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Mummers Parade

A tradition brought here by early immigrants from Europe, this is the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States dating back to 1901. Mummers perform in the New Year's Day parade competing for US$395,000 in prizes. This is estimated to be only a small fraction of the value of the spectacular costumes, which can cost several thousand each. The parades take place throughout the day in most weather conditions. The four divisions of mummers are Comics (clowns), Fancies (themed fancy dress), String Bands (combining fancy dress and music) and Fancy Brigades (performing troupes).

Date: 01 January 2019 - 01 January 2019
Venue: Streets of central Philadelphia
Website: http://phillymummers.com/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations in Philly are always a colourful occasion marked by parades, flower markets and festivities throughout Chinatown.

Date: 05 February 2019 - 05 February 2019
Venue: Chinatown.
Cost:

Free.


Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

A must for movie-lovers. There are over a few hundred screenings of domestic and international narrative, documentary and short films with a focus on drama, thriller, sci-fi, political, horror comedy, and more.

Date: 08 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com

Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta

Held each year over Mother's Day weekend, the Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. First held in 1934 on the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, the regatta has become something of an institution, which now consists of over 100 races. The event takes its name from Harry Emerson 'Dad' Vail, who coached at the University of Wisconsin and was a great friend of Rusty Callow, the event’s founder. Just steps from the Regatta you can visit some of Philadelphia’s premiere historical sites and museums, enjoy its food, and so much more.

Date: 10 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
Venue: Kelly Drive, Fairmont Park
Website: https://www.dadvail.org/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

Every summer and autumn the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show welcomes top-quality artists from all over the country in what is the oldest continuously-run outdoor art show in the entire country.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 03 June 2019
Venue: Rittenhouse Square
Website: http://www.rittenhousesquareart.com/
Cost:

Free.


Fourth of July

Given Philadelphia's central role in the American War of Independence, it comes as no surprise that the Fourth of July celebrations are an extravaganza. Independence Day festivities include pageants, parades, festivals, concerts, and, typically, spectacular fireworks displays. Numerous events of varying scales of grandeur take place throughout Philadelphia, America’s birthplace. Two particularly notable fireworks displays to check out are on the Delaware River waterfront and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which boasts the city’s biggest fireworks display.

Date: 04 July 2019 - 04 July 2019
Venue: Various venues around Philadelphia.
Website: http://www.visitphilly.com/july-4th-in-philadelphia/
Cost:

Most events free.


Philadelphia Folk Festival

With a 50-year history, this is the longest-running outdoor music festival of its kind in North America. Catch world-famous music, camping and crafting at this festival that spans three days in August.

Date: 15 August 2019 - 18 August 2019
Venue: Old Pool Farm
Website: http://pfs.org/philadelphia-folk-festival/

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

The popular Philadelphia Fringe Festival showcases various acts in theatres, galleries, alleyways and anywhere else artists can find performance space since 1997. The performances kick-off every September with a two-week long celebration. The festival and the fringe combine to create one wonderful event that provides a stage for innovative new shows created by the best local, national and international artists. You can expect a contemporary and progressive mix of art installations, theatre, music, dance, music and poetry.

Date: 05 September 2019 - 22 September 2019
Venue: Various venues around Philadelphia.
Website: http://fringearts.com
Cost:

Varies by show.


Macy's Christmas Light Show

Formerly known as the Wanamaker's Christmas Light Show, this is one of Philadelphia's most-loved holiday traditions for visitors of all ages. Featuring over 100,000 individual lights, crowds are wowed by the incredible festive show that features everyone’s favorite Christmas friends including Santa Claus and his reindeer. The show, a tradition since 1956, is accompanied by music from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ.

Date: 29 November 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Macy's Center City
Website: http://www.visitmacysphiladelphia.com
Cost:

Free.


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