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Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary

Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary

At the Bastille Day Festival, experimental theatre group The Bearded Ladies reenact the French Revolution in an hour-long spectacle of song, dance, and beheading. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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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    Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes more than 80 Impressionist works of art for the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibit.

    June 24 – September 13
    This groundbreaking special exhibition will showcase more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Manet and others to trace Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of impressionism.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 11
    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

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    For the first time, the area that housed the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Indego – Philly Bike Share

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    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter tests out the Philly Bike Share program.

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  • Genghis Khan at The Franklin Institute

    How a 13th-century Mongolian warrior changed the world

    The treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s 13th-century Mongol Empire debut in Philadelphia when the Genghis Khan exhibit opens at The Franklin Institute.

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  • Independence Hall

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  • Standard Tap

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  • Federal Donuts

    Line-up for donuts, fried chicken and coffee

    Next level coffee and donuts at Federal Donuts.

    The lines out the door explain it all; people across the city crave deep-fried joy. The original location for Federal Donuts in Pennsport has perfected the combination of Korean-style fried chicken and delectable donuts, selling out regularly since opening in the fall of 2011.

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  • Blobfest

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

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  • Material Culture

    Spacious storefront featuring rare antiques, global arts, private events and more

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  • XPoNential Music Festival

    Three amazing days filled with great music

    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the 20th annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront.

    July 24-26
    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
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    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 11
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    Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition

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    June 24 – September 13
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    Philadelphia is the first city in the United States to host the World Meeting of Families.

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  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    A universe of stellar performers entertains under summertime skies

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    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Summer Concert Series
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    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

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    Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®

    The Art of the Brick uses only the popular children’s toy to recreate famous works of art.

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