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Mar 1 2017

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region March 2017 Through February 2018

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

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

MARCH 2017

March 1-May 14, 2017
AMERICAN WATERCOLOR IN THE AGE OF HOMER AND SARGENT.
This exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art charts the rise and evolution of watercolor in America from 1860 to 1925, with a focus on the works of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

March 4-May 27, 2017
THE QUIET CIRCUS. Headlong Dance Theater
continues a 15-month-long residency at Washington Avenue Pier on the Delaware River. Interactive public performances take place every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in spring, and again for three months in the fall of 2017. thequietcircus.com

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

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

March 14-19, 2017
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA.
This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts. qflixphilly.com

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

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

March 21 – April 2, 2017
PHILADELPHIA FURNITURE SHOW.
Home furnishings, ranging from innovative contemporary designs to adaptations of classical styles, are on view at this nationally acclaimed event at the 23rd Street Armory. (215) 387-8590, philadelphiafurnitureshow.com

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

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

APRIL 2017

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

Through April 23, 2017
GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS: THE ANDREWS SHAKER COLLECTION.
This Mercer Museum exhibition features the famed clean-lined American furnishings, plus watercolors, textiles and other rarely seen objects from the Christian sect. (215) 345-0210, mercermuseum.org

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

April 1, 2017
MORRIS ARBORETUM IN MOTION.
The Chestnut Hill garden displays more than 30 large and even larger kinetic sculptures by Utah artist Lyman Whitaker throughout its 175 acres. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

April 1-9, 2017
SUBARU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of this springtime tradition, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park for the season amid a week of citywide cultural celebrations. (267) 348-0250, subarucherryblossom.org

April 1-May 26, 2017
SPRING BLOOMS.
Visitors take in the sights and smells of spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens with 240,000 tulips, azaleas, dogwoods and more. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

April 6, 2017
LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER.
Internationally popular kids’ spot makes its regional debut with a 33,0000 square-foot play land where voracious visitors can ogle Philly landmarks in MiniLand, discover a 4D cinema, explore 10 Play Zones and go home with bags full of bricks. Plymouth Meeting Mall, legolanddiscoverycenter.com

April 18-August 13, 2017
THE JOURNEYS OF JOHN LAUB: FIRE ISLAND AND BEYOND.
The Philadelphia artist receives a hometown exhibition of his garden and landscape paintings at Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Museum. (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

April 19, 2017
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION OPENING.
Through exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the Museum of the American Revolution traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest to a victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds more authentic objects. amrevmuseum.org

April 21-23, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES & ART SHOW.
One of the most prestigious antique shows in the country, this event features fine and decorative arts, jewelry and furniture at The Navy Yard, with nearly 60 exhibitors showcasing Colonial to contemporary works. philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com

April 21-29, 2017
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL.
With hands-on events for kids, sophisticated activities for adults and a carnival, this citywide event demonstrates the role science plays in everyday life.
(215) 448-1128, philadelphiasciencefestival.org

April 27-29, 2017
PENN RELAYS.
High school, college and even professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. (215) 898-6151, thepennrelays.com

April 27-May 1, 2017
PHILADELPHIA BLACK PRIDE.
This pioneering multi-day gathering of people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations traditionally coincides with the Penn Relays. phillyblackpride.org

April 28-May 6, 2017
PHILLY TECH WEEK.
More than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks, as well as the technically challenged, participate in more than 100 events, including a variety of programs, interactive activities and workshops that celebrate and highlight emerging trends, advances and innovating uses of technology. phillytechweek.com

April 29, 2017 (April 30 rain date)
FAIRMOUNT AVENUE ARTS CRAWL. Dozens of bars, restaurants and shops in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood turn into galleries. Plus, there’s live music, dancing, kids’ activities and demonstrations. (215) 232-4766, fairmountcdc.org

MAY 2017
 

Through May 14, 2017
FROGS: A CHROUS OF COLORS
Live frogs from around the world leap into the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Waterfalls and rock ledges recreate the frogs’ natural environment so visitors can get a close-up look, test their vision against a frog’s and perform a virtual dissection. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

Through May 22, 2017
PERSON OF THE CROWD: THE CONTEMPORARY ART OF FLANERIE.
The Barnes Foundation presents an exhibition of works by 40 international artists who’ve created in streets. French for “aimless wandering,” flânerie as an art form can mean scavenging for materials, launching a guerilla campaign or creating a scene to bring an issue to light. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

May 1-31, 2017
CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTS.
One of the oldest African-American literary events in the nation comes to Philadelphia each year and includes conferences and performing and literary arts with acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and performing artists from across the United States. (215) 232-4485, artsanctuary.org

May 6, 2016
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL.
Thousands of revelers take part in alfresco family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street. The annual event includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza. southstreet.com; brauhausschmitz.com

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

May 7, 2017
CHESTNUT HILL HOME & GARDEN FESTIVAL.
More than 150 home and garden vendors, artists and craftspeople line Germantown Avenue for a free, family-friendly, alfresco spring tradition. chestnuthillpa.com

May 9-June 11, 2017
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL.
Popular display of 29 massive Zigong light sculptures—pagodas, flowers, a dragon and more—pop up in Franklin Square for nine weeks, bringing along a beer garden, Chinese foods, folk dancers and acrobats. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square

May 12-13, 2017
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. It's presented by the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. (215) 542 -1443, dadvail.org

