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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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  • Philadelphia Sketch Club

    Fostering creativity and visual arts since 1860

    America’s oldest club for artists, the Philadelphia Sketch Club offers workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking.

    The oldest continuing artist organization in the country, the Philadelphia Sketch Club has served as a meeting place for the creators and supporters of art since 1860.

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Chris’ Jazz Cafe is one of four venues hosting the Center City Jazz Festival.

    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the third annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features 16 bands performing at four Center City venues.

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  • Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
    at the Perelman Building

    First retrospective for the influential 1980s designer

    The designs of Patrick Kelly.

    On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love highlights 80 fully accessorized ensembles by American-born, Paris-based fashion designer Patrick Kelly.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    The Phillie Phanatic stops by the International Children’s Festival in University City.

    Performers and companies from across the globe converge in University City to share theater that goes beyond simplistic themes and cartoon-like characters.

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  • The 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Experience Articulture at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

    Art and horticulture combine for the 185th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show!

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  • Treasures from Korea:
    Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty

    Rare look into Korean art and culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Ceremonial robes worn by Hyeon Baek-Un, a high-ranking government official in the late Joseon period.

    Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culsture of the Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first full-scale survey in the United States to focus on the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    One day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    Now in its seventh 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.

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  • Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders
    at the Barnes Foundation

    Groundbreaking new exhibition examining history, race, slavery and commerce

    Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003. Mannequins, Dutch wax-printed cotton, metal, wood, and fiberglass.

    The Barnes Foundation is beginning 2014 with the groundbreaking work of international artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

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  • Official Mural Arts Tours

    Take a tour of the “Mural Capital of the World”

    Explore the city’s murals by bike on a Mural Arts Tour.

    Explore Philadelphia’s collection of more than 3,500 murals by foot, trolley, train, bike, or even your own vehicle on an official Mural Arts Tour.

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years

    Front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    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.

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