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  • Hidden City Festival

    Contemporary art in forgotten city sites

    The Metropolitan Opera House.

    Find beauty amongst the abandoned, obscure and inaccessible sites around Philadelphia during the second annual Hidden City Festival.

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  • Hidden City Philadelphia

    Explore the city’s landmarks that time forgot

    The Metropolitan Opera House

    Explore the city’s landmarks that time forgot during this month-long festival

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  • Holiday Festival of Lights

    The Camden Children’s Garden sparkles with holiday spirit

    The Butterfly House at the Camden Children's Garden

    Enjoy a magical holiday tradition on the Camden waterfront at the Holiday Festival of Lights.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history after hours

    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure.

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  • Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

    Sunset bike race through streets of downtown West Chester

    Hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets of West Chester for the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

    August 8
    Hundreds of cyclists, including national professionals and locals, will challenge themselves on the streets of downtown West Chester during the 10th annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium.

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  • Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

    14th annual arts festival will include 60 artists and a beer tent

    Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the 14th annual Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.

    September 20
    Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

    July 4
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks-off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade featuring more than 6,000 participants from around the country.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2015

    Where to watch fireworks during July 4th celebration in Philadelphia

    Celebrate 2014's Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    July 4
    When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like America’s birthplace: Philadelphia. And 2015—the country’s 239th birthday—will be no exception.

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  • Juneteenth Festival

    Annual festival in Historic Germantown celebrating African American freedom

    Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery.

    June 20
    Historic Germantown celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, with its seventh annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 20.

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  • KAWS @ PAFA

    Influential pop artist transforms Historic Landmark Building

    The historic home of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be transformed as the Brooklyn-based pop artist KAWS arrives in Philadelphia.

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  • Kennett Run

    A spring run through Chester County

    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at the Kennett Run, a family-friendly event held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

    May 16
    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at the Kennett Run, a family-friendly event held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    September 12 – 13
    Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day. They come to celebrate the humble fungi known as the mushroom at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a two-day festival of food and family fun.

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  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival 2015

    Off-beat design competition and community arts festival

    Celebrate creativity and community spirit during the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival.

    May 16
    The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival is the new name for one of the city’s quirkiest spring events. Formerly two events, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kensington Kinetic Derby, is a day-long celebration of the creative spirit and community pride.

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  • Kutztown Folk Festival

    A week-long celebration of crafts, food, music and folk life

    The petting zoo at the Kutztown Folk Festival.

    June 27 – July 5
    Bring your family to enjoy the finest in traditional crafts, food, music and folk life. Good, old-fashioned fun and non-stop entertainment happens every day, all week at the Kutztown Festival.

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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    The 9th annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    July 18
    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 8th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

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  • LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

    Philadelphia’s annual walk of Gay Pride

    More than 10,000 people and 150 vendors come out for Pride Day LGBT Parade and Festival in June.

    June 14
    Held every year in June during Nation Gay Pride Month, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival brings more than 25,000 participators to Philadelphia for a march down Broad Street and a party at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Longwood Gardens Christmas

    Dazzling lights highlight this incredible holiday celebration

    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

    Open through January 11
    No holiday is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens, where more than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love.

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  • LOVE Your Park Week

    Making Philadelphia’s great public spaces even better

     LOVE Your Park Week is a weeklong festival complete with volunteer opportunities, clean up days and other events.

    Philadelphia’s third annual “LOVE Your Park Week” allows residents to pitch in and help clean up some of Philadelphia’s 10,000-acre park system — and then enjoy the spaces with festivals, family-friendly days and more.

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  • Macy’s Flower Show

    A flower-filled tradition at Macy’s Grand Court

    The Eagle welcomes visitors to the Flower Show

    March 22-April 4
    Surround yourself with spring blooms during the annual Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Center City.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 5-6
    Beyonce is coming back to Philadelphia for the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Make Music Philly

    Daylong “do it yourself” music festival across the city

    Celebrate the first day of summer with beautiful music during Make Music Philly, a free, daylong, “do it yourself” festival.

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  • Making A Classic Modern:
    Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure

    Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.

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  • Manayunk Arts Festival

    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region celebrates 25 years

    Thousands gather at the Manayunk Arts Festival on historic Main Street.

    June 20-21
    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    Festival: April 12; Restaurant Week: April 12-24
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Merriam Theater

    Broadway touring shows in Philadelphia’s Center City

    Merriam Theater

    The Merriam Theater keeps with the Broadway touring tradition by importing recent hits and long running musicals for runs of varying length in Philadelphia.

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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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  • Mt. Airy Street Fare

    Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue

    Sip, savor and stroll down Germantown Ave. during Mt. Airy Street Fare.

    September 17
    Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.

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  • Mural Arts Month

    Special events in the “City of Murals” all month-long

    'Philadelphia on a Half Tank' by Paul Santoleri

    October marks Mural Arts Month for the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.

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  • Native American Voices:
    The People—Here and Now

    Challenging preconceptions of Native American culture at the Penn Museum

    Discover contemporary Native American Voices at the Penn Museum.

    Discover a living tapestry of nations with distinct stories, identities, and contemporary leaders at the Penn Museum’s newest exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now.

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  • New Hope Celebrates Pride Week

    Head “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to Bucks County

    The New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade.

    May 10-17
    New Hope’s annual gay pride celebration is a a weekend full of activities and special events.

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