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Philadelphia & The Countryside Calendar Of Events

 

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region Now Through November 2020

 

NOVEMBER 2019

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PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART TREE LIGHTING. Music by Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine and the Sister Cities Girlchoir accompanies the lighting of the tree atop the Rocky steps. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

November 28, 2019
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE. The 100th running of America’s first Thanksgiving Day parade, sponsored by 6abc and Dunkin’, wows crowds with Disney characters, fancy floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 6abc.com

November 28 – December 24, 2019
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN PHILADELPHIA. The German-style market returns to JFK Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. For the 12th year, more than 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants sell Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, Hernhut Stars, wintry apparel and all manner of edible and drinkable treats, while entertainment keeps things festive. (215) 268-7606, philachristmas.com

November 28, 2019 – January 1, 2020
THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. The Comcast Center lobby’s super high-res LED display shows a magical sleigh ride over the city and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. comcastcorporation.com

November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS. The train display and critter ornaments make their annual holiday-time appearance at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

November 29 – December 31, 2019 (closed December 24 & 25)
GARDEN RAILWAY. Over the winter holidays, from the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 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. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

November 29 – December 31, 2019
MACY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW. The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store (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 29January 1, 2020
WILD LIGHTS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL. Norristown’s extra kid-friendly Elmwood Park Zoo illuminates its 16 acres, adds Santa and his reindeer, runs a vintage carousel and opens its zip line for early-evening fun. (800) 652-4143, elmwoodparkzoo.org

November 29 – December 1, 2019
WILD WIZARDING WEEKEND. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University does up the nature side of J.K. Rowling’s famed book series with a whole weekend of games, live animals, magic wand-making and costume-wearing. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

November 30, 2019 – March (date TBA) 2020
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime ice-skating rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin enjoy seasonal run. (215) 629-3200, riverrink.com

November 30 – December 1, 2019
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. Santa leads two days of Christmas Parades, and live entertainment pops up among the 60-some specialty shops and six restaurants of Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 30, 2019 – January 1, 2020
MIRACLE ON SOUTH 13TH STREET. A South Philly tradition brings neighbors along the 1600 block of South 13th Street together to decorate their homes with holiday lights and over-the-top decorations enjoyed by both pedestrians and car passengers. facebook.com/themiracleonsouth13thstreet

DECEMBER 2019

Army-Navy Game, December 14, 2019   — Photo courtesy Lincoln Financial Field

Through December 1, 2019
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. Santa leads two days of Christmas Parades, and live entertainment pops up among the 60-some specialty shops and six restaurants of Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

Through December 1, 2019
MEAN GIRLS. Tina Fey’s hit Broadway musical makes its way to the Academy of Music as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Through December 1, 2019
WILD WIZARDING WEEKEND. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University does up the nature side of J.K. Rowling’s famed book series with a whole weekend of games, live animals, magic wand-making and costume-wearing. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

Through December 7, 2019
FLOW. Philadelphia Sculptors and the Diana Wind Foundation present an exhibition of five floating sculptures in the boat basin of the Independence Seaport Museum, uniting art with the Delaware River. philaflow.org

Through December 19, 2019
DAVID HARTT: THE HISTORIES (LE MANCENILLIER). Beth Sholom, the Elkins Park synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, hosts its first artist commission, a multimedia installation examining and evoking the culture, migration and environment of Jewish and Black diasporas in America. (216) 887-1342, bethsholompreservation.org

Through December 22, 2019
COLORED PEOPLE TIME: BANAL PRESENTS. This is the final part of the three-part Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit, Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, and Banal Presents, Banal Presents, examining the everyday ways the legacy of slavery and colonialism continues to leave marks on American culture. Banal Presents features new and recent work by Sable Elyse Smith, Cameron Rowland and Carolyn Lazard. (215) 898-7108, icaphila.org

Through December 23, 2019
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE FARM. Media, Delaware County’s beloved Linvilla Orchards offers cut-your-own fir trees (also available pre-cut), December Saturday night Wassailing Hayrides, plus plenty to purchase to decorate and entertain over the holidays. (610) 876-7116, linvilla.com

Through December 24, 2019
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN PHILADELPHIA. The German-style market returns to JFK Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. For the 12th year, more than 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants sell Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, Hernhut Stars, wintry apparel and all manner of edible and drinkable treats, while entertainment keeps things festive. (215) 268-7606, philachristmas.com 

Through December 29, 2019
FROM THE SCHUYLKILL TO THE HUDSON: LANDSCAPES OF THE EARLY AMERICAN REPUBLIC. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents the first major museum exhibit to look at Philadelphia’s role in the development of American landscape painting. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

Through December 31, 2019
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. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

Through December 31, 2019
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

Through December 31, 2019
HAMILTON: THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLASHES THAT SHAPED A NATION. The National Constitution Center created and displays an exhibit of rare documents and artifacts that explore Alexander Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Aaron Burr. (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.org

Through December 31, 2019
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

December 1, 2019
A PHILLY POPS UPTOWN CHRISTMAS. The Philly Pops and guest conductor David Charles Abell join artists Tituss Burgess, Mandy Gonzalez, Luis Figueroa and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir for two shows at The Met Philadelphia. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

December 1, 2019
WINTER WONDERLAND. The holiday season gets started at this event in Headhouse Plaza with lights, trees and a visit from the North Pole’s finest. (215) 413-3713, southstreet.com

December 3, 2019
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 3–15, 2019
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. Broadway Philadelphia brings SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and all of the treasured characters from the Nickelodeon series to the Forrest Theatre for a tale of optimism and an unlikely hero. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 4, 11 & 18, 2019
STAG AND DOE NIGHTS. Wednesday evenings in December mean extended-hour, light-bite infused shopping and caroling along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthill.org

December 5–7, 2019
BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in one of J.S. Bach’s last completed pieces that brings the setting of the Latin Mass to stage. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

December 58, 2019
HOLIDAY CRITTER SALE. The annual shopping event of nature-made ornaments at the Brandywine River Museum of Art this year features special commemorative horse critters in hats and fascinators to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Radnor Hunt Races in 2020. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

December 6, 2019
FELIZ NAVIDAD. Presented by the Consulate of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts the ultimate holiday party of the season where Mexican music is set to a holiday feel. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

December 614, 2019
HOLIDAY SALE. The Community Arts Center and The Potters Guild in Wallingford offers handcrafted wood pieces, jewelry, pottery and more by dozens of local artists. (610) 566-1713, CACholidaysale.org

December 6–21, 2019
A PHILLY POPS CHRISTMAS: SPECTACULAR SOUNDS OF THE SEASON!
The Philly POPS’ Festival Chorus, The Philadelphia Boys Choir and the St. Thomas Gospel Choir bring the audience into the holiday spirit, along with special guest Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton). (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

December 6–31, 2019 (select dates)
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

December 6–27, 2019 (select dates)
TIPPLER’S TOUR: YULETIDE CHEERS & BEERS. Historic Philadelphia Inc. puts a holiday in on its Tippler’s Tour, when the pub crawl, set in the winter of 1777 and led by a costumed reenactor, takes guests to four festive bars throughout Old City. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

December 7, 2019
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR. With halls decked for the holidays, some of Chestnut Hill’s grandest private homes open their doors to ticketed guests. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthill.org

December 7, 2019
DECK THE ALLEY. The residents of Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied residential street, open their houses to the public for the holidays. (215) 574-0560, elfrethsalley.org

December 7, 2019
FIREBIRD FESTIVAL. Phoenixville honors its namesake with performance, crafting and vendors, followed by a giant bonfire, created out of a community-built wooden phoenix. firebirdfestival.com

December 7, 2019
PARADE OF LIGHTS. The Independence Seaport Museum puts on festive day that culminates in an early-evening procession of decorated, lighted working boats on the Delaware River. (215) 413-8665, phillyseaport.org

December 8, 2019
DIANNE REEVES: CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE. The Grammy® Award-winning jazz singer brings her renditions of holiday favorites to the Annenberg Center.(215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

