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Uwishunu Article published on January 14, 2022

The Biggest Events & Festivals in Greater Philadelphia for 2022

A month-by-month guide to this year's top events in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love...

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Travel Responsibly: As the region recovers from COVID-19, safety guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. Advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots. Your best bet: Check online or call ahead.

If 2021 was the warm-up, then 2022 is the comeback. And no one likes a comeback better than Philly. (Right, Rocky fans?)

Philadelphia’s most-anticipated events and festivals are back, proving yet again that the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is the place to visit any time of year.

In the colder months, the city’s exceptional dining scene is on display during Center City District Restaurant Week, while the annual Philadelphia Auto Show revs up in March. Also on tap: the world premiere of the highly anticipated Harry Potter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

Come spring and summer, visitors bask in the return of in-person favorites like the Cherry Blossom Festival (re-imagined for 2022), the Juneteenth Parade & Festival, and of course, Wawa Welcome America’s Juneteenth and Fourth of July celebrations. Plus: the PHS Flower Show makes a grand return to FDR Park.

And fall and the holidays offer art (Fringe Festival, Doylestown Arts Festival), sports (Army-Navy game, Head of the Schuylkill Regatta) and a bazillion holiday lights to usher in the most wonderful time of the year in the Philly region.

Planning to explore Philly this year? Keep health and safety top of mind:

  • As of January 2022, residents and visitors in Philadelphia must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter any establishment that serves food in Philadelphia. Other indoor public spaces in Philly require proof of vaccination and/or mask-wearing. Requirements vary in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia region.
  • Advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots, and events can be postponed or canceled at any time. Call ahead or check online to get the latest info.

Here’s a look at the biggest and brightest events in Greater Philadelphia in 2022.

Note: This article is arranged in chronological order by event date.

WINTER

01

Center City District Restaurant Week

Bud & Marilyn's — Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Through Friday, January 21, 2022

During the massively popular Center City District Restaurant Week, a three-course dinner goes for just $40 per person at many of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, while lunch (available at select eateries) goes for $25 per person. Despite its name, Restaurant Week has expanded over the years to cover nearly two full weeks, giving patrons plenty of time to try new spots and return to old favorites. Patrons have the option to dine inside, eat outdoors or order food to go. Must-trys include Pumpkin BYOB, Amada and SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Club.

Where: Various locations including Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust Street

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02

Winter at Franklin Square

Holiday lights at Franklin Square in Philadelphia Holiday lights at Franklin Square in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Through Sunday, February 27, 2022

During Winter in Franklin Square, the Electrical Spectacle Light Show makes this historic square twinkle, with free shows featuring more than 150,000 lights dazzling viewers through the end of February 2022. Catch the show every 30 minutes from 5 to 9 p.m., with additional performances until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors can also play a few rounds of mini-golf on the Chilly Philly Mini Golf course and take a spin on the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

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03

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

People wearing masks ice skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest in Philadelphia People wearing masks ice skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through Sunday, March 6, 2022

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest — one of Philly’s favorite winter traditions — has once again activated the Delaware River waterfront with seasonal fun. The winter wonderland offers guests a chance to go skating at the city’s largest outdoor ice rink, cozy up at one of the warming cabins and fire-pit stations (plus, s’mores kits!), and gaze at the twinkling lights — all against the backdrop of the Delaware River. Also on site: a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, carnival games and new-this-year food offerings from Black Iron BBQ.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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04

Celebration of Harriet Tubman

A statue of Harriet Tubman outside City Hall in Philadelphia A statue of Harriet Tubman outside City Hall in Philadelphia
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Through Thursday, March 31, 2022

2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth, and Philadelphia — the city where the famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor found her freedom — is celebrating her exceptional life. The months-long celebration of Tubman includes the temporary installation of an evocative, nine-foot sculpture, entitled Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom, on the north apron of Philadelphia’s City Hall, as well as more than 30 in-person and virtual events.

Where: Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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05

Winter at Dilworth Park

Four women laugh and ice skate at Rothman Ice Rink at Dilowrth Park in Philadelphia Four women laugh and ice skate at Rothman Ice Rink at Dilowrth Park in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Through Sunday, April 3, 2022 (dates vary by attraction)

Pop ups abound in Center City’s Dilworth Park during the winter. Folks can:

  • cruise around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, offering timed, 90-minute skating sessions (through February 27, 2022).
  • relax in the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin, where seasonal cocktails and food await in a ski chalet-inspired setup (through February 27, 2022).
  • stroll through the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn, an open-air wonderland of lights, topiaries and rustic décor perfect for photo ops (through April 3, 2022).

