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Outdoor Events & Festivals
Whether you’re looking for the tantalizing smells and sounds of an outdoor festival, the off-beat challenge of an orienteering competition, or the chance to measure yourself against some of the nation’s best athletes in an elite sporting event, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Philadelphia and The Countryside.
Largest riverfront festival in Delaware County
A full day of concerts, food and fun more on the Chester riverfront.
One of the most prestigious single day bike races in North America
The highest-ranked, longest and richest single day road race in North America
A 10-mile road race along Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street
May 1, 2016
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run draws more than 35,000 participants to run a 10-mile, point-to-point course that travels from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.
A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town
December 10, 2016View More
The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.
Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin
November 10-December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)View More
Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.
An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world
October 29-30, 2016View More
Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the longest running head races in the country.
Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County
November 5-6, 2016View More
Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.
Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media
Every Wednesday through September 2016View More
Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.
Awesome crafts of all kinds from creators citywide
October 1, 2016View More
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.
A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan
April 11-17, 2016View More
Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.
Massive outdoor street party to celebrate the season
May 7, 2016View More
Get outside and celebrate the season during the fourth annual South Street Spring Festival. Held on the first weekend in May, the FREE outdoor festival brings thousands to South Street for a day of food, music and family-friendly fun.
Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring
April 2 – June 3, 2016View More
At Longwood Gardens, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria, native azaleas, columbines, snapdragons, bluebells and more herald spring’s arrival both indoors and out during the Spring Blooms display, on view through May 31. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.
Proving the theory that science is fun for six years in a row!
April 22-30, 2016View More
The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its sixth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.
Head to an urban farm, complete with fall treats and a real tractor
Saturday, October 15, 2016View More
Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and this autumn, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.
An epic celebration of food, music and beer in Graduate Hospital every fall
October 15, 2016View More
Taking over a stretch of western South Street every autumn, Bloktoberfest brings in big bands and a bevy of craft beer providers to make for a true neighborhood festival that’s free to attend.
A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch
October 21-22, 2016View More
There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
Saturday, October 1, 2016View More
Revolutionary Germantown Festival celebrates the rich history of the Germantown neighborhood and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.
Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more
September 10 – November 20, 2016View More
Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.