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March 2016

The Science Behind Pixar at The Franklin Institute

March 12 - September 5
The Franklin Institute,
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA United States
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Since the release of Toy Story in 1995, Pixar has created over a dozen visually-stunning, emotionally-poignant animated films. Solidifying itself as the leader of innovation and creativity in the CGI-animation market, the company’s works have achieved international critical acclaim and financial success. The stories that Pixar tells often leave audiences with a lingering sense of wonder of how imaginary characters could resonate so well with personal realities. We all know that great writers create that; they have the daunting task…

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August 2016

Closing of Lost Egypt at The Franklin Institute

August 28

Lost Egypt, one of the Franklin Institute’s premier exhibits, will close on August 28th. Don’t miss this showcase that includes an impressive collection of art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, as well as a quest for knowledge and discovery. The family-friendly area also features a recreation of an Egyptian tomb, a real mummy, and interactive components. Visitors can enter a re-created archaeological dig site, catch a theatrical presentation, and learn about Egyptian art, technology, language, and culture. The Franklin Institute…

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September 2016

Made in America Festival

September 3 - 4

The massive Made in America Festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway again this year on Labor Day weekend. Curated by Jay Z, this is the festival’s fifth year of chart-topping performers. Past acts have included mega stars like Beyoncé, The Weekend, J. Cole, Big Sean, Future, Meek Mill, Nick Jonas, and Modest Mouse. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, stretching from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval and the Rocky Steps, transforms into the chaotically revelrous festival grounds. Thousands of visitors descend…

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Adele Tour Will Stop in Philly at Wells Fargo Center

September 9

Adele’s North America tour, “Adele Live 2016,” will stop in Philadelphia for two weekend-night concerts. One of the pillars of today’s music industry, Adele shocked the world with her stunning comeback single “Hello” in October 2015. The internationally acclaimed track, which was the first song to sell over a million digital copies in a week, was only the beginning of the singer’s roaring return to the public eye. Her third studio album, 25, was released in November and quickly became…

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Philadelphia Fringe Festival

September 9 - 24

Every year, FringeArts hosts a massive, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity known as the Fringe Festival. Contemporary performance is the centerpiece, with dramatic shows featuring local, national, and international performers. The avant-garde festival spans 17 days this September, and any artist is welcome to participate. Shows, digital works, exhibitions, and events comprise the extensive celebration, and independent artists produce breathtaking shows the feature dance, theater, visual arts, music, and spoken-word. Traditional theater venues will host the art, and street…

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Philadelphia United Jazz Festival

September 14 - 18

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival is the ideal event for not only enjoying top-notch live music, but is also a chance to learn about Philly’s deep roots in jazz. The 4th annual festival will feature five days of some of the best talent in town. The festival moves inside this year, and will be held at four different venues. Presented by LifeLine Music Coalition, a group dedicated to promoting the knowledge and influence of jazz artists in Philadelphia, the festival…

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October 2016

Kansas at the Merriam Theater

October 1

Head to the Merriam Theater this fall t to see the band Kansas perform their six-time multi-Platinum album Leftoverture. This will be the first time that the album will be performed in its entirety, and the two-hour, special 40th Anniversary concert will also feature new songs from their upcoming album, The Prelude Implicit. Classic hits like “Fight Fire With Fire,” “Point of No Return,” and “Dust in the Wind” will be performed, as well as many other successful and well-known…

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Morris Arboretum Fall Festival Weekend

October 3 - 4

Head out to the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania for a day of colorful leaves, crisp autumn air, and seasonal activities. At Fall Festival Weekend, a family favorite for this time of year, visitors can make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, enjoy apple tastings, and go apple picking. In addition to these activities, a teen group will build a large LEGO® version of Philly’s LOVE sculpture, and kids can take part by helping and answering trivia. Surprise furry…

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Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

October 15

While the heart of a city may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a harvest celebration, the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival is the ideal spot to enjoy everything autumn. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Filbert Street between 11th and 12th streets is transformed into an urban farm, with corn stalks, pumpkin patches, hay bales, and more. Molly Malloy’s brings craft brews outside to create a beer garden, and vendors from the massive…

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An Evening with Steve Martin and Martin Short

October 28 - 29

Well-known comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will be in Philadelphia for two performances of their show “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” The event includes stand-up pieces, musical numbers, film, and discussions about the two men’s careers in show business. The Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass band from North Carolina known for their work with Martin will also perform. With a unique blend of mediums and themes, Martin and Short bring their own…

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