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A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town
The Seaport 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.View More
Wander the streets of Powelton
A play on the “First Friday” art event that takes over Old City each month, Powelton’s Second Friday is a regular community-building event that places the spotlight on a lineup local artists, restaurants and entertainers.View More
Taking place on the Second Saturday of every month, this collective East Passyunk effort sees businesses offering special discounts, events and gatherings to encourage neighborhood involvement and fun.View More
Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®
Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®. For the 2015 season, starting May 2, 2015, Sesame Place is celebrating its 35th birthday!View More
A complex chapter in American history examined at the National Constitution Center
Take a look at the lives of six slave families who were among hundreds of slaves that lived and worked for one of our country’s Founding Fathers during Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a powerful exhibition at the National Constitution Center.View More
Theater for all at one of Philadelphia’s oldest theater halls
This is theater for people who don’t like theater . . . or who think they don’t.View More
Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season
May 2View More
Get out and celebrate the season during the second annual South Street Headhouse Spring Festival
Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring
April 1 – May 31View More
At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.
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.View More
Philadelphia’s long-standing celebration of everything Irish
March 15View More
A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — the second oldest in the country — is a celebration not to be missed. Join thousands of spectators on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day.
Strawberries as far as the eye can see
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.View More
Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long
All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.View More
Get your fill of sweet treats — for a great cause!
What better way to raise money for children with leukemia than to eat your favorite kind of ice cream?View More
The 24th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer
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.View More
The largest sailing event in North America set sail for Philly
June 24-28View More
Billowing sails will waft in the breeze when the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 pulls into port. Visitors can catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on the ships, which will dock at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront.
One of the most prestigious single day bike races in North America
The highest-ranked, longest and richest single day road race in North AmericaView More
Premier haunted house in Philadelphia’s historic prison
Open through November 8View More
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.
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.View More
The world’s largest indoor flower show
February 28-March 8View More
The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.
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.View More
Get into the holiday spirit in the heart of Philadelphia
November 27 – December 28View More
Philadelphia will once again transform into European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park.
A must-see holiday tradition in the lobby of the Comcast Center
Open through January 1View More
Shown on the state-of-the-art Comcast Experience video wall at Comcast Center, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a family-friendly holiday tradition featuring the sights and sounds of the season. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey.
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.View More
Annual award recognizing those who strive for liberty
October 21View More
The Liberty Medal is awarded by the National Constitution Center to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. Recipients include men, women and organizations responsible for shaping and guiding the world.
A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956
Open through December 31View More
A perfect family outing, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1956. More than 100,000 lights combine to create snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer floating beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain in the Grand Court.
Pop-up park returning for two weekends this October
The Oval, a popular pop-up open-air public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, returns for two weekends in October. After a fantastic summer of family-friendly fun, food trucks, live music and an incredible beer garden, The Oval is returning with an autumn-centric celebration.View More
The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania
April 23 – 25View More
The Penn Relay Carnival is now in its 121st year and is the world’s first and most widely recognized relay meet. The event draws crowds of 100,000 as spectators know they’ll see the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers.
Antiques and art through the 20th century at the Pennsylvania Convention CenterView More
Find your style in the city’s top shops
The city shows off its fashionable side during The Philadelphia Collection, a week-long celebration of Philadelphia’s fashion and retail community.View More
A city-wide celebration of the cinema
October 16 – 26View More
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.