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Jun 1 2017

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region June 2017 Through May 2018

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018

 

JUNE 2017

Through June 17, 2017
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.
This rockin’ musical returns for a second year to the Bucks County Playhouse in a turntable-staged show featuring 27 tunes and portraying the now-classic rise and fall of a 1950s American rock ‘n’ roll legend, with musical talents not to be missed. bcptheater.org

Through June 18, 2017
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL.
Popular display of 29 massive Zigong light sculptures—pagodas, flowers, a dragon and more—pop up in Franklin Square for nine weeks, bringing along a beer garden, Chinese foods, folk dancers and acrobats. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square

June–September, 2017 (various dates)
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

June 2-4, 2017
LATINO FILM FESTIVAL.
For one whole weekend, film fans view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions. phlaff.org

June 2-11, 2017
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 3, 2017
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 3, 2017
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 3-September 10, 2017
STORYLAND: A TRIP TROUGH CHILDHOOD FAVORITES.
This temporary exhibit at the Please Touch Museum pays tribute to classic children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archimbault; Abuela by Arthur Durros and Elisa Kleven and more. The interactive exhibit is in both English and Spanish. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

June 10, 2017
CHESTNUT HILL PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL.
Artists with easels and paint pallets alight along Germantown Avenue in a public juried art competition that honors the neighborhoods 20 years as Phliadelphia’s Garden District. chestnuthillpa.com

June 11, 2017
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 11, 2017
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 15-September 17, 2017
PHILAESTHETIC.
Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), this citywide celebration of the progression of the Black Arts Movement includes a two-gallery exhibition of select collection works by Benny Andrews, Barkley Hendricks, Alma Thomas and more at AAMP, plus live music, workshops and pop-up exhibits at the Clef Club and New Freedom Theatre, and a dance performance by Philadanco at the Dell. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.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 23-July 15, 2017
THE NERD.
Two serious characters—Vietnam vets—appear in a wacky scenario onstage at the Bucks County Playhouse. (215) 862-2121, bcptheater.org

June 17, 2017
JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL.
Historic Germantown honors the ratification of the 13th Amendment with a parade along the Avenue, and a day of historical reenactments, tours, children’s activities and food and drink at the Johnson House Historic Site. freedomsbackyard.com

June 17-August 20, 2017
WINTER: EXCLUSIVELY AT PHILADELPHIA ZOO.
Chilly new experience at America’s oldest zoo includes a slope for snow tubing, a powder-covered play area called Snow Zone, and a tot lot called Polar Bear Pavilion. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

June 24, 2017
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

June 24-July 9, 2017
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.
This rockin’ musical departs the Bucks County Playhouse to give the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts a hit in a turntable-staged show featuring 27 tunes and portraying the now-classic rise and fall of a 1950s American rock ‘n’ roll legend, with musical talents not to be missed. kimmelcenter.org

June 24-25, 2017
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

June 24-September 17, 2017
ANDREW WYETH: IN RETROSPECT.
Visitors celebrate the 100th anniversary of Andrew Wyeth’s birth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art by viewing more than 100 of the artist’s works on canvas and paper. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

June 29-July 4, 2017
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 25th year in a row, 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

June 29-September 3, 2017
SUBVERSION AND SURREALISM IN THE ART OF HONORE SHARRER.
At the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the artist who came into her own in World War II, and became a controversial figure in the 1950s receives her first critical reassessment as a bridge between surrealism and Pop art. pafa.org

June 29-September 3, 2017
SUBVERSION AND SURREALISM IN THE ART OF HONORÉ SHARRER.
At the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the artist who came into her own in World War II and became a controversial figure in the 1950s receives her first critical reassessment as a bridge between surrealism and Pop Art. pafa.org

JULY 2017


Through July 9, 2017
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.
This rockin’ musical departs the Bucks County Playhouse to give the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts a hit in a turntable-staged show featuring 27 tunes and portraying the now-classic rise and fall of a 1950s American rock ‘n’ roll legend, with musical talents not to be missed. kimmelcenter.org

Through July 9, 2017
CHARLES SHEELER: FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND STRUCTURAL FORM. T
his 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

July 14-16, 2017
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 15, 2017
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 21-August 12, 2017
GUYS AND DOLLS.
Frank Loesser’s Broadway musical classic brings Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson, dames and gamblers to the Bucks County Playhouse. (215) 862-2121, bcptheater.org

July 28-30, 2017
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

July 30, 2017
EAST PASSYUNK CAR SHOW AND STREET FESTIVAL.
The annual showing of look-but-don’t-touch vintage classics, hot rods and more line South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, as do food trucks and craft vendors. visiteastpassyunk.com


