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Aug 30 2017

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region September 2017 Through July 2018

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

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

SEPTEMBER 2017 

Through September 2, 2017
OTHER DESERT CITIES.
Brooke Wyeth’s award-winning play takes the Bucks County Playhouse stage to offer a new twist on the home-for-the-holidays theme. (215) 862-2121, bcptheater.org

Through September 3, 2017
SUBVERSION AND SURREALISM IN THE ART OF HONORÉ SHARRER.
At the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts
, the artist who came into her own in World War II and became a controversial figure in the 1950s receives her first critical reassessment as a bridge between surrealism and Pop Art. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through September 10, 2017
STORYLAND: A TRIP TROUGH CHILDHOOD FAVORITES.
This temporary exhibit at the Please Touch Museum pays tribute to classic children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archimbault; Abuela by Arthur Durros and Elisa Kleven and more. The interactive exhibit is in both English and Spanish.
(215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

Through 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

Through September 17, 2017
PHILAESTHETIC.
Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), this citywide celebration of the progression of the Black Arts Movement includes a two-gallery exhibition of select collection works by Benny Andrews, Barkley Hendricks, Alma Thomas and more at AAMP, plus live music, workshops and pop-up exhibits at the Clef Club and New Freedom Theatre, and a dance performance by Philadanco at the Dell. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

Through September 17, 2017
WILD: MICHAEL NICHOLS.
Sixty-foot banners of a coastal redwood and a giant sequoia in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Great Stair Hall announce the first major exhibition of this National Geographic photographer’s stunning nature work. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

September 1, 2017
FIRST FRIDAY SALSA NIGHT IN THE PIAZZA.
Siempre Salsa, an initiative to grow the audience for authentic salsa music in the Philadelphia region, comes to the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons for a night of live music and free salsa dance lessons. (267) 246-0618, theschmidtscommons.com

September 1-September 31, 2017
SUPPER SESSIONS ON THE AVENUE.
Every Tuesday in September, Mt. Airy USA and the restaurants and bars of downtown Mt. Airy set up alfresco dinner service—plus live music, local vendors, kids’ activities and visiting food trucks—along the Belgian-blocked 7100 block of Germantown Avenue. (215) 844-6021, mtairyusa.org/supper-sessions/

September 2-3, 2017
BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL.
Jay Z returns—and headlines—in his sixth Labor Day weekend music festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where yet another stellar lineup includes Solange, J. Cole, Migos and The Chainsmokers, to name a few. madeinamericafest.com

September 6-October 1, 2017
PARKS ON TAP.
Philly’s roving beer garden (which also includes wine, games, food and entertainment) enjoys its final hurrah at Mount Pleasant (September 6-10, 2017), Pretzel Park (September 13-17, 2017), Burholme Park (September 20-24, 2017) and Powers Park (September 27-October 1, 2017). (215) 422-3011, parksontap.com

September 7, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT: LA LA LAND.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons hosts movie night featuring Oscar-winning La La Land; guests BYOC (chair). (267) 246-0618, theschmidtscommons.com

September 7-10, 2017
PHILADELPHIA HONEY FESTIVAL.
The 8th annual Philadelphia Honey Festival with hive demos, honey extractions, talks, tastings and fun for kids returns to three historic sites: Glen Foerd on the Delaware on September 7, Wyck Historic House on September 9 and Bartram’s Garden on September 10. phillyhoneyfest.com

September 7-24, 2017
FRINGE FESTIVAL
. For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 8, 2017-November 16, 2018
PARKWAY 100.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway kicks off a 14-month-long centennial of 100 scintillating exhibitions, events, community conversations and promotions. parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org

September 9, 2017
PHILLY NAKED BIKE RIDE.
Now in its ninth year, this two-wheeled, 10-mile, clothes-free, car-free, citywide ride expects to attract 3,000 participants—and more than a few onlookers. phillynakedbikeride.org

September 9, 2017
PHEONIXVILLE BLUES FESTIVAL.
This eighth annual festival features a day full of food, kid-friendly activities and many local, talented blues musicians at Reeves Park. pvilleblues.org

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 9-December 10, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ASSEMBLED.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and artist Jeanne van Heeswijk worked with dozens of collaborators to stage a part-artistic, part-civic engagement pay-what-you-wish exhibition that examines Philadelphia’s future—from the Perelman Building. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

