August 30, 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside Calendar Of Events

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

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People can celebrate all-things mushroom with more than 100,000 fans of the fungus at the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia
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A celebration of Philly's finest street foods, the roving Night Market Philadelphia offers delicious eats, drinks and entertainment. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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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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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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Each year, Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Terror Behind the Walls, one of the region’s most anticipated Halloween haunted houses. Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
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Philadelphia’s OutFest is the world’s largest coming-out event, and it comes in the form of an old-fashioned block party. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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In a neighborhood that’s always ready for a party, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is a highlight of Philadelphia’s busy fall festival season. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

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

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. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

Through 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

Through September 3, 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. (215) 763-1800, philamuseum.org

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. (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org

Through September 7, 2018
SUMMER SOUNDS IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT. 
Sites in the Historic District host 50-plus live musical performances—featuring jazz, DJ tunes, Latin grooves and even the sweet sounds of symphony—during this series of long-popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. 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 16, 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 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. (215) 988-8800, phsonline.org

Through September 30, 2018
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, sprucestreetharborpark.com

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 2, 2018
WATERFRONT DAY. The day-long event along the Delaware River Waterfront features a pop-up rooftop beer garden on the Spirit of Philadelphia cruise ship, live entertainment, deals from several waterfront attractions and the world’s largest Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre. spiritcruises.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, 2018
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. philadelphianakedbikeride.wordpress.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 9, 2018
GREENFEST PHILLY. Nearly 100 eco-friendly vendors and exhibitors come together at Bainbridge Green in the name of sustainability for the all-day festival. The environmentally conscious event offers opportunities to learn about green living through food trucks, cooking demonstrations, activities and workshops. (215) 567-4004, cleanair.org/greenfest/

September 14-16, 2018
BLACK ART IN AMERICA FINE ART SHOW. An show of works by African-American artists at Belmont Mansion aims to connect artists, dealers and gallerists with buyers. (706) 992-6210, buyblackart.com 

September 14-16, 2018
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FINE ART SHOW. More than 140 artists from across the country show their finest prints, photography, sculpture, acrylics and more in Rittenhouse Square during a three-day art festival. rittenhousesquareart.com

September 15-16, 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 16, 2018
BRAUHAUS SCHMITZ OKTOBERFEST. Every year, German bier hall Brauhaus Schmitz closes down the 700 block of South Street for an all-day Oktoberfest that celebrates with live oompah music, a traditional pig roast, a liter-lifter competition and more. (267) 909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com

September 16-22, 2018
PHILLY VEGAN RESTAURANT WEEK. For seven days, twenty-five restaurants all around the city will offer multi-course, prix fixe vegan menus. phillyvrw.com

September 20-30, 2018
O18. Opera Philadelphia refers to its groundbreaking second 11-day festival as a “civic experiment” made up of opera and performances all over the city, including Ne Quittez Pas at South Street concert space the TLA, and Lucia di Lammermoor at the historic opera house the Academy of Music. (215) 732-8400, operaphila.org

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 22, 2018-January 6, 2019
THOMAS AND FRIENDS: EXPLORE THE RAILS. The Please Touch Museum’s exhibit space transforms into the Island of Sodor, where the mighty and timeless Thomas the Tank Engine and his steamy and diesel pals teach kids about rail travel while sharpening children’s STEM skills. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.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 24-29, 2018
PHILLY FASHION WEEK. The annual, weeklong fashion event brings pop-up runways, shopping events and more to venues across the city. phillyfashionweek.org 

September 27-30, 2018
MIGHTYFEST. A student literacy-fest held at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, reading and writing workshops at local libraries, a soul music dance party at The Franklin Institute and keynote speaker at the Philadelphia Ethical Society are some of the events in this debut festival by a growing nonprofit that teaches students to think and to write with clarity. (267) 239-0899, mightywriters.org

September 27-30, 2018
PHILLY MUSIC FEST. The music festival celebrates its namesake (Philly music!) with a full weekend of Philly-only band concerts at three of the city’s most popular music venues: Johnny Brenda’s, World Cafe Live and Milkboy. phlmusicfest.com

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. (215) 627-3100, elconcilio.net

