Annual events in Philadelphia – discoverPHL.com

Plan your visit to Philadelphia, a meeting or event around one of these annual events not to be missed, including parades, cultural festivals, concerts, sporting eventsand more.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 some of the activities listed below may have been postponed from the original date or canceled. Check each event’s website or social media for the latest information.

2020 Parade of Rods. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Look at this annual Philadelphia tradition when charismatic Mamers walk down Broad Street celebrating the New Year. Colorful and extravagant costumes and performances are judged at the Fancy Brigade’s final Pennsylvania Convention Center. Every year on January 1.

Chinese New Year Parade 2020. Photo by A. Lee.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a real parade of dragons and enjoy traditional food and holidays in the Chinatown of Philadelphia. Annually in January or February.

Philly Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Hundreds of cars showcasing the latest models and trends will be on display Pennsylvania Convention Center from 5 to 13 March 2022

The Flower Show in Philadelphia in 2022 will again be held on FDR Park under the theme “In full bloom.” Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

The largest and longest flower exhibition in the country presents hectares of dazzling flower displays and gardens with a new theme each year. After a successful outdoor transition in 2021, the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2022 will be held outdoors for only the second time in its nearly 200-year history, and will be held again in the spacious FDR Park in South Philadelphia from 11 to 19 June 2022.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Japan.

Celebrate the spring and rich cultural connection of Philadelphia with the art, music, food and beauty of Japan at this festival, which concludes on Sakura Sunday at the Gardening Center in Fairmount Park from 8 to 10 April 2022.

This family festival for all ages, presented by the Franklin Institute – one of the Philadelphia the best science museums and attractions – celebrates science with informal lectures, exhibitions and practical events throughout the city. Every year in April.

Penn Relay. Photo by S. Spitzer, provided by the University of Pennsylvania.

Watch high school, college, and masters stars, as well as Olympic athletes compete in the oldest and largest athletics competitions in the United States – and one of Philadelphia’s landmarks annual sporting events – to Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Penn Relay will be held April 28-30, 2022.

The premier showcase of the country’s leading antiques and fine arts retailers, the exhibition, held at the Naval Court, presents 62 exhibitors and a brilliant selection of arts from the 17th century to the present. The Philadelphia Show will run from April 29 to May 1, 2022.

Broad Street Run. Photo by D. Geho skaga.

This 10-mile race on historic Broad Street has been attracting local and international athletes for over 35 years and will take place on May 1, 2022.

Photo by Kevin Rossi for the Dad Vail regatta.

Head to the beautiful Shuilkil River for this annual collegiate regatta, which brings together participants from more than 100 North American colleges and universities. The Dad Vail Regatta will take place May 13-14, 2022.

An evening show with lighted fountains at Longwood Gardens. Photo by B. Mathias.

Daily performances in the main fountain garden are set to music by water jets that rise to a height of 175 feet. Visit the weekend evenings to experience a fountain show combined with colorful lights. The Fountain Festival will take place from May 5 to September 25, 2022.

Italian Market Festival. Photo by K. Kuo.

Take part in this annual tradition, where on May 21-22, 2022, delicious Italian dishes, both sweet and savory, are available, as well as great music, shopping and more.

This festival gives you the opportunity to try local brews and participate in beer tours, fixed beer lunches, pub walks and hundreds of events in restaurants and bars across America with the best beer. Every year in June.

This annual festival showcases the innovative work of novice and renowned Latin American and Latin American filmmakers and will take place from May 29 to June 5, 2022.

Watch teams (from beginners to experienced racers) compete along the Shuilkil River to help raise money for a number of worthy charities in this exciting annual tradition on June 4, 2022.

Manna Performing Arts Center here is a day of diverse music and performances selected by the natives of Philadelphia: The Roots. The Roots Picnic will take place on June 4-5, 2022.

This huge festival celebrates the Yoruba New Year with live entertainment, 12 vendor neighborhoods along South Street, arts and crafts stalls and African, Caribbean and soulful food. Adunde will be held on June 12, 2022.