September 9, 2017-February 4, 2018
A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE: PICTURES OF SOCIAL CHANGE.
On view at the James A. Michener Art Museum, this photography exhibition recognizes the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” in which the civil rights leader called for military spending in Vietnam to be redirected to ending poverty. (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

September 9, 2017-March 2018
“WHAT IN THE WORLD?” EARLY TELEVISION MEETS THE WORLD OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 1950-1966.
The brand-new exhibition revisits the Penn Museum’s pioneering, mid-century television game show “What in the World?” through photographs, letters and video clips of the few surviving episodes. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

September 10-September 19
CENTER CITY DISTRICT RESTAURANT WEEK.
Select restaurants in the Center City District will offer signature three-course dinners for $35 per person, and three-course lunches for $20 per guest. centercityphila.org

September 10-April 13, 2018
THE DAEDALUS QUARTET.
A Philadelphia first: the Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s quartet-in-residence, performs the 16 masterpieces that of Beethoven’s string quartet cycle—in a single season. Various University of Pennsylvania locations. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.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, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT: HAIRSPRAY.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons hosts movie night featuring John Water’s 2007 Hairspray. (267) 246-0618, theschmidtscommons.com

September 14, 2017
PHILLY POPS BALL.
The Philly POPS holds its fifth annual POPS Ball at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, with dinner and dancing to the full 65-piece orchestra and guest vocalist Michael Andrew, led by Music Director Michael Krajewski. (215) 875-8004, phillypops.org

September 14-25, 2017
FESTIVAL O.
The city’s musical profile hits a high note with Opera Philadelphia’s brand-new Festival O featuring glittering stars in more than 30 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, 2017
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY: SWEETBRIAR ROSE.
The historic Headhouse Shambles goes country with an evening of dancing and singing, courtesy Sweetbriar Rose, free lessons from the Society Hill Dance Academy—and drinks and light fare from Bistro Romano. (215) 413-3713, southstreet.com

September 15, 2017
RUGGEDLY JEWISH: AN EVENING WITH BOB GARFIELD.
The Philadelphia Theatre Company kicks off its 2017-2018 festival season with the world premiere and national tour launch of Bob Garfield’s hilarious, 90-minute, crazy quilt monologue. (215) 985-0420 philadelphiatheatrecompany.com

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
. Nine-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 and Ken Lum 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 16, 2017
N2N STREET FESTIVAL.
This free, daylong community event brings West Philadelphia together for a food, impressive live entertainment—Questlove, Morris Day, Sheila E. PnB Rock and Skeet—plus a children’s zone with rides, games, prizes and face painting, and a senior tent with activities, resources and bingo. n2nfestival.splashthat.com

September 16, 2017
PHILLY AIDS THRIFT 12TH ANNIVERSARY BLOCK PARTY.
This best-loved Queen Village thrift shop does up a dozen years at 5th and Bainbridge Streets with a celebrity dunk tank, moon bounce, games, food trucks, magicians, dancing, drinks and music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra. facebook.com/events/654772814718228/

September 16, 2017
PHILADELPHIA UNITED JAZZ FESTIVAL.
The 5th annual festival returns to South Street with over 20 of Philly’s finest jazz bands. (609) 680-7670, philaunitedjazzfestival.com

September 16, 2017
OKTOBEARFEST.
The Philadelphia Zoo serves unlimited samples of seasonal fall brews and ciders, fresh, local fare from the region’s hippest food trucks, live music, animals and a complimentary shuttle from 30th Street Station in this first-ever event. philadelphiazoo.org

September 16, 2017
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY.
The big match between London Irish and Saracens plays out at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, home of the Philadelphia Union. premiershiprugbyusa.com

September 16-17, 2017
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON & 5K.
Race participants who take on the 5K, 10K or half marathon can enjoy live bands, music and entertainment along the 13.1 mile course, which sets off and ends race at Eakins Oval. runrocknroll.com/philadelphia

September 21, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT: THE 5TH ELEMENT.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons shows the science fiction classic The 5th Element. Guests are advised to bring their own chair. (267) 246-0618, theschmidtscommons.com

September 22 & 23
PHILLY MUSIC AND ARTS FEST.
World Cafe Live hosts aims to get Philadelphians to “support your scene” by hosting two days of local bands—Works Drug, Abi Reimold, Strand of Oaks and Steve Gunn—along with regional food trucks, local chefs, craft beer and spirits and visual arts. All proceeds go to local music education charities. phlmusicfest.com

