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Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer
Festivals, Live Entertainment, Exhibits & An International Arts Festival Celebrate Hispanic Culture
Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 through October 15, but Philadelphia celebrates the rich culture all year long with festivals, art exhibitions, sporting events and more. There’s even more on the calendar in 2013 thanks to the citywide, month-long Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), which includes several new collaborations and artistic performances.
Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:
- South Philly has become the hub of Mexican immigration in the region, especially for those from Puebla, Mexico. Folks dressed in bearded masks, capes, headdresses and other traditional garb stroll along Washington Avenue and its surrounding streets to commemorate the Battle of Puebla for the 7th Annual Carnaval de Puebla. April 28. (215) 253-3040, sanmateocarnavalero.com
- Latino sensation Prince Royce brings his talent to Festival Pier as the headliner for the 2013 El Zol Fest. The Memorial Day weekend concert brings live entertainment, family fun and the start to great summer memories. May 25. Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street, festivalpierphilly.com, ticketmaster.com
- The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. hosts its annual Hispanic Fiesta, a weekend-long celebration filled with music and dancing at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The festival attracts 30,000 revelers eager to enjoy authentic food, traditional crafts and salsa, merengue, bachata, samba, cumbia, mariachi and flamenco dancing. July 13-14. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com
- It’s year five for Dia Del Nino, a celebration of Latin culture at Please Touch Museum®. More than 5,000 people are expected for the daylong affair featuring music, dance, theater and crafts, as well as all of the museum’s interactive displays. Kids can explore the Mini Telemundo TV Studio, where they have the opportunity to record their own weather reports and test their talents as reporters. Then they can snap a photo with Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and mascot Swoop, the museum’s special guests for the day. April 13. Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
- The Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) celebrates Latino culture, youth and gardening in a big way when Garden Exploration Week takes place from April 29-May 3. The week-long event combines green living and discovery with gardening lessons, scavenger hunts and garden crafts. On June 15, NSHP hosts the 40th Anniversary Festival de Bambulaé, an annual and colorful garden party featuring delicious Puerto Rican dishes, bomba dancing, dance lessons and art. (215) 634-2227, myneighborhoodproject.org
- At PPL Park this summer, the Philadelphia Union soccer team puts on Hispanic Heritage Night, when fans get a feel for the diverse cultures of Spain and Latin America with traditional foods and entertainment. The festivities take place during the Union’s game against the Chicago Fire. August 3. 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, (610) 497-1657, philadelphiaunion.com
- Dance and passion collide in 1096, a collaborative new performance of flamenco postmodern dance companies Pasión y Arte and Fresh Blood. At the Fleischer Art Memorial, the two all-female companies will highlight women’s stories through the layering of text, song and dance. The exploration begins in 1096 in Salerno, Italy at the birth of the first female gynecologist, Trotula of Salerno. April 5-7. 719 Catharine Street, (215) 922-3456, pifa.org
- At the Barnes Foundation, Taller Puertorriqueño travels back in time to commemorate Puerto Rico’s Emancipation Day, the day when the island’s enslaved Africans were set free in 1873. The dance and music of Sounds & Rhythm of Resistance has roots in African heritage and are still an integral part of Puerto Rican and other Latin American cultures today. April 12. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, pifa.org
- Intercultural Journeys presents highlights from Guadalupe: Our Lady of the Roses at the Esperanza Center. Composed by James DeMars and featuring members of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, the opera presentation includes amazing percussion, strings and vocals by both renowned professionals and student groups. April 19. 191 W. Hunting Park Avenue, pifa.org
- For the production 1492: Music and Dance from Spain to the Americas, Maria del Pico Taylor and international guest artists take the Suzanne Roberts Theatre audience on a trip spanning 9th-century Spain to 19th-century Cuba. Inspired by Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the New World, the multimedia music and dance show explores various musical roots and their transformations after many cultural encounters. April 25. 480 S. Broad Street, (215) 985-0420, pifa.org
- The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival showcases the extraordinary and innovative work of modern Latino filmmakers. Movie lovers will take in culturally diverse films, program shorts, documentaries and receptions. Films include The Unique Ladies, a short documentary about women involved in the lowrider culture, and Paal, the story a Mayan boy with a dream to share the stories of his people. April 27-28. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street; Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, flaff.org
- Photographer and educator Tony Rocco presents Photography Without Borders, an educational and photography-based cultural exchange project, in which children from North Philadelphia and the rural village of La Florida, Colombia examine and share conversations about photography. At Taller Puertorriqueño, photos and videos capture what happens when the children’s worlds and ideas collide. June 14-20. 2721 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
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Festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events keeps art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs, music aficionados and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2015:
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in the festive daylong Mummers Parade. One of the five Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades put on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1. phillymummers.com
- The region gets revved for the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention
VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s newest marketing effort—entitled Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside—encourages locals and visitors to explore 15 of the quaint neighborhoods and towns dotting the five-county region, and there’s no better time to explore these towns than during festival season. Some of these events are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to honor the mushroom. Others celebrate the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town’s proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local festivals are a great way...
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- His still life works are the most iconic and enduring in the field. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s paintings and shows how he set the genre on a new course. The exhibit features 21 Cézanne masterpieces. The Barnes’ permanent collection contains 69 Cézannes, including 16 still lifes, all of which will be on display. June 22-September 22, 2014.
- The first comprehensive survey of the painter in nearly half a century, William Glackens brings together 45 paintings and
No need to wait until Hispanic Heritage Month in September to celebrate Latino culture. Philadelphia recognizes the richness of Hispanic culture all year long with colorful festivals, pulsating music, powerful exhibitions and more.
Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:
- For almost two centuries, baseball has transcended cultural differences and united minority communities on their path to understanding American values. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores how America’s favorite pastime has helped immigrants from all backgrounds become part of the
Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:
Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
- For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:
- The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
Art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year for festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events galore. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2014:
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in the festive daylong Mummers Parade that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1. phillymummers.com
- The region gets revved up in 2014, thanks to the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with
From spring until fall, Philadelphia hosts a variety of festivals that music fans and culture vultures will consider must-dos, must-sees and must-hears. For music fans, there’s the second-annual Budweiser Made In America concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, headlined by Beyonce. Literature lovers will swoon over the Celebration of Black Writing, one of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation. And for movie buffs, the sophomore BlackStar Film Festival, a unique gathering of filmmakers and storytellers of the African diaspora, will be a two-thumbs-up experience. Here are six sizzling festivals worth attending in Philly this spring and beyond:
Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares in West Philadelphia, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille in Fairmount, there’s always a reason to celebrate in the authentically Philly neighborhoods outside of Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:
Fishtown & Northern Liberties:
- Lining the cobblestone street with artists of all stripes and genres, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival includes the storied Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a quirky competition for the most