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  • Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall

    Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more

    Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party

    Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.

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  • Old City Fest

    First annual free street festival in Philadelphia’s historic district

    Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.

    Sunday, October 12
    Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.

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  • Old City Restaurant Week

    July 19-25: 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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  • One Day in Pompeii at the Franklin Institute

    Interactive exhibition exploring the ancient volcanic disaster

    One Day in Pompeii exhibition at the Franklin Institute.

    Experience the fateful day of an ancient Roman City during One Day in Pompeii, the latest exhibition at the Franklin Institute.

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  • Open Air

    A giant, interactive 3-D light installation coming to the skies above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    A view of Open Air from the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    In Fall 2012, internationally acclaimed new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s public art project “Open Air” will illuminate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with enormous three-dimensional light formations in the night sky.

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  • Open Source:
    Engaging Audiences in Public Space

    Mural Arts Program presents groundbreaking outdoor exhibition in Philadelphia

    Still-life #11 © 2012, Heeseop Yoon. 24’x 60’. 1/4'' black masking tape on mylar.

    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary by turning the city into a canvas during a blockbuster outdoor exhibition featuring more than a dozen incredible artists from around the globe.

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  • Opera on the Mall

    Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia

    October 3
    Now in it’s fourth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.

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  • Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

    The Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

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  • Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography

    Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts first major retrospective of the American photographer in nearly five decades

    Anna Attinga Frafra, Accra, Ghana, 1964 (negative and print).

    Through January 4
    Discover the powerful works of American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890-1976) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the first major retrospective of his work in nearly 50 years.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    July 11-12
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Peddler’s Village Peach Festival
    and Sidewalk Sale

    Weekend celebration dedicated to delicious peaches and fantastic savings

    August 8 – 9
    August is National Peach Month, so Peddler’s Village is celebrating with a weekend festival devoted to the sweet, juicy fruit.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet Presents
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

    Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet

    Pennsylvania Ballet dancers perform

    Through December 31
    Celebrate the 46th year of one of Philadelphia’s favorite holiday traditions during as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music.

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  • Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair

    From common objects come masterpieces of artistic expression

    For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the fall version of the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair.

    May 8 – 10
    For the third year in a row, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair, a vibrant and festive event celebrates the work of the innovative craftspeople who take everyday, functional items and transform them into masterpieces of artistic expression that still remain useful.

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  • People’s Light and Theatre Company

    Excellent professional theater offering classical and contemporary plays

    People's Light and Theatre Company

    Located in an idyllic suburban setting, People’s Light & Theatre Company boasts two “black box” theaters, one large and one small, as well as a lovely restaurant in a old farmhouse.

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  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

    Philly honors Asian American films and filmmakers

    The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival screens films celebrating Asian-American filmmakers and actors at locations throughout the city, including International House.

    November 12 – 16 and 21 – 22
    The seventh annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) will celebrate Asian American films and filmmakers via screenings of documentaries and feature films, panels, discussions, parties and much more.

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  • Philadelphia Auto Show

    It’s bumper to bumper at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    The Philadelphia Auto Show

    January 31-February 8
    Catch a glimpse of the automotive industry’s latest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show.

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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 Folk Festival

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

    he hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.

    August 14 – 16
    The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.

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  • Philadelphia Home Show

    Home improvement haven

    Discover the latest in home improvements at the Philadelphia Home Show.

    January 17-19, 23-25
    Fall in love with your home again at the annual Philadelphia Home Show, the region’s premier building, design and landscaping event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • Philadelphia Honey Festival

    Honey happy hour, food trucks, mead-making and more

    Take a peek inside a working beehive at the Philadelphia Honey Festival.

    September 11 – 13
    Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the Philadelphia Honey Festival is bigger than ever this year with three days of bee-related activities at three locations across the city.

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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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  • Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

    World-famous bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall

    Cyclists take on the Manayunk Wall

    June 7
    Professional and amateur cyclists alike will have the opportunity to tackle the infamous “Manayunk Wall” during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

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  • Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

    A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia's annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

    Saturday, October 4
    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

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  • Philadelphia International
    Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

    A month-long celebration of innovation, collaboration and creativity

    The PIFA time machine at the Kimmel Center.

    The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) returns in 2013 for its second city-wide celebration of innovation, collaboration and creativity.

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  • Philadelphia Marathon

    One of the most historic races in the country

    Runners pass through Manayunk during the Philadelphia Marathon.

    November 21 – 23
    One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell.

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Craft Show

    Sculptures, mixed-media pieces, paintings, textiles and more on view and for sale

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show welcomes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the U.S. to display and sell their best work for four days in November at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    November 6 – 9
    The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show welcomes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the U.S. to display and sell their best work for four days in November at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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  • Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

    A behind-the-scenes view of art in the making

    A look inside the studio of artist during POST.

    October 25 – 26
    Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.

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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.

    July 2
    An annual “thank you” from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the people of Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Outfest

    Philadelphia’s “Coming Out” block party

    Outfest in Philadelphia

    Sunday, October 12
    A National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Festival that attracts over 30,000 people to the region.

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  • Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon

    13.1-mile race followed by a free concert

    The Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon returns in September, bringing together fitness and music.

    October 31
    The Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon returns in September, bringing together fitness and music as runners head down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and along the Schuylkill River before taking in a free concert at Eakins Oval.

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