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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 21-22, 2016
    Celebrating more than a 100 years in operation, the Italian Market in South Philadelphia brings back its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival, filled with food, live entertainment and more.

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  • Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama

    Artifacts and items from a mysterious ancient culture on display at the Penn Museum

    Gold Plaque, Sitio Conte, Panama, ca. 700-900 CE.

    Through November 1, 2015
    Dig into the history of a lost Panamanian society during Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama at the Penn Museum. Explore the art and artifacts of the Coclé, a sophisticated ancient culture that laid undiscovered until the 20th century.

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  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at The Rosenbach

    Explore hundreds of original documents related to the iconic novel

    Housed in historic rooms on the second floor, the Alice in Wonderland exhibition displays hundreds of original documents related to the iconic novel.

    Through May 15, 2016
    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.

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  • Drapetomania at the
    African American Museum

    Discover the history of Grupo Antillano and their important contributions to the art of Cuba, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora

    African American Museum

    January 30 – March 27, 2016
    Drapetomania at the African American Museum in Philadelphia seeks to recover the history of Grupo Antillano and their important contributions to the art of Cuba, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.

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  • Headed to the White House
    at the National Constitution Center

    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center hosts a new exhibit coinciding with the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

    February 12 – November 8, 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.

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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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  • International Pop
    at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement is explored through a collection of 150 works of art

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the emergence of Pop Art as an international movement in a new, three-month exhibit.

    February 24 – May 15, 2016
    Explore Pop Art’s emergence as an international movement through a collection of 150 works of art from 80 different artists.

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  • Lost Egypt at The Franklin Institute

    Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists

    Learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt in Lost Egypt.

    January 30 – August 28, 2016
    Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.

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  • Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change
    at The Barnes Foundation

    View 50 works by Picasso in an exhibit highlighting pieces from World War I

    Through 50 different pieces of work, The Barnes Foundation presents a special Picasso exhibit exploring the artist's fluctuating style during World War I.

    February 21 – May 9, 2016
    Explore the dramatic variance in the Picasso’s style during the period surrounding the World War I through 50 works of art.

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  • Prisons Today at
    Eastern State Penitentiary

    An exhibition exploring the impact of imprisonment in the U.S.

    The U.S. tops the list of highest incarceration rates in the world, drawing much discussion in an interactive exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary.

    Now open
    Eastern State Penitentiary presents a three-year-long exhibition exploring the purpose and effectiveness of our country’s prison system.

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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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  • The Golden Age of King Midas
    at the Penn Museum

    Learn the legendary story of King Midas and his Golden Touch

    The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum gives guests a broad portrait of what life was like more than 2500 years ago in Ancient Egypt.

    February 13 – November 27, 2016
    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.

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  • The Science Behind Pixar
    at The Franklin Institute

    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more

    The Franklin Institute adds a new interactive exhibit to their long-standing register, this time exploring the processes behind Pixar.

    March 12 – September 5, 2016
    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.

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  • Cézanne Uncovered: Two Sketches Revealed Through Conservation at The Barnes Foundation

    Never-before-seen sketches on view for a limited time

    Verso: Houses in Landscape with the Pilon du Roi, undated. Graphite on laid paper, Sheet: 12 3/16 x 18 11/16 in. (31 x 47.5 cm). BF655.

    April 10 – May 18
    Two unfinished sketches by Paul Cézanne, discovered on the reverse sides of two existing Cézanne watercolors, will be on display at The Barnes Foundation from April 10 to May 18.

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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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  • Creative Africa at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Five exhibitions brimming with art from all throughout Africa

    Creative Africa brings an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    May 14 – September 25, 2016
    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.

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  • Future Sensations at The Oval

    The only U.S. stop for this traveling exhibition highlighting science, storytelling and art

    Future Sensations will offer visitors an interactive, sensory experience at The Oval.

    May 30 – June 6
    Take a sensory journey into the future at The Oval this spring during the never-before-seen traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies.

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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 25-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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  • Indian Nation at the American Swedish Historical Museum

    Check out a dozen models of America’s first motorcycle engineered by a Swedish-American immigrant

    Learn about how a Swedish immigrant engineered the first American motorcycle — and check out 12 authentic models from 1901 to 1953 — at _Indian Nation_ at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

    April 12 – August 23
    Learn about how a Swedish immigrant engineered the first American motorcycle — and check out 12 authentic models from 1901 to 1953 — at Indian Nation at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

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  • Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center

    A first-of-its-kind exhibit on gay rights

    A selection of buttons from the William Way LGBT Community Center is just one of the displays in the exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

    Through January 3, 2016
    Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality.

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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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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Thousands of athletes from more than 125 colleges and universities compete in the Dad Vail Regatta.

    May 13-14, 2016
    The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.

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  • Architectural Walking Tours with the Preservation Alliance

    Take an award-winning stroll through Philadelphia

    Group on an Architectural Walking Tour with the Preservation Alliance

    Explore Philadelphia’s architectural past, present and future during an award-winning guided walking tour with the Preservation Alliance.

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  • Art for the Cash Poor

    Annual affordable artwork sale and festival from InLiquid

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

    June 3-5, 2016
    Enhance your personal art collection without breaking the bank at InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor, a block party-style art show and sale.

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  • Art in the Open

    Experience the creation of art along the Schuylkill River

    Experience art in a variety of mediums and styles during Art in the Open.

    Artists from around the country will showcase their creative process along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Banks during Art in the Open.

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  • Bloomsday in Philadelphia

    A weeklong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

    On June 16, the world celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses with a special holiday coined Bloomsday.

    June 9-16, 2016
    Celebrate Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, during the Rosenbach Museum’s Bloomsday celebration.

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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 1, 2016
    The Blue Cross Broad Street Run draws more than 35,000 participants to run a 10-mile, point-to-point course that travels from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Opens May 27, 2016
    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Brewerytown Spring Festival

    Art, food, music and more right on Girard Ave.

    This year, the Brewerytown Spring Festival takes over three blocks of Girard Ave.

    May 30
    The annual Brewerytown Spring Festival transforms the 2600 to 2800 blocks of West Girard Avenue into a colorful and tasty street festival celebrating art, food and music.

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  • Celebration of Black Arts

    One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

    The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Writing in the month of May.

    Through May 31
    Now in its 32nd year, the Celebration of Black Arts is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.

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