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Apr 1 2014

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region April 2014 Through March 2015

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014 
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015

APRIL 2014

Through April 6, 2014
BEYOND THE PAINT: PHILADELPHIA’S MURAL ARTS.
In conjunction with the Mural Arts Program’s 30th anniversary in 2014, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) showcases the cumulative work of 30 years of community-engaged art-making in Philadelphia through archival and documentary material. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through April 12, 2014
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
At the Academy of Music, this spectacular new production of the beloved Broadway favorite features brilliant new designs, costumes, staging and choreography that dazzle first-time and returning audiences. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Through April 13, 2014
THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE.
Little Voice is a shy, reclusive girl who loves to sing—especially when it comes to impersonating her deceased father’s favorite singers: Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. Her mother meets a new man, who sees Little Voice as his ticket to success. The Walnut Street Theatre presents this poignant and funny story about love and dreams. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

Through April 20, 2014
DON JUAN COMES BACK FROM IRAQ.
When a marine returns home from war, he discovers that his lover is missing. He embarks on a surreal search through the streets and history of Philadelphia. This show at The Wilma Theater is inspired by Don Juan Returns from the War, written in 1936 by Ödön von Horváth, and is grounded in the experiences of recent veterans who often to a home where people have little connection with war. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org

Through April 21, 2014
YINKA SHONIBARE MBE: MAGIC LADDERS.
The Barnes Foundation explores the themes of history, race, slavery and commerce with the sculptures of Yinka Shonibare MBE, a British artist of Nigerian descent. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa—offer a provocative examination of European colonialism and European and African identities. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

Through April 27, 2014
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.
The Walnut Street Theatre is celebrating the 75th anniversary one of the American theatre's funniest comedies. In this madcap story, drama critic Mortimer Brewster is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper, but will she fit in with his unusual family? (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

Through April 27, 2014
ONE DAY IN POMPEII.
This immersive exhibit at The Franklin Institute unearths the beauty, mystery and tragic destruction of the ancient city Pompeii. Visitors experience daily life in this ancient Roman city, and then floors shake and walls rumble to reenact the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the devastation that remained. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

April 2-27, 2014
DEAR ELIZABETH.
This lyrical, intimate and moving portrait of two acclaimed American poets examines the relationship of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell with delicate intimacy and exquisite prose at People’s Light & Theatre. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

April 4-6, 2014
THE PHILADELPHIA INVITATIONAL FURNITURE SHOW.
Held at the 23rd Street Armory, this nationally acclaimed show is the finest exhibition of one-of-a-kind home furnishings that run the gamut from innovative contemporary designs to adaptations of classical stylings. (215) 387-8590, philaifs.com

April 4-6, 2014
PAFA IN BLOOM. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
partners with highly regarded national floral designers, as well as 15 garden clubs and 45 national floral designers, to create a three-day showcase of exquisite floral designs interpreting art masterpieces from PAFA’s own renowned collection. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

April 6, 2014
FAIRMOUNT ARTS CRAWL.
The bars, restaurants and shops in the Fairmount neighborhood turn into galleries. More than 30 businesses host more than 70 exhibits, in addition to live music, dancing, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. fairmountcdc.org

April 9-October 19, 2014
SLAVERY AT JEFFERSON’S MONTICELLO.
This powerful and engaging exhibition at the National Constitution Center uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States. It illuminates the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people through Jefferson’s own possessions, archeological items that offer a glimpse into their daily lives and hands-on activities to immerse visitors in the world of Monticello. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

April 11-13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW AND SALE. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
blooms during its second annual International Orchid Show featuring more than 30 spectacular orchid displays, as well as lectures, photographs and guided tours. Additionally, 25 vendors from Japan, Ecuador and Brazil set up shop to sell orchid plants, growing supplies and gifts. (215) 299-1167, ansp.org/orchidshow

April 19-August 2, 2014
UNNATURAL HISTORY. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
presents a playful poke at what goes on behind the exhibits at a natural history museum through imaginative photographs, facts and animals that are a bit askew from people’s expectations. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

April 24-26, 2014
THE PENN RELAYS.
For the 120th year, high school, college and even professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. With an average of one race every five minutes over 33 hours of competition, it’s the most action-packed too. (215) 898-6145, thepennrelays.com

