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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

African American Museum in Philadelphia: Juneteenth Block Party/ Free Museum Day | June 19 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Enjoy a lineup of live performances on the Liberation Stage presented by Crescent Foundation, hosted by WURD Radio personalities Tiffany Bacon and Andrea Lawful-Sanders. Get ready to jam with hip-hop legends, this year’s headliners Kid ‘n Play, groove to the beats of Rich Medina spinning the best in R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and more, and feel the melodic vibes of Seraiah Nicole and West Philly’s favorite band, Suede Lace. 
701 Arch Street, 215.574.0380 

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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

City Winery: A Juneteenth Concert with The Baylor Project  
June 18 | 7 p.m. | A husband. A wife. An astonishing duo built on love, family, faith, culture and community.These are the things that power The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor. This enticing collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of jazz.  
990 Filbert Street, 267.479.7373 

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

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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

  • Wonderspaces: Rainbow Rooms | Now-June 30 | This installation recreates a home scene in which the objects are covered with various fabrics and multi-colored thread. The installation reflects artist Pierre le Riche's experience growing up as a gay man in conservative South Africa, and is intended to stimulate a dialogue about identity, exploring struggles of discrimination, acceptance, and masculinity.
  • 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

Free Library of Philadelphia: Author Events

  • Rachel Cusk: Parade: A Novel | June 18 | 7:30 p.m. | This book is an expansive contemplation of what fiction can be and follows the many incarnations of a single painter. 

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street 1.833.825.5357

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

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

Parkway Central Library: A String, Sing, Story & Musical Thing for Juneteenth!  
June 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Come hear storytellers and vocalists perform songs centering Philly and its Black historical legends. Watch stiltwalkers, participate in community drum circles, and more! 
1901 Vine Street, 215.686.5316 

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. 
  • Juneteenth Friday Night Lounge | June 21 | 5 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. | In partnership with the Philadelphia Juneteenth Family and African Cultural Alliance of North America, we’re celebrating Juneteenth and Black Music Month with a live performance by Rashaan Rich & The June B All Stars. Admission is pay what you wish, with discounted parking at the museum’s parking garage after 5 p.m.
  • 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

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. 

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

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.