There’s lots of things to do and see in Philadelphia not to mention plenty to eat! The problem is the Democratic National Convention is only four days long. So how do you do everything on your Philly bucket list?

Simple — you come back.

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SUMMER

Made In America
Saturday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016
Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, Pa 19130

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)

 

For the last few years Philly has been home to the Made in America Festival — a two-day concert put on by Jay Z right on the Benjamin Frabklin Parkway. This year’s talent may be the best ever with Rihanna and Coldplay slated to headline along with DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and more than 10 other acts. Tickets are on sale now.

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FALL

Eastern State Penitentiary
Late September to Early November: 2016 Schedule TBA
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Freddy Krueger

On Friday the 13th weekend it was Freddy, not Jason, showing up to Eastern State Penitentiary. (Credit: Andrew Kramer)

 

ESP is always something to see offering historical tours of the prison year-round, but in the Fall the building gets a haunting makeover for Terror Behind the Walls. There are six chilling attractions in total which rank among some of the best haunted houses in the country every year. Click here for a preview… if you’re brave enough that is!
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Harry Potter Festival
Friday, Oct 21 – Saturday, Oct. 2, 2016
Chestnut Hill, Pa 19118

(Credit: Randall E. Scott)

(Credit: Randall E. Scott)

 

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Why not watch a real-life Quidditch game with a pint of Butterbeer in your hand? This two-day event has all that and more and it’s fittingly a train ride away from Center City out in Chestnut Hill. More information is available here.
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WINTER

Christmas Village
Thursday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016
1599 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, Pa 19103

(credit: Russ Brown)

(credit: Russ Brown)

 

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and walk around this authentic German Christmas market in LOVE Park. Find the perfect ornament to add to your Christmas tree in the Kaeth Wohlfahrt tent and then check out some of the unique clothing and jewelry vendors. Buy some roasted nuts or a chocolate covered fruit kabob before you head over to see more shops across the street at Dilworth Park and maybe even go ice skating.
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Macy’s Light Show
Late November to December: 2016 Schedule TBA
1300 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Macy's light show has been a Philadelphia Christmas tradition since 1955. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

The Macy’s light show has been a Philadelphia Christmas tradition since 1955. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

 

If you’re feeling chilly from walking around Christmas Village, head to Macy’s in the historic Wanamaker building behind City Hall. Watch all your favorite holiday characters come to life set to the world’s largest playing pipe organ in a light display narrated by Julie Andrews. Afterwards, head to the third floor to walk through the story of A Christmas Carol in Dickens Village, ending with a visit from Santa.
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SPRING

The Flower Show
Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(credit: Randall E. Scott)

(credit: Randall E. Scott)

 

The Flower Show is a much-anticipated event in the city to help get people in the spring spirit with a little garden inspiration. This year’s theme is Holland so expect plenty of tulips and definitely a few windmill displays. Besides flowers and tons of photo op spots, vendors will be there in full force selling home and garden decor, jewelry and more.
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Broad Street Run
Sunday, May 7, 2016
Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue
to the Philadelphia Navy Yard

credit: Josh Crompton

(credit: Josh Crompton)

 

Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a 10-mile race through Philadelphia so popular among locals and tourists alike that runners must enter a lottery to be selected as one of the 40,000 participants lined up on race day. A huge party awaits the runners at the finish line! The event also raises thousands of dollars each year for the American Cancer Society.
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NEXT SUMMER

Philly Beer Week
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Participating bars and restaurants throughout the city

(Credit: Steve Lyford)

(Credit: Steve Lyford)

 

The 10-day event offers special beer tastings, discounts and tours at some of Philly’s finest bars, restaurants and breweries. The infamous Hammer of Glory helps get the party started with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg with bar-goers helping to “pass the torch” to each new bar. If you call yourself a beer lover we’ll see you back in Philadelphia next year!