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Sep 1 2015

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region September 2015 Through August 2016

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016

SEPTEMBER 2015

Through September 6, 2015
THE ROSE AND NATHAN RUBINSON COLLECTION BY WHARTON ESHERICK.
This exhibition and sale at Moderne Gallery features furniture, sculptural objects and woodcuts from a collection named after Wharton Esherick’s close friends, The Rubinsons. Iconic pieces include Esherick’s The Music Stand, made for Rose Rubinson and displayed at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. (215) 923-8536, modernegallery.com

Through September 7, 2015
CREATING CAMELOT: THE KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHY OF JACQUES LOWE.
John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, documented the president’s rise to power and his time in the White House through vivid photography. The National Constitution Center displays these images, as well as scenes of the Kennedy family at home. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

Through September 7, 2015 (Through October 12, 2015, weekends only)
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 13, 2015
DISCOVERING THE IMPRESSIONISTS: PAUL DURAND-RUEL AND THE NEW PAINTING.
Durand-Ruel’s role in the impressionism movement gets the spotlight at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition includes important works, historical photographs and documents by Durand-Ruel, as well as other influential artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through September 27, 2015
SHELLEY SPECTOR: KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases works created from deconstructed and reassembled materials by Philadelphia-based artist Shelley Spector. The exhibit explores ways in which symbols, motifs and patterns are passed from person to person and transmitted universally. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through September 2015
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 9-October 4, 2015
ALL MY SONS.
This Tony Award®-winning drama by Arthur Miller comes to the People’s Light & Theatre, telling the story of the Keller family’s loss, betrayal and secret romance. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

September 3-19, 2015
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, livearts-fringe.org

September 8-October 25, 2015
HIGH SOCIETY.
This classic musical—based on the film The Philadelphia Story starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra—comes to the Walnut Street Theatre. Socialite Tracy Lord is in the middle of planning her wedding when her ex-husband and a tabloid reporter try to win her heart. Who will she wed? (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

September 12-13, 2015
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 30th annual festival. (610) 925-3300, mushroomfestival.org

September 12-November 22, 2015
AUTUMN'S COLORS.
This seasonal festival at Longwood Gardens features unusual gourds, a garden railway, dazzling chrysanthemums and live entertainment that converts the floral sanctuary into an autumnal wonderland. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

September 12-December 6, 2015
THE WRATH OF THE GODS: MASTERPIECES BY RUBENS, MICHELANGELO AND TITIAN.
Focusing on Peter Paul Ruben’s singular vision of pain, torment and creative struggle, Prometheus Bound, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a fresh opportunity to examine the work alongside the masterpieces by Michelangelo and Titian that inspired it. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

September 14-October 25, 2015
SCARECROW COMPETITION AND DISPLAY.
Throughout Peddler's Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations are on display during this 36th annual event. (215) 794-4057, peddlersvillage.com

September 19-December 20, 2015
MULTITUDE, SOLITUDE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF DAVE HEATH.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art features photographs by innovator Dave Heath, who sought new approaches, in this exhibition of black-and-white photography from the 1950s and 1960s. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.com

September 19, 2015-January 4, 2016
STRENGTH AND SPLENDOR: WROUGHT IRON FROM THE MUSÉE LE SECQ DES TOURNELLES, ROUEN.
At the Barnes Foundation, 150 works—dating from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century—show iron’s versatility. (215) 278-7350, barnesfoundation.org

September 19-20, 2015
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 22-27, 2015
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES.
Approximately 100 speakers lead panel discussions and workshops at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families, focused on the theme “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States to say a public mass during the event. worldmeeting2105.org

September 27, 2015
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

September 30, 2015-January 10, 2016
REPTILES: THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DEADLY.
Deadly snakes, colorful lizards and bizarre turtles from around the world make appearances at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

September-November, 2015
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-December 2015
THE PRINT CENTER 100.
To mark 100 years of photography and printmaking, The Print Center hosts a citywide celebration including exhibitions, public art events, lectures, a gala and a street party. (215) 735-6090, printcenter.org