AUGUST 2017


Through August 20, 2017
WINTER: EXCLUSIVELY AT PHILADELPHIA ZOO.
Chilly new experience at America’s oldest zoo includes a slope for snow tubing, a powder-covered play area called Snow Zone, and a tot lot called Polar Bear Pavilion. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

Through August 13, 2017
THE JOURNEYS OF JOHN LAUB: FIRE ISLAND AND BEYOND.
The Philadelphia artist receives a hometown exhibition of his garden and landscape paintings at Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Museum. (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

August 3-6, 2017
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 6, 2017
2nd STREET FESTIVAL.
Northern Liberties, the neighborhood that helped launch Philly’s craft beer craze, closes down North 2nd Street for a family-friendly festival of beer gardens, food, workshops, art, street performances and 16 bands playing on two stages afternoon and evening. 2ndstfestival.org

August 17-20, 2017
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

August 18-September 2, 2017
OTHER DESERT CITIES.
Brooke Wyeth’s award-winning play takes the Bucks County Playhouse stage to offer a new twist on the home-for-the-holidays theme. (215) 862-2121, bcptheater.org
 

SEPTEMBER 2017


Through September 17, 2017
PHILAESTHETIC.
Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), this citywide celebration of the progression of the Black Arts Movement includes a two-gallery exhibition of select collection works by Benny Andrews, Barkley Hendricks, Alma Thomas and more at AAMP, plus live music, workshops and pop-up exhibits at the Clef Club and New Freedom Theatre, and a dance performance by Philadanco at the Dell. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

September 2-3, 2017
BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL. Jay Z returns—and headlines—in his sixth Labor Day weekend music festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where yet another stellar lineup includes Solange, J. Cole, Migos and The Chainsmokers, to name a few. madeinamericafest.com

September 7-23, 2017
FRINGE FESTIVAL. For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 9-10, 2017
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 annual festival. (610) 925-3300, mushroomfestival.org

September 11-October 29, 2017
SCARECROW COMPETITION AND DISPLAY.
Throughout Peddler’s Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations go on display during this annual event. (215) 794-4057, peddlersvillage.com

September 14-25, 2017
O17.
The city’s musical profile hits a high note with Opera Philadelphia’s brand-new festival of glittering stars in more than 25 commissioned works, site-specific works and world premieres. Also included: The exclusive East Coast appearance of an internationally renowned production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. (215) 732-8400, operaphila.org

September 15-October 15, 2017
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.
Philadelphia honors this national event with Feria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, Mexican Independence Day Festival on Penn’s Landing, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, among other civic occasions. phila.gov

September 15, 2017-January 15, 2018
LIGHT & NOIR. EXILES AND EMIGRES IN HOLLYWOOD, 1933-1950.
This National Museum of American Jewish History exhibition uses film footage, drawings and props to show how the experiences of German-speaking exiles and émigrés who fled Nazi Europe influenced such classic films as Sunset Boulevard, Casablanca, Double Indemnity and Ninotchka. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

September 15-November 19, 2017
MONUMENT LAB.
Eight-week citywide public art and history exhibition delves into what makes a monument in the 21st century. Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul M. Farber, Ken Lum and A. Will Brown co-produce this series of temporary installations by local and international artists accompanied by interactive pop-up laboratories for creative conversations. (215) 685-0750, muralarts.org

September 15-November 4, 2017 (select nights)
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS.
Thrill seekers test their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison that turns into the country’s largest Halloween haunted attraction. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

September 16, 2017
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY.
The big match between London Irish and Saracens plays out at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, home of the Philadelphia Union. premiershiprugbyusa.com

September 24, 2017
DOWNINGTOWN FALL FEST.
Neighbors and visitors enjoy live music, a variety of food, craft vendors and the Victory Beer Garden with a festival that blocks off East Lancaster Avenue. (610) 269-1523, downingtownfallfest.com

September 30, 2017-January 15, 2018
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: A GRR-IFIC EXHIBIT.
The award-winning PBS KIDS television series comes to life at the Please Touch Museum, where kids can sing, pretend and explore some of Daniel’s favorite places while learning Fred Rogers’ life lessons. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

September 30, 2017-March 4, 2018
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS OF THE FIRST EMPEROR.
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

September 2017 (TBD)
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
 

OCTOBER 2017

Through October 9, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ROWING: BREAKING BARRIERS.
The Independence Seaport Museum explores Philadelphia’s history as the nation’s center for rowing with this community gallery series focusing on individuals who broke physical, gender and more barriers in order to row. (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org

Through October 9, 2017
THE KINETIC SCULPTURES OF LYMAN WHITAKER.
This outdoor exhibit at Morris Arboretum showcases 50-plus kinetic, calming “Wind Sculptures™,” transported from Utah into this historic garden. (215) -247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

October 3-8, 2017
KINKY BOOTS.
Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning musical recounts the unlikely friendship between a man who inherits his father’s shoe factory and a drag queen who helps him turn it around at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

