May 1, 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region May 2018 Through May 2019

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The Delaware River Waterfront's Spruce Street Harbor Park offers a summer getaway right in Historic Philadelphia. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Now in its third year, the Chinese Lantern Festival turns Franklin Square into an illumination celebration May 1-June 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun at the annual South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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The Broad Street Run, the largest 10-mile run in the nation, attracts 35,000 runners each year. Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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The annual New Hope Celebrates Pride is a week’s worth of festivities in one of Bucks County’s gay-friendliest boroughs. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Philadelphia's waterfront at Penn's Landing serves up warm-weather fun with Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Parks on Tap is Philadelphia’s traveling beer garden series, where concession trucks set up shop in parks throughout the city during the series. Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019

MAY 2018

Through May 5, 2018
PHILLY TECH WEEK.
More than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks, as well as 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. phillytechweek.com

Through May 5, 2018
BUCKS COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK.
Bucks County’s top eateries serve three-course meals at the low, low prix-fixe prices of $25 or $35 per person. (215) 639-0300, visitbuckscounty.com

Through May 6, 2018
CROCS: ANCIENT PREDATORS IN A MODERN WORLD.
Live crocodilians descended from 200-million-year-old ancestors star in an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University exhibition featuring a live Siamese crocodile, Albino American alligator, 3-D animation and more. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

Through May 6, 2018
SPRING BLOOMS.
Visitors take in the sights and smells of spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens with 240,000 tulips, azaleas, dogwoods and more. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Through May 6, 2018
MAGICAL & REAL: HENRIETTE WYETH AND PETER HURD, A RETROSPECTIVE.
Co-organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum and the Roswell Museum and Arts Center, this major retrospective explores Wyeth’s career with paintings dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, and examines the work and career of her husband, Peter Hurd. (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

Through May 6, 2018
SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE SUPER-DUPER EXHIBIT!
Teaching kids STEM through play, this visiting exhibition to the Please Touch Museum® focuses on popular PBS KIDS cartoon star Sid, who discovers science wherever he looks. pleasetouchmuseum.org

May 1-June 30, 2018
PHILADELPHIA CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN FRANKLIN SQUARE.
Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 1,500 brilliantly colorful illuminated sculptures overtake Franklin Square for the third year, as do live performances, a Dragon Beer Garden and food, drinks and shopping. historicphiladelphia.org

MAY 2, 2018
CENTENNIAL COMMONS.
Approximately one year after this section of West Fairmount Park along Parkside Avenue at 40th Street was closed for construction, the area will re-open with brand-new walking paths, beautiful plantings and giant porch swings. (215) 988-9334, myphillypark.org

May 2-September 26, 2018 (Wednesdays only)
DINING UNDER THE STARS. The first Wednesday in May kicks off Media’s alfresco dining tradition, wherein restaurants bring their food and drinks to State Street (which is completely closed to vehicular traffic) for a full night of outdoor dining and drinking. visitmediapa.com

May 3, 2018
PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE’S WINE FESTIVAL.
Sponsored by Philadelphia magazine and taking place at Lincoln Financial Field’s SCA Club, this annual festival brings together more than 650 hard-to-find vintages and rare blends, along with delicious food pairings from some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants. phillymag.com

May 5, 2018
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL.
Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street. The annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza. southstreet.com; brauhausschmitz.com

May 6, 2018
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 38th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 6, 2018
CHESNUT HILL HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL. Germantown Avenue welcomes home and garden enthusiasts to the 150 vendor-event where pro landscapers, gardeners, home designers and arborists join the merchants of the avenue. chestnuthillpa.com

May 6-September 3, 2018
RENOIR: FATHER AND SON / PAINTING AND CINEMA.
This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. barnesfoundation.org

May 7-September 30, 2018
FESTIVAL OF FOUNTAINS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS. Longwood Gardens’ new fountain turns on for a second season and brings with it a spectacular showcase of 1,700 jets. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

May 10-13, 2018
JEWELS. The Pennsylvania Ballet performs George Balanchine’s Jewels, a three-act ballet that tells the story of three major moments in Balanchine’s life while also relating to three different and fanciful jewels, at the Academy of Music. (215) 587-6942, paballet.org

May 11, 2018
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the country’s oldest and largest art museum and school, previews the works of graduate and undergraduate art students during this 117th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 11, 2018
GRAND OPENING OF BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK SUMMERFEST. A five-minute walk from Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest offers a roller rink; a boathouse-inspired lodge; a play area for kids; carnival-style fun, food and drink; events throughout the season—and a Ferris wheel. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

May 11, 2018
GRAND OPENING OF SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK. Penn’s Landing’s warm-weather-only urban beach opens for the season returning with eats and drinks from local chefs, dozens of colorful hammocks, oversized games and plenty of space for lounging along the waterfront. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

May 11-12, 2018
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA.
The world’s largest collegiate regatta in the world takes place on the Schuylkill River and attracts more than 3,000 competitors from 125 colleges across the country and Canada. (215) 542 -1443, dadvail.org