OCTOBER 2015

Through October 4, 2015
THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Art and science come together at The Franklin Institute during this special exhibition that features 70 toy sculptures made of LEGO bricks—including a 20-foot-long T.Rex dinosaur skeleton—created by Nathan Sawaya. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

Through October 4, 2015
CLEARLY BEAUTIFUL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADAM SUMMERS.
Photographer and biology teacher Adam Summers depicts the astounding results of clearing and staining—a method of studying animal anatomy—with images on display at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

Through October 4, 2015
NORTHERN LIGHTS: SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN.
This exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the mid-20th century, when an appreciation for Scandinavian design reached new heights. The show features works from designers such as Hans Wegner and Axel Salto, with 100 objects ranging from furniture to ceramics on display. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through October 11, 2015
TRACTION COMPANY. This special exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) features a studio of individual projects and collaboratively made pieces founded by, and composed of, PAFA alumni, faculty and staff. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through October 31, 2015
NIGHTSCAPE: A LIGHT AND SOUND EXPERIENCE.
This innovative display at Longwood Gardens takes guests on a colorful journey throughout the grounds as they experience moving imagery and lights timed to music. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Through October 31, 2015
SECOND NATURE.
This exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo features larger-than-life animal sculptures made by world-renowned artists using recycled, reused and repurposed materials. Through stories of endangered animals, the magnificent works aim to remind visitors of the importance of preserving habitat. philadelphiazoo.org

October 3, 2015
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 3, 2015
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
The neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillage.org

October 3-4 (east of Broad Street) and October 17-18 (west of Broad Street), 2015
16th 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 7-16, 2015
DESIGNPHILADELPHIA.
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 9-November 8, 2015
DISGRACED.
The Philadelphia Theatre Company brings this Pulitzer Prize-winning play to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The story: A successful couple lives in New York’s Upper East Side. When another couple of a very different background attends dinner in their home, racial and ethnic prejudices come to the forefront, creating explosive dinner conversation. (215) 985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

October 11, 2015
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, 2015
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 14-November 8, 2015
AUCTIONING THE AINSLEYS.
This regional premiere at the People’s Light & Theatre follows the Ainsley family. When it comes to auctioning, they sell with ease—until it’s time to sell the auction house they call home. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

October 14, 2015-March 27, 2016
THE DREAM OF WONDERLAND: ALICE TURNS 150.
When Alice fell down the rabbit hole 150 years ago, the world rushed to follow her adventures in wonderland. The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrates the sesquicentennial of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a host of exhibitions and programs that explore the literary classic. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

October 15-25, 2015
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL.
The 24th annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues throughout Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

October 17-18, 2015
HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL 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 24, 2015
PHILADELPHIA CHEESESTEAK FESTIVAL.
Philadelphia’s iconic sandwich finally gets its due in a daylong celebration at Lincoln Financial Field. It features dozens of cheesesteak purveyors, live entertainment, family games, the world’s largest cheesesteak and more. cheesesteakfest.com

October 24-25, 2015
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

October 27, 2015-January 10, 2016
AUDUBON TO WARHOL: THE ART OF AMERICAN STILL LIFE.
Featuring oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries, this exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art displays masterpieces drawn from private and public collections across the country. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.com

October 27-November 1, 2015
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY.
The Academy of Music brings to life the story of a young playwright who accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster. It’s based on the film by Woody Allen. (215) 893-1999, academyofmusic.org

NOVEMBER 2015

Through November 1, 2015
BENEATH THE SURFACE: LIFE, DEATH AND GOLD IN ANCIENT PANAMA.
The Penn Museum features spectacular finds from the pre-Colombian cemetery, such as pottery, tools and weapons, excavated by a Penn Museum archeologist. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

Through November 7, 2015
SACRED WRITINGS: EXTRAORDINARY TEXTS OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD.
In honor of Pope Francis’s visit and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the Penn Museum showcases biblical treasures that have survived centuries. Among the rare artifacts: one of the world’s oldest fragments of the gospel of St. Matthew. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

