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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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  • Tides of Freedom
    African Presence on the Delaware River

    Compelling new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River.

    Uncover 300-years of history and the African experience along in Philadelphia during Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River, a new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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  • Treasures from Korea:
    Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty

    Rare look into Korean art and culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Ceremonial robes worn by Hyeon Baek-Un, a high-ranking government official in the late Joseon period.

    Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culsture of the Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first full-scale survey in the United States to focus on the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty.

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  • Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

    One-of-a-kind shopping, human-powered vehicle floats and family-friendly programming

    Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

    A beloved celebration of Fishtown and Kensington’s many artisans, this festival also works food, drink and live music into the outdoor mix.

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  • University City Dining Days

    Spice up your summer with a special dinner in University City

    Distrito

    More than 25 of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries are offering diners special three-course, prix fixe dinners for either $15, $25 or $35 per person. It’s a great way to try some of the area’s exciting new restaurants or to return to a longtime favorite.

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  • Victorian Christmas Celebration at Pennypacker Mills

    Step back into the past for the holidays

    Prepping the tree for the holidays at Pennypacker Mills

    Take a step back in time for a Victorian Christmas celebration at historic Pennypacker Milles, the 18th-century mansion used by General George Washington as temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

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  • Walnut Street Theatre

    America’s oldest theater

    The Walnut Street Theatre

    With its centuries-old bricks attractively exposed in places, you can actually touch the theater’s history.

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  • Walnut Street Theatre Independence Theatre on 3

    Intimate variety theater, revues and plays

    Outside the Walnut Street Theatre

    These theaters are the venues for many smaller and emerging companies in the area and, thus, a place to sample fresh work.

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  • Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing

    Pop-up winter village on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Waterfront Winterfest at Penn's Landing.

    Penn’s Landing is celebrating the 20 years of ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink with Waterfront Winterfest, a pop-up holiday winter garden and waterfront village.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 4.5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, Wawa Hoagie Day features 4.5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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