April 25-May 3, 2014
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL.
With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival that takes place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Science Festival takes science out of the lab and demonstrates the role it plays in everyday life. (215) 448-1200, philasciencefestival.org

April 26-29, 2014
THE PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW.
During this annual event, dealers from across the U.S. offer the finest examples of period furniture, folk and fine art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry and textiles at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (610) 902-2109, philaantiques.com

April 27-November 30, 2014
PATRICK KELLY: RUNWAY OF LOVE.
On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, 80 fully accessorized ensembles by American-born, Paris-based fashion designer Patrick Kelly emanate youthful joy, but also subversive racial and cultural tensions. Kelly found inspiration in his African-American and Southern roots, as well as the club scenes of New York and Paris. The retrospective exhibit features selections from Kelly’s extensive collection of black memorabilia, fashion photographs and videos of the designer’s lively fashion shows. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org

April 29-June 29, 2014
I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE.
This hysterical musical at the Walnut Street Theatre explores the trials and tribulations of singlehood, dating, marriage, loss and heartbreak. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

MAY 2014

Through May 26, 2014
TREASURES FROM KOREA: ARTS AND CULTURE OF THE JOSEON DYNASTY, 1392-1910.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive survey in the United States to be devoted to Korean art of the Joseon dynasty, an era that shaped Korean culture in ways still evident today. More than 150 works are on display, many of which have never been seen before by American audiences. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org

May 1-3, 2014
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 30th annual event. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 1-31, 2014
THE CELEBRATION OF BLACK WRITING.
Art Sanctuary leads the 10th annual celebration of African-American talents in literary, visual and performing arts. This former one-day gathering of authors and literary intellectuals has grown to a 31-day event with 10,000 participants and citywide programming. (215) 232-4485, artsanctuary.org

May 1-4, 2014
EQUALITY FORUM.
The Global LGBT Summit that celebrates the cultural and political legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, includes panels, parties and special events in collaboration with regional, national and international organizations. equalityforum.com

May 3, 2014
RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL.
Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse neighborhood come together for a public street fest for a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. rittenhouserow.org

May 3-4, 2014
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 3-September 1, 2014
BIRDS OF PARADISE.
In a colorful display of extreme evolution, New Guinea’s birds of paradise show off their flamboyant feathers and designs during elaborate mating rituals. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University presents groundbreaking research exploring courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls and bizarre behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, specimens and interactive activities for the whole family. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

May 4, 2014
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 34th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 9-10, 2014
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA.
With more than 3,000 competitors from 125 colleges from across the country and Canada, the largest collegiate regatta in the world takes place on the Schuylkill River. (215) 542-1443, dadvail.org

May 9-June 1, 2014
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the country’s oldest and largest art museum and school, previews the works of third- and fourth-year art students during this 113th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 11-18, 2014
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 13-July 13, 2014
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.
At the Walnut Street Theatre, this musical satire of 1960s big business follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business” to climb the corporate ladder. The window washer-turned-executive tackles white collar dangers including the company man, the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and of course, true love. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

May 15-18, 2014
ART IN THE OPEN.
Jury-selected artists working in a range of disciplines create works outside along the banks of the Schuylkill River, while local galleries and cultural institutions add to the festival-like atmosphere with displays offering educational opportunities. artintheopenphila.org

May 17, 2014
TRENTON AVENUE ARTS FESTIVAL.
During the annual festival, people who stroll along the Kensington/Fishtown neighborhood street find an incredible mix of local artists, musicians and food. The same day, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby celebrates human-powered transit by pitting mobile sculptures against one another along a three-mile urban obstacle course. trentonaveartsfest.org

May 17-18, 2014
SOUTH 9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL.
This annual festival features live entertainment, games 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 21-June 22, 2014
THE REAL THING.
This Tony® Award winner at The Wilma Theater is replete with brilliant wordplay, wit and insight into the nature and mystery of love. Henry is a celebrated playwright. His new play, starring his actress wife, examines relationships and infidelity. When Henry’s wife and a fellow actor have a passionate fling, reality and fiction blur. (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org

May 22-June 1, 2014
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 24-26, 2014
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. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

May 24-August 3, 2014
PICASSO PRINTS: MYTHS, MINOTAURS AND MUSES. The Philadelphia Museum of Art
focuses on Pablo Picasso’s response to the world of classical antiquity—ancient art, mythology and literature—in more than 60 prints from four decades of his career. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org

