The Biggest Events & Festivals in Greater Philadelphia for 2023
A month-by-month guide to this year's top events in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love...
Philadelphia knows how to throw a party.
From the start of the year — with the Mummers Parade — through the longest days of summer, the city pulls out all the stops to show visitors and locals alike a good time. A Philly time. (Which may or may not include an appearance from Gritty, our beloved Flyers mascot.)
The first few months of the year bring the WWE Raw 30th Anniversary Show at the Wells Fargo Center, as well as the return of the Philadelphia Flower Show to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A brand-new, highly anticipated exhibition, Disney 100 , makes its world premiere at The Franklin Institute this winter too.
As the weather warms, street festival season kicks into high gear with the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival , ODUNDE Festival , Juneteenth Parade and Festival and Wawa Welcome America festivities.
When the days get shorter and 2023 winds down, you’ll have fall happenings ( Philly Bike Ride ), film festivals (the Philadelphia Film Festival and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival ), and tons of holiday lights to keep you occupied.
Plus, more events are sure to be announced throughout the year — we’re looking at you, Made in America — so stay tuned.
An important note: Details — including event dates — can change at any time. Always check ahead with event organizers and/or on official event sites to confirm event dates and times.
Here’s a look at the biggest and brightest events in Greater Philadelphia in 2023.
Through Monday, April 17, 2023
Extended by popular demand, this massive unauthorized exhibition features more than 80 works from Banksy, the elusive street artist whose provocative pieces have captivated global audiences since the late 1990s. Suss through clues about the artist’s (still-unknown) identity while examining dozens of authenticated works of art up close. Tickets are required to enter the exhibition space, and an optional virtual reality experience offers a 360-degree virtual tour through the artist’s career.
Through Sunday, May 21, 2023
The work of South Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye, who came of age during and post-apartheid, is on display during this much-anticipated exhibition. Utilizing films, photographs, installations and textiles, the artists address legacies of racial violence and social injustice, as well as history, memory and the power of self-narration.
Through Sunday, July 30, 2023
This new exhibition spotlights Japanese printmaking in the post-war period and celebrates the continued local interest in, and contributions to, contemporary Japanese and Japanese-American print-making and illustration.
Through Sunday, August 27, 2023
The House of Mouse celebrates a century of dazzling audiences with a brand-new exhibition, making its world premiere in Philadelphia. Disney100: The Exhibition opens the vaults to behind-the-scenes glimpses into the creation of the company’s most popular characters, films, shows and attractions, offering 10 themed galleries with interactive installations covering everything from Snow White to Star Wars . Pro tip: Score complimentary tix to the exhibition (plus free hotel parking!) when you book the Visit Philly Overnight Package for stays between February 18 and August 20, 2023.
Through Saturday, October 7, 2023 (select dates)
For the first time in club history, the Philadelphia Union reached the MLS Cup Final in 2022. Will 2023 see a repeat — and a victory? Be there for all the action when the regular season begins against the Columbus Crew at Subaru Park. Bundle up!
Through Sunday, October 8, 2023
“Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?” Nearly two dozen artists interpret that question into new artworks in this collaborative exhibition at both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
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The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Through Sunday, November 26, 2023
James Forten, born a free man of African descent, fought in the war for American independence in 1781, then returned to Philadelphia and became a successful businessman, philanthropist and stalwart abolitionist. This new exhibition chronicles Forten and his descendants’ story from the American Revolution through the lead up to the Civil War and women’s suffrage movement (1776 to 1876).
Organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the twice-a-year Dine Latino Restaurant Week aims to boost business at the region’s Latino-owned restaurants. The dining deal is straightforward: Buy two dinner entrées from a participating restaurant and receive a free appetizer or dessert. Participating restaurants for 2023 include the seafood-forward Alma del Mar in the Italian Market, James Beard Award-winning chef Christina Martínez’s Casa Mexico and street food spot El Merkury.
