Philadelphia entertainment

Classical Music in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Curtis Institute of Music

One of the finest music conservatories in the world, the Curtis only accepts exceptionally gifted students into its tuition-free programs. If you attend one of the free student recitals (highly recommended!), mainly…
Cabaret in South Philadelphia


Great cabaret, club nights and other events all happen here. Shows could be a tryout of a new musical, male queer 'boylesque', or, on rare occasions, Martha Graham Cracker, alter ego of Dito Van Reigersberg and one …
Theater in Fishtown & Northern Liberties

Pig Iron Theatre Company

One of Philly's most exciting and original contemporary theater companies, Pig Iron shows can be bizarre combinations of vaudeville, clowning and silence, by turns hilarious and surreal. This is the company's studio…
Live Music in University City & West Philadelphia

World Cafe Live

Home to U Penn's radio station, WXPN, this former factory is one of Philly's premier live-music venues. There are upstairs and downstairs performance spaces for jazz, folk and global acts, plus good food.
Performing Arts in Fishtown & Northern Liberties


A former tombstone store, then producer Diplo's studios, this eclectic space now has an equally eclectic program of cult movie nights, live-music shows, art, comedy and more.
Ballet in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Academy of Music

Known as the Grand Old Lady of Locust St, the gas lamps on the front of this renovated 1857 opera house set the tone for the gorgeous baroque interior. It's a real treat to see a show here.
Performing Arts in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Kimmel Center

The city's most active and prestigious arts institution, this modern concert hall, designed by Rafael Viñoly, hosts the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and more. A giant barrel-shaped glass roof encl…
Live Music in Logan Square & Fairmount

Mann Center

Major stars including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Ryan Adams and Sigur Rós, have played this superb outdoor arena on a hill overlooking Fairmount Park and the city skyline. The Philadelphia Orchestra also play…
Live Music in Logan Square & Fairmount

Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House

This grand old dame, once the largest theater of its kind in the world, has sat largely empty and unloved for years. At the time of research major restoration was underway by Live Nation with the aim of reopening th…
Cinema in Old City & Society Hill

Ritz At The Bourse

The place to come to see independent and art-house movies as well as special-event screenings such as those offered by National Theatre Live and the Royal Opera House from the UK. Every Friday at midnight they also …