May 24-September 1, 2014
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

May 30-June 8, 2014
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The seventh 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 like guided tastings and lectures or prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners. phillybeerweek.org

May 31, 2014
THE ROOTS PICNIC.
Philly’s own Grammy®-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for a daylong concert at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. (215) 928-8801, delawareriverevents.com

May-September 2014
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES.
This summertime series at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia a distinct city. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com

JUNE 2014

Through June 2014
TIDES OF FREEDOM: AFRICAN PRESENCE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER.
In this Independence Seaport Museum exhibition, artifacts and captivating storytelling explore the concept of freedom through the lens of the African experience along the Delaware River, focusing on four chapters in Philadelphia history: enslavement, emancipation, Jim Crow and Civil Rights. (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org

June 1, 2014
PHILLY CYCLING CLASSIC.
Philadelphia’s love of cycling is in the fast lane as cyclists compete against each other and climb the steep Manayunk “wall” during this event. phillycyclingclassic.org

June 3-8, 2014
WIZARD OF OZ.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of the enchanting classic at the Academy of Music features the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. (215) 893-1955, kimmelcenter.org

June 7-8, 2014
ALL ABOUT BIRDS WEEKEND. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
takes flight with an entire weekend dedicated to birds in conjunction with the Birds of Paradise exhibit. Visitors meet squawking, talking live birds; learn about the anatomy of these feathered friends; and investigate what it means to be a bird-of-paradise—all through fun hands-on activities, experiments and crafts. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

June 8, 2014
ODUNDE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL.
To ring in the Yoruba New Year, this festival begins with a spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River, followed by the largest African-American street festival on the East Coast, taking place on South Street. (215) 732-8510, odundefestival.org

June 8, 2014
PRIDEDAY LGBT PARADE AND FESTIVAL.
This year’s 26th annual event celebrating gay pride takes place during International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and features live music, DJs, food, drinks and a festive parade that runs from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

June 11-15, 2014
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.
The Academy of Music presents this multimedia, multi-dimensional experience that covers The Beatles from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 1960s and to their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking days. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

June 14-September 22, 2014
THE WORLD IS AN APPLE: THE STILL LIFES OF PAUL CÉZANNE.
Premiering at the Barnes Foundation, this exhibit charts the thematic and chronological lineup of Cézanne’s still life painting, examining how the painter changed the genre forever. From early paintings to later works that are unique to him, and focusing on subjects including apples, flowers and skulls, this collection unveils the enduring beauty of Cézanne’s masterpieces. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

June 16, 2014
BLOOMSDAY.
The Rosenbach Museum & Library commemorates the day on which novel hero Leopold Bloom made his “odyssey” through Dublin in Ulysses with a week-long festival of programs. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

June 17-22, 2014
EVITA.
This fan favorite and Tony Award®-winning musical at the Academy of Music tells the unforgettable true story of Eva Perón, Argentina’s First Lady who used her beauty and charisma to rise from the slums to the presidential mansion. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world—while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.com

June 21-22, 2014
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Musicians, entertainers, restaurants and more than 300 artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day outdoor, juried arts festival—the largest in the region. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

June 21-22, 2014
PHILADELPHIA INSURACE TRIATHALON.
Participants swim, bike and run through the slow-moving waters of the Schuylkill River and the trails of Fairmount Park. (610) 687-3955, phillytri.com

June 28-July 4, 2014
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA!
This multi-day party celebrates the nation’s birthday with free events for all ages throughout the city—including concerts, a parade and fireworks. welcomeamerica.com

JULY 2014

July 10-21, 2014
PHILADELPHIA QFEST.
This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. (267) 765-9800, qfest.com

July 12, 2014
BASTILLE DAY.
The masses storm Eastern State Penitentiary when re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Philly’s version of this historic event includes Marie Antoinette throwing more than 2,000 Tastykakes out to the assembled crowd. Revelers fortify themselves for the attack during a French-themed street party beforehand. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

July 25-27, 2014
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 for the XPoNential Music Festival. (215) 898-6677, xpn.org

July 29-September 14, 2014
THE BOOK OF MORMON. 
Called "the best musical of this century" by The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, this nine-time Tony Award® winner from the creators of South Park takes the stage at the Forrest Theatre. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.com

