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The 60 Biggest Events and Festivals Coming to Philadelphia in 2018

A month-by-month guide to the biggest, can’t-miss events coming to Philly this year

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Night Market Philadelphia Photo courtesy The Food Trust
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The year 2018 is a big one for Philadelphia!

A ton of blockbuster events will fill every month of the calendar, and more than a handful of grand openings usher in some major attraction debuts this year.

Red ribbons will be cut on the Rail Park, the Bourse Philadelphia, Cherry Street Pier, the Comcast Technology Center and the Fashion District Philadelphia, and the fully restored LOVE Park — complete with a restored LOVE sculpture — will also come to life.

Other notable happenings include mega outdoor festivals, art shows, film screenings, sporting games and food-centric events, bringing lots to look forward to for everyone.

The events below are some of the biggest happenings coming to the city in 2018 – drawing tens of thousands of people. But these mark just a sampling of the hundreds of events that take place in Philadelphia every season. For more comprehensive lists of events and festivals coming to Philly this year, check out our Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter guides.

January

01

Center City District Restaurant Week

Center City District Restaurant Week Center City District Restaurant Week
Harp & Crown — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Sit down to a fantastic meal without breaking the bank during the always popular Center City District Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 (at select restaurants) or a three-course dinner for $35 at some of the best restaurants in the city, including Abe Fisher, Barbuzzo, Harp & Crown, Scarpetta and many more.

Where: Various locations including Harp & Crown, 1525 Sansom Street

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02

Philadelphia Auto Show

Philadelphia Auto Show Philadelphia Auto Show
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Auto Show

Explore the automotive industry’s newest creations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show. More than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars will be on display over a 700,000-square-foot area. The best part? A select number of cars will be available to test drive.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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February

03

Black History Month in Philadelphia

Penn Museum Penn Museum
Penn Museum — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Throughout February, major attractions across the city offer special programming to celebrate Black History Month. Stay tuned for a complete guide to events like live dance performances, arts workshops, film screenings and more.

Where: Various locations including the Penn Museum, 3620 South Street

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04

Lunar New Year

This February, the Chinese New Year arrives with events that celebrate deities, ancestors and the year ahead, which is the Year of the Dog. The holiday officially falls on Friday, February 16, but Philadelphia is sure to commemorate the occasion in the weeks leading up to the official date. Find celebrations at places like the Independence Seaport Museum and the Penn Museum and in the heart of Chinatown with spirited parades and events from the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.

Where: Various locations including the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Reading Terminal Market's 125th Birthday

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

As Center City’s iconic railway terminal turned epicurean haven, Reading Terminal Market boasts a century and a quarter of feeding foodies. The venue is gearing up for a grand period gala — Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and all — for the date it opened in 1893 (February 22) and a public party the following Saturday, February 24. Other plans for the yearlong celebration include a multicultural Diamond Day in June and indoor-outdoor festival the Taste of the Market on a to-be-announced date in September.

 

Where: Reading Terminal Market, North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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March

06

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Wonders of Water, will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The world’s largest indoor flower show draws top floral and garden designers from across the country, who will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes filled with beautiful plants of all sorts to represent each environment.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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07

qFLIX Philadelphia

The annual qFLIX Philadelphia festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Films will screen across a seven-day span at a selection of city venues.

Where: Various locations including Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place

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08

Philly Wine Week

Root Restaurant and Wine Bar — Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

The ever-expanding Philly Wine Week now features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city. From tastings to dinner parties to educational sessions, vino-filled opportunities of all sorts await.

Where: Various locations including Root Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1206 Frankford Avenue

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Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

— Photo by James Ewing Photography for Association for Public Art

The free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this winter with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected onto four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway’s grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city’s 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue’s groundbreaking.

Where: Various locations on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway including the Spring Garden Triangle near The Oval

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April

10

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival in West Fairmount Park The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival in West Fairmount Park
— Photo by J. Allen for Visit Philadelphia

This year marks the 20th anniversary of this springtime tradition, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park for the season amid a week of citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race and demonstrations of nihon buyo traditional dance and martial arts.

Where: Various locations including Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne and Horticultural drives

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11

Philadelphia Science Festival

With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival, the citywide Philadelphia Science Festival demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life during a more-than-week-long celebration.

