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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Tickets On Sale Now

May 9 – June 11, 2017, daily (Closed May 18)

6 pm – 10 pm, Sundays through Thursdays, and 6 pm – 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays

Tickets are now on sale for the blockbuster Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. This celebration of light and culture will feature entertainment, food and 29 magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant animals, springtime flowers and trees, and symbols of Chinese culture, using traditional Chinese methods.

Learn more about the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 14, 11 am – 1 pm

Celebrate Mom with a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch in the Pavilion in Franklin Square with food by Cooperage ($25 advance ticket purchase required). Please note there are four sittings.

Purchase tickets here.


Mother’s Day Tea with Betsy

Saturday, May 13, 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Guests will be offered a variety of tea sandwiches and cookies, provided by the City Tavern, and an assortment of teas in an historic setting with Betsy Ross, herself, as the hostess. Enjoy a special after-hours tour of the House, learn about 18th century tea etiquette, and enjoy a special presentation by Betsy Ross in the country's only working 18th century upholstery shop. Tickets are $20.

Purchase tickets here.


Tippler's Tour: Ben's Kites & Flights

Thursdays, 5:30 pm, beginning May 25

Toast with Dr. Benjamin Franklin as he joins part of the tour and guests hear stories and talk with the Founding Father. Stops include Salon 401 at The Franklin, National Mechanics, and the historic City Tavern.

Purchase tickets here.

Independence After Hours

Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30 pm, beginning May 26

This exclusive evening tour back to 1776 has returned! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the historic City Tavern, followed by a visit to Independence Hall to witness our Founding Fathers in deep discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence!

Purchase tickets here.

Announcing The Once Upon A Nation Frances Delmar Future Storyteller Contest!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is looking for the next generation of storytellers! Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme - "My History Hero or Heroine." Thirteen winners will be selected for a special storytelling experience in Historic Philadelphia on Saturday, August 5!

Learn more about the contest.



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