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Sep 1 2014

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region September 2014 Through August 2015

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:


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

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Through September 1, 2014
BIRDS OF PARADISE. I
n 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

Through 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

Through 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

Through 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

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 9-October 12, 2014
ROUNDING THIRD.
Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents a comedy by Richard Dresser about two mismatched little league coaches as they interact in this modern day Odd Couple. (215) 654-0200, act2.org

September 12-14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA HOMEGROWN MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Set in the heart of Philadelphia’s community gardens and urban farms, the Philadelphia Home Grown Music Festival combines locally grown food with the diverse and talented Philadelphia music scene. Performances include genres such as Jazz, Reggae, Folk, Hip Hop, R & B and World Music. philadelphiahomegrownmusicfestival.com

September 17-24, 2014
THE PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION.
In Philadelphia’s version of Fashion Week, the hottest styles are showcased throughout the city with signature events and trunk shows.
215.683.2059, thephiladelphiacollection.org
 

September 18-21, 2014
OUTBEAT.
The first LGBT jazz festival ever produced in the United States and features events ranging from public discussions and special receptions with the artists to intimate performances and historic concerts. Host venues throughout the city include the William Way LGBT Community Center, the Painted Bride Art Center, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. outbeatjazzfest.com

September 18, 2014 - January 25, 2015
SCHOFIELD INTERNATIONAL IMPRESSIONIST.
More than 60 rarely seen works by Philly-born Impressionist Walter Elmer Schofield are on view at Woodmere Art Museum. Schofield’s paintings feature a wide variety of landscapes, including his famous "snowscapes." (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org
 

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 24 - November 2, 2014
THE ADDAMS FAMILY:
A musical comedy at the Media Theatre based on the comic strip created by Charles Addams about a family who adores the macabre. (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org
 

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 28, 2014
DOWNINGTOWN FALLFEST.
All along East Lancaster Avenue, neighbors and visitors enjoy live music, artisan crafts, a BMX aerial show and food and drink presented by Chester County’s Victory Brewing Company. Local restaurants and businesses line the blocked-off East Lancaster Avenue. (610) 269-1523, downingtownfallfest.com

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 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 by illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people through Jefferson’s own possessions, archeological items that offer a glimpse into the daily lives of Jefferson’s slaves and hands-on activities to immerse visitors in the world of Monticello. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.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 21, 2014
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. This year’s honor goes to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org/libertymedal

October 21, 2014-January 4, 2015
PAUL STRAND: PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM FOR THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. The Philadelphia Museum of Art
presents this major retrospective of photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand, including his breakthrough trials in abstraction and street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms and international explorations. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.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

Through November 30, 2014
PATRICK KELLY: RUNWAY OF LOVE.
On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, 80 fully accessorized ensembles from 1984 to 1990 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 will feature selections from Kelly’s extensive collection of black memorabilia, photographs by renowned fashion photographers and videos of the designer’s lively fashion shows. (215) 235-7469, philamuseum.org

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 4-15, 2014
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 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 19, 2014-January 11, 2015
LES MISERABLES.
A legendary musical and Tony Award®-winner comes to the Media Theatre. Based on Victor Hugo's novel that's set during the French Revolution, the story follows a French peasant who spends decades in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.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 4, 2015
HOLIDAY GARDEN RAILWAY.
An outdoor quarter-mile track at Morris Arboretum features G-scale model trains adorned with twinkling lights and holiday decorations. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

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

DECEMBER 2014

December 6-31, 2014
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

December 26-30, 2014
STOMP.
Stomp brings explosive energy to the Merriam Theater. The eight-member troupe has become an international sensation by using everything—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—but conventional percussion instruments to create innovative sound and rhythm. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.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 21-April 26, 2015
EVERYTHING IS GOING ON BRILLIANTLY: OSCAR WILDE AND PHILADELPHIA.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts an exhibition that focuses on Oscar Wilde’s connections to Philadelphia by featuring private collections displayed to the public. (215)732-160, rosenbach.org

 

 

January 28-February 15, 2015
THE MIRACLE WORKER.
Based on the true story of Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf and mute, this moving show at the Media Theatre highlights Keller's relationship with her governess Ann Sullivan. The show discusses themes such as struggles, perseverance and the power of the human spirit. (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.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

