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    One of our favorite things about spring in Philadelphia is the return of all of the festivals. Every weekend you can find a festival for you, be it an arts festival, a food festival, a music festival, a neighborhood festival, or something else. We highlighted the top festivals that we are looking forward to this spring (and may even be attending), trust us when we say that this doesn't even scratch the surface of all the fun, outdoor spring activities that Philly has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Get out there!

     

    Get outside to enjoy the festival fun and share your photos with us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @Phillyfunguide, and keep an eye out for the PFG table at select festivals!

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    SCIENCE
    Philadelphia Science Festival
    The Franklin Institute
    April 21st, 2017 - April 29th, 2017

    The Philadelphia Science Festival - April 21 - April 29th

     

    The Philadelphia Science Festival returns this month for it's seventh season geeking out Philadlephia. For eight days, The Franklin Institute and various participating organizations across the city, will be holding science themed proms, happy hours, discussions on Mars, and much more. The week of STEM fueled excitement closes April 29th with the legendary Science Carnival at Penn's Landing. This will be going on during the week of the Draft, so if you and your family need someone to do in between draft activities (or as far away from them as possible), then this is an absolute winner.

     

    For more of PFG's coverage of the Philly Science Festival, head here.

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    OUTDOORS
    South Street Spring Festival
    South Street Headhouse District
    May 6th, 2017

    South Street Spring Festival - May 6th

     

    The kickoff event for Philly's summer festival season returns May 6th! Completely free and open to the public, the Spring Festival is a huge banger, complete with the city's largest Maypole. Running South Street between Front and 8th, the festivties include a Family Fun Zone, live music from 40 artists, 100+ artists and retailers, giveaways and more. In conjunction, Brauhaus Schmitz will be hosting the 5th Annual German Maifest with even more German beers, dancers, music, and food. PFG will be there, will you?

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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square
    Historic Philadelphia Inc.
    May 9th, 2017 - June 11th, 2017

    2017 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival - May 9 - June 11

     

    Back by popular demand for a triumphant second season, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. For seven weeks, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, the newly rebuilt Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors. Festival-goers will enjoy daily performances, culinary exploration, crafts by working artists, and still be able to play Philly Mini Golf, ride the Parx Liberty Carousel, and enjoy Center City's premier play place during the duration of the festival.

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    KIDS
    Philadelphia Children's Festival
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    May 18th, 2017 - May 20th, 2017

    Philadelphia International Children's Festival - May 18 - May 20

     

    The Philadelphia International Children's Festival will be returning to the Annenburg Center this spring from May 18th to May 20th. The festival will be showcasing three fun-filled days of family-friendly circus, theatre, story-telling, music performances, and of course face painting and ballon animals. Don't miss the spring festival with as much energy as your little ones!

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    S. 9th Street Italian Market Festival
    Italian Market Visitor Center
    May 20th, 2017 - May 21st, 2017

    Italian Market Festival - May 20 - May 21

     

    Everyone is Italian during the Italian Market Festival! Rain or shine, head down to South 9th Street (between Wharton and Fitzwater Sts), the historical Italian Matket for a two day street fest. This festival will have it all from face painting and live entertainment, to the infamous 30 ft. high grease pole challenge and the Procession of Saints. 

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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival
    UpcomingEvents.com
    June 15th, 2017

    The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival - June 15

     

    UpcomingEvents.com is back at it again with The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival! Enjoy a night surrounded by dinosaurs, butterflies and of course, FOOD at the Academy of Natural Sciences. For 3 straight hours, guests will be able to eat (and drink) their hearts out with samples from over 50+ vendors, live entertainment, a DJ and more. This is definitely a don't miss event, from the budding foodie to the cultured connoisseur.

    Look below for even more festival fun! 

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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing
    The Franklin Institute
    April 29th, 2017
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    DANCE
    university of the arts | spring dance series 2017
    University of the Arts
    April 26th, 2017 - April 30th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Go West Craft Fest
    VIX Emporium
    April 29th, 2017
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    FREE
    Independent Bookstore Day at the Penn Book Center
    Penn Book Center
    April 29th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Center City Jazz Festival - TIME Restaurant
    Center City Jazz Festival
    April 29th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Center City Jazz Festival - Fergie's Pub
    Center City Jazz Festival
    April 29th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Center City Jazz Festival - Milkboy
    Center City Jazz Festival
    April 29th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Center City Jazz Festival - Chris's Jazz Cafe
    Center City Jazz Festival
    April 29th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Center City Jazz Festival - Franky Bradley's
    Center City Jazz Festival
    April 29th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    92nd ANNUAL "STIF-TUGS-FEST" ...OKTOBERFEST ON STEROIDS
    GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
    April 29th, 2017
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    FILM
    Cinedelphia Film Festival
    PhilaMOCA
    April 13th, 2017 - April 29th, 2017
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    SCIENCE
    Philadelphia Science Festival
    The Franklin Institute
    April 21st, 2017 - April 29th, 2017
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    VISUAL ARTS
    2017 Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl
    Fairmount CDC
    April 30th, 2017
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    FREE
    East Passyunk Flavors on the Avenue
    East Passyunk Avenue Business...
    April 30th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    The Arts Council of Princeton presents 47th Annual Communiversity ArtsFest
    Arts Council of Princeton
    April 30th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    14th Annual Philadephia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
    Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for...
    April 30th, 2017
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Philly MAC-Down 2: Vegan Boogaloo
    V Marks the Shop
    April 30th, 2017
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    FILM
    West Chester International Short Film Festival
    West Chester Film Festival
    April 28th, 2017 - April 30th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: The Philadelphia Jazz Festival
    Various Venues in Philadelphia, PA
    April 23rd, 2017 - April 30th, 2017
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    MUSIC
    Boundless Celebration with concert performance by Don Felder
    Liguori Academy High School
    May 3rd, 2017

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