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Sep 1 2016

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region September 2016 Through August 2017

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:


September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

Through September 5, 2016
EMBRACING THE CONTEMPORARY: THE KEITH L. AND KATHERINE SACHS COLLECTIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART.
One of the finest exhibitions of contemporary art in the U.S. comes to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with outstanding works featuring European and American artists. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through September 5, 2016
GARDEN RAILWAY. The Morris Arboretum
presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track that features seven loops and tunnels with 12 rail lines, two cable cars and nine bridges. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

Through September 5, 2016
THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.
This exhibition at The Franklin Institute gives visitors an insider’s look at some of Pixar’s most beloved animated films through interactive elements, recreations and activities. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

Through September 5, 2016
DONKEYS AROUND TOWN.
Precursors to the Democratic National Convention, 57 donkeys, made in Chester, PA, and decorated by Mural Arts Program and artjawn.com artisans, pop up in, throughout and beyond Center City. Each animal represents a state, territory, Washington, D.C., or Democrats abroad. phldnc.com

Through September 2016
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES.
Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city through free events that include the Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival, Irish Festival and Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival, among others. (215) 222-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com

September 3-4, 2016
BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL.
This two-day music fest brings thousands of people to the Ben Franklin Parkway over Labor Day weekend, featuring multiple stages with different top performers. Rihanna and Coldplay are headlining this year's event. madeinamericafest.com

September 8-11, 2016
NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG.
Music, video and the spoken word explore James Baldwin’s legacy as an African American novelist and playwright at the Wilma Theater. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org

September 9-24, 2016
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 10-11, 2016
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of food, music, parades, contests and other activities that are all part of this 31st annual festival. (610) 925-3300, mushroomfestival.org

September 10-November 20, 2016
AUTUMN’S COLORS.
Unusual gourds, a garden railway, dazzling chrysanthemums and live entertainment convert the floral sanctuary at Longwood Gardens into an autumnal wonderland.
(610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

September 12-November 1, 2016
SCARECROW COMPETITION AND DISPLAY. T
hroughout Peddler’s Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations are on display during this 37th annual event. (215) 794-4057, peddlersvillage.com

September 16-November 5, 2016
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS.
Eastern State Penitentiary invites thrill-seekers to celebrate Halloween by visiting a spooky haunted house inside an abandoned prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

September 16, 2016-January 16, 2017
BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION.
This exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History takes visitors on a trip back in time to explore the cultural impact Graham had on music in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Original artifacts, a psychedelic light show and music stations bring the experience to life. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

September 17-18, 2016
SCARECROW FESTIVAL.
Peddler’s Village hosts a weekend complete with scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and pumpkin pie-eating contests. (215) 794-4057, peddlersvillage.com

September 17-18, 2016
MONSTER ENERGY ROCK ALLEGIANCE FESTIVAL.
This two-day music festival at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park) features a lineup of over 35 bands, including Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains and The Offspring. rockallegiance.com

September 18, 2016
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHILADEPHIA HALF MARATHON.
Athletes enjoy miles, music and motivational crowds as they run throughout Fairmount Park dressed in Halloween gear to support the American Association for Cancer Research. (800) 311-1255, runrocknroll.com

September 21-November 20, 2016
BEN VOLTA: PATTERN PROCESS.
Philadelphia muralist and sculptor Ben Volta mounts an exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to continue his exploration of the confluence of education, restorative justice and urban planning. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

September 19, 2016
LIBERTY MEDAL.
The National Constitution Center presents awards to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world, with recipients including men, women and organizations.
(215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org/libertymedal

September 25, 2016
DOWNINGTOWN FALL FEST.
Neighbors and visitors enjoy live music, a variety of food, craft vendors and the Victory Beer Garden with a festival presented by Victory Brewing Company that blocks off East Lancaster Avenue. (610) 269-1523, downingtownfallfest.com

OCTOBER 2016

Through October 9, 2016
GET THE PICTURE! RECENT CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION.
Today’s major American artists who create children’s picture book art star in this exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The paintings and drawings of eight talented people demonstrate the range and inclusiveness of the field. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

Through October 22, 2016
INDEPENDENCE AFTER HOURS.
Visitors take a realistic journey back to 1776 with an 18th-century-inspired dinner at historic City Tavern, followed by a group-led tour of Independence Hall, where they listen to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin discusses the Declaration of Independence. (215) 629-5801, historicphiladelphia.org