September 22-November 11, 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 23, 2017
UPTOBERFEST OKTOBERFEST.
For the second year in a row, UpToberfest Oktoberfest returns to Uptown Beer Garden for an afternoon of beer pouring, German fare and music. facebook.com/UptownBeerGarden/

September 23-24, 2017
NEW HOPE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL.
The 24th annual New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival returns to New Hope-Solebury High School for two days of art and craft demonstrations, live music, local food vendors and kid-friendly activities. newhopeartsandcrafts.com

September 23-24, 2017
PIAZZA POP-UP BEER GARDEN.
The Schmidt’s Commons, Brew Crew Events and Home Brewed Events bring a Pop-Up Beer Garden in The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons. (267) 246-0618, theschmidtscommons.com

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 24-25, 2017
REIMAGINING THE MERRIAM: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts invites the local community to engage in conversation to discuss ways to best incorporate the Merriam into the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus. (215) 790-5800, kimmelcenter.org

September 28, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT: NEWSIES.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons hosts shows the 1992 musical film based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. (267) 246-0618, theschmidtscommons.com

September 27, 2017-January 15, 2018
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: A GRR-IFIC EXHIBIT.
The award-winning PBS KIDS television series comes to life at the Please Touch Museum, where kids can sing, pretend and explore some of Daniel’s favorite places while learning Fred Rogers’ life lessons. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

September 30, 2017-January 15, 2018
TINY TITANS: DINOSAUR EGGS AND BABIES.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University presents a display of rare, real dino eggs and nests from around the world. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

September 30, 2017-January 21, 2018
A GRAND VISION: VIOLET OAKLEY AND THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE.
American Renaissance luminary Violet Oakley contributed to Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s artistic expressions over her 50-year career. On display at the Woodmere Art Museum, the first showcase of her work in three decades focuses on her public commissions: designs for her murals, stained glass and portraits displayed in civic buildings, churches and schools. (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

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

OCTOBER 2017

Through October 1, 2017
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK.
Enthusiasts of riverside chilling get a last crack at the 50 hammocks, patio games, boardwalk pizza, floating gardens, draft beer, cocktails and cool breezes at this popular Penn’s Landing pop-up. (215) 922-2386, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Through October 9, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ROWING: BREAKING BARRIERS.
The Independence Seaport Museum explores Philadelphia’s history as the nation’s center for rowing with this community gallery series focusing on individuals who broke physical, gender and more barriers in order to row. (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org

Through October 9, 2017
THE KINETIC SCULPTURES OF LYMAN WHITAKER.
This outdoor exhibit at Morris Arboretum showcases 50-plus kinetic, calming “Wind Sculptures™,” transported from Utah into this historic garden. (215) -247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

October 1, 2017
ARDMORE ANTIQUE & VINTAGE MARKET.
Antique collectibles, vintage and estate jewelry, glassware, pottery and accessories are for sale at Rittenhouse Place at Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore for this bi-annual event. philafleamarkets.org/schedule.php

October 1, 2017
CURTIS FAMILY CONCERTS.
Geared toward young audiences, this interactive, educational presentation lasts one hour, features Zorá String Quartet, Curtis’s string quartet in residence performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. (215) 893-5252, curtis.edu

October 1, 2017
FEDERAL DONUTS BLOCK PARTY.
Before James Beard champ Michael Solomonov and business partner Steven Cook depart on a 10-city tour promoting their new “part cookbook, part entrepreneurial cautionary tale” Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story, they’re throwing a block party bash at the Federal Donuts flagship. federaldonuts.com

October 3-8, 2017
KINKY BOOTS.
Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning musical recounts the unlikely friendship between a man who inherits his father’s shoe factory and a drag queen who helps him turn it around at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

October 5-13, 2017
DESIGNPHILADELPHIA.
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 5, 2017-January 16, 2018
GARDENS OF THE MIND.
Five black women artists in varying stages of their careers (Barbara Bullock, E.J. Montgomery, Glynnis Reed, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Joiri Minaya) explore spiritual cultivation and memory through large scale installation, sculpture, painting and printmaking at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

October 6, 2017
2017 LIBERTY MEDAL CEREMONY.
The National Constitution Center will award United States Senator John McCain with the 2017 Liberty Medal. (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.org

