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Annual Philadelphia Events

September 7, 2022

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.

Mummers Parade

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2020 Mummers Parade. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Annually on January 1.

Watch this annual Philadelphia tradition as the charismatic Mummers strut along Broad Street, celebrating the New Year, for the Mummers Parade. The colorful and extravagant costumes and performances are judged at the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Lunar New Year Parade and Celebrations

2020 Chinese New Year Parade. Photo by A. Lee.

Annually in January or February.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an authentic dragon parade and enjoy traditional food and festivities in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

Philadelphia Auto Show

Philly Auto Show at Pennsylvania Convention Center. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Annually in February or March.

The 2023 Philadelphia Auto Show is scheduled for January 28 – February 5, 2023.

At the Philadelphia Auto Show, hundreds of vehicles, showcasing the latest models and trends, will be on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show's theme was 'In Full Bloom.' Photo by J. Ryan for PHLCVB.

Annually in March.

The 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show will be held inside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 4-12, 2023.

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 was held outside for only the second time in its nearly 200 year history, once again hosted in the spacious FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade is hosted by the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association. Photo by D. Foley for Irish Philadelphia.

Annually in March.

A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, noted as one of the best parades of its kind in the U.S. by Thrillist, takes place annually on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) to honor the patron saint of Ireland and to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. Spectators line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to watch the event.

Philly Home Show

Annually in March.

The 2023 Philly Home Show is set for March 17-19 and March 24-26, 2023.

Held inside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philly Home Show offers busy homeowners a one stop shop. With more than 200 booths to discover and learn from, attendees will find everything they need to inspire or complete their next home project, as well as expert advice.

Green Screen: Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival

Annually in March or April.

The Philadelphia Film Society took over production of the Green Screen: Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival in 2022. The event showcases new, powerful, and thought-provoking films that address urgent environmental issues, from animal welfare to the effects of climate change.

Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival

Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival takes place annually in April. Photo courtesy of Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Annually in April.

Celebrate spring and Philadelphia’s rich cultural connection to the art, music, food and beauty of Japan with the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival that culminates in Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.

Penn Relays

Penn Relays. Photo by S. Spitzer, courtesy of University of Pennsylvania.

Annually in April.

The 2023 Penn Relays will be held April 27-29, 2023.

At the Penn Relays, 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.

The Philadelphia Show

Annually in April or May.

The 2023 Philadelphia Show will be held April 28-30, 2023.

A premier showcase of the country’s top dealers of antiques and fine art, The Philadelphia Show features 40 exhibitors and a brilliant selection of art from the 17th century to the present.

Blue Cross Broad Street Run

Broad Street Run. Photo by D. Gehosky.

Annually in May.

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a 10-mile race along historic Broad Street, which has attracted local and international athletes for more than 35 years.

Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains

An illuminated evening fountain show at Longwood Gardens. Photo by B. Mathias.

Annually late spring through early fall.

The Festival of Fountains will be held May 5 – September 25, 2022.

During Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains 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.

Dad Vail Regatta

Photo by K. Rossi for Dad Vail Regatta.

Annually in May.

Head to the banks of the beautiful Schuylkill River for the Dad Vail Regatta, an annual collegiate regatta, which draws participants from more than 100 North American colleges and universities.

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Italian Market Festival. Photo by K. Kuo.

Annually in May.

The 2023 South 9th Street Italian Market Festival is set for May 20-21, 2023.

Take part in The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, an annual tradition where delicious Italian favorites, both sweet and savory, are available along with great music, shopping and more.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Annually in May.

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival is an annual festival that showcases the innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers.

PrideDay

PrideDay Parade. Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.

Annually in June.

One of the largest celebrations of LGBTQ pride in the nation, PrideDay attracts more than 25,000 people each year to the city’s Gayborhood.

Philly Beer Week

Annually in June.

Philly Beer Week 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.

Independence Dragon Boat Regatta

Annually in June.

