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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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  • 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 10-December 31, 2016 (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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  • Go West! Craft Fest

    Awesome crafts of all kinds from creators citywide

    Attendees at Go West! Craft Fest's bi-annual gathering of West Philly artisans and craftspeople can expect to find new and cool clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.

    December 18, 2016
    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.

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  • Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

    A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch

    October 21-22, 2016
    There will be wizardry and wonder in the air this October as Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.

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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 29-30, 2016
    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.

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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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  • Iron Hill Twilight Race Series

    Sunset bike race through streets of downtown West Chester

    Hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets of West Chester for the Iron Hill Twilight Race Series.

    August 20, 2016
    Hundreds of cyclists, including national professionals and locals, will challenge themselves on the streets of downtown West Chester during the 10th annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series.

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  • Jenkintown Festival of the Arts

    14th annual arts festival will include 60 artists and a beer tent

    Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the 14th annual Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.

    September 20
    Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2016

    Everything you need to know about the 10 p.m. fireworks show during July 4th celebration

    Celebrate 2014's Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with a spectacular fireworks celebration at 10 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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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 10-11, 2016
    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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  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

    Eccentric design competition and community arts festival featuring human-powered floats

    The Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Festival raises a hat to the community in East Kensington with a wildly creative festival lining Trenton Avenue.

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival is one of the city’s quirkiest spring events, presenting a day-long celebration of the creative spirit and community pride with a parade of human-powered, handmade floats.

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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.

    June 27 – July 5
    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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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    The 10th annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 10th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts 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 for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 3-4, 2016
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2016.

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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.

    June 25-26, 2016
    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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  • 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 18, 2016; Restaurant Week: September 19-30, 2016
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies

    The Mann can seat over 4,500 with room for nearly 10,000 more on the spacious lawn.

    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.

    October 1, 2016
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events, featuring eight hours of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.

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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. Watch for birds as you enjoy the elegant beauty of the 19th-century grounds, complete with a formal rose garden, majestic old trees and unusual plants from North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. And the arboretum’s soaring permanent exhibit let’s you get a bird’s eye view of the forest on a 450-foot-long canopy walk more than 50 feet above ground level.

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  • Mt. Airy Street Fare

    Now known as Supper Sessions on the 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.

    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    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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  • Odunde Festival

    One of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation

    The Odunde Festival draws nearly 500,000 people to South Philly.

    Sunday, June 12, 2016
    The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods with an abundance of cultural, historical and family-friendly events.

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  • Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz

    Beer, brats and a block party

    Brauhaus Schmitz is going all out for Oktoberfest with a week of German-inspired events all leading up to an incredible block party on South Street on Saturday, September 17.

    September 17, 2016
    Brauhaus Schmitz is going all out for Oktoberfest with a week of German-inspired events all leading up to an incredible block party on South Street on Saturday, September 17.

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  • Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall

    Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more

    Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party

    Block Party: September 17, 2016
    Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall teams up with neighbor Fette Sau to host one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.

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  • Old City Fest

    A free street festival in Philadelphia’s historic district

    Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival.

    October 9, 2016
    Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival.

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  • Open Source:
    Engaging Audiences in Public Space

    Mural Arts Program presents groundbreaking outdoor exhibition in Philadelphia

    Still-life #11 © 2012, Heeseop Yoon. 24’x 60’. 1/4'' black masking tape on mylar.

    October 2015
    The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary by turning the city into a canvas during a blockbuster outdoor exhibition featuring more than a dozen incredible artists from around the globe.

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  • Opera on the Mall

    Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia

    Join fellow opera lovers for a free, broadcast performance on Independence Mall.

    October 2, 2016
    Now in it’s sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.

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