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Local artists take you behind-the-scenes of their work
Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? The 11th annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) allows everyone a chance to see for themselves. 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 buy artwork if they’re interested.View More
Cinematic reflections of the gay and lesbian experience
QFest is the nation’s third-largest event of its kind, attracting international cineastes for two weeks of film and flat-out partying throughout mid-July.View More
Calling all aspiring singers, actors, fashionistas, music moguls of tomorrow, and anyone who just likes the red carpet experience! The third annual Radio One Music & Entertainment Conference is coming back to Philly with a star-studded lineup of celebrities, featuring headliner and world renowned producer, rapper, and entertainment executive Jermaine Dupri.View More
Annual celebration of tasty traditions
August 6 – 8View More
Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at the historic Reading Terminal Market.
Head to an urban farm, complete with fall treats and a real tractor
October 18View More
Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 18, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
Saturday, October 3View More
You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
Celebrate spring at Philadelphia’s poshest spring festival
May 2View More
One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for one awesome Saturday each May.
“Circle the Square” with fine art
June 5-7 & September 18-20View More
Now in its 84th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show has the long-running distinction of being the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show.
Largest riverfront festival in Delaware County
Saturday, October 3View More
A full day of concerts, food and fun more on the Chester riverfront.
A super-fun, all-helicopter air show for the whole family
A super-fun, all-helicopter air show for the whole familyView More
An annual Mexican fiesta commemorating the Battle of Puebla
A springtime tradition honoring victory at the Battle of Puebla, Carnaval de Puebla features a raucous, joyful parade of vibrant costumed dancers, who march from Deep South Philly’s Mexican neighborhoods and convene for a large outdoor party on Washington Avenue.View More
Scare up some fun during this Bucks County tradition
September 19-20, 2015View More
You’ll have a scary good time at the Annual Scarecrow Festival and Competition in Peddler’s Village, a fall family tradition in Bucks County.
A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August
Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!View More
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
Art exhibition highlighting endangered species with unconventional materials
April 11 – October 31View More
The Philadelphia Zoo is getting a few rare additions in 2015. A dozen artists from around the world are creating ingenious and larger-than-life sculptures of endangered animals using recycled, reusued and repurposed materials for Second Nature: Junk Rethunk.
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 outside and celebrated the season during the third annual South Street Spring Festival. Held on the first weekend in May, the FREE outdoor festival brings thousands to South Street for a day of food, music and family-friendly fun .
Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring
April 4 – 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
Strawberries as far as the eye can see
May 2 -3View More
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.
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
The 25th annual 5K run/walk to fight breast cancer
May 10View More
This Mother’s Day, the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure invites everyone in the Delaware Valley and beyond to celebrate 25 years of fighting to end breast cancer at the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.
The largest sailing event in North America sets 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Concert and Fireworks Show will be held on Sunday, June 28
Sunday, June 28, 2015View More
In celebration of the Tall Ships Festival and beginning of Philadelphia’s week-long Independence Day celebration, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hosting a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
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
Opens September 18, 2015View 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.