Through October 23, 2016
UNGUARDED, UNTOLD, ICONIC: AFGANISTAN THROUGH THE LENS OF STEVE MCCURRY.
Known for his 1985 National Geographic cover photograph Afghan Girl, Philadelphia-born Steve McCurry lends images of Afghan’s people and landscapes to the James A. Michener Art Museum. (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

October 1, 2016
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
The neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillagephilly.org

October 1, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.
More than 140 teams race fiberglass dragon boats, complete with heads and tails, on a 500-meter course on the Schuylkill River. The annual fall event draws thousands of participants and spectators. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 6-16, 2016
DESIGN PHILADELPHIA.
The largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation with 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers is celebrated each fall, when venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations that highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning design. designphiladelphia.org

October 7-9, 2016
OKTOBERFEST.
Brauhaus Schmitz presents a street event with an authentic Germany flair featuring dancing, food, entertainment, beer and more at the 23rd Street Armory. brauhausschmitz.com

October 8-9 (Studios West of Broad Street), 22-23 (Studios East of Broad Street) 2016
17th ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA OPEN STUDIO TOURS.
Art connoisseurs and novices visit local artists of all mediums in their studios, found in neighborhoods throughout the city. (215) 546-7775, philaopenstudios.org

October 9, 2016
OUTFEST.
Part of the National Coming Out Day Festival, this event is the largest of its kind in the world. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

October 13-October 23, 2016
CINDERELLA.
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents Ben Stevenson’s version of the classic fairytale, with music by Sergei Prokofiev, at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

October 12-November 6, 2016.
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING.
Lauded as “The Best New Play of the Year” by Time magazine, this production at Wilma Theater follows four generations of families from 1959 to 2039 and from London to Australia. It starts and finishes with a woman falling and a man screaming in the rain. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org

October 15, 2016
PHILLY’S CHEESESTEAK & FOOD FEST.
This first-ever festival celebrates local quick-serve culinary icons, starting with the cheesesteak and including roast pork, soft pretzels and water ice at the Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park. cheesesteakfest.com

October 19, 2016-January 29, 2017
THOMAS EAKINS: PHOTOGRAPHER.
More than 60 photographs by the Philadelphian, best known for his paintings, go on display at his alma mater the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in an exhibition that illuminates the effect the art form had on American figurative art. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

October 20-30, 2016
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL.
The 25th annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues throughout Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

October 21-22, 2016
HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL.
The wizards of Hogwarts take over as Chestnut Hill transforms into a min-Hogsmeade with a costume parade, Horcruz hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Potter Pub Crawl and more. (267) 239-2941, chestnuthillpa.com

October 21-23, 2016
ELVIS: THE KING’S SONGBOOK.
The Philly POPS re-interpret the King’s distinctive sound at the Kimmel Center as they bring down the house with classics like “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

October 22, 2016-February 5, 2017
SHIFTING THE LIMITS. ROBERT ENGMAN’S STRUCTURAL SCULPTURE.
The James A. Michener Museum presents Robert Engman’s intimately sized works with a focus on his sculpture, jewelry and existing book. (Engman is known for his large public sculpture opposite City Hall.)
(215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

October, 25 2016-January 8, 2017
PAINT THE REVOLUTION: MEXICAN MODERNISM 1910-1950.
This exclusive exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, created in collaboration with Mexico City's Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, is the largest of its kind in the U.S. in seven decades. Major works trace the evolution of Mexican art from legends such as Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Roberto Montenegro. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

October 29-30, 2016
HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL REGATTA.
Rowers as well as landlubbers look forward to 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. (215) 280-0483, hosr.org
 

NOVEMBER 2016

TBD November, 2016
EL CORAZON CULTURAL CENTER
After 10 years of planning, Taller Puertorriqueño is about to open its new the largest Puerto Rican and Latino-based arts and culture facility in Pennsylvania. The 25,000-square-foot centerpiece of the El Centro de Oro neighborhood will house a multipurpose, 200-seat theater, exhibition and gallery spaces, education facilities, an enclosed playground, gift shop, café and event spaces. 2600 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org

Through November 1, 2016
FREEDOM TRAIN 1947-1949: EXHIBITING AMERICA’S PAST TO SHAPE AMERICA’S FUTURE.
This exhibition at The Rosenbach recalls an epic traveling exhibition of iconic American documents that voyaged by train across 48 states at the dawn of the midcentury. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