Where: Various locations including The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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12

Philadelphia Black Pride

Crowd partying at bar during Philly Black Pride Crowd partying at bar during Philly Black Pride
— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Always coinciding with the Penn Relays, Philadelphia Black Pride is a pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. With a diverse array of events, the celebration is known to bring together thousands of members of the African-American and LGBT communities.

Where: Various locations including Woody's, 202 S. 13th Street

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Penn Relays & Penn Relays Carnival

— Photo courtesy Penn Relays

High school, college and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays Carnival, the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation. With an average of one race every five minutes, it’s the most action-packed, too.

Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street

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Parks on Tap

April 26-September 30, 2018 (Wednesdays through Sundays)

This popular warm-weather event brings barbecue and beer to iconic outdoor spaces, starting at the Azalea Garden (April 25-29) and visiting a different Philadelphia park each Wednesday through Sunday through the end of September.

Where: Various locations including the Azalea Garden

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Philly Tech Week

— Photo courtesy Philly Tech Week

Throughout Philly Tech Week, more than 25,000 business leaders, tech geeks and even the technically challenged participate in more than 100 events, including a variety of programs, interactive activities and workshops that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovating uses of technology.

Where: Various locations including the Comcast Center, 1701 Arch Street

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El Carnaval de Puebla

South Philadelphia’s vibrant pre-Cinco de Mayo procession El Carnaval de Puebla showcases folk traditions from the Mexican state (which is the home of many Philadelphians) through a colorful parade and street fair featuring dancers in ornate costumes and oversized masks representing historical figures and folk dramas.

Where: Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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May

17

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

Philadelphia's Chinese Lantern Festival Philadelphia's Chinese Lantern Festival
— Photo courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns for its third year of illuminating Franklin Square with grand, artistic creations. For two months, the square at 6th and Race streets will come alive with 15,000 LED lights strewn across 28 different displays featuring 1,500 works of art. The dazzling 200-foot-long Chinese dragon and whimsical panda constructions from previous years are back, but all other original creations are brand new.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

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South Street Spring Festival and Maifest

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun at the South Street Spring Festival. At Headhouse Square and along South Street, the annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a kids’ zone and 100-plus vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza.

Where: South Street from Front Street to 8th Street and along Headhouse Plaza

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19

Broad Street Run

— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Gaining popularity every year, the Broad Street Run takes participants along a flat 10-mile stretch of one of the city’s main arteries. Spectators line the sidewalks of Broad Street to cheer on the wave of runners from North Philadelphia, around City Hall and to the finish line in South Philadelphia.

Where: Broad Street from W. Fisher Avenue to the Navy Yard

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

— Photo courtesy DRWC

Opens May 11, 2018

One of the best warm-weather spots in Philadelphia, Spruce Street Harbor Park will celebrate its fifth season in 2018. The beloved temporary park invites visitors to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy delicious food from its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

Opens May 11, 2018

The Delaware River Waterfront becomes a seasonal wonderland each summer during Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Guests can enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides, try their luck in the arcade, take in waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s first outdoor roller rink.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Night Market Philadelphia

— Photo courtesy The Food Trust

Burholme: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gayborhood: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Kensington: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Point Breeze: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Food trucks galore fill Philadelphia’s charming neighborhoods during the city’s popular street food festival Night Market Philadelphia presented by The Food Trust. The roving festival of street eats, live music and neighborhood pride attracts tens of thousands of hungry visitors each season. This year, Night Market heads to the Burholme, Kensington and Point Breeze neighborhoods, as well as to the Gayborhood in Midtown Village.

Where: Various locations including Cottman and Rising Sun Avenues

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival

— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

People fill the streets of Kensington and Fishtown for the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, enjoying not only racing sculpture and art, but also live music and great food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course.

Where: Trenton Avenue from Norris to E. Hagert streets

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival transforms the Rittenhouse neighborhood into a come-one, come-all street fest. Residents and visitors enjoy a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.

Where: Walnut Street from Rittenhouse Square to Broad Street

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The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

— Photo by L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia

Everyone’s Italian at The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, featuring live entertainment and activities, a bounty of international foods (including homemade sausages, imported meats and cheeses, fresh pastas and cannolis) and specialty cookware. Two must-see events: the Procession of Saints and the greased pole-climbing contest.

