Annual Philadelphia 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.
Hundreds of vehicles, showcasing the latest models and trends, are on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Daily performances at the Main Fountain Garden are set to music with water jets shooting 175 feet into the air.
Take part in this annual tradition where delicious Italian favorites, both sweet and savory, are available along with great music, shopping and more.
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.
This annual festival showcases the innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers.
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.
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.
One of the largest celebrations of LGBT pride in the nation, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to the city’s Gayborhood.
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.
An exciting music festival curated by Jay-Z and featuring 60 artists on three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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.
11 days of opera across Philadelphia with Philadelphia’s world-renowned, cutting edge Opera Philadelphia. Read more: Performing Arts in Philadelphia
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.
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.
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.
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
Outfest celebrates “National Coming Out Day” with the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood.
International teams compete in the Professional Squash Association’s annual championship, hosted by Drexel University.
The Philadelphia Film Festival is a world-renowned annual event premiering everything from Oscar contenders to breakthrough local films. Various locations.
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
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.
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
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!