November 4-21, 2015
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

November 7-8, 2015
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 10, 2015-January 10, 2016
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL.
After two sold-out seasons on Broadway, this classic holiday movie from 1983 comes to the Walnut Street Theatre stage. The show incorporates heartfelt songs and plenty of humor as audiences follow Ralphie through all of the obstacles that stand between him and his Christmas dream. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.com

November 12-15, 2015
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 13, 2015-April 3, 2016
PROCESSION: THE ART OF NORMAN LEWIS.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts displays 90 paintings and works by Norman Lewis dating from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

November 17-29, 2015
MATILDA THE MUSICAL.
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this Tony Award®-winning musical comes to the Academy of Music. A little girl has an extraordinary mind and imagination and uses these traits to overcome obstacles with her family and school. (215) 893-1999, academyofmusic.org

November 18, 2015-January 10, 2016
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (THE LATER YEARS).
This musical adventure comes to the People’s Light & Theatre. It stars Athos, Porthos, Artemis and a chicken hunt for justice against the evil Lord Mazorotti. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

November 20-22, 2015
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 26, 2015
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
Channel 6abc and IKEA sponsor Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (215) 581-4507, wpvi.com

November 2015 (TBD)
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 27-December 27, 2015
KEN LUDWIG’S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must discover the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre before the newest heir is doomed. (215) 985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

DECEMBER 2015

December 6, 2015-March 27, 2016
DRAWN FROM COURTLY INDIA: THE CONLEY HARRIS AND HOWARD TRUELOVE COLLECTION.
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, practice sketches, drawings and lightly colored compositions dating to the 16th and 19th centuries capture the mysteries of the royal courts of Northern India. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

December 11-31, 2015
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 52nd anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

December 12, 2015
ARMY-NAVY GAME.
America’s favorite college football rivalry returns to Philadelphia, marking the city’s 86th year as host. The Army-Navy Game goes down at Lincoln Financial Field. Will the Navy Midshipmen continue their 13-year winning streak, or will the Black Knights emerge victorious? armynavygame.com

JANUARY 2016

Through January 3, 2016
SPEAKING OUT FOR EQUALITY: THE CONSTITUTION, GAY RIGHTS, AND THE SUPREME COURT.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s first gay rights demonstrations, this exhibit at the National Constitution Center addresses the Reminder Day demonstrations outside of Independence Hall and explores the impact the demonstrations had on the gay rights movement. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

Through January 7, 2016
MIND ILLUMINDATED: ART AND THE BRAIN.
The Mütter Museum presents Philadelphia artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn’s widely acclaimed paintings that blend art and science. (215) 560-8564, muttermuseum.org

January 1, 2016
MUMMERS PARADE.
Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in this festive day-long event. One of the five Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades, put on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. phillymummers.com

January 19-March 6, 2016
HARVEY.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway and Hollywood comedy comes to the Walnut Street Theatre. It’s a laugh-out-loud comedy about Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible rabbit, Harvey. When Elwood’s sister takes him to a sanatorium, the doctor mistakenly commits Elwood’s sister as a patient. Elwood and Harvey slip out of the hospital and go into town, creating chaos and confusion for everyone. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.com

January 29-February 28, 2016
EXIT STRATEGY.
At the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a thrilling play about a public school in Chicago targeted for closure as faculty and students fight to keep it open. (215) 985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

January 30-February 7, 2016
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 2016

February 10-March 20, 2016
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.
The regional premiere of this timeless tale by Jane Austen comes to People’s Light & Theatre. After the death of their father, the Dashwood sisters become penniless. Even though they have very different perspectives on life and love, they keep each other in line and support each other through everything. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

February 13-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

February 21-May 9, 2016
PICASSO: EXPERIMENTATION, CHANGE AND THE GREAT WAR.
This traveling exhibition makes its first stop in Philadelphia at the Barnes Foundation. Inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art’s Picasso Still Life with Compote and Glass, the show features 45 works from American and European museums and private collections. (215) 278-7350, barnesfoundation.org

February 23-28, 2016
PIPPIN.
From the composer of Wicked comes this Tony Award®-winning musical at the Academy of Music. It features acrobatics, magical feats and unforgettable songs. (215) 893-1999, academyofmusic.org

