Philadelphia Events


Philadelphia Events

Events listed below are held in Philadelphia, unless indicated otherwise.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Celebration of the life of the civil rights leader; Philadelphia;


Black History Month
Highlights include an African-American Doll Display by Stephanie Farris and the Pennsylvania Doll Museum, Storytelling with Oni Asana, Dance Workshop by Dunya Performing Arts Company, Gospel Music, Kid’s Activities, and more; Longwood Gardens;

Viva Latino
Virtuoso jazz flutist and Latin Grammy Award-winner Nestor Torres has been captivating audiences with his distinctive mix of Latin, jazz, classical, and pop sounds for more than two decades; Kimmel Center- Verizon Center;

Karamu and Company
Conwell Dance Theater; Temple University;

African Cultures Day
Music and dance of Africa and the African diaspora, storytelling, arts and crafts, culture and cuisine; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology;

Center for African American Research and Public Policy Conference
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA,


Penn Relays
A must attend track event featuring the best track stars and lots of additional activities; Franklin Field;


Annual Celebration of Black Writing: The Black Arts Movement
Annual black writers festival featuring local and national writers, Art Sanctuary;

Jam on the River
Memorial Day Weekend; Annual outdoor festival featuring food, music and more; past performers included Al Green, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Neville Brothers, George Clinton, Bo Diddley; Penn’s Landing;


ODUNDE African Street Festival
Street festival featuring live entertainment and processions to Delaware River; South Street (between 21st and 23rd streets), Philadelphia;

Annual celebration of African American culture; Philadelphia;

Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market
One of the oldest regional film festivals; Philadelphia;


Annual Peoples Festival
Featuring educational exhibits, arts & crafts, poetry reading, food and more; Vernon Park; Wilmington, DE

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights
Penn’s Landing – Great Plaza;

Sunset Jazz Series
Wiggins Waterfront Park and Marina; Camden, NJ; website

Art After 5: Jazz through the Roof:
Philadelphia Museum of Art;


International Art Expo
One of the largest African American art shows in the country; Liacouras Center, Temple University;


Kwanzaa Celebration
Begins 12/26; annual 7-day celebration of African American culture at various venues;


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