Arts & Entertainment Guide

From city-wide events to pocket museums, there’s no doubt that Philly’s got culture and a variety of ways to immerse yourself in it.

Arts & Culture

Whatever your art interests, they can likely be found in Philly, a hotbed of diverse cultures and mediums. Here are some sources that cover a wide range of genres to help get you started.

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Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance /

Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts /

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts /

Fringe Festival /

Art for the Cash Poor /

First Person Arts /


Where’s the oldest theater in America? Philadelphia, of course! On any given night you can find a range of theatrical performances in the region. With so many groups and locations, be sure to experience theater while you’re in the city.

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Walnut Street Theatre /

Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia /

Philadelphia Theater /

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts /


If you think making art is more exciting than seeing it, try some of these places for cool, unique experiences.

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First Person Arts Story Slams /

Fleisher Art Memorial /

The Clay Studio /

Open Mics /

Heavy Hitters

When your friends from home ask what you’ve seen in Philly, these are the places they’ll be expecting. Don’t miss these staples of the city.

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Philadelphia Orchestra /

Philadelphia Museum of Art /

Franklin Institute /

Kimmel Center /

Longwood Gardens /

Elfreth’s Alley /

Philadelphia Zoo /

National Constitution Center /


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All of these special events happen every month and typically involve lots of free activities. They are well-attended and well-liked by the locals.

First Friday in Old City /

First Friday on the Main Line /

First Friday in Doylestown /

First Sundays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art /

Music & Venues

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For many artists, Philadelphia is a popular stop on the concert circuit. From commercial monsters to intimate local favorites, the city is never in short supply of venues to house its constantly evolving music scene.

Electric Factory / / 215.627.1332

Festival Pier and Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing / / 215.569.9400

Theatre of the Living Arts / / 215. 922.1011

Tower Theatre / 610.352.2887

Trocadero Theatre / / 215.922.6888

World Café Live / / 215.222.1400

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / / 215.898.3910

Johnny Brenda’s / / 215.739.9684

NorthStar / / 215.787.0488

Kung Fu Necktie / / 215.291.4919

First Unitarian Church / / 215.563.3980

Buy tickets (without the surcharge!) in person:

Live Nation Box Office / 111 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd

AKA Music / 27 N. 2nd St.

Or online:

R5 Productions /

TicketWeb / /


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Campus Philly /

Independence Visitor Center /

Visit Philly /