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Mar 1 2011

2011 Philly Festivals Focus On Everything From Science & Strawberries To Music & Mushrooms

New Additions To The Festival Roster: Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts & Philadelphia Science Festival

Philly has always been a festival kind of town, and that’s especially true in 2011 with two major additions to the festival roster in April. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts features 31 commissions, 135 events and more than 140 partners for a 25-day cultural extravaganza, while the Philadelphia Science Festival takes to the streets, bars, museums and classrooms of the city with 55 events that show the importance of science is in everyday life. Beyond April, revelers can continue to celebrate many of their favorite things as festivals pay homage to everything from mushrooms, music, food, film, apples, art and more.

Here’s a look at the many fetes planned in Philly for 2011:

March:

  • Traditional tea ceremonies, taiko drums, origami demos, sushi classes, music, films, Japanese theater performances, kids’ activities and other activities taking place during the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival bring the traditions and culture of the “Land of the Rising Sun” to the Shofuso House and other venues throughout the region. March 4- April 10. (215) 790-3810, jasgp.org/cherryblossomfestival

April:

  • Musicians, dancers, actors, jugglers, puppeteers and acrobats delight young audiences at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts during the 27th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival. April 7-9. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
  • The first-ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) brings together 135 arts organizations for a 25-day extravaganza celebrating music, dance, theater, painting, circus acts, fashion, culinary arts and many other art forms. It all culminates with an outdoor extravaganza on Broad Street—complete with a giant ferris wheel, live entertainment and high-flying aerialists who will dazzle crowds while performing more than 200 feet in the air. April 7-May 1. (215) 790-5800, pifa.org
  • With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival that takes place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the first Philadelphia Science Festival takes science out of the lab and demonstrates the role it plays in everyday life. April 15-28. (215) 448-2366, philadelphiasciencefestival.org
  • The strip known as East Passyunk is reaching its zenith as a hot destination for quality craft beer and food, and Flavors of the Avenue raises awareness of this culinary progress and prowess. More than 20 of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants and bars gather to dish out their goods, while bands, a fashion show and a craft market entertain the outdoor crowd. April 30. (215) 336-1455, visiteastpassyunk.com

May:

  • Strawberry treats of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests add to the festivities at the 42nd annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village. April 30-May 1. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com
  • Budding interior designers can get decorating and home makeover ideas from more than 150 home and garden vendors at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival, a six-block, fun-for-everyone party that includes demos, live entertainment, alfresco dining, amusement rides and earth-friendly displays along Germantown Avenue. May 1. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com
  • New Hope’s eighth annual New Hope Celebrates Pride includes the Pride Parade, athletic events, a performance by comedian Poppy Champlin, a dance and more. May 11-15. newhopecelebrates.com
  • Everyone’s Italian when the nation’s oldest outdoor market hosts its annual South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Multiple stages of live entertainment provide the soundtrack for the neighborhood-wide party that features Italian, Mexican and Vietnamese delicacies made by the market’s merchants. May 14-15. italianmarketphilly.org
  • The Rittenhouse Row Festival transforms Philadelphia’s trendiest shopping district into a come-one, come-all street fest for a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. May 21. rittenhouserow.org
  • During the annual Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, people who stroll along the Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood street find an incredible mix of local artists, musicians and food. The same day, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby celebrates human-powered transit by pitting mobile sculptures against one another along a three-mile urban obstacle course. May 21. trentonaveartsfest.blogspot.com
  • Heritage is celebrated all summer long during the Penn’s Landing series of weekend Multicultural Festivals, featuring a different nation’s food, music, culture and entertainment each weekend. May 22-September 24. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com

June:

