Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Dates: Friday, April 22 - Sunday, June 12

Times: 6 - 10 pm, Sunday - Thursday; 6 - 11 pm, Friday & Saturday






Photo by Sichuan Tianyu

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has announced the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square will take place in the Square from April 22 to June 12, 2016. The Festival, appearing for the first time in the Northeast United States, is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors.


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Mother’s Day Tea with Betsy Ross

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 4 - 5:30 pm

Guests will be offered a variety of tea sandwiches, cookies and pastries, provided by the City Tavern, and fine 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, see rarely-displayed artifacts from the House's collection and enjoy a special presentation by Betsy Ross in the country's only working 18th century upholstery shop. Tickets are $25.

Please arrive shortly before 4 pm. Tea service will begin at 4 pm. Please notify the Betsy Ross House with any dietary restrictions prior to the Mother’s Day Tea.

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Mother’s Day Brunch in Franklin Square

Date: Sunday, May 8

Time: 11 am - 1:00 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).

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Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays in April

Time: Noon - 5 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia.

An Evening in Franklin Square

Date: Thursday, May 19

Time: 5:30 pm






Photos by Jeff Fusco & Sichuan Tianyu for HPI

Celebrate the 10th birthday of Franklin Square while enjoying your exclusive look at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival!

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