AUGUST 2014

August 9-10, 2014
BUG FEST.
Kids of all ages enjoy the creepy crawlies during this annual and wildly popular Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University event, featuring a cooking demonstration and sampling of buggy foods, a real roach race, bug handlings and more. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

August 15-17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL.
The 53rd annual 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. (215) 242-0150, folkfest.org

SEPTEMBER 2014

September 2-October 19, 2014
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL.
Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even and take control of their company. They quickly learn there’s nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. This outrageous and thought-provoking show at the Walnut Street Theatre features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with a new Tony Award®-nominated score. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

September 5, 2014-January 15, 2015
DAVID LYNCH: THE UNIFIED FIELD.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) exhibits the paintings and drawings of David Lynch in his first major showing in the United States. Lynch is the director of internationally renowned films including The Elephant Man (1980) and Wild at Heart (1990). He attended PAFA in the 1960s as a painting student and has continued his studio practice as a dedicated visual artist. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

September 5-21, 2014
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
For eighteen days of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, livearts-fringe.org

September 6-7, 2014
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
Kennett Square’s annual festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, parades, farm tours and other activities in the Mushroom Capital of the World. mushroomfestival.org

September 6-November 23, 2014
AUTUMN’S COLORS.
Throughout this Longwood Gardens festival, unusual gourds, a garden railway, dazzling chrysanthemums and live entertainment convert the floral sanctuary into an autumnal wonderland. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

September 8-October 26, 2014
SCARECROW COMPETITION AND DISPLAY.
This annual event at Peddler’s Village features more than 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations in six categories displayed throughout the village. Each year, Peddler’s also hosts a Scarecrow Festival weekend (September 20-21) complete with scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting, live entertainment and pumpkin pie-eating contests. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

September 19-November 8, 2014
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS.
Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season at Eastern State Penitentiary by visiting this spooky haunted house inside an abandoned prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

September 21, 2014
DOWNINGTOWN FALLFEST.
The proud-to-be-Chester County Victory Brewing Company presents this regional fall festival. Neighbors and visitors enjoy live music, a variety of artisan crafts, a BMX aerial show, a Victory Beer Garden and, of course, plenty of food. Local restaurants and busidowninesses line the blocked-off East Lancaster Avenue. (610) 269-1523, downingtownfallfest.com

September 25-November 2, 2014
ARCADIA. Lantern Theatre Company
brings to life this thrilling masterpiece, a tale of two centuries. The comedy and heartbreaking romance explores the mysteries of history, art and science. (215) 829-0395, lanterntheatre.org

September 2014 (TBD)
LIBERTY MEDAL.
This award, presented by the National Constitution Center, is given to people who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. Recipients include men, women and organizations responsible for shaping and guiding the world. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org/libertymedal

OCTOBER 2014

Through October 17, 2014
THAT’S SO GAY: OUTING EARLY AMERICA.
The Library Company of Philadelphia presents a compelling look into the history of America’s LGBT community by presenting LGBT historical figures and their artistic works, including novels, poetry, art and other cultural contributions. (215) 564-3181, librarycompany.org

Through October 26, 2014
CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL AND BECOMING AMERICAN.
The National Museum of American Jewish History weaves together the history of American sport, leisure and national identity with the story of Jewish immigration and integration into American life. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

October 2014-January 2015
PAUL STRAND: PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM FOR THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a retrospective of work by the American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand, featuring a survey of Strand’s full career, emphasizing his most important projects of every decade from the 1910s through the 1960s. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org

October 4, 2014
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 during this annual fall event that draws thousands of participants and spectators. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 5, 2014
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
With music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities, this festival takes the neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level. October 5. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillage.org

October 9-17, 2014
DESIGNPHILADELPHIA.
The entire city celebrates DesignPhiladelphia, the largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation with more than 120 events representing more than 400 nationally recognized designers. Each fall, venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations that highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning design. designphiladelphia.org

October 11-12, 2014 (west of Broad Street); October 25-26, 2014 (east of Broad Street)
PHILADELPHIA OPEN STUDIO TOURS.
During this 15th annual event, visitors can see local artists of all mediums in their studios, found in neighborhoods throughout the city. (215) 546-7775, philaopenstudios.org