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

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

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

May 20, 2017
RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL.
Shopping and dining venues in the Rittenhouse neighborhood come together for a public street fest and a day of music, outdoor shopping, fashion events, international entertainment and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. rittenhouserow.org

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

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

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

May 27–September, 2017 daily; weekends through October 9; November 24-December 31, 2017 (closed December 24 and 25).
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 2017 (TBD)
BIG BLING.
The Association for Public Art brings Big Bling, an outdoor work by acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear to Philadelphia for six months. Formerly installed in Madison Square Park, the temporary, 40-foot-tall monument is wood covered in fine chain link, crowned by a gold leaf shackle. (215) 546-7550, associationforpublicart.org

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

 

JUNE 2017

Through June 11, 2017
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL.
Popular display of 29 massive Zigong light sculptures—pagodas, flowers, a dragon and more—pop up in Franklin Square for nine weeks, bringing along a beer garden, Chinese foods, folk dancers and acrobats. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square

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

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

June 2-11, 2017
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The 10th annual celebration of the city’s vibrant beer culture features events ranging from tastings of locally crafted brews in cozy neighborhood taprooms to educational offerings such as guided tastings, lectures and prix-fixe beer-pairing dinners. phillybeerweek.org

June 3, 2017
INTERNATIONAL GREAT BEER EXPO.
The Marine Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard feature 75 international tents pouring 200 beers from 25 countries. (631) 940-7290, greatbeerexpo.com

June 3, 2017
ROOTS PICNIC.
Philly’s own Grammy®-winning hip-hop band The Roots bring together artists from various genres for an epic daylong concert at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. (215) 928-8801, delawareriverevents.com

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

June 11, 2017
ODUNDE FESTIVAL. The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast comes to South Street during this annual event that features cultural, historical and family-friendly events. (215) 732-8510, odundefestival.org

June 11, 2017
PRIDEDAY LGBT PARADE AND FESTIVAL.
Celebrate gay pride with live music, food, drinks and the annual parade that marches on from 13th and Locust streets to Penn’s Landing. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org

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

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

June 24, 2017
SUMMER ALE FESTIVAL.
Beer lovers sip craft beers from the Philly area and beyond, while enjoying live music, food truck fare and America’s first zoo’s assemblage of birds, great apes, big cats and more. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

June 24-25, 2017
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Featuring nearly 300 artists from around the country, along with crafts, food and music, this two-day festival runs along Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

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

June 29-July 4, 2017
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 25th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day party with free events for all ages throughout the city—including concerts, a parade and fireworks. welcomeamerica.com
 

JULY 2017


July 14-16, 2017
BLOBFEST.
This three-day extravaganza in Phoenixville is centered around the horror/sci-fi flick The Blob and includes screenings, themed competitions, a street fair and the recreation of the pivotal scene where hundreds of scared townspeople flee the Colonial Theatre. (610) 917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com

July 15, 2017
BASTILLE DAY.
The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary as reenactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille at the nation’s first “modern” prison. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes performances by experimental cabaret troupes, dancing baguettes, Napoleon, Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette throwing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the assembled crowd. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

July 28-30, 2017
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL.
WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden waterfront. xpn.org


AUGUST 2017

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

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

August 3-6, 2017
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL.
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” the event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

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

August 17-20, 2017
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL.
Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. (800) 556-FOLK (3655), folkfest.org
 

SEPTEMBER 2017

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

September 9-10, 2017
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of food, music, parades, contests and other activities that are all part of this annual festival. (610) 925-3300, mushroomfestival.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2017 (TBD)
LIBERTY MEDAL.
The National Constitution Center presents awards to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world, with recipients including men, women and organizations.
(215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org/libertymedal

OCTOBER 2017

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

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

October 7, 2017
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.
More than 140 teams race fiberglass dragon boats, complete with heads and tails, on a 500-meter course on the Schuylkill River. The annual fall event draws thousands of participants and spectators. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 7-15, 2017
OPEN STUDIO TOURS.
Art connoisseurs and novices visit local artists of all mediums in their studios, found in neighborhoods throughout the city. (215) 546-7775, philaopenstudios.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NOVEMBER 2017


Through November 19, 2017

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

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

November 10-12, 2017
THE MUSIC OF ELTON JOHN WITH MICHAEL CAVANAUGH

The Philly POPS performs Elton John’s classic hits at the Kimmel Center, along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Grammy and Tony nominee for Broadway’s Movin’ Out. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

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

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

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

November 23-January 7, 2017
LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS.
Thousands of poinsettias, towering Christmas trees and fragrant flowers transform the indoor gardens, where concerts take place daily. Outside, 500,000 lights glitter in the trees, and fountains dance to seasonal music. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

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

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

DECEMBER 2017


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

December 1-19, 2017
A PHILLY POPS CHRISTMAS.
Guests get into the holiday spirit at the Kimmel Center with multiple performances featuring the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir and the Philly POPS. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

December 9-31 2017
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 53rd anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

December 25, 2017
WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE RIVER.
General Washington once again leads a surprise attack on the British during this annual re-enactment—complete with army uniforms, a historic trek, demos, games and activities—at Washington Crossing Historic Park. (215) 493-4076, washingtoncrossingpark.org

December 31, 2017
SUGARHOUSE CASINO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT.
Two pyrotechnic extravaganzas over the Delaware River ring in the New Year at 6 p.m. and midnight. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com 

JANUARY 2018

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

FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

 

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