There are so many events in Philadelphia at any given time that can be difficult to choose which to attend. New arrivals will be spoilt for choice, whether they're in search of family-friendly fun or entertainment aimed at adults.

Below are some of the main events and festivals in Philadelphia.

Annual events in Philadelphia

Philadelphia International Auto Show (January/February)

The Philadelphia Auto Show has been going since 1902 and is held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. About 250,000 people visit each year to see the new releases, exotic models and antique cars by automobile manufacturers from all over the world. Over 700 vehicles feature in the show. 

Philadelphia International Flower Show (March)

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been hosting its annual flower show since 1829. It's grown to become the largest flower show in the USA, attracting more than 250,000 visitors annually. With a different theme every year, visitors can expect to see a variety of displays competing for prizes and will be able to buy some plants of their own. The show also provides daily gardening activities for gardeners of all levels, as well as food and shopping experiences. 

Fireworks and Fountains (May to September)

Throughout the summer, Longwood Gardens hosts a series of displays incorporating a dazzling array of fireworks, music and fountains. Attendance at these events numbers in the thousands as people gather to watch the truly beautiful fireworks and fountains shows. 

Scarecrow Walk and Design Contest (October)

Every October, the Morris Arboretum displays the top entrants from its annual scarecrow design contest. Set in the natural beauty of the arboretum, it's a must for families wanting to get into the spirit of Halloween. New arrivals can even get in on the fun and make their own scarecrow.

The Penn Museum’s Annual Day of the Dead Festival (November)

This event is a great choice for those looking for something different. Aside from decorating sugar cookie skulls and making paper flowers, the museum also features face painting, dances, live music and a special Day of the Dead exhibition.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show (November/December)

Held at Macy’s Center City since 1956, the Christmas Light Show has more than 100,000 energy-efficient LED lights on display, which combine to create striking holiday images accompanied by music from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ. The Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree, up for the duration of the show, is truly a sight to behold.

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