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Center City is the epicenter of arts and culture entertainment in Philadelphia. Along the Avenue of the Arts, decades-old theaters host an impressive lineup of performances, including shows from resident artists and traveling companies. Vibrant greenspaces, like Rittenhouse Square, offer a reprieve from the bustle of city excitement, and at Dilworth Park, visitors of all ages are welcome to enjoy free events, seasonal amenities and a stunning view of historic City Hall. One-of-a-kind museums, nightlife and luxury hotels are just some of the many other highlights to explore.

Happenings & Events

Art Battle Philadelphia
July 26 & August 23 | 5-9 p.m. | Be part of the electrifying energy as skilled artists engage in a high-speed showdown, flinging paint with every stroke. Cast your vote and crown the champion in three rounds. Every piece created goes up for auction. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of live art!Doors open at 5 p.m. and painting starts at 6 p.m.
SPIN, 211 S. 15th Street

BalletX: Summer Series 
July 10 – July 21 | BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites artistic innovation with technical excellence to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Hailed as an “epicenter of creation” by Dance Magazine and a “place of choreographic innovation” by The New Yorker, the trailblazing company returns to the Wilma Theater with a groundbreaking program featuring three world premieres by choreographers Loughlan Prior, Stina Quagebeur, and Amy Hall Garner. 
Wilma Theater, 65 S Broad Street 215.225.5389 

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Barnes Foundation

  • PECO Free First Sunday Family Day | First Sunday of every month | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    This event offers no-cost admission to the collection galleries as well as an array of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and interactive workshops.
  • First Friday | First Friday of every month | 6-9 p.m.
    Enjoy an evening of art, live music, cocktails, and access to the collection at our monthly First Friday mixer. New for 2024, the Garden Restaurant at the Barnes Foundation will be partnering with award-winning Philadelphia Chefs for inspired, one-night-only pop-up dinners. 

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.278.7000

Chris’s Jazz Café Live Music with Dinner 
Offering nightly programming, Chris’ Jazz Café has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz and is the longest continuously operating jazz club in the history of Philadelphia. General Admission, Dinner & Show and VIP front stage tickets are available.

1421 Sansom Street, 215.568.3131 

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Dilworth Park: Arts on Center Stage
Thursdays | Now-August 28 | Philadelphia’s arts and culture organizations are celebrated every week with performances ranging from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. Attendance is free. No show on July 4.
Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th Street

Ensemble Arts Philly 

  • Funny Girl | July 16-28 | The sensational Broadway revival dazzles with one of the most celebrated musical scores of all time. This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage.  

  • Ellen’s Last Stand...Up | July 31 | 8 p.m. | As a beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres' distinctive comedic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearance through her work on television and in film. 

Various locations, 215.893.1900 

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The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum devoted both to the creation and presentation of innovative works of art. Below are some of their offerings.

  • Saturday Studio and Hands-On Screenprinting Tour | Saturdays | Explore the facilities and learn about the printing process, browse artist designs from archives, and make your own print to take home.
  • Sunday Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour | Sundays | 1:30p.m.| Join this guided behind-the-scenes tour of the museums 7th floor archive where you will explore a variety of stored collection pieces and get a first-hand look at how the work is preserved. 
  • John Jarboe: The Rose Garden | Daily | Now-September 29 | John Jarboe’s (she/her) latest exhibition allows visitors to “weave their way through a multi-room domestic environment reimagining [her] gender journey.”

1214 Arch Street, 215.561.8888

Fashion District Philadelphia: Wonderspaces
Ongoing | Wonderspaces presents an evolving lineup of 15 extraordinary art installations and signature cocktails to experience with friends and family. This year-round, ever changing immersive art installation is located inside Fashion District Philadelphia. Annual memberships are available. 
901 Market Street, 267.534.7705

The Franklin Institute: The Art of the Brick | Now-September 2 | This exhibit is the world’s largest display of LEGO® art  
and features 100 intriguing works made from millions of lego bricks, inlcuding a Philadelphia exclusive creation and a 9,000 square-foot brick play space.
271 North 21st Street, 215.448.1200

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Photo Courtesy The Art of the Brick

Lantern Theater Company: Flex Subscription Packages
Pay one low price and get your choice of two or three FlexPasses to use in any combination of shows during the 2023/24 season, including Faith HealerThe Comedy of Errors and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
923 Ludlow Street, 215.829.0395

Loews Hotel: Red, White and Views at Loews Philadelphia Hotel 
July 4 | Celebrate America’s Independence in style on the 33rd floor of Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Guests and locals alike can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the city skyline with festive décor, bites and a full-service bar. Tickets include one complimentary beverage and optimal viewing of the City’s firework celebrations. Offer ends July 3. See below for more details.