Through November 8, 2016
HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
What does it take to run for the highest office in the land? At the National Constitution Center, visitors become candidates with their own campaigns. As they learn the strategy and legacy of making a run for the White House, presidential wannabes engage with an interactive speech coach, make their own campaign stickers and create a TV commercial—all while learning about the constitutional legacy of national elections. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

Through November 27, 2016
THE GOLDEN AGE OF KING MIDAS.
This exclusive world premiere exhibition at the Penn Museum features rare art and artifacts excavated from King Midas’ ancient city of Gordion, including items found in his father’s tomb. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

November 4, 2016-April 9, 2017
WORLD WAR I AND AMERICAN ART.
This traveling exhibit comes to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) to show the war’s impact on art and culture through 160 works by 80 artists in the form of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture. pafa.org

November 5-6, 2016
APPLE FESTIVAL.
The 43rd 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. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 5, 2016-January 29, 2017
RURAL MODERNISM.
The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents 50 works that include creations by Georgia O’Keefe and N.C. Wyeth, as well as scenes from rural regions in New England and Pennsylvania. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

November 7-19, 2016
FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL.
Taking place at various venues throughout the city, this annual event is the only one in the world dedicated exclusively to art based on personal experiences. The multidisciplinary festival features storytelling shows, memoir readings, film screenings, new works in performance, experiential tours and workshops. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org

November 12, 2016-February 26, 2017
DEATH OF IMPRESSIONISM? DISRUPTION & INNOVATION IN ART.
This exhibit at the James A. Michener Museum explores the rift of Impressionism in the Delaware Valley region in the 1920s and ‘30s and the results it has taken on art during subsequent decades.
(215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

November 10-13, 2016
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW.
Handmade textiles, jewelry and houseware of the highest quality are presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

November 18-20, 2016
GORE-TEX PHILADELPHIA MARATHON.
With a fast course that winds through the city’s historic downtown, past the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and along scenic Boathouse Row, this marathon has been one of the country’s premier running events since 1994. The weekend also includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the Health & Fitness Expo. (215) 683-2122, philadelphiamarathon.com

November 23, 2016- September 3, 2017
JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION.
Hollywood meets Isla Nublar when a blockbuster exhibition of life-size animatronic dinosaurs, complete with behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, makes its North American debut in advance of the large-grossing film’s top-secret 2017 sequel. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

November 24, 2016
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
Celebrating its 97th year, the 1.4-mile spectacle along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, and it continues to dazzle visitors with massive balloons, eye-catching floats, festive music, entertaining performances and visits from Santa. (215) 581-4507, facebook.com/6abcthanksgivingdayparade

November 24, 2016-January 8, 2017
A LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS.
Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees and fragrant flowers transform Longwood Gardens’ indoor gardens, where concerts take place daily. Outside, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and fountains dance to seasonal music. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

November 29, 2016-December 11, 2016
SEULS.
The Wilma Theater presents the story of a man escaping civil war as a child and going to a new country to find peace through the journey. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org
 

DECEMBER 2016

December 2-18, 2016
A PHILLY POPS CHRISTMAS.
Guests get into the holiday spirit at the Kimmel Center with multiple performances featuring the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir and the Philly POPS. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

December 9-31, 2016
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 53rd anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

December 18, 2016-January 1, 2017
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.
Taking cues from traditional Christmas markets in Germany, Center City’s outdoor setup features more than 70 holiday vendors, including some selling European food, sweets and mulled wine. Twinkling lights on a giant tree and delicious smells get visitors into the spirit. philachristmas.com

December 25, 2016
WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE RIVER.
General Washington once again leads a surprise attack on the British during this annual re-enactment—complete with army uniforms, a historic trek, demos, games and activities—at Washington Crossing Historic Park. (215) 493-4076, washingtoncrossingpark.org

December 31, 2016
SUGARHOUSE NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON THE WATERFRONT.
Two pyrotechnic extravaganzas over the Delaware River ring in the New Year at 6 p.m. and midnight. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
 

JANUARY 2017

Through January 16, 2017
DINOSAURS UNEARTHED.
This multi-sensory experience at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University showcases roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs, plus a dig site for young paleontologists. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

January 1, 2017
MUMMERS PARADE.
Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in this festive daylong event. One of the Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades, puts on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. phillymummers.com