Watch teams (from novices to experienced racers) compete along the Schuylkill River in the Independence Dragon Boat Regatta to help raise money for a number of worthy charities during this spectacular annual tradition.

Roots Picnic

Annually in June.

Held at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Roots Picnic is a weekend of music and performances handpicked by Philadelphia natives: The Roots.

Odunde Festival

Annually on the second Sunday in June.

With live entertainment, 12 blocks of vendors along South Street, arts-and-craft booths and African, Caribbean and soul food, Odunde Festival is a huge festival that celebrates the Yoruba New Year.

Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival

Annually in June.

Juneteenth, now a federal holiday, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Celebrate freedom at the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival, which is the largest Juneteenth celebration in the nation produced by Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative.

Wawa Welcome America

4th of July fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia.

Annually June – July.

During Wawa Welcome America, 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.

Made in America Festival

Made in America 2018. Photo by H. Brink.

Annually on Labor Day Weekend.

The Made in America Festival is 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.

Fringe Festival

The Bearded Ladies' 'Late Night Snacks' Fringe Festival performance. Photo by J. Austin.

Annually in September.

Fringe Festival 2022 will take place September 8 – October 2, 2022.

More than 1,000 experimental performances take over neighborhoods throughout the city during Fringe Festival, an annual arts festival. Performances include theater, dance, comedy, visual arts, spoken word and more.

Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O

Rossini's Otello will be included in Festival O22. Spanish director Emilio Sagi’s new production of Rossini’s Otello is set at the beginning of the 20th century, shortly after World War I, within the main hall of a Victorian mansion. Photo by J. Berger – Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

Festival O22 will be held September 21 – October 2, 2022

Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O includes over a week’s worth of opera across Philadelphia from the world-renowned and cutting-edge Opera Philadelphia.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo by Erin Davis, courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

Annually, on select evenings in late September through early November.

This year, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary will be held on select nights September 23 through November 12, 2022.

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.

Ciao Philadelphia

Annually in autumn.

Greater Philadelphia has one of the largest Italian-American communities in the United States. Ciao Philadelphia is an annual festival that celebrates Italian cultural heritage and connects the city with contemporary Italy.

DesignPhiladelphia Festival

Annually in October.

This year’s festival will be held October 12-23, 2022.

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 DesignPhiladelphia Festival.

Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival

Annually in October.

Hundreds of paddlers gather to race down the scenic Schuylkill River during the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival, a 2,000-year-old tradition that involves beautiful boats, drumming and more.

OutFest

OutFest. Photo by P. Hagerty.

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.

This year’s event will be held October 8-15, 2022

International teams compete in the Professional Squash Association’s annual championship,vU.S. Open Squash, hosted by Drexel University.

Philadelphia Film Festival

The 31st Philadelphia Film Festival will be held October 19-30, 2022.

Badges for the 31st edition of the festival are on sale now.

The Philadelphia Film Festival is a world-renowned annual event hosted at various locations, premiering everything from Oscar contenders to breakthrough local films.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Annually in November.

The 2022 Craft Show will be held November 11-13, 2022 – with a preview gala set for November 10, 2022.

The 46th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show will be held inside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will feature 195 talented artists.

Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend

Annually in November.

This year’s Philadelphia Marathon Weekend will be held November 19-20, 2022.

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.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Annually on Thanksgiving Day.

For more than 100 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

Army-Navy Game. Photo by A. Sinagoga for PHLCVB.

The Army-Navy Game returns to Philadelphia December 10, 2022.

In the Army-Navy Game, teams square off in “America’s Game” — the ultimate college rivalry — at Lincoln Financial Field.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

New Year's fireworks at the BlueCross River Rink. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

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 New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront are choreographed to unique soundtracks that can be heard from Penn’s Landing.

 

Cover photo: Made in America 2018. Photo by B. Esakof / Halo Creative for Roc Nation.

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