Where: South 9th Street from Fitzwater to Wharton streets

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26

Sail Philadelphia

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Tall ships at Penn's Landing — Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia celebrates Memorial Day weekend with a four-day festival featuring 11 Tall Ships docked along the historic Delaware River Waterfront. This official Tall Ships America event includes public tours, day sails and loads of riverside fun.

Where: Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Official Reopening of LOVE Park

— Photo by Paul Brady / Alamy Stock Photo

Opens Wednesday, May 30, 2018

When the weather warms up, the city will fete the square’s new look, complete with modern fountains and lighting, a refurbished midcentury modern Welcome Center and newly planted lawns and gardens to go alongside the newly restored LOVE sculpture.

Where: LOVE Park, N. 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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June

28

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

One weekend in June features films by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers at the Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, youth films, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions.

Where: Various locations including the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns to Broad Street this June. Collaborative, innovative performances are the hallmark of the 11-day, art-filled festival and street fair along Broad Street, also known as the Avenue of the Arts. Highlights include noted theater performer Taylor Mac’s epic performance art concert A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (which will be presented in two 12-hour parts) and the return of French performance troupe Transe Express for the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a 30-foot chandelier made of 50 air acrobats and dancers.

Where: Various locations including the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

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Philly Beer Week

— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Philly Beer Week, the 11th annual celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture, takes over the city and region for 10 days. Events range from tastings to lectures to beer-pairing dinners where sudsy cheersing is encouraged.

Where: Various locations including Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue

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Roots Picnic

— Photo courtesy Roots Picnic

Philly’s own The Roots bring together artists from various genres for the 11th annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Look forward to a day-long festival of music.

Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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PECO Multicultural Series

— Photo courtesy DRWC

June 3 – September 16, 2018 (select dates)

The PECO Multicultural Series on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city. The free festival series includes the Islamic Heritage Festival (June 16), the Philadelphia Irish Festival (June 24), Hispanic Fiesta (July 7-8), and Brazilian Day Philadelphia (September 9), among others.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Odunde Festival

Odunde Festival Odunde Festival
— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The 43rd annual Odunde Festival holds the designation of the largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. After a week of events leading up to the festival, the day begins with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River to ring in the Yoruba New Year, followed by music, dance and vendors along South Street.

Where: 23rd and South streets, Philadelphia

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PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

Drag queens in Old City Drag queens in Old City
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The annual PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and a festive parade that runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing.

Where: Various locations including the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Opening of the Rail Park

— Image courtesy Friends of the Rail Park

Opens Thursday, June 14, 2018

The greening of Philadelphia continues as the first phase of the Rail Park — Philly’s hotly anticipated elevated park and recreational pathway — opens this summer. A quarter-mile stretch of new urban greenspace, stretching from Broad and Noble streets and up to the Reading Viaduct overhead before ending above the 1100 block of Callowhill Street, will feature lush plants and trees, public art by local artists, plenty of seating and space for gathering, bench-style swings and first-rate elevated city views.

Where: The Rail Park, N. Broad and Noble streets

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Manayunk Arts Festival

— Photo courtesy JPG Photography

Hundreds of artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival. From jewelry to ceramics to woodworks and sculptures, pieces stemming from all mediums are available to peruse and purchase.

Where: Main Street in Manayunk

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Wawa Welcome America!

— Photo by L. Berckey for Visit Philadelphia

Wawa Welcome America! celebrates the nation’s birthday for the 26th year in a row with a multi-day party of free events for all ages throughout the city, including outdoor concerts, museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties and fantastic fireworks.

Where: Various locations including Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Completion of The Comcast Technology Center

— Rendering courtesy Comcast

Summer 2018 (TBA)

The city’s most spectacular new skyscraper rises 60 stories above the streets of Center City, creating a new home for media and technology giant Comcast’s growing workforce, NBC 10/Telemundo 62, tech upstarts and, high atop it all, the landmark Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, scheduled to open in September. (Comcast Center, the company’s global headquarters, remains nearby.) Lord Norman Foster designed this $1.5 billion, 1,121-foot building, the tallest between New York and Chicago. The Four Seasons will occupy floors 48 to 60, offering a sleek, minimalist design, 360-degree views throughout and exceptional luxury. Chefs Greg Vernick and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will have restaurants at the bottom and top, respectively.

