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Philadelphia has a strong history of music and a thriving current scene presenting both local and touring artists. Philadelphia offers extraordinarily high quality music experiences in Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk, World, Dance Club and Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop.

Get the lowdown on the current music scene by following these links to Classical, Dance Club, Folk, Jazz, Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop, Rock or World music.

Alternatively, browse below to discover the wealth of music available in the region.

“Philadelphia isn’t a huge city, but it’s one that lives and breathes music… Philly’s got a vibe to it —- something creative, artistic and fresh.” (Touch magazine – London, July 2003)

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  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    One-stop multi-culture on the Avenue of the Arts

    The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    The brightest light on the Avenue of the Arts is the dazzling regional performing arts center, whose discreet brick exterior rises to a bold 150-foot glass vaulted rooftop for startling views of the city.

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  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies

    Scenic views during Further at the Mann

    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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  • Opera Philadelphia

    Major works in the country’s most historic opera house

    The Academy of Music

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Opera Philadelphia

    Major works in the country’s most historic opera house

    The Academy of Music

    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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  • The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Hear why they are “The Fabulous Philadelphians”

    Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra.

    This is the place to hear Brahms, Mahler, Beethoven and Debussy polished to a sheen — and in a venue that gleams.

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  • Fringe Festival

    Celebration of thought-provoking productions

    High-energy acrobatics of “Sequence 8”

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by Fringe Arts is the event to catch each September.

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  • Summer Concert Series at Penn’s Landing

    Free outdoor concerts on the banks of Delaware River all summer long

    Concerts on Penn’s Landing

    Free outdoor concerts on the banks of Delaware River all summer long

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular July 4th traditions

    Peter Nero and the Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

    Join Peter Nero and the Philly POPS! on Independence Mall for a patriotic celebration in honor of America’s birthday.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra Free
    Neighborhood Concert Series

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    An annual “thank you” from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the people of Philadelphia.

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  • Make Music Philly

    Daylong “do it yourself” music festival across the city

    Celebrate the first day of summer with beautiful music during Make Music Philly, a free, daylong, “do it yourself” festival.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    The Plaza Cafe at Table 31 participates in Center City Sips.

    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips — discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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