May 11-13, 2018
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FINE CRAFT FAIR. Members of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Guild line Rittenhouse Square for the weekend-long event, where guests enjoy 100 artist booths, plus regional vendors. (267-586-5675, friendsofrittenhouse.org

MAY 13-20, 2018
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES’ ANNUAL PRIDE FEST.
The festival begins with an Equality Flag ceremony on May 13 and continues with a weeklong celebration that culiminates with Saturday’s Pride Parade and Fair, which crosses the bridge from Lambertville, New Jersey to New Hope, site of outdoor performances and events. newhopecelebrates.com

May 17, 2018
NIGHT MARKET. The Food Trust’s popular street food festival, heads to Cottman and Rising Sun avenues in Burholme in Northeast Philadelphia, where guests can expect a ton of food truck fare, live music and more. (Next stops on the Night Market tour: the Gayborhood, Kensington and Point Breeze.) thefoodtrust.org

May 17-19, 2018
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.
This widely acclaimed series of performances for children returns to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and features food, music, dance and theatre performances. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 18-20, 2018
ART IN THE OPEN. More than 30 jury-selected artists take to the Schuylkill River Banks Trail, between the historic Fairmount Water Works and South Street, to create artwork that will inspire new ways of seeing the river and the city it runs through. artintheopenphila.org

May 19, 2018
KENSINGTON KINETIC SCULPTURE DERBY AND ARTS FESTIVAL.
People stroll the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to find an eclectic mix of local artists, musicians and food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course. kensingtonkineticarts.org

May 19, 2018
RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL.
Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse neighborhood come together for a public street fest and a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. rittenhouserow.org

May 19-20, 2018
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL.
Strawberries of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests are just a couple of the festivities at this free annual event at Peddler’s Village. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

May 19-20, 2018
SOUTH 9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL.
This annual festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, plus the Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pasta. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May 24-28, 2018
SAIL PHILADELPHIA.
A dozen tall ships dock at Penn’s Landing over Memorial Day weekend for a Parade of Sail (May 24) followed by tours, day sails and a festival (May 25-28), all part of Tall Ships America’s 2018 Tall Ships Challenge. (215) 922-2FUN, sailphiladelphia.com

May 24-June 3, 2018
DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR.
The country’s oldest and largest event of its kind features hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, four-in-hand coaching, exhibitions and an old-fashioned fair at the Devon Show Grounds. (610) 964-0550, devonhorseshow.net

May 26-September 3, 2018
GARDEN RAILWAY.
The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track with 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

May 26-29, 2018
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM ANTIQUES SHOW.
Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation are featured at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

May 26, 2018-January 21, 2019
XTREME BUGS.
Twenty giant animatronic insects, including a monarch butterfly and Madagascar hissing cockroach, put a magnifying glass on bugs’ behaviors, motions and sounds in this interactive Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University exhibition. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

May 29-June 3, 2018
HAND TO HAND. FringeArts’ festival of contemporary circus arts features nearly a week of performances, artistry and thrilling physical feats by international artists and local innovators alike on the FringeArts stage and outside in the Haas Biergarten. (267) 612-4895, fringearts.com

May 30, 2018
LOVE PARK.
The city fetes 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. phila.gov

May 31-June 10, 2018
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.
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. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

JUNE 2018

Through June 3, 2018
DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR.
The country’s oldest and largest event of its kind features hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, four-in-hand coaching, exhibitions and an old-fashioned fair at the Devon Show Grounds. (610) 964-0550, devonhorseshow.net

May 29-June 3, 2018
HAND TO HAND. FringeArts’ festival of contemporary circus arts features nearly a week of performances, artistry and thrilling physical feats by international artists and local innovators alike on the FringeArts stage and outside in the Haas Biergarten. (267) 612-4895, fringearts.com

Through June 3, 2018
JANE IRISH: ANTIPODES.
For the first time in its 200-year history, Fairmount Park Charm Lemon Hill Mansion becomes the backdrop for one artist’s large-scale paintings that vibrantly explore the global themes of colonialism, opulence, violence, activism and history itself in a not-to-miss show. philadelphiacontemporary.org

Through June 3, 2018
THE WAY BACK: THE PAINTINGS OF GEORGE A. WEYMOUTH.
The landmark exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art displays approximately 65 of Weymouth’s best works. brandywine.org

June 1-September 7, 2018
SUMMER SOUNDS IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT. Visitors can enjoy 50+ live musical performances during this series of long-popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. Jazz, DJ tunes, Latin grooves and even the sweet sounds of symphony fill the parks, patios and plazas at more than a dozen locations from FringeArts to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. visitphilly.com/summersounds

June 1-3, 2018
LATINO FILM FESTIVAL.
For one weekend, film fans view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions. phlaff.org

Through June 30, 2018
PHILADELPHIA CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN FRANKLIN SQUARE.
Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 15,000 brilliantly colorful illuminated sculptures overtake Franklin Square for the third year, as do live performances, a Dragon Beer Garden and food, drinks and shopping. historicphiladelphia.org

June 1-10, 2018
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The 11th annual celebration of the city’s vibrant beer culture features events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners. phillylovesbeer.org