The Fightin’s are back after their exhilarating run to the World Series in 2022. The Phillies home opener is Friday, April 7 (postponed from the previous day due to rain) against the Reds. The game on April 9 includes the National League Champions ring ceremony.
In spring, this beloved long-running Easter strut celebrates its well-dressed 90th anniversary. 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.
When the cherry blossoms bloom in Fairmount Park , spring has arrived. To mark the glorious moment, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia hosts a two-day celebration complete with musical performances, cultural activities, workshops, dancing and more. A return to pre-pandemic form, the expanded festival features a beer garden, food court, marketplace and Japanese cultural activity center. New for this year: As part of the 2023 festival, catch seven film screenings of classic movies starring acclaimed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune at the Lightbox Film Center on select dates from April 7 to 29, 2023. Each screening is presented on 35 mm film in Japanese with English subtitles.
Where: Horticulture Center and Centennial Arboretum, West Fairmount Park
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Lace up! This spring, the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink at Dilworth Park paints the town rainbow with colorful springtime skate sessions. Vibrant overhead art and the checkerboard rink floor bring good times and retro vibes. For more fun, chow down at the Dilworth Park Café, fuel up at the Air Grille pop-up beer garden or hop your way through the Dilworth Park dancing fountain . Advance reservations for hour-long skating are strongly recommended and discounted Matinee Skate sessions are offered Mondays and Tuesdays.
More than 50 food trucks and neighborhood restaurants line Manayunk’s Main Street during this foodie event , doling out dishes highlighting a classic spring ingredient: strawberries. Also on site: a farm stand, vendors and live music.
At the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate track meet, high school, college and professional runners compete at the University of Pennsylvania’s historic Franklin Field . The three-day event features morning, afternoon and evening race sessions.
sVisitors come from afar for this four-day event that emphasizes the strength and resilience of Philly’s community of LGBTQ people of color. A host of citywide events — including various nightlife activities — aims to focus on community building. Stay tuned for more info.
One of the nation’s leading art and design fairs returns to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the second time in its 60-plus years. Staged on the museum’s East Terrace, the show features over 40 U.S. exhibitors specializing in fine art, collectible design and antiques.
Broad Street transforms into a runner’s paradise for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run . 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
Showcasing the culinary offerings of East Passyunk Avenue, Flavors on the Avenue is a food-lover’s delight. Neighborhood restaurants — ranging from barbecue to dim sum — dole out special dishes, while boutiques bring their goods to the curb for sidewalk sales. Stay tuned for more info.
Featuring both virtual and IRL events, Philly Tech Week celebrates all-things technology and innovation within the Greater Philadelphia region. Events on the docket include the Diversitech Expo at Rivers Casino Philadelphia and the Freshwave Teen Tech + Music Festival at the University City Science Center, along with other networking events, coding and gaming sessions, and, of course, parties.
Philly’s own Dave Hause (The Loved Ones, The Falcon) assembles the rock and roll homecoming weekend he’s always wanted — and you’re invited. On the grounds of Manayunk’s Venice Island Performing Arts Center, the Sing Us Home outdoor music festival offers a robust music lineup including Kathleen Edwards, Drive-By Truckers, Lydia Loveless, and, of course, Dave’s own band The Mermaid. Parking is very limited, but the venue is along several bus routes and close to the Manayunk-Norristown Regional Rail station. (Maybe even grab yourself a brew along the way .)
Where: 7 Lock St
Back in action after a mini-festival last year, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival highlights the neighborhood’s reputation as a food and culture hotspot. Dozens of booths line Walnut Street (closed to vehicular traffic!), offering art, beauty, fashion, family fun, food, culinary demonstrations, and beer and cocktail samplings.
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: South Street
There’s no better place for a home and garden event than Philly’s Garden District. Home design, garden décor, and hand-crafted furniture and accessory vendors — 150 in all — line Germantown Avenue for this annual daylong festival , creating an outdoor marketplace full of vintage goods, terrariums, garden art and much more. In between shopping, enjoy the live music or plant yourself at one of Chestnut Hill’s many eateries.
