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Feb 1 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2018 Through February 2019

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019

FEBRUARY 2018

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

Through 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

Through 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

Through February 11, 2018
FRANKENSTEIN AND DRACULA: GOTHIC MONSTERS, MODERN SCIENCES.
The Rosenbach celebrates the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with an interactive exhibition featuring pages from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein manuscript alongside their collection of Bram Stoker’s Dracula notes. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

Through February 19, 2018
OLD MASTERS NOW: REDISCOVERING THE JOHN G. JOHNSON COLLECTION.
This 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

Through February 25, 2018
THE ROTHMAN ICE RINK AND AMERICA’S GARDEN CAPITAL MAZE.
The Rothman Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze conclude their seasonal run in Dilworth Park in late February. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

Through February 28, 2018
BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
Black History Month celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year, and the city honors the occasion with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family activities. http://vstphl.ly/2BG7IX0

February 2-April 29, 2018
BLACK PULP! –
The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents an International Print Center New York exhibition that displays works by artists, graphic designers, writer and publishers—including comic books—to example perspectives on black identity from 1912 to 2016. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

February 2-4, 2018
LENNY'S REVOLUTION.
The Philly POPS marks 100 years of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a tribute performance at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Berstein protégé David Charles Abell conducts the show, which also features guest vocalists and the 150-voice POPS Fesitval Chorus. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

February 3, 2018
AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR.
Famed as one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children's books in the country, he 26th annual African American Children's Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia features nationally known bestselling authors and illustrators, representatives from the multicultural literary community, enriching children's books and activities that promote the power and joy of reading. theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

February 3-May 6, 2018
SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE SUPER-DUPER EXHIBIT!
Teaching kids STEM through play, this visiting exhibition to the Please Touch Museum® focuses on popular PBS KIDS cartoon star Sid, who discovers science wherever he looks. pleasetouchmuseum.org

February 3-May 6, 2018
CROCS: ANCIENT PREDATORS IN A MODERN WORLD.
Live crocodilians descended from 200-million-year-old ancestors star in an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University exhibition featuring a live Siamese crocodile, Albino American alligator, 3-D animation and more. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

February 8-18, 2018
PHILLY THEATRE WEEK.
Theatre Philadelphia hosts a 10-day celebration of all things theatrical in Philadelphia: more than 80 events, including traditional and interactive stage productions. (267) 761-9950, theatrephiladelphia.org

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 series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

February 15, 17-18, 2018
LUNAR NEW YEAR.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation hosts a slew of events: a midnight lion dance performance along 10th and Race Streets on February 15; a day of food demonstrations, performances and family-friendly activities at the Reading Terminal Market on February 17, and a lion dance parade along 10th and Spring Streets on February 18. (215) 922-2156, chinatown-pcdc.org

February 18, 2018
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

February 22 & 24, 2018
READING TERMINAL MARKET’S 125TH BIRTHDAY.
Center City’s iconic railway terminal-turned-epicurean haven fêtes a century and a quarter of feeding foodies with a grand period gala—Victorian costumes, penny-farthings and all—for the date it opened in 1893 and a public party the following Saturday, February 24. (215) 922-2317, readingterminalmarket.org

February 24, 2018
CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN CULTURES.
The Penn Museum offers families a day to experience music and dance of the African Diaspora, interactive storytelling, an Ethiopian folktale puppet show, games of Mancala, arts and crafting and an African marketplace of food and handmade goods—in and beyond the museum’s African Galleries. penn.museum

February 26-March 9, 2018
EAST PASSYUNK’S RESTAURANT WEEK.
Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants in the neighborhood, including Fond, Noord, Perla, Townsend and Will and the bargain price of $15-$35. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

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

Through March 4, 2018
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin, end their seasonal run. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Through March 4, 2018
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS OF THE FIRST EMPEROR.
The Franklin Institute ends its exhibition 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

Through March 9, 2018
EAST PASSYUNK’S RESTAURANT WEEK.
Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants in the neighborhood, including Fond, Noord, Perla, Townsend and Will and the bargain price of $15-$35. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