December 8 & 25, 2019
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 12, 2019
LASHED BUT NOT LEASHED. In celebration of her album release, Martha Graham Cracker brings a one-night-only performance of her 2017 musical—in which she contemplates leaving show biz forever—to the Kimmel Center’sPerelman Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 12–14, 2019
PHILADANCO: XMAS PHILES. The beloved Philadelphia Dance Company takes the stage at the Annenberg Center mixing contemporary movements choreographed by Daniel Ezralow with popular Christmas music. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

December 12, 2019
PROMENADE OF TREES. During this fourth annual event, shoppers stroll down Main Street Manayunk and use coins to vote on their favorite decorated holiday tree. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

December 13, 2019
RACHAEL & VILRAY. Jazz with a vintage feel makes its way to the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with this singer-guitarist duo. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 14, 2019
ARMY-NAVY GAME. The Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen in this epic collegiate rivalry, now in its 120th year and returning to Lincoln Financial Field. phillylovesarmynavy.com

December 14–15, 2019
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/philly

December 16, 2019
CHESTNUT HILL COMMUNITY PARADE. Families rise early to welcome Santa and the season along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthill.org

December 20 & 21, 2019
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE. The Peanuts gang sings and dances their way through Charles M. Schulz’s holiday classic, featuring Vince Guaraldi’s music and other holiday carols at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 25, 2019
BEING ______ AT CHRISTMAS. The National Museum of American Jewish History hosts a variety of activities for folks who don’t celebrate Christmas (and those who do) during this annual event. In addition to the exhibitions within the galleries, guests can enjoy crafts, live music, storytelling, movies and face painting. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

December 26–29, 2019
CIRQUE DREAMS: HOLIDAZE. An acrobatic performance by cirque artists wearing spectacular costumes and singing original music and some seasonal classics celebrates Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and the New Year at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

December 26–30, 2019
KWANZAA CELEBRATIONS AT AAMP. The African American Museum in Philadelphia hails the winter harvest by lighting the kinara and honoring the seven principles. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

December 28 & 29, 2019
MINEFAIRE. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University hosts the top Minecraft event in the United States, which features an escape room, costume contest, learning labs and exclusive merchandise and benefits Public Citizens for Children and Youth. (215) 299-1000, minefaire.com

December 31, 2019
COUNTDOWN TO NOON. Kid-centric Please Touch Museum® throws a popular party for the early-to-bed set, complete with live music and two ball drops: one at noon, another at 1 p.m. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org 

December 31, 2019
RIVERS CASINO 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) 629-3200, delawareriverwaterfront.com

Winter TBA, 2019
MAINSTAY SUITES/ASCEND HOTEL COLLECTION. Dual hotels debut at 917 Arch Street, featuring locally inspired art and a fitness center on the edge of Chinatown. choicehotels.com/mainstay, choicehotels.com/ascend

JANUARY 2020

Two men in front of a mural of Martin Luther King Jr.Two men in front of a mural of Martin Luther King Jr.

Two men pose in front of a Philadelphia mural of Martin Luther King Jr. The region is home to the U.S.'s largest day of service honoring the civil rights hero, with tens of thousands of volunteers participating each January. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 21, 2020   — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Through January 1, 2020
A VERY FURRY CHRISTMAS. Sesame Place in Langhorne, Bucks County hosts Christmas Parades, holiday plays and a kid-centric marketplace — all featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and friends. (215) 752-ELMO, sesameplace.com

Through January 1, 2020
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 and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. comcastcorporation.com 

Through January 1, 2020
DECK THE HALL HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW. The western façade of Philadelphia City Hall serves as the backdrop for a nightly light display synchronized to holiday music. dilworthpark.org

Through January 1, 2020
MADE IN PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY MARKET. Outside Philadelphia City Hall, 50 local makers of apparel, gifts, art glass and more display and vend their locally made wares for the gift-giving season. (215) 268-7606, madeinphila.com

Through January 1, 2020
MIRACLE ON SOUTH 13TH STREET. A South Philly tradition brings neighbors along the 1600 block of South 13th Street together to decorate their homes with holiday lights and over-the-top decorations enjoyed by both pedestrians and car passengers. facebook.com/themiracleonsouth13thstreet

Through January 1, 2020
WILD LIGHTS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL. Norristown’s extra kid-friendly Elmwood Park Zoo illuminates its 16 acres, adds Santa and his reindeer, runs a vintage carousel and opens its zip line for early-evening fun. (800) 652-4143, elmwoodparkzoo.org

Through January 5, 2020
A FORGING LINK. Subtitled Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection, this exhibit in Doylestown’s castle-like Mercer Museum highlights works by 23 artists in metal — all responses to the famed collection of tools and artifacts amassed by 19th-century archaeologist Henry Mercer. (215) 345-0210, mercermuseum.org

Through January 5, 2020
BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS. The train display and critter ornaments make their annual holiday-time appearance at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

Through January 5, 2020
CANDYTOPIA. Philadelphia Fashion District presents a pop-up that’s part 3D wonderland, part over-the-top candy store; visitors reserve tickets ($28 adults, $20 ages 4-12 — samples included) to experience 14 Instagrammable, sensory- and candy-overloaded rooms. candytopia.com

Through January 5, 2020
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW AT SHADY BROOK FARM. A Yardley, Bucks County farm strings up more than 3 million lights for guests to drive — or ride in a horse-drawn carriage — through; also on tap: visits with Santa, holiday shopping, hot cocoa. (215) 968-1670, shadybrookfarm.com

Through January 5, 2020
LUMINATURE AT THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO. New this year to Philly, an evening activation transforms America’s first zoo into a walk-through display of light and sound. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

Through January 12, 2020
30 AMERICANS. The Barnes Foundation showcases painting, sculpture and photography by important and influential African American artists of the past three decades. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

Through January 12, 2020
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 12, 2020
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

Through January 12, 2020
VERY ERIC CARLE: A VERY HUNGRY, QUIET, LONELY, CLUMSY, BUSY EXHIBIT. Please Touch Museum® presents exhibit from prolific children’s author-illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Very Lonely Firefly, Very Quiet Cricket and more with interactives that Carle’s littlest readers can immerse themselves in. (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

Through January 12, 2020
NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG. The National Museum of American Jewish History hosts the first East Coast stop for an exhibition about the second woman and first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

Through January 19, 2020
JACOBLY SATTERWHITE: ROOM FOR LIVING. A multidisciplinary artist embraces the role of provocateur with performance, music and animation at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. As a queer African American man, Satterwhite addresses issues that affect his personal experience and explores issues of nostalgia, family, and music. (215) 561-8888, fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Through January 20, 2020
DINOSAURS AROUND THE WORLD. An exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University shows how sea level fluctuations and volcanic activity caused dinosaurs to disperse all over the globe. Interactive components allow guests to touch fossil casts, name their own dinosaur and investigate what dinosaurs may have looked like millions of years ago. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

January 1, 2020
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

January 719, 2020
THE BAND’S VISIT. One of the most Tony-award winning musicals in history makes a stop at the Academy of Music as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 10 & 11, 2020
DRUMLINE LIVE. The energy, rhythm and musicality of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands hit center stage at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 14 – 19, 2020
32nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL OF BLACKS IN DANCE. The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) continues its 50th anniversary celebration by hosting this event at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater and SEI Innovation Studio, the DoubleTree Philadelphia, Cambria Hotel Philadelphia and The University of the Arts. (301) 755-0831, iabdassociation.org, philadanco.org

January 17 – 19, 2020
HAMLISCH: WITH LOVE. In dedication and tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch, The Philly POPS perform renditions of his award-winning songs from Broadway (A Chorus Line) and Hollywood, The Way We Were, with help from vocalist Ashley Brown. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

January 18 – March 22, 2020
ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA. Longwood Gardens creates an absolutely transcendent experience for orchid lovers, perching and planting the rarest and most beautiful of flora from conservatories to outdoors. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

January 21, 2020
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE. Greater Philadelphia holds the country’s largest day of service every Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with tens of thousands of volunteers doing community projects throughout the city and region. mlkdayofservice.org

January 21–26, 2020
RIVERDANCE – NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW. This brand-new production reinvents the Irish and international dance and music stylings of the worldwide sensation at the Merriam Theater. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 23 – February 8, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The Philadelphia Orchestra marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov and Emanuel Ax performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos. January performances take place at the Academy of Music; February performances occur at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

January 25, 2020
JERRY BLAVAT DISCO, ROCK N’ ROLL AND SOUL. The Boss with the Hot Sauce hosts a show in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts featuring musical acts Peaches & Herb, The Trammps and Gary U.S. Bonds, among others, and a tribute to the late Johnny Maestro. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

January 25, 2020
LUNAR NEW YEAR.  The celebration of the Year of the Rat includes a parade through Chinatown, midnight lion-dance performances and special events at Reading Terminal Market, the Independence Seaport Museum and The Rail Park.