June 2, 2018
ROOTS PICNIC.
Philly’s own Grammy®-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for an epic daylong concert at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. (215) 928-8801, delawareriverevents.com

June 2, 2018
INTERNATIONAL GREAT BEER EXPO.
The Marine Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard feature international tents pouring beers from various countries. (631) 940-7290, greatbeerexpo.com

June 3–September 16, 2018 (various dates)
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES.
Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia distinctive through free events, including the Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival, Philadelphia Irish Festival and Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival, among others. (215) 222-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com

June 6-August 29, 2018 (Wednesdays, excluding July 4)
CENTER CITY SIPS. Happy hour in Philadelphia gets even happier during Center City Sips, a summertime Wednesday evening tradition that offers drink and appetizer specials at select bars and restaurants. centercityphila.org

June 10, 2018
ODUNDE FESTIVAL.
The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast comes to West South Street during this annual event that features cultural, historical and family-friendly events. (215) 732-8510, odundefestival.org

June 10, 2018
PRIDEDAY LGBT PARADE AND FESTIVAL.
Rainbow flags fly high during a day filled with live music, food, drinks and an annual parade that marches from 13th and Locust streets to Penn’s Landing. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org

June 15-September 30, 2018
FARM FOR THE CITY: GROWING FOR GREATER GOOD.
This Pennsylvania Horticultural Society urban agriculture project will create an over 2,000 square-foot working farm atop the Thomas Paine Plaza of the Municipal Services Building, transforming the site for public forums, gardening workshops and artistic performances—and generating produce for Broad Street Ministry. phsonline.org

June 16, 2018
BLOOMSDAY.
James Joyce fans spend the day outside the historic Rosenbach Museum & Library to hear some of Philadelphia’s most interesting personalities read Ulysses during this open-air festival. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

June 19, 2018
JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL.
Historic Germantown honors the ratification of the 13th Amendment with a parade along the Avenue, and a day of historical reenactments, tours, children’s activities and food and drink at the Johnson House Historic Site. freedomsbackyard.com

June 22-23, 2018
JUNETEENTH MUSIC FESTIVAL & PARADE.
Philadelphia marks African-Americans’ emancipation from slavery with two days of reenactments, entertainment, an African children’s village, a cultural marketplace and a Center City parade. philadelphiacommunityofleaders.org

June 23, 2018
SUMMER ALE FESTIVAL.
Beer lovers sample craft beers from the Philly area and beyond, while enjoying live music, food truck fare and the Philadelphia Zoo’s assemblage of birds, great apes, big cats and more. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

June 23-24, 2018
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Featuring artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival runs along Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

June 23-24, 2018
SUMMER FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Peddler’s Village kicks off the summer season with a weekend of food, music, boutique shopping and family fun. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

June 28-July 4, 2018
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 26th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city—including concerts, a parade and fireworks. welcomeamerica.com

June 28-September 9, 2018
SWARM.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents their main summer exhibition featuring the work of artists Didier William and Nestor Armando Gil. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

June 2018 (TBD)
FARM FOR THE CITY: GROWING FOR GREATER GOOD.
The urban agriculture project, created by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, takes over 2,000 square feet on the Thomas Paine Plaza of the Municipal Services Building with a working farm. The farm—a site for public forums, gardening workshops and artistic performances—will produce 1,000 pounds of produce to be donated to Broad Street Ministry. phsonline.org

June 2018 (TBD)
THE RAIL PARK.
The long-awaited development of the three-mile Rail Park commences with the opening of the former Reading Viaduct, a four-block (about a quarter mile) segment of no-longer-used elevated track will become a planted, permanent, activated greenway between Broad and Callowhill Streets. therailpark.org

JULY 2018

Through July 4, 2018
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 26th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city—including concerts, a parade and fireworks. welcomeamerica.com

Through July 12, 2018
WOVEN STRANDS: THE ART OF HUMAN HAIR WORK.
In conjunction with Morbid Anatomy, The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia presents an exhibition that features human hair as textile in four distinctive art and jewelry techniques: palette work, gimp work, table work and dissolved human hair work. (215) 560-8564, muttermuseum.org

Through July 2018 (select dates)
DIAORAMA RENOVATIONS.
Two of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s iconic dioramas—the Takin and Gorilla, both in the Asia Hall—undergo painstaking cleaning, restoration and upgrades—within view of visitors. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

July 1-31, 2018
CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTS. One of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation comes to Philadelphia each year, bringing conferences with performing and literary artists, including acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and more from across the United States. (215) 232-4485, artsanctuary.org

July 13-15, 2018
BLOBFEST.
This three-day extravaganza in Phoenixville centers around the horror/sci-fi flick The Blob and includes screenings, themed competitions, a street fair and the recreation of the pivotal scene where hundreds of scared townspeople flee the Colonial Theatre. (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com

July 14, 2018
BASTILLE DAY.
The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary, as reenactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille the historic building that is considered the nation’s first modern prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

July 14-15, 2018
BLUEGRASS AND BLUEBERRIES FESTIVAL.
Live country and bluegrass music and berries combine for a weekend-long midsummer celebration at the summer festival at Peddler’s Village in lovely Bucks County. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

