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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 will glow 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
Performers and companies from across the globe converge in University City to share theater that goes beyond simplistic themes and cartoon-like characters.View More
World-famous bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall
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
July 2View More
An annual “thank you” from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the people of Philadelphia.
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..
13.1-mile race followed by a free concert
Saturday, October 31, 2015View More
The Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon returns in October, 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.
A blowout block party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
May 2View More
The free, family-friendly Science Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway features more than 175 exhibitors and features interactive experiments and activities, live entertainment, food, games and much more.
Prove the theory science is fun!
April 22-30, 2016View More
The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its fifth 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.
An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo
Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.View More
The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday.
July 4View More
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.
Free screening of iconic film at its famous location
July 1View More
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.
Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival
May 29 – June 7View More
The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”
Grab a camera and take a picture in the city
Friday, October 9, 2015View More
Now in its sixth year, Philly Photo Day calls on all residents to capture and share their pictures depicting a day in the life of the city.
More than 300 musicians help celebrate the holiday season
Through December 22, 2015 (select dates)View More
Performing both delightful seasonal classics and glorious gospel music, the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular is a marvelous way for the whole family to enjoy the holidays together.
FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall
July 3View More
The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.
Technology, innovation and good times
April 28- May 7, 2016View More
Philly Tech Week celebrates technology and innovation in the region by bringing together some of the best and brightest tech minds in the city for events ranging from panels and conferences to gaming-themed events and cocktail parties.
Celebrate the autumn harvest with a day of family fun at the Navy Yard
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society welcomes the fall season during the annual PHS Fall Festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.View More
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.View More