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.

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.

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

The over 70 works on paper in this exhibition span the 20th century and represent just a fraction of what is contained in the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of San Antonio, TX—one of the country's preeminent collections of African American art.

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 - 7:00pm - Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00pm

In September, the Philadelphia Film Society will take you on a two-month journey through the acclaimed film works of David Lynch.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:40pm - Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

A new scent-based art installation, A Big Stick of Confidence, opens at the University City Science Center's Esther Klein Gallery on Thursday, September 4, and will run through October 18, 2014.

Art and science presentation with Clara Ursitti and olfactory scientist Pamela Dalton, PhD, MPH

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 3:00pm - Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

Film Screenings hosted by Muslim Voices of Philadelphia through September and October

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:00am - Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 11:59pm

The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) in the Northwest-European region invites its member cities to participate in a photo competition under the title “Modern Life in an Old City”. Starting with the official launch of the project September 8th, the Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities, especially young people are invited to submit their photos on the OWHC webpage with a registration and upload function.

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:30am - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30pm

Learn or improve your French! All levels are welcome for this new session. Small groups, focus on conversation and grammar skills. 10 week classes of general French or specialized classes (French for travel, Business French, Literature, Legal French life) or immersion courses.

Registration and placement tests for new students (who had French in the past) :Thursday, Sept.4 and Friday, Sept. 5 12-2 & 4-6 pm, Saturday, Sept 6, 12-3 pm.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 5:00pm - Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

David Lynch: The Unified Field will be Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States, organized in close collaboration with the artist. It will bring together approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to present. Part of the exhibition will explore Lynch’s early work, much of which has never been displayed in public. Six Men Getting Sick will be restaged for the first time and presented with related drawings. Several early short films, made in Philadelphia, will also be on display.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:30am - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 5:00pm

The National Constitution Center honors the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America during National Hispanic Heritage Month. The museum will present a variety of programs and artifacts that highlight significant contributions and important milestones of Hispanic Americans in the ever-evolving story of “We the People.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

One of the preeminent Chinese artists working in the United States, world-renown artist Hung Liu has received 

numerous prestigious awards and accolades including two National Endowment for the Arts Painting 

Fellowships. She has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally. This will be her first 

exhibition in Philadelphia.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:00am - Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

You’ll love this 75-minute walking tour about Philly food favorites like cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels and the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold. Leaves from the Market info desk, 12th and Filbert sts., at 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. (Group private tours also available.) Only $15.95. For reservations (required), click here or call 800-838-3006.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00am - Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:59pm

Ciao Philadelphia 2014 is a month-long series of events offered by Philadelphia's leading cultural and educational institutions celebrating the sophisticated contributions of Italian arts, culture, and industry on the world stage, in addition to the contributions made by Italian Americans to the success of this country.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In the much-anticipated new book, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (co-authored by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns), screenwriter and historian Geoffrey C. Ward offers a vivid and meticulously researched narrative of one of America’s greatest political dynasties. Ward will sit down with National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the lives and legacies of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor—and their lasting impact on the political and social fabric of our nation.