Past Events

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 8:00am - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:00pm

The Pennsylvania Convention Center will kick off its largest meeting of the summer on Sunday, August 19. The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, will meet in Philadelphia for the first time since 2008, bringing 13,200 attendees and an estimated economic impact of $26.5 million. It will account for 21,800 hotel room nights, or total nights booked.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate music inspired by water with Pennsylvnia's Kennett Symphony: Handel’s Suite on the River Thames, a trip to the Blue Danube, Richard Rodgers’ WWII classic and the grand music from the blockbuster film Titanic. Our voyage ends with Longwood Gardens’ spectacular Fountain Show.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 7:30pm - 11:55pm

Come join in celebrating international culture while raising money to support the African and Haitian communities that desperatly need aid. This will be a night of elegance and fun and the opportunity to taste different cultures through food, dance and fashion. All proceeds from this gala will go to select charities working in West Africa and Haiti on providing health and education services. Donations will be accepted at the event. Formal or traditional cultural attire required.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

On Saturday, August 18, the Council of Indian Organizations of Greater Philadelphia brings to Philadelphia the Festival of India, presented as part of PECO’s Multicultural Series, commemorating the country’s Independence Day in an event that showcases the active Indian-American culture in Philadelphia. In celebration of one of India’s most renowned cultural aspects, music, the event will once again host continuous live, traditional Bollywood song and dance. Admission is free and open to the general public.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Get a taste of Swedish summer at the Summer Crayfish Party hosted by The American Swedish Historical Museum and The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Friday, August 17. Enjoy hors d'oeuvre and drinks in the courtyard, followed by a festive meal. Complete with savory crayfish, cooked with salt and dill, crisp bread and tangy Swedish cheese, as well as plenty to drink, the meal is a fantastic way to celebrate the close of the summer season.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:00am - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 9:00pm

The Philadelphia Folksong Society presents the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 17-19. The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. The fest features a star-studded folk music lineup, fun events and workshops, delicious food and drinks, a full-blown craft fair, family fun and, camping grounds surrounding the area so you can stake a spot and enjoy four full days and nights of folk festival fun.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, comedy and tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cinémathèque Internationale of Philadelphia, in association with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, presents the latest film in the Territories: Africa series "The Doctor from Gafire," directed by Moustapha Diop. This 90-minute fiction film tells the story of Karunga, a young doctor fresh from a European university, after being posted to a village where lives Ouba, a traditional healer much esteemed by the people. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Franklin Cason Jr., a Visiting Professor at Temple University. Tickets are $8 General Admission, $5 for Students.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Thursday from August 2 - October 25, 5-8 pm, Sister Cities Park at Logan Square invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and Milk & Honey Café will have cheeses and other goodies for sale that will pair perfectly with your selection. So, grab a seat and enjoy the light entertainment. In case you are planning to bring the kids, the Children's Discovery Garden will be open until 8pm these evenings.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

This documentary conjures a poetic portrait of a bygone era, putting its own unique spin on the tradition of early and found footage re-appropriation cinema. Carlos Adriano uses an unknown reel of photo-cards, which he found and restored himself, from a Mutoscope film shot in London in 1901. The reel depicts Santos Dumont, a Brazilian aviator and inventor who lived from 1873 to 1932, explaining his airship to Charles Rolls, the future founder of Rolls-Royce. This documentary will be followed by short film,Santoscope = Dumontage, by Carlos Adriano's.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

On Wednesday, August 15th, the skies above Drexel Park will be spotted with kites in celebration of the 65th anniversary of Indian Independence. This is the first kite-flying Indian Independence Day festival on Drexel's campus, and all are welcome to come and participate for free. Along with an assortment of kites available for the price of only $1 per kite, there will also be several self-proclaimed kite flying experts there to guide novices. Complimentary authentic Indian snacks will also be provided. This event is presented by DISHA, PRAGATHI and AID Philadelphia.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 4:42pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. On August 15, P.M. @ Penn presents La Pequeña Marimba Internacional. This family band focuses on Guatemalan folk music, but also include a smattering of international music like cumbria, merengue, bolero and more.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian Neo-realism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Roma remains a classic. Please stay after the film for a reception with Italian treats.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac invites the community to take part in an interactive panel discussion organized by OYC and led by guests Captain Totokani and the General María Luisa F.R. Miquiztlii, elders within the Mexican tradition. Originially from Wisconsin and Mexico City, respectively, they visit Philadelphia to share thier experiences. This panel discussion will take place at the Houston Community Center. The talk is free and open to the general public.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

On August 11, as part of World Football Challenge 2012, Real Madrid, Spain’s La Liga Champion, will face off against Scottish Premier League title holder Celtic FC at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The World Football Challenge, first held in 2009, is an international club association football competition featuring teams from both Europe and North America. This year, Challenge games will occur between July 18 and August 11 in cities throughout North America, including Miami, Seattle, Washington D.C., Toronto, New York, and Philadelphia. Tickets for the match can be purchased beginning on Monday June 4, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

The annual Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival is based on the celebration of Southeastern Asian culture featuring food and entertainment. Enjoy an exciting boat race at picturesque Penn's Landing while learning and experiencing the unique customs and survival stories associated with the Southeast Asian Community. Admission is free and open to the general public. This event is one of the many great festivals taking place as part of this year's PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing.

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Margaret Atwood’s brilliant 2008 essay, “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth” is the jumping off point for this fascinating, far-ranging cinematic essay. Working from Atwood’s premise, Payback explores the multifaceted notion of debt: financial, economic, moral and spiritual. Jennifer Baichwal visits with both sides in a contemporary Albanian blood feud; with Conrad Black, the disgraced media mogul imprisoned for mail fraud; with environmentalists who describe the degree of responsibility BP has taken (not enough) for the Gulf oil spill; and with Florida tomato growers who ultimately reconcile with their workers over improving working conditions.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Thursday from August 2 - October 25, 5-8 pm, Sister Cities Park at Logan Square invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and Milk & Honey Café will have cheeses and other goodies for sale that will pair perfectly with your selection. So, grab a seat and enjoy the light entertainment. In case you are planning to bring the kids, the Children's Discovery Garden will be open until 8pm these evenings.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 8:00am - Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

The 22nd annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival returns to Reading Terminal Market from August 11-13, 8am-5pm. Enjoy three days celebrating the finest traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch — good food, handmade crafts, and a country street fair. The event is free and open to the general public! Discounted parking will be available for $4 at 12th and Filbert.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

In a future where all plant life has become extinct on Earth, environmentalist astronaut Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) is the steward for the many species of flora and fauna he maintains in a geodesic dome on the Valley Forge space station. When orders come to destroy the dome, Lowell refuses. With the aid of his three programmed helper-robots, he risks everything to maintain the valuable species he hopes to reintroduce to the planet. Silent Running will be followed by Lillian Schwartz's, GalaxiesAdmission is free. Please bring chairs and blankets; rain or shine.