Through 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 rarely viewed sculptures and drawings by Rodin. (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org

Through March 18, 2018
WINTER FOUNTAINS FOR THE PARKWAY BY JENNIFER STEINKAMP.
The centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100 features four massive outdoor domes set along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—surreal, glowing circular surfaces for video projections inspired by the boulevard’s grand fountains. parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org

Through March 25, 2018
PROCESS AND PRACTICE: 40 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION.
To honor their 40th anniversary, the Fabric Workshop and Museum celebrates with a catalogue and pop-up exhibition featuring rarely exhibited notes, sketches, tests, prototypes and ephemera by an array of artists. fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

March-April, 2018 (exact dates TBD)
DIAORAMA RENOVATIONS.
Two of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s iconic dioramas—the Takin and Gorilla, both in the Asia Hall—undergo painstaking cleaning, restoration and upgrades—within view of visitors. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 2-29, 2018 (select dates)
WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL.
Against the backdrop of their Main Conservatory adorned with hydrangeas and blue poppies, Longwood Gardens hosts a talented lineup of blues artists including Lurrie Bell, Ruthie Foster and Rory Block. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

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. The theme for this year’s show, “Wonders of Water,” 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 for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.com

March 11, 2018
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE.
Marching bands, decorated floats, music and dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations march down Broad Street to City Hall and from City Hall to Market Street to Penn’s Landing. philadelphiastpatsparade.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 22-29, 2018
PHILLY WINE WEEK.
More than 60 esteemed restaurants and bars, from a.kitchen to Zavino, participate in the eight-day, 200-plus-event draw for both oenophiles and vino neophytes featuring tastings, pairings, specials and more—all educational, naturally. phillywineweek.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 31-May 6, 2018
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

March 31-September 3, 2018
GAME MASTERS.
The Franklin Institute celebrates the genius and popularity of more than 30 game design innovators in an interactive setting where visitors can engage in more than 100 video games, ogle original, transformative artwork, learn the stories behind celebrity characters and more. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

March 31-April 1, 2018
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE SHOWCASE.
The annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center includes private exhibits that have never been shown in museums, living legend history makers, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, visual artists and crafters, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical musical concerts. blackhistoryshowcase.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 1, 2018
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE SHOWCASE.
The annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center includes private exhibits that have never been shown in museums, living legend history makers, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, visual artists and crafters, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical musical concerts. blackhistoryshowcase.org

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 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

Through April 29, 2018
BLACK PULP! –
The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents an International Print Center New York exhibition that displays works by artists, graphic designers, writer and publishers—including comic books—to example perspectives on black identity from 1912 to 2016. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.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 9, 2018
MANAYUNK SPRING STREAT FOOD FESTIVAL.
Along Main Street, visitors can grab everything from savory BBQ to sweet desserts from over 50 of Philadelphia best food trucks and gourmet vendors. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

April 10-21, 2018
MANAYUNK RESTAURANT WEEK.
Some of Manayunk’s finest eateries highlight three course meals, which will be offered at $15, $25 and $35 price ranges. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

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 18-September 23, 2018
MODERN TIMES: AMERICAN ART 1910-1950.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates and explores the energetic first half of America’s 20th century in an exhibition featuring vibrant, essential modern works by Georgia O’Keefe, Horace Pippin, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley and more revolutionary artists. philamuseum.org

April 21, 2018
PENN MUSEUM MIDDLE EAST GALLERIES REOPEN.
The first of the 130-year-old Penn Museum’s extensive renovations debuts with the galleries where it all began, recounting humanity’s nearly 10,000-year-long journey from Middle Eastern villages to cities through 1,400 artifacts, plus video and interactive stations. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

April 21-28, 2018
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

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 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 26-29, 2018
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 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 28, 2018
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. Rain date: April 29. (215) 232-4766, fairmountaveartscrawl.com

April 29, 2018
EL CARNAVAL DE PUEBLA.
South Philadelphia’s vibrant pre-Cinco de Mayo procession showcases folk traditions from the Mexican state, the home of many Philadelphians, through a colorful parade and street fair featuring dancers in ornate costumes and oversized masks representing historic figures and folk dramas. carnavaldepuebla.com