  • Nightly valet parking for one vehicle
  • Late check-out of 2 pm 

1200 Market Street, 215.627.1200 

MilkBoy Live Music
MilkBoy Philly is a restaurant, bar, cafe and live-music venue all in one. They offer an upstairs music venue that hosts an impressive lineup of local and nationally recognized musicians. Below is a sampling of upcoming performances.

1100 Chestnut Street, 215.925.MILK

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: Artists As Cultivators
Now through July 7 | This exhibition is an examination of how artists have fostered critical social dialogues over three centuries through their use of nature as a subject, theme, and material. 
118-128 North Broad Street

Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Mary Cassatt at Work | Now-September 8 | This is the first large-scale exhibition of Mary Cassatt's work in the US in 25 years. Mary Cassatt at Work spotlights over 130 of her works in various media, showing her evolving practice as an artist and demonstrating her commitment to depicting the lives of women. 
  • Friday Night Lounge | Every Friday | 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Come join Philly’s art world when it shows up and shows out every Friday night.
  • Pay What You Wish Admission | First Sunday of each month | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Pay whatever amount you’d like for general admission to the museum. This does not include ticketed exhibitions and special programs. 

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.763.8100

Reading Terminal Market: Ice Cream Festival 
July 13 | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. | One of the largest ice cream festivals in America is back on Filbert Street this summer. Reading Terminal Market and Bassetts Ice Cream will host their annual Ice Cream Festival In addition to Bassetts, 10 local ice cream artisans will join in the fun alongside Reading Terminal Market merchants. The event will feature ice cream eating contests, sweet treat specials, food demonstrations, live entertainment, and more. 
12th & Filbert Streets 215.922.2317 

Vinyl 
Philadelphia’s newest destination for live music, entertainment, and nightlife, paying tribute to the days when Philly was the epicenter of the nation’s music industry. 

  • Odyssey Lab (Instrumental funk, fusion, dance party collective) | July 6 | 6 p.m.

215 S 15th Street, 215.914.8116

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Walnut Street Theatre

  • $30 Under 40 |Ongoing | As a member of the $30 Under 40 program, you’ll get a full evening of entertainment for only $30! You can buy $30 tickets for you and a friend to every Walnut Street Theatre show. Plus, you’ll be invited to exclusive post-show parties on select nights where you’ll enjoy meeting the artists while mingling with other  members. And the best part... It's free and easy to join!

825 Walnut Street, 215.574.3550

Wawa Welcome America: Concert and Fireworks 
July 4 | 7 p.m. | The festival culminates with a star-studded concert on the Parkway, featuring performances by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B hitmaker, Ne-Yo, and Grammy-nominated and award-winning musician, Kesha. The show will be followed by the fireworks display. 
Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

2024/2025 Theater and Classical Music Subscriptions

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia  | Becoming a subscriber gives you exclusive benefits and flexibility with subscriptions starting as low as $87. This season features music from some of your favorites like Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.

Curtis Institute of Music | Step into the heart of their centennial celebration as Curtis Institute of Music unveils a season brimming with passion, energy, and greatness. Subscriptions start as low as $36. Choose your own shows or treat yourself and enjoy the benefits of a full season pass.

Ensemble Arts Philly, Broadway Series | Flexible 7-show packages are available now and include performances of Hamilton, A Beautiful Noise, MJ the Musical, & Juliet, Some Like It Hot, The Wiz, and Life of Pi starting as low as $37.00 per show

Lantern Theater Company | Pay one low price and get the best seats for the Lantern's 2024/25 season, including The Wanderers, American Moor, Much Ado About Nothing, and The 39 Steps

Opera Philadelphia | This season, Opera Philadelphia continues to bring beloved classics to the Academy of Music. Build your custom package and save 20% on two or more performances, or join for the entire season with the Academy Series subscription. 

Suzanne Roberts Theatre | Join PTC as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. This year they are offering plays of, by, and for the people of Philadelphia, including La Egoista, Night Side Songs, and Small Ball. Pick your own subscription packages are starting as low as $51.

 

Suzanne Roberts Theatre | Join PTC as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. This year they are offering plays of, by, and for the people of Philadelphia, including La Egoista, Night Side Songs, and Small Ball. Pick your own subscription packages are starting as low as $51.

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A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical - Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Walnut Street Theatre | With titles like Jersey Boys, DreamGirls and ELF The Broadway Musical, the historic Walnut Street Theatre has a show for everyone. Their 5 show subscription starts as low as $26 per ticket.