January TBA, 2020
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. ccdrestaurantweek.com

FEBRUARY 2020

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Philadelphia Auto Show, February 8-17, 2020   — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Through February 8, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The Philadelphia Orchestra marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov and Emanuel Ax performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

Through February 23, 2020
THE ROTHMAN ORTHOPAEDICS ICE RINK AND CABIN AND WINTERGARDEN.
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Skating Rink, the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin and Wintergarden finish their seasonal run at Dilworth Park, City Hall’s front yard. (215) 440-5500, centercityphila.org

Through February 29, 2020
BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Major attractions across the city—including The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia and more—celebrate the month throughout February with events and special programming. visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/black-history-month-in-philadelphia

February 1, 2020
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 28th annual African American Children’s Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia features nationally known and 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 1–16, 2020
GETAWAY AT THE GREENHOUSE. Fairmount Park Horticultural Centercelebrates summer in winter, setting up a giant sandbox, live music, food trucks and Gaia, The Traveling Artwork, British artist Luke Jerram’s spectacular giant globe of the Earth featuring detailed NASA photography. (215) 685-0096, myphillypark.org, my-earth.org

February 1 – June 7, 2020
VOTES FOR WOMEN: A VISUAL HISTORY. The Brandywine Museum of Artcommemorates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote using drawings, illustrations and posters expressing the message of the suffragists, as well as costumes, clothing, sashes and emblems worn by the women activists. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

February 1 – June 14, 2020
WITNESS TO HISTORY: SELMA PHOTOGRAPHY OF STEPHEN SOMERSTEIN. This exhibit on display at the Brandywine Museum of Artdocuments the historic 54-mile march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

February 6–16, 2020
PHILLY THEATRE WEEK. A 10-day regional theatrical festival promises 100 events, including panels, concerts, meet-ups and loads of live theater. (267) 761-9950, theatrephiladelphia.org

February 7–9, 2020
NICK JR. LIVE! MOVE TO THE MUSIC. Friends from Bubble Guppies, Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Top Wing lead a singing-and-dancing adventure at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

February 8–17, 2020
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW. The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 750,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,the showplace for more than 700 pre-production, classic, luxury and exotic cars. phillyautoshow.com

February 14–16, 2020
ARETHA: RESPECT. To honor the Queen of Soul, The Philly POPS features Broadway powerhouse Capathia Jenkins and R&B singer Ryan Shaw in a program that includes renditions of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Respect and Chain of Fools. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

February 15 – September 20, 2020
SURVIVAL OF THE SLOWEST. Survival strategies of sloths, iguanas and pancake tortoises, among other animals that are slow and small, are explored in this exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

February 16, 2019
MUMMENSCHANZ: YOU & ME. The mesmerizing Swiss theatrical troupe performs their brand-new show at the Annenberg Center creating shapes, forms, sounds and stories that delight audiences of every age. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

February 19 – March 1, 2020
HELLO, DOLLY!
Matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi and the rest of the characters from the musical-comedy classic make their way to the Academy of Music as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

February 21 – March 14, 2020
#GLASSFEST. This three-week festival presented by the Annenberg Centercelebrates Philip Glass’ career and includes the Philadelphia premiere of the composer’s Music in Twelve Parts and the world premiere of The White Lama, a theatrical piece by Nikki Appino that features a score by Glass. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

February 23 May 10, 2020
MARIE CUTTOLI: THE MODERN THREAD FROM MIRÓ TO MAN RAY. Cuttoli, a modern art pioneer, commissioned international modernist artists to design pieces that were woven into tapestries, as seen in this Barnes Foundationexhibit. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

February 29 – March 8, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW.
The annual gardening celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, with top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. This year’s theme: “Riviera Holiday.” (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

February TBA, 2020
EAST PASSYUNK RESTAURANT WEEK. Three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at various restaurants in the South Philly neighborhood. eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com

MARCH 2020

Philly Wine Week, March 30-April 6, 2020   — Photo courtesy Philly Wine Week

March 2020
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.
March marks Women’s History Month, a time when attractions and venues across the city welcome guests for special events, tours and presentations oriented around the month-long celebration.

Through March 1, 2020
HELLO, DOLLY! Matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi and the rest of the characters from the musical-comedy classic make their way to the Academy of Music as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Through March 1, 2020
IN CONVERSATION: VISUAL MEDITATIONS ON BLACK MASCULINITY. Fifty-five female and non-binary photographers of African descent present an exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia exploring the notions of Black men, masculinity, sexuality and gender identity. (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

Through March 8, 2020
DESIGNS FOR DIFFERENT FUTURES. The future feeds designers’ inspiration and this exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art shares examples of what creators think the years ahead hold. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Through March 8, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW. The annual gardening celebration at thePennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, with top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors. This year’s theme: “Riviera Holiday.” (215) 988-8800, theflowershow.com

Through March 17, 2020
COST OF REVOLUTION. This 5,000-square-foot exhibition at the Museum of the American Revolution chronicles the untold story of Irish soldier Richard St. George who, after an injury at the Battle of Germantown in 1777, returned to his native country to find it energized by the revolutionary spirit. (215) 253-6731, amrevmuseum.org

March 22, 2020
ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA. Longwood Gardens
creates an absolutely transcendent experience for orchid lovers, perching and planting the rarest and most beautiful of flora from conservatories to outdoors. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

March 1, 2020
FRANKLIN SQUARE. The carousel resumes to turning and Square Burger gets back to making Cake Shakes, as Historic Philadelphia Inc.’s Franklin Square fully reopens after a winter break. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

March 1 – September 20, 2020
SEAT AT THE TABLE. A free, seven-day-a-week, interactive art exhibition by Dome Collective at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts invites the public to experience women’s representation in places of power (seats at tables) through 3D infographic furniture, while a wall of interactive screens introduces pioneers in women’s history. (215) 893-1999, domecollective.com

March 5–7, 2020
PORGY AND BESS. Conductor Marin Alsop leads The Philadelphia Orchestra and a cast including soprano Angel Blue, baritone Lester Lynch and the Morgan State University Choir in George Gershwin’s American classic that shares a story of heartbreak and hope along Charleston’s Catfish Row. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

March 6–8, 2020
POPS ROCKS PHIL COLLINS. Philadelphia salutes the only performer to play both London and Philly for Live Aid in 1985 in this tribute performance to Phil Collins at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, featuring hits such as Easy Lover, One More Night and Two Hearts. (215) 893-1999, phillypops.org

March 7, 2020
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 7–29, 2020
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL. The Israeli Film Festival, Philadelphia’s annual showcase of the best in Israeli film, returns with a powerful lineup of documentaries, dramas, films and more. (484) 904-5421, iffphila.com

March 7 & 8, 2020
PALEOPALOOZA. Visitors get up-close-and-personal with rare fossils from the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, talk to paleontologists and participate in a number of activities planned for dinosaur fans of all ages. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 12, 2020
BALLET FOLCLÒRICO NACIONAL DE MÉXICO DE SILVIA LOZANO. This nearly 60-year-old institution brings the culture of Mexico to the Merriam Theater through folklore, dance, music and costumes. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 12 – April 5, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The second of two epic celebrations marking Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday sees the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts juxtaposing the composer’s nine genre-transforming symphonies with contemporary works from composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank and her diverse composers from the Creative Academy of Music. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

