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Fall Events

Fall in Philadelphia means beautiful changing leaves, fantastic outdoor festivals, harvest celebrations and the start of a fantastic holiday season.

During early fall, prepare to be frightened during Terror Behind the Walls – the largest haunted attraction in the country – at Eastern State Penitentiary, celebrate the grand opening of the new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and discover the artwork of acclaimed director David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

This year, the city also welcomes new attractions and bigger and better holiday traditions. The expanded Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest offers outdoor ice skating and nighttime fun at Penn’s Landing while the brand-new Dilworth Park laces up its skates for fun with the Rothman Ice Rink. Get into the spirit of the season with the long-running Macy’s Christmas Light Show in Center City and cross off your holiday shopping at the traditional German-inspired Christmas Village in LOVE Park.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia-born painter William Glackens, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, gets his first comprehensive exhibition in town in nearly 50 years at The Barnes Foundation, while The Franklin Institute's Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out gives visitors a rare and unprecedented view of nature through the exhibition of more than 100 plastinated specimens including octopuses, goats, ostriches and even a giraffe.

Check out more upcoming events, exhibitions and exciting openings below.

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  • The Rothman Ice Rink
    at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating in the shadow of City Hall

    This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

    Open through February 22
    The brand-new Dilworth Park has transformed the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public plaza. This winter, the transformation continues in the form of an awesome ice rink.

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  • The Macy’s Christmas Light Show
    at Macy’s Center City

    A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956

    Macy’s Holiday Light show

    Open through December 31
    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.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Seasonal park on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a can’t-miss holiday attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    Opens November 27
    The Delaware River Waterfront is getting into the winter spirit with the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped seasonal attraction features ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family-fun on the waterfront.

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  • The Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia

    The Christmas Village in Center City Philadelphia.

    November 27 – December 28
    Philadelphia will once again transform into European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park.

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  • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

    A must-see holiday tradition in the lobby of the Comcast Center

    The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is shown on the massive Comcast Experience Wall.

    Open through January 1
    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.

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  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

    Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

    Open through December 31
    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle, a free holiday nighttime light show that’s bigger and brighter than ever in 2014.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

    Open through January 11
    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.

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  • Christmas In Peddler’s Village

    Celebrate the holiday season at Peddler’s Village

    Good times for the whole family at Peddler’s Village

    November 27 – December 28
    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.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet Presents
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

    Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet

    Pennsylvania Ballet dancers perform “The Nutcracker”

    Through December 31
    Celebrate the 46th year of one of Philadelphia’s favorite holiday traditions during as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music.

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  • Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute

    A striking and rare look at the anatomy of the animal kingdom

    The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

    Open through April 12
    Get a literal look inside the animal kingdom as Body Worlds returns to the Franklin Institute. Housed in the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out features a rare and unprecedented view of the anatomy of nature with more than 100 specimens including sharks, goats, ostriches, a giraffe and even a giant squid.

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  • Opera on the Mall

    Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia

    Join fellow opera lovers for a free, broadcast performance on Independence Mall.

    October 3, 2015
    Now in it’s fifth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.

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  • Vatican Splendors at the Franklin Institute

    Rarely seen collection of historic artifacts and objects from Vatican

    Outside the Franklin Institute.

    September 19, 2015 – February 15, 2016
    As Philadelphia prepares to welcome Pope Francis in September 2015, the Franklin Institute is celebrating the historical and cultural impact of the Vatican.

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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.

    September 12-November 22, 2015
    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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  • Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Scare up some fun during this Bucks County tradition

    Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village

    September 19-20, 2015
    You’ll have a scary good time at the Annual Scarecrow Festival and Competition in Peddler’s Village, a fall family tradition in Bucks County.

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Opens September 18, 2015
    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.

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  • The Liberty Medal at the
    National Constitution Center

    Annual award recognizing those who strive for liberty

    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world.

    October 26, 2015
    The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. Recipients include men, women and organizations responsible for shaping and guiding the world.

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  • The Pope’s Visit to Philadelphia & World Meeting of Families 2015

    Pope Francis and a global celebration come to Philadelphia

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

    September 22-27, 2015
    Pope Francis will 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 Art of the Brick at
    The Franklin Institute

    Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®

    The Art of the Brick uses only the popular children’s toy to recreate famous works of art.

    Through October 4, 2015
    An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen, The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute features the world’s largest collection of art created entirely from the popular toy.

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  • Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival

    Day-long celebration of city’s signature sandwich at Lincoln Financial Field

    The city’s signature sandwich is in the spotlight during the inaugural Cheesesteak Festival.

    October 24, 2015
    Philadelphia is finally hosting its first festival devoted entirely to the cheesesteak in October 2015. Held at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cheesesteak Festival will celebrate the city’s signature sandwich.

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    October 1, 2015
    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.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    Through October 31, 2015
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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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, 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.

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  • Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

    A behind-the-scenes view of art in the making

    A look inside the studio of artist during POST.

    October 3-4; 17-18, 2015
    Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.

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  • 2015 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 3-19, 2015
    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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  • 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.

    Through September 13, 2015
    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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