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Ah, spring: When buds across the region start to bloom, diners take to sidewalk cafes and the Phillies bring out their mighty bats.

Outdoor food, art and music festivals take place (nearly) every weekend, and if you’re the indoors type, check out a premiere or traveling exhibition at one of the region’s hundreds of museums.

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  • The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Experience Articulture at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

    February 28-March 8
    The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

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  • Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival

    Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

    May 2
    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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  • Blue Cross Broad Street Run

    A 10-mile road race along Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street

    The Broad Street Run

    May 3
    The 10-mile, point-to-point course is a gentle downgrade that runs from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.

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  • Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

    One-of-a-kind shopping, human-powered vehicle floats and family-friendly programming

    Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

    May 16
    A beloved celebration of Fishtown and Kensington’s many artisans, this festival also works food, drink and live music into the outdoor mix.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    May 16-17
    It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. And the most important thing for you to bring with you is your appetite.

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  • Philly Beer Week

    Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival

    Ben Franklin with the Philly Beer Week hammer.

    May 30-June 8
    The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”

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  • Odunde Festival

    One of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation

    The Odunde Festival draws nearly 500,000 people to South Philly.

    June 14
    The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods with an abundance of cultural, historical and family-friendly events.

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  • Manayunk Arts Festival

    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region celebrates 25 years

    Thousands gather at the Manayunk Arts Festival on historic Main Street.

    June 20-21
    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.

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  • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Celebration of compelling works from innovative African American artists

    Smoking My Pipe, 1934, by Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr. (Public Works of Art Project, on long-term loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration)

    Open through April 5
    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is highlighting its exceptional collection of works by renowned African American artists during Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

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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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  • Macy’s Flower Show

    A flower-filled tradition at Macy’s Grand Court

    The Eagle welcomes visitors to the Flower Show

    Surround yourself with spring blooms during the annual Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Center City.

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  • The Artist’s Garden at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920

    Childe Hassam, The Goldfish Window, 1916, Oil on canvas.

    Open through May 24
    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, a new exhibition examining when the world of art and the world of gardening met at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano at the
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Unprecedented collection of Japanese artwork only on view in Philadelphia

    Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, 1550. Kano Motonobu, Japanese, 1477–1559. Ink, color, and gold leaf on paper.

    Open through May 10
    Explore the beautiful works and artistry of Japan’s most influential and enduring school of painters during an exclusive exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center

    Intimate images of the Kennedy family

    Photojournalist Jacques Lowe was President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, and this remarkable exhibition of photographs offers a rarely seen look at President Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children.

    Open through September 7
    This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a collection of rarely seen photographs of President Kennedy, his wife and their children.

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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.

    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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  • Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

    The first major Pippin exhibition in the U.S. in two decades

    The Brandywine River Museum of Art will feature more than 60 works that capture Pippin’s bold, colorful and candid paintings reflecting life in the African- American community and commenting on race, religion, war and history.

    April 22 – July 19
    Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art will be the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in the country in more than 20 years. It will feature more than 60 works reflecting life in the African-American community.

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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.

    Open through September 6
    An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen, the 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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  • Art Star Craft Bazaar

    High-quality handmade goods from local and national artists

    Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 150 local and national artists.

    November 8 – 9
    One of Philly’s finest craft fairs, Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 60 local and national artists showing off and selling high-quality handmade goods.

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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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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    After a successful summer event in June, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning in September for an evening of live music and $1 deals.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    March 6
    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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  • Manayunk Restaurant Week

    Bi-annual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    September 28 to October 10
    Every spring and fall, Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene with the Manayunk Restaurant Week, featuring special three-course menus at 22 area restaurants.

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  • Night Market – West Oak Lane

    Popular street food festival brings dozens of food trucks to West Oak Lane

    Last year’s Night Market in Fairmount drew tens of thousands of people for food, drinks, music and more.

    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits 72nd St. and Ogontz Ave. on June 19.

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  • Art for the Cash Poor

    Annual affordable artwork sale and festival at InLiquid

    Art for the Cash Poor is held at the Crane Arts Building.

    Enhance your personal art collection without breaking the bank at InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor.

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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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