Annual Events and Festivities in Philadelphia
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Events that typically occur yearly in Philadelphia

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January Annual Events
  • New Years Eve - Fireworks on the Delaware
  • New Years Day - Mummers Parade, Market Street, Convention Center & 2nd Streets
  • Wings Lacrosse Season Starts
  • Check out the Wings
  • (see our sports section)
  • Chinese New Years - Celebrate in Philadelphia's own Chinatown
  • Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.
  • Dragon parades and Fircrackers go off every Sunday during the New Years Celebrations, starting around Noon
  • The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
  • Shooting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year. On the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, every door in the house, and even windows, have to be open to allow the old year to go out.

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    February Annual Events
  • Philadelphia International Auto Show
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • South Street Mardi Gras for Fat Tuesday
  • This is a great time, but it can get wild at night.
  • Do Not Park on South Street, because there are thousands of people at this event.
  • Held the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
  • African American History Month

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    March Annual Events
  • Annual PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • parade might be held the weekend before St. Patty's Day
  • The Book and the Cook Festival
  • Cooks share their books and recipes at different restaurants and at the Convention Center.
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Manayunk in Bloom
  • Highlights the boutiques, galleries and restaurants along Main Street.
  • National Women's History Month

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    April Annual Events
  • Spring Splash on South Street
  • Promenade Down South Street in your Easter Bonnets
  • Easter Sunday
  • Baseball Season Starts
  • Check out the Phillies at Vet Stadium
  • (see our sports section)

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    May Annual Events
  • Charge Women's Soccer Season Starts
  • Check out the Philadelphia's Charge
  • (see our sports section)
  • Broad Street Run
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Police and Fire Memorial Service
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Dad Vail Regatta dad Vail Regatta Logo
  • College crew teams from all around the country compete on the Schuylkill River
  • The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. Hundreds of colleges with thousands of student athletes visit the city of Philadelphia during the second week of May every year.
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  • Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Race for the Cure
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Jam on the River
  • Enjoy Music on the banks of the Delaware River
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Annual Canal Day
  • Canal Day is a long-standing neighborhood event which celebrates the 1823 opening of the Schuylkill Navigation System, of which the Manayunk Canal was a part. Attracting more than 10,000 people to Main Street, Canal Day is the first event that formally began promoting Manayunk.
  • National Asian-American Heritage Month

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    June Annual Events
  • Manayunk Stroll
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • First Union U.S. Pro Cycling ChampionshipFirst Union Pro Cycling
  • First Union USPRO Championship - Men's Pro Cycling
  • The First Union USPRO Championship is the longest running and richest single-day cycling race in the U.S. With a $130,000 purse, it is also one of the richest single-day events in the world for men. 140 of the world's best professional cyclists will compete on a 14.4-mile circuit on the fast and flat Benjamin Franklin Parkway and scenic Kelly Drive. During the race, cyclists will lap the grueling Manayunk Wall, with a 17 percent steep grade, 10 times. This race will determine the U.S. National Champion. This is a Tier I race on the 14-event Pro Cycling Tour.
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • First Union Liberty Classic First Union Pro Cycling
  • Women's Pro Cycling
  • International women cyclists will compete in the First Union Liberty Classic, the only World Cup Cycling race event for women in the U.S. and the world's richest single-day women's event. The winner will receive World Cup points. The race consists of 5 laps of a 14.4-mile circuit through Philadelphia with steep climbs up the Manayunk Wall. This is a Tier I race on the 14-event Pro Cycling Tour.
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • African American Cultural Festival
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Manayunk Arts Festival
  • Philadelphia Magazine Manayunk Arts Festival is the largest outdoor arts and crafts show in the Delaware Valley. This juried show features over 250 artists from across the entire country. Last year, over 250,000 people flooded Main Street to see one-of-a-kind work displayed.
  • Sunoco Welcome America
  • This is our 4th of July Celebration
  • Events start a week before the 4th of July
  • Fireworks on the Delaware the Friday before the 4th of July
  • Fireworks at the Art Museum on the 4th.

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    July Annual Events
  • Sunoco Welcome America
  • This is our 4th of July Celebration
  • Events start a week before the 4th of July
  • Fireworks on the Delaware the Friday before the 4th of July
  • Fireworks at the Art Museum on the 4th.
  • Greek Picnic
  • African American college students come to Philadelphia for great food and picnic fun
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Dragon Boat Races
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.

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    August Annual Events
  • Eagles Football Season Starts
  • Check out the Eagles at Vet Stadium
  • (see our sports section)
  • National Women's Equality Day - August 26

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    September Annual Events
  • Labor Day Events
  • Puerto Rican Week Festival Parade
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month - Sept 15 to Oct 15
  • Philadelphia Fringe Festival
  • Annual Phashion Phest Philadelphia
  • PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE FESTIVAL
  • Annual Sippin’ by the River
  • Annual German - American Steuben Parade

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    October Annual Events
  • Kixx Indoor Soccer Season Starts
  • Check out the Kixx at the First Union Spectrum
  • (see our sports section)
  • Sixers NBA Basketball Season Starts
  • Check out the 76ers at the First Union Center
  • (see our sports section)
  • Flyers Hockey Season Starts
  • Check out the Flyers at the First Union Center
  • (see our sports section)
  • Phantoms Hockey Season Starts
  • Check out the Phantoms at the First Spectrum
  • (see our sports section)
  • Avenue of the Arts Festival, Broad Street
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Philadelphia College Festival
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Manayunk Annual Antiques & Collectibles Festival: Showcasing 250+ professional antiques and collectibles dealers from across the country representing all media.
  • 200+ Classic Cars
  • Food and entertainment throughout Main Street.
  • Columbus Day Parade
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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    November Annual Events
  • Philadelphia Marathon
  • Dates vary and may begin the month before or after.
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Center City Holiday Festival
  • Usually from Thanksgiving until New Years.
  • National Native-American Heritage Month

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    December Annual Events
  • Christmas Events
  • Hanukkah Events
  • Kwanzaa Events

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