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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    May 10 – 11: The largest collegiate regatta in the United States

    Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill

    The two-day race is 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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  • Army – Navy Game

    Land of the free, home of the game

    Army / Navy Game

    The Army-Navy game makes its return to Philadelphia in 2013 West Point and Annapolis square off for the 114th time.

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  • Autumn’s Colors at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens' treehouse in the fall.

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

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  • Awesome Fest Drive-In Movie Theater at Eakins Oval

    Park and watch outdoor films on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Enjoy an outdoor movie at Eakins Oval for the Awesome Fest Drive-In

    Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater with The Awesome Fest at Eakins Oval.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    The buck stops here

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

    The Dollar Stroll is an annual summer series that sees dozens of West Philly businesses setting up shop on the sidewalk and offering their wares for just $1. The cheap thrills are accompanied by live music and street performances.

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  • Brandywine Harvest Festival

    Celebrate the 2011 vintage along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

    Chaddsford Winery

    As summer turns to fall, it’s harvest time at the region’s wineries. Last year’s crop is already turning into that mysterious thing we call wine and, once again, it’s time to celebrate the harvest in the Brandywine Valley.

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  • Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

    A free community celebration in West Philadelphia

    Celebrate music and the arts in Clark Park.

    A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival is a free, day-long community celebration.

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  • Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series

    A lively summer concert series in Rittenhouse Square

    Concerts in the Park

    A lively summer concert series in Rittenhouse Square

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  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

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

    Devon Horse Show

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

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  • Festival of Fountains at Longwood Gardens

    May 26 – September 2: Thousands of sparkling fountains dance before your eyes

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    Longwood Gardens demonstrates its role as a cultural center for the performing arts during its annual Festival of Fountains. Throughout the spring and summer, the Gardens come alive with music, special performances and fantastic fountain displays.

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  • Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate summer with plenty of “Oohs” and “Aahs”

    The entire family will enjoy Longwood Gardens’ light and sound spectacular, a summer tradition at the internationally celebrated gardens.

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  • Fishtown Shadfest

    Just keep swimming

    Held each spring in Penn Treaty Park, this family friendly gathering is designed to celebrate Fishtown’s seafaring heritage.

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  • Fox Chase Farm

    One of the last working farms in a major American city

    Hereford and Angus cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs, goats and horses all make themselves right at home on this 112-acre working farm, which offers various tours and family events throughout the year.

    Visitors can participate in sheep shearing, hayrides, plant sales and an Apple Festival. If you want to learn more, you can sign up for programs in wood working, vegetable printing, ice cream churning, dried flower pressing and maple sugaring.

    Fox Chase Farm is run by a partnership between Fairmount Park and the School District of Philadelphia.

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  • Historic Yellow Springs

    An early American spa and hospital in a rural setting

    An early American spa and hospital in a rural setting

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  • Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The annual Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia.

    The Wawa Welcome America! Independence Day Parade is bigger and better than ever in 2013 with more than 5,000 participants from a dozen states.

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  • Kennett Run

    May 18: A spring run through Chester County

    Kennett Run

    Serious runners, biathletes and weekend warriors will find the right kind of challenge at this family-friendly event, held each year in the charming and historic borough of Kennett Square.

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  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

    At the races

    Since 2007, Fishtown’s to-the-north neighbor Kensington has held this one-of-a-kind competition, which sees teams building amazing, elaborate sculptures that also happen to be downhill-raceable vehicles.

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  • Kutztown Folk Festival

    A week-long celebration of crafts, food, music and folk life

    The petting zoo at the Kutztown Folk Festival.

    Bring your family to enjoy the finest in traditional crafts, food, music and folk life. Good, old-fashioned fun and non-stop entertainment happens every day, all week at the Kutztown Festival.

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  • Lemon Hill

    Founding father Robert Morris’ hilltop estate

    Lemon Hill is one of Fairmount Park’s most enduring attractions, an open-to-the-public Federal-style architectural beauty built in 1800.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Manayunk Arts Festival

    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region

    Thousands gather at the Manayunk Arts Festival on historic Main Street.

    One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.

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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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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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  • Morris Arboretum

    A romantic Victorian landscape garden

    Morris Arboretum

    Stroll through the classical English landscape structures and sculpture gardens at Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre Victorian arboretum in the Northwestern corner of Philadelphia.

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  • Mt. Airy Street Fare

    Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue

    Sip, savor and stroll down Germantown Ave. during Mt. Airy Street Fare.

    Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.

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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.

    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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  • Penn Treaty Park

    Historic spot of peace along the Delaware River

    Penn Treaty Park in Northern Liberties.

    According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his treaty of peace with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683.

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  • Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association

    One of the world’s elite racing teams

    One of the world’s elite racing teams

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  • Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival

    A colorful celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition

    Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River for an unusually colorful and dramatic regatta, the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival, Philadelphia’s annual celebration of an ancient Chinese tradition.

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  • Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

    Groovin' at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

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