Honor Day Parade. Photo by J. Fusco for a visit to Philadelphia.

One of the largest LGBTQ holidays in the country, attracting more than 25,000 people annually Gaibardag city. Every year in June.

July 4 fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by G. Widman for a visit to Philadelphia.

Celebrate America’s independence with Fr. a multi-week festival with family fun, free concerts from leading artists and a patriotic parade that passes by America’s most historic sites, all culminating in spectacular fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Annually from late June to July 4.

Made in America 2018. Photo by H. Brink.

An exciting music festival curated by Jay-Z and featuring dozens of artists on three stages along Benjamin Franklin Park, including the main stage at the base of the iconic Rocky Steps. Every year on weekends on Labor Day.

Fringe Festival “Late Night Snacks” The Bearded Ladies. Photo by J. Austin.

More than 1,000 experimental performances cover areas across the city during this annual art festival. Performances include theater, dance, comedy, fine arts, oral speech and more. Every year in September. Registration for the Fringe Festival 2022 will open on April 15, 2022.

“Love for Three Oranges” by Sergei Prokofiev (O19 Festival) Photo by M. Borzoni.

More than a week of opera throughout Philadelphia from the world famous and advanced Philadelphia Opera. Every year in September.

Halloween nights at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo by Erin Davis, provided by the historic site of the Eastern State Penitentiary Service.

New Halloween nights at the Eastern State Penitentiary, which debuted in 2021 from the creators of the famous attraction “Terror Behind the Walls”, filled the cameras America’s most historic prison with 15 attractions, including two haunted houses, four exciting environments, two live performances, four themed bars and lounges, and a new auditorium with a story by Steve Buscemi, recorded specifically for Halloween night. Every year on separate evenings in late September – early November.

Greater Philadelphia has one of the largest Italian-American communities in the United States. This annual festival celebrates Italian cultural heritage and connects the city with modern Italy. Every year in the fall.

Get an insider view of Philadelphia’s thriving creative industry while working with exhibitions, design events, lectures and more during the annual Philadelphia Architecture Center Festival. Every year in October.

Hundreds of rowers gather to race along the scenic Shuilkil River in this 2,000-year-old tradition, which includes beautiful boats, drumming and more. Every year in October.

OutFest. Photo by P. Hagertti.

Outfest celebrates “National Coming-Out Day” as the biggest event of its kind Gayborhood of Philadelphia. Every year in October.

International teams compete in the annual Professional Squash Association Championship held at Drexel University. Every year in October.

The Philadelphia Film Festival is a world-renowned annual event that takes place in a variety of locations, with premieres ranging from Oscar nominees to groundbreaking local films. Every year in October. The 31st Philadelphia Film Festival will be held from October 20 to 30, 2022.

The Philadelphia Film Society is taking over the production of the 2022 Environmental Film Festival. The event will feature new, powerful and thought-provoking films that address pressing environmental issues, from animal welfare to the effects of climate change. Green Screen: The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will be held from March 31 to April 3, 2022.

The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the fastest routes in the country and a great way to see America’s historic mile while creating its history. Every year in November. This year’s Philadelphia Marathon Weekend will be held November 19-20, 2022.

Thanksgiving parade in Philadelphia

Thanksgiving Parade 2019. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

For more than 100 years, Philadelphia has been celebrating the holiday season with this family parade along Benjamin Franklin Boulevard featuring giant swimsuits, balloons and marching orchestras from across the country. Every year on Thanksgiving.

Game Army-Navy. Photo by A. Synagogue for PHLCVB.

There are football teams of the army and navy “Game in America” – the final rivalry of the college – in Lincoln Financial Field. The Army-Navy game returns to Philadelphia on December 10, 2022.

New Year’s fireworks on the rink BlueCross River. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Philadelphia continues the tradition of two sets of fireworks on New Year’s Eve at 6pm and midnight over the Delaware River. The fireworks, launched from barges in the river, are set under unique soundtracks that can be heard from Penn’s Landing. Every year on New Year’s Eve.

Cover photo: Flower Show in Philadelphia 2021. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

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