October 6-7, 2017
23rd STREET ARMORY OKTOBERFEST.
The 23rd Street Armory transforms into a bierhall for this second annual Oktoberfest shindig, starring traditional fare—includuig homemade Bavarian pretzels—and German Hofbräuhaus beer. ticketfly.com/venue/26967-23rd-street-armory-oktoberfest/

October 6-29, 2017
THE GLOW: A JACK O’LANTERN EXPERIENCE
. More than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger-than-life jack-o’-lanterns line Parkside Avenue. (203) 900-5052, theglowjackolantern.com

October 6, 2017-April 8, 2018
CHUCK CLOSE PHOTOGRAPHS.
The first comprehensive survey of Close’s work takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and features 90 images from 1964 to the present, including the photographer’s iconic black-and-white maquettes, composite Polaroids and recent Polaroid nudes. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

October 7-November 19, 2017
CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL.
More than 16,000 chrysanthemums—shaped into clouds, balls, spirals, columns, pagodas, a fountain and the astounding Thousand Bloom Mum—star in Longwood Gardens’ annual celebration of fall’s favorite mum. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

October 7, 2017
BRU FALL FESTIVAL (AT MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL).
Midtown Village’s BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn present a full day of brats, pulled pork, pretzels, beer and music on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. bruphilly.com

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.
The world’s largest coming out day 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, phillygaypride.org

October 8, 2017
OLD CITY FEST.
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 12-15, 2017
WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Broadway vocalists share Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th, this time with music from his famous adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

October 12-22, 2017
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
The Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 54th season with Petipa’s opulent fairytale, set to Tchaikovsky at The Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

October 14, 2017
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

October 15, 2017
HARVESTFEST.
The annual Southwest community event and festival at Bartram’s Garden features hayrides, cider press, face-painting, cooking and canning workshops and more fun fall-related activities. (215) 729-5281, bartramsgarden.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 performs on stage. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

October 20-21, 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, 2017
ARDMORE HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR.
Downtown Ardmore businesses pre-Halloween with with a mini-parade, candy hunt and costume contest. ardmoreshops.com

October 28, 2017
EAST PASSYUNK FALL FEST AND SPOOKY SATURDAY.
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, live music, and costume contests (for children and dogs) dominate this South Philly food corridor for the day. (215) 336-1455, visiteastpassyunk.com

October 28, 2017
PHILLY FREE STREETS
. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., pedestrians, cyclists and more can enjoy vehicle-free, free activity-chocked passage along 3rd, 4th and 5th Streets and Germantown Avenue—a seven-mile roundtrip route—from Chestnut Street in the Historic District to Indiana Avenue in El Centro De Oro. phillyfreestreets.com

October 28, 2017
SOUTH STREET PUMPKINFEST. Headhouse Plaza
’s fall festival is a day of shopping, live music, seasonal bites and brews, straw bale maze, circus performances, horse and wagon hayrides, face painting and, along South Street or trick-or-treating (children 12 and under). (215) 413-3713, southstreet.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 29, 2017
CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENING CONCERT.
The opening concert of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra season features two students from within the orchestra performing the technically and emotionally challenging soloist roles in Strauss’s whimsical Don Quixote, led by conductor Juanjo Mena. (215) 893-5252, curtis.edu

NOVEMBER 2017

Through November 4, 2017
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

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 perfect flowers on one plant. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Through November 26, 2018
CULTURES IN THE CROSSFIRE. STORIES FROM SYRIA AND IRAQ.
This special exhibition at the Penn Museum explores the cultural losses from conflict in the Middle East through more than 50 objects from the Near East and Mediterranean collections, as well as Arabian manuscripts, sounds and contemporary artwork from Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

November 1-12, 2017
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical romance brings the fictional drama of unlikely love at the Paris Opéra to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

November 2-4, 2017
MARSALIS AND THE PLANETS.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs the concerto Wynton Marsalis wrote just for her; the women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir sing The Planets, both with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

November 3, 2017-February 19, 2018
OLD MASTERS NOW: REDISCOVERING THE JOHN G. JOHNSON COLLECTION.
Thia Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition focuses on the amazing collection and its collector, who lived during a time when Philadelphia was a manufacturing and financial leader. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.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 5-18, 2017
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