July, 15, 2018
NUEVOFEST.
Hosted by FringeArts, the free, outdoor, alt-Latin music festival, a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series, features acts from San Juan to Chile to L.A. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

July 27-29, 2018
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Hosted by Penn public music station WXPN, this three-day event features established and emerging artists on the Camden Waterfront. xpnfest.org

July 29, 2018
EAST PASSYUNK CAR SHOW AND STREET FESTIVAL.
The annual showing of look-but-don’t-touch vintage classics, hot rods and more line South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, as do food trucks and craft vendors. visiteastpassyunk.com

July/August 2018 (TBD)
THE PHILADELPHIA BOURSE.
The Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange transforms into an artisan market in the style of Chelsea Market via a renovation befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a city of makers. theboursephilly.com

AUGUST 2018

August 2-5, 2018
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL.
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” this event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

August 5, 2018
2nd STREET FESTIVAL.
Northern Liberties, the neighborhood that helped launch Philly’s craft beer craze, closes down North 2nd Street for a family-friendly festival of beer gardens, food, workshops, art, street performances and two stages for live music. 2ndstfestival.org

August 11, 2018
PHILLY FREE STREETS. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., pedestrians, cyclists and more can enjoy vehicle-free, free activity-chocked passage along North Broad street—an eight-mile round trip route—from City Hall to Erie Avenue. phillyfreestreets.com

August 16-19, 2018
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL.
Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville. (800) 556-FOLK (3655), pfs.org

August 24-26, 2018
COUNTRY SPIRIT USA.
The Brandywine Valley’s multi-day country music festival features country music stars Alabama, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley and includes Western-themed attractions, scrumptious food and an array of drinks. countryspiritusa.com

August 31-November 9, 2018
JOHN DOWELL: WHEN I SEE COTTON I SEE RED.
Philadelphia artist Dowell shares large-scale photographs, sculpture and an installation—all reflections of his pilgrimage to the rural South, his exploration of cotton’s far-reaching and often tragic history with African-Americans at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

SEPTEMBER 2018

Through September 2, 2018
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC.
This exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates the composer’s 100th birthday by focusing on his life as an American Jew who lived through World War II, the Holocaust, Vietnam and social change with historic artifacts, sound installations, film and interactive media. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

Through September 3, 2018
GAME MASTERS. The Franklin Institute
celebrates the genius and popularity of more than 30 game design innovators in an interactive setting. Visitors can engage in more than 100 video games, ogle original, transformative artwork, learn stories behind celebrity characters and more. fi.edu

Through September 3, 2018
RENOIR: FATHER AND SON / PAINTING AND CINEMA.
This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. barnesfoundation.org

Through September 7, 2018
SUMMER SOUNDS IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT. Visitors can enjoy 50+ live musical performances during this series of long-popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. Jazz, DJ tunes, Latin grooves and even the sweet sounds of symphony fill the parks, patios and plazas at more than a dozen locations from FringeArts to the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. visitphilly.com/summersounds

Through September 9, 2018
SWARM.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Swarm, their main summer exhibition, featuring the work of artists Didier William and Nestor Armando Gil. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through September 23, 2018
MODERN TIMES: AMERICAN ART 1910-1950.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates and explores the energetic first half of America’s 20th century in an exhibition featuring vibrant, essential modern works by Georgia O’Keefe, Horace Pippin, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley and more revolutionary artists. philamuseum.org

Through September 26, 2018 (Wednesdays only)
DINING UNDER THE STARS. The first Wednesday in May kicks off Media’s alfresco dining tradition, wherein restaurants bring their food and drinks to State Street (which is completely closed to vehicular traffic) for a full night of outdoor dining and drinking. visitmediapa.com

Through September 30, 2018
FARM FOR THE CITY: GROWING FOR GREATER GOOD.
This Pennsylvania Horticultural Society urban agriculture project will create an over 2,000 square-foot working farm atop the Thomas Paine Plaza of the Municipal Services Building, transforming the site for public forums, gardening workshops and artistic performances—and generating produce for Broad Street Ministry. phsonline.org

Through September 30, 2018
FESTIVAL OF FOUNTAINS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS. Longwood Gardens’ new fountain turns on for a second season and brings with it an impressive showcase of 1,700 jets. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Through September 30, 2018
PARKS ON TAP.
This popular warm-weather brings barbecue and beer to iconic outdoor spaces, a different Philadelphia park each Wednesday through Sunday. (215) 568-1616, parksontap.com

September 4-9, 2018
BMW CHAMPIONSHIP.
Newtown Square’s historic Aronimink Golf Club hosts 70 of the PGA Tour’s top golfers in the penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs. bmwchampionship.com

September 6-22, 2018
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 7-9, 2018
PHILADELPHIA HONEY FESTIVAL.
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents the three-day festival that attracts thousands of participants to multiple venues, including Bartram’s Garden, Wyck Historic House and Glen Foerd on the Delaware for activities that include beekeeping demos, speakers, brewing sessions, honey extraction, cooking demos, children’s activities—and vendors with plenty of sweet take-homes. phillyhoneyfest.com

