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Feb 1 2016

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2016 Through January 2017

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017

FEBRUARY 2016

Through February 7, 2016
NATURAL SELECTIONS: ANDREW WYETH PLANT STUDIES.
A selection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolor and pencil studies at the Brandywine Museum of Art highlights the beauty and intricacy of nature’s designs in segmented forms. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org/museum

Through 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
 

February 4-7, 2016
STRENGTH AND LONGING. T
he Pennsylvania Ballet experiments with movements and sounds of cool jazz and troubled beats reflecting the post-war era at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

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 12-November 8, 2016
HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
What does it take to run for the highest office in the land? At the National Constitution Center, visitors become candidates with their own campaigns. As they learn the strategy and legacy of making a run for the White House, presidential wannabes engage with an interactive speech coach, make their own campaign stickers and create a TV commercial—all while learning about the constitutional legacy of national elections. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.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: THE GREAT WAR, EXPERIMENTATION AND CHANGE.
This traveling exhibition makes its first stop in Philadelphia at the Barnes Foundation. Inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art’s Still Life with Compote and Glass, the show features 50 works by Picasso and some 15 other works by his contemporaries. (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.org

MARCH 2016

Through 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

Through March 20, 2016
ART OF THE ZO: TEXTILES FROM MYANMAR, INDIA AND BANGLADESH.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases works made by the Zo peoples of South Asia, such as skirts, capes, blankets and more. In addition to textiles, the exhibit includes earrings, bracelets and necklaces. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through 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

March 3-13, 2016
DON QUIXOTE.
The Pennsylvania Ballet brings this classic novel to life at the Academy of Music with fancy footwork, authentic Spanish dancing and comic interludes as Don Quixote searches for his ideal woman. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

March 5-6, 2016
PALEOPALOOZA.
This family festival celebrates dinosaurs and other fossils at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University with live birds, guided tours of Dinosaur Hall, games, crafts and other activities for dinosaur experts of all ages. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

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 12-September 5, 2016
THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.
This exhibition at The Franklin Institute gives visitors an insider’s look at some of Pixar’s most beloved animated films through interactive elements, recreations and activities. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

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

Through 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

Through April 6, 2016
WORK ON WHAT YOU LOVE: BRUCE MAU RETHINKING DESIGN.
This exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates a world-renowned designer who focuses on solutions to global challenges. The display showcases his work within the last 10 years, including his current design “Massive Change Network.” (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

April 3-10, 2016
PHILLY WINE WEEK.
In its third year, this weeklong tribute to wine features events and parties at bars and restaurants throughout the city. (215) 985-0420, phillywineweek.org

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 8-23, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (PIFA).
A visually stunning, fire-based performance on the Camden waterfront kicks off the 15-day extravaganza, featuring 50+ events, a street fair and a large plaza installation at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. pifa.org

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 22-30, 2016
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 28-30, 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

MAY 2016

Through May 15, 2016
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
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

Through May 30, 2016
TARANTULAS: ALIVE AND UP CLOSE.
The most fearsome of spiders are on view at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, with 20 different species of live tarantulas available for face-to-face encounters and interactive activities. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

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 5, 2016
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 12-15, 2016
A PROGRAM OF FIRSTS.
The Pennsylvania Ballet performs a contemporary interpretation of classical-style ballet along with exceptional choreography at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.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 13-14, 2016
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 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, 2016
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 21, 2016
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

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-September 2016
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 3-12, 2016
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The ninth 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 9-12, 2016
BALANCHINE AND BEYOND.
Inspired by the medieval belief that humans have four temperaments, the Pennsylvania Ballet dancers fill the stage at the Academy of Music with emotions ranging from gloom to passion to anger. (215) 893-1999, paballet.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 12, 2016
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, phillypride.org

June 16, 2016
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 23-September 5, 2016
EMBRACING THE CONTEMPORARY: THE KEITH L. AND KATHERINE SACHS COLLECTIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART.
One of the finest exhibitions of contemporary art in the U.S. comes to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with outstanding works featuring European and American artists. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.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 25, 2016-January 16, 2017
DINOSAURS UNEARTHED.
This multi-sensory experience at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University showcases roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs, plus a dig site for young paleontologists. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

