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The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square this spring!

Nightly, May 1 - June 30 (Closed May 17)

The spectacular Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns with 28 larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, featuring new lighting technology and displays never before seen in North America. The 200-foot giant fan favorite Chinese Dragon and beloved pandas return, but all other creations will be new for the 2018 Festival. Other highlights include authentic cultural performances from plate spinning to the art of face-changing, impressive feats of Chinese acrobatics, intricate handicrafts by Chinese folk artists, Asian cuisine and American favorites, and the nightly Beer Garden.

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Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 13, 11 am

Treat Mom to a fun-filled Sunday in the park. Enjoy a delicious Mother's Day Brunch in the Pavilion in Franklin Square with food provided by Cooperage. After brunch, enjoy a ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel, a round of Philly Mini Golf, and a daytime view of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Tickets are $25, reservations required.

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An Evening in Franklin Square presented by Parx Casino

Thursday, May 17, 5:30 pm

Join Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and Franklin Square for the tenth annual fundraiser, An Evening in Franklin Square presented by Parx Casino. The special fundraising evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner along with a live auction and dancing. All proceeds from the event go to maintaining the community treasure that is Franklin Square.

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The birthplace of the American flag is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.

Daily, 10 am - 5 pm

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First Friday Movies Under the Stars & Stripes

Friday, June 1

Enjoy $5 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and the movie Attack of the Giant Leeches in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie.

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Flag Fest 2018!

Daily from Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16

This celebration of National Flag Week features family-friendly events, a selfie photo booth, nighttime events, and visits from Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Stars & Stripes Saturday on June 16 includes a full day of entertainment, games, and tours of the Betsy Ross House, including the new exhibit, Stitching the Story Together: Betsy Ross and the American Flag.

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