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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.

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  • Riverfront Ramble

    Largest riverfront festival in Delaware County

    The popular Food Festival at Marcus Hook

    A full day of concerts, food and fun more on the Chester riverfront.

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  • TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

    One of the most prestigious single day bike races in North America

    TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship

    The highest-ranked, longest and richest single day road race in North America

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  • Blue Cross Broad Street Run

    A 10-mile road race along Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street

    The Broad Street Run

    May 7, 2017
    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.

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  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

    Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

    November 9 – December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    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.

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  • Parade of Lights

    A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town

    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights.

    December 9, 2017
    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.

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  • Parkway 100

    The 14-month centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Parkway 100 celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with 14 months of special events and exhibitions at area institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

    September 8, 2017 – November 16, 2018
    Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial birthday with Parkway 100, a 14-month soiree featuring special events and exhibitions at the venerable institutions and outdoor spaces that line the thoroughfare.

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  • Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world

    Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

    October 28-29, 2017
    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 largest rowing competitions in the world.

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  • Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

    A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch

    October 20-21, 2017
    There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.

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  • Army – Navy Game

    Land of the free, home of the game

    Army / Navy Game

    Saturday, December 9, 2017
    The Army-Navy game makes its return to Philadelphia in 2017. Cadets from West Point and and Midshipmen from Annapolis will square off at Lincoln Financial Field for a matchup between the historic rivals.

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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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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    September 7, 2017
    The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for two evenings of live music and $1 deals.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    Through October 2017
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    October 5, 2017
    A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

    The oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States

    The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, a 10-day event, attracts horse lovers from around the world.

    May 25 – June 4, 2017
    Since 1896, the Devon Horse Show has celebrated and showcased equestrians, and what began as a one-day show is now the oldest and largest multi-breed, outdoor equine show in the country.

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  • Dad Vail Regatta

    The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Thousands of athletes from more than 125 colleges and universities compete in the Dad Vail Regatta.

    May 12-13, 2017
    The Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.

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  • Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

    Longwood Gardens’ celebration of spring

    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.

    April 1 – May 26, 2017
    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. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of the gardens, where every day something new bursts into bloom.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    September 9-10, 2017
    Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day. They come to celebrate the humble fungi known as the mushroom at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a two-day festival of food and family fun.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    For one day in the spring and fall, the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival shuts down Main Street.

    StrEAT Food Festival: September 14, 2017; Restaurant Week: September 15-28, 2017
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the biannual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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