March 14–22, 2020
THE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL. It’s year five for this empowering, Philly-grown, women-centric festival that celebrates women’s roles behind and in front of the camera. thewomensfilmfestival.org

March 15, 2020
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 1729, 2020
LES MISÉRABLES. The Broadway Philadelphia series brings the Tony-Award winning musical classic with its inspiring tale to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 21, 2020
FOUNDERS DAY. Visitors pay what they wish at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University to celebrate the founding day in 1812 of the oldest natural history museum in the Americas. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 21, 2020
SIMPLE GIFTS WITH ORGAN: THE CASHORE MARIONETTES & ORGANIST MARVIN MILLS.  The music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland fills Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, while the Cashore Marionettes express touching scenes of everyday life. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

March 29 – May 3, 2020
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 29 – August 23, 2020
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR. This exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, organized and produced by the Natural History Museum in London, displays 100 stunning images of nature and wildlife. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

March 30 – April 6, 2020
PHILLY WINE WEEK. The annual eight-day festival returns for another year of wine-centric events, tastings, pairings and specials at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia. phillywineweek.org

Through March 2020 (date TBA)
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime ice-skating rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin, enjoy their seasonal run. (215) 629-3200, riverrink.com

March 2020 (TBA)
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA. This annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the LGBTQ communities, with venues TBA. qflixphilly.com

Spring 2020 (TBA)
RIVER HOUSE AT ODETTE’S OPENING. The site of Bucks County’s beloved cabaret greets a similarly-spirited 38-room boutique hotel overlooking the Delaware River. (215) 682-2022, riverhousenewhope.com

APRIL 2020

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Philadelphia Science Festival, April 17-25, 2020   — Photo courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival

Through April 5, 2020
AMERICAN VOYAGER: HERMAN MELVILLE AT 200. The Rosenbach marks what would be Melville’s 200th birthday with an exhibition of first editions and rare manuscripts (including Moby-Dick), examined through the lenses of LGBTQ environmental conservation and other contemporary issues. (215) 732-1600, rosenbach.org

Through April 5, 2020
BEETHOVENNOW. The second of two epic celebrations marking Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday sees the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts juxtaposing the composer’s nine genre-transforming symphonies with contemporary works from composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank and her diverse composers from the Creative Academy of Music. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

Through April 6, 2020
PHILLY WINE WEEK. The annual eight-day festival returns for another year of wine-centric events, tastings, pairings and specials at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia. phillywineweek.org

Through April 19, 2020
THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL EXPERIENCE. This world premiere exhibit at The Franklin Institute allows visitors to use their savvy science skills to escape dangerous real-life occurrences. (215) 448-1200, fi.edu

April 2 – 5, 2020
PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL. This event at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University offers a cutting-edge roster of smart eco-first films from around the world. (215) 247-3105, philaenvirofilmfest.org

April 2 – 5, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FINE ARTS FAIR. Forty Philadelphia art galleries and institutions — including the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art—present contemporary works at the 23rd Street Armory for in a ticketed event to raise funds to help preserve the ctiy’s public art. philfineartfair.com

April 4, 2020
AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS. Humorist Sedaris brings his wit and observations to the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

April 4 – 12, 2020
SUBARU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL. Sakura Weekend (April 4 & 5) begins a springtime tradition at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden at the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center, featuring film screenings, kimono dressing, demonstrations of nihon buyo, traditional dance and martial arts. (267) 237-3550, japanphilly.org

April 8 June 7, 2020
DR. SEUSS’S A CAT IN THE HAT. Sally and her brother’s day turns upside-down with the arrival of Dr. Seuss’s beloved character. Part of the Arden Children’s Theatre series. (215) 922-1122, ardentheatre.org

April 8–19, 2020
PEEPS® IN THE VILLAGE.
Pennsylvania’s most famous marshmallows descend upon creative displays in a new springtime tradition for Bucks County’s Peddler’s Village. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

April 911, 2020
THE SECOND CITY: SHE THE PEOPLE. Chicago’s famed comedy troupe brings a new show with an all-female cast to the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

April 11 & 12, 2020
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

April 12, 2020
89TH ANNUAL EASTER PROMENADE. That song about Easter bonnets still applies along South Street, where best-dressed Easter celebrants continue the city’s decades-old tradition of competing for prizes and fun. (215) 413-3713, southstreet.com

April 17–19, 2020
FAST FORWARD. PHILADANCO looks at the future of choreography in a co-commission with Toronto’s Dance Immersion, Vietnam’s Thang Dao, Broadway’s Ray Mercer and choreographer Kathy Smith at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 387-8200, philadanco.org

April 17–25, 2020
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) 448-1397, philasciencefestival.org

April 18, 2020
WILD KRATTS LIVE 2.0 – ACTIVATE CREATURE POWER. The Kratt brothers, Martin and Chris, appear live on stage at the Merriam Theater to share their knowledge and excitement about the world’s creatures. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

April 18 & 19, 2020
SPRING KIDSFEST. This free event at Peddler’s Village promises hands-on experiences, educational opportunities and traditional kids’ activities such as live music, story times, animal presentations, crafts, face painting, balloon artistry, moon bounces and visits from police cars and fire trucks. Rain or shine. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com 

April 23–25, 2020
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 24–26, 2020
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 exhibitors showcasing Colonial to contemporary examples of form meeting function. philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com

April 24–25, 2020
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 26, 2020
FAIRMOUNT AVENUE ARTS CRAWL. Dozens of bars, restaurants and shops in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood turn into galleries, while live music, dancing, kids’ activities and demonstrations round out a festive day in the Art Museum neighborhood. (215) 232-4766, fairmountcdc.org

April 30, 2020
DINING OUT FOR LIFE. Approximately 200 regional restaurants donate 33% of every diner’s dinner check to local HIV/AIDS nonprofit action wellness. (215) 981-3367, diningoutforlife.com/philadelphia

April 2020 (TBA)
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. carnavaldepuebla.com

April 2020 (TBA)
MANAYUNK RESTAURANT WEEK.
Manayunk Restaurant Week begins with vendors and food trucks joining Main Street’s lineup of restaurants for an all-day eat fest, the Spring STREAT Food Festivaland continues when Manayunk restaurants offer three-course meals at low fixed prices. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

April–September 2020 (dates TBA)
PARKS ON TAP.
This popular warm-weather tradition brings barbecue and beer to iconic outdoor spaces, a different Philadelphia park each Wednesday through Sunday. (215) 568-1616, parksontap.com

April 2020 (TBA)
SPRINGFEST. The Philadelphia Film Society presents a shorter, mid-year version of its annual fall festival to showcase great independent and international films with spring/summer releases—shorts, features, documentaries, animated and guest-accompanied films—in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

April 2020 (TBA)
TINY ROOM FOR ELEPHANTS. The sixth year for this pop-up festival shows off some of the city’s best up-and-coming street artists and DJ’s, and includes a family day and exhibits open (without performances) through a later date, at Cherry Street Pier. cherrystreetpier.com

MAY 2020

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Philly Tech Week, May 1-9, 2020   — Kevin Monko for Philly Tech Week

Through May 3, 2020
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 10, 2020
MARIE CUTTOLI: THE MODERN THREAD FROM MIRÓ TO MAN RAY. Cuttoli, a modern art pioneer, commissioned international modernist artists to design pieces that were woven into tapestries, as seen in this Barnes Foundationexhibit. (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

Through May 17, 2020
OFF THE WALL: AMERICAN ART TO WEAR. More than 100 works of wearable art made by more than 50 artists, most collected by New York gallerist Julie Schafler Dale, tell of the uniquely American Art to Wear movement, born of the 1960s and ’70s, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

May 1–9, 2020
PHILLY TECH WEEK. 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. 2020.phillytechweek.com

May 2, 2020
SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL. Thousands of revelers take part in al fresco family fun, from Headhouse Square and along South Street in an annual event that includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone, nearly 200 vendors and Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza. southstreet.combrauhausschmitz.com