October 5-13, 2017
DESIGN PHILADELPHIA.
The largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation with 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers takes place each fall. Venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning. designphiladelphia.org

October 6, 2017-April 8, 2018
CHUCK CLOSE PHOTOGRAPHS.
The first comprehensive survey of Close’s work takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and features 90 images from 1964 to the present, including the photographer’s iconic black-and-white maquettes, composite Polaroids and recent Polaroid nudes. pafa.org

October 7, 2017
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
The neighborhood parties to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillagephilly.org

October 7, 2017
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 7-15, 2017
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 8, 2017
OUTFEST.
This world’s largest coming out party features 10 blocks of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping. The centerpiece of the festival is at 13th and Locust streets with a main stage that offers a high-heel race. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

October 8, 2017
OLD CITY FESTIVAL.
Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs come out to celebrate the Historic District neighborhood’s creative spirit along several blocks. Activities, exhibits and programs appeal to families as well as the over-21 crowd. (215) 592-7929, oldcitydistrict.org

October 12-22, 2017
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
The Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 54th season with Petipa’s opulent fairytale, set to Tchaikovsky at The Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

October 12-15, 2017
WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Broadway vocalists share Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th, this time with music from his famous adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

October 19-29, 2017
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL.
This annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. Attendees take in short films, feature-length films, animated movies and special guest appearances. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

October 20-22, 2017
A STAR WARS CELEBRATION FEATURING THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, the Philly POPS open their season at the Kimmel Center with tribute to iconic scores. As a bonus, a galaxy of characters perform on stage. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

October 20-21, 2017
HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL.
The wizards of Hogwarts take over Chestnut Hill as it transforms into a mini-Hogsmeade with a costume parade, Horcrux Hunt, Dumbledore’s Powers Maze, Potter Pub Crawl and more. It all culminates with dozens of Quidditch teams competing for the Golden Snitch. chestnuthillpa.com

October 28-29, 2017
HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL REGATTA.
In one of the nation’s largest and most festive rowing events, athletes of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to Olympic-level racers, meet and compete. (215) 280-0483, hosr.org

October 2017 (TBD)
BLOKTOBERFEST.
Several local organizations partner with nearby businesses to produce an outdoor celebration of neighborhoods, October, beer, food and music that stretches across the afternoon—and along four blocks of South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. bloktoberfestphilly.com


NOVEMBER 2017


Through November 19, 2017

CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL. During this horticultural festival, experts at Longwood Gardens shape 16,000 chrysanthemums into clouds, balls, spirals, columns, pagodas and even a fountain of cascading fall blooms. One highlight: the unbelievable Thousand Bloom Mum, with 1,500 perfectly flowers on one plant. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Through November 26, 2018
CULTURES IN THE CROSSFIRE. STORIES FROM SYRIA AND IRAQ.
This special exhibition at the Penn Museum explores the cultural losses from conflict in the Middle East through more than 50 objects from the Near East and Mediterranean collections, as well as Arabian manuscripts, sounds and contemporary artwork from Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj. (215) 898-4000, pennmuseum.org

November 1-12, 2017
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical romance brings the fictional drama of unlikely love at the Paris Opéra to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

November 2-4. 2017
MARSALIS AND THE PLANETS.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs the concerto Wynton Marsalis wrote just for her; the women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir sing The Planets, both with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

November 4-5, 2017
APPLE FESTIVAL.
At Peddler’s Village, visitors indulge in old-fashioned country apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel-dipped apples and pie-eating contests. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 9-13, 2017
ON EDGE.
Two world premieres—one from Helen Pickett, another from Matthew Neenan—bookend the ever-clever Episode 31 by Sweden’s Alexander Ekman in this three-part performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Merriam Theater. paballet.org

November 10-12, 2017
THE MUSIC OF ELTON JOHN WITH MICHAEL CAVANAUGH
. The Philly POPS performs Elton John’s classic hits at the Kimmel Center, along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Grammy and Tony nominee for Broadway’s Movin’ Out. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

November 10-13, 2017
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW.
Handmade textiles, jewelry and housewares of the highest quality are on view and for sale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

November 17-19, 2017
PHILADELPHIA MARATHON.
One of the country’s premier—and most scenic—running events courses through historic downtown, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse row. The weekend includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the Health & Fitness Expo. (215) 683-2122, philadelphiamarathon.com

November 21-26, 2017
FINDING NEVERLAND.
Peter Pan’s heartwarming backstory, set in London’s Broadway, arrives at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

November 23, 2017
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
Sponsored by local station 6ABC and Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s oldest such parade wows crowds with fancy floats, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 6abc.com

