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Philadelphia is a city of firsts, and it holds a first in the art category too: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art museum in the country, founded in 1805 by Charles Willson Peale, a painter himself who also fathered distinguished artists, Rembrandt and Raphaelle Peale — two of his seven sons.

Philadelphia was also home to Thomas Eakins, whose penetrating portraits of 19th-century Philadelphians make him arguably the greatest American painter. And this area has nurtured several “schools” of art, from the Pennsylvania Impressionists to the Ashcan school, led by Pennsylvania Academy teacher Robert Henri.

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  • DesignPhiladelphia

    Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation

    Over the course of ten-plus days each October, venues citywide host exhibitions, panel discussions and special events to celebrate the design community within Philadelphia and beyond.

    October 5-14, 2017
    Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia.

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  • Doylestown Arts Festival

    Vendors, music and more

    Every September, along the streets of downtown Doylestown in Bucks County, exhibitors set up shop for a festival of handmade goods galore at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival.

    September 9-10, 2017
    Every September, along the streets of downtown Doylestown in Bucks County, exhibitors set up shop for a festival of handmade goods galore at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival.

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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 7-8 and 14-15, 2017
    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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  • Celebration of Black Arts

    One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

    The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Writing in the month of May.

    May 1-31, 2017
    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.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    First Friday of every month
    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.

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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.

    August 3-6, 2017
    Now in its sixth 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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  • National Liberty Museum

    Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom

    Discover the stories of freedom at the National Liberty Museum.

    Liberty comes to life at the National Liberty Museum in Historic Philadelphia. Discover the story real life heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, at the museum’s interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Cinedelphia Film Festival

    Philadelphia’s celebration of global filmmaking

    Cinedelphia Film Festival brings more than two weeks of alternative-based movie screenings to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.

    April 13-29, 2017
    Cinedelphia Film Festival brings 17 days of alternative-based movie screenings to the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.

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  • Go West! Craft Fest

    Awesome crafts of all kinds from creators citywide

    Attendees at Go West! Craft Fest’s bi-annual gathering of West Philly artisans and craftspeople can expect to find new and cool clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

    December 18, 2016
    Go West! Craft Fest is an annual gathering of many of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople that allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

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  • The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

    A wonderland for lovers of books and antiques

    The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

    Tucked away among the elegant 19th-century town homes near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia houses one of the world’s great collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s foremost 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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  • Campus Philly CollegeFest

    A day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums

    Philadelphia welcomes back college students during Campus Philly CollegeFest, a day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums.

    September 9, 2017
    Philadelphia welcomes back college students during Campus Philly CollegeFest, a day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums.

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  • PIFA Street Fair

    Live entertainment, performers, food and more in the middle of Broad Street

    The PIFA Street Fair opens up Broad Street for a day-long celebration packed with festive events and public performances.

    April 23, 2016
    As the culminating event of the 15-day Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), the 2016 PIFA Street Fair brings a day-long celebration to the heart of Philadelphia.

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  • Art for the Cash Poor

    Annual affordable artwork sale and festival from InLiquid

    Art for the Cash Poor is held at the Crane Arts Building.

    June 3-5, 2016
    Enhance your personal art collection without breaking the bank at InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor, a block party-style art show and sale.

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