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

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06

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition at Fashion District Philadelphia

Silhouettes of people looking at artwork from the Sistine Chapel Silhouettes of people looking at artwork from the Sistine Chapel
— Photo courtesy Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

January 22 – February 20, 2022 (Wednesdays to Sundays)

Can’t make it to Italy this winter? Non c’è problema. ​​This global exhibit recreates the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, bringing them to audiences in cities around the world. Special technology allows visitors to see and interact with the 34 frescoes up close, while on-site signage and optional audio tours provide insights about this world treasure. Plus: Unlike at the Vatican, photos are allowed.

Where: Fashion District Philadelphia, 901 Market Street

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07

Winter Wonder at Longwood Gardens

Snow at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square Snow at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square
— Photo by H. Davis for Longwood Gardens

The horticultural minds at Longwood Gardens prove winter is a whole lot more than stark, bare trees during the annual Winter Wonder exhibit. In the Conservatory, Streptocarpus, Saintpaulia and Clerodendrum schmidtii fill up the space in purple and white while hundreds of orchids bloom magnificently. Outdoors, the gardens’ 400 acres pop with yellow and orange witch hazel, while winter grasses add texture to the landscape.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

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08

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Philadelphia

A dragon dance takes place in front of spectators at Dilworth Park A dragon dance takes place in front of spectators at Dilworth Park
Lunar New Year at Dilworth Park — Photo by M. Epps for Center City District

January 29 – February 25, 2022 (select dates)

Welcome the Year of the Tiger during these festive goings-on:

  • More lion dances, ice skating and a delicious menu in the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin at Dilworth Park (January 29, 2022)
  • The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s annual Chinese New Year Banquet at the Crane Community Center (February 25, 2022)

Where: Various locations including Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

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09

Rodin’s Hands at the Rodin Museum

The Cathedral by Rodin The Cathedral by Rodin
— "The Cathedral," modeled 1908 by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917); cast 1925 by the founder Alexis Rudier (French, 1874–1952). Bronze, 24 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (62.2 x 27.3 x 29.8 cm). Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

The face gets all the glory in art, but Auguste Rodin was a master in expressive hands — full of tension and drama. This exhibition features 15 bronzes and plasters of hands, including The Cathedral, a 1908 sculpture depicting two larger-than-life-sized hands whose fingertips are about to touch.

Where: Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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10

Harry Potter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute

A lifesize dragon at Harry POtter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia A lifesize dragon at Harry POtter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

The most comprehensive touring exhibition about the Wizarding World makes its world premiere this winter at Philadelphia’s iconic science museum. The immersive experience reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the props, costumes and environments from the blockbuster films of the Harry Potter series, as well as Fantastic Beasts.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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Kennett Square Winterfest

A glass of beer during the Kennett Winterfest in kennett Square A glass of beer during the Kennett Winterfest in kennett Square
— Photo courtesy Kennett Winterfest

Lagers, stouts, hazy IPAs, hard ciders and other beers are available for (responsible) sipping at the annual Kennett Winterfest, an afternoon-long celebration of beer in Chester County. Tickets include all-you-can-drink brews from breweries like 2SP Brewing Company, Cape May Brewing, Levante Brewing Company and more. (In search of more Philly-area craft beer? Right this way.)

Where: Kennett Winterfest, 106 W. State Street, Kennett Square

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12

African American Children’s Book Fair at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

A woman wearing a mask speaks with a family at the African American Children's Book Fair in Philadelphia A woman wearing a mask speaks with a family at the African American Children's Book Fair in Philadelphia
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

The 30th annual African American Children’s Book Fair — one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children’s books in the country — returns to in-person programming this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event features nationally known authors and illustrators, representatives from the multicultural literary community, enriching children’s books, and activities that promote the power and joy of reading.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

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13

East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

For 10 years running, diners can score prix-fixe lunch and dinner deals at many popular eateries in Philly’s East Passyunk neighborhood — known for its diverse dining scene and restaurants helmed by acclaimed chefs — during this once-a-year restaurant week. The three-course meals go for $20, $30, $40 or $55.

