Top Choice Carnival in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Mummers Parade

Uniquely Philly: a cross between Mardi Gras and a marching band competition, the elaborate costumes, music and deep lore of the various mummer divisions and brigades make this a must-see in the bracing cold of winte…
Cultural in Philadelphia

Wawa Welcome America!

Philadelphia pulls out all the stops for this week-long festival celebrating the country's Independence. It culminates in giant fireworks displays on July 4 over Penn's Landing and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Cultural in Philadelphia

Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Since 1927, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Germantown, that historic trouncing of the Patriots by the British has been reenacted in the grounds of Cliveden, exactly where it happened in 1777.
Sports in South Philadelphia

Army–Navy Game

Held in early December and marking the end of the college football season is this traditional fixture between the Army Black Knights of the military academy at West Point and the Navy Midshipmen from the US Naval Ac…
Food & Drink in Philadelphia

Philly Beer Week

At the start of Philly Beer Week (which actually runs for 10 days), the Hammer of Glory – a custom keg hammer that's a symbol of Philadelphia beer – is passed like an Olympic torch around the many bars, breweries an…
Cultural in Logan Square & Fairmount

Bastille Day

Vive la revolution! Locals join experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies at Eastern State Penitentiary for a wacky reenactment of the storming of the Bastille including guest appearances by Edith Piaf, Joan of…
Sports in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marathon

One way to see pretty much all of the city's landmarks in a day is to take part in this popular event, which also includes a half marathon and shorter runs over the November weekend. The route takes in the National …
Christmas in Chinatown & Center City East

Macy's Christmas Lights Show

For decades locals have headed to this department store in the historic Wanamaker Building to enjoy the holiday tradition of a light show and organ concerts in the Grand Court atrium. Also on show is their 'Dicken's…
Food & Drink in South Philadelphia

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Laying claim to being Philly's largest block party, the citizens in and around the Italian Market throw their annual weekend party in mid-May. Highlights include the Procession of Saints, a half-ball tournament and …
Art in Philadelphia

Manayunk Arts Festival

Hundreds of artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor juried arts festival. From jewelry to ceramics to woodwork and sculptures, pieces stemming …