October 11, 2014-January 24, 2015
CHOCOLATE: THE EXHIBITION. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
explores the delicious history of the world’s favorite treat during the East Coast premiere of this indulgent exhibition. Visitors discover chocolate's impact on human cultures and tropical ecosystems through 150 fascinating objects, including a life-size cacao tree, touchable pods and seeds, European silver and porcelain servers and a range of creative packaging and advertising from the 1800s and 1900s. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

October 12, 2014
OUTFEST.
Part of the National Coming Out Day Festival, this annual event is largest of its kind in the world. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

October 16-26, 2014
23RD PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL.
This festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues throughout Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

October 25-26, 2014
HEAD OF THE SCHUYKILL REGATTA.
Landlubbers as well as rowers look forward this annual event, 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. hosr.org

October 28-November 2, 2014
NEWSIES.
At the Academy of Music, audiences experience the captivating Tony Award®-winning story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org 

NOVEMBER 2014

November 1-2, 2014
APPLE FESTIVAL.
The 41st 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 4, 2014-January 4, 2015
MARY POPPINS.
Featuring the beloved story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, this show gives families a spoonful of delight at the Walnut Street Theatre. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

November 5-9, 2014
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW.
Handmade textiles, jewelry and housewares from nearly 200 of the best craft artists in the U.S. are on view and for sale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

November 21-23, 2014
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 25-30, 2014
ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA.
The Academy of Music presents this Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific. It features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the memorable moments of the classic tale—the pumpkin, the glass slipper and the masked ball—plus some surprising new twists. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

November 27, 2014
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
Channel 6abc and IKEA sponsor Philadelphia’s annual ThanksgivingDay Parade down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (215) 581-4507, wpvi.com

November 27, 2014-January 11, 2015
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 2014 (TBD)
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, workshops and more. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org

DECEMBER 2014

December 2014 (TBD)
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 51st anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

JANUARY 2015

Through January 2015
NATIVE AMERICAN VOICES: THE PEOPLE—HERE AND NOW.
The Penn Museum presents more than 250 objects from the museum’s expansive collections of Native American objects from the United States and Canada. The exhibition tells powerful stories of Native American successes through audio and video clips of contemporary Native Americans speaking of the many ways in which they maintain their religious, political, linguistic and artistic independence. (215) 545-4302, penn.museum

January 1, 2015
MUMMERS PARADE.
Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in this festive daylong event that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. phillymummers.com

January 6-18, 2015
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL.
This musical journey at the Academy of Music tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy—from featherweight boxer to heavyweight the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. The hit show features classics such as My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 13-March 1, 2015
PRIVATE LIVES.
Dazzling and witty, this masterpiece comedy at the Walnut Street Theatre tells the story of divorcees Elyot and Amanda who meet again by chance while honeymooning with their new spouses in France. Their romance is immediately rekindled and, without a care for scandal, they betray all inhibitions and give into love and love. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

January 15-February 15, 2015
DOUBT: A PARABLE. Sister Aloysius Beauvier’s rigid belief in restraint, self-control and discipline is tested when she questions Father Flynn’s untraditional attitudes. The Lantern Theatre Company presents this suspense-filled Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award®-winning drama. (215) 829-0395, lanterntheatre.org

January 31-February 8, 2015
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center transforms into a car lover’s dream, with 700 pre-production, hot-production, classic and green vehicles from a range of manufacturers. phillyautoshow.com

FEBRUARY 2015

February 24-March 1, 2015
THE ILLUSIONISTS.
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show comes to the Academy of Music stage. Audiences are in awe of the jaw-dropping talents of seven incredible illusionists and their thrilling and sophisticated magic. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

MARCH 2015

March 17-22, 2015
ANNIE.
The timeless tale of little orphan Annie is back at the Academy of Music, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never letting go of hope. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 19-April 26, 2015
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
This fun, eye-popping production at the Lantern Theatre Company drops Kate and Petruchio of the classic Shakespeare tale into sexy, sultry Argentina, home of the tango. They are one of The Bard’s most fiery couples, and their courtship is an alluring, aggressive dance, but the big question is: Who is going to lead? (215) 829-0395, lanterntheatre.org

March 24-April 5, 2015
DIRTY DANCING.
Based on the beloved 1987 movie featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, this worldwide smash hit at the Academy of Music tells the story of Baby and Johnny. The two fiercely independent teenagers from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 2015 (TBD)
PHS PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the site of the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind. The annual gardening celebration features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 150 vendors. (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com


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