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Spring Events

As the flowers being to bloom, Philly begins to boom with events of all kinds that awaken the city, indoors and out.

From the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival full of Japanese-inspired festivities to Spruce Street Harbor Park with its waterfront boardwalk and brews to the Chinese Lantern Festival featuring a radiating, 200-foot Chinese dragon, al fresco pop-ups are unfolding this season citywide.

Numerous activities such as roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and bike riding via Indego offer fun ways to enjoy the warmer weather as well, as do annual blockbuster festivals, like the South Street Spring Festival and the 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

For the inevitable rainy spring days, Philly brings lots to experience indoors, too, like the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution opening in April and the many events at bars and venues throughout the city for Philly Wine Week and Philly Beer Week.

So, start spring cleaning your calendar now and make room for all of the awesome happenings set to fill up the next few months.

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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

    Now Open
    The Museum of the American Revolution lay just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

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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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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    One of last year’s most popular lanterns, the 200-foot Chinese dragon returns with a newly rebuilt facade.

    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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  • 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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  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Proving the theory that science is fun for seven 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 seventh year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.

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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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  • 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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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    May 12 – October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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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.

    May 11, 2017
    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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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    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.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia is filled with Colonial characters and gives an exclusive opportunity to explore inside of Independence Hall at night.

    May – October, 2017 (Select dates)
    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.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    Select Dates: May 25 – August 10, 2017 and November 16 – December 28, 2017
    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.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    One of last year’s most popular lanterns, the 200-foot Chinese dragon returns with a newly rebuilt facade.

    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.

    View More
  • Philadelphia Science Festival

    Proving the theory that science is fun for seven 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 seventh year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.

    View More
  • 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

    Now Open
    The Museum of the American Revolution lay just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

    View More
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    May 12 – October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

    View More
  • Independence Beer Garden

    Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Opens April 24, 2017
    Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

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  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center

    Hours of block-built family fun and LEGO exploration

    The 33,000-square-foot LEGOLAND Discovery Center brings hours of fun, just outside of Philadelphia.

    Now Open
    A LEGO lover’s dream, LEGOLAND Discovery Center features a LEGO 4D Cinema, 10 themed play areas and more, inviting families to explore and create all sorts of block-built creations.

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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.

    May 11, 2017
    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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  • 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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