May 3, 2020
BROAD STREET RUN. The 40th annual run, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, spans 10 miles, from Olney to South Philadelphia. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 7–9, 2020
PHILADELPHIA CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL. Acclaimed series of performances for children returns to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 898-3900, annenbergcenter.org

May 8 & 9, 2020
ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA. The world’s largest collegiate regatta 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 9, 2020
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! All of the beloved characters from the PBS series visit the Merriam Theater to take the audience on an adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

May 15 – June 7, 2020
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 119th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

May 15 – May 19, 2020
ELEKTRA. Richard Strauss’ score hits center stage when Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra and a talented vocal cast including soprano Christine Goerke, who takes on the role of the daughter who seeks to avenge her father’s death by murdering his killer, her mother. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

May 15 & 16, 2020
STOTESBURY CUP REGATTA. Philly’s largest sprint regatta has been held continuously on the Schuylkill River since 1927 and sees thousands of high school athletes participating, as it is also the world’s largest scholastic regatta. stotesburycupregatta.com

May 16, 2020
RADNOR HUNT RACES. In its 90th year, this annual horse race located in Malvern draws in crowds of 20,000, rain or shine, to watch six races throughout the day; funds benefit the Brandywine Conservancy. radnorhunt.org

May 16 & 17, 2020
9TH STREET ITALIAN MARKET FESTIVAL. The annual festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, plus the 9th Street Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pasta. (215) 545-4543, italianmarketfestival.com

May 16 & 17, 2020
NEW HOPE CELEBRATES’ ANNUAL PRIDE FESTIVAL. The festival begins with an Equality Flag ceremony and continues with a weeklong celebration that culminates 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 16 & 17, 2020
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Strawberries of all sorts, live entertainment and pie-eating contests are just a few of the festivities at this free annual event at Peddler’s Village. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

May 17, 2020
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS. The acclaimed big band and jazz orchestra with its 15 musicians performs original and historic compositions at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

May 21–31, 2020
DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR. At 125 years young, Devon is the country’s oldest and largest event of its kind, featuring equestrian disciplines, exhibitions and an old-fashioned country fair at the Devon Show Grounds.(610) 964-0550, devonhorseshow.net

May 23–25, 2020
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM OF ART ANTIQUES SHOW. Outstanding furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics, folk art, quilts and other fine antiques from across the nation go on display at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

May 23 – September 7, 2020
GARDEN RAILWAY. Every day from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, Morris Arboretum runs its G-scale model along a quarter-mile track with 12 rail lines, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars and nine bridges. (After Columbus Day, the Garden Railway operates on weekends only.) (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

May 28–31, 2020
YUJA WANG AND THE BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO. Curtis Institute of Music graduate Yuja Wang joins Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra for a performance of Brahms’ two piano concertos. (215) 893-1999, philorch.org

May 29 – June 7, 2020
PHILLY BEER WEEK. The 13th 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. phillylovesbeer.org

May 30 & 31, 2020
DRAGON BOAT MINI CAMP. Coaches Pat and Liz Bradley, winners of 11 gold medals at the 2019 International Dragon Boat Festival World Championship, lead rowers of all levels in Philadelphia’s first camp of its kind. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

May 2020 (TBA)
BOLD WOMEN & BEER FESTIVAL. Love City Brewing
hosts Philadelphia’s second women-centric beer festival, featuring more than 30 breweries, plus food trucks, live entertainment and talk of leadership. boldwomenandbeer.com

May 2020 (TBA)
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 2020 (TBA)
MEXICAN RESTAURANT WEEK. To celebrate Philadelphia’s Mexican cuisine, participating restaurants including Adelita, Philly Tacos, El Rey, Mole Poblano, Tamalex, San Lucas, South Philly Barbacoa, Cafe Ynez, Taqueria Atexquita and Los Tacos offer $20 meals during one week only. (215) 592-0410, mexicanculturalcenter.org

May 2020 (TBA)
PHILADELPHIA CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN FRANKLIN SQUARE.
With giant, light-up silken sculpture, this beloved festival returns to Franklin Square, as do live nightly performances, Chinese crafts and cuisine and the Dragon Beer Garden. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

May 2020 (TBA)
PHILLY TANGO FEST. Tango dancers, aspiring tango dancers and music lovers alike enjoy tango inspiration for four days and nights, with more than 600 dancers from across the nation and world at the Lithuanian Music Hall Association. (617) 291-3798, philadelphiatangofestival.com

May 2020 (TBA)
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 2020 (TBA)
SEMANA MEXICANA (MEXICAN WEEK).
A week dedicated to Mexican culture begins with the raising of the bandera de México at Philadelphia City Hall, includes Cinco de Mayo parties in Center City and Kennett Square (in Chester County) and continues with Mexican Restaurant Week. (215) 592-0410, mexicanculturalcenter.org

May 2020 (TBA)
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK. Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy hammocks, patio games, an arcade, mini-concerts and tasty treats while strolling the boardwalk on Philly’s waterfront. sprucestreetharborpark.com

SUMMER 2020

19TH AMENDMENT. The National Constitution Center commemorates the granting of the right to vote to (many) American women with an exhibit that explores constitutional arguments for and against women’s rights and offers fascinating historical context, spotlighting multiple generations of advocates and exploring the complex debates surrounding rights for African Americans versus rights for women. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

JUNE 2020

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Odunde Festival, June 14, 2020   — Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH. The 30-day-and-night celebration originally and commonly known as “Black Music Month” fetes its 41st anniversary in the city where the idea began — Philadelphia. 

Through June 6, 2020
WOMENNOW CONCERT SERIES. Women who are composers, conductors, instrumentalists and vocalists star throughout the Philadelphia Orchestra’s season. (215) 893-1900, philorch.org

Through June 7, 2020
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 119th annual exhibition. (215) 972-7600, pafa.org 

Through June 7, 2020
DR. SEUSS’S A CAT IN THE HAT. Sally and her brother’s day turns upside-down with the arrival of Dr. Seuss’s beloved character. Part of the Arden Children’s Theatre series. (215) 922-1122, ardentheatre.org

Through June 7, 2020
PHILLY BEER WEEK. The 13th 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. phillylovesbeer.org

June 37, 2020
DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY. Dixie Longate, the drag persona of actor Kris Andersson, brings laughter and kitchen accessories to the forefront with her Tupperware party for adults only at the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

June 4–7, 2020
LATINO FILM FESTIVAL. For one weekend, film fans view works by established and emerging Latino and Latin American filmmakers, a lineup that includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, in English or Spanish with subtitles, along with workshops and discussions. phlaff.org

June 14, 2020
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 14, 2020
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, 2020
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 19–20, 2020
SHE LEADS ROAD RALLY. Race car drivers pull an all-night, round-trip road trip from Drexel University College of Medicine in East Falls to Seneca Falls, NY, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention. (Buses also available.) women100.org

June 20, 2020
JUNETEENTH.
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. (215) 844-1683, freedomsbackyard.com

June 20, 2020
PHILADELPHIA JUNETEENTH PARADE & FESTIVAL. Philadelphia marks African Americans’ emancipation from slavery with two days of reenactments, entertainment, an African children’s village, a cultural marketplace and a parade. juneteenthphilly.org

June 23–28, 2020
KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Aronimink Golf Club hosts one of the five major championships on the LPGA Tour for the first time ever, a historic tournament in its 66th year. (610) 356-8000, KPMGWomensPGA.com

June 27 & 28, 2020
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 2020 (TBA)
ART IN THE VILLAGE. Peddler’s Village celebrates the summer with a new, three-week exhibit of outdoor art on display and live music on select days, culminating in a new Art and Wine Festival. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

June 2020 (TBA)
BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK PHILADELPHIA. A number of the city’s top Black-owned restaurants highlight African American, African and Caribbean cuisine in Philadelphia. phillybrw.com

June–August 2020 (TBA)
CENTER CITY SIPS. Wednesday night in the summer means happy hour deals at multiple bars in the Center City neighborhood. Bars participating in Center City Sips serve up discounted cocktails, wine, beer and half-priced appetizers. ccdsips.com

