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.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance / philaculture.org
Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts / pafa.org
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts / pifa.org
Fringe Festival / livearts-fringe.org
Art for the Cash Poor / inliquid.org
First Person Arts / firstpersonarts.org
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.
Walnut Street Theatre / walnutstreettheatre.org
Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia / theatrealliance.org
Philadelphia Theater / philadelphia-theater.com
If you think making art is more exciting than seeing it, try some of these places for cool, unique experiences.
First Person Arts Story Slams / firstpersonarts.org
Fleisher Art Memorial / fleisher.org
The Clay Studio / theclaystudio.org
Open Mics / openmicphiladelphia.com
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.
Philadelphia Orchestra / philorch.org
Philadelphia Museum of Art / philamuseum.org
Franklin Institute / fi.edu
Kimmel Center / kimmelcenter.org
Longwood Gardens / longwoodgardens.org
Elfreth’s Alley / elfrethsalley.org
Philadelphia Zoo / philadelphiazoo.org
National Constitution Center / constitutioncenter.org
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 / visitphilly.com
First Friday on the Main Line / firstfridaymainline.com
First Friday in Doylestown / firstfridaydoylestown.com
First Sundays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art / philamuseum.org
Music & Venues
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 / electricfactory.info / 215.627.1332
Festival Pier and Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing / livenation.com / 215.569.9400
Theatre of the Living Arts / livenation.com / 215. 922.1011
Tower Theatre /livenation.com/ 610.352.2887
Trocadero Theatre / thetroc.com / 215.922.6888
World Café Live / worldcafelive.com / 215.222.1400
Johnny Brenda’s / johnnybrendas.com / 215.739.9684
NorthStar / northstarbar.com / 215.787.0488
Kung Fu Necktie / kungfunecktie.com / 215.291.4919
First Unitarian Church / philauu.org/page/concerts / 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.
R5 Productions / r5productions.com
TicketWeb / ticketweb.com
Philly.com / tickets.philly.com
Campus Philly / campusphilly.org
Independence Visitor Center / independencevisitorcenter.com
Visit Philly / visitphilly.com