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March 2016

The Science Behind Pixar at The Franklin Institute

March 12 - September 5

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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May 2016

Artisanal Wine & Cheese Pairing at Wine School of Philadelphia

May 6

The Wine School of Philadelphia is the go-to destination for all wine lovers. Whether you’re a novice trying to develop your palate or an expert looking for new varietals, there’s always a workshop or class that’s both fun and educational. The wine school has offered programs for two decades, and is a top-notch institution in the food and beverage industry. It has produced some of the region’s best winemakers, sommeliers, and importers, many of whom now teach. The Artisanal Wine…

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Boat to Bartram’s Garden

May 8

Spring has arrived, and spending time outdoors is the best way to celebrate the milder weather. If you’re looking for a relaxing day outside, check out Bartram’s Garden via a boat trip down the Schuylkill River. Bartram’s Garden, America’s oldest living botanical garden, is a 45-acre National Landmark that features an outdoor classroom, living laboratory, and a fascinating history.  After pushing off of the Walnut Street Dock, you can enjoy a cruise down to river in The Patriot, a reproduction…

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Drexel University Graduation Weekend

May 9 - 11

May is college graduation season, and thousands of families and visitors will descend on the University City neighborhood to celebrate the accomplishments of the students at Drexel University. Drexel, a private research university founded in 1891, has more than 26,000 students enrolled in over 70 undergraduate programs and over 100 master’s and doctoral programs. The co-op program distinguishes from other institutions in the region and the nation, offering the opportunity to gain up to 18 months of paid, full-time work…

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UPenn Graduation Weekend

May 15 - 16

The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League research institution founded by Benjamin Franklin 1740, has about 21,000 students in a variety of colleges and programs. The school is consistently ranked as one of the best research universities in the world, with exceptional quality and quantity of work. UPenn has been involved in numerous important innovations and discoveries across the humanities and sciences. If you’re in town for the weeknd, enjoy the culinary and and boutique shopping opportunities in Midtown Village.…

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June 2016

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

June 1 - 9

Films tell stories, tales and experiences from around the world. Mainstream movies, though, often misinterpret or underrepresent Native Americans, leaving their voices as only whispers in the industry. International House Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization with a well-known film program, will defy popular portrayals and offer a compelling series that tells the stories of Native Americans from their point of view. Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema is a series that will feature seven films created by Native tribespeople. The compilation…

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Odunde Festival

June 12

Africa is coming to the streets of one of Philly’s oldest neighborhoods. The annual Odunde festival, which celebrates the coming of another year for African-American people around the world, is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back to 1975. Today, the 12-block party is the largest African celebration on the east coast, and attracts guests from around the world.   The festival begins with a all-inclusive spiritual procession to the Schuylkill River, where offerings of fruits and flowers are made to…

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Manayunk Arts Festival

June 25 - 26

The Manayunk Arts Festival is one of the largest outdoor arts gatherings in the Delaware Valley. Nearly 200,000 people converge on historic Main Street for two days of arts, crafts, food, music, and more. 300 vendors from all over the country will sell handmade items, which will range from several different forms of art—fiber glass and ceramics, photography, wood and sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry, and mixed media. Unique handmade items such as scarves, woodwork, botanical collages, and more. Since…

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July 2016

Wawa Hoagie Day

July 2

The first Wawa Hoagie Day in 1992 was commemorated with a 500-foot hoagie at City Hall, and then-mayor Ed Rendell dubbed the hoagie the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia.” The Philadelphia sandwich tradition is honored in spectacular with free hoagies at Independence Mall, courtesy of Wawa. Head to the lawn outside the Independence Visitor Center, grab yourself a hoagie stacked with meat or veggies and cheese and toppings, and relax in the grass as a variety of musicians and groups provide…

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Independence Day in Philly: Party on the Parkway

July 4

Philadelphia is one of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July because of its rich historical roots. But once you’ve soaked in all the history, head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval to celebrate America’s Birthday. The day-long event on the Parkway is a massive block party packed with local food trucks, interactive games, live entertainment, and more. Check out the family-friendly activities as well as performances from national and local talents on…

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