September 2019 (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

FALL 2018 (TBD)
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL PLAZA. At 16th and Arch Streets, a new and expanded memorial will pay tribute to the six million Jews who perished at the hands of Nazis in Germany; the memorial’s additions include six paired pillars, a remembrance wall and a grove of trees. (215) 717-2299, philaholocaustmemorial.org

Held each fall, the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, features scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting and an exhibition of colorful scarecrows, which are judged for a competition.   — Photo by A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia

OCTOBER 2018

Through October 15, 2018
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.
Philadelphia honors this national event with  theFeria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, a 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 opera star and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson 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 4,000 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, 2018
NIGHT MARKET PHILADELPHIA. Night Market travels to 20th and Federal Streets in Point Breeze for the festival’s final stop of the 2018 season, a last chance to enjoy live music and delicious eats and drinks via food trucks and mobile vendors. (215) 575-0444, thefoodtrust.org/night-market

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 as venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning. designphiladelphia.org

October 4-28, 2018
THE GLOW: A JACK O’LANTERN EXPERIENCE. Each weekend through the end of October, expertly-carved pumpkins—ranging from famous Philly icons and sports figures to superheroes and dinosaurs—will illuminate a 1/3-mile trail in West Fairmount Park. theglowjackolantern.com/philadelphia/

October 5-6, 2018
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. (267) 909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com

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
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. (215) 800-1079, bruphilly.com

October 6, 2018
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
The Gayborhood 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 6, 2018
ROXTOBERFEST.
Food trucks, local beer, vendors and carnival games line the streets of Ridge Avenue for this well-loved Roxborough neighborhood tradition. (215) 508-2358, roxboroughpa.com

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

October 7, 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, with the main stage at 13th and Locust Streets. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org

October 11-21, 2018
ROMEO & JULIET. The Pennsylvania Ballet presents Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sergei Prokofiev’s version of one of history’s most enduring love stories at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

October 12, 2018
CHERRY STREET PIER.
The former Municipal Pier 9 becomes an accessible, egalitarian, mixed-use space will host artist studios, shopping, performances, dining (and drinking), working and relaxing—a permanent addition to seasonal Delaware River Waterfront attractions. cherrystreetpier.com

October 12, 2018-January 21, 2019
THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG. The National Museum of American Jewish History displays the celebrated machine maker’s inventions, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons and more in the first comprehensive Goldberg retrospective since 1970. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

October 13-October 28, 2018
FESTIVAL FOR THE PEOPLE. The three-weekend festival, extending from Race Street Pier to the newly opened Cherry Street Pier, celebrates the rich subcultural forms across Philadelphia and features dynamic participatory programs and events, sculptures, installations, videos and banners. philadelphiacontemporary.org

October 13, 2018
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 13, 2018-March 3, 2019
VIKINGS: BEYOND THE LEGEND. Viking treasures—600 artifacts in all—travel from the National Museum of Denmark to North America for the first time, landing at The Franklin Institute. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

October 16, 2018-March 3, 2019
FABULOUS FASHION: FROM DIOR’S NEW LOOK TO NOW. Haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories, beginning with Christian Dior in 1947 come from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s renowned collection out onto display in a glam exhibit. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.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. (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org

October 26, 2018
PARKWAY SOIRÉE. Exactly one century to the day of the debut of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the culture-packed, museum-lined, park-pocketed boulevard celebrates with grand finale block party replete with a Night Market of food trucks, music, dancing, family-friendly activities, special programming at the many museums that call the parkway home and birthday cake. parkway100.org

October 20-21, 2018
WITCHES & WIZARDS IN CHESTNUT HILL. Formerly the Harry Potter Festival, the new-for-2018 Witches & Wizards takes over the charming town of Chestnut Hill for spellbinding events that morph the neighborhood into an enchanting magic-filled haunt. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com

October 27, 2018
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 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 on the Schuylkill River. (215) 280-0483, hosr.org

October 27, 2018-March 17, 2019
HAMILTON WAS HERE: RISING UP IN REVOLUTIONARY PHILADELPHIA. The Museum of the American Revolution invites children to play the role of Alexander Hamilton in an interactive playscape that includes games, crafts and a selfie station with George Washington. (877) 740-1776, amrevmuseum.org

