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Setting the stage for comedy in Philadelphia
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.View More
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.View More
Political world converges on Philadelphia in the summer of 2016
July 25-28, 2016View More
All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.
Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties
August 2View More
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.
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.View More
Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City
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.View More
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).View More
Massive workspace for local artists
A five-story, 75,000-square-foot complex hosting more than 100 artists in individual workspaces.View More
Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia
May 16-17View More
South Philadelphia’s Italian Market celebrates 100 years in 2015, and its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival looks to be bigger and better than ever
Artifacts and items from a mysterious ancient culture on display at the Penn Museum
Open through November 1View More
Dig into the history of a lost Panamanian society during Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama at the Penn Museum. Explore the art and artifacts of the Coclé, a sophisticated ancient culture that laid undiscovered until the 20th century.
Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition
June 24 – September 13View More
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.
Unprecedented collection of Japanese artwork only on view in Philadelphia
Open through May 10View More
Explore the beautiful works and artistry of Japan’s most influential and enduring school of painters during an exclusive exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®
Open through September 6View More
An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen, the The Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute features the world’s largest collection of art created entirely from the popular toy.
Comprehensive exhibition of influential painter and friend to Dr. Barnes
Open through February 16View More
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.
A striking and rare look at the anatomy of the animal kingdom
Open through April 12View More
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.
Never-before-seen sketches on view for a limited time
April 10 – May 18View More
Two unfinished sketches by Paul Cézanne, discovered on the reverse sides of two existing Cézanne watercolors, will be on display at The Barnes Foundation from April 10 to May 18.
Intimate images of the Kennedy family
Open through September 7View More
This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a collection of rarely seen photographs of President Kennedy, his wife and their children.
The only U.S. stop for this traveling exhibition highlighting science, storytelling and art
May 30 – June 6View More
Take a sensory journey into the future at The Oval this spring during the never-before-seen traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies.
The first major Pippin exhibition in the U.S. in two decades
April 25-July 19View More
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.
Check out a dozen models of America’s first motorcycle engineered by a Swedish-American immigrant
April 12 – August 23View More
Learn about how a Swedish immigrant engineered the first American motorcycle — and check out 12 authentic models from 1901 to 1953 — at Indian Nation at the American Swedish Historical Museum.
An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation
Opens July 1View More
The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.
Celebration of compelling works from innovative African American artists
Open through April 5View More
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.
A first-of-its-kind exhibit on gay rights
Open through January 3View More
Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality.
American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920
Open through May 24View More
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, a new exhibition examining when the world of art and the world of gardening met at the turn of the 20th century.
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. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and rides.View More
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.View More
The largest collegiate regatta in the United States
May 8-9View More
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.
27 acres of amazing art in Montgomery County
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.View More
1871 by Randolph Rogers
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.View More
One of the world’s foremost natural history museums
The discoveries that rocked the world then and now share four floors of exhibit space in this family-friendly museum that showcases the Academy’s remarkable collections. Learn about scientific discoveries, fossils and come face-to-face with a fully constructed Tyrannosaurus rex at Dinosaur Hall.View More