What's On in Philadelphia

There are so many events in Philadelphia at any given time that it's difficult to choose just a few. Expats will be spoilt for choice, whether they're in search of family-friendly fun or entertainment aimed at adults.

Below are some of the main events and festivals in Philadelphia.


Annual events in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Auto Show (January/February)

The Philadelphia Auto Show has been going since 1902 and is held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. About 250,000 people visit each year to see new releases, exotic models and antique cars by automobile manufacturers from all over the world.

Philadelphia International Flower Show (March)

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been hosting its annual flower show since 1829. It's grown to become the largest indoor flower show in the world, attracting more than 250,000 visitors annually. With a different theme every year, visitors can expect to see a variety of displays competing for prizes and will be able to buy some plants of their own.

Fireworks and Fountains (May to September)

Throughout the summer, Longwood Gardens hosts a series of displays incorporating a dazzling array of fireworks, music and fountains. Attendance at these events numbers in the thousands.

Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest (October)

Every October, the Morris Arboretum displays the top entrants from its annual scarecrow design contest. Set in the natural beauty of the arboretum, it's a must for families wanting to get into the spirit of Halloween. Expats can even get in on the fun and make their own scarecrow.

The Penn Museum’s Annual Day of the Dead Festival (November)

This event is a great choice for expats looking for something different. Aside from decorating sugar cookie skulls and making paper flowers, the museum also features face painting, dances and live music.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show (November to December)

Held at Macy’s Center City since 1956, the Christmas Light Show has more than 100,000 energy-efficient LED lights on display, which combine to create striking holiday images accompanied by music from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ. The Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree, up for the duration of the show, is truly a sight to behold.

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