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February 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Opera

February 8 - February 17
Academy of Music, 240 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Come out and catch a new U.S. production premiere of the iconic Shakespearean comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream this February. The story is a classic swirl of love triangles, transformations, and slight-of-hand storytelling. In the mix, we have fairies, craftsmen, nobles, and some magical scenes recreated by the brilliant staging of director Robert Carsen. This production has toured the world for more than a quarter century, and now it will finally show on a U.S. stage. Book here to stay…

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Philadelphia

February 22 - February 24

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from two of the most accomplished theatres in the history of musical theater. The vibrant production comes to life with an exceptional orchestral performance, mind-blowing transformations on stage, and classic moments from the fairy tail. Step back into childhood with this brilliant, romantic take from the same minds who put on other iconic productions like The Sound of Music and South Pacific. Book here to stay with the Independent Hotel…

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March 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show

March 2 - March 10

This year will mark the 190th Philadelphia Flower Show. The show will feature a number of experience including an interactive exhibit called Butterflies Live! which will surely be a hit with the kids. There will also be floral workshops and demonstrations, craft experiences, and Flowers After Hours, where patrons can enjoy a little cocktail while perusing the interactive exhibits and works of floral art on display. Book here to stay with the Independent Hotel when visiting Philadelphia. For more information…

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Philadelphia Flower Show 2019

March 2 - March 10

This year marks the astonishing 190th Annual Philadelphia Flower Show. To say this is a historic tradition would be an understatement. This year’s show will have a focus on paying tribute to the impact that flowers have on the human experience. Exhibits on display will include sweeping indoor landscapes, artful flower arrangements, and exhibits focused on things like fragrance and color. Considered a must for flower enthusiasts, this event attracts a quarter million visitors each year. Book here to stay…

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RENT The Musical at The Kimmel Center

March 5 - March 10
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RENT is one of the most influential and most-produced Broadway musicals in history. The original rock musical came on the scene by an up-and-coming composer named Jonathan Larson in 1996. It’s powerful message and creative design made waves around the world, and it’s since won Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. This brilliant 20th anniversary touring production of RENT The Musical will come through Philadelphia this March, and we cant recommend it enough. Book here to stay with the Independent…

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Gisele at PA Ballet

March 7 - March 17

Giselle is one of the greatest stories of heartbreak and redemption in the world of ballet. This season, the Pennsylvania Ballet will premiere tis restaging of the classic story by Angel Corella. The narrative follows a young woman who muse reconcile vengeful ambitions and eath to maintain her one true love. It’s one of the oldest and most consistently performed stories in ballet, and it’s been called hauntingly romantic. If you’re a ballet fan or novice, there’s sure to be…

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April 2019

Philadelphia Wine Week

April 1 - April 7
Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA United States + Google Map

Philly Wine Week will feature eight days of fun events that are curated to intrigue your taste buds, and expose you to a wide range of world-class varietals. The series of get-togethers will take place at some of the most wine-centric restaurants and bars around Philadelphia. The tastings and presentations are suitable for both seasoned aficionados and newcomers to the wien game. You can see a list of all the participating vendors on the Philly Wine Week site, and contact…

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All-Stravinsky Program World Premiere at PA Ballet

April 4
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The Pennsylvania Ballet will honor the music of the iconic Russian composer Igor Stravinsky for one night this spring. They will perform four different works set to his music, and the scores chosen were written in both the 20th and 21st centuries. The first will be George Balanchine's Apollo, which tells the story of the young Greek God. There will also be Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and the premiere of Jerome Robbins’ The Cage. This last one looks at a…

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Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival

April 14
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr,
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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Ohanami is a centuries-old Japanese tradition that celebrates the return of spring with parties and festivals underneath the country’s newly blossoming cherry blossom trees. Now, a project from the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia brings the fun and immersive tradition right here to Philadelphia. The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the bloom of cherry blossom trees, as well as Japanese music, art, food, and traditional performances. The website bills it as an opportunity to visit Japan without leaving Philadelphia.…

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May 2019

South 9th Street Italian Market

May 18 - May 19

The South 9th Street Italian Market will return this May, and we could not be more excited. This event is unlike any other, as the nation’s oldest outdoor market hosts Philadelphia’s largest block party. The website says that Everyone Is Italian on May 18th and 19th, when the festival takes place. When you come to the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, you can enjoy a wide variety of events, including live musical entertainment, arts and crafts workshops and vendors,…

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