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Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside.
What makes Philadelphia so memorable is its unique blend of experiences that you have to discover in person. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, amazing dining and vibrant nightlife.
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- Tonight Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, Phashion Phest, Fringe Festival, Pay-What You Wish Wednesday, Dining Under The Stars In Media And More
- Save The Date: The First-Ever Old City Fest Takes Over The Streets Of The Neighborhood With Food, Art, Music And More On Sunday, October 12
- Reminder: Brauhaus Schmitz’s And Frankford Hall’s Oktoberfest Block Parties Take Over The City, This Saturday, September 20
- The Rock ’N’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon And Health & Fitness Expo Returns This Weekend, September 19-21
- Our Guide To The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Returning This Thursday, September 18 With $1 Deals From More Than 30 Vendors
- A Cast Of Young Performers Takes The Walnut Street Theatre Stage For Disney’s Alice In Wonderland Jr., Opening Saturday, September 20
- Join In A Block Party To See A Model Of The Proposed Spring Garden Street Greenway Bike Path And Pedestrian Path, This Saturday, September 20
- Our Guide To The Mt. Airy Street Fare Food Festival Coming To Germantown Avenue This Thursday, September 18, With 50+ Food Trucks And Restaurants, Live Music, Shopping And More
- The First-Ever Fairmount Water Works F.L.O.W. Festival Celebrates The Art And Science Of Water On The Schuylkill River, Sunday, September 21
- Spruce Street Harbor Park Announces New Fall Festival Coming This Weekend, September 19-21, With Craft Beer, Food Trucks, Live Music, Games And More
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Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!
America’s oldest farmers’ market
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.
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Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.
A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building
A jewel nestled in the heart of Center City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosts vast collection of American art boasts treasures by local and national luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught here), and Violet Oakley.
Start at the Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.
The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years
Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.
Unearthing the riches of the world’s cultural heritage
If you called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.
Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss
The city’s award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on, and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.
Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue
Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.View More
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 on Frankford Avenue.View More
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 20.View More
Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia
After a successful summer event in June, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning in September for an evening of live music and $1 deals.View More
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.View More
Philadelphia’s favorite street festival closes out its year in Center City
The last Night Market of the season is set for Thursday, October 2 in Chinatown. With an epicenter at 10th and Race streets, expect the great food selection that Night Markets have been known for, as well as lion dancing and kung fu.View More
Evening of performing arts and food from Philadelphia’s top restaurants
Returning for its fifth year, FEASTIVAL, is an evening of spectacular food and incredible performance in support of FringeArts.View More
Home of the Centennial Arboretum — 27 acres of majestic Asian, European and North American trees
With a small pond, a creek, a wetland and a network of paths, picnics are a favorite family activity at this historic arboretum in Fairmount Park.View More
A behind-the-scenes view of art in the making
Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.View More
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.View More