Philadelphia has a vibrant performing arts scene..  The newly-constructed Kimmel Center is the home of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, The historic Academy of Music, just a few blocks away, hosts performances of Broadway shows, the Pennsylvania ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.    The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the Penn campus offers an array of music, dance and theatre performances.  See more details on the performing arts scene below.  A good place to find out what's happening during your visit is the Arts page at

 Classical Music

Click this link for upcoming music performances at the Kimmel Center and Academy of Music  Music lovers can also enjoy concerts and free recitals at the Curtis Institute located at 1726 Chestnut St in Center City.  During the summer, check out the Mann Music Center, an outdoor summer performing arts center.  The Mann is the summer home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also holds a wide array of jazz, rock & roll, and dance performances, in a large, wide-open amphitheater in the middle of the park.

The Settlement Music House 416 Queen Street in Philadelphia has a great calendar of free music concerts.  What's terrific about the school, too, is the thousands of students who are assisted financially by the school.  The best and brightest of the young musicians can find their way to the Philadelphia Orchestra by sheer talent alone.  This is worth a listen to the professionals who play at the school, for free, as a donation to the community. Concerts include events such as "An Intimate Evening of Music for Cello and Piano," - Brahms - as a typical type of event.   Well worth checking out the performance calendar as there are often free master classes, music talks, and evening chamber music concerts of superb quality.

Popular, Folk & Indie Music

Philadelphia hosts all the top featured rock & roll, hiphop, country, and soul bands that tour the country.  In arenas like the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia near the stadiums, the Susquehanna Bank Center across the river in Camden, and at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, fans can always count on their favorite performing artists visiting Philadelphia.  Every summer, the Philadelphia Folk Festival attracts lovers of folk music for a 3 day fest in late August.  Lots of singing, dancing, banjo-picking, and even workshops.  Check out the World Cafe Live for an eclectic mix of live music performances.


Philadelphia hosts the Pennsylvania Ballet, which is notable for its beautiful production of the Nutcracker during the winter holiday season. Modern dance troupes include Philadanco and others.  see this link for more info on the contemporary dance scene.


The Walnut Street Theater is the oldest continuously operated theater in the country and stages a lively season of locally produced musicals and plays.  Broadway at the Academy brings touring productions of Broadway musicals to the stage at the Academy of Music.  Other local theater companies of note include:  The Philadelphia Theater CompanyThe Wilma Theater  ,  The Arden Theater .  Smaller theater companies include The Lantern Theater, Quintessence Theatre Group and the Interact Theater Company.


Philadelphia also holds two annual film festivals:  the Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinefest(for two weeks every April) and the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (held in July).  Both bring features, documentaries, and shorts and animations from every corner of the world.  Independent and foreign films are screened year round at the Ritz Theaters in Old City.


Philly is also home to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, held for two weeks every year starting Labor Day.  From contemporary artists to independents and self-produced alternative performers, this is a lively, innovative festival with performances held in multiple locations around the city.