Where: Chestnut Hill
The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s at Lincoln Financial Field this May. Described by Taylor as “a journey through all of my musical eras of my career,” the Taylor Swift Eras Tour marks the iconic musician’s first tour in nearly five years.
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.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest transforms this Delaware River waterfront spot into the perfect summer hangout spot, complete with one of the city’s few roller rinks, a boathouse-style lodge, a Ferris wheel and plenty of playful spaces to chill out.
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.
Drawing more 15,000 people annually, the New Hope Celebrates PrideFest event welcomes visitors from New Hope and neighboring Lambertville (and beyond) for an LGBTQ tradition. The festival features a 700-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.
The first-ever HBCU Festival celebrates the rich culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities while offering a full day jam-packed with free events. Marching bands, special guest speakers, food trucks, family activities, music classes, panel discussions, a drumline battle and an HBCU college fair are just some of the many festivities on deck. Note that entry is first-come, first-served so have your ticket ready in advance.
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: homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, and fresh pasta.
Dozens of food and shopping vendors populate the bustling NoLibs corridor of North 2nd Street (closed to vehicular traffic) for an evening of eating, shopping, performances and all-around revelry.
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.
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, web series and documentaries, along with workshops and discussions. Stay tuned to the festival website for scheduling details.
The annual music festival curated by and named for Philly hip-hop band The Roots always has the most exciting lineup, highlighting both groundbreaking up-and-comers and legendary acts alike — plus a podcast stage. For the 2023 festival, attendees can look forward to performances from the legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill, the one-and-only Diddy (performing with The Roots!) and Philly’s own Lil Uzi Vert. Did we mention Busta Rhymes, Eve, Roy Ayers and The Isley Brothers? Whew.
Formerly known as Wizard World, Fan Expo is the meeting of all things genre, from anime to cosplay. Exhibitors include comics creators, independent artists and game purveyors. Plus: celebrity Q&As, fan club presentations, hands-on workshops and screening rooms.
This popular twice-a-year event — the oldest outdoor fine arts show in the country (95 years strong in 2023) — 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.
The largest African American street festival in the country, now in its 48th year, begins with a week of events and culminates on Sunday, June 11 with a festival featuring more than 100 vendors and two stages of live entertainment.
If you’re an art appreciator, but short on funds, this annual art sale , organized by local art nonprofit InLiquid, features work priced under $200 — with all proceeds from sales directly benefiting the artists.
Philadelphia marks the anniversary of African Americans’ emancipation from enslavement with a parade and festival featuring vendors, food, music and a children’s village .
This Fourth of July festival in the nation’s birthplace includes several weeks of multicultural, family-friendly programming. The event, expanded recently to incorporate Juneteenth celebrations, culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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.
Summer 2023 (TBA)
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival illuminates Franklin Square with grand, artistic creations including a 200-foot long dragon. The square comes alive with thousands of LED lights strewn across different displays of intricate, handcrafted lanterns constructed by artisans from China. Also on the docket: cultural performances, shopping, the Dragon Beer Garden and more.
Major Summer Concerts in Philly
Dates vary by event
A slew of talented musicians take to the stage in Philadelphia this summer. Slated to perform in Philly this year:
- Dead & Company at Citizens Bank Park (June 15, 2023)
- Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks at Lincoln Financial Field (June 16, 2023)
- Morgan Wallen at Citizens Bank Park (June 17, 2023)
- Beyoncé at Lincoln Financial Field (July 12, 2023)
- Luke Combs at Lincoln Financial Field (July 29, 2023)
- Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park (August 16 & 18, 2023)
- Pink at Citizens Bank Park (September 18, 2023)
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way
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A fleet of classic, antique and custom cars line East Passyunk Avenue for curious revelers, plus live music, a craft show and kids’ entertainment.
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.
The first Sunday in August is Northern Liberties’ time to shine. Since 2008, the annual 2nd Street Festival has brought thousands of revelers to the neighborhood to enjoy live music, merchants, cocktails and the finest fare NoLibs (and beyond) has to offer.