Fall 2018 (TBD)
COMCAST TECHNOLOGY CENTER. Crowning the city’s skyline, the telecommunications company’s new global headquarters opens with 40 stories of office space, street-level retail and a restaurant by chef Greg Vernick; debuting in early 2019: the building’s uppermost-floor Four Seasons Hotel, featuring dining by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. corporate.comcast.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 3-19, 2018
GERSHMAN PHILADELPHIA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. The festival presents film and film-related programs that appeal to diverse communities and encourage understanding across racial, economic, and religious divides; program TBA. pjff.org

November 9, 2018-January 5, 2019
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 10, 2018-February 19, 2019
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 15, 2018
THE PHILADELPHIA BOURSE. The Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange officially reopens as 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

November 15-December 31, 2018
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. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

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 17, 2018-February 17, 2019
WINSLOW HOMER AND THE CAMERA: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF PAINTING. The Brandywine River Museum of Art displays 50 paintings, prints and drawings by the celebrated American artist, alongside a comparable number of Homer-collected photographs. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

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 in LOVE Park 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, 2018-March 3, 2019
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, riverrink.com

November 23-December 31, 2018
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 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 27, 2018 (Rain date: November 29, 2018)
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

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, a multidisciplinary festival featuring storytelling shows, memoir readings, film screenings, performances, experiential tours and workshops. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org

Casting a warm glow on chilly days and nights, Dilworth Park is one of Center City Philadelphia’s most popular wintertime gathering spots.   — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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
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. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

Through December 31, 2018
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

Through December 31, 2019
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

Through 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

Through 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

Through December 31, 2019
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 1-2, 2018
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 7-31, 2018
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

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) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

JANUARY 2019

Through January 1, 2019
CRAZY PHILADELPHIA EDDIE.
 The Independence Seaport Museum long-time tattooist Eddie Funk, who fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists and share his legacy with the world, with an exhibit that features rare flash personal mementos and other authentic memorabilia seldom put on public display. (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org

Through 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

Through January 6, 2019
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 6, 2019
THOMAS AND FRIENDS: EXPLORE THE RAILS. The Please Touch Museum’s exhibit space transforms into the Island of Sodor, where the mighty and timeless Thomas the Tank Engine and his steamy and diesel pals teach kids about rail travel while sharpening children’s STEM skills. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

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. (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org

Through January 21, 2019
THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG. The National Museum of American Jewish History displays the celebrated machine maker’s inventions, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons and more in the first comprehensive Goldberg retrospective since 1970. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

Through 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

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

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

The lure of gleaming engines and glistening chrome brings autophiles out of winter hibernation for the annual Philadelphia Auto Show.   — Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

FEBRUARY 2019

Through February 17, 2019
WINSLOW HOMER AND THE CAMERA: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF PAINTING. The Brandywine River Museum of Art displays 50 paintings, prints and drawings by the celebrated American artist, alongside a comparable number of Homer-collected photographs. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

Through February 19, 2019
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 2, 2019
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 2-10, 2019
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 2-September 2, 2019
AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR. The Please Touch Museum’s vibrant exhibition celebrates the diversity of modern and historic Muslim communities across Philadelphia and the world through art, technology and interactive programming. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.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 South Philly neighborhood. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

MARCH 2019

March 2019
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.

Through March 3, 2019
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, riverrink.com

Through March 3, 2019
FABULOUS FASHION: FROM DIOR’S NEW LOOK TO NOW. Haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories, beginning with Christian Dior in 1947 come from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s renowned collection out onto display in a glam exhibit. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through March 3, 2019
VIKINGS: BEYOND THE LEGEND. Viking treasures—600 artifacts in all—travel from the National Museum of Denmark to North America for the first time, landing at The Franklin Institute. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

Through March 17, 2019
HAMILTON WAS HERE: RISING UP IN REVOLUTIONARY PHILADELPHIA. The Museum of the American Revolution invites children to play the role of Alexander Hamilton in an interactive playscape that includes games, crafts and a selfie station with George Washington. (877) 740-1776, amrevmuseum.org

March 2-10, 2019
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW.
The annual gardening celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, with top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

March 3, 2019
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 7-17, 2918
GISELLE. Pennsylvania Ballet presents Giselle, one of ballet’s oldest and most continually-performed works, at the Academy of Music. (215) 551-7000, paballet.org

March 10, 2019
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 16-April 7, 2019
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. (484) 904-5421,  iffphila.com

March 25-31, 2019
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA.
This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the LGBTQ communities, with venues TBA. qflixphilly.com

March 30-April 28, 2019
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 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)
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.

