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Jun 27 2017

Must-Do Latino Events This Summer & Beyond In Philly

Festivals, Live Entertainment & Exhibits Celebrate Latino Culture

As a diverse and vibrant region that is the home to many Latino communities, Greater Philadelphia offers a wealth of Latino cultural events and festivals summer through fall. From the Delaware River Waterfront to Chester County, art exhibitions (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), musical performances (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas, more), festivals (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Bario) and futbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honor the heritage and future of Latinos.

June:

  • Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta (Our Theme: Call and Response) – The inaugural exhibition at the new El Corazón Cultural Center rotates the work of 24 artists from Philly to Rio over 16 months among gleaming new gallery halls. The concept of the showcase is to display works from and responding to the community itself. This summer, the Centro de Oro space features the work of Jack Delano, Lillian Mendez, Héctor Méndez Caratini and Tony Rocco. Through September 2 (exhibition through April 2018). 2600 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org

July:

  • Friday Nights at the Museum – The Philadelphia Museum of Art fetes the end of the week with live entertainment among the masterpieces. This time, the band is Los Angeles-based Buyepongo, playing a get-up-and-dance fusion of hip-hop, punk, funk and jazz blended into a Latino mix. July 7. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  • Club América vs. Club Puebla – Two Mexican soccer club greats—from Mexico City and Puebla, respectively—square off at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union. This friendly match is of special interest to the over 20,000 Philadelphia residents who hail from the state of Puebla. July 8. 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, (610) 859-3100, philadelphiaunion.com
  • Hispanic Fiesta – This weekend-long celebration, attended by over 15,000 people, fills the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with music and dancing—salsa, merengue, bachata, samba, cumbia, mariachi and flamenco—Latino foods and artisan crafts from a wealth of Latin American countries. The free, family-friendly event is one of the outdoor venue’s most popular. July 8-9. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
  • NuevoFest – This free, outdoor, alt-Latin music festival features acts from San Juan to Chile to L.A.—La Vida Bohème, Javiera Mena, Buscabulla, Balún, Tribu Baharu, Rubio, Piélago, El Mariachi Manchester. The event is a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series. July 16. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com
  • Sabrosito Rico Tour – The ever joyful Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo makes a rare stateside appearance, leaving their small Venezuelan village on a highly-anticipated North American tour, making their way to the City of Brotherly Love. With singing, drumming and percussive sounds that make audiences dance, this performance is not to be missed. July 21. African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org
  • Summer Nights Concert Series – Every Wednesday evening for 12 weeks, the Penn Museum invites musicians to perform in its gardens. In late July, Conjunto Philadelphia adds pre-Revolutionary Cuba tunes to the museum’s roster of zydeco, Middle Eastern folk and more. July 26. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

August:

  • Summer Nights Concert Series – Six-part Brazilian jazz ensemble Ensemble Novo plays vibraphone, electric and nylon string guitars, bass guitar, drums, percussion and saxophone for one evening only outside the Penn Museum. August 9. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

September:

  • Summer Performance Series – The multi-Latin Grammy-winning, Mexican-American singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas brings her pioneering alt-Latin-meets-pop style to Longwood Gardens’ Open Air Theatre as part of this popular series. September 5. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
  • Mushroom Festival – The mushroom-growing capital of the world fetes its number one cash crop—and, by extension, the many local Latino workers in the industry—in this vibrant weekend-long street festival. September 9-10. State & Union Streets, Kennett Square, (610) 925-3373, mushroomfestival.org
  • Mexican Independence Day – In excited anticipation of the holiday to come, Penn’s Landing puts on a family-friendly celebration of Mexican culture and food in this free afternoon party on the waterfront. September 10. Great Plaza, Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
  • Hispanic Heritage Month – Beginning each year in mid-September, this month-long, regional recognition and celebration of Latino life in Philadelphia includes parades, parties, flag-raisings and the below events. September 15-October 15. phila.gov
  • Brazilian Day Philadelphia – The finale of the season’s PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing is a day of Capoeira, games, music and dance—a taste of Rio along the Delaware River. September 17. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
  • Feria Del Barrio – This block-party-style celebration of North Philadelphia’s vibrant Centro de Oro community brings artisans, musicians, food vendors and families to a free event that has become a hallmark of Hispanic Heritage Month. September 17. N. 5th Street between W. Huntington & W. Somerset Streets, feria.tallerpr.org
  • Puerto Rican Day Parade – This year marks the 55th anniversary of this music- and pomp-filled Puerto Rican procession of 1,500 marchers. The theme for 2017: The Rhythm of Our Culture/El Ritmo de Nuestra Cultura. September 24. elconcilio.net

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Festivales, entretenimiento en vivo y exhibiciones celebran la cultura latina

Al ser una región diversa y vibrante que es hogar de muchas comunidades latinas, el área metropolitana de Filadelfia ofrece una gran variedad de eventos y festivales culturales latinos desde el verano hasta el otoño. Desde el Delaware River Waterfront hasta el Condado de Chester, las exhibiciones de arte (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), presentaciones musicales (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas y más), festivales (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Barrio) y fútbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honran el legado y el futuro de los latinos.

Junio:

  • Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta – La exhibición
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Jun 6 2017

Philadelphia's Classic Fourth Of July Celebration Turns 25

Wawa Welcome America! Includes Four Fireworks Shows, Four Concerts, Free Museums, Boyz II Men & Mary J. Blige

Welcome America turns 25 this year, and Philadelphia is planning a six-day Independence Day festival to celebrate. As always, a birthday party of this magnitude can take place only in the United States’ birthplace—Philly. From June 29 through July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! includes four spectacular fireworks shows, a bigger Historic District Block Party, a delicious Wawa Hoagie Day and a huge July 4th concert—this time, starring Mary J. Blige. Also on the docket: Free Museum Days, outdoor movies—including Rocky on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—and new alfresco happy hours.

To take in all the patriotic

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Apr 21 2017

New–Lots New–This Summer In Philadelphia

Philly Debuts And News Include The Museum Of The American Revolution, Longwood Gardens’ Fountains, An Andrew Wyeth Retrospective, Hall & Oates Festival, So Much More

Philadelphia’s summer is jam-packed with things to do, thanks to new attractions, limited-time displays, major exhibitions and the seasonal happenings that locals and visitors cherish. Highlights: just-opened Museum of the American Revolution and the nation’s most playful LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, an indoor snow playground called Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo, a high-tech, $19 million renovation of Longwood Gardens’ main fountains and a concert and festival curated and headlined by Philly’s own Hall & Oates.

Just Opened:

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center – Millions of LEGO bricks build the foundation for this creative and fun destination. Perfect for ages 3
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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

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Mar 25 2013

Philly Neighborhoods Host Fun & Funky Festivals All Year Long

Seasonal Celebrations Pay Homage To Beer, Art, Music, Zombies & More

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
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Feb 21 2013

Philly Neighborhoods Host Festivals Galore All Year Long

Seasonal Celebrations Pay Homage To Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More

Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares on Penn’s Landing, a celebration of the fall season in Midtown Village, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street or a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue, there’s always a reason to celebrate in neighborhoods in and around Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:

CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the third year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival will unleash 10 days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures, debates and hands-on activities on campuses, museums and other venues around the city, culminating
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May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District’s summer lineup of must-do events

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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

With 2015 comes plenty of reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. In fact, The New York Times ranked Philly at the #3 spot in its influential article of the
“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

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Apr 8 2015

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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

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