  • Beer fans can quench their thirst during Philly Beer Week, 10 days devoted to all-things beer with special dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings, meet-the-brewer nights and more at area bars, restaurants and other spots around the region. June 3-12. (215) 985-2106, phillybeerweek.org
  • For music lovers, summer doesn’t start until The Roots Picnic takes over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The annual favorite features chart-toppers from hip-hop, soul, alt-rock and other genres for a day-into-night waterfront festival. June 4. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com
  • The Odunde African-American Festival celebrates the Yoruba New Year, beginning with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River and ending with a lively street fair. June 12. (215) 732-8510
  • This year’s 23rd annual Pride Day takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and more at Penn’s Landing. June 12. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org
  • Mix in musical performances by Men of Soul featuring Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett, Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers and Eddie Palmieriserve with exhibits by talented artisans and tasty treats from local restaurants for the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival. June 17-19. (877) 965-5299, westoaklanefestival.com
  • Fusing Latin beats, African rhythms, traditional dance, authentic food and crafts, the Latin Roots & Rhythm Festival celebrates Spanish, Latin and African cultures—all conveniently located at the Settlement Music School. June 24-26. (215) 425-1390, raicesculturales.org/lrrf.html
  • Celebrating the nation’s birthday, Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city, big-name entertainment and dazzling fireworks spectaculars. June 24-July 4. welcomeamerica.com
  • Musicians, entertainers, restaurants and more than 300 artists from around the nation set up shop for the Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. June 25-26. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

July:

  • Ice cream enthusiasts get the chance to satisfy their craving for summer’s favorite cooling treat at Penn’s Landing’s Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. July 2-4. (215) 922-2386, delawareriverevents.com
  • The Philadelphia QFest celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. July 7-18. (267) 765-9800, phillycinema.org
  • Bibliophiles savor the panel discussions, writing workshops, singer/songwriter slam, author talks and, of course, books, books and more books during the Chestnut Hill Book Festival. July 9-10. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com
  • Cultures from around the world come together with the week-long MAC Global Fusion Festival featuring international entertainment throughout the city and culminating in a free, day-long waterfront festival with music, dance, kids’ activities and cuisine. July 11-17. Various locations and the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. (215) 636-3322, globalfusionfestival.com
  • WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront for the XPoNential Music Festival. July 22-24. (856) 757-9400, xpn.org

August:

  • The 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock, attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment in Schwenksville. August 19-21. (215) 247-1300, folkfest.org

September:

  • For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city during the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. September 2-17. (215) 413-9006, livearts-fringe.org
  • Kennett Square’s annual Mushroom Festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, parades, farm tours and other activities in the Mushroom Capital of the World. September 9-11. mushroomfestival.org
  • Festival goers bring their appetite and their dancing shoes to the Ferria del Barrio, a day-long celebration of Latino music, food, dance, arts and culture. September 11. (215) 423-6320, tallerpr.org
  • Each year, Peddler’s Village hosts a Scarecrow Festival weekend, complete with scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and pumpkin pie-eating contests. September 17-18. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com
  • Going green is fun at the Manayunk EcoArts Festival, a weekend-long celebration with eco-artists and designers, earth-friendly technology, interactive demonstrations, workshops and entertainment—all focused on being nice to planet Earth. September 24-25. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

October:

  • More than 150 teams race colorful fiberglass dragon boats on a 500-meter course on the Schuylkill River during the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival. October 1. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com
  • One of the city’s hippest neighborhoods welcomes thousands of revelers with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities during the Midtown Village Fall Festival. October 1. (215) 625-7983, midtownvillage.org
  • Rainbows abound during the annual Outfest, when thousands converge upon the city’s Gayborhood to enjoy food, drink and entertainment galore in honor of National Coming Out Day. October 9. phillypride.org
  • The 10-day Philadelphia Film Festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and other venues throughout Philadelphia. October 13-23. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org
  • Celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings are just a few of the reasons to attend the Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Visitors sample the latest products at the gourmet marketplace and rub elbows with big-name chefs. October 21-23. (609) 398-4450, gourmetshows.com/philly
  • Landlubbers as well as rowers look forward to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events featuring athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to Olympic-level racers. October 29-30. hosr.org

November:

  • The 40th annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village honors the classic fruit with old-fashioned country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel-dipped apples and pie-eating contests. November 5-6. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

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