Past Events

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 8:30am - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

How have people in Philadelphia, the Middle East, and North Africa shaped their urban communities over time?

We explore this question in a two-day Global Summer Institute for social studies, humanities, arts and STEM educators of grades 6-12. Participants receive 14 hours of ACT 48 credits, online and print educational resources, and free breakfast and lunch.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie invites you to celebrate Bastille Day.  Passed hors d'oeuvres & buffet dinner provided by Peter Woolsey from Bistrot La Minette. Wine and beer will also be served.

Guests will enjoy French-themed entertainment, including a performance by John Jarboe and his musicians.

Participate in a silent auction and raffle for two round-trip tickets to Europe. (Raffle: 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20.)

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Making Pictures

Art-makers have told stories through their pictures for at least 20,000 years. We won't have anything as old as the Lascaux cave paintings, but come explore 500 years of narrative art from the Rare Book Department's collections. This program will let visitors get an up-close look at illustration in process, showing off unfinished portraits from Mughal India, underdrawings from medieval European manuscripts, Victorian-era engraved steel plates, color separations for 1950s children's books, and other peeks "behind the book."

Find out more about the Hands-on History series!

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00am

This is a private event. It is not endorsed by or affiliated with Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:55pm

6:00 pm Cocktails (cash bar), 6:30 pm Program in The Grant Room

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:00am - Friday, July 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

This FREE training is open to all types of educators, grade levels & subject areas for students from diverse backgrounds, interests, and aspirations. Lunch provided daily Act 48 Credits available (12 hours) Held on Penn Campus This training will emphasize: Interactive experiences complemented by the illustrative examples New and emerging classroom technologies Paths for nurturing STEM-ready skills across language and social sciences Understanding accessibility issues and feasible teacher approaches Personal work time and group activities Lesson plans ready for implementation

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join Preservation Alliance guide, Bea Segal, for a summer evening walk through beautiful Girard Estate, a rare planned community of 481 homes in South Philadelphia. All the houses were designed in a variety of architectural styles including Tudor Revival and Spanish Colonial/Mission by Philadelphia architects James H. Windrim and his son, John Torrey Windrim. We will explore Stephen Girard's country retreat and his legacy in South Philly. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:37am

You don’t want to miss this basketball game filled with Celebrities, NBA & NFL players, Musicians, and more!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00am - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

The College Bound Showcase Camp is designed to provide an experience to train/play like a Temple Soccer Player and showcase your abilities to the Temple Men's Soccer Staff. Any and all HS aged boys may participate.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - Monday, August 19, 2019

Watch for updated information for the 2019 program in February!  Critics vary each year; see below for the Summer 2018 participating critics.

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:00am

FREE! ESL/English Literacy & Civics Classes at District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

For learners of English as a second language
New classes begin on July 8, 2019


Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:00am - Friday, July 12, 2019 - 12:30pm

The 2019 Summer Global Leadership Seminar brings together students from across the Philadelphia region to learn, debate and discuss crucial topics in world affairs. This year's program is titled "The Rise of Political Populism" and will feature debates, a "crisis simulation," lectures from academics and policymakers, and a culminating trip to Washington D.C.

Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 10:00am - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

This summer, explore the voices, viewpoints, and experiences of the diverse people of the Revolutionary era. Inside the Museum and on the outdoor plaza, costumed historical interpreters will make history come alive through theatrical performances, dynamic storytelling, and hands-on demonstrations.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 2:00pm - Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 8:00pm

This premier Latino event continues to unite and raise awareness of the Latino culture and community. Held at Philadelphia’s prime waterfront location, Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, this two-day regional celebration features music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries, making it an amazing culinary experience and a true family event for all ages. Attended by approximately 15, 000 people each day, the Hispanic Fiesta is one of the most popular and best-attended events at Penn’s Landing.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Concilio invites you to the Latino event that brings awareness of the Latino culture and community. Held at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, this two-day regional celebration features music, dance, entertainment, and more. It is a family friendly event for all ages. This event is free. Contact: Adonis Banegas, [email protected]

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

With the iconic home of the first Stars & Stripes as the backdrop, 13 children from around the world take the oath of citizenship.

Help welcome America’s newest citizens during the annual children’s naturalization event at the Betsy Ross House. At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 13 children will officially become citizens of the United States in a moving ceremony in the House’s courtyard. Be among the first to congratulate the new Americans!

Text “America” to 888-777 for updated event information and helpful tips! 

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Presented by the Philadelphia International Airport, the Salute to America Independence Day Parade brings the inspiring words of the preamble to the Constitution, “We the People,” to life with more than 4,000 participants. Winding its way from Independence Hall through the most historic square mile in the U.S., the parade showcases the contributions and talents of diverse groups with colorful floats, marching bands and proud military units.

Televised on NBC 10 | Telemundo 62.

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 11:00am - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

Doors are open for this new four-day celebration of our nation's birth! Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, sign the Declaration using quill pens, and engage in other acts of rebellion on the farm! Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic basket lunch. Reading of the Declaration of Independence (12:30 and 2:30pm) followed by burning of King George in effigy.