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The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Philadelphia has a particular penchant for the performing and visual arts. From the city’s authentic jazz clubs to the oldest art museum in the county to the storied Avenue of the Arts, the region’s creative side expresses itself through hundreds of music venues, art galleries and theaters.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at Penn’s Landing

    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.

    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!

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    August 16
    Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    July 30-August 2
    Now in its fourth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    August 2
    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.

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  • Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

    A behind-the-scenes view of art in the making

    A look inside the studio of artist during POST.

    October 3-4; 17-18
    Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. 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 purchase artwork.

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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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  • The Awesome Fest

    Free, off-beat outdoor movie screenings in Northern Liberties

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

    Friday nights through August 14
    Every Friday night, The Awesome Fest will return with free outdoor movie screenings for all to enjoy.

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  • 2015 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 3-19
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies

    The Mann can seat over 4,500 with room for nearly 10,000 more on the spacious lawn.

    The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s largest outdoor amphitheaters, is a top summer destination for music lovers in Philadelphia.

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  • Summer Concert Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    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.

    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    August 2
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of 90 bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    Through September 2
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when over 90 bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • Opera Philadelphia

    Major works in the country’s most historic opera house

    Opera Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, the Opera Philadelphia is home to some of the industry’s brightest singers, composers, directors and conductors.

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings

    Gallery space at The Barnes Foundation, arranged as originally intended.

    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.

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