February 28-March 8, 2015
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 2015

March 2-June 15, 2015
PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN FRAKTUR AND MANUSCRIPTS.
The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a robust collection of Fraktur, Folk art produced by the Pennsylvania Germans. The collection contains some 1,000 pieces, including music books, house blessings, bookmarks and birth and baptismal certificates, often decorated with tulips, hearts, stars, crowns, angels, unicorns, eagles and other figures. (215) 567-7710, freelibrary.org

March 2– July 2015
FRAMING FRAKTUR: A CONTEMPORARY RESPONSE:
The Free Library of Philadelphia collaborates with contemporary visual artists to reinterpret and reframe the Fraktur collection through a contemporary lens. The exhibition features a group of artists with thematic ties to Fraktur that is international in scope, multigenerational and diverse in content and formal approach. (215) 567-7710, freelibrary.org

March 4-29, 2015
GHOST.
The romantic musical based on the popular 1990 movie comes to the Media Theatre with a focus on Sam and Molly's love after Sam dies, thanks to a medium who helps Sam get in touch with Molly in the afterlife. (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org

March 10-April 26, 2015
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.
From writer Agatha Christie, this play at the Walnut Street Theatre tells the story of 10 strangers who are lured by a mysterious host for a relaxing weekend at a remote island resort. When a suspicious death occurs, everyone is a suspect. Secrets of the guests’ pasts begin coming to the surface as more murders haunt the island. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

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

APRIL 2015

April 10-25, 2015
PHILADELPHIA’S INTERNATION FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (PIFA).
Presented by the Kimmel Center, two weeks of performances celebrate innovation, collaboration and creativity. (215) 546-7432, pifa.org

April 15-May 17, 2015
HELLO DOLLY.
Based on Thorton Wilder's "The Merchant of Yonkers," the musical that was highly popular the 1960s comes to the Media Theatre and is centered around Dolly. Sassy and brassy, she travels to Yonkers in search of Horace, and stirs up the lives of everyone from his niece to his store clerks. (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org

April 23-25, 2015
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 24- May 2, 2015
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 28-May 10, 2015
KINKY BOOTS.
Audiences at the Forrest Theatre kick up their heels during this six-time Tony Award®-winning musical. A struggling shoe factory owner teams up with funky entertainer Lola, who is in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, the unlikely pair learns that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

April 2015 (TBD)
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 2015 (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

April 2015 (TBD)
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 2015 (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

MAY 2015

May 2-3, 2015
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, 2015
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 35th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 8-9, 2015
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 10-17, 2015
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 12-June 12, 2015
MEMPHIS.
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, is a rock ‘n roll musical at the Walnut Street Theatre that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

May 16-17, 2015
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 20-June 14, 2015
THE LION KING.
Audiences will discover the amazing circle of life at Academy of Music during this spectacle of animals, pulsating rhythms of the African Pride Lands and an unforgettable score in this Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

May 21-31, 2015
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 23-25, 2015
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 23-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

May 2015 (TBD)
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 2015 (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 2015 (TBD)
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 35th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 2015 (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 third- and fourth-year art students during this 113th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 2015 (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 2015 (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 30th annual event. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
 

JUNE 2015

June 14, 2015
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 14, 2015
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 16, 2015
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 20-21, 2015
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Featuring nearly 300 artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival runs all long Main Street. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

June 24-September 13, 2015
DISCOVERING THE IMPRESSIONISTS: PAUL DURAND-RUEL AND THE NEW PAINTING

Durand-Ruel’s role in the movement of Impressionism is explored at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through an exhibition that displays important works, historical photographs and documents of his, as well as other influential artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
 

June 2015 (TBD)
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The eighth 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 2015 (TBD)
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

JULY 2015

July 2015 (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 2015 (TBD)
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, phillycinema.org

July 2015 (TBD)
BASTILLE DAY.
The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary as re-enactors 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 2015 (TBD)
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL.
XWXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden Waterfront. xpn.org

AUGUST 2015

August 14-16 2015
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 2015 (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

 

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
 

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