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Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a multi-use public facility in Center City Philadelphia designed to accommodate conventions, exhibitions, conferences and other events. It’s home to the annual Philadelphia Flower Show and Auto Show. It’s also easy to get to via SEPTA.

How to get there

The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station (Regional Rail), 13th Street Station (Market-Frankford Line & Subway/Surface Trolleys) and City Hall (Broad Street Line). Multiple Bus Routes also serve the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Bus Routes

Routes 17, 23, 33, 38, 44 & 48

Routes 4, 16, 124 & 125 are within walking distance

Subway lines

Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line

Regional Rail lines that come into Jefferson Station

Airport Line Regional Rail

Warminster Line Regional Rail

Wilmington/Newark Line Regional Rail

West Trenton Line Regional Rail

Media/Elwyn Line Regional Rail

Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail

Paoli/Thorndale Line Regional Rail

Manayunk/Norristown Line Regional Rail

Chestnut Hill East Line Regional Rail

Trenton Line Regional Rail

Fox Chase Line Regional Rail

Chestnut Hill West Line Regional Rail

Fare

Center City Philadelphia Regional Rail: A one-way ticket purchased from a conductor is $6.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. If you buy your ticket from a SEPTA sales office beforehand, the fare is $5.25 on weekdays and $4.25 on weekends.

Transit: 

One-way fare is $2.50 cash. You must have exact change if paying the cashier. The cashier cannot make change. Quick Trips are available from the Fare Kiosks located at all Broad Street and Market-Frankford Line stations. The kiosks accept credit/debit cards and cash [no exact change needed!]. You can purchase one-way Quick Trip tickets for travel at any MFL/BSL station for use at any MFL/BSL station. This allows you the flexibility to buy two Quick Trips at one time – one for the start of your trip, and the second for your return trip. All Quick Trip tickets must be used on the date of purchase. Quick Trips do not work on the bus.

Your best bet is a SEPTA Key Card. Like a Quick Trip, it is also available from the Fare Kiosks but unlike a Quick Trip, it is reloadable and reusable. The SEPTA Key Travel Wallet allows you to pay as you go and you'll receive a discount for each ride ($2.00 versus the $2.50 cash fare). You must load a minimum of $10 [which will get you 5 rides]. Funds in your Travel Wallet can only be used to pay for one (1) person. It cannot be tapped multiple times to pay for anyone traveling with you.  

Best part – your SEPTA Key gets you more than just a ride. Flash it for discounts on food, drink, museums, sports, shops and more. Click here for a full list of Partners.

Things To Do

Within short walks of the Convention Center are many hotels, restaurants, shopping (like Macy's) and other local attractions, including Independence Hall in America’s most historic square mile, Chinatown and its Stunning Friendship Gate, and Rittenhouse Square. Outside of our western entrance is the Museum Mile which stretches along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The center is also next to the culinary melting pot known as Reading Terminal Market, which offers a vast choice of mouthwatering regional and international food.

Upcoming Local Happenings
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Meetings & Conventions

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Events being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week:

10/21 to 10/24: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Get here on SEPTA. The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 23, 45, 48 or 61.

20171010 00:00 20171031 00:00 America/New_York Meetings & Conventions <p>Events being held at the <a href="https://www.paconvention.com/upcoming-events">Pennsylvania Convention Center</a> this week:</p> <p>10/21 to 10/24: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)</p> <p>Get here on SEPTA. The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 23, 45, 48 or 61.</p> Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View

African American Museum

Go see he African American Museum's new exhibition, Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine ViewThis engaging exhibition features five women artists exploring the connection of spirituality as it relates to memory. Get here on SEPTA. It's a short walk from the 8th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 47 or 48.

20171005 00:00 20171030 00:00 America/New_York Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View <p>Go see he African American Museum&#39;s new exhibition,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html">G</a></em><em><a href="http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html">ardens of the Mind</a></em><em><a href="http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html">: Echoes of the Feminine View</a>.&nbsp;</em>This engaging exhibition features five women artists exploring the connection of spirituality as it relates to memory. Get here on SEPTA. It&#39;s a short walk from the 8th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 47 or 48.</p> The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Philadelphia Film Festival

Prince Theater

Each October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival, which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for eleven exceptional days of cinematic splendor. The festival runs from 10/19 thru 10/29 at both the Prince Theater and the Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom Street). Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Broad Street Line to City Hall, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to 15th Street, Regional Rail to Suburban Station or Routes 4, 9, 21, 27, 21 or 42. And check out this Perk for $2 off festival tickets!

