Exclusive Arts & Culture Discounts 

Center City District has partnered with several of Philadelphia’s nationally recognized performing arts organizations to offer exclusive promotional discounts on tickets during Center City on Stage. Take advantage of reduced ticket pricing to select performances. Discount ticket sales concluded on March 6, 2024, but standard show tickets are still available. 

Looking for a specific venue or performing arts group? View the menu below and click to jump to their section, where you will find shows that are included in this promotion.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra &
Ensemble Arts Philly

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The Philadelphia Orchestra & Ensemble Arts aims to inspire and connect humanity with exceptional performances and experiences serving Philadelphia and the world. More than one million people come to our venues-the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Miller Theater- every year to see the GRAMMY Award-winning Philadelphia Orchestra, the best of touring Broadway, our Jazz and Family Series, dance, and so much more! Find something to love, every time.

Broadway Series

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles | May 9-10 | Miller Theater
A Tribute to the Beatles is an electrifying concert experience celebrating the timeless music of the legendary fab four. With note-for-note precision, this mind-blowing performance transports you back to the iconic eras of Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, along with all your favorite hits.

Message in a Bottle | May 14-19 | Miller Theater
A spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including "Every Breath You Take", "Roxanne", "Walking On The Moon" and more.

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Photo by  Lynn Theisen

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Photo by Dario Calmese


Ensemble Arts Presents 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | February 23-24 | Academy of Music 
Come celebrate the revolutionary and unparalleled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! Returning to the Academy of Music, the gifted and gorgeous Ailey dancers infuse energy and emotion into signature Ailey classics and new works from the world’s most esteemed choreographers.

PHILADANCO! ... Director's Choice | April 12 | Perelman Theater
This spring PHILADANCO! takes a trip down memory lane, revisiting masterpieces and iconic ballets that are ingrained in the foundation of PHILADANCO!'s extraordinary legacy. Witness one of America’s top dance companies share fresh and fervent stories through movement. 

Chloé Arnold's Syncopated Ladies: LIVE! | April 13 | Miller Theater  
Founded by Emmy-nominated choreographer, Chloé Arnold, Syncopated Ladies: LIVE! is a ground-breaking, all-female tap dance experience that celebrates a sisterhood of beautiful, diverse, and talented women. Syncopated Ladies is the most viewed Female Tap dance band in history.

Terence Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones | April 7 | Verizon Hall
A phenomenally gifted artist, trumpeter, composer and arranger Terence Blanchard is a Grammy Award-winning jazz icon. In 2021, he made history with his opera Fire Shut Up In My Bones, the first work by a Black composer ever to be staged by the Metropolitan Opera in its 138-year history. Terence Blanchard brings a new suite of music from this groundbreaking opera, performed by Terence Blanchard and his GRAMMY-nominated ensemble The E-Collective, the GRAMMY-winning Turtle Island Quartet and operatic vocalists Justin Austin and Adrienne Danrich.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts Orchestre Métropolitain | March 5 | Verizon Hall

Philadelphia’s favorite conductor joins his hometown orchestra here in Philly for one night only! Hear Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain take on a program full of dazzling classics and new perspectives.  

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony | March 21-23 | Verizon Hall
After the U.S. premiere by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony, Prokofiev was pictured on the cover of Time magazine, and Koussevitzky called the work “the greatest musical event in many, many years. The greatest since Brahms and Tchaikovsky! It is magnificent! It is yesterday, it is today, it is tomorrow.”              

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Orchestra After 5: Haydn and Mozart Power Hour | April 4 | Verizon Hall        
This new series offers brilliant, bite-sized concerts after your workday. The evening also features engaging pre-concert activities, themed cocktails, and casual conversations with our own GRAMMY-winning musicians. Classical concerts with a casual vibe—a new Thursday tradition. Mozart and Haydn have never sounded so good, and you’ll experience the music with projection screens showing you the performers up close and sharing the fascinating backstories behind the music you’re hearing.                                   

Salonen Conducts Sibelius | May 9-11 and May 16-18 | Verizon Hall
Intensely personal and unfailingly compelling, Sibelius’s music astonishes, thrills, soothes, and beguiles. His profound love of nature is vividly present in his Fifth Symphony, with its famous finale inspired by the sight of a flock of swans flying overhead.     

Ballet X 

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BalletX expands the vocabulary of contemporary ballet for all audiences through innovative performances, world premiere choreography, dance education, and community programs.

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Ballet X's Summer Series | July 8-20 | Wilma Theater
Experience world premiere ballet by renowned choreographers Loughlan Prior, Stina Quagebeur, and Amy Hall Garner. 

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director, Sir Dirk Brossé.  Established in 1964 by Marc Mostovoy, and originally named Concerto Soloists, the orchestra has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire spanning the Baroque period through the 21st century.

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Shostakovich & Verklärte Nacht | April 19 and 21 | Perelman Theater
Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings

Dinnerstein Plays Mozart | May 17 and 19 | Perelman Theater
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major

Lantern Theater Company 

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Lantern Theater Company has been creating intimate and engaging theater in Philadelphia since 1994. The Lantern produces plays that investigate and illuminate what is essential in the human spirit and the spirit of the times. The company seeks to be a vibrant, contributing member of our community, exposing audiences to great theater, inviting participation in dialogue and discussion, engaging audience members about artistic and social issues, and employing theatrical language and techniques to enrich learning in the classroom.

