Annual Philadelphia Events
January 7, 2020
The City of Brotherly Love is the perfect destination to visit year-round.
Below is a seasonal guide to Philadelphia’s best events.
Watch this annual Philadelphia tradition as the charismatic Mummers strut along Broad Street, celebrating the New Year. The colorful and extravagant costumes and performances are judged at the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Chinese New Year Parade
Midnight, January 24, 2020
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an authentic dragon parade and enjoy traditional food and festivities in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Check out our Year of the Rat article for ways to celebrate.
Philadelphia Auto Show
February 8-16, 2020
Hundreds of vehicles, showcasing the latest models and trends, are on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Philadelphia Flower Show
February 29 through March 8, 2020
This year, the largest U. S. flower show will fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center with acres of Mediterranean-inspired gardens—complete with bright citrus trees, scented herbs, and vibrant flowers—as the show embraces the theme of “Riviera Holiday”. The Flower Show will also feature all-new experiences this year, including interactive gardening workshops and a full-day PHS Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium on March 4.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
April 4-5, 2020
NOTE: The 2020 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled. For more information, please click here.
Celebrate spring and Philadelphia’s rich cultural connection to the art, music, food and beauty of Japan with this festival that culminates in Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.
Philadelphia Science Festival
April 16-25, 2020
This family festival for all ages, presented by the Franklin Institute, celebrates science with informal lectures, exhibitions and hands-on activities throughout the city. Read more: Top Science Museums and Attractions in Philadelphia
April 23-25, 2020
Watch high school, college and masters-level track stars as well as Olympic athletes compete in the oldest and largest track and field competition in the U.S. at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Read more: Annual Sports Events in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
April 24-26, 2020
A premier showcase of the country’s top dealers of antiques and fine art, the show, held in the Navy Yard, features 62 exhibitors and a brilliant selection of art from the 17th century to the present.
Blue Cross Broad Street Run
May 3, 2020
This 10-mile race along historic Broad Street has attracted local and international athletes for more than 35 years. Read more: Annual Philadelphia Sports Events
Dad Vail Regatta
May 8-9, 2020
Head to the banks of the beautiful Schuylkill River for this annual collegiate regatta, which draws participants from more than 100 North American colleges and universities. Read more: Annual Philadelphia Sports Events
Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains
May through September 29, 2020
Daily performances at the Main Fountain Garden are set to music with water jets shooting 175 feet into the air.
The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
May 16-17, 2020 (third weekend in May annually)
Take part in this annual tradition where delicious Italian favorites, both sweet and savory, are available along with great music, shopping and more.
Philly Beer Week
This festival gives you the chance to try locally made brews and participate in beer tours, prix fixe beer-pairing dinners, pub crawls and hundreds of events in restaurants and bars across America’s Best Beer Drinking City.
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
June 4-7, 2020
This annual festival showcases the innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers.
Independence Dragon Boat Regatta
June 6, 2020
Watch teams (from novices to experienced racers) compete along the Schuylkill River to help raise money for a number of worthy charities in this spectacular annual tradition.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is host to a day of diverse music and performances handpicked by Philadelphia natives The Roots.
June 14, 2020
With live entertainment, 12 blocks of vendors along South Street, arts-and-craft booths and African, Caribbean and soul food, this huge festival celebrates the Yoruba New Year.
June 14, 2020
One of the largest celebrations of LGBTQ pride in the nation, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to the city’s Gayborhood.
Wawa Welcome America
June 27-July 4, 2020
Celebrate America’s Independence with a week-long festival featuring seven days of family-friendly fun, free concerts with world-renowned entertainers, spectacular fireworks and a patriotic parade traveling past America’s most historic sites.
Made in America Festival
Labor Day Weekend, annually
An exciting music festival curated by Jay-Z and featuring 60 artists on three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
September 10-27, 2020
More than 1,000 experimental performances take over neighborhoods throughout the city during this annual arts festival. Performances include theater, dance, comedy, visual arts, spoken word and more.
O20 Opera Festival
September 17-27, 2020
11 days of opera across Philadelphia with Philadelphia’s world-renowned, cutting edge Opera Philadelphia. Read more: Performing Arts in Philadelphia
Terror Behind the Walls, Eastern State Penitentiary
September 18 through November 7, 2020
Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the country, this massive haunted house in historic Eastern State Penitentiary consists of six terrifying experiences within the prison grounds, including Lock Down, Infirmary, Machine Shop, Break Out, Quarantine 4D and the new Blood Yard.
Annually in the fall season
Greater Philadelphia has one of the largest Italian-American communities in the United States. This annual festival celebrates Italian cultural heritage and connects the city with contemporary Italy.
Annually in October
Get an insider’s view of Philadelphia’s thriving creative industry at work with exhibitions, design events, lectures and more during the Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s annual festival.
Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival
October 3, 2020
Hundreds of paddlers gather to race down the scenic Schuylkill River in this 2,000-year-old tradition that involves beautiful boats, drumming and more. Read more: Annual Philadelphia Sports Events
October 11, 2020
Outfest celebrates “National Coming Out Day” with the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood.
U.S. Open Squash
Annually in October
International teams compete in the Professional Squash Association’s annual championship, hosted by Drexel University.
Philadelphia Film Festival
Annually in October
The Philadelphia Film Festival is a world-renowned annual event premiering everything from Oscar contenders to breakthrough local films. Various locations.
Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend
November 20-22, 2020
The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the fastest courses in the country and a great way to see America’s Historic Mile while making some history of your own. Read more: Annual Philadelphia Sports Events
Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 26, 2020
For more than 95 years, Philadelphia has kicked off the holiday season with this family-friendly parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring giant floats, balloons and marching bands from across the country.
December 12, 2020
Army and Navy football teams square off in “America’s Game”—the ultimate college rivalry—at Lincoln Financial Field. Read more: Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront
December 31, 2019
Philadelphia continues the tradition of two sets of fireworks on New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. and midnight over the Delaware River. Launched from barges in the river, the fireworks are choreographed to unique soundtracks that can be heard from Penn’s Landing.
Philadelphia is a wonderful place to visit during the winter holidays. See our holiday guide for inspiration!