June 2020 (TBA)
FETE DAY.
For nearly a century, residents of historic Elfreth’s Alley have opened their doors for one afternoon in June, offering a rare opportunity for ticketed visitors to step into these private homes and to learn about how generations have protected the structures while adapting them to modern living. elfrethsalley.org

June–September 2020 (TBA)
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES. Penn’s Landing celebrates the diverse cultures that make Philadelphia distinctive through free festivals. delawareriverwaterfront.org

June 2020 (TBA)
PHILADELPHIA DYKE MARCH. Dyke-identified people and their allies hit the streets with protest signs and raised voices calling for more visibility and equality for marginalized queer voices in the pride community; the march begins and ends at Louis I. Kahn Park. facebook.com/philadelphiadykemarch

June 2020 (TBA)
ROOTS PICNIC. Philly’s The Roots perform and bring other musical performers to join them for a daylong concert at Fairmount Park’s The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. (800) 745-3000, rootspicnic.com

June 2020 (TBA)
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Historic Strawberry Mansion opens its orchards for berry-picking, beekeeping demonstrations and crafts for kids. (215) 228-8364, historicstrawberrymansion.org

June TBA-July 4, 2020
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA. Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 28th 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

Summer 2020
THE HYATT CENTRIC HOTEL OPENING. This new construction one block from Rittenhouse Square offers 13 stories and 332 rooms of rustic modern design by Philadelphia firm DAS Architects. hyatt.com

JULY 2020

A yoga class at The Oval+A yoga class at The Oval+

Oval+, July 2020   — Photo by A. Yee for Fairmount Park Conservancy

July 10–12, 2020
BLOBFEST. The 21st anniversary of a 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 18 & 19, 2020
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 30 – August 2, 2020
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL. Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the Black Sundance,” this International House-based event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global Black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

July 31 – August 2, 2020
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers along the Camden waterfront at Wiggins Waterfront Park and BB&T Pavilion. (215) 898-6677, xpnfest.org

July 2020 (TBA)
CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTS. One of the oldest African American literary events comes to Philadelphia each year, bringing conferences with performing and literary artists, including acclaimed journalists, writers, singers and more from across the United States. (215) 232-4485, artsanctuary.org

July 2020 (TBA)
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

July 2020 (TBA)
NUEVOFEST. A free, alt-Latin music festival, a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series, showcases artists who represent the new sounds of Latin America.  xpn.org

July 2020 (TBA)
THE OVAL+. The summertime pop-up park returns to Eakins Oval, bringing with it outdoor reading and music rooms, free Friday night movies, art installations, spray garden, giant sandbox, basketball court, tether ball, badminton, ping-pong, plus food trucks and loads of free entertainment and programming. (215) 607-3477, theovalphl.org 

July 2020 (TBA)
UNIVERSITY CITY DINING DAYS. University City residents and visitors can enjoy multi-course meals for $15 to $35 (depending on the restaurant) in some of the neighborhood’s popular dining spots. universitycity.org 

July 2020 (TBA)
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers along the Camden waterfront at Wiggins Waterfront Park and BB&T Pavilion. (215) 898-6677, xpnfest.org

AUGUST 2020

 

People talking at the BlackStar Film Festival in PhiladelphiaPeople talking at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia

BlackStar Film Festival, August 2, 2020   — Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Through August 2, 2020
BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL. Hailed by Ebony magazine as “the Black Sundance,” this International House-based event showcases artistically excellent independent films about the global Black experience and films by people of color. blackstarfest.org

Through August 2, 2020
XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers along the Camden waterfront at Wiggins Waterfront Park and BB&T Pavilion. (215) 898-6677, xpnfest.org

Through August 23, 2020
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR. This exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, organized and produced by the Natural History Museum in London, displays 100 stunning images of nature and wildlife. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

August 7–9, 2020
PEACH FESTIVAL AND SIDEWALK SALE. If it’s in season, it’s celebrated at Peddler’s Village, and August means peach pie, peach ice cream, peach preserves — and a summer sale to boot. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

August 13–16, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL. Philadelphia’s answer to Woodstock, now in its 59th year, attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. (800) 556-FOLK (3655), pfs.org

August 23, 2020
UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL. Tryzub, the Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham, celebrates the country’s independence with a full afternoon and evening of folk dancing (hopak), folk music, kids’ activities and homemade Ukrainian foods. (267) 664-3857, tryzub.org

August 26, 2020
TOAST TO TENACITY™. Independence Hall becomes the backdrop to a centennial celebration—exactly one hundred years to the day when the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving American women the legal right to vote. women100.org

 

August 28–30, 2020
CITADEL COUNTRY SPIRIT USA. The Brandywine Valley’s three-day country music festival takes place at Ludwig’s Corner House Show Grounds in Glenmoore and features country music stars and includes attractions, food and drinks. countryspiritusa.com

August 2020 (TBA)
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 2020 (TBA)
BUG FEST. At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, hundreds of live insects of all sizes, shapes and colors will be on display so that visitors can talk with scientists, learn about bugs from around the world, enjoy insect presentations and even taste a bug or two. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org 

August 2020 (TBA)
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. Plenty of pet-friendly vendors and activities are on tap at the Levering Lot in Manayunk, as well as food trucks, pet adoptions and a Pup Crawl where businesses offer drink specials and activities for furry friends and their owners. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

August 2020 (TBA)
PHILLY FREE STREETS. Now in its fourth year, this popular Saturday event closes down a main city thoroughfare to vehicular traffic — this year, an eight-mile stretch of North Broad Street between City Hall and Erie Avenue — so people can bike, walk and play in the street. (215) 686-5552, phillyfreestreets.com

August 2020 (TBA)
PHILLY NAKED BIKE RIDE. Now in its twelfth year, this two-wheeled, 10-mile, clothes-free, car-free, citywide ride expects to attract thousands of participants — and more than a few onlookers. philadelphianakedbikeride.wordpress.com

August 2020 (TBA)
MADE IN AMERICA. Multi-headliner, two-day, pre-Labor Day outdoor concert, founded and organized by Jay-Z/Roc Nation, returns to Philadelphia for its ninth year. madeinamericafest.com

SEPTEMBER 2020

Taller Puertorriqueño's Feria de Barrio always precedes Hispanic Heritage Month.   — Photo courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño

Through September 20, 2020
SEAT AT THE TABLE. A free, seven-day-a-week, interactive art exhibition by Dome Collective at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts invites the public to experience women’s representation in places of power (seats at tables) through 3D infographic furniture, while a wall of interactive screens introduces pioneers in women’s history. (215) 893-1999, women100.org

Through September 20, 2020
SURVIVAL OF THE SLOWEST. Survival strategies of sloths, iguanas and pancake tortoises, among other animals that are slow and small, are explored in this exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. (215) 299-1000, ansp.org

September 10 – October 4, 2020
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
 For nearly four weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com

September 11–13, 2020
PHILADELPHIA HONEY FESTIVAL. The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild organizes this annual event, now in its 11th year, featuring hive demonstrations, honey tastings and other family-friendly activities. Three historic locations (Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck Historic House and Bartram’s Garden) each hosts one day of the festival. phillyhoneyfest.com

September 12 & 13, 2020
MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. Kennett Square’s 35th 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 15 – October 15, 2020 (TBA)
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.
Philadelphia honors this national event with the Feria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, a 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 16, 2020
CELEBRATING WOMEN. This celebration of American women at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts begins with a ceremony featuring music, performance segments and a salute to 100 women who have blazed trails for others to follow in a multitude of fields. (215) 893-1999, women100.org

September 17, 2020
CONSTITUTION DAY. The National Constitution Center offers free admission in honor of this national holiday, with special programming for students and visitors. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

September 18 – November 7, 2020 (Select dates)
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS.
Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual haunt, one of the country’s most popular, inside an abandoned prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

September 19 & 20, 2020
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALF MARATHON. Popular 13.1-miler (and a 7.6-miler) hits the city streets for a run where earbuds are not required. runrocknroll.com

