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Old City Fest

Old City Fest

Part of DesignPhiladelphia, Old City Fest transforms the streets of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood into an outdoor artsy showplace. During the day-long event, streets close to traffic to accommodate local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries and theaters—all showing off their goods....

Credit: Photo M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Tags: Arts & Culture, Events, Neighborhoods & Towns

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

The once-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to one of the nation’s most frightful haunted house events, Terror Behind the Walls. Hollywood-quality sets, animatronics, custom-designed soundtracks and a cast of more than 200 professional performers delight in scaring thrill-seekers, earning kudos as one of the top haunted houses in...

Credit: Photo M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Tags: Events, History, Holidays, Museums & Attractions, Tours & Transportation

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia hosts the nation’s oldest such pre-Christmas procession in its 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual event features marching bands from across the country, giant character balloons, clowns, performers, floats and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus along a 1.4-mile route that stretches along Market Street and the Benjamin...

Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Tags: Events, Family, Holidays

OutFest

OutFest

Held annually around National Coming Out Day, Philadelphia’s OutFest is the world’s largest coming-out event, and it comes in the form of an old-fashioned block party. Restaurants and bars throw open their doors to host street-side cookouts and dance parties in The Gayborhood....

Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADLEPHIA®

Tags: Events, LGBT

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Autumn colors flank Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States of America and one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the country. It is here that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776; the Articles of Confederation, uniting the 13 colonies, were ratified in 1781; and...

Credit: Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Tags: Fall, Historic District, History, Icons, Museums & Attractions

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

Throughout the year, families visit Delaware County’s 300-acre Linvilla Orchards to pick their own in-season fruits and vegetables—and try the traditional, oh-so-good homemade pies. Around Halloween,the farm plays up the tricks and treats during Pumpkinland, a festival that includes a maze, hayrides,pick-your-own apples, a jack o’ lantern exhibit, face painting,...

Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

Tags: Events, Fall, Family, Parks & Gardens

Locust Walk

Locust Walk

The tree-lined Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus is one of the city’s most pleasant spaces, with gothic ivy-covered red brick buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Home to Penn and Drexel University, West Philadelphia is known as the region’s hub for education and science, but its...

Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

Tags: Fall, Neighborhoods & Towns, Parks & Gardens

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Midtown Village Fall Festival

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. Usually held the first Sunday in October, it draws thousands to Midtown Village/Washington Square West/the Gayborhood (depends who you ask!) for a day of family entertainment, food,...

Credit: Photo J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

Tags: Events, Fall, Neighborhoods & Towns

West Chester

West Chester

With charm to spare, West Chester’s low-key buzz delights visitors with its array of restaurants, funky shops and walkable downtown. Home to a large university, this county seat’s downtown, located less than an hour from Center City, Philadelphia, exudes both a youthful vibrancy and casual chic....

Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Tags: Fall, Neighborhoods & Towns

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