November 24-25
ALL AMERICAN: GERSHWIN AND BEYOND.
Two from the Jazz-Age greats, Antonin Dvorák  and Philadelphia’s own Samuel Barber, get the Philadelphia Orchestra treatment—with help from piano soloist Jon Kimura Parker—in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

November 23-January 7, 2017
LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS.
Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees and fragrant flowers transform the 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 24-December 31, 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. Closed December 24 and 25. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

November 2017 (TBD)
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
With a 100,000-LED-bulb-strong show, carousel, beer tent and fire pits, the park transforms into a magical wonderland, making everything merry and bright. historicphiladelphia.org

November 2017 (TBD)
FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL. Taking place at venues throughout the city, it’s the only event in the world dedicated exclusively to art based on personal experiences. The multidisciplinary festival features storytelling shows, memoir readings, film screenings, performances, experiential tours and workshops. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org


DECEMBER 2017


December 2017 (TBD)
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 1-19, 2017
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 8-31 2017
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 12-17, 2017
THE COLOR PURPLE.
Alice Walker’s most famous novel-turned-Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival hits Forrest Theatre as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 25, 2017
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 26-31, 2017
STOMP.
This rotating cast of talented percussionist-slash-dancers bring brooms, lids, hammers and more for their thumping show at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 31, 2017
SUGARHOUSE CASINO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER 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 2018

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 9-21, 2018
LES MISÉRABLES.
The Victor Hugo-by-way-of-Broadway musical smash brings the spirit of the French Revolution to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 27-February 4, 2018
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

FEBRUARY 2018

February 2-4, 2018
A CENTENNIAL BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION.
The Philly POPS marks 100 years of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a tribute performance at the Kimmel Center. Berstein’s protégé and a Philly favorite helps conduct the show, along with a few other guest vocalists. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

February 13-18, 2018
WAITRESS.
Music by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, direction from Diane Paulus combine in this woman- (and pie-)powered musical movie adaptation to the Forrest Theatre as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

FEBRURARY 27-MARCH 4, 2018
SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy dreams up the making of the very first musical at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

MARCH 2018
 

March 3-11, 2018
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 16-September 2, 2018
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC.
This exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates the composer’s 100th birthday by focusing on his life as an American Jew who lived through World War II, the Holocaust, Vietnam and social change with historic artifacts, sound installations, film and interactive media. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org 

March 27-April 1, 2018
SCHOOL OF ROCK.
When this hit Broadway musical takes the Academy of Music stage, it will have special resonance for Philadelphians who’ve attended, attend or sent family members to the city’s own School of Rock. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (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

March 8-18, 2018
SWAN LAKE.
The Pennsylvania Ballet reprises the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet classic as staged by Angel Corella after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

March 9-11, 2018
THE BEST OF BROADWAY.
Three esteemed Broadway vocalists perform hit show tunes from Gypsy, Funny Girl, Chicago, South Pacific, Phantom of the Opera and more with the Philly POPs in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com
 

APRIL 2018
 

Through April 8, 2018
CHUCK CLOSE PHOTOGRAPHS.
The first comprehensive survey of Close’s work takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and features 90 images from 1964 to the present, including the photographer’s iconic black-and-white maquettes, composite Polaroids and recent Polaroid nudes. pafa.org
 

Through April 8, 2018
CHUCK CLOSE PHOTOGRAPHS.
The first comprehensive survey of Close’s work takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and features 90 images from 1964 to the present, including the photographer’s iconic black-and-white maquettes, composite Polaroids and recent Polaroid nudes. pafa.org

April 26-28, 2018
PENN RELAYS.
High school, college and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. (215) 898-6151, thepennrelays.com

April 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
SUBARU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of this springtime tradition, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park for the season amid a week of citywide cultural celebrations. (267) 348-0250, subarucherryblossom.org

April 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL.
Earth Day weekend inaugurates a cutting-edge roster of smart eco-first films from around the world to the Prince Theater. (215) 247-3105, philaenvirofilmfest.org

April 2018 (TBD)
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, philasciencefestival.org

April 2018 (TBD)
FAIRMOUNT AVENUE 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

MAY 2018

May 2018 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA BLACK PRIDE.
This pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations traditionally coincides with the Penn Relays. phillyblackpride.org

May 2018 (TBD)
PHILLY TECH WEEK.
More than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks, as well as the technically challenged, participate in more than 100 events, including a variety of programs, interactive activities and workshops that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovating uses of technology. phillytechweek.com

May 2018 (TBD)
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

May 2018 (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 2018 (TBD)
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL.
Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street. The annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza. southstreet.com; brauhausschmitz.com

May 2018 (TBD)
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 38th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 2018 (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 2018 (TBD)
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 117th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 33nd annual event. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 2018 (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 2018 (TBD)
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 cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May 2018 (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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
GARDEN RAILWAY.
The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track with 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

May 2018 (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


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