January 11-February 5, 2017
CONSTELLATIONS.
The Wilma Theater presents the story of a man and woman who meet at a party. The production plays out the possibilities in that moment, which could be anything—marriage, separate ways—or even tragedy. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org

January 28-February 5, 2017
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW.
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace for more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars. phillyautoshow.com

January 30-March 20, 2017
DRAPETOMANIA: GRUPO ANTILLANO AND THE ART OF AFRO-CUBA.
This exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia pays tribute to the Grupo Antillano movement by showing works that emphasized the importance of African and Afro-Caribbean influences during the formation of the Cuban nation. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

 

FEBRUARY 2017

FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017
SGT. PEPPER CELEBRATION.
The praised Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour joins the Philly POPS at the Kimmel Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

FEBRUARY 24-26, 2017
BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY WITH DAVID CHARLES ABELL.
An internationally celebrated conductor takes the stage at the Kimmel Center with the Philly POPS to perform tunes from modern Broadway musical hits such as Phantom of the Opera and Mama Mia! (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

 

MARCH 2017

March 4, 2017
PHILLY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL.
Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the festival features national and international breweries, food trucks and a VIP session with rare brews at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (631) 940-7290, phillycraftbeerfest.com

March 9-19, 2017
LE CORSAIRE. Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella choreographs this lavish tale of pirates, freedom and true love at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

March 11-19, 2017
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW.
The annual gardening celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind. It features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

March 18-July 9, 2017
CHARLES SHEELER: FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND STRUCTURAL FORM.
This exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum explores his work at Condè Nast between 1926 and 1931, which helped influence the rest of his career. The exhibit features more than 60 photographs, as well as paintings, costumes and interactive features. (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

March 22-April 22, 2017
ADAPT!
The story of a 22-year-old girl who encounters an extinct Slavic tribe comes to the Wilma Theater. When the tribe takes her on adventures, her past and future collide. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org

March 31-April 2, 2017
ELLA, LOUIS & ALL THAT JAZZ WITH BYRON STRIPLING.
The Philly POPS pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s frequent collaboration with Louis Armstrong at the Kimmel Center. Along with master jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling,  they perform beloved tunes such as "A Tisket A Tasket" and "What a Wonderful World." (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

 

APRIL 2017

April 2-June 3, 2017
SPRING BLOOMS.
Visitors take in the sights and smells of spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens with 240,000 tulips, azaleas, dogwoods and more. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

April 10-12, 2017
PHILADELPHIA FURNITURE SHOW.
Home furnishings, ranging from innovative contemporary designs to adaptations of classical styles, are on view at this nationally acclaimed event at the 23rd Street Armory. (215) 387-8590, philadelphiafurnitureshow.com

April 15-17, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES & ART SHOW.
One of the most prestigious antique shows in the country, this event features fine and decorative arts, jewelry and furniture at The Navy Yard, with nearly 60 exhibitors showcasing Colonial to contemporary works. philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com

April 22-30, 2017
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL.
With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival, this citywide event demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life.
(215) 448-1128, philadelphiasciencefestival.org

April 28-30, 2017
PENN RELAYS.
High school, college and even professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. (215) 898-6151, thepennrelays.com

 

MAY 2017

May 2017 (TBD)
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA.
The largest collegiate regatta in the world takes place on the Schuylkill River and attracts more than 3,000 competitors from 125 colleges across the country and Canada. (215) 542 -1443, dadvail.org

May 2017 (TBD)
CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTS.
One of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation comes to Philadelphia each year and includes conferences and performing and literary arts with acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and performing artists from across the United States. (215) 232-4485, artsanctuary.org

May 2017 (TBD)
KENSINGTON KINETIC SCULPTURE DERBY AND ARTS FESTIVAL.
People stroll the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to find an eclectic mix of local artists, musicians and food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course. kensingtonkineticarts.org

May 2017 (TBD)
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES.
Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city through free events that include the Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival, Irish Festival and Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival, among others. (215) 222-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com

May 2017 (TBD)
RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL.
Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse neighborhood come together for a public street fest and a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. rittenhouserow.org

May 2017 (TBD)
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL.
Strawberries of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests are just a couple of the festivities at this free annual event at Peddler’s Village. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