November 9-13, 2017
ON EDGE.
Two world premieres—one from Helen Pickett, another from Matthew Neenan—bookend the ever-clever Episode 31 by Sweden’s Alexander Ekman in this three-part performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Merriam Theater. paballet.org

November 9-December 31, 2017
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO, warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. historicphiladelphia.org

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 9-12, 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 16-19, 2017
EUGENE ONEGIN.
Curtis Institute of Music students perform Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving opera in three acts at the Prince Theater. (215) 893-5252, curtis.edu

November 17, 2017-March 12, 2018
KIEFER RODIN.
Directly from Paris, this exhibition—presented in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, part of #Rodin100 and marking 100 years since Auguste Rodin’s death—features new works by Rodin-obsessed artist Anselm Kiefer alongside sculptures and drawings by Rodin. (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.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 21-26, 2017
FINDING NEVERLAND.
Peter Pan’s heartwarming backstory, set in London’s Broadway, arrives at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

November 23, 2017
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
America’s first Thanksgiving Day parade wows crowds with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World, fancy floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 6abc.com

November 23-December 24, 2017
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

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 24-25
ALL AMERICAN: GERSHWIN AND BEYOND.
Two from the Jazz-Age greats, Antonin Dvorák and Philadelphia’s own Samuel Barber, get the Philadelphia Orchestra treatment—with help from piano soloist Jon Kimura Parker—in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

November 24-December 31, 2017
GARDEN RAILWAY.
The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track that features 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. Closed December 24 and 25. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

November 24-February 2018 (exact date is TBA)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK.
This Penn's Landing attraction opens up its outdoor rink for ice skating. The rink is the centerpiece of Winterfest, which is surrounded by a lodge, arcade and dining. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

DECEMBER 2017

Through December 10, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ASSEMBLED.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and artist Jeanne van Heeswijk worked with dozens of collaborators to stage a part-artistic, part-civic engagement exhibition that examines Philadelphia’s future. The pay-what-you-wish exhibition takes form at the Perelman Building. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through December 24, 2017
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

Through December 31, 2017
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO, warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. historicphiladelphia.org

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 8-31, 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 9, 2017
ARMY-NAVY GAME.
The Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen in this epic collegiate rivalry, now in its 118th year and returning to Lincoln Financial Field. phillylovesarmynavy.com

December 12-17, 2017
THE COLOR PURPLE.
Alice Walker’s most famous novel-turned-Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival hits Forrest Theatre as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.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 26-31, 2017
STOMP.
This rotating cast of talented percussionist-slash-dancers bring brooms, lids, hammers and more for their thumping show at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.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

January 1, 2017
MUMMERS PARADE.
Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in this 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

January 9-21, 2018
LES MISÉRABLES.
The Victor Hugo-by-way-of-Broadway musical smash brings the spirit of the French Revolution to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 27-February 4, 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 2018

Through February 2, 2018
THINGS FALL APART.
The exhibition and walking tour in the always-free Chemical Heritage Foundation explores the life and afterlife of things and why (and how) we preserve them.
(215) 925-2222, chemheritage.org

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

February 13-18, 2018
WAITRESS.
Music by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, direction from Diane Paulus combine in this woman- (and pie-)powered musical movie adaptation to the Forrest Theatre as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

February 18, 2017
CURTIS FAMILY CONCERTS.
Geared toward young audiences, this interactive, educational presentation lasts one hour, featuring Zorá String Quartet, Curtis’s string quartet in residence performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. (215) 893-5252, curtis.edu

FEBRURARY 27-MARCH 4, 2018
SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy dreams up the making of the very first musical at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

MARCH 2018

March 3, 2018
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 3-11, 2018
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. (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

March 7, 9, 11, 2018
A QUIET PLACE.
Curtis Opera Theatre presents Garth Edwin Sunderland’s rarely performed (and American premiere of) the chamber adaptation A Quiet Place by Leonard Bernstein, a fully staged production and part of Bernstein’s centenary celebration in the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-5252, curtis.edu

March 8-18, 2018
SWAN LAKE.
The Pennsylvania Ballet reprises the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet classic as staged by Angel Corella after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

March 9-11, 2018
THE BEST OF BROADWAY.
Three esteemed Broadway vocalists perform hit show tunes from Gypsy, Funny Girl, Chicago, South Pacific, Phantom of the Opera and more with the Philly POPs in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

