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.
African American Museum in Philadelphia &
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts:
Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
Now-October 8 | A groundbreaking exhibition featuring new art installations spread across multiple galleries at both institutions. Twenty artists have been invited to join in a bold collaboration and create new works that respond to the critical question: Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, 215.574.0380
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 118-128 North Broad Street, 215.972.7600
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.278.7000
CCD Parks: Fall Events
September-October | CCD is ushering in the season with continuous outdoor entertainment in Dilworth Park and Sister Cities Park. Activities for families, fitness classes and Harvest Weekend mark the parks’ seasonal transformation.
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St, 215.440.5500
Sister Cities Park, 18th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.440.5500
City Winery: Fall Performances
City Winery’s state-of-the-art concert venue is designed to offer an intimate setting with unobstructed views close to your favorite performers. Their year-round programming and events include well known musicians and comedians as well as food and wine events. Check their website for upcoming shows.
990 Filbert Street, 267.479.7373
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 summer offerings.
1214 Arch Street, 215.561.8888
Fashion District Philadelphia: Wonderspaces
Ongoing | Wonderspaces presents an evolving lineup of 16 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.
901 Market Street, 267.534.7705
Fergies's Pub: Pop Up Play in a Pub
Fergie's Pub and Inis Nua Theatre will transport you to a pub in Edinburgh with the return and expansion of Pop Up Play in a Pub. This unique experience serves up the ultimate trifecta, with a handmade British pie, a cold pint and a side of raucously funny theatre. All for one inexpensive ticket price!
1214 Sansom Street, 215.454.9776
Ladder 15: Ladder Laughs Mondays | Every Single Monday, Ladder Laughs will be bringing a Fresh lineup of Amazing Comedians, to the historic Ladder 15 in Center City. Come grab a drink, try some delicious food, and enjoy some FREE and Hilarious entertainment in a refurbished former Fire House for the Philadelphia Fire Department! 1528 Sansom St, 215.964.9755
Lantern Theater Company: TARTUFFE Septemeber 7 - October 8 | Prim and devout Orgon invites Tartuffe, a charlatan par excellence, into his bourgeois household, laying the scene for equal parts domestic disruption and social outrage. Banned for decades by civil and religious authorities who found the play too close for comfort, this masterpiece from perhaps the most beloved comic playwright of all time is a searing and hilarious study in how we collaborate in our own deception. 923 Ludlow St, 215.829.0395
Opera Philadelphia: Festival O23
September 21-October 1 | Explore the offerings of the fifth iteration of Opera Philadelphia’s annual, season-opening Festival O, which brings a star-studded lineup of live performances to multiple venues in the city.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Friday Lounge Series
Fridays | 5:00–8:30 p.m.
Enjoy evening access to the museum’s galleries every Friday night. Stop by the Friday Lounge to get a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy the live music. Admission is pay what you wish, with discounted parking at the museum’s parking garage after 5 p.m.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215.763.8100
PhotoLounge: Depth of Field Exhibition
Now-Septemeber 30 | Philadelphia Sculptors and the PL130 Gallery at PhotoLounge present Depth of Field, a unique exhibition of artworks that combine photography with sculpture. On view from August 7 - September 30, 2023, at PhotoLounge in Philadelphia, PA, the exhibition celebrates the unexpected and the irreverent as artists display original ways of connecting the two disciplines. A free public reception will take place on Friday, September 8, 2023, from 6-9 pm
130 S 17th St, 267.322.6651
825 Walnut Street, 215.574.3550