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Jul 14 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month In Philadelphia Means A Feast Of Fiestas

Exhibits, Festivals & Parades Highlight The Month In Hispanic Happenings

Fun, food, arts and cultural activities highlight this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) festivities in Philadelphia. Chocolate lovers can barter cacao seeds in an Aztec Market at the Academy of Natural Sciences, while revelers can catch the celebratory spirit at Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For event updates, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.

Festivals & Parades:

  • It’s all Mexico—food, music, dancing and crafts—all day during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn’s Landing. The family-friendly affair includes performances by a mariachi band and a dance troupe, as well as local and national food and drink vendors. Area restaurants will compete for the title of “Best Taco in Philadelphia.” September 14. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2386,
  • Did someone say fiesta? Look no further than the annual Feria del Barrio, one of the Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino art and culture. The free music, dance and art extravaganza hits the sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood—the center of Latino culture in Philadelphia. September 21. 5th Street between Lehigh & Cambria Avenues, (215) 426-3311,
  • Get ready to dance, dance, dance at Brazilian Day Philadelphia, celebrating Brazil’s independence. Authentic traditional foods and merchandise are available in abundance, and performers light up the stage with the contagious rhythms of the samba, forro, pagode, capoeira, samba-reggae and other dances. September 21. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing,
    Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2386,
  • Fiesta en la Calle 9 (Party on 9th Street) brings flavor, music and vibrant colors to the East Passyunk section of South Philadelphia. Supported by the Mexican restaurant owners of South Philadelphia and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event features food, musical performances, crafts and more. September 21. 9th Street between Washington & Federal Streets, (215) 790-3723,
  • Floats, festive dances, local celebs, youth groups and more than 1,500 musicians spice up the action on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The annual parade is the city’s largest and oldest outdoor event celebrating Latino and Puerto Rican heritage. September 28. Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 627-3100

Art & Culture:

  • Join Beatriz Urraca and Gary M. Kramer, co-editors of Directory of World Cinema: Argentina, in a screening and discussion of White Elephant. The film blends fast-paced action and social commentary to tell the story of a young priest dealing with the harsh realities of life among Argentina’s poor. September 12. International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, (215) 387-5125,
  • Year two of XCultural Passport Week, celebrating immigrant heritage and cultural diversity, is expanding this year to include a restaurant week event, along with a photo exhibit, a bar crawl, musical performances and more. September 14-21. Various locations.
  • Artists Maya Escobar and Andria Morales merge their formidable talents in the innovative exhibition Yo Soy Oro (I Am Gold). Using a combination of modern technology, community participation, advertising and marketing techniques and photography, the project explores how the El Centro de Oro community perceives and defines itself. September 21-October 18. 2721 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311,
  • The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic-American Trailblazers all month long. The museum will display special artifacts—the Bible that Chief Justice John Roberts used to swear in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the baseball Roberto Clemente hit in his 1,273rd career RBI—that tell the Hispanic-American story. Throughout the month, visitors can also watch an interactive show that examines the lives of notable Hispanic Americans and take a self-guided tour of items in the museum’s collections that are of specific interest to Latinos. September 15-October 15. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6600,
  • ¡Qué Viva la Herencia Latina! (Viva Latina Heritage), the second annual Musical & Culinary Arts Explosion, ups the fun and entertainment factor of the bi-monthly Tertulia gatherings. This night is all about traditional Latin foods, music and entertainment. September 26. 1417 N. 2nd Street, (215) 425-1390,
  • The Barnes Foundation celebrates Hispanic arts and culture with two events taking place the first weekend in October. Flamenco dancing and guitar is on the agenda for Flamenco Fiesta, a First Friday presentation (October 3), while a talk and book signing by artist/author Gilberto Gonzalez and Al Dia’s Sabrina Vourvoulias (October 5) fills the calendar for First Sunday. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000,
  • Anytime is a good time to visit the Mexico and Central America Galleries at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Five grand stone monuments with hieroglyphic writing and two monumental circular altars from the Penn Museum’s early Maya excavations dominate this signature gallery, which features more than 200 ancient artifacts such as jade carvings, jewelry, painted pottery and figurines, some dating back 3,500 years. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000,

Food & Other Fun:

  • The Philadelphia Phillies keep a long-standing tradition going when they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the 13th Annual Goya Latino Family Celebration at Citizens Bank Park. The game against the Atlanta Braves hits a homerun with special food and entertainment. Bonus: Phils fans get a discount on tickets by using the online promotion code SALSA. September 27. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-5000,
  • Calle 13 makes its Philadelphia debut at the Merriam Theater for a one-night performance of the Multiviral Tour. The popular Puerto Rican band—winners of a record-breaking 19 Latin Grammy Awards® and two Grammy Awards®—are credited with changing the discourse about Latin America—artistically, politically and socially. September 27. 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999,
  • Community leaders, social activists and trendsetters from the region’s Hispanic community are honored during the Hispanic Choice Awards. This glittery annual party and award ceremony—celebrating its 11th anniversary—honors the achievements of Latino movers-and-shakers at a new location this year: the Merriam Theater. October 11. 250 S. Broad Street,
  • When Chocolate: The Exhibition rolls into The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Mexican Cultural Center and Chef Dionicio Jimenez will be on hand preparing Mexican foods that include chocolate ingredients. The kick-off event also includes activities for children, folkloric performances and more. The interactive exhibition traces the cacao bean’s role in Aztec culture through its evolution into an indulgent modern treat. October 11, 2014-January 24, 2015. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000,,