May 7, 2017
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 37th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 12-June 4, 2017
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the country’s oldest and largest art museum and school, previews the works of graduate and undergraduate art students during this 116th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 14-20, 2017
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE.
This annual New Hope, Bucks County, event includes the Pride Parade, athletic events, performances, a dance and more. (215) 431-6674, newhopecelebrates.com

May 18-20, 2017
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.
Musicians, dancers, actors, jugglers, puppeteers and acrobats delight young audiences at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts during this 32nd annual event. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 20-21, 2017
SOUTH 9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL.
This annual festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, plus the Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannolis, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May 25-June 4, 2017
DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR.
The country’s oldest and largest event of its kind features hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, four-in-hand coaching, exhibitions and an old-fashioned fair at the Devon Show Grounds. (610) 964-0550, devonhorseshow.net

May 27-29, 2017
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM ANTIQUES SHOW.
Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation are featured at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

May 27–October 9, 2017
GARDEN RAILWAY.
The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track that features seven loops and tunnels with 12 rail lines, two cable cars and nine bridges. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org
 

JUNE 2017

June 2017 (TBD)
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The 10th annual celebration of the city’s vibrant beer culture features events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners. phillybeerweek.org

June 2017 (TBD)
ROOTS PICNIC.
Philly’s own Grammy®-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for an epic daylong concert at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. (215) 928-8801, delawareriverevents.com

June 2017 (TBD)
INTERNATIONAL GREAT BEER EXPO.
The Marine Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard feature 75 international tents pouring 200 beers from 25 countries. (631) 940-7290, greatbeerexpo.com

June 2017 (TBD)
FAIRMOUNT ARTS CRAWL.
Dozens of bars, restaurants and shops in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood turn into galleries. Plus, there’s live music, dancing, kids’ activities and demonstrations. (215) 232-4766, fairmountcdc.org

June 2017 (TBD)
ODUNDE FESTIVAL.
The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast comes to South Street during this annual event that features cultural, historical and family-friendly events. (215) 732-8510, odundefestival.org

June 2017 (TBD)
PRIDEDAY LGBT PARADE AND FESTIVAL.
Celebrate gay pride with live music, food, drinks and the annual parade that marches on from 13th and Locust streets to Penn’s Landing. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org

June 16, 2017
BLOOMSDAY.
James Joyce fans spend the day outside the Free Library of Philadelphia’s historic Rosenbach Museum & Library to hear some of Philadelphia’s most interesting personalities read Ulysses during this open-air festival. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

June 2017 (TBD)
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Featuring nearly 300 artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival runs along Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

 

JULY 2017

July 2017 (TBD)
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday, Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city—including concerts, a parade and fireworks. welcomeamerica.com

July 2017 (TBD)
SUMMER ALE FESTIVAL.
Beer lovers sip craft beers from the Philly area and beyond, while enjoying live music, food truck fare and America’s first zoo’s assemblage of birds, great apes, big cats and more. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

July 2017 (TBD)
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA.
This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts. qflixphilly.com

July 2017 (TBD)
BLOBFEST.
This three-day extravaganza in Phoenixville is centered around the horror/sci-fi flick The Blob and includes screenings, themed competitions, a street fair and the recreation of the pivotal scene where hundreds of scared townspeople flee the Colonial Theatre. (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com

July 2017 (TBD)
BASTILLE DAY.
The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary as reenactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille at the nation’s first “modern” prison. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes performances by experimental cabaret troupes, dancing baguettes, Napoleon, Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette throwing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the assembled crowd. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

July 2017 (TBD)
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL.
WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden waterfront. xpn.org


AUGUST 2017

August 2017 (TBD)
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL.
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

August 2017 (TBD)
2nd STREET FESTIVAL.
Where better to celebrate craft beer than in the neighborhood that helped launch the craze? All afternoon and evening, Northern Liberties vendors close down North 2nd Street for the family-friendly outing, complete with beer gardens, food, workshops, art and music and event stages programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society. 2ndstfestival.org

August 2017 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL.
Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. (800) 556-FOLK (3655), folkfest.org
 

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 30 2017-March 4, 2018
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS OF THE ETERNAL EMPIRE.
The Franklin Institute hosts the East Coast debut of these legendary pre-210 B.C.E. burial statues, discovered by a Xi’an farmer in 1974. The exhibit recounts the craft and science taking place in the time and place of China’s First Emperor. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
 

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

 

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