April 29, 2018
FLAVORS OF THE AVENUE.
South Philly’s buzzing East Passyunk Avenue celebrates its culinary spirit when over two dozen most popular neighborhood restaurants and bars gather to dish out their goods, while bands, a fashion show and a craft market entertain outside. (215) 336-1455, visiteastpassyunk.com

April 2018 (TBD)
LOVE PARK.
When the weather warms up, the city will fete the square’s new look, complete with modern fountains and lighting, a refurbished midcentury modern Welcome Center and newly planted lawns and gardens. phila.gov

April 2018 (TBD)
THE RAIL PARK.
The long-awaited development of the three-mile Rail Park commences with the opening of the former Reading Viaduct. This four-block (about a quarter mile) segment of no-longer-used elevated track will become a planted, permanent, activated greenway stretching between Broad and Callowhill Streets. therailpark.org

Through April, 2018 (exact date TBD)
DIAORAMA RENOVATIONS.
Two of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s iconic dioramas—the Takin and Gorilla, both in the Asia Hall—undergo painstaking cleaning, restoration and upgrades—within view of visitors. (215) 299-1000, ansp.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

Through May 6, 2018
CROCS: ANCIENT PREDATORS IN A MODERN WORLD.
Live crocodilians descended from 200-million-year-old ancestors star in an Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University exhibition featuring a live Siamese crocodile, Albino American alligator, 3-D animation and more. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

Through May 6, 2018
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

Through May 6, 2018
MAGICAL & REAL: HENRIETTE WYETH AND PETER HURD, A RETROSPECTIVE.
Co-organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum and the Roswell Museum and Arts Center, this major retrospective explores Wyeth’s career with paintings dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, and examines the work and career of her husband, Peter Hurd. (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org

Through May 6, 2018
SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE SUPER-DUPER EXHIBIT!
Teaching kids STEM through play, this visiting exhibition to the Please Touch Museum® focuses on popular PBS KIDS cartoon star Sid, who discovers science wherever he looks. pleasetouchmuseum.org

May 1-31, 2018
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 3, 2018
PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE'S WINE FESTIVAL.
Sponsored by Philadelphia magazine and taking place at Lincoln Financial Field’s SCA Club, this annual festival brings together more than 650 hard-to-find vintages and rare blends, along with delicious food pairings from some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants. phillymag.com

May 5, 2018
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 6, 2018
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 6-September 3, 2018
RENOIR: FATHER AND SON / PAINTING AND CINEMA.
This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. barnesfoundation.org

May 11, 2018
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 11-12, 2018
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA.
The world's 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 13-20, 2018
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES’ ANNUAL PRIDE FEST.
The festival begins with an Equality Flag ceremony on May 13 and continues with a weeklong celebration that culiminates with Saturday’s Pride Parade and Fair, which crosses the bridge from Lambertville, New Jersey to New Hope, site of outdoor performances and events. newhopecelebrates.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 19, 2018
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 19, 2018
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 19-20, 2018
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 19-20, 2018
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 pasta. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May 24-28, 2018
SAIL PHILADELPHIA.
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, sailphiladelphia.com

May 24-June 3, 2018
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 26-September 3, 2018
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 26-29, 2018
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 26, 2018-January 21, 2019
XTREME BUGS.
Twenty giant animatronic insects, including a monarch butterfly and Madagascar hissing cockroach, put a magnifying glass on bugs’ behaviors, motions and sounds in this interactive Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University exhibition. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

May 31-June 10, 2018
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.
Collaborative, innovative performances are the hallmark of the 11-day, art-filled festival and street fair along Broad Street, also known as the Avenue of the Arts. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

JUNE 2018

Through June 3, 2018
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

Through June 3, 2018
THE WAY BACK: THE PAINTINGS OF GEORGE A. WEYMOUTH.
The landmark exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art displays approximately 65 of Weymouth’s best works. brandywine.org