September 2020 (TBA)
22ND ANNUAL MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL. Each year, 15,000 attendees head to Penn’s Landing for one of the largest Mexican events in the city, replete with musical performances, great Mexican food, drinks, kids’ activities and more. (215) 592-0410, mexicanculturalcenter.org

September 2020 (TBA)
ARDMORE OKTOBERFEST. Bavaria hits the Main Line at Schauffele Plazawith beer, German food, live music, crafts, face painting and cookie and pumpkin decorating. ardmoreoktoberfest.com

September 2020 (TBA)
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 on west South Street. bloktoberfest.info

September 2020 (TBA)
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. ccdrestaurantweek.com

September 2020 (TBA)
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 2020 (TBA)
EVIL GENIUS BIRTHDAY BLOCK PARTY. The street in front of Fishtown’s Evil Genius taproom shuts down to celebrate nine years of beer making with music, games and Dougal, the brewery dog. (215) 425-6820, evilgeniusbeer.com

September 2020 (TBA)
FESTIVAL O19. Opera Philadelphia’s groundbreaking festival returns for an epic fourth year with company and world premieres of sung comedy, myth, tragedy and satire. (215) 732-8400, operaphiladelphia.org

September 2020 (TBA)
GREENFEST. The Clean Air Council presents the city’s largest environmental festival on Bainbridge Street from 3rd to 5th Street, featuring lots of fun, 100 eco-businesses, food, a beer garden, workshops, (even plogging, starting at 9 a.m. at 8th and Market streets)—and zero waste. cleanair.org

September 2020 (TBA)
HARVEST FEST. Pretzel Park and Main Street in Manayunk host a number of activities to celebrate autumn, including pumpkin carving, live music, food vendors and shopping specials. (215) 482-9565, manayunk.com

September–October 2020 (TBA)
OKTOBERFEST AT CRAFT HALL. Delaware Avenue’s Craft Hall takes on the German tradition by transforming its large space with banners, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. (267) 297-2072, crafthallphilly.com 

September 2020 (TBA)
OTSUKIMI FESTIVAL. Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, hosts a moon viewing festival with a Friday evening cocktail party, followed by Otsukimi Family Weekend with arts and crafts, storytelling, rice dining and, on Sunday, a tea ceremony. (267) 237-3550, japanphilly.org

September 2020 (TBA)
PHILADELPHIA BURGER BRAWL PRESENTED BY JIM BEAM. The Navy Yard hosts the ninth annual brawl, where more than 60 restaurants compete to determine whose burger knocks out the rest; proceeds benefit the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. (215) 732-6622, phillyburgerbrawl.com

September 2020 (TBA)
PHILLY AIDS THRIFT BLOCK PARTY. This party celebrates Philly AIDS Thrift’s 15th anniversary and offers games, face painting, live performances, food trucks and a celebrity dunk tank among other activities at 5th and Bainbridge streets. phillyaidsthrift.com

September 2020 (TBA)
PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL PARADE.
This year marks the 58th anniversary of this music- and pomp-filled Puerto Rican procession of 1,500 marchers. The parade draws thousands to show island pride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. elconcilio.net

September–November 2020 (TBA)
PUMPKINLAND. Linvilla Orchards’ annual celebration of all things fall includes hayrides, scarecrows, apple-picking — and lots and lots of pumpkins. (610) 876-7116, linvilla.com

September 2020 (TBA)
SCARECROW FESTIVAL. Throughout Peddler’s Village, over 100 larger-than-life scarecrow creations go on display during this annual event. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

September 2020 (TBA)
SOUTH STREET OKTOBERFEST. German food, drink, dancers and decorations can all be found in front of Brauhaus Schmitz during this 12th annual event. (267) 909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com

September 2020 (TBA)
UPTOBERFEST OKTOBERFEST. Center City’s Uptown Beer Garden holds its fifth German fest where strong arms come in handy during the liter lift competition. facebook.com/uptownbeergarden

September 2020 (TBA)
WALNUT2WALNUT RIVER CHALLENGE. People paddle and row boats 15 miles, departing from waters at the Schuylkill Banks, down that river and up the Delaware River to Penn’s Landing Quay by the Independence Seaport Museum. (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org

Fall 2020 (TBA)
CORE PROJECT COMPLETION. The last phase of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s redesign by architect Frank Gehry welcomes 23,000 square feet of new gallery space, reveals the renovation of the West Entrance and Lenfest Hall, creates a major gathering space called the Forum and reopens the southern portion of the Vaulted Walkway. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

OCTOBER 2020

Philadelphia International Dragon Boat FestivalPhiladelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

The International Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the Schuylkill River on October 3, 2020.   — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

October 2020
LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH. Throughout the month, attractions and groups across the city celebrate the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer icons with festivals (Outfest) and other special events. lgbthistorymonth.com 

Through October 4, 2020
FRINGE FESTIVAL.
 For nearly four weeks of artistic pleasure, avant-garde performance meets street theater throughout the city. (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com 

October 1 – November 15, 2020
AUTUMN’S COLORS. Thousands of chrysanthemums — shaped into clouds, balls, spirals, columns, pagodas, a fountain and the astounding Thousand Bloom Mum — along with the more beautiful harvest-time plantings and colors are in Longwood Gardens’ annual celebration of fall. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

October 3, 2020
REVOLUTIONARY GERMANTOWN FESTIVAL. Inspired by true 18th-century events, the Germantown festival comes to life with costumed characters, live music, food and drink and a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within Philadelphia’s borders. revolutionarygermantown.org

October 3, 2020
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 the 19th-annual fall event that draws thousands of participants and spectators. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 3, 2020
ROXTOBERFEST.
Food trucks, local beer, vendors and carnival games line Ridge Avenue for this well-loved Roxborough neighborhood tradition. (215) 508-2358, roxboroughpa.com

October 7–18, 2020
DESIGNPHILADELPHIA. The entire city celebrates the nation’s oldest festival of its kind, with events that highlight local designers, architects, and creative professionals demonstrating thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement. designphiladelphia.org

October 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 2020
BOO AT THE ZOO. The Philadelphia Zoo hosts its annual, three-weekend trick-or-treat safari, welcoming costumed kids to explore the nation’s first zoo in search of animals, candy, hot apple cider, a hay bale maze and a giant pumpkin wall. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

October 10 & 11, 2020
PUMPKIN DAYS. Hayrides, scarecrow-making, plenty of kids’ activities and pumpkins bring fall to the forefront at Tyler Arboretum’s annual event. (610) 566-9134, tylerarboretum.org 

October 11, 2020
OLD CITY FEST. Artists, crafters, designers, techies, entertainers and restaurateurs celebrate the creative spirit of the Historic District neighborhood along several blocks of activities, exhibits and programs that appeal to families as well as the over-21 crowd. (215) 592-7929, oldcitydistrict.org

October 22 November 1, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL. This annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema—shorts, features, animated and guest-accompanied films — in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org 

October 24 & 25, 2020

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 on the Schuylkill River. (215) 280-0483, hosr.org

October 2020 – February 2021
JASPER JOHNS. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art partner on simultaneous exhibitions by the man considered the country’s most significant living artist. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

October 2020 (TBA)
23rd STREET ARMORY OKTOBERFEST. The 23rd Street Armory transforms into a bierhall for this annual Oktoberfest shindig, starring traditional fare, including homemade Bavarian pretzels, and German Hofbräuhaus beer. (267) 909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com

October 2020 (TBA)
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. (215) 800-1079, bruphilly.com

October 2020 (TBA)
DAY OF THE DEAD. The Penn Museum, in conjunction with Mexican Cultural Center, present the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos at this family-friendly afternoon of costumes, music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and a traditional Day of the Dead altar for dedications. (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

October 2020 (TBA)
GIRARD AVENUE STREET FESTIVAL. Live music, kids’ activities, food and artisans line West Girard Avenue between 26th and 29th streets during this annual event. (215) 232-4766, fairmountcdc.org