September 8-9, 2018
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
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.” (610) 925-3373, mushroomfestival.org

September 10-28, 2018
SCARECROW FESTIVAL.
Throughout Peddler’s Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations go on display during this annual event. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

September 15-October 15, 2018
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.
Philadelphia honors this national event with Feria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, Mexican Independence Day Festival on Penn’s Landing, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, among other civic occasions. phila.gov

September 21-November 9, 2018
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS.
Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual haunt, one of the country’s most popular, inside an abandoned prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

September 23-October 5, 2018
CENTER CITY RESTAURANT WEEK. Select restaurants in the Center City District will offer signature three-course dinners for $35 per person, and three-course lunches for $20 per guest. centercityphila.org

September 30, 2018
DOWNINGTOWN FALL FEST.
The Chester County Victory Brewing Company presents a day of live music, a variety of food and craft vendors and the Victory Beer Garden, all along blocked-off Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. (610) 269-1523, downingtownfallfest.com

September 30, 2018
PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL PARADE.
This year marks the 56th anniversary of this music- and pomp-filled Puerto Rican procession of 1,500 marchers. The parade draws thousands to show island pride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. elconcilio.net

September 2018 (TBD)
PHILLY NAKED BIKE RIDE.
Now in its tenth year, this two-wheeled, 10-mile, clothes-free, car-free, citywide ride expects to attract 3,000 participants—and more than a few onlookers. phillynakedbikeride.org

Fall 2018 (TBD)
CHERRY STREET PIER.
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. delawareriverwaterfront.com

Fall 2018 (TBD)
COMCAST TECHNOLOGY CENTER.
Crowning the city’s skyline, the telecommunications company’s new global headquarters opens with an uppermost-floor Four Seasons Hotel, street-level retail, spectacular dining by chefs Greg Vernick and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and 40 stories of Comcast’s own office space. corporate.comcast.com

OCTOBER 2018

Through October 15, 2018
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.
Philadelphia honors this national event with Feria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, Mexican Independence Day Festival on Penn’s Landing, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, among other civic occasions. phila.gov

Through October 28, 2018
SCARECROW COMPETITION AND DISPLAY.
Throughout Peddler’s Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations go on display during this annual event. (215) 794-4057, peddlersvillage.com

Through October 31, 2018
MARIAN THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.
The National Marian Anderson Museum presents a new exhibition that tells the Philadelphia story of Marian Anderson—opera star and civil rights pioneer—through a living history tour of photographs, video, performance gowns, accessories and costumes. (215) 779-4219, marianandersonhistoricalsociety.weebly.com

Through October 31, 2018
MURAL ARTS MONTH.
All month long, Mural Arts Philadelphia honors their 3,800 works of public art with trolley tours of neighborhood gardens, mosaics and a lineup of free and pay-what-you-wish events. muralarts.org

October 1-6, 2018
PHILADELPHIA OPEN STUDIO TOURS (POST).
During the 19th annual studio crawl, art connoisseurs and neophytes visit local artists of all medium in neighborhoods throughout the city. (215) 546-7775, philaopenstudios.org

October 4-13, 2018
DESIGN PHILADELPHIA.
The largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation with 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers takes place each fall. Venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning. designphiladelphia.org

October 5-November 18, 2018
CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL.
More than 16,000 chrysanthemums—shaped into clouds, balls, spirals, columns, pagodas, a fountain and the astounding Thousand Bloom Mum—star in Longwood Gardens’ annual celebration of fall’s favorite mum. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

October 6, 2018
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
The neighborhood parties to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillagephilly.org

October 6, 2018
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.
More than 140 teams race fiberglass dragon boats, complete with heads and tails, on a 500-meter course on the Schuylkill River, in an annual fall event that draws thousands of participants and spectators. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 7, 2018
OLD CITY FEST.
Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs come out to celebrate the Historic District neighborhood’s creative spirit along several blocks. Activities, exhibits and programs appeal to families as well as the over-21 crowd. (215) 592-7929, oldcitydistrict.org

October 14, 2018
OUTFEST.
The world’s largest coming out day features 10 blocks of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping. The centerpiece of the festival is at 13th and Locust Streets with a main stage that offers a high-heel race. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org

October 18-28, 2018
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL.
This annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema—shorts, features, animated and guest-accompanied films—in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

October 20, 2018-January 14, 2019
BERTHE MORISOT, WOMAN IMPRESSIONIST.
The Barnes Foundation exhibition presents Morisot’s first U.S. retrospective since 1987 and highlights the bold defiance, keen talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist named alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir. barnesfoundation.org

October 26, 2018
PARKWAY 100.
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 finale. Details to be announced. parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org

October 27-28 2018
HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL REGATTA.
In one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events, athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to Olympic-level racers, meet and compete. (215) 280-0483, hosr.org

October 2018 (TBD)
23rd STREET ARMORY OKTOBERFEST.
The 23rd Street Armory transforms into a bierhall for this second annual Oktoberfest shindig, starring traditional fare—including homemade Bavarian pretzels—and German Hofbräuhaus beer.

