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  • Society Hill Playhouse

    Theater for all at one of Philadelphia’s oldest theater halls

    A Performance at Society Hill Playhouse

    This is theater for people who don’t like theater . . . or who think they don’t.

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  • South Street Headhouse Spring Festival

    Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season

    Celebrate spring with the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Brauhaus Schmitz Maifest.

    Get out and celebrate the season during the second annual South Street Headhouse Spring Festival

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    March 29 – May 19: Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    Explore hundreds of acres abloom with the beauty of spring at Longwood Gardens.

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  • St. Padre Pio Festival

    A true Italian street festival

    Few things are more South Philly than the early-fall Padre Pio festival, an outdoor fete featuring tons of food, live music and neighborly excitement.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Philadelphia’s long-standing celebration of everything Irish

    The Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade

    A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade a celebration not to be missed.

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  • Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Strawberries as far as the eye can see

    The Strawberry Festival at Peddler's Village

    Celebrate spring at Peddler’s Village’s celebrated Strawberry Festival, where festive foods, children’s activities, pie-eating contests and a lively lineup of family entertainment are just some of the weekend’s exciting attractions.

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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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  • Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

    The 24th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer

    Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

    This Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites everyone in the Delaware Valley and beyond to “Embrace the Honor and Empower the Promise” to end breast cancer at the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.

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  • TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

    One of the most prestigious single day bike races in North America

    TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

    The highest-ranked, longest and richest single day road race in North America

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  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison

    Terror Behind the Walls

    The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.

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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 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Experience Articulture at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

    Art and horticulture combine for the 185th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show!

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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 Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia

    The Christmas Village on Dilworth Plaza

    Philadelphia will once again transform into European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park.

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  • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

    A 15-minute holiday spectacle at the Comcast Center

    Watching the Comcast Holiday Spectacular in 3D

    A holiday spectacle unlike any other returns for its fifth year. Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience Video Wall at The Comcast Center, the Holiday Spectacular is filled with sights and sounds of the season.

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  • The Lebanese Festival

    An annual celebration of Lebanese culture

    A testament to the Passyunk corridor’s Lebanese heritage, this annual festival at St. Moran’s Church provides the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of a rich immigrant culture.

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  • The Macy’s Christmas Light Show
    at Macy’s Center City

    A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1955

    Macy's Holiday Light show

    A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back half a century.

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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 Penn Relays

    The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania

    The Penn Relays at Franklin Field

    The nation’s largest and most important amateur track and field event held at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • The Philadelphia Antiques Show

    Antiques and art through the 20th century at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

    Browse antique decorative and fine arts at the Philadelphia Antiques Show. View More
  • The Philadelphia Collection

    Find your style in the city’s top shops

    The Philadelphia Colleciton 2010

    The city shows off its fashionable side during The Philadelphia Collection, a week-long celebration of Philadelphia’s fashion and retail community.

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  • The Philadelphia Film Festival

    A city-wide celebration of the cinema

    All Is Lost starring Robert Redford opens the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival.

    The Philadelphia Film Festival celebrating its 23rd anniversary this fall with nearly two weeks of films, guests and special events to satisfy even the most ardent cinephile.

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  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

    Vivid and emotional stories by William Shakespeare

    Always contemporary, always relevant, the productions create the vitality of the play and reflect modern day hopes and fears.

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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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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    Now in its seventh year, The Roots Picnic is bigger and better than ever with a day of incredible and diverse music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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  • The Snowy Day and the Art
    of Ezra Jack Keats

    First major exhibition in the U.S. for the acclaimed children’s book author

    National Museum of American Jewish History.

    The National Museum of Jewish American History is hosting the first major exhibition in the United States dedicated to the award-winning author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats from July 19—October 20.

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  • The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

    A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan

    Japanese Tea House

    Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.

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  • The Wilma Theater

    Philadelphia’s most thought-provoking mid-size theater

    Outside the Wilma Theatre

    The Wilma is serious about theater as art. Think poetic vision. Think metaphor. Think philosophical interpretation of contemporary life.

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  • The World Is an Apple:
    The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

    Premiere exhibition at the Barnes Foundation

    Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Fruit and Glass of Wine (Nature morte avec fruits et verre de vin), 1877-1879, oil on canvas

    Experience the works of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) this summer at the Barnes Foundation. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne features 21 paintings by the master artist ranging from his early paintings to his late works.

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