Where: Various locations in East Passyunk including along East Passyunk Avenue

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Philadelphia Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

— Photo by E. Frizzelle for Visit Philadelphia

The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a more than a half-a-million-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the annual Philadelphia Auto Show, returning this year and running for nine days. Showgoers get an up-close look at hundreds of classic, luxury and exotic cars — and even have the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of some.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

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15

Keith Haring, A Radiant Legacy at the Michener Art Museum

City graffiti-inspired acclaimed pop artist Keith Haring’s colorful creations. This spring and summer, the Michener Art Museum displays a private collection of more than 100 works, including two rare drawings Haring, born nearby in Reading, Pennsylvania, drew in blank advertising spaces in the New York City subway and Medusa Head, his largest print.

Where: Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown

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Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

March 18-20 & 25-27, 2022

Hundreds of home exhibitors and home-design experts head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for this two-weekend event that inspires homeowners and renters alike to freshen up their spaces. Experts in gardening, landscaping, interior design, furnishing, architecture and construction set up shop to answer questions and help guide attendees seeking advice and inspiration.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

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17

Dine Latino Restaurant Week

Organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this newer-to-the-scene restaurant week aims to boost business at the region’s Latinx-owned restaurants, which have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. The deal is straightforward: Diners who buy two entrees at a participating restaurant receive an appetizer or dessert for free.

Where: Locations TBA

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SPRING

18

qFlix LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Founded in 2014, this annual festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the LGBTQ communities. Stay tuned to the event’s official site for a film schedule and screening locations.

Where: Locations TBA

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19

NCAA March Madness at the Wells Fargo Center

March 25 & 27, 2022

The 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament — otherwise known as March Madness — brings college hoops excitement to Philadelphia in late March 2022. For two nights, the Wells Fargo Center hosts the East Regional Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the tournament.

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

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20

Philly Theatre Week

This 10-day regional theatrical festival features live performances, panel discussions, theater-related films, virtual events and interactive theater events. The best part? All of the performances are either free or cost just $15-$30. Bravo!

Where: Various locations in Philadelphia (TBA)

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21

Opening: The Clay Studio's New Kensington Facility

Formerly located in Old City, the Clay Studio opens a new, state-of-the-art facility in Kensington with programming dedicated to clay workshops, classes and community engagement. The new facility quadruples the classroom space, larger artist studios and galleries and even an outdoor pavilion.

Where: The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street

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22

Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossom trees flank the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in early spring. Cherry blossom trees flank the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in early spring.
Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center — Photo courtesy Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center re-imagines its annual (and very popular) Cherry Blossom Festival for 2022, focusing on the community in the nearby Parkside neighborhood via local artist and performer spotlights. The more intimate festival includes music performances, workshops, online concerts and lectures exploring Japanese culture.

Where: Various locations including the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne & Horticultural drives

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23

Opening Weekend: Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillie Phanatic stands on top of the dugout at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia The Phillie Phanatic stands on top of the dugout at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Phillies

Opening day at Citizens Bank Park is the surest sign of spring, and the Phillies are ready to deliver on Friday, April 8 as fans return to the stadium. The afternoon home game against the Oakland Athletics kicks off a three-game series in South Philly — hopefully with a few home runs.

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

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South Street Headhouse District Easter Promenade

In spring, this beloved long-running Easter strut returns in all its well-dressed grandeur. Kids and grown-ups alike come dressed in their Sunday best for a promenade down South Street, complete with live music, treats and a visit from the Easter Bunny, who judges the best-dressed contests.

Where: Passyunk Avenue & South Street

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Headhouse Plaza, S. 2nd Street

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African American History & Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

This annual event, spanning two full days at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, commemorates the important role African Americans have played throughout American history. What to expect: private exhibits never before seen in museums, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical concerts.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

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Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

More than 50 food trucks and neighborhood restaurants line Manayunk’s Main Street during this foodie event, doling out dishes highlighting a spring ingredient — strawberries. Also on site this year: a farm stand, vendors and live music.

Where: Main Street

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27

Penn Relays at Franklin Field

The Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
— Photo courtesy the Penn Relays

At the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate track meet — back for the first time since 2019 — high school, college and professional track stars compete at the University of Pennsylvania’s historic Franklin Field. The three-day event features morning, afternoon and evening race sessions.

Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street

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The Philadelphia Show

One of the nation’s leading art and design fairs takes place on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the first time in its 60 years. Staged on the museum’s East Terrace, the show — formally known as the Philadelphia Antiques Show — features 40 of the most outstanding exhibitors in the U.S., specializing in fine art, collectible design and antiques.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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29

Blue Cross Broad Street Run

Runners running down Broad Street During the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia Runners running down Broad Street During the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

After a virtual 2020 race and a move to the fall for 2021, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run takes over the city’s central corridor the first Sunday in May once again. During the 40-plus-year-old 10-mile race, participants run from the Logan neighborhood in North Philly all the way down to The Navy Yard in South Philly — with spectators hooting, hollering and hoisting fun signs all along the way.

Where: Broad Street

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Logan/ Ogontz/ Fern Rock

Navy Yard, Navy Yard Access Highway

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30

Philly Tech Week

Back in person after a virtual festival last year, Philly Tech Week celebrates all-things technology and innovation within the Greater Philadelphia region. On the docket: networking events, coding and gaming sessions, and, of course, parties.

Where: Various locations in Philadelphia (TBA)

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South Street Spring Festival and Maifest

South Street’s grandest block party ushers in the height of springtime when revelers take part in alfresco family fun, food and music, spanning Headhouse Square and along South Street. The event typically includes a giant Maypole, a few dozen musical performances, eating contests, a kids’ zone, vendors and Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German-beer-and-dancing extravaganza. Stay tuned to the South Street Headhouse District’s site for more info on this year’s event.

Where: S.2nd Street

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S. 8th Street, S.8th Street

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121st Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, America’s first fine arts school and museum shows off works by third- and fourth-year undergraduate students and second-year graduate students, making it the perfect opportunity to acquire works from artists before they make it big. Those who want in on the art action early can purchase tickets for the preview event on May 12.

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

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33

Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

The largest collegiate regatta in North America takes places on the Schuylkill River, attracting competitors from more than 100 colleges across the country and Canada.

Where: Kelly & Fountain Green drives

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Kensington Derby & Arts Festival

People fill the streets of Kensington and Fishtown to enjoy not only racing sculpture and art, but also live music and great food. The derby portion of the day celebrates human-powered transit as fanciful mobile sculptures parade along a three-mile urban obstacle course.

Where: Trenton Avenue from Frankford Avenue to Norris Street

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New Hope Celebrates PrideFest

Children carry a large rainbow flag through the streets of Bucks County at the New Hope Celebrates' Pride Parade Children carry a large rainbow flag through the streets of Bucks County at the New Hope Celebrates' Pride Parade
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Drawing more 15,000 people annually, the New Hope Celebrates PrideFest event welcomes visitors from New Hope and neighboring Lambertville (and beyond) for a weekend-long LGBTQ tradition. The festival features a 600-participant-strong parade — beginning in Lambertville, crossing over the bridge and culminating in New Hope — a Pride fair, a cocktail contest and plenty of other parties.

Where: Various locations in New Hope (TBA)

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Radnor Hunt Races

In its 91st year, this annual horse race in Malvern draws in crowds to watch five races throughout the day; funds benefit the Brandywine Conservatory.

Where: Radnor Hunt, 826 Providence Road, Malvern

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37

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

A come-one, come-all street fest transforms the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood thanks to live music, outdoor shopping, fashion events and food from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. More info on the event will appear on Rittenhouse Row’s official site as the event gets closer.

Where: Walnut Street & South 18th Street

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South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Crowds at the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival Crowds at the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Famous for its delectable cuisine, the South 9th Street Italian Market puts on a boisterous weekend of food and culture, including the very-Philly greased-pole-climbing contest. The real spotlight here though is on the food. We’re talking homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, and fresh pasta.

Where: Italian Market 9th Street, 919 S. 9th Street

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South 9th Street & Washington Avenue

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39

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

A person rides a white horse during the Devon Horse Show outside Philadelphia A person rides a white horse during the Devon Horse Show outside Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

The country’s oldest and largest event of its kind features equestrian disciplines, exhibitions and an old-fashioned country fair at the Devon Show Grounds.

Where: Devon Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon

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Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Film fans can find works by established and emerging Latinx and Latino filmmakers at the annual Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. The lineup includes feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries, along with workshops and discussions. Stay tuned to the festival website for scheduling details.

