There's always something for the global citizen to do in the Philadelphia region!  Take in a world music concert or attend an ethnic festival.  Participate in a conference or symposium on an international topic at one of the region's distinguished colleges and universities or research institutes.  Attend a public reception for visitors from another country or a talk by a senior foreign policy official.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8:00am - Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Free Library of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and numerous other cultural organizations from around the region, is excited to present the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450—a year packed full of engaging, enlightening, and entertaining programs and events designed to celebrate Shakespeare in all his classic and modern incarnations.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 7:00pm - Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 10:00pm

Particularly known for their world-class international, avant-garde, and repertory cinema, International House Philadelphia offers a wide variety of distinctive arts programming to the Philadelphia community. As an integral part of IHP's history, programs at International House are offered year-round, and include artistically significant and socially relevant film screenings, exhibits, lectures, and live performances. To see upcoming programs, take a look at the event calendar.


Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 9:00am - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

Winterthur curators return from mission to find costumes from PBS's big hit.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:00am - Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 5:30am

Baseball was a kind of secular church that reached into every class and region of the nation and bound millions upon millions of us together….Baseball made me understand what patriotism was about, at its best.

— Philip Roth, “My Baseball Years,” New York Times, Opening Day, April 2, 1973

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:00am - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:00pm

The Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS (GPAR) has partnered with the Fels Institute of Government to host an educational competition that challenges student teams to find at least $100 million in cost savings or efficiency improvements in Philadelphia's budget.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 10:00am - Monday, September 1, 2014 - 4:30pm

Travel to New Guinea this spring and discover the exotic birds-of-paradise, an elegant example of extreme evolution, in the new, highly interactive exhibit, Birds of Paradise, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, birds-of-paradise are known for their ornate feathers and tail plumes and elaborate mating rituals that include wild calls and crazy courtship dances. Co-developed by the National Geographic Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds of Paradise reveals all 39 known species of these elusive birds for the first time. The exhibit will be on view May 3 through Sept. 1 and is free with regular museum admission.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:26pm - Monday, February 16, 2015 - 4:00pm

When a red-haired, horse-lifting, freckle-faced, nine-year-old girl jumped exuberantly from the pages of Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Långstrump) in 1945, she quickly made her way into the hearts of children and adults throughout Sweden. Pippi’s creator, Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), once said that she wrote for her own inner child, which perhaps speaks to Pippi’s success.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:00am - Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

An exhibition for fans of France, Philadelphia, and Thomas Jefferson

See this special exhibition of rare and historical 18th century objects, including Jefferson's handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 9:00am - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 5:00pm


Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:00am - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building will be transformed into a hot spot for kids and their grown-ups. Families can "Meet the Masterpieces" all summer long as ten treasures from the Museum's collection come to life through gallery explorations, studio-art creations, and imaginative play for visitors of all ages.
Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:00pm - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 9:00pm


Led by music director and violin virtuoso HANNA KHOURY with percussionist HAFEZ KOTAIN and cellist/maqam theory specialist KINAN ABOU-AFACH, the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble and Philadelphia Arab Percussion Ensembles are community ensembles open to middle/high school and college students and adults. Singers and percussionists of all skill levels and intermediate to advanced instrumentalists of strings and wind are invited to join.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Bill Koutsouros' internationally acclaimed ensemble provides the summer series finale, offering an exciting fusion of ancient and modern music with traditional elements of Greek, Rock, Middle Eastern, Blues, Indian, Jazz, and African music.

The Summer Nights Concert Series presents weekly outdoor concerts in the Penn Museum's verdant outdoor courtyard space, Wednesday evenings from June 18 through September 3. Admission to each concert is just $10 and includes general Museum admission.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:30pm - 2:50pm


Sri T H Subash Chandran is highly recognized percussionist from Chennai, South India. He is a multi percussionist, performing all kinds of South Indian Classical Carnatic Percussion instruments viz Mridangam (Barrel Shaped Drum), Ghatam (Claypot), Kanjira (South Indian Frame Drum), Morsingh (Jaws Harp) and Konnakkol (Vocal Percussion). Besides the above, he can handle all types of Indian percussion instruments from classical and folk.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Study Japanese classical dance! Taught by Fujima Nishiki-no (Helen Moss), Japanese classical dance can be done by people of any age. Learn about Japanese culture and how to wear a kimono as you learn to dance.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Friends of the Japanese House and Garden members get private evening hours the first Thursday of every month!

Friday, September 5, 2014 (All day)

The UN General Assembly designated September 5th as a day to recognize the role of charity in alleviating suffering and mobilize people and organizations around the world to engage in philanthropic activity.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 10:29am - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:29am

The Philadelphia Honey Festival aims to raise awareness about the importance of bees to our environment, the impact of local honey on our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping and gardening.

This year there will be honey-brewed beer samples from the Philly Home Brew Outlet, Earth Bread + Brewery, and Tired Hands Brewing Company. And what kind of Honey Happy Hour would it be without mead? Colony Meadery will also be on site with samples to share. In addition to beer tastings there will be open hive viewings, honey extraction demonstrations, a photo exhibit featuring beekeeper Yovina Tanamas-Miller, a toast to Joseph Leidy, honey vendors, bee bearding and more!

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Join the Turkish American Friendship Society of US for a picnic on Sept. 7. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a beautiful, authentic setting, sitting either on tatami mats or chairs. Drink a bowl of matcha (green tea) and taste a seasonal sweet. Space is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $30 ($25 for members).