June 2, 2018
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 1-3, 2018
LATINO FILM FESTIVAL.
For one 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 1-10, 2018
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 3–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 10, 2018
ODUNDE FESTIVAL.
The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast comes to West South Street during this annual event that features cultural, historical and family-friendly events. (215) 732-8510, odundefestival.org

June 10, 2018
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, phillygaypride.org

June 16, 2018
BLOOMSDAY.
James Joyce fans spend the day outside the 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 19, 2018
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 22-23, 2018.
JUNETEENTH MUSIC FESTIVAL & PARADE.
Philadelphia marks African-Americans’ emancipation from slavery with two days of reenactments, entertainment, an African children’s village, a cultural marketplace and a Center City parade. philadelphiacommunityofleaders.org

June 23-24, 2018
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 23-24, 2018
SUMMER FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Peddler’s Village kicks off the summer season with a weekend of food, music, boutique shopping and family fun. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

June 28-July 4, 2018
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 26th 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

June 2018 (TBD)
THE PHILLY BOURSE FOOD HALL.
The Historic District's commodities exchange transforms into an artisan market in the style of Chelsea Market via a renovation befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a city of makers. theboursephilly.com

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

JULY 2018

Through July 4, 2018
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 26th 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

Through July 12, 2018
WOVEN STRANDS: THE ART OF HUMAN HAIR WORK.
In conjunction with Morbid Anatomy, The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia presents an exhibition that features human hair as textile in four distinctive art and jewelry techniques: palette work, gimp work, table work and dissolved human hair work. (215) 560-8564, muttermuseum.org

July 13-15, 2018
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, thecolonialtheatre.com

July 14, 2018
BASTILLE DAY.
The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary, as reenactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille the historic building that is considered the nation’s first modern prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

July 14-15, 2018
BLUEGRASS AND BLUEBERRIES FESTIVAL.
Live country and bluegrass music and berries combine for a weekend-long midsummer celebration at the summer festival at Peddler’s Village in lovely Bucks County. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

July, 15, 2018
NUEVOFEST.
Hosted by FringeArts, the free, outdoor, alt-Latin music festival, a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series, features acts from San Juan to Chile to L.A. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

July 27-29, 2018
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 29, 2018
EAST PASSYUNK CAR SHOW AND STREET FESTIVAL.
The annual showing of look-but-don’t-touch vintage classics, hot rods and more line South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, as do food trucks and craft vendors. visiteastpassyunk.com

AUGUST 2018

August 5, 2018
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 two stages for live music. 2ndstfestival.org

August 16-19, 2018
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

August 24-26, 2018
COUNTRY SPIRIT USA.
The Brandywine Valley’s multi-day country music festival features popular recording artists, Western-themed attractions, scrumptious food and an array of drinks.
countryspiritusa.com

August 31-November 9, 2018
JOHN DOWELL: WHEN I SEE COTTON I SEE RED.
Philadelphia artist Dowell shares large-scale photographs, sculpture and an installation—all reflections of his pilgrimage to the rural South, his exploration of cotton’s far-reaching and often tragic history with African-Americans at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

August 2018 (TBD)
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL.
Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance,” this event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

August, 2018 (TBD)
CHERRY STREET PIER.
The former Municipal Pier 9 becomes a permanent addition to seasonal Delaware River Waterfront attractions Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park. The accessible, egalitarian, mixed-use space will host artist studios, shopping, performances, dining (and drinking), working and relaxing. delawareriverwaterfront.com

SEPTEMBER 2018

Through 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

Through September 3, 2018
GAME MASTERS.
The Franklin Institute celebrates the genius and popularity of more than 30 game design innovators in an interactive setting. Visitors can engage in more than 100 video games, ogle original, transformative artwork, learn stories behind celebrity characters and more. fi.edu

Through September 3, 2018
RENOIR: FATHER AND SON / PAINTING AND CINEMA.
This Barnes Foundation exhibition explores the relationship between impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and master filmmaker Jean Renoir by juxtaposing the father’s paintings and drawings with the son’s films, costumes, photos and ceramics. barnesfoundation.org

