Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, or PIFA, is a citywide celebration of international arts in Philadelphia curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
The festival, first launched in 2011, occurs every two years to tout Philadelphia as a premier destination for highly compelling performing arts experiences. The festival returns in 2018 with a spectacular line-up of collaborative and innovative artistic acts.
For more than a week, Philadelphia stages and places will host dozens of dance, theater and visual arts performances, amounting to one huge international celebration of the phenomenal arts and arts community in Philly.
Tons of PIFA events are free and open to the public.
This year’s lineup features critically acclaimed works by national and international artists like Pulitzer-prize-nominated performance artist Taylor Mac, award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson and — a fan favorite from PIFA 2011 — French aerialist troupe Transe Express.
These are just a few of the major arts moments that PIFA features, though. For many more, click below.
To close out the festival, the PIFA Street Fair features a massive and free day-long party.
The outdoor block party fills seven blocks on Broad Street (between City Hall and South Street) with fantastic art, energetic entertainment, flavorful festival food and more.
The fair closes down Broad Street to vehicular traffic and opens it up to performances, food, drinks, carnival rides and more.
For highlights from PIFA’s 2018 lineup, click below.
Although tons of PIFA events are free and open to the public, some shows do require tickets. PIFA sells single event tickets as well as festival passes, which range from a three-show package all the way up to an all-access festival pass.
For more information and a calendar of events, please click the button below.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.