Where: The Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch Street

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Reopening of The Philadelphia Bourse

Rendering of The Bourse Rendering of The Bourse
— Rendering courtesy The Bourse

Summer 2018 (TBA)

The Historic District’s circa-1895 commodities exchange transforms into an artisan market in the style of Chelsea Market. The burnished, Victorian-era member of the National Register of Historic Places across the street from Independence Mall was most recently a food court. The Bourse’s new incarnation promises an experience befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a city of makers.

Where: The Philadelphia Bourse, 111 N. Independence Mall East

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July

40

Celebration of Black Arts

Art Sanctuary Art Sanctuary
Art Sanctuary — Photo courtesy Art Sanctuary

Nationally acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and performance artists head to Philadelphia each year for the Celebration of Black Arts. The event, which includes a gallery exhibition, literary and arts conference and awards ceremony, is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation.

Where: Various locations including Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street

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Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

— Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day consists of re-enactors and audience members playfully recreating the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes experimental cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing 3,000 or so Tastykakes to the crowd.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

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Nuevofest

Presented by WXPN and AfroTaino Productions, the free alt-Latin music festival, a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series, at World Cafe Live features acts from New York to San Antonio to Spain.

Where: World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street

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XPoNential Music Festival

— Photo courtesy XPN

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers — this year’s lineup includes The War On Drugs, Preservation Hall Band and Sturgill Simpson — along the Camden Waterfront for the XPoNential Music Festival.

Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

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August

44

BlackStar Film Festival

— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the BlackStar Film Festival screens artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color.

Where: Various locations including International House Philadelphia, 3717 Chestnut Street

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September

45

Made in America Festival

— Photo courtesy Made in America

Coming into its sixth year, the Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical soiree that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival, complete with dozens of top performers and multiple stages, is one of the year’s can’t-miss events. Stay tuned for more details as they’re announced.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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46

BMW Championship

Golfer and crowd at BMW Championship Golfer and crowd at BMW Championship
— Photo courtesy BMW Championship

Historic Aronimink Golf Club hosts the penultimate event of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup, with the Tour’s top 70 players vying for the 30 qualifying spots in the season-ending Tour Championship. Founded in 1896, the Delaware County course has recently been restored to its original, 1928 Donald Ross American parkland design, right down to its signature, amoeba-like tee boxes. Past winners of the BMW Championship include Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and, in 2017, Marc Leishman.

Where: Aronimink Golf Club, 3600 St. Davids Road, Newtown Square

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Fringe Festival

For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city during the Fringe Festival.

Where: Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Kennett Square’s 33rd annual Mushroom Festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, contests, exhibits and activities in the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

Where: 101 South Union Street, Kennett Square

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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

— Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

Fall 2018 (TBA)

Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, one of the country’s most popular haunted houses, inside an abandoned prison.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

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Cherry Street Pier

Cherry Street Pier rendering Cherry Street Pier rendering
— Rendering courtesy Groundswell Design Company

Fall 2018 (TBA)

The former Municipal Pier 9 becomes a permanent addition to seasonal Delaware River Waterfront attractions Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park. The accessible, egalitarian, mixed-use space will host artist studios, shopping, performances, dining (and drinking), working and relaxing.

Where: Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Boulevard

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October

51

Midtown Village Fall Festival

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

With music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities, the Midtown Village Fall Festival takes the neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level.

Where: 13th and Sansom streets

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Outfest

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

OutFest, part of the National Coming Out Day Festival, is the largest event of its kind in the world. The 10-block Gayborhood party packs in the fun with drag shows, games, bar crawls, music, shopping and a main stage featuring live entertainment — including a high-heeled race.

Where: Locust and S. 13th streets

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Old City Fest

Old City Fest Old City Fest
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Artists, makers, designers, entertainers, restaurateurs and historians all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival. Throughout several blocks along North 3rd Street and Arch Street, activities, exhibitions and programs appeal to families as well as the over-21 crowd.

Where: N. 3rd and Arch streets, Philadelphia

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Parkway 100 Celebration

Aerial view of Ben Franklin Parkway Aerial view of Ben Franklin Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway — Photo by C. Kao for Visit Philadelphia

Exactly one century to the day of the debut of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the culture-packed, museum-lined, park-pocketed boulevard fetes its centennial in grand, to-be-announced style (which will certainly include cake). Leading up to that finale, major public art projects and exhibits spanning City Hall, the Parkway Central Library, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation explore and honor the corridor’s history and future.