Through September 23, 2018
MODERN TIMES: AMERICAN ART 1910-1950.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates and explores the energetic first half of America’s 20th century in an exhibition featuring vibrant, essential modern works by Georgia O’Keefe, Horace Pippin, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley and more revolutionary artists. philamuseum.org

September 4-9, 2018
BMW CHAMPIONSHIP.
Newtown Square’s historic Aronimink Golf Club hosts 70 of the PGA Tour’s top golfers in the penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs. bmwchampionship.com

September 7-9, 2018
PHILADELPHIA HONEY FESTIVAL.
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents the three-day festival that attracts thousands of participants to multiple venues, including Bartram’s Garden, Wyck Historic House and Glen Foerd on the Delaware for activities that include beekeeping demos, speakers, brewing sessions, honey extraction, cooking demos, children’s activities—and vendors with plenty of sweet take-homes. phillyhoneyfest.com

September 8-9, 2018
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
Kennett Square’s 33rd annual Mushroom Festival puts the fun in fungi during a weekend of music, food, contests, exhibits and activities in the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” (610) 925-3373, mushroomfestival.org

September 10-28, 2018
SCARECROW FESTIVAL.
Throughout Peddler’s Village, 150 larger-than-life scarecrow creations go on display during this annual event. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

September 15-October 15, 2018
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 30, 2018
DOWNINGTOWN FALL FEST.
The Chester County Victory Brewing Company presents a day of live music, a variety of food and craft vendors and the Victory Beer Garden, all along blocked-off Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. (610) 269-1523, downingtownfallfest.com

September 2018 (TBD)
BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL.
Jay-Z’s annual music festival does Labor Day weekend right along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—for its seventh year. madeinamericafest.com

September 2018 (TBD)
PARKS ON TAP.
Concession trucks meet permanent parks for five days at a time during this partnership among Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and restaurateur Avram Hornik. The program rotates among outdoor spaces, bringing to each two popular trucks at a time (one serving food, the other selling craft beer and other adult beverages), along with live music and outdoor games. (215) 422-3011, parksontap.com

September 2018 (TBD)
PHILLY NAKED BIKE RIDE.
Now in its tenth 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 2018 (TBD)
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
For two weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

Fall 2018 (TBD)
COMCAST TECHNOLOGY CENTER.
Crowning the city’s skyline, the telecommunications company’s new global headquarters opens with an uppermost-floor Four Seasons Hotel, street-level retail, spectacular dining by chefs Greg Vernick and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and 40 stories of Comcast’s own office space. corporate.comcast.com

OCTOBER 2018

Through October 15, 2018
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

Through October 28, 2018
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

Through October 31, 2018
MURAL ARTS MONTH.
All month long, Mural Arts Philadelphia honors their 3,800 works of public art with trolley tours of neighborhood gardens, mosaics and a lineup of free and pay-what-you-wish events. muralarts.org

October 5-November 18, 2018
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 6, 2018
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, in an annual fall event that draws thousands of participants and spectators. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 14, 2018
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 20, 2018-January 14, 2019
BERTHE MORISOT, WOMAN IMPRESSIONIST.
The Barnes Foundation exhibition presents Morisot’s first U.S. retrospective since 1987 and highlights the bold defiance, keen talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist named alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir. barnesfoundation.org

October 26, 2018
PARKWAY 100.
Exactly one century to the day of the debut of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the culture-packed, museum-lined, park-pocketed boulevard fetes its centennial in grand finale. Details to be announced. parkwaymuseumsdistrictphiladelphia.org

October 2018 (TBD)
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

October 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
23rd STREET ARMORY OKTOBERFEST.
The 23rd Street Armory transforms into a bierhall for this second annual Oktoberfest shindig, starring traditional fare—including homemade Bavarian pretzels—and German Hofbräuhaus beer. ticketfly.com/venue/26967-23rd-street-armory-oktoberfest/

October 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
ROXTOBERFEST.
Food trucks, local beer, vendors and carnival games line the streets of Ridge Avenue for this well-loved Roxborough neighborhood tradition. roxboroughpa.com

