Break the rules about never talking politics in public during PoliticalFest.
No one can say Election 2016 has been boring. But all those popcorn-worthy debates may have left you wondering, well, how the US government actually works. PoliticalFest, running July 22–27 in conjunction with the DNC, has at least some of the answers. This unique festival tells the story of American political history and government through performances, interactive displays, and special guests. Philadelphia history figures in, naturally, thanks to some of the city’s top cultural attractions. Running through Election Day, the National Constitution Center’s “Headed to the White House” exhibit details the election process, while the Convention Center offers more kid-friendly fare. Presidential china and dresses worn by First Ladies are two of the highlights at the National Liberty Museum, and there are historical objects and documents galore to explore at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, the Philadelphia Library Company, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Heritage Center at the Union League. Former Governor Ed Rendell, chairman of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, created PoliticalFest when the city hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000. “We expect it to be even more fun, engaging, and innovative this time around,” says Rendell. We can describe Election 2016 the same way.