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The Comedy of Errors |  May 16 - June 16 | St. Stephen's Theater
Come see how the story of a bereaved merchant searching for his lost son in a hostile city turns into an unrivaled comedy of mistaken identities, twins separated at birth, and love lost and won. When all of Ephesus is thrown into chaos, only the genius of Shakespeare can put it right again.


Opera Philadelphia 

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Opera Philadelphia is committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. The company’s mission is to deliver outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward; to identify extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work; and to present innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience.

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Madam Butterfly | April 26, 28 and May 3, 5 | The Academy of Music
Karen Chia-ling Ho and Anthony Ciaramitaro bring Puccini's achingly beautiful score to life as the young geisha Cio-Cio-San and U.S. Navy Lt. Pinkerton in this new production at the Academy of Music.

Philadelphia Ballet

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Philadelphia Ballet’s strives to cultivate an enduring appreciation for dance through world-class performances, to inspire the next generation with exceptional education and professional training, and to connect with the community through meaningful and inclusive programming.

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The Dream | May 9-12  | The Academy of Music
Adapted from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare with George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son
Frederick Ashton’s glorious take on Shakespeare’s timeless and hilarious comedy will dazzle Philadelphia audiences. The quarrelsome lovers Oberon and Titania, dancing fairies, a braying donkey, and Mendelssohn’s incandescent music make for a magical evening. 

Dance Masterpieces | March 14-16 | The Academy of Music
Experience the work of three of the most inspiring and influential choreographers of the 20th Century. Featuring iconic works—Alvin Ailey’s The River, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room—it is a portrait of modern dance genius.

Philadelphia Theatre Company


Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) is a vital civic institution dedicated to the creation of extraordinary theatrical experiences that reflect the essential issues and ideas of our time, and which foster connection, understanding, and transformation. PTC engages and strengthens its community through exceptional productions of new and contemporary plays and musicals, inspiring education programs, and mutually beneficial civic partnerships. PTC develops exciting new work that resonates both locally and nationally, and upholds a deep commitment to be a fully inclusive, welcoming home for the artists, audiences, and people of Philadelphia.

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The Duat | June 7-23  | Suzanne Roberts Theatre
Taking its title from the mythical Egyptian afterlife, The Duat is a psychological portrait of Cornelius Johnson, a FBI counterintelligence officer, in a battle for his very soul. Using spoken word, North African drumming, and gorgeous choreography, this one-person world premiere is a poetic and virtuosic story of redemption.

Walnut Street Theatre

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Walnut Street Theatre is America’s Oldest Theatre and the most popular theatre company in Philadelphia. As a producer of live theatre, many of the artists on the stage, in the orchestra and behind the scenes are from the Philadelphia area. As a non-profit institution, the Walnut is recognized nationally for bringing affordable theatre and diverse stories to more subscribers than any other theatre company in the world. In addition to its five Mainstage productions, the Walnut produces the popular Walnut Street Theatre for Kids Series, and the Walnut’s education and outreach programs bring live theatre to over 150,000 students, teachers, parents, and kids every year.

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BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical | March 26-31 and April 2  | Walnut Street Theatre
The inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable journey from a teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. From the pop classics King wrote for singers from Aretha Franklin to James Taylor, to her own chart-busting success as a solo artist, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Featuring over two dozen hits, including “One Fine Day,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this Broadway celebration is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget!

Wilma Theater

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The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. We engage artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. We present bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.

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The Good Person of Setzuan | April 2-21 | Wilma Theater
Three Gods come to the city of Setzuan looking for one good person. But the rules keep changing in the thrum and bustle of this shantytown, which more closely resembles 21st century Philadelphia than Brecht’s imagined China. This classic parable is retold and reclaimed through the vision of director Justin Jain, working with an adaptation from playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), original live percussive music, and members of the Wilma HotHouse Company.   

Hilma | June 4-June23 | Wilma Theater
The early 20th century queer mystic and artist Hilma af Klint channeled hundreds of paintings through messages from otherworldly forces, hoping to communicate the mysteries of the universe. Only recently rediscovered and hailed as one of the first-ever abstract artists, she worked in obscurity during a time that was not yet ready to receive her message. This contemporary opera – with a score that mixes genres from opera, rock, pop, and musical theater – wrestles with the hubris and humility that fueled one woman’s spiritual quest.

Explore Center City


Center City is the epicenter of arts and culture entertainment and vibrant public spaces in Philadelphia. From showcasing resident artists and traveling shows, to green spaces with a host of amenities and events for all ages, find something to explore in Center City.

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Carousel Photo Credits: Kimmel Cultural Campus photo by J. Fusco for ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®; RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles photo by Matt Christine Photography; Chloé Arnold's Syncopated Ladies: LIVE! photo by Joey Kennedy; Wilma Theater photo by J. Fusco for ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®;The Philadelphia Orchestra photo by Jessica Griffin