October 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
RITTENHOUSE FINE CRAFT FAIR.
More than 100 fine artisans from across the country fill the sidewalks and pathways of Rittenhouse Square to display their handicrafts— contemporary furniture, decorative pottery to blown glass, fine jewelry, more—for the public. The fair showcases original, hand-crafted works. (717) 431-8706, friendsofrittenhouse.org

October 2018 (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

October 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
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 (for children 12 and under). (215) 413-3713, southstreet.com

October 2018 (TBD)
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 2018 (TBD)
FASHION DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA. Center City East’s
former “Gallery mall” gets new life as a shining retail, entertainment and dining complex stretching over three city blocks. fashiondistrictphiladelphia.com

NOVEMBER 2018

Through November 9, 2018
JOHN DOWELL: WHEN I SEE COTTON I SEE RED.
Philadelphia artist Dowell shares large-scale photographs, sculpture and an installation—all reflections of his pilgrimage to the rural South, his exploration of cotton’s far-reaching and often tragic history with African-Americans at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

Through November 18, 2018
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

November 3-4, 2018
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 17, 2018
PENN MUSEUM MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICAN GALLERIES REOPEN.
The University of Pennsylvania’s 130-year-old institution debuts its newly renovated Mexico and Central America Galleries, with Africa, with spectacular Egypt to follow in 2019. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

November 17-18, 2018
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 22, 2018
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.
America’s first Thanksgiving Day parade wows crowds with Disney characters, fancy floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 6abc.com

November 22-December 31, 2018
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.
Taking cues from traditional Christmas markets in Germany, Center City’s outdoor setup features 80 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 22, 2018-January 1, 2019
THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. The Comcast Center
lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city—with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center—and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. corporate.comcast.com

November 22, 2018-January 2019 (TBD)
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 23-December 31, 2018
MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW.
The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store—now Macy’s—offers a free show of dancing lights, set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. (215) 241-9000, wanamakerorgan.com

November 2018 (TBD)
FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL.
Venues throughout the city host 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-December 2018 (TBD)
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
Electric company PECO aptly presents the illumination of Franklin Square, while the square itself offers comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats. historicphiladelphia.org

November 2018-January 2019 (TBD)
CHRISTMAS IN PEDDLER’S VILLAGE.
With more than 60 specialty shops—perfect for holiday shopping—and six restaurants, Peddler’s Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 2018-February 2019 (TBD)
THE ROTHMAN ICE RINK AND AMERICA’S GARDEN CAPITAL MAZE.
The Rothman Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze return to Dilworth Park for the winter holiday season. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

November-December 2018 (TBD)
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 2018-March 2019 (TBD)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
This Penn’s Landing attraction opens up its outdoor rink for ice-skating and becomes the centerpiece of Winterfest, consisting of a lodge, arcade, confectionery cabin and more. (215) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

November 2018 (TBD)
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING.
Over 5,000 holiday lights and a massive live Christmas tree turn Rittenhouse Square into one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays. (717) 431-8706, friendsofrittenhouse.org

DECEMBER 2018

Through December 31, 2018
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.
Taking cues from traditional Christmas markets in Germany, Center City’s outdoor setup in LOVE Park features more than 80 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 8, 2018
ARMY-NAVY GAME.
The Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen in this epic collegiate rivalry, now in its 119th year and returning to Lincoln Financial Field. phillylovesarmynavy.com

December 25, 2018
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, 2018
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

Through December 2018 (TBD)
MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW.
The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store—now Macy’s—offers a free show of dancing lights, set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. (215) 241-9000, wanamakerorgan.com

Through December 2018 (TBD)
FRANKLIN SQUARE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FEATURING ELECTRICAL SPECTACLE: A HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW.
Electric company PECO aptly presents the illumination of Franklin Square, while the square itself offers comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats. historicphiladelphia.org

Through March 2019 (TBD)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK.
This Penn's Landing attraction opens 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 2018 (TBD)
COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL.
The buzz returns every year when the annual coffee and tea celebration comes to town. The event, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, offers more than 50 exhibitors, plus experts, tastings, gift bags and much more. coffeeandteafestival.com

December 2018 (TBD)
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 54th anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

