Special Events in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Hispanic Fiesta
The Philadelphia Hispanic Fiesta features authentic Hispanic cuisine, dancing, music, and entertainment. This weekend event showcases foods and artisan crafts from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and other areas of Latin America. Musical entertainment includes salsa, mariachi, merengue, balacha, Latin rhythm, blues, and boleros. The fiesta is hosted by the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia. All proceeds from the Philadelphia Hispanic Festival go to social service programs supporting Philadelphia families in need.

Philadelphia International Flower Show
The Philadelphia International Flower Show is the largest indoor event of its kind in the world. In addition to acres of floral gardens and displays, a family lounge offers craft projects, toys, puppet shows, and movies for children. Gardening lectures and demos cover subjects including native plants, edible landscapes, organic gardening, and ornamental horticulture. Exhibits include pressed plants, floral designs, and miniatures from amateur designers. Daily flower arranging competitions for professionals and amateurs are also featured, judged by professional judges and by audience members. The Show Marketplace, Flower Show Shop, and Meadowbrook Farm Store house over 150 shops. A special aisle in the marketplace offers green products for homeowners and gardeners. Proceeds from the event support the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's greening urban programs that include City Harvest.

PumpkinFest includes activities including pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, and live entertainment, including jugglers and musicians. A lunch buffet is offered by local restaurants. A costume parade, a kid's corner, unlimited carousel rides, raffles, prizes, and cupcake decorating contest are also featured. Proceeds from the PumpkinFest are used for the preservation of Franklin Square.

DesignPhiladelphia is a citywide event celebrating past and future design in the Philadelphia area. Exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations feature the work of over 500 professionals, artists, and students. Subjects include multi media, architecture, graphic design, interior design, and urban planning. These events are located at numerous venues around the city.

2nd Street Festival
The 2nd Street Festival is a giant block party that features food, music, art, and a wide variety of vendors. There are several stages of live music, with the performers selected by the Philadelphia Folksong Society. The 2nd Street Festival offers activities for children including carnival games, kid friendly musicians, and arts and crafts. Vendors offer green products, art, and crafts. The seven block area of the festival includes food trucks serving a variety of cuisine, along with food from local restaurants.