October 2018 (TBD)
BRU FALL FESTIVAL (AT MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL).
Midtown Village’s BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn present a full day of brats, pulled pork, pretzels, beer and music on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. bruphilly.com

October 2018 (TBD)
ROXTOBERFEST.
Food trucks, local beer, vendors and carnival games line the streets of Ridge Avenue for this well-loved Roxborough neighborhood tradition. roxboroughpa.com

October 2018 (TBD)
RITTENHOUSE FINE CRAFT FAIR.
More than 100 fine artisans from across the country fill the sidewalks and pathways of Rittenhouse Square to display their handicrafts— contemporary furniture, decorative pottery to blown glass, fine jewelry, more—for the public. The fair showcases original, hand-crafted works. (717) 431-8706, friendsofrittenhouse.org

October 2018 (TBD)
BLOKTOBERFEST.
Several local organizations partner with nearby businesses to produce an outdoor celebration of neighborhoods, October, beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon—and along four blocks of South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. bloktoberfestphilly.com

October 2018 (TBD)
HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL.
The wizards of Hogwarts take over Chestnut Hill as it transforms into a mini-Hogsmeade with a costume parade, Horcrux Hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Potter Pub Crawl and more. It all culminates with dozens of Quidditch teams competing for the Golden Snitch. chestnuthillpa.com

October 2018 (TBD)
SOUTH STREET PUMPKINFEST.
Headhouse Plaza’s fall festival is a day of shopping, live music, seasonal bites and brews, straw bale maze, circus performances, horse and wagon hayrides, face painting and, along South Street or trick-or-treating (for children 12 and under). (215) 413-3713, southstreet.com

October 2018 (TBD)
FASHION DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA. Center City East’s
former “Gallery mall” gets new life as a shining retail, entertainment and dining complex stretching over three city blocks. fashiondistrictphiladelphia.com

October 2018 (TBD)
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK.
Enthusiasts of riverside chilling get a last crack at the 50 hammocks, patio games, boardwalk pizza, floating gardens, draft beer, cocktails and cool breezes at this popular Penn’s Landing pop-up. (215) 922-2386, delawareriverwaterfront.com

NOVEMBER 2018

Through November 9, 2018
JOHN DOWELL: WHEN I SEE COTTON I SEE RED.
Philadelphia artist Dowell shares large-scale photographs, sculpture and an installation—all reflections of his pilgrimage to the rural South, his exploration of cotton’s far-reaching and often tragic history with African-Americans at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

Through November 9, 2018
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS.

Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual haunt, one of the country’s most popular, inside an abandoned prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

Through November 18, 2018
CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL.
More than 16,000 chrysanthemums—shaped into clouds, balls, spirals, columns, pagodas, a fountain and the astounding Thousand Bloom Mum—star in Longwood Gardens’ annual celebration of fall’s favorite mum. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

November 2-4, 2018
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW.
Museum-quality handmade jewelry, textiles, and mixed media are on display and for sale during this annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

November 3-4, 2018
APPLE FESTIVAL.
At Peddler’s Village, visitors indulge in old-fashioned country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel-dipped apples and pie-eating contests. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 16-December 31, 2018
LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS.
Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees and fragrant flowers transform the indoor gardens, where concerts take place daily. Outside, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and fountains dance to seasonal music. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

November 17, 2018
PENN MUSEUM MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICAN GALLERIES REOPEN.
The University of Pennsylvania’s 130-year-old institution debuts its newly renovated Mexico and Central America Galleries, with Africa, with spectacular Egypt to follow in 2019. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

November 17-18, 2018
PHILADELPHIA MARATHON.
One of the country’s premier—and most scenic—running events courses through historic downtown, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. The weekend includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the Health & Fitness Expo. (215) 683-2122, philadelphiamarathon.com

November 22, 2018
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
America’s first Thanksgiving Day parade wows crowds with Disney characters, fancy floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 6abc.com

November 22-December 31, 2018
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.
Taking cues from traditional Christmas markets in Germany, Center City’s outdoor setup features 80 holiday vendors, including some selling European food, sweets and mulled wine. Twinkling lights on a giant tree and delicious smells get visitors into the spirit. philachristmas.com

November 22, 2018-January 1, 2019
THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. The Comcast Center
lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city—with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center—and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. corporate.comcast.com

November 23-December 31, 2018
MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW.
The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store—now Macy’s—offers a free show of dancing lights, set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. (215) 241-9000, wanamakerorgan.com

November 2018 (TBD)
FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL.
Venues throughout the city host the only event in the world dedicated exclusively to art based on personal experiences. The multidisciplinary festival features storytelling shows, memoir readings, film screenings, performances, experiential tours and workshops. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org

November-December 2018 (TBD)
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
Electric company PECO aptly presents the illumination of Franklin Square, while the square itself offers comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats. historicphiladelphia.org