March 16-September 2, 2018
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC.
This exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates the composer’s 100th birthday by focusing on his life as an American Jew who lived through World War II, the Holocaust, Vietnam and social change with historic artifacts, sound installations, film and interactive media. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

March 27-April 1, 2018
SCHOOL OF ROCK.
When this hit Broadway musical takes the Academy of Music stage, it will have special resonance for Philadelphians who’ve attended, attend or sent family members to the city’s own School of Rock. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 2018 (TBD)
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA. This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts. qflixphilly.com

APRIL 2018

Through April 8, 2018
CHUCK CLOSE PHOTOGRAPHS.
The first comprehensive survey of Close’s work takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and features 90 images from 1964 to the present, including the photographer’s iconic black-and-white maquettes, composite Polaroids and recent Polaroid nudes. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through April 13, 2018
THE DAEDALUS QUARTET.
The Daedalus Quartet, the University of Pennsylvania’s quartet-in-residence, finishes up a series of the 16 masterpieces that make up Beethoven’s string quartet cycle. The performances take place in a variety of venues across Penn’s campus. annenbergcenter.org

April 6-8, 2018
PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL.
Earth Day weekend inaugurates a cutting-edge roster of smart eco-first films from around the world to the Prince Theater. (215) 247-3105, philaenvirofilmfest.org

April 7-15, 2018
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, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race and demonstrations of nihon buyo traditional dance and martial arts. (267) 348-0250, subarucherryblossom.org

April 13-15, 2018
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

April 26-28, 2018
PENN RELAYS.
High school, college and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation. (215) 898-6151, thepennrelays.com

April 20-22, 2018
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 27-May 5, 2018
PHILLY TECH WEEK.
More than 25,000 business leaders and other self-proclaimed tech geeks—and 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 2018 (TBD)
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, philasciencefestival.org

MAY 2018

Through May 5, 2018
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

May 17-19, 2018
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.
This widely acclaimed series of performances for children returns to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and features food, music, dance and theatre performances. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 24-28, 2018
TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL.
Ten tall ships dock at Penn’s Landing over Memorial Day weekend for a Parade of Sail (May 24) followed by tours, day sails and a festival (May 25-28), all part of Tall Ships America’s 2018 Tall Ships Challenge. (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com

May 2018 (TBD)
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

May 2018 (TBD)
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

May 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
BROAD STREET RUN.
The 38th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 2018 (TBD)
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA
. The largest collegiate regatta in the world takes place on the Schuylkill River and attracts more than 3,000 competitors from 125 colleges across the country and Canada. (215) 542 -1443, dadvail.org

May 2018 (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 graduate and undergraduate art students during this 117th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (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 33nd annual event. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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, brandywine.org

May 2018 (TBD)
GARDEN RAILWAY.
The Morris Arboretum presents G-scale model trains running along a quarter-mile track with 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

May 2018 (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 2018

June–September, 2018 (various dates)
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES.
Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia distinctive through free events, including the Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival, Irish Festival and Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival, among others. (215) 222-2FUN, delawareriverevents.com

June 2018 (TBD)
FAIRMOUNT AVENUE ARTS CRAWL
. Dozens of bars, restaurants and shops in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood turn into galleries, while public spaces give way to live music, dancing, kids’ activities and demonstrations. (215) 232-4766, fairmountaveartscrawl.com

June 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
PHILLY BEER WEEK.
The 11th 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 2018 (TBD)
INTERNATIONAL GREAT BEER EXPO.
The Marine Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard feature international tents pouring beers from various countries. (631) 940-7290, greatbeerexpo.com

June 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
PRIDEDAY LGBT PARADE AND FESTIVAL.
Rainbow flags fly high during a day filled with live music, food, drinks and an annual parade that marches from 13th and Locust streets to Penn’s Landing. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

June 16, 2018
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 2018 (TBD)
JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL.
Historic Germantown honors the ratification of the 13th Amendment with a parade along the Avenue, and a day of historical reenactments, tours, children’s activities and food and drink at the Johnson House Historic Site. freedomsbackyard.com

June 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL.
Featuring 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-July 2018 (TBD)
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 27th 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 2018

July 2018 (TBD)
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Hosted by Penn public music station WXPN, this three-day event features established and emerging artists on the Camden Waterfront. xpnfest.org

July 2018 (TBD)
BLOBFEST.
This three-day extravaganza in Phoenixville centers 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, thecoloni

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