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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Chris' Jazz Cafe is one of four venues hosting the Center City Jazz Festival.

    April 25
    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the fourth annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features 16 bands performing at four Center City venues.

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  • Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

    Celebrating America’s pastime at the National Museum of American Jewish History

    Hank Greenburg hits a third inning homerun on April 29, 1947.

    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History is the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of baseball with the story of immigration and integration into American life.

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  • Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

    A free community celebration in West Philadelphia

    Celebrate music and the arts in Clark Park.

    September 19, 2015
    A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival is a free, day-long community celebration held every summer and fall.

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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 21-31
    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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  • Dining Out For Life

    Dine Out, Fight AIDS

    Amada is one of more than 200 restaurants giving back during the 25th annual Dining Out for Life benefiting those suffering from HIV and AIDS.

    April 30
    More than 200 restaurants are giving back during the 25th annual Dining Out for Life. During the special evening, participating restaurants will donate one-third of the cost of your meal to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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  • Equality Forum

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia for its 22nd anniversary

    SundayOut! at the Piazza at Schmidts in 2013

    The global LGBT event comes to Philadelphia, featuring more than 20 programs, parties and more

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  • Festival of Fountains
    at Longwood Gardens

    Thousands of sparkling fountains dance before your eyes

    Longwood’s signature Main Fountain Garden

    Longwood Gardens demonstrates its role as a cultural center for the performing arts during its annual Festival of Fountains. Throughout the spring and summer, the Gardens come alive with music, special performances and fantastic fountain displays.

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residental street.

    June 6
    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate summer with plenty of “Oohs” and “Aahs”

    Festively decorated fountains at Longwood Gardens.

    The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ light and sound spectacular, a summer tradition at the internationally celebrated gardens.

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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.

    Friday, March 4, 2016
    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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  • Fishtown Shadfest

    Just keep swimming

    Held each spring in Penn Treaty Park, this family friendly gathering is designed to celebrate Fishtown’s seafaring heritage.

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  • Flavors of the Avenue

    The annual springtime taste of Passyunk’s restaurant row

    April 26
    Held in the springtime, Flavors is a high-energy outdoor event that sees dozens of East Passyunk businesses serving their best stuff in a festival environment.

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  • Go West! Craft Fest

    Craft local

    Attendees at Go West! Craft Fest's annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople can expect to find new and cool clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

    April 25 & September 19
    Go West! Craft Fest is an annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople that allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

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  • Hidden City Festival

    Contemporary art in forgotten city sites

    The Metropolitan Opera House.

    Find beauty amongst the abandoned, obscure and inaccessible sites around Philadelphia during the second annual Hidden City Festival.

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  • Juneteenth Festival

    Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom

    Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery.

    June 20
    Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, with its seventh annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 20.

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  • Kennett Run

    A spring run through Chester County

    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at the Kennett Run, a family-friendly event held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

    May 16
    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at the Kennett Run, a family-friendly event held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

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  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival 2015

    Off-beat design competition and community arts festival

    Celebrate creativity and community spirit during the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival.

    May 21, 2016
    The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival is the new name for one of the city’s quirkiest spring events. Formerly two events, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Derby, is a day-long celebration of the creative spirit and community pride.

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  • Kutztown Folk Festival

    A week-long celebration of crafts, food, music and folk life

    The petting zoo at the Kutztown Folk Festival.

    June 27 – July 5
    Bring your family to enjoy the finest in traditional crafts, food, music and folk life. Good, old-fashioned fun and non-stop entertainment happens every day, all week at the Kutztown Festival.

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  • LOVE Your Park Week

    Making Philadelphia’s great public spaces even better

     LOVE Your Park Week is a weeklong festival complete with volunteer opportunities, clean up days and other events.

    Philadelphia’s third 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 festivals, family-friendly days and more.

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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

    March 22-April 4
    Surround yourself with spring blooms during the annual Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Center City.

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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 25-26, 2016
    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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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    StrEAT Food Festival: September 13, 2015; Restaurant Week: September 14-25, 2015
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Native American Voices:
    The People—Here and Now

    Challenging preconceptions of Native American culture at the Penn Museum

    Discover contemporary Native American Voices at the Penn Museum.

    Discover a living tapestry of nations with distinct stories, identities, and contemporary leaders at the Penn Museum’s newest exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now.

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  • Night Market — South Street West

    Philly’s favorite street food festival returns for 2015

    The first Night Market of 2015 heads to South Street West on May 14.

    May 14
    For the first Night Market of the year, join tens of thousands of attendees and dozens of vendors dishing excellent edibles to gather on South Street West to take in local restaurants and food trucks, regional musicians and dynamic artists.

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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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  • Night Market Old City

    Popular street food festival arrives in Philly’s historic district

    Night Market is Philadelphia's favorite street food festival.

    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Old City on May 15.

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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 12, 2016
    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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  • Philadelphia Book Festival

    Celebration of the joy of reading

    Philadelphia Book Festival logo

    Now in its eighth year, the annual Philadelphia Book Festival hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia is a city-wide celebration of the written word.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

    The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia

    Chinese Lantern Festival

    April 22 – June 12, 2016
    Franklin Square will glow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    The Phillie Phanatic stops by the International Children's Festival in University City.

    Performers and companies from across the globe converge in University City to share theater that goes beyond simplistic themes and cartoon-like characters.

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