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Political world converges on Philadelphia in the summer of 2016
July 25-28, 2016View More
All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.
Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties
August 7, 2016View More
Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.
Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City
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.View More
Artifacts and items from a mysterious ancient culture on display at the Penn Museum
Through November 1, 2015View More
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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition
Through September 13, 2015View More
This groundbreaking special exhibition will showcase more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Manet and others to trace Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of impressionism.
From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit
February 12 – November 8, 2016View More
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.
Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists
January 30 – August 28, 2016View More
Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.
Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®
Through October 4, 2015View More
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.
Intimate images of the Kennedy family
Open through September 7View More
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.
The first major Pippin exhibition in the U.S. in two decades
April 25-July 19View More
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.
Check out a dozen models of America’s first motorcycle engineered by a Swedish-American immigrant
April 12 – August 23View More
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.
An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation
Through October 31, 2015View More
The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.
The only U.S. stop for this special exhibition
April 1 – August 2View More
Celebrate the work of legendary photographer Richard Avedon at an exhibition of more than 70 of his portraits at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
A first-of-its-kind exhibit on gay rights
Through January 3, 2016View More
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.
Take an award-winning stroll through Philadelphia
Explore Philadelphia’s architectural past, present and future during an award-winning guided walking tour with the Preservation Alliance.View More
Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more
Through November 22, 2015View More
Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.
Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia
September 17, 2015View More
The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for an evening of live music and $1 deals.
Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution
July 16, 2016View More
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.
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
August 4-7, 2016View More
Now in its fourth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.
Celebrate the 50’s horror/sci-fi classic where it was filmed
July 10-12View More
Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.
Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink opens this summer at Penn’s Landing
Open through September 27, 2015View More
For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.
A weekend celebration of the blueberry in Bucks County
July 11-12View More
July is national blueberry month and Peddler’s Village is celebrating the summer fruit with a weekend of music and family fun.
Weekend celebration of the creepy, crawly world of insects
August 8 – 9View More
Squash your qualms about the creepy, crawly world of insects during Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing
August 16View More
Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.
Happiest hours all summer long
Through September 2, 2015View More
Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when over 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.
The series celebrates 24 years in 2014
Rock out in Rittenhouse Square during the 24th annual “Concerts in the Park” series, sponsored by Philadelphia Weekly. The free concert series attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.View More
The stars of folk music shine every summer in King of Prussia
Concerts Under The Stars sure sounds romantic, and this long-running outdoor concert series does have its share of romantic folksingers.View More
Celebrate with special events and free admission to the Constitution Center
September 17View More
Constitution Day, held at the Constitution Center in Old City, features special events, educational activities, timely constitutional conversations with federal judges and an inspiring naturalization ceremony.
Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media
Every Wednesday through September 30, 2015View More
Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.
A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic
July 18View More
Some of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.