October 2020 (TBA)
GREAT PUMPKIN CARVE. An annual Chadds Ford Historical Society event offers hayrides, live music, a kid-friendly haunted trail and more than 70 carved pumpkins on view. greatpumpkincarve.com

October 2020 (TBA)
THE HARVEST GATHERING. This event at Wallingford’s Community Arts Center offers beer and cider, food, music, kids’ art activities and an art exhibition of works created at local farms and farmers markets. (610) 566-1713, communityartscenter.org

October 2020 (TBA)
HARVESTFEST. The annual Southwest community event 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 2020 (TBA)
JACK’S PUMPKIN GLOW. On select autumn evenings, visitors can stroll through hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns lighting up West Fairmount Park while master carvers demonstrate their skills—and enjoy the beer and wine garden. glowpumpkin.com/philadelphia

October 2020 (TBA)
LIBERTY MEDAL AWARD. The National Constitution Center awards its highest honor to individuals who strive to secure liberty for people all over the world. (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

October 2020 (TBA)
MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL. The Gayborhood parties to an ultra-fun level with music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities. (215) 733-0191, midtownvillagephilly.org

October 2020 (TBA)
OCTOBERFEAST. Peddler’s Village in Bucks County offers beer and brats (and other German food) in a family-friendly atmosphere at this annual event. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com 

October 2020 (TBA)
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

October 2020 (TBA)
PHILADELPHIA OPEN STUDIO TOURS (POST). For the 21st year, art connoisseurs and neophytes visit local artists of all mediums in their studios in neighborhoods throughout the city. (215) 546-7775, philaopenstudios.org

October 2020 (TBA)
OUTFEST. The world’s largest coming out day features 10 blocks of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music, shopping and a high-heel race, with the main stage at 13th and Locust streets. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org

October 2020 (TBA)
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

NOVEMBER 2020

Through November 1, 2020
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL. This annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema—shorts, features, animated and guest-accompanied films — in theaters and venues around Philadelphia. (267) 239-2941, filmadelphia.org

Through November 7, 2020 (Select dates)
TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS. Thrill-seekers celebrate the Halloween season by testing their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual haunt, one of the country’s most popular, inside an abandoned prison. (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org

November 20, 2020 January 3, 2021
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 25, 2020
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART TREE LIGHTING. Music by several artists accompanies the lighting of the tree atop the Rocky steps. (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

November 26, 2020
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE. The 101st running of America’s first Thanksgiving Day parade, sponsored by 6abc and Dunkin’, wows crowds with Disney characters, fancy floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 6abc.com

November 26 December 24, 2020
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN PHILADELPHIA. The German-style market returns to JFK Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. For the 13th year, more than 80 wooden booths of local and international merchants sell Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, Hernhut Stars, wintry apparel and all manner of edible and drinkable treats, while entertainment keeps things festive. (215) 268-7606, philachristmas.com

November 26, 2020 January 1, 2021
THE COMCAST HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. The Comcast Center lobby’s super high-res LED display shows a magical sleigh ride over the city and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. comcastcorporation.com

November 27, 2020 January 3, 2021
BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS. The train display and critter ornaments make their annual holiday-time appearance at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

 November 27 December 31, 2020 (closed December 24 & 25)
GARDEN RAILWAY. Over the winter holidays, from the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, 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. (215) 247-5777, morrisarboretum.org

November 27 December 31, 2020
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 27, 2020 January 1, 2021
WILD LIGHTS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL. Norristown’s extra kid-friendly Elmwood Park Zoo illuminates its 16 acres, adds Santa and his reindeer, runs a vintage carousel and opens its zip line for early-evening fun. (800) 652-4143, elmwoodparkzoo.org

November 28, 2020 January 1, 2021
MIRACLE ON SOUTH 13TH STREET. A South Philly tradition brings neighbors along the 1600 block of South 13th Street together to decorate their homes with holiday lights and over-the-top decorations enjoyed by both pedestrians and car passengers. facebook.com/themiracleonsouth13thstreet

 November 2020 (TBA)
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 28, 2020–March (date TBA) 2021
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK WINTERFEST.
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime ice-skating rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin enjoy seasonal run. (215) 629-3200, riverrink.com 

November (TBA)–December 23, 2020
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE FARM. Media, Delaware County’s beloved Linvilla Orchards offers cut-your-own fir trees (also available pre-cut), December Saturday night Wassailing Hayrides, plus plenty to purchase to decorate and entertain over the holidays. (610) 876-7116, linvilla.com

November 2020 (TBA)
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. Santa leads two days of Christmas Parades, and live entertainment pops up among the 60-some specialty shops and six restaurants of Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 2020 (TBA)
CRAFTNOW PHILADELPHIA. This multiday event returns for its sixth year of featuring events showcasing work by many of the talented and hardworking craftspeople in and around Philadelphia. craftnowphila.org

November 2020 (TBA)
CIRCLE OF TREES. Chestnut Hill’s tree lighting comes complete with cocoa, cookies and live music outside historic Woodmere Art Museum. (215) 247-6696, chestnuthill.org 

November 2020 (TBA)­–January 1, 2021
DECK THE HALL HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW. The western façade of Philadelphia City Hall serves as the backdrop for a nightly light display synchronized to holiday music. dilworthpark.org

November 2020 (TBA)
FIRST PERSON ARTS FESTIVAL. Venues throughout the city host the only event in the world dedicated exclusively to art based on personal experiences, a multidisciplinary festival featuring storytelling shows, memoir readings, film screenings, performances, experiential tours and workshops. (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org

November (TBA)–December 31, 2020
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. (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

November 2020 (TBA)
GERSHMAN PHILADELPHIA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. The festival presents film and film-related programs that appeal to diverse communities and encourage understanding across racial, economic and religious divides. (215) 545-4400, pjff.org

November 2020 (TBA)
GRAND ILLUMINATION CELEBRATION. Santa arrives at Peddler’s Village to light the venue’s one million lights at 6:15 p.m. sharp, while live music plays and guests enjoy hot apple cider and roasted marshmallows. (215) 794-4000, peddlersvillage.com

November 2020 (TBA)
THE GREAT HARVEST CIDER AND BEER FESTIVAL. Hard ciders, lagers, pumpkin ales, as well as food trucks with cozy fall favorites, apple bobbing, a pie-eating contest, music and more take over 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catherine streets in front of Hawthornes Beer Cafe. (215) 627-3012, hawthornecafe.com

 November 2020 (TBA)–January 2021 (TBA)
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW AT SHADY BROOK FARM. A Yardley, Bucks County farm strings up more than 3 million lights for guests to drive — or ride in a horse-drawn carriage — through; also on tap: visits with Santa, holiday shopping, hot cocoa. (215) 968-1670, shadybrookfarm.com

November 2020 (TBA)–January 2021 (TBA)
LUMINATURE AT THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO. An evening activation transforms America’s first zoo into a walk-through display of light and sound. (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org

November 2020 (TBA)–January 1, 2021
MADE IN PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY MARKET. Outside of Philadelphia City Hall, 50 local makers of apparel, gifts, art glass and more display and vend their locally made wares for the gift-giving season. (215) 268-7606, madeinphila.com

November 2020 (TBA)
PHILADELPHIA ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL. The largest East Coast film festival dedicated to celebrating and elevating the experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders also includes theatrical and musical performances at various locations throughout the city. phillyasianfilmfest.org

November 2020 (TBA)
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 2020 (TBA)
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW. Museum-quality handmade jewelry, textiles, and mixed media are on display and for sale during this annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (215) 684-7930, pmacraftshow.org

November 2020 (TBA)–January 1, 2021
A VERY FURRY CHRISTMAS. Sesame Place in Langhorne, Bucks County hosts Christmas Parades, holiday plays and a kid-centric marketplace — all featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and friends. (215) 752-ELMO, sesameplace.com

Through August 5, 2024
Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia. Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia offers its most ambitious exhibition to date — a multi-disciplinary recounting of a global pandemic that took thousands upon thousands of local lives in two years — only 100 years ago. (215) 560-8564, muttermuseum.org

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