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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    The 8th annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 8th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

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  • Liberty Block Party
    Wawa Welcome America!

    An all-day shindig to kick off the city’s 4th of July celebrations

    The block party goes down at the Shops at Liberty Place, located between the Liberty One and Liberty Two buildings.

    The Shops at Liberty Place and Wawa Welcome America are teaming up to kick off 4th of July festivities right by hosting the Liberty Block Party on Saturday, June 28 from noon to 10 p.m.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Make Music Philly

    Daylong “do it yourself” music festival across the city

    Celebrate the first day of summer with beautiful music during Make Music Philly, a free, daylong, “do it yourself” festival.

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  • Making A Classic Modern:
    Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure

    Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.

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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.

    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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  • 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 – Lancaster Avenue

    Popular street food festival returns to West Philly

    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 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 14.

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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.

    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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  • Old City Restaurant Week

    July 20-27: First ever restaurant week for the historic neighborhood

    Dine at 28 participating restaurants during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

    Discover the fantastic restaurants in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

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  • Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
    at the Perelman Building

    First retrospective for the influential 1980s designer

    The designs of Patrick Kelly.

    On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love highlights 80 fully accessorized ensembles by American-born, Paris-based fashion designer Patrick Kelly.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing

    A series of festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    Hispanic Fiesta

    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

    Groovin' at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood Concert Series

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

    An annual “thank you” from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the people of Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

    An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo

    Sample more than 40 local beers at the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival.

    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

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  • Philly 4th of July Jam and
    Grand Fireworks Finale

    The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday.

    July 4th in Philadelphia

    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the “Largest Free Outdoor Concert” in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long.

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  • Philly @ The Movies:
    Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Free screening of iconic film at its famous location

    An annual summer tradition, grab a seat on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free screening of the iconic Philadelphia-film Rocky during Philly @ The Movies.

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  • Philly Art Experience
    at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

    Massive contemporary arts exhibition to benefit BalletX

    PhillyArtExperience at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

    Now on view at the Bridgett Mayer Gallery through August 9, PhillyArtExperience: Benefiting BalletX features works from more than 200 local, regional and international established and up-and-coming artists.

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence 2014

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular July 4th traditions moves to the Kimmel Center this year

    The Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

    Join Larry Blank and the Philly POPS! at the Kimmel Center for a patriotic celebration in honor of America’s birthday.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    A temporary outdoor escape, at 15th and South Streets, with food, beer and more

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

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  • Reading Terminal Market’s Pennsylvania Dutch Festival

    Annual celebration of tasty traditions turns 25

    Pennsylvania Dutch Festival

    Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at the historic Reading Terminal Market.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Second Friday

    Wander the streets of Powelton

    A play on the “First Friday” art event that takes over Old City each month, Powelton’s Second Friday is a regular community-building event that places the spotlight on a lineup local artists, restaurants and entertainers.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Visitors will love the park’s newest addition – Cookie’s Monster Land! This colorful and imaginative new land features five exciting rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area for toddlers.

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  • Summer Concert Series at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

    Concerts on Penn's Landing

    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Super Scooper “All-You-Can-Eat”
    Ice Cream Festival

    Get your fill of sweet treats — for a great cause!

    The annual Ice Cream Festival is every bit as enjoyable as it sounds.

    What better way to raise money for children with leukemia than to eat your favorite kind of ice cream?

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  • The 1968 Exhibit at the
    National Constitution Center

    Experience the year that defined a generation

    Travel back to 1968 at the National Constitution Center with an immersive exhibit focused on one of America’s most colorful, chaotic and culture-shifting years.

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  • The Awesome Fest

    8 weeks of free outdoor movie screenings in parks across the city

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

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  • The Oval

    July 16-August 17: Shape of fun on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    The Oval, an exciting new public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    Returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for its second season, The Oval once again will transform an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime fun.

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  • The Porch at 30th Street Station

    Fresh air and fresh fare

    A new initiative spearheaded by the University City District, the Porch at 30th Street Station attracts both travelers and locals with food trucks, farmers markets and live entertainment.

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