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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

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.


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.

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

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


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.

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

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.

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


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Featured Hotels


Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

Situated in the Philadelphia’s tallest tower, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia offers a unique experience and magnificent views of Philadelphia. Facilities include an infinity pool and fitness centre (on the 57th floor), several restaurants and a spa.

Opens in August 2019

Penn’s View Hotel

Just a short walk from the historic sights of the old city, and with views over the Delaware River, Penn’s View is one of Philly’s most underrated overnight gems. The rooms are designed in a traditional style, with exposed brick walls and warming fireplaces. Stump up a little extra for a whirlpool bath, ideal for winding down before hitting the excellent Il Bar downstairs or the Panorama Wine Bar upstairs.

The Gables Bed and Breakfast

Built in 1889, The Gables is the former home of a prominent doctor from the turn of the century. Today, this large Victorian mansion is set in a leafy, tree-lined suburb with a bus stop conveniently located outside the front door. Restoration of the home in 1993 by innkeepers Don Caskey and Warren Cederholm, turned this Victorian home into one of Philadelphia’s best bed & breakfasts. This 10-room inn may be vintage but the amenities are modern including Wi-Fi, private phones, cable TV, bathrobes and a bounteous breakfast.

Thomas Bond House

The charming Thomas Bond House is a cosy alternative to high-rise hotels. This bed and breakfast is set in a converted Georgian style home that dates back to 1769, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 12 guest rooms are handsomely furnished with period antiques, and two of the rooms have fireplaces and Jacuzzis.

The Kimpton Palomar

This luxury boutique property, with 230 rooms right in the middle of the Rittenhouse Square area, is Philadelphia’s first green hotel. Developed from an original 1929 art deco building, it imaginatively combines new with old. Everything about the hotel is based around sustainability, so its eco friendliness has been elevated to an art form. It also has in-room spa program and fully-equipped gym.

Morris House Hotel

Found in a beautiful colonial-era mansion, the Morris House Hotel is regularly held up as Philadelphia’s finest. There are just 15 rooms, each one with a cosy look that gives the whole place a very English feel. There are gorgeous gardens too, perfect for kicking back in on a hot summer’s day, G&T in one hand and book in the other. In winter, decamp to the lounge where you’ll find an open fireplace to warm your bones.