February 24-May 15, 2016
INTERNATIONAL POP.
This exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art chronicles a global phenomenon that generated distinct artistic forms due to the growing cultural, political and social landscapes of the 1950s and up to the early 1970s. This exhibit features 122 works from 20 artists that include paintings, sculptures and films. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.com

MARCH 2016

March 5-13, 2016
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

March 15, 2016-May 1, 2016
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.
Based on a 2006 novel that serves as a prequel to Peter Pan, this Tony Award®-winning play comes to the Walnut Street Theatre. Audiences go on an adventure through Neverland as Molly and an orphan seek to find out how a boy named Peter became the boy who never grew up. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

March 15-20, 2016
THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
Rodger & Hammerstein’s beloved spirited and romantic musical comes to the Academy of Music. The award-winning story of Maria and the von Trapp family leaves audiences singing and toe-tapping. (215) 893-1999, academyofmusic.org

March 16-April 24, 2016
RICHARD III.
Based on the historical play by William Shakespeare, the People’s Light & Theatre chronicles England’s Richard III’s rise to power and his subsequent reign. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org

March 22-April 3, 2016
BEAUTIFUL—THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.
This lively musical at the Academy of Music chronicles Carole King’s break in to the record business as a teenager, as well as her tumultuous personal life that led to finding her true voice. (215) 893-1999, academyofmusic.org

APRIL 2016

April 8-10, 2016
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 8-May 8, 2016
SEX WITH STRANGERS.
This smart and funny play at the Philadelphia Theatre Company is about two people meeting by chance when they are trapped overnight in a remote bed and breakfast during a snowstorm. (215) 985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

April 28-30, 2016
THE PENN RELAYS.
For the 121st 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 2016 (TBD)
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 2016 (TBD)
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

May 2016

May 1, 2016
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 36th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 1-31, 2016
CELEBRATION OF BLACK WRITING.
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 13-June 5, 2016
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 115th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 15-22, 2016
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 17-July 17, 2016
SISTER ACT.
The 1990s hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg comes to the stage at the Walnut Street Theatre with original music by eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies). Lounge singer Deloris winds up hiding in a convent, finding lifelong friends and helping them find their voices. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

May 21-22, 2016
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 21-22, 2016
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 26-June 5, 2016
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-June 26, 2016
HILARY AND CLINTON.
The Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a provocative story about gender, power and possibilities in an alternate universe. Visitors to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre watch as a woman named Hilary tries to become president. (215) 985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org

May 28-30, 2016
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 28-30, 2016
PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW.
Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this show features more than 50 exhibitors showcasing decorative art from Colonial through mid-century times with a variety of styles, antique silver, jewelry, books and prints. thephiladelphiaantiquesshow.org

May 28-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

May 2016 (TBD)
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 2016 (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 2016 (TBD)
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 2016 (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 2016 (TBD)
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

June 2016

June 2-4, 2016
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

June 12, 2016
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 25-26, 2016
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Featuring nearly 300 artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival runs along bustling Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

June 2016 (TBD)
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

June 2016 (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 to Penn’s Landing. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

June 2016 (TBD)
BLOOMSDAY.
James Joyce fans spend the day outside The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia to hear some of Philadelphia’s most interesting personalities read the author’s classic novel Ulysses during this open-air festival. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

June 2016 (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 2016

June 8-10, 2016
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 16, 2016
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 2016 (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 2016 (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

July 2016 (TBD)
BLACK STAR FILM FESTIVAL.
Hailed by Ebony magazine as "the black Sundance," this festival screens dozens of films about the global black experience and films by people of African descent. (267) 603-2755, blackstarfest.org

August 2016

August 4-7, 2016
BLACK STAR FILM FESTIVAL.
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” this festival screens dozens of films about the global black experience and films by people of African descent. (267) 603-2755, blackstarfest.org

August 2016 (TBD)
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL.
Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock, the festival attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. folkfest.org

August 2016 (TBD)
BAYADA REGATTA.
The BAYADA Regatta is the nation’s oldest and largest all-adaptive rowing competition for athletes with physical disabilities. Sponsored by BAYADA Home Health Care, the event takes place at the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse on the banks of the Schuylkill River. bayada.com/regatta
 

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