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Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia
October 2016_View More
Now in it’s fifth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.
A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts
A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing artsView More
A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town
December 2016View More
The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.
Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long
Sunday, June 26, 2016View More
The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.
Weekend celebration dedicated to delicious peaches and fantastic savings
August 8 – 9View More
August is National Peach Month, so Peddler’s Village is celebrating with a weekend festival devoted to the sweet, juicy fruit.
Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet
December 11-31, 2015View More
Celebrate the 47th 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.
From common objects come masterpieces of artistic expression
October 9-11, 2015View More
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.
Excellent professional theater offering classical and contemporary plays
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.View More
Philly honors Asian American films and filmmakers
November 12 – 22View More
The eighth 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.
It’s bumper to bumper at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
January 30 – February 7, 2016View More
Catch a glimpse of the automotive industry’s latest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show.
Promoting unity among African-American sexual minorities
April 28 – May 1, 2016View More
Philadelphia brings together people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientation during the Annual Philadelphia Black Gay Pride celebration, a growing tradition that continues to influence and educate the community.
Celebration of the joy of reading
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.View More
Day-long celebration of city’s signature sandwich at Lincoln Financial Field
Fall 2016View More
Philadelphia is finally hosting its first festival devoted entirely to the cheesesteak in October 2015. Held outside Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cheesesteak Festival will celebrate the city’s signature sandwich.
The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia
April 22 – June 12, 2016View More
Franklin Square is aglow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.
Philadelphia’s celebration of global filmmaking
An 11-day festival showcasing more than 200 of the best works in independent and foreign cinema in theaters throughout Philadelphia.View More
An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm
August 14 – 16View More
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.
Home improvement haven
February 12-14 and 19-21, 2016View More
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.
Honey happy hour, food trucks, mead-making and more
September 11-13, 2015View More
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.
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater from across the globe, created specifically for children, to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.View More
World-famous bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall
Sunday, June 5, 2016View More
Professional and amateur cyclists alike will have the opportunity to tackle the infamous “Manayunk Wall” during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.
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.View More
A celebration of innovation, collaboration and creativity
April 8-23, 2016View More
A large-scale fire-and-sand performance, a circus built on a foundation of yarn, a traveling symphony performed in water fountains and a sprawling street fair can only mean one thing: the return of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Art.
One of the most historic races in the country
November 18-20, 2016View More
One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon is held every November, 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.
Sculptures, mixed-media pieces, paintings, textiles and more on view and for sale
November 12-15, 2015View More
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.
A behind-the-scenes view of art in the making
October 3-4; 17-18, 2015View More
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.
Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show
Friday, July 1, 2016View More
Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.
The world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival
October 9, 2016View More
Outfest returns to celebrate Philadelphia’s LGBT history and LGBT community for its 25th (!) year in 2015..
A blowout block party at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Saturday, April 30, 2016View More
The FREE Science Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features a ton of family-friendly activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities and explosive visuals from more than 150 partnering exhibitors.
Proving the theory that science is fun for six years in a row!
April 22-30, 2016View More
The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its sixth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.
The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country
Thursday, November 24, 2016View More
Now in its 96th year, the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country and a true Philadelphia tradition.