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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
The 10-mile, point-to-point course is a gentle downgrade that runs from the northern edge of Philadelphia down to its southern tip.
The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia
April 22 – June 12, 2016View More
Franklin Square will glow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.
An upscale vintage and antiques bazaar
January 30-31, 2016View More
The Clover Market attracts shoppers from all over to its beautifully displayed tents of vintage goods and artisan wares.
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.
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.
Prove the theory science is fun!
April 22-30, 2016View More
The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) returns for its fifth year of scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces.
Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more
Through November 22, 2015View 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.
31st anniversary of one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture
September 13, 2015View More
The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 30 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.
A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies
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.View More
Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media
Every Wednesday through September 30, 2015View More
Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.
Pop-up park on the Parkway
Opens Summer 2016View More
The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to family-friendly fun.
April 25 & September 19View More
Go West! Craft Fest is an annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople that allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.
Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street
October 1, 2016View More
Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.
The world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival
October 9, 2016View More
Outfest returns to celebrate Philadelphia’s LGBT history and LGBT community for its 25th (!) year in 2015..
Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year
September 2016View More
Beyonce is coming back to Philadelphia for the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.
The last Night Market of 2015 hits Fishtown for the first time
Thursday, October 1, 2015View More
Epic street food festival Night Market Philadelphia returns to this city’s streets and sidewalks on Thursday, October 1, for the very last event of its 2015 season, transforming Fishtown’s main drag into an outdoor eating-and-entertainment mecca.