May 24, 2018
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) returns Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 10.
During the 11-day festival there will be more than 50 performances, curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, taking place throughout the city.
There will also be a huge, free street fair, which is a PIFA tradition.
The Kimmel Center is calling this year's epic party on Broad Street "the largest one ever."
It will take place Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Broad, from City Hall to South Street, there will be dozens of performances, interactive experiences, food and drink.
Some exciting things to look out for include a Ferris wheel, a river where you can sail your own paper boat, an obstacle course, camels, a super slide and a high dive show where acrobats dive into a pool.
Broad Street will close on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. from Chestnut to South Street – including Spruce Street, Locust Street and Sansom Street – for the PIFA Street Fair. Walnut Street, Pine Street, and Lombard Street will close Saturday, June 9 at 6:30 a.m.
All roads will reopen on Sunday, June 10 at 3 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation.
As for other festival highlights, below are 10 can't-miss shows from the 2018 PIFA lineup.
• "Cristal Palace" – Outdoor dance party on the banks of the Schuylkill River featuring musicians and acrobats on a giant chandelier
• "My Organ My Seoul" – World premiere from former K-pop artists
• "Tape Riot" – Audiences will be guided on an urban dance journey around Philadelphia
• "Doggie Hamlet" – Outdoor performance at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park featuring five performers, three dogs, and a flock of sheep
• "SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)" – Acrobatics and daredevil stunt work
• "Water on Mars" – Kids' show featuring talented acrobats
• "The Planets" – Space exploration film accompanied by the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
• "The Fever" – Theater show about human connection and disconnection
• "The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword" – Bassem Youssef, former host of a popular political satire TV show in the Middle East, will share personal stories
• "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" – Explores history, music and theater in two 12-hour shows
Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 10
Ticket prices vary | Various locations in Philadelphia
Saturday, June 9
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Free
Broad Street, from City Hall to South Street