What's On in Philadelphia

There are so many events in Philadelphia at any given time, it is difficult to choose just a few. Expats are spoilt for choice, whether they are in search of family-friendly fun or entertainment aimed at adults.

Below are some of the main events and festivals in Philadelphia.

Night Market Philadelphia (all year)

For expats who love food and aren’t afraid of crowds, attending at least one of the several markets that take place throughout the year is a must. Aside from sampling meals from one of dozens of food trucks at the market, attendees can watch local musicians or take part in street karaoke.

The Philadelphia International Auto Show (January/February)

The Philly Auto Show has been going since 1902 and is held in the Pennsylvania Convention Hall and Civic Center. About 250,000 people visit each year to see new releases, exotic models and concept cars by automobile manufacturers from all over the world.

PHS Philadelphia International Flower Show (March)

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been hosting its annual flower show since 1829 and it has grown to become the largest indoor flower show in the world, attracting more than 250,000 visitors annually. With a different theme every year, visitors can expect to see a variety of displays competing for prizes and buy some plants of their own.

The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show (April)

Founded in 1962, the Philly Antiques Show is one of the longest-running and best shows in the USA. Attendees can enjoy art and antique exhibitions which include period and modern American works.

Fireworks and Fountains (May to September)

Throughout the summer, Longwood Gardens hosts a series of displays incorporating fireworks, music and fountains for an average of 5,000 visitors an evening. The garden also hosts a Christmas light show that starts in November, where hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see around 500,000 lights.

Scarecrow Walk (October)

Every October, the Morris Arboretum displays the top entrants from its annual scarecrow design contest. Set in the natural beauty of the arboretum, it is a must for families wanting to get into the spirit of Halloween.

The Mütter Museum’s Annual Day of the Dead Festival (November)

For expats with strong stomachs, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia hosts a Mexican Day of the Dead festival at the Mütter Museum, arguably the finest museum of its kind in the country. Aside from decorating sugar cookie skulls and making paper flowers, visitors also get to take a tour through the museum’s collection of medical oddities, such as the mummy of the Soap Lady and slides of Albert Einstein’s brain.

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show (November to December)

Held at Macy’s Center City since 1956, the Christmas Light Show has more than 100,000 energy-efficient LED lights on display, which combine to create striking holiday images accompanied by music from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ. The Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree, up for the duration of the show, is truly a sight to behold.