November 2018-January 2019 (TBD)
CHRISTMAS IN PEDDLER’S VILLAGE.
With more than 60 specialty shops—perfect for holiday shopping—and six restaurants, Peddler’s Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 2018-February 2019 (TBD)
THE ROTHMAN ICE RINK AND AMERICA’S GARDEN CAPITAL MAZE.
The Rothman Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze return to Dilworth Park for the winter holiday season. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

November-December 2018 (TBD)
GARDEN RAILWAY.
The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track that features 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. Closed December 24 and 25. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

November 2018-March 2019 (TBD)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
This Penn’s Landing attraction opens up its outdoor rink for ice-skating and becomes the centerpiece of Winterfest, consisting of a lodge, arcade, confectionery cabin and more. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

November 2018 (TBD)
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING.
Over 5,000 holiday lights and a massive live Christmas tree turn Rittenhouse Square into one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays. (717) 431-8706, friendsofrittenhouse.org

DECEMBER 2018

Through December 31, 2018
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.
Taking cues from traditional Christmas markets in Germany, Center City’s outdoor setup in LOVE Park features more than 80 holiday vendors, including some selling European food, sweets and mulled wine. Twinkling lights on a giant tree and delicious smells get visitors into the spirit. philachristmas.com

Through December 31, 2018
HAMILTON: THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLASHES THAT SHAPED A NATION.
Created by and on display at the National Constitution Center, the exhibit explores Alexander Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Aaron Burr through rare documents and artifacts. (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.org

December 8, 2018
ARMY-NAVY GAME.
The Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen in this epic collegiate rivalry, now in its 119th year and returning to Lincoln Financial Field. phillylovesarmynavy.com

December 25, 2018
WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE RIVER.
General Washington once again leads a surprise attack on the British during this annual re-enactment—complete with army uniforms, a historic trek, demos, games and activities—at Washington Crossing Historic Park. (215) 493-4076, washingtoncrossingpark.org

December 31, 2018
SUGARHOUSE CASINO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT.
Two pyrotechnic extravaganzas over the Delaware River ring in the New Year at 6 p.m. and midnight. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Through December 2018 (TBD)
MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW.
The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store—now Macy’s—offers a free show of dancing lights, set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. (215) 241-9000, wanamakerorgan.com

Through December 2018 (TBD)
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
Electric company PECO aptly presents the illumination of Franklin Square, while the square itself offers comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats. historicphiladelphia.org

Through March 2019 (TBD)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK.
This Penn’s Landing attraction opens its outdoor rink for ice skating. The rink is the centerpiece of Winterfest, which is surrounded by a lodge, arcade and dining. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

December 2018 (TBD)
COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL.
The buzz returns every year when the annual coffee and tea celebration comes to town. The event, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, offers more than 50 exhibitors, plus experts, tastings, gift bags and much more. coffeeandteafestival.com

December 2018 (TBD)
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 54th anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

JANUARY 2019

Through January 1, 2019
CRAZY PHILADELPHIA EDDIE.
Long-time tattooist Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists and share his legacy with the world. The Independence Seaport Museum honors him with an exhibit that features rare flash personal mementos and other authentic memorabilia seldom put on public display. phillyseaport.org

Through January 1, 2019 (TBD)
THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR.
The Comcast Center lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city—with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center—and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. corporate.comcast.com

Through January 14, 2019
BERTHE MORISOT, WOMAN IMPRESSIONIST.
The Barnes Foundation exhibition presents Morisot’s first U.S. retrospective since 1987 and highlights the bold defiance, keen talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist named alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir. barnesfoundation.org

January 1, 2019
MUMMERS PARADE.
Thousands of festooned strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in this festive daylong event. One of the Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades, puts on two elaborate, Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. phillymummers.com

Through January 2019 (TBD)
CHRISTMAS IN PEDDLER’S VILLAGE.
With more than 60 specialty shops—perfect for holiday shopping—and six restaurants, Peddler’s Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

Through January 2019 (TBD)
LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS.
Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees and fragrant flowers transform the indoor gardens, where concerts take place daily. Outside, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and fountains dance to seasonal music. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

January 2019 (TBD)
CENTER CITY RESTAURANT WEEK.
Select restaurants in the Center City District will offer signature three-course dinners for $35 per person, and three-course lunches for $20 per guest. centercityphila.org

January-February 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW. The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace for more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars. phillyautoshow.com

FEBRUARY 2019

Through February 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW.
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace for more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars. phillyautoshow.com

Through February 2019 (TBD)
THE ROTHMAN ICE RINK AND AMERICA’S GARDEN CAPITAL MAZE.
The Rothman Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze conclude their seasonal run in Dilworth Park in late February. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

February 2019 (TBD)
AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR.
One of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children’s books in the country, the 27th annual African American Children’s Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia features nationally known bestselling authors and illustrators, representatives from the multicultural literary community, enriching children’s books and activities that promote the power and joy of reading. theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

February-March 2019 (TBD)
EAST PASSYUNK’S RESTAURANT WEEK.
Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants in the neighborhood. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

MARCH 2019

Through March 2019 (TBD)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin, end their seasonal run. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Through March 2019 (TBD)
EAST PASSYUNK’S RESTAURANT WEEK.
Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at several different restaurants in the neighborhood the at bargain price of $15-$35. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

March 2019 (TBD)
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.
March marks Women’s History Month, a time when attractions and venues across the city welcome guests for special events, tours and presentations oriented around the month-long celebration.

