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  • 2014 NHL Draft
    at the Wells Fargo Center

    One of hockey’s biggest off-season events comes to Philly

    The NHL Draft comes to Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center in June 2014.

    Hockey fans throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region can be on hand to witness the beginning of the careers of future NHL stars at the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27 and 28.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • 40th Street Summer Series

    Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City

    Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.

    University City District ups the cool factor to combat the summer heat with the return of the 40th Street Summer Series, free outdoor concerts on the last Saturdays of June, July, August and September.

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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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  • Audi FEASTIVAL

    Evening of performing arts and food from Philadelphia’s top restaurants

    Great food and performaning arts join forces for FEASTIVAL

    Returning for its fifth year, Audi FEASTIVAL, is an evening of spectacular food and incredible performance in support of FringeArts.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    The buck stops here

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

    The Dollar Stroll is an annual summer series that sees more than 30 West Philly businesses setting up shop on the sidewalk and offering their wares for just $1. The cheap thrills are accompanied by live music and street performances.

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  • Bassmaster Elite Series Professional Tournament

    Top anglers cast their lines on the Delaware River

    The world's top anglers will set their lines on the Delaware River for the Bassmaster Elite Professional Tournament.

    The world’s top anglers will cast their lines in Philadelphia during the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Professional Tournament this August.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • Blobfest

    Celebrate the 50’s horror/sci-fi classic where it was filmed

    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

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  • Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

    A daylong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

    The Bloomsday festivities underway outside the Rosenbach Museum.

    This year marks the 106th anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, with the Rosenbach Museum’s day-long celebration of Bloomsday.

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  • Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival
    at Peddler’s Village

    A weekend celebration of the blueberry in Bucks County

    Enjoy a family-friendly weekend of blueberries and bluegrass music at Peddler's Village.

    July is national blueberry month and Peddler’s Village is celebrating the summer fruit with a weekend of music and family fun.

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  • Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival

    Four days of 4th of July celebrations just across the river

    Freedom Fest includes the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks celebration, the largest fireworks display in the region.

    Celebrate America’s 238th birthday with the free, four-day Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival featuring live music, special events, contests, food, a Festival Beer Garden featuring Flying Fish Brewery and much more.

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  • Campus Philly College Day

    Philly welcomes back its students

    Campus Philly

    Philadelphia’s college students are welcomed back in grand fashion during Campus Philly College Day on Saturday, September 28.

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    The Plaza Cafe at Table 31 participates in Center City Sips.

    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips — discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series

    A lively summer concert series in Rittenhouse Square

    Concerts in the Park

    A lively summer concert series in Rittenhouse Square.

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  • Concerts Under the Stars

    The stars of folk music shine every summer in King of Prussia

    Concerts Under the Stars

    Concerts Under The Stars sure sounds romantic, and this long-running outdoor concert series does have its share of romantic folksingers.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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  • Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

    A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic

    The Shambles at Headhouse Square house a hot summer festival focused on the summer classic — hot dogs — on Saturday, July 19.

    Twenty of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • Feria del Barrio

    One of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    Feria del Barrio

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 25 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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  • Festival of Fountains
    at Longwood Gardens

    May 24 – September 1: 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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  • 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

    First Friday in Old City

    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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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace with Vice President Joe Biden

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

    The Wawa Welcome America! Independence Day Parade is bigger and better than ever in 2014 with more than 5,000 participants from a dozen states.

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  • July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia 2014

    Multiple fireworks displays take place over a week-long July 4th celebration in Philadelphia

    Celebrate 2014's Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Celebrate 2014’s Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

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  • Juneteenth Festival

    An annual all-day festival celebrating the end of slavery

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

    Celebrate the end of slavery with free exhibitions, performances, vendors, discussions, family-friendly events and activities in Germantown.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    September 7 – 8: All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    Expect to taste your way through a competitive line-up of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs on Sunday, and you won’t want to miss what the group of celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will be serving up throughout the festival.

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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.

    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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