JULY 2016

Through July 8, 2016
LA MALADIE.
This traveling exhibit at the Mütter Museum features a blend of art and medical history portrayed through gilded portraits of ailing bodies. (215) 560-8564, muttermuseum.org

July 2-October 9, 2016
GET THE PICTURE! RECENT CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION.
Today’s major American artists who create children’s picture book art star in this exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The paintings and drawings of eight talented people demonstrate the range and inclusiveness of the field. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

July 4, 2016 (exact dates 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 5-10, 2016
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 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 25-28, 2016
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION.
The Democratic Party plans to make history when they nominate their presidential candidate in Philadelphia. The city is used to being in the political spotlight: It hosted the DNC in 1936 and 1948 and the RNC in 1856 (the first), 1872, 1900, 1940, 1948 and 2000. phldnc.org

July 29-31, 2016
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 2016

Through August 28, 2016
LOST EGYPT.
Visitors experience ancient Egyptian culture through The Franklin Institute’s interactive exhibit featuring human and animal mummies, a dig site and hands-on laboratory. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

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 13, 2016
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

August 18-21, 2016
PHILADELPHA FOLK FESTIVAL.
Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm. (800) 556-FOLK (3655), folkfest.org

SEPTEMBER 2016

September 9-24, 2016
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 10-11, 2016
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 31st annual festival. (610) 925-3300, mushroomfestival.org

September 10-November 20, 2016
AUTUMN’S COLORS.
Unusual gourds, a garden railway, dazzling chrysanthemums and live entertainment convert the floral sanctuary at Longwood Gardens into an autumnal wonderland.
(610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

September 12-November 1, 2016
SCARECROW COMPETITION AND DISPLAY. T
hroughout Peddler’s Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations are on display during this 37th annual event. (215) 794-4057, peddlersvillage.com

September 16-November 5, 2016
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 16, 2016-January 16, 2017
BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION.
This exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History takes visitors on a trip back in time to explore the cultural impact Graham had on music in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Original artifacts, a psychedelic light show and music stations bring the experience to life. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

September 17-18, 2016
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 18, 2016
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHILADEPHIA HALF MARATHON.
Athletes enjoy miles, music and motivational crowds as they run throughout Fairmount Park dressed in Halloween gear to support the American Association for Cancer Research. (800) 311-1255, runrocknroll.com

September 25, 2016
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

October 2016

October 1, 2016
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL.
The neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillagephilly.org

October 1, 2016
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 6-14, 2016
DESIGN PHILADELPHIA.
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 8-9 (Studios West of Broad Street), 22-23 (Studios East of Broad Street) 2016
17th 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 9, 2016
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 20-30, 2016
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL.
The 25th annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema in theaters and venues throughout Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

October 21-22, 2016
HARRY POTTER 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 29-30, 2016
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 2016-January 2017
PAINT THE REVOLUTION: MEXICAN MODERNISM 1910-1950.
This exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the development of art in Mexico during this time period. The display showcases images, mural sketches, books and photographs. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

October 2016 (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

NOVEMBER 2016

November 5-6, 2016
APPLE FESTIVAL.
The 43rd 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 5, 2016-January 29, 2017
RURAL MODERNISM.
The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents 50 works that include creations by Georgia O’Keefe and N.C. Wyeth, as well as scenes from rural regions in New England and Pennsylvania. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

November 10-13, 2016
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW.
Handmade textiles, jewelry and houseware of the highest quality are presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

November 18-20, 2016
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 24, 2016
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
Celebrating its 97th year, the 1.4-mile spectacle along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, and it continues to dazzle visitors with massive balloons, eye-catching floats, festive music, entertaining performances and visits from Santa. (215) 581-4507, facebook.com/6abcthanksgivingdayparade

November 24, 2016-January 8, 2017
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 2016 (TBD)
FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL.
Taking place at various venues throughout the city, this annual event is the only one in the world dedicated exclusively to art based on personal experiences. The multidisciplinary festival features storytelling shows, memoir readings, film screenings, new works in performance, experiential tours and workshops. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org

DECEMBER 2016

December 25, 2016
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, 2016
SUGARHOUSE NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON THE WATERFRONT.
Two pyrotechnic extravaganzas over the Delaware River ring in the New Year at 6 p.m. and midnight. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com

December 2016 (TBD)
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

JANUARY 2017

January 1, 2017
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
 

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