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

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February 2018
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July 2018
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The exhibition and walking tour in the always-free Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) explores the life and afterlife of things and why (and how) we preserve them. (215) 925-2222,

Through February 4, 2018
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace

Mar 22 2017

A Spectacular September Weekend Awaits Arts Lovers In Philadelphia

One Weekend, Three Debuts: O17 Opera Festival, Fireflies Exhibit & Mural Arts Monument Lab

September is shaping up to be a spectacular one for arts lovers in Philadelphia. During the weekend of September 14, fans of the fine and performing arts have a slew of exhibits, performances and first-in-Philly happenings from which to choose: Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural opera festival O17; the groundbreaking moving art exhibition Fireflies—part of Parkway 100, the 15-month-long centennial celebration of the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, an eight-week public art and history exhibit that spans the city. Add to that the always outrageous Fringe Festival and the last weekend for Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Aug 29 2016

Philadelphia Fetes Community And Culture This Fall

Major Art Exhibitions, Street Festivals, Dinosaurs, Murals and More Invigorate The Season

With the opening of a new center for Latino arts and culture (El Corazόn Cultural Center), a day of car-free city streets (Philly Free Streets) and oodles of festivals celebrating everything from fungi to films to first-person storytelling, Philadelphia coasts into autumn with a calendar chock full of fun.

More time to stay means more time to play. To maximize the season’s offerings, visitors can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at

What’s New:

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En Español

Mar 28 2016

18 Reasons To Book A Trip To Philadelphia This Year

The Democratic National Convention, The 200th Anniversary Celebration Of The AME Church, Creative Africa Summer At The Art Museum & Many Other Happenings Pack The Calendar

Recently named the first and only World Heritage City in the United States and Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” destination for 2016, Philadelphia is enjoying an action-packed year filled with attraction openings and expansions, only-in-Philly events and don’t-miss exhibitions—all happenings that will complement the immensely walkable city’s buzzed-about dining scene, vibrant art offerings, plentiful parks and public spaces and history galore. 

Roaring animatronic dinosaurs will lumber into The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for Dinosaurs Unearthed. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. added a new women-focused exhibit to the Betsy Ross House, and America’s most historic square mile welcomes Colonial

Sep 28 2015

Festivals, Events & Exhibitions For LGBT Travelers To Philadelphia This Fall & Winter

OutFest And A New Cabaret Series Make Autumn Awesome For Gay And Lesbian Travelers To Philadelphia

A welcoming and diverse destination that celebrates its LGBT pride every day, Philadelphia offers a range of cultural and social events perfect for gay and lesbian travelers this fall. Highlights: OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival; The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater, a series featuring renowned cabaret talent; and Opera on the Mall’s presentation of La Traviata. As the temperatures cool down, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and the storied Mummers Parade usher in the holiday season and the New Year.

LGBT Festivals & Celebrations:

  • Philadelphia’s official LGBT community center, the William Way LGBT
Sep 28 2015

T.G.I.O. (Thank Goodness It's October) In Philadelphia

20+ Big Festivals, Exhibit Openings And Frightful Celebrations Make For Five Awesome Weekends

October in Philadelphia delivers a feast of festivals that focus on art, design, autumn and family fun.

The aesthetically inclined can indulge in The Philadelphia Collection, DesignPhiladelphia and two weekends of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Wizards and muggles will rub elbows at the magical Harry Potter Festival, while scream queens and kings can get their scare on at Eastern State Penitentiary’s lauded Terror Behind the Walls and Laurel Hill Cemetery’s True Tales from the Tomb. Even the city’s beloved culinary invention gets its very own salute in the first-ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.

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Jun 4 2015

Now Playing In Philadelphia: Big Events & Openings

Tall Ships, World Meeting Of Families, Liberty One Observation Deck, Alice In Wonderland & More Pack The Calendar

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“52 Places to Go in 2015.”

So what’s on the calendar for the rest of the year? The Tall Ships festival, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring 80 works by a who’s-who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at

Apr 8 2015

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk (Manayunk Arts Festival), a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street (Odunde), a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue (Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day), a weekend celebrating all-things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill (Harry Potter Festival) or a gathering of would-be scientists at multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (Philadelphia Science Festival). Philly’s neighborhoods make merry all year long with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for

Mar 6 2015

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside, There’s Always Something To Celebrate In 2015

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region’s quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky—think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor 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

Aug 14 2014

Halloween Hauntings In Philadelphia

High-Tech Haunted Houses, Cemetery Tours & Creepy Cruises Are More Treat Than Trick

While rumors persist year-round of real ghosts and goblins inhabiting some of Philadelphia’s most historic sites, it’s during Halloween season when other-worldly creatures emerge from all corners of the region to make it a happily haunted time of year. Families with wee ones get gentle thrills at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo and Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk. And for serious thrill-seekers, several of the area’s haunted houses (think Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary) have earned acclaim for their Hollywood-quality special effects, animatronics, pyrotechnics and teams of horrifically talented professional actors.

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