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  • 1. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    Center City West | Concerts

    This striking complex evokes Philadelphia's traditional redbrick structures, while making a contemporary design statement. The 450,000-square...Read More

  • 2. Philadelphia Folk Festival


    First held in 1961, the oldest continuously running folk festival in the country takes place each year in late August. Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm...Read More

  • 3. Academy of Music

    Center City West | Concerts

    Inspired by Milan's La Scala opera house and completed in 1857, the Academy of Music is the oldest grand opera house in the country still used...Read More

  • 4. Annenberg Center

    University City | Concerts

    The performing-arts complex on University of Pennsylvania's campus features multiple stages, from the 115-seat Bruce Montgomery Theatre to the...Read More

  • 5. Arden Theatre Company

    Old City | Theater

    The Arden, formed in 1988, is known for premiering new works and offering a mix of classic drama, comedy, and musicals, with a special affinity...Read More

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  • 6. AVA Opera Theatre

    Rittenhouse Square | Opera

    The resident artists at the Academy of Vocal Arts, a four-year, tuition-free vocal training program, present four or five fully staged opera...Read More

  • 7. Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

    Center City West | Music

    Directed by Dirk Brossé, this prestigious group performs chamber music from September to May at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for...Read More

  • 8. Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival

    University City | Festivals

    The vivacious Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival has a full lineup of live bands, performers, vendors, and the fabulous, multicultural energy...Read More

  • 9. Curtis Institute of Music

    Rittenhouse Square | Music

    The gifted students at this world-renowned music conservatory give free recitals several times a week from October through May at 8 pm. All...Read More

  • 10. Forrest Theatre

    Center City East | Theater

    The Forrest is the place to catch Broadway blockbusters in Philadelphia. About eight high-profile shows are presented each season—think hits...Read More

  • 11. Freedom Theatre

    North Philadelphia | Theater

    The oldest and most active African-American theater in Pennsylvania is nationally renowned. Performances are scheduled throughout the year,...Read More

  • 12. Keswick Theatre


    This 1,300-seat hall is a former vaudeville house and cinema that's on the National Register of Historic Places. Known for its fine acoustics...Read More

  • 13. Mann Center for the Performing Arts

    Fairmount | Concerts

    Pop, jazz, contemporary music, Broadway theater, opera, dance, and Shakespeare are presented in this open-air amphitheater in Fairmount Park...Read More

  • 14. Merriam Theater

    Center City West | Theater

    Built in 1918 as the Shubert, the ornate 1,688-seat theater has had many stage greats, including Al Jolson, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn,...Read More

  • 15. NextMove

    Center City West | Dance

    The NextMove series, which presents work from both national and internationally known companies, began calling the Prince Theater home during...Read More

  • 16. Opera Company of Philadelphia

    Center City West | Opera

    The company stages five or six productions a year between October and May at the Academy of Music; some operas have international stars. All...Read More

  • 17. Painted Bride Art Center

    Old City | Concerts

    By day it's a contemporary art gallery showing bold, challenging works. By night it's a multidisciplinary, multicultural performance center...Read More

  • 18. PECO Multicultural Series

    Penn's Landing | Festivals

    PECO, Philadelphia's primary electric provider, sponsors a series of global celebrations along Penn's Landing over summer weekends. Each installment...Read More

  • 19. Pennsylvania Ballet

    Center City West | Dance

    Artistic director Angel Corella leads the company through a season of classic favorites and new works; they dance on the stage of the Academy...Read More

  • 20. Philadelphia Chamber Music Society


    From October to May, the society presents 60 concerts featuring nationally and internationally known musicians. The schedule is packed with...Read More

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