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Not only does autumn spread beautiful fall foliage across the region, but it also brings a ton of fantastic outdoor festivals, harvest celebrations and more to enjoy.
In addition to plenty of libation-filled Oktoberfest happenings, experience fall food-centric events of all kinds – think apples, mushrooms, pumpkins and more – before moving into a Philly holiday season full of warming treats and festive activities.
As the later months roll in, get ready for ice skating at two different prime locations (Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn's Landing), along with a slew of some of Philly's most cherished annual traditions, like Christmas Village, Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show and so much more.
As some believe, there are two seasons – fall and waiting for fall. Now that it’s finally here, we certainly can’t wait to experience all that this season brings to our City of Brotherly Love!
A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956
November 25-December 31, 2016
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.
Come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs
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.
Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia
November 19-20 and 24 – December 24, 2016
Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village, this year being held at City Hall.
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November 10-December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)
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 1, 2017
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.
Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront
Through 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.
Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration
November 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017
No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.
Three months of ice skating right next to City Hall
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.
Celebrate the holiday season at Peddler’s Village
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Visit Peddler’s Village in beautiful Bucks County to celebrate the holidays! With more than 70 specialty shops — perfect for your holiday shopping — and eight restaurants, you will love the Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations.
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit
February 12 – December 31, 2016
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.
Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk
StrEAT Food Festival: April 9, 2017; Restaurant Week: April 10-21, 2017View More
Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
September 7-23, 2017View More
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.
Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison
September 15 – November 4, 2017 (select dates)View More
The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.
The world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival
October 8, 2017View More
Outfest, the largest National Coming Out Day event in the nation, returns to celebrate Philadelphia’s LGBT history and LGBT community for its 26th year in 2016.
One of the most historic races in the country
November 17-19, 2017View More
One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon is held every November, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell.
The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country
Thursday, November 23, 2017View More
Now in its 98th year, the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition.
Day-long celebration of the city’s signature eats at Citizen Bank Park
September 23, 2017View More
Held at Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies, Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest 2016 will celebrate the city’s signature foods.
Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation
October 5-14, 2017View More
Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia.
Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street
October 7, 2017View More
Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events, featuring eight hours of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.
A free street festival in Philadelphia’s historic district
October 8, 2017View More
Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival.
A city-wide celebration of the cinema
October 19-29, 2017View More
The Philadelphia Film Festival celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall with nearly two weeks of films, guests and special events to satisfy even the most ardent cinephile.
A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch
October 20-21, 2017View More
There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
First Friday of every monthView 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.
Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life
Select dates in January 2017View 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.
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.