Past Events

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

"Bloomsday" is an internationally celebrated day focused on appreciating James Joyce’s Ulysses. The name comes from the book's protagonist, Leopold Bloom, and the date is chosen because the book takes place in one day, on June 16th. In honor of Bloomsday, the Rosenbach Museum & Library presents a free, all-day reading from Ulysses. Grab your copy of Ulysses and sit with hundreds of fellow lovers of literature to revel in the genius of Joyce.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

On behalf of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s Bicentennial Series, The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery, Stanford ecologist, Professor Paul Ehrlich will be discussing the environmental and social impacts related to the current strain on Earth’s carrying capacity. He will address how issues such as climate disruption and toxification of the planet may contribute to vast epidemics and nuclear resource wars. Ehrlich will present potential solutions to this strain, such as population growth control through women’s empowerment, rethinking economic ideals, and creating a movement that unties academic thinkers with civil society to engage in this important issue.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:00am - 8:00pm

Enjoy a unique selection of French cheeses, from the popular "Brie" to the powerful "Langres" with their tasty accompaniments: French baguette, fig jam, and more!

Let's have a nice time at Noche!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Calling all entrepreneurs! Every second Wednesday of each month the Newman Networks at the The Urban League of Philadelphia is offering a leadership development program.  Learn how to get new customers, finance your business, build strategic alliances, and improve your overall market presence. This unique one-on-one consulting program for just $50 a year will give you 6 hours of consulting time per month! 

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

No westerner knows China like Jack Perkowski, investment banker turned entrepreneur, who went to China and built one of the most successful companies in its automotive industry. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia invites you to this discussion, in which Mr. Perkowski will discuss how he helped to successfully lead the way for American business development in China.

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 2:45pm - 6:00pm

Attention all soccer fans! The American Swedish Heritage Museum and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce invite you to head down to Fado Irish Pub Philadelphia to take part in the UEFA EURO 2012 live soccer action. Watch Sweden’s opening game against Ukraine at Fado Pub located at the corner of 15th and Locust. Throughout the tournament (June 8-July 1) there will be a special Match Day Menu with discounts on select beers and food. Happy hour is from 4-7 pm and includes $4 Yuengling, Heineken, and Sam Adams Summer Ale (20 oz. pints).  Join fellow EURO 2012 soccer fans and experience the vibrant atmosphere at this Center City soccer bar. No cover.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language. On June 10, Cinémathèque presents Brigid Maher's Veiled Voices (2009). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the film's director, Brigid Maher.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The Annual International Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade at Penn’s Landing and Independence National Park is one of the many of Philadelphia's major multi-ethnic festivals that take place each year in the city . It is also the largest Islamic Festival in the country attracting 10,000 people. With a full day of activities, a bazaar, and a variety of entertainment for the whole family, this community driven festival is a great, and free, way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Part of the free PECO Multicultural Series.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 9:00am - Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens marks this UK light artist's first garden installation in the United States. Known for his imaginative illuminated sculptures, Munro’s works will showcase never-before-seen views of Longwood at night. The beautiful exhibition will feature seven large-scale outdoor installations, two additional installations within Longwood’s grand four-acre Conservatory and a collection of illuminated sculptures in the Music Room.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Russian Mosaica Heritage Festival invites all lovers of Russian literature, their friends, and the curious to celebrate Alexander Pushkin's birthday together at a Northeast Philadelphia Russian cultural hub, Knizhnik Bookstore. Audience members are encouraged to bring their favorite Pushkin verses which will be recited, in original Russian and translated English, by Harvard-educated lawyer, translator and poet, Julian Lowenfeld. This event is produced and sponsored by Russian Mosaica Heritage Festival - your connection to Russian Philadelphia culture.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

At International Visitors Council (IVC)'s First Thursday prime networking events, attendees can expect to meet interesting and lively people from around the world! First Thursday is free for IVC members, and just $15 for non-members in advance, $20 at the door. This is guaranteed to be a friendly evening of citizen diplomacy that will create lasting and positive impressions of the U.S., Philadelphia and of attendees. To RSVP, email Alan Hatfield or call him at (215) 683 - 0992.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:30am - 5:30pm

Urban Land Institute's Global Marketplace brings together 500 real estate leaders and land use decision-makers to discuss “What’s Next” for the Greater Philadelphia region. The day will include a remarkable lineup of speakers including David Cohen, Executive VP of Comcast, and Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO of The Vanguard Group, plus more than 20 others from throughout the country. The day will also feature a plenary session, concurrent panels, a networking exhibit hall, and an end-of-day showcase reception. Learn more about becoming involved in this event by emailing [email protected].

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This September, Philadelphia's Live Arts Festival will present the largest performance of Le Grand Continental™ to date, with 200+ volunteer performers of all ages and backgrounds, ranging in experience from professional dancers to pure amateurs. It will be a line dance extravaganza filled with contagious community spirit, and you can be in it! To