Traditional Ukrainian folk music and dance, authentic food (including a barbecue pit), and exciting arts and crafts are hallmarks of the Ukrainian Folk Festival in North Wales, returning for its 32nd year in late summer.
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.
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 32nd anniversary — attendees can expect over 150 artists specializing in glass, pottery, wood, printmaking, live art demonstrations, music and a vast food court.
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.
Hispanic Heritage Month
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 2023’s events should become available later in the year.
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.
Polish your tiny binoculars for Festival O23 , the fifth iteration of Opera Philadelphia’s popular and innovative season opener. The 11-day event features live performances, opera film screenings and panel discussions at venues across the city. This year’s performances include Grammy-winning soprano Ana María Martínez, award-winning baritone Quinn Kelsey and more. Also on the docket is the global debut of 10 Days in a Madhouse , with five performances at The Wilma Theatre. The experimental, psychological opera — inspired by true events — follows an undercover reporter as she exposes troubling conditions inside a women’s mental hospital in 1880s New York City.
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 Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (formerly the BB&T Pavilion). Stay tuned for this year’s lineup.
Where: Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ
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Celebrating all things beer and Fishtown, this street fest highlights local restaurants, bars, and art and retail vendors. Carnival games, a dunk tank and DJs complete the vibe.
This Chester County town welcomes hundreds of craft and food vendors , live music and a Victory Beer Garden for the perfect fall event.
September – November 2023 (TBA)
Eastern State Penitentiary opens the cell blocks after dark for a revamped iteration of its Halloween event that underwent a makeover in 2021. With multiple 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.
October 2023 (Date TBA)
Bringing together professionals and consumers of all corners of the Black beauty industry, the Philadelphia Black Beauty Expo is a one-stop shop for classes, competitions, beauty vendors and a fashion show.
Produced by the Center for Architecture and Design, DesignPhiladelphia is a 10-day fest highlighting the city’s design excellence, the skills of local designers and the impact of design on everyday life. Be on the lookout for panels, parties and tour announcements.
Following a successful inaugural year, the Philly Bike Ride invites cyclists of all skill levels to cruise through 20 miles of car-free streets. The route takes bicyclists from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and back, past popular monuments. The ride ends with a festival featuring music, food and activities.
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.
October 14-15, 21-22, 2023
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 official website for the list of participating artists and galleries on each date.
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 including the Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street
Celebrate the spooky season under the Headhouse Shambles during 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.
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.
Museum-quality handmade jewelry, textiles and mixed media are on display and for sale during this juried show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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.
One of the country’s premier — and most scenic — running events sends thousands of athletes through historic Center City, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row, while spectators (some with cheeky signs) cheer them on. The weekend often includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run, and the Health & Fitness Expo.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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
November 2023 (TBA)
Among the largest festivals of its kind, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival celebrates and showcases the stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders in film, performance art, music and other creative expressions during its multi-day run and during special events throughout the year.
Where: Locations TBA
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.
Through Sunday, January 29, 2023
On view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art , this world-premiere exhibition explores changes in Matisse’s work across multiple formats, including easel and decorative painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and the illustrated book. The exhibition also addresses the methods of working that renewed the artist’s style, as well as his depictions of female models in the studio and more.
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 this January include Ancient Spirits and Grille, The Dandelion and Little Nonna’s.
If you’re in the market for some body art or just want to see some of the best in the biz in action, head to the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention , where hundreds of tattooers decorate eager human canvases all weekend long. Some artists require appointments, so check with your preferred tattooer.
Lunar New Year Celebrations in Philadelphia
Dates vary by event
Welcome the Year of the Rabbit during these festive goings-on:
- Lion dances , ice skating and a delicious menu in the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin at Dilworth Park (January 21, 2023)
- More lion dances and a traditional Chinese dance class , in addition to musical performances, storytelling and an art marketplace at the Penn Museum (January 21, 2023)
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
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Get a front-row seat to the action and drama of the WWE Universe when the flagship show celebrates its 30th anniversary in Philly. Remember, it’s all definitely real.
