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- Philadelphia Folk Festival
- 2nd Street Festival
- BlackStar Film Festival
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Philadelphia plays home to an astounding collection of museums, artistic venues and historical attractions. There’s the Liberty Bell, of course — plus amazing art installations, jazz venues, architectural landmarks and much more.
Our Insider’s Guide plots a veritable “what’s what” of Philadelphia’s cultural world, with instant access to more than 350 fact-filled Web pages for more than 500 visitor-ready experiences.
The attractions are searchable by category, location and special interest, while introductory pages for each of the main categories provide even more insider insight — so you’ll be ready to hit the streets and take in the City of Brotherly Love.
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.
America’s oldest farmers’ market
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions
Save 45% on the combined admission to four of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and more.
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
The Liberty Bell stands prominently in a glass chamber overlooking Independence Hall. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images bring the bell to life by exploring the facts and the myths surrounding it.
Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction
Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.
All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more
Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.
One of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country
An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.
One of the world’s foremost collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.
Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss
The city’s award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
May 18-20, 2017
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival brings professional theater from across the globe, created specifically for children, to the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.View More
One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country
May 1-31, 2017View More
Now in its 32nd year, the Celebration of Black Arts is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.
A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing
June 3, 2017View More
Now in its ninth 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.
Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution
July 15, 2017View More
Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.
Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers
July 28-30, 2017View More
Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
September 7-23, 2017View More
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.
An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm
August 17-20, 2017View 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.
Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties
August 6, 2017View More
Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.
Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation
October 5-14, 2017View More
Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia.
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
August 3-6, 2017View More
Now in its fifth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.
Mirrors Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture
The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks lives in Sister Cities Park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.View More
Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza
A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its famed nickname “LOVE Park” due to its famous sculpture. Note: The park will be closed for renovations through summer 2017, and the LOVE sculpture has been temporarily removed for renovation.View More
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
Opening April 19, 2017View More
Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.
The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style
City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.View More
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
First Friday of every monthView More
Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.