Where: Various locations in Philadelphia (TBA)

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Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

This popular twice-a-year event — the oldest outdoor fine arts show in the country (95 years strong in 2022) — returns to the perimeter of Rittenhouse Square park and features works by more than 140 professional artists specializing in media ranging from sculpture to pastels.

Where: Rittenhouse Square, Locust & South 18th streets

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

A couple sitting in a hammock sharing food at Spruce Street Harbor Park A couple sitting in a hammock sharing food at Spruce Street Harbor Park
— Photo courtesy Spruce Street Harbor Park

May – September 2022 (TBA)

Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy hammocks, patio and arcade games, musical performances and tasty treats from local purveyors while strolling the boardwalk at this warm-weather attraction. Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect escape for visitors looking to relax and locals hoping to unwind.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Midway

Late afternoon at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest looking down at the roller-skating rink and Ferris wheel Late afternoon at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest looking down at the roller-skating rink and Ferris wheel
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

May – September 2022 (TBA)

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest transforms this Delaware River waterfront spot into the perfect summer hangout spot, complete with Center City’s only roller rink, a boathouse-style lodge, a Ferris wheel and plenty of playful spaces to chill out.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Sumerfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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SUMMER

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The Roots Picnic at the Mann Center

Black Thought from The Roots performs at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia Black Thought from The Roots performs at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The annual music festival curated by and named for Philly hip-hop band The Roots returns to the city with an all-star lineup that includes Mary J. Blige (with The Roots!), Summer Walker, Wizkid, Jazmine Sullivan, Kamasi Washington, Kirk Franklin, and Tierra Whack, plus a podcast stage. The 2022 event is back at the Mann Center with multiple stages inside the Fairmount Park venue.

Where: Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

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ODUNDE Festival

A crowd of people walks past street vendors at the ODUNDE Festival A crowd of people walks past street vendors at the ODUNDE Festival
— Photo courtesy ODUNDE Festival

The largest African American street festival in the country, now in its 47th year, begins with a week of events and culminates on Sunday, June 12 with a festival featuring more than 100 vendors and two stages of live entertainment.

Where: South & South 23rd streets

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Major Summer Concerts

Crowds at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey Crowds at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey
BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ — Photo courtesy BB&T Pavilion

Dates Vary

A slew of talented musicians take to the stage in Philadelphia this summer — some (still) rescheduled from 2020, others new to the lineup, all bringing beloved tunes to dedicated fans. Slated to perform in Philly this year:

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way

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Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ

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The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at FDR Park

— Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The nation’s longest-running horticultural event returns to the great outdoors for the second time in its 193-year history. The 2022 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, themed “In Full Bloom,” once again uses South Philadelphia’s expansive and lush FDR Park as the setting for its breathtaking displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. As always, the annual gardening celebration features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, demonstrations, entertainment, themed nights and a marketplace.

Where: FDR Park, S. Broad Street & Pattison Avenue

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Juneteenth Parade & Festival

A float with people on it goes past Independence Hall during the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival A float with people on it goes past Independence Hall during the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival
— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia marks the anniversary of African Americans’ emancipation from enslavement with a return to in-person commemorations, including a parade and festival with vendors, food and music.

Where: Various locations including Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street

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Wawa Welcome America

Fireworks go off above the Philadelphia Museum of Art Fireworks go off above the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America

This Fourth of July festival in the nation’s birthplace includes several days of multicultural, family-friendly programming. The event, expanded last year to incorporate Juneteenth celebrations, culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stay tuned to the official site for more info as the event gets closer.

Where: Various locations including Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Manayunk Arts Festival

People enjoying the Manayunk Arts Festival People enjoying the Manayunk Arts Festival
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Featuring artists from around the country, as well as crafts, food and music, this two-day festival runs along Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood.

Where: Main Street

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Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens

A field of lights at Longwood Gardens A field of lights at Longwood Gardens
— Photo by S. Munro

A decade after British artist Bruce Munro first exhibited at Longwood Gardens, he returns with Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, comprising eight installations situated both indoors and outdoors. Don’t miss works like Field of Light, featuring 18,000 illuminated stemmed orbs lit by fiber optics along Longwood’s Large Lake, and a giant sphere made of 1,820 recyclable bottles in the East Conservatory.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

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BlackStar Film Festival

Showcasing films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world, the BlackStar Film Festival brings features, shorts, documentaries, panel discussions and parties to venues citywide.