20171019 00:00 20171030 00:00 America/New_York Philadelphia Film Festival <p>Each October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the <a href="http://filmadelphia.org/festival/">Philadelphia Film Festival</a>, which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for eleven exceptional days of cinematic splendor. The festival runs from 10/19 thru 10/29 at both the Prince Theater and the Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom Street). Get there on SEPTA.&nbsp;Hop the Broad Street Line to City Hall, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to 15th Street, Regional Rail to Suburban Station or Routes 4, 9, 21, 27, 21 or 42. And check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/187">Perk</a> for $2 off festival tickets!</p> 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Wine Garden at Collins Park

Collins Park

On Fridays from 4-9p, unwind with friends at the Wine Garden at Collins Parks. Conveniently located at 1707 Chestnut Street, the Wine Garden offers Chaddsford wines and hard cider in one of Center City’s most picturesque parks. Get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, or Bus Routes 4, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 48.

20170714 00:00 20171030 00:00 America/New_York Wine Garden at Collins Park <p>On Fridays from 4-9p, unwind with friends at the&nbsp;<a href="http://centercityphila.org/parks/john-f-collins-park/wine-garden">Wine Garden at Collins Parks</a>.&nbsp;Conveniently located at 1707 Chestnut Street, the Wine Garden offers Chaddsford wines and hard cider in one of Center City&rsquo;s most picturesque parks.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, or Bus Routes 4, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 48.</p> 1707 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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The Philly POPS - A Star Wars Celebration

Verizon Hall

This Friday thru Sunday, get your Star Wars fandom on with lovers of music and film as the Philly POPS and the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus perform the music of John Williams. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust.

20171020 00:00 20171023 00:00 America/New_York The Philly POPS - A Star Wars Celebration <p>This Friday thru Sunday, get your&nbsp;<em>Star Wars</em>&nbsp;fandom on with lovers of music and film as the Philly POPS and the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus&nbsp;<a href="http://phillypops.org/concerts-events/star-wars-celebration">perform the music of John Williams</a>.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust.</p> 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences

Travel back in time and explore the world of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and fossils in this new exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Visitors will be able to touch dinosaur fossils, dig for dinosaur eggs and dress up like a sauropod or oviraptor. So many ways to get here on SEPTA. The ANS is a short walk from Suburban Station, 15th Street Station and 19th Street Station and just a 3 minute walk from both the Route 32 and 38 stops. Check out this Perk for $2 off admission!!

20170930 00:00 20180115 00:00 America/New_York Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies <p>Travel back in time and explore the world of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and fossils in&nbsp;<a href="https://ansp.org/Visit/Events/Details/?eid=14892&amp;iid=45826">this new exhibition</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Visitors will be able to touch dinosaur fossils, dig for dinosaur eggs and dress up like a sauropod or oviraptor. So many ways to get here on SEPTA. The ANS&nbsp;is a short walk from Suburban Station, 15th Street Station and 19th Street Station and just a 3 minute walk from both the Route 32 and 38 stops.&nbsp;Check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/95">Perk</a> for $2 off admission!!</p> 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Brews & Views Rooftop Beer Garden

Parkway Central Library

Tonight, the Parkway Central Library invites 21-plus guests to enjoy food, drink, and stellar skyline views on its rooftop one last time. To get here on SEPTA, hop Routes 32 or 33.

20171018 00:00 20171021 00:00 America/New_York Brews & Views Rooftop Beer Garden <p>Tonight, the Parkway Central Library invites 21-plus guests to enjoy food, drink, and stellar skyline views on its rooftop one last time. To get here on SEPTA, hop Routes 32 or 33.</p> Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia), Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

The Franklin Institute

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor is the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. The display reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48. Don't forget to check out this Perk before going! 

20170930 00:00 20180305 00:00 America/New_York Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor <p><em><a href="https://www.fi.edu/exhibit/terracotta-warriors">Terracotta Warriors&nbsp;of the First Emperor</a></em>&nbsp;is the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. The display reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China&#39;s first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48. Don&#39;t forget to check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/191">Perk</a> before going!&nbsp;</p> 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

Reading Terminal Market

On Saturday, bring the whole family to Reading Terminal Market to celebrate the foods of Pennsylvania's harvest. Enjoy a beer garden, seasonal foods, live music, and more. Get here on SEPTA Hop a train to Jefferson Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 11th or Bus Routes 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 45, 48, 62 or 78. 

20171021 00:00 20171022 00:00 America/New_York Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival <p>On Saturday, bring the whole family to Reading Terminal Market to celebrate the foods of Pennsylvania&#39;s harvest. Enjoy a beer garden, seasonal foods, live music, and more. Get here on SEPTA Hop a train to Jefferson Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 11th or Bus Routes 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 45, 48, 62 or 78.&nbsp;</p> 51 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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