March 2019 (TBD)
PHILLY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL.
Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the festival features national and international breweries, food trucks and a VIP session with rare brews at the The Navy Yard. (631) 940-7290, phillycraftbeerfest.com

March 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW.
The annual gardening celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind. The show features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

March 2019 (TBD)
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL.
The Israeli Film Festival, Philadelphia’s annual showcase of the best in Israeli film, returns with a powerful lineup of documentaries, dramas, films and more. iffphila.com

March 2019 (TBD)
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE.
Marching bands, decorated floats, music and dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations march down Broad Street to City Hall and from City Hall to Market Street to Penn’s Landing. philadelphiastpatsparade.com

March 2019 (TBD)
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA.
This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts. qflixphilly.com

March 2019 (TBD)
PHILLY WINE WEEK.
More than 60 esteemed restaurants and bars participate in the eight-day, 200-plus-event draw for both oenophiles and vino neophytes featuring tastings, pairings, specials and more—all educational, naturally. phillywineweek.org

March 2019-May 2019 (TBD)
SPRING BLOOMS.
Visitors take in the sights and smells of spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens with 240,000 tulips, azaleas, dogwoods and more. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

March 2019-April 2019 (TBD)
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE SHOWCASE.
The annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center includes private exhibits that have never been shown in museums, living legend history makers, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, visual artists and crafters, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical musical concerts. blackhistoryshowcase.org

APRIL 2019

April 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL.
Earth Day weekend inaugurates a cutting-edge roster of smart eco-first films from around the world. (215) 247-3105, philaenvirofilmfest.org

April 2019 (TBD)
SUBARU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL.
The springtime tradition at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park features a week of citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, demonstrations of nihon buyo, traditional dance and martial arts. (267) 348-0250, subarucherryblossom.org

April 2019 (TBD)
MANAYUNK RESTAURANT WEEK.
Some of Manayunk’s finest eateries highlight three-course meals, which will be offered at $15, $25 and $35 price ranges. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

April 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA FURNITURE SHOW.
Home furnishings ranging from innovative contemporary designs to adaptations of classical styles are on view at this nationally acclaimed event at the 23rd Street Armory. (215) 387-8590, philadelphiafurnitureshow.com

April 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL.
With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival, this citywide event demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life. (215) 448-1128, philasciencefestival.org

April 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES & ART SHOW.
One of the most prestigious antique shows in the country, this event features fine and decorative arts, jewelry and furniture at The Navy Yard, with exhibitors showcasing Colonial to contemporary examples of form meeting function. philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com

April 2019 (TBD)
PENN RELAYS.
High school, college and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. (215) 898-6151, thepennrelays.com

April 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA BLACK PRIDE.
This pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations traditionally coincides with the Penn Relays. phillyblackpride.org

April 2019 (TBD)
PHILLY TECH WEEK.
Business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks—and 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. phillytechweek.com

MAY 2019

Through May 2019 (TBD)
PHILLY TECH WEEK. Business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks—and 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. phillytechweek.com

Through May 2019 (TBD)
SPRING BLOOMS. Visitors take in the sights and smells of spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens with thousands of tulips, azaleas, dogwoods and more. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

May 2019 (TBD)
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL. Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street. The annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza. southstreet.com; brauhausschmitz.com

May 2019 (TBD)
BROAD STREET RUN. The 39th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles, from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 2019 (TBD)
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the country’s oldest and largest art museum and school, previews the works of graduate and undergraduate art students during this 118th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 2019 (TBD)
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA. The world’s largest collegiate regatta takes place on the Schuylkill River and attracts more than 3,000 competitors from 125 colleges across the country and Canada. (215) 542 -1443, dadvail.org

MAY 2019 (TBD)
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES’ ANNUAL PRIDE FEST. The festival begins with an Equality Flag ceremony and continues with a weeklong celebration that culiminates with Saturday’s Pride Parade and Fair, which crosses the bridge from Lambertville, New Jersey to New Hope, site of outdoor performances and events. newhopecelebrates.com

May 2019 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL. This widely acclaimed series of performances for children returns to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, with food, music, dance and theatre performances indoors and out. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 2019 (TBD)
KENSINGTON KINETIC SCULPTURE DERBY AND ARTS FESTIVAL. People stroll the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to find an eclectic mix of local artists, musicians and food; the derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course. kensingtonkineticarts.org

May 2019 (TBD)
RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL. Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse neighborhood come together for a public street fest and a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. rittenhouserow.org

May 2019 (TBD)
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Strawberries of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests are just a few of the festivities at this free annual event at Peddler’s Village. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

May 2019 (TBD)
SOUTH 9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL. This annual festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, plus the Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pasta. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May-September 2019 (TBD)
GARDEN RAILWAY. The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track with 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

May 2019 (TBD)
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM OF ART ANTIQUES SHOW. Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation go on display at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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