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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.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, large public events through February 2021 have been postponed or canceled. For more information and to confirm if new dates are available, please visit the event’s website.

Mummers Parade
Annually on January 1

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
Annually in January or February

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
Annually in February

Hundreds of vehicles, showcasing the latest models and trends, are on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Philadelphia Flower Show
Annually in late February or early March

The largest and longest running flower show in the nation fills the halls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center with acres of dazzling floral displays and gardens, with a new theme each year. The Flower Show also features interactive gardening workshops and included a full-day PHS Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium in 2020.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
Annually in April

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
Annually in April

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

Penn Relays
Annually in late 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. at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Read more: Annual Sports Events in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
Annually in 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.

Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Annually on the first Sunday of May

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
Annually in May

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
Annually, May through September

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
Annually on the third weekend in May

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
Annually in June

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
Annually in June

This annual festival showcases the innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers.

Independence Dragon Boat Regatta
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.

Roots Picnic
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.

Odunde Festival
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.

PrideDay
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.

Wawa Welcome America
Annually during the last week of June through July 4

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
Annually on Labor Day Weekend

An exciting music festival curated by Jay-Z and featuring 60 artists on three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Fringe Festival
Annually in September

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
Annually in September

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
Annually, late September through early November

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.

Ciao Philadelphia
Annually in autumn

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.

DesignPhiladelphia Festival
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
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. Read more: Annual Philadelphia Sports Events

OutFest
Annually in October

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
Annually in November

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
Annually on Thanksgiving Day

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-Navy Game
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
Annually on New Year’s Eve

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!

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