobby of the Comcast Center
Through January 3, 2016
Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a family-friendly holiday tradition featuring the sights and sounds of the season. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.
Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall
Through February 28, 2016
The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is back for a second season with skyline views while skating and a new heated tent.
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more
March 12 – September 5, 2016
Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.
How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world
Through January 3, 2016
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.
Sculpture mirrors Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture
Through Spring 2016
The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks is on display on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a limited time only.
Come face-to-face with lifelike, roaring, moving dinosaurs
Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.View More
Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more
Through September 30, 2016View More
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.
Happiest hours all summer long
Through September 28, 2016View More
Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when more than 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.
Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life
May 26 – December 29, 2016View More
The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.
Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you
Thursday, June 23, 2016View More
A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.
An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.
Now openView More
Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.
A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history
May 27 – October 22, 2016View More
Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.
Five exhibitions brimming with art from all throughout Africa
May 14 – September 25, 2016View More
Discover an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa in Creative Africa, a group of five special exhibitions at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.
Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk
StrEAT Food Festival: April 10, 2016; Restaurant Week: April 11-22, 2016View More
Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.
Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists
January 30 – August 28, 2016View More
Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit
February 12 – November 8, 2016View More
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.
Learn the legendary story of King Midas and his Golden Touch
February 13 – November 27, 2016View More
The Penn Museum hosts a premiere, nine-month exhibition featuring the legendary “Golden Touch” King Midas and more than 120 objects found at the tomb of his father.
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
Friday, April 1, 2016View More
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.
Explore hundreds of original documents related to the iconic novel
Through May 15, 2016View More
Don’t be late for a whimsical celebration at The Rosenbach in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Celebrate and explore the history of the American still life
Through January 10, 2016View More
Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life explores the history of still-life painting in a sweeping display of more than 130 works in oil, watercolor and other media.