Where: Various locations in Philadelphia (TBA)

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Made In America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

View of Made in America music festival in Philadelphia View of Made in America music festival in Philadelphia
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

The Jay-Z-curated Made in America music festival returns to take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with what’s sure to be an epic lineup of some of the hottest established and up-and-coming musicians. 2021’s performers included Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Rody Ricch, Kehlani, Young Thug and Tinashe.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

Arch at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia Arch at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Tianyu

Summer 2022

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival illuminates Franklin Square with grand, artistic creations. The square comes alive with thousands of LED lights strewn across different displays of intricate, handcrafted lanterns constructed by lantern artisans from China.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

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FALL

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Fringe Festival

September 2022 (TBA)

For nearly a month, avant-garde performance meets street theater during the annual Fringe Festival. Each year, the festival brings performances ranging from circus arts to comedy to traditional and unexpected venues throughout the city.

Where: Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Did you know that the “Mushroom Capital of the World” is just outside of Philadelphia? To celebrate its unusual claim to fame, the charming town of Kennett Square hosts a two-day Mushroom Festival every September, full of fungi-themed food, music, exhibits and activities.

Where: 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square

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Doylestown Arts Festival

Spotlighting the bustling arts scene in Bucks County, the Doylestown Arts Festival is a two-day juried art, music and food showcase along the streets of Doylestown. This year — the festival’s 31st anniversary — attendees can expect over 150 artists specializing in glass, pottery, wood, printmaking, live art demonstrations, music and a vast food court.

Where: East State & North Main streets, Doylestown

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Hispanic Heritage Month

AMOR Sculpture AMOR Sculpture
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia typically honors this national event with the Feria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro, a Latin American Book Fair and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, among other happenings. More info about 2022’s events should become available later in the year.

Where: Various locations including Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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XPoNential Music Festival in Camden

WXPN, the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together musical legends and new performers along the Camden waterfront at this can’t-miss annual fest at Wiggins Waterfront Park and newly renamed Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly the BB&T Pavilion). Stay tuned for this year’s lineup.

Where: Waterfront Music Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ

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Wiggins Waterfront Park, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

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Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

The fall edition of this twice-a-year event — the oldest outdoor fine arts show in the country — brings paintings, glassware, sketches and more art to Rittenhouse Square for an outdoor gallery featuring work by talented artists and crafters. Stay tuned to the event’s website for more details about featured artists.

Where: Rittenhouse Square, South 18th & Locust streets

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Festival O22

— Photo by J. Berger for Opéra Royal de WallonieLiège

After a two-year hiatus, Opera Philadelphia’s popular and innovative Festival O returns for its fourth iteration as Festival O22 this September. The 12-day event, which coincides with the launch of Opera Philadelphia’s 2022-2023 season, features live performances, opera film screenings and panel discussions at venues across the city. The centerpiece of the festival is a new production of Gioachino Rossini’s rarely-performed Otello at the Academy of Music.

Where: Various locations including the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street

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Downingtown Fall Fest

Neighbors and visitors enjoy live music, a variety of food and craft vendors and the Victory Beer Garden, all along blocked-off Green Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Where: Green Street & East Pennsylvania Avenue, Downingtown

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Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

September – November 2022 (TBA)

Eastern State Penitentiary opens the cell blocks after dark for a not-too-spooky iteration of its Halloween event that underwent a makeover in 2021. With haunted houses, a psychedelic walk-through experience, interactive performances and more, this event in the nation’s first penitentiary offers the perfect setting for seasonal frights.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

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Philadelphia Film Festival

Fall 2022 (TBA)

This annual festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema — shorts, features, animated and guest-accompanied films — in theaters and venues around Philadelphia.

Where: Various locations in Philadelphia (TBA)

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OctoberFeast at Peddler’s Village

Transport yourself to Germany without leaving Bucks County when Peddler’s Village hosts its annual OctoberFeast. Over the course of two days, visitors can sample beers in the beer garden — in their own custom stein — enjoy fare from food trucks and delight in German brass music and folk dances.

Where: Peddler's Village, 100 Peddlers Village, New Hope

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Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

October 15-16 & 22-23, 2022 (select dates)

Hundreds of artists and community spaces open their doors to the public during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), an annual tradition that seeks to make workshops, galleries and other creative spaces more accessible. Check POST’s website for the list of participating artists and galleries on each date.

