The City of Philadelphia puts together a popular venue list for the annual International Festival & Event Association, World Festival & Event City Award submission. You can find that list, with linked websites to more info here: Popular Venues List
Additionally, the Philadelphia Visitor & Convention Center Bureau has a multifaceted and interactive map with available venue spaces throughout the city. You can sort these by capacity, room type, and even by location! You can view their website here: https://www.discoverphl.com/meet/venues/
Finally, the City of Philadelphia has the largest outdoor park system inside of a city, in the country! Our Parks & Recreation Department has worked very hard on putting together a comprehensive listing of all the sites and contact information for use of those spaces. Check out their listings of outdoor (or indoor recreational spaces) here: https://www.phila.gov/parks-rec-finder/#/locations
Each of these locations are separately operated and permitted outside of the Office of Special Events, and would only need a permit from us on a case by case basis. If you’re looking to host and event at any of these spaces, and do not require city services, you will not need a permit. Should you have other questions about this process, feel free to call us at 215-686-3488.