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  • Colonial Theatre

    One-of-a-kind theatre hosts art and indie films — and Blobfest

    Considered the cultural center of town, the Colonial Theatre opened its doors in 1903.

    This one-of-a-kind 658-seat auditorium presents art and independent films, classic and modern pictures and live children’s shows and concerts.

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  • 1812 Productions

    Setting the stage for comedy in Philadelphia

    1812's annual political satire, This is the Week That Is.

    For nearly two decades, 1812 Productions has provided Philadelphia with a good laugh. The only all-comedy theater company in the city, 1812 is known for their uproarious performances of classic and original comedic productions.

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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • 33rd Street Armory

    Versatile event space at Drexel University

    The 33rd Street Armory is a versatile event venue on Drexel University’s campus known to hosts concerts, food events and art gatherings.

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  • 40th Street Summer Series

    Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City

    Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.

    University City District ups the cool factor to combat the summer heat with the return of the 40th Street Summer Series, free outdoor concerts on the last Saturdays of June, July, August and September.

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  • 700 Club

    Local bar by day, dance club by night

    Good music, good beer and good times abound at this bi-level spot, which looks like a club built inside a house (because that’s exactly what it is).

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  • 915 Spring Garden Street Studios

    Massive workspace for local artists

    A five-story, 75,000-square-foot complex hosting more than 100 artists in individual workspaces.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    May 16-17
    It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. And the most important thing for you to bring with you is your appetite.

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  • The Art of the Brick at the
    Franklin Institute

    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.

    Opens February 7
    An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen is coming to Philadelphia. Beginning in February 2015, the Franklin Institute will host the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art during The Art of the Brick.

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  • William Glackens at
    the Barnes Foundation

    Comprehensive exhibition of influential painter and friend to Dr. Barnes

    William Glackens. Cape Cod Pier, 1908.

    Open through February 16
    The Barnes Foundation is hosting the first comprehensive survey of painter William Glackens in nearly half a century. William Glackens, brings together more than 90 works from public and private collections throughout the U.S., including paintings and works on paper never before shown in public.

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  • Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at the Franklin Institute

    A striking and rare look at the anatomy of the animal kingdom

    The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

    Open through April 12
    Get a literal look inside the animal kingdom as Body Worlds returns to the Franklin Institute. Housed in the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out features a rare and unprecedented view of the anatomy of nature with more than 100 specimens including sharks, goats, ostriches, a giraffe and even a giant squid.

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  • Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    The only U.S. stop for 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.

    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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  • Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

    The first major Pippin exhibition in the U.S. in two decades

    The Brandywine River Museum of Art will feature more than 60 works that capture Pippin’s bold, colorful and candid paintings reflecting life in the African- American community and commenting on race, religion, war and history.

    April 22 – July 19
    Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art will be the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in the country in more than 20 years. It will feature more than 60 works reflecting life in the African-American community.

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  • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Celebration of compelling works from innovative African American artists

    Smoking My Pipe, 1934, by Samuel Joseph Brown, Jr. (Public Works of Art Project, on long-term loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration)

    Open through April 5
    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is highlighting its exceptional collection of works by renowned African American artists during Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

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  • A Very Furry Christmas
    at Sesame Place

    Celebrate the holidays with your favorite Sesame Street friends

    A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends.

    A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and rides.

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  • A-Space

    Center of attention

    More neighborhoods need a pace like the A-Space, an anarchist “infoshop” that focuses on the enrichment of its community. Come for the free books, art shows and vegan potlucks, stay for the anti-war think tanks and NORML meetings.

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  • Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

    May 9– 10: 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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  • Abington Art Center

    27 acres of amazing art in Montgomery County

    Abington Art Center hosts festivals, concerts or film series and more.

    When there isn’t a festival, concert or film series at the 27-acre Abington Art Center, visitors can claim a quiet bench under the Katasura trees to contemplate the 24 environmentally themed semi-permanent and temporary sculptures by artists such as Ursula von Rydingsvard, Knox Cummin, Christopher Manzione, Alison Stigora and Jay Walker.

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  • Abraham Lincoln

    1871 by Randolph Rogers

    Statue of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

    It may seem an unadventurous pose — sitting in a chair, holding a quill pen — but sculptor Randolph Rogers caught Lincoln in a heroic moment, signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

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  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    One of the world’s foremost natural history museums

    Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Celebrating scientific discovery for more than 200 years.

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  • Addams Gallery

    This is one of the many galleries where students and faculty of Penn’s finearts and architecture programs exhibit their work. Located in Addams Hall, it hosts approximately four openings per semester.

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  • Adventure Aquarium

    The ocean’s secrets revealed at Camden’s riverfront aquarium

    The shark realm exhibit at Adventure Aquarium.

    The fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium features nearly 200,000 square feet of marine and wild life, including hippos, a hammerhead shark and more.

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  • Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration

    Feel the magic of the holiday season at Adventure Aquarium in Camden

    Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Celebration.

    November 28 – January 1
    Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration. Get into the yuletide spirit with Scuba Santa and his elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — and, of course, plenty of sharks, fish and sea turtles.

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  • Aero Memorial

    1948 by Paul Manship

    Aero Memorial

    To commemorate aviators who died in World War I, sculptor Paul Manship created an open bronze sphere that suggests the heavens and the earth, with intricate intertwined forms evoking the signs of the zodiac.

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  • AIA Bookstore & Design Center

    A fun, sophisticated store selling architecture books, unique designer gifts, and creative children’s toys

    The AIA Bookstore & Design Center is a recognized leader in architecture books, unique designer gifts, and creative children’s toys. The bookstore is operated by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, one of the oldest Chapters of the AIA.

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  • All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors

    1934 by J. Otto Schweizer

    All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors

    Finely detailed sculptures of African American military men cluster about an allegorical figure representing Justice, who holds symbols of Honor and Reward. Above, American eagles surround a torch of life. First placed in West Fairmount Park, this work was moved to a prominent position on the Parkway in 1994.

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  • Ambler Theater

    Independent, art and foreign films screened in an iconic building

    Ambler Theater is the place to go if you're looking to catch the independent, art and foreign films.

    Ambler’s landmark movie theater has been recently renovated — and has more to offer film fans than ever

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  • American Helicopter Museum

    The history of rotorcraft flight from the ground up

    Child playing at the Helicopter Museum.

    The 20,000-square-foot hangar full of 70 years’ worth of vintage helicopters is a rotorwing historian’s dream; here, vintage and modern aircraft demonstrate the copter’s roles in war and rescue missions, agriculture and police surveillance. You’ll see the only V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey in the world that’s on public display, and have the chance to climb into some of the helicopters to fiddle with the dials, switches and pedals.

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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

    Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club

    American Philosophical Society Museum

    Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Inside, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art. Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Lewis and Clark journals are among the important documents, scientific specimens, patent models, portraits, maps, rare books and manuscripts that comprise this remarkable collection.

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