Where: Various locations including the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

— Photo courtesy Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Rowers and landlubbers look forward to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events featuring athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to Olympic-level racers.

Where: Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive

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DesignPhiladelphia

— Photo courtesy DesignPhiladelphia

October 2018 (TBA)

The entire city celebrates DesignPhiladelphia, the nation’s oldest festival of its kind, with over 85 events that highlight local to global designers. The Center for Architecture and Design hosts exhibitions, lectures, workshops and demonstrations focused on architecture, interior design, industrial design, multimedia and urban design at venues all around town.

Where: Various locations including the Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street

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Philadelphia Film Festival

October 2018 (TBA)

The 27th Philadelphia Film Festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. Attendees take in short films, feature-length films, animated movies and special guest appearances.

Where: Various locations including Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

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Opening of Fashion District Philadelphia

Rendering of Fashion District Philadelphia shops Rendering of Fashion District Philadelphia shops
— Rendering courtesy Fashion District Philadelphia

Fall 2018 (TBA)

Center City East’s former “Gallery mall” gets new life as a shining retail, entertainment and dining complex stretching over three city blocks. Adding to current anchors Century21 and Burlington will be a 38,000-square-foot H&M — the region’s largest — and a “dine-and-recline” movie theater.

Where: Fashion District Philadelphia, 821 Market Street

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November

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Philadelphia Marathon

— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Marathon

With a fast course that winds through the city’s historic downtown, past the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and along scenic Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Marathon is one of the country’s premier — and most scenic — running events. The weekend also includes the Rothman Institute 8K race, a half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the two-day Health and Fitness Expo.

Where: Race starts at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The nation’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade keeps the tradition going every year. The parade, produced by 6ABC and sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, wows the crowds with fancy floats, giant balloons, talented marching bands and other festive entertainment along the JFK Boulevard and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Where: Parade runs along John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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December

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Army-Navy Game

— Photo courtesy Lincoln Financial Field

Are you ready for another match up between two of the most fierce rivals in all of sports? The Army-Navy Game returns to Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Cadets, midshipmen, current service members, veterans and fans gather to cheer on the United States Military Academy as they take on the United States Naval Academy on the football field.

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

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Holidays and New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia

— Photo by Peter Tobia/Center City District

November and December 2018

The City of Brotherly Love wholeheartedly embraces the most wonderful time of the year, hosting a festive array of iconic holiday attractions. Whether you’re looking to skate at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, shop the popular German-style Christmas Village or take in the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s, the region is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Don’t miss some of the most popular wintertime highlights that the city has to offer, including the Comcast Center’s festive film experience Comcast Holiday Spectacular and the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, featuring ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family fun on the waterfront. And as the year comes to a close, the Sugarhouse Casino Fireworks brings two grand displays over the Delaware River waterfront to ring in 2019!

Where: Various locations including Rothman Institute Ice Rink, 1 S. 15th Street

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January

Center City District Restaurant Week
Philadelphia Auto Show

February

Black History Month in Philadelphia
Lunar New Year
Reading Terminal Market's 125th Birthday

March

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
qFLIX Philadelphia
Philly Wine Week
Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

April

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia Science Festival
Philadelphia Black Pride
Penn Relays & Penn Relays Carnival
Parks on Tap
Philly Tech Week
El Carnaval de Puebla

May

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
Broad Street Run
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Night Market Philadelphia
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Sail Philadelphia
Official Reopening of LOVE Park

June

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Philly Beer Week
Roots Picnic
PECO Multicultural Series
Odunde Festival
PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival
Opening of the Rail Park
Manayunk Arts Festival
Wawa Welcome America!
Completion of The Comcast Technology Center
Reopening of The Philadelphia Bourse

July

Celebration of Black Arts
Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
Nuevofest
XPoNential Music Festival

August

BlackStar Film Festival

September

Made in America Festival
BMW Championship
Fringe Festival
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
Cherry Street Pier

October

Midtown Village Fall Festival
Outfest
Old City Fest
Parkway 100 Celebration
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
DesignPhiladelphia
Philadelphia Film Festival
Opening of Fashion District Philadelphia

November

Philadelphia Marathon
6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade

December

Army-Navy Game
Holidays and New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia
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Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.

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