JANUARY 2019

Through January 1, 2019 (TBD)
THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR.
The Comcast Center lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city—with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center—and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. corporate.comcast.com

Through January 14, 2019
BERTHE MORISOT, WOMAN IMPRESSIONIST.
The Barnes Foundation exhibition presents Morisot’s first U.S. retrospective since 1987 and highlights the bold defiance, keen talent and modern presentation of the only woman artist named alongside impressionists Degas, Monet and Renoir. barnesfoundation.org

January 1, 2019
MUMMERS PARADE.
Thousands of festooned 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

Through January 2019 (TBD)
CHRISTMAS IN PEDDLER’S VILLAGE.
With more than 60 specialty shops—perfect for holiday shopping—and six restaurants, Peddler’s Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

Through January 2019 (TBD)
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

January 2019 (TBD)
CENTER CITY 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

January-February 2019 (TBD)
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 2019

Through February 2019 (TBD)
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

Through February 2019 (TBD)
THE ROTHMAN ICE RINK AND AMERICA’S GARDEN CAPITAL MAZE.
The Rothman Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze conclude their seasonal run in Dilworth Park in late February. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

February 2019 (TBD)
AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR.
One of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children's books in the country, the 27th annual African American Children's Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia features nationally known bestselling authors and illustrators, representatives from the multicultural literary community, enriching children's books and activities that promote the power and joy of reading. theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

February-March 2019 (TBD)
EAST PASSYUNK’S RESTAURANT WEEK.
Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants in the neighborhood. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

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CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
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Jan 16 2014

Quirky Events In Philadelphia

Gay Bingo, Bad Movies, Racing Grandpas & Other Zany Events Make Philly Fun All Year Long

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:

January-February:

  • The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
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Apr 8 2015

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk (Manayunk Arts Festival), a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street (Odunde), a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue (Italian Festival and Craft Beer Day), a weekend celebrating all-things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill (Harry Potter Festival) or a gathering of would-be scientists at multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (Philadelphia Science Festival). Philly’s neighborhoods make merry all year long with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for

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Mar 25 2013

Philly Neighborhoods Host Fun & Funky Festivals All Year Long

Seasonal Celebrations Pay Homage To Beer, Art, Music, Zombies & More

Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares in West Philadelphia, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille in Fairmount, there’s always a reason to celebrate in the authentically Philly neighborhoods outside of Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:

Fishtown & Northern Liberties:

  • Lining the cobblestone street with artists of all stripes and genres, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival includes the storied Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a quirky competition for the most
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Feb 21 2013

Philly Neighborhoods Host Festivals Galore All Year Long

Seasonal Celebrations Pay Homage To Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More

Philadelphians love their festivals. Whether it’s local artisans and craftspeople sharing their wares on Penn’s Landing, a celebration of the fall season in Midtown Village, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair on South Street or a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue, there’s always a reason to celebrate in neighborhoods in and around Center City. The following are some mark-the-calendar happenings for 2013:

CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the third year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival will unleash 10 days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures, debates and hands-on activities on campuses, museums and other venues around the city, culminating
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Feb 18 2015

2015: The Year Of Craft Beer In Philly

Every Month Brings Large-Scale Showcases Of Suds To The City Of Brewerly Love

As home to the world’s original and biggest craft beer week—Philly Beer Week—Philadelphia sets a high bar for beer events. In the city and suburbs, beerific happenings take place all year long that draw hundreds and thousands of beer lovers. Here’s a look at some of the oldest, largest, quirkiest and most popular celebrations of artisanal suds slated for 2015:

March:

  • Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the Philly Craft Beer Festival returns under tents at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with more than 75 national and international breweries, food trucks
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Nov 2 2011

Philly's More Fun When You...Race A Goat? Indeed.

Gay Bingo, Granny Races, Graveside Runs & More Make Philly Quirky All Year Long

As if making an international name for itself in the 19th and 20th centuries with an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked bell didn’t make Philadelphia quirky enough, it seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:

January:

  • Setting the standard for quirky events, the Mummers Parade kicks off every New Year with more than 15,000 men, women and children spending thousands of dollars on
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