Special Events in Philadelphia
Every Season Offers Something for Everyone
New Year's Day Mummer Parade (January)
Each year, the city and its people are transformed to reflect a famous tradition – the Mummers. More than 15,000 people take to the streets of Philadelphia dressed in colorful costumes, ready to strut their stuff.
Chinese New Year (January)
Take a walk through Chinatown to celebrate the New Year all over again and admire the beauty of the Lantern Festival.
Philadelphia Flower Show (March)
The Philadelphia Flower Show welcomes spring with luscious plants, majestic trees and beautiful flowers adorning the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Take a stroll through the gardens and admire the beauty of nature.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (March)
Celebrate the Irish at the country’s third-largest parade, with more than 100 floats and 10,000 marchers.
Champions on Ice (April)
During the first week in April, check out the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia which hosts the annual exhibition of the U.S. Figure Skating Association and the International Skating Union.
Broad Street Run (May)
The venerable Broad Street Run’s 10-mile course starts at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue, ending in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. (Not for Runners Only Health & Fitness Expo is at the Cruise Terminal, Pier 1, near the finish line.
Dad Vail Regatta (May)
The second week of May brings crew teams from schools across the U.S. to compete on the Schuylkill River in the nation’s largest collegiate regatta. For additional regatta events, click here.
Manayunk Arts Festival (June)
As the largest outdoor arts and crafts show in the Delaware Valley, the juried Manayunk Arts Festival features more than 250 artists from across the nation while attracting a quarter million spectators.
'Welcome America" 4th of July Celebration (July)
You’re invited to a week-long 4th-of-July party where there is something for everyone! Swing to the music of some of the best bands, or help us celebrate the 4th of July and march in the parade.
Dragon Boat Races (July)
Benefitting the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the InternationalDragon Boat Races feature eight lanes of action with up to 100 teams.
Philadelphia Marathon (November)
The annual Philadelphia Marathon starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Thanksgiving Day Parade (November)
Dating to 1920 as the nation's first Thanksgiving Day parade, Philadelphia’s spectacle now lasts three hours and features more than a dozen marching bands, floats, a youth choir and more. Santa shows up at the end, launching the Philadelphia Holiday Festival.
Holiday Light Show (December)
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with an enchanting tale featuring dancing water fountains, organ music and lights. Presented at Macy’s Grand Court, children of all ages can gather around and watch the beauty of the light show in wonder.
New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Delaware (December)
Welcome the New Year with a bang. Watch the sky light up at the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show in the country.