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- Cinedelphia Film Festival
- Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
- Center City Jazz Festival
- Celebration of Black Arts
- The Roots Picnic
- Bastille Day Festival
at Eastern State Penitentiary
- XPoNential Music Festival
- 2016 Fringe Festival
- Philadelphia Folk Festival
- 2nd Street Festival
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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.
Philadelphia’s celebration of global filmmaking
April 13-29, 2017View More
Cinedelphia Film Festival brings 17 days of alternative-based movie screenings to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.
A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City
May 18-20, 2017View More
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.
Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia
April 29, 2017View More
Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features more than 20 bands performing at five venues all within walking distance.
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
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.