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the annual Philadelphia Auto Show , 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. New for 2023: a full, electric vehicle test track and the Ram Truck Territory, a 30,000-square-foot track featuring an off-road experience that simulates real life.
Founders Brewing Co. puts the freeze on Manayunk. This pay-as-you-go wintertime food and beer fest features ice sculptures outside of Main Street businesses, warm food and drink specials at local bars and restaurants, food trucks, ax throwing, and plenty of beer tasting. Plus, make your way from restaurant to restaurant tasting chowder on the annual Chowder Crawl.
The 31st 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 — features nationally known authors and illustrators, representatives from the multicultural literary community, enriching children’s books and activities that promote the joy of reading.
Through Sunday, February 26, 2023
Franklin Square celebrates the winter season with nightly light shows inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite and key experiment. The free shows — set to a soundtrack of seasonally appropriate tunes — illuminate the square every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. until close. Before or after the show, grab a burger or beverage fireside from the on-site Square Burger, play a round of festive Chilly Philly Mini Golf or hop aboard the classic Parx Liberty Carousel. Also on offer: comfort food, local beers and hot beverages, all available at Ben’s Sweets and Treats. (Plus, outdoor fire pits and an indoor heated tent.)
Dates vary by attraction
Pop ups abound in Center City’s Dilworth Park all season long. For 2023, folks can:
- cruise around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, offering timed, 90-minute skating sessions (reservations encouraged) (through Sunday, February 26, 2023)
- relax in the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin, where seasonal cocktails and food await in a ski chalet-inspired setup. Also: fire pits! (through Sunday, February 26, 2023), and
- stroll through the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn , an open-air wonderland of lights, topiaries and rustic décor perfect for photo ops and featuring an on-site Chaddsford Winery kiosk offering mulled wine (through Sunday, March 26, 2023).
This production of the Tony award-winning musical outlining the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence (which took place — where else? — in Philadelphia, of course) begins its national tour in the country’s birthplace with a cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender and ethnicity.
Hundreds of home exhibitors and home-design experts head to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for this 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.
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: 600 S. Broad Street
Held indoors once again after two years in FDR Park, the Philadelphia Flower Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the theme “The Garden Electric.” Expect breathtaking displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers, as well as musical performances from a slate of artists hand-picked by Philly’s acclaimed brass band, SNACKTIME. New for 2023: Several designers create the largest gardens in the show’s history to transport visitors into immersive, 360-degree floral worlds — blurring the lines between indoors and out.
Through Sunday, March 5, 2023
A cold-weather version of the summertime roller skating oasis that is Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size ice skating rink overlooking the Delaware River, a ski chalet-style lodge, an outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins and plenty more. Entry into Winterfest is free, while food and drink are pay as you go. Ice skating, cabins and fire pits can be reserved in advance.
Philly goes chic during Philly Fashion Week . This year, the annual fashion-forward celebration features a design competition at Fashion District Philadelphia and two runway shows featuring contestants from Project Runway at Live! Casino & Hotel .
Where: Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, 900 Packer Avenue
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Through Friday, March 10, 2023
Restaurants along one of the city’s most delicious streets — known for its diverse dining scene and restaurants helmed by acclaimed chefs — open their doors for prix-fixe lunch and dinner deals during this once-a-year restaurant week . Special menus are available at nearly 30 restaurants at four varying price points: $20, $30, $40 and $55. Participating spots include Stargazy, La Scala’s Birra, Barcelona Wine Bar, Bing Bing Dim Sum and Ember and Ash.
Through Sunday, March 26, 2023
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, hanging baskets and planting beds fill the space while Laelia undulata bring pops of color. Outdoors, winter grasses and Acer palmaturm ‘Ornatum’ add texture to the winter landscape.
This 10-day regional theatrical festival features live performances, readings and interactive theater events. The best part? All of the performances are either free or cost just $15-$30. Bravo!
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