  • October 15, 2022: South Philadelphia
  • October 16, 2022: West Philadelphia
  • October 22, 2022: Northwest Philadelphia
  • October 23, 2022: Northeast Philadelphia

Where: Various locations throughout Philadelphia (TBA)

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Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Rowers of all levels — high school, college, elite and world champions — converge on the Schuylkill River for the two-day Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The race winds along Kelly Drive, which offers optimal viewing points and a festive atmosphere made up of rowers and spectators alike.

Where: Kelly Drive & Fountain Green Drive

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South Street Headhouse District PumpkinFest

Women in Halloween costumes at South Street Fall PumpkinFest in Philadelphia Women in Halloween costumes at South Street Fall PumpkinFest in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District

Celebrate the spooky season under the Headhouse Shambles for the annual South Street Headhouse District PumpkinFest. On the docket: pumpkin-carving and -decorating activities, trick-or-treating at local businesses, live music and shopping.

Where: Headhouse Plaza, South 2nd Street

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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

The largest East Coast film festival of its kind celebrates and showcases the stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders in film, performance art, music and other creative expressions during its 11-day run and during special events throughout the year.

Where: Locations TBA

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Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

Fall’s premier fruit steals the scene this weekend at Peddler’s Village. From fresh apple cider to apple pies, no apple delicacy is off limits for tasting and purchase.

Where: Peddler's Village, 100 Peddlers Village, New Hope

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Museum-quality handmade jewelry, textiles and mixed media are on display and for sale during this juried show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

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Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

One of the country’s premier — and most scenic — running events typically sends 30,000 athletes through historic Center City, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. The weekend often includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the Health & Fitness Expo.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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6abc/Dunkin' Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa Claus in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia Santa Claus in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade — originally founded in 1920 — brings larger-than-life floats, spectacular marching bands, dazzling dancers, A-listers and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field

The Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen in this epic collegiate rivalry, now in its 123rd year and returning to Lincoln Financial Field for the 14th time since 2003.

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way

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Holidays and New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia

The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree lit up next to City Hall with the Philadelphia skyline in the background The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree lit up next to City Hall with the Philadelphia skyline in the background
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

December 2022

The holidays are a magical time in Philadelphia. As the temperature dips and the year nears its end, the city is aglow with shimmering light shows, can’t-miss pop-up markets, festive decorations and stellar only-in-Philly attractions. The city typically rings in the new year with unforgettable fireworks displays over the Delaware River and the Mummers Parade, an event that’s been a Philly New Year’s Day tradition for more than a century.

Where: Various locations including Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

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WINTER

Center City District Restaurant Week
Winter at Franklin Square
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Celebration of Harriet Tubman
Winter at Dilworth Park
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition at Fashion District Philadelphia
Winter Wonder at Longwood Gardens
Lunar New Year Celebrations in Philadelphia
Rodin’s Hands at the Rodin Museum
Harry Potter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
Kennett Square Winterfest
African American Children’s Book Fair at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week
Philadelphia Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Keith Haring, A Radiant Legacy at the Michener Art Museum
Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Dine Latino Restaurant Week

SPRING

qFlix LGBTQ+ Film Festival
NCAA March Madness at the Wells Fargo Center
Philly Theatre Week
Opening: The Clay Studio's New Kensington Facility
Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival
Opening Weekend: Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park
South Street Headhouse District Easter Promenade
African American History & Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
Penn Relays at Franklin Field
The Philadelphia Show
Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Philly Tech Week
South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
121st Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta
Kensington Derby & Arts Festival
New Hope Celebrates PrideFest
Radnor Hunt Races
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Midway

SUMMER

The Roots Picnic at the Mann Center
ODUNDE Festival
Major Summer Concerts
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at FDR Park
Juneteenth Parade & Festival
Wawa Welcome America
Manayunk Arts Festival
Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens
BlackStar Film Festival
Made In America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

FALL

Fringe Festival
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
Doylestown Arts Festival
Hispanic Heritage Month
XPoNential Music Festival in Camden
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
Festival O22
Downingtown Fall Fest
Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia Film Festival
OctoberFeast at Peddler’s Village
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
South Street Headhouse District PumpkinFest
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
6abc/Dunkin' Donuts Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field
Holidays and New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia
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