Plan your Philadelphia visit, meeting or event around one of these can’t-miss annual experiences, including parades, cultural celebrations, concerts, sporting events, and more.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, some of the events listed below may have been rescheduled from their original date or canceled. Check each event’s website or social media for the latest information.
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. Annually on January 1.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an authentic dragon parade and enjoy traditional food and festivities in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Annually in January or February.
Hundreds of vehicles, showcasing the latest models and trends, are on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Annually in February.
The largest and longest running flower show in the nation features acres of dazzling floral displays and gardens, with a new theme each year. After a successful transition outdoors in 2021, the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show will be held outside for only the second time in its nearly 200 year history, once again hosted in the spacious FDR Park in South Philadelphia from June 11-19, 2022.
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. Annually in April
This family festival for all ages, presented by the Franklin Institute — one of Philadelphia’s top science museums and attractions — celebrates science with informal lectures, exhibitions and hands-on activities throughout the city. Annually in April.
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. — and one of Philadelphia’s signature annual sporting events — at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Annually in late April.
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. Annually in April.
This 10-mile race along historic Broad Street has attracted local and international athletes for more than 35 years. Annually on the first Sunday of May. NOTE: The 2021 Broad Street Run has been rescheduled for October 10.
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. Annually in May.
Daily performances at the Main Fountain Garden are set to music with water jets shooting 175 feet into the air. Visit in the evenings on weekends to experience the fountain shows paired with colorful lights. Annually in May through September.
Take part in this annual tradition where delicious Italian favorites, both sweet and savory, are available along with great music, shopping and more. Annually on the third weekend in May.
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. Annually in June.
This annual festival showcases the innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers. Annually in June.
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. Annually in June.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is host to a day of diverse music and performances handpicked by Philadelphia natives The Roots. Annually in June.
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. Annually in June.
One of the largest celebrations of LGBTQ pride in the nation, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to the city’s Gayborhood. Annually in June. NOTE: The 2021 PrideDay parade and festival has been canceled.
Celebrate America’s Independence with a multi-week-long festival featuring family-friendly fun, free concerts from chart-topping entertainers, and a patriotic parade traveling past America’s most historic sites, all capped by a spectacular fireworks show above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Annually, late June through July 4.
An exciting music festival curated by Jay-Z and featuring dozens of artists across three stages along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including a main stage at the base of the iconic Rocky Steps. Annually on Labor Day Weekend.
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. Annually in September.
Over a week’s worth of opera across Philadelphia from the world-renowned and cutting-edge Opera Philadelphia. Annually in September.
Debuting in 2021 from the creators of the famed Terror Behind the Walls haunted attraction, the new Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary fills the cellblocks of America’s most historic prison with 15 attractions, including two haunted houses, four immersive walk-through environments, two live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and a new Steve Buscemi-narrated audio tour recorded especially for Halloween Nights. Annually, on select evenings in late September through early November.
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 autumn.
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. Annually in October.
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. Annually in October.
Outfest celebrates “National Coming Out Day” with the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. Annually in October. NOTE: OutFest 2021 has been canceled.
International teams compete in the Professional Squash Association’s annual championship, hosted by Drexel University. Annually in October.
The Philadelphia Film Festival is a world-renowned annual event hosted at various locations, premiering everything from Oscar contenders to breakthrough local films. Annually in October.
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. Annually in November.
Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
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. Annually on Thanksgiving Day.
Army and Navy football teams square off in “America’s Game” — the ultimate college rivalry — at Lincoln Financial Field. The Army-Navy Game returns to Philadelphia in December of 2022.
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. Annually on New Year’s Eve.
Cover photo: Made in America Festival 2018. Photo by J. Kane.