APRIL 2019

Through April 7, 2019
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. (484) 904-5421, iffphila.com

Through April 28, 2019
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

April 5-7, 2019
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 20-21, 2019
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 25-27, 2019
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 25-27, 2019
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 26-May 4, 2019
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)
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, japanphilly.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 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

MAY 2019

Through May 4, 2019
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

May 2, 2019 
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL. Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street in an annual event that includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone, nearly 200 vendors and Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza. southstreet.com; brauhausschmitz.com

May 2-4, 2019
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 theatrical performances indoors and out. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 3-11, 2019
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 5, 2019 
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 10-11, 2019
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 18, 2019 
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 17-19, 2019
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES’ ANNUAL PRIDE FEST. The festival begins with an Equality Flag ceremony and continues with a weeklong celebration that culminates 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 18, 2019 
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 18-19, 2019 
9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL. This annual festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, plus the 9th Street 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 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)
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-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

JUNE 2019

June 9, 2019
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 9, 2019
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 16, 2019
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 16, 2018
PHILADELPHIA 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. (215) 844-1683, freedomsbackyard.com

June 28-July 4, 2019
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 2019 (TBD)
THE PHILADELPHIA JUNETEENTH MUSICFEST & 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 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
LATINO FILM FESTIVAL. For one weekend, film fans view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers, a lineup that includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions. phlaff.org

June 2019 (TBD)
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.

June 2019 (TBD)
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–September 2019 (TBD)
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

JULY 2019

Through July 4, 2019
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

July 2019 (TBD)
UNIVERSITY CITY DINING DAYS. University City residents and visitors can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 to $35 (depending on the restaurant) in some of the neighborhood’s popular dining spots. universitycity.org

July 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
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

AUGUST 2019

Through August 2019
CENTER CITY SIPS. Wednesday night in the summer means happy hour deals at multiple bars in the Center City neighborhood. Bars participating in Center City Sips serve up discounted cocktails, wine, beer and half-priced appetizers. centercityphila.org/explore-center-city/ccdsips

August 2019 (TBD)
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL. Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the Black Sundance,” this International House-based event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global Black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

August 2019 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL. Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. (800) 556-FOLK (3655), folkfest.org

August 2019 (TBD)
COUNTRY SPIRIT USA. The Brandywine Valley’s multi-day country music festival features country music stars and includes attractions, scrumptious food and an array of drinks. countryspiritusa.com

SEPTEMBER 2019

Through September 2, 2019
AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR. Through historic artifacts, artwork and interactive technology and programming, the Please Touch Museum exhibit offers a platform for children and families to learn about modern and historic global Muslim communities. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

September 15-October 15, 2019
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. Philadelphia honors this national event with the Feria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, a 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 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

Through September 2019 (TBD)
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK. Enthusiasts of riverside chilling get a last crack at the hammocks, patio games, boardwalk pizza, floating gardens, draft beer, cocktails and cool breezes at this popular Penn’s Landing pop-up. (215) 922-2386, sprucestreetharborpark.com

Through September 2019 (TBD)
FESTIVAL OF FOUNTAINS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS. Longwood Gardens’ fountain turns on for a third season, bringing with it an impressive showcase of over 1,000 jets. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Through September 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
FRINGE FESTIVAL. For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 2019 (TBD)
PHILLY NAKED BIKE RIDE. Now in its tenth year, this two-wheeled, 10-mile, clothes-free, car-free, citywide ride expects to attract thousands of participants—and more than a few onlookers. philadelphianakedbikeride.wordpress.com

September 2019 (TBD)
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. Kennett Square’s 34rd 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 2019 (TBD)
SCARECROW FESTIVAL. Throughout Peddler’s Village, over 100 larger-than-life scarecrow creations go on display during this annual event. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

September-November 2019 (TBD)
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 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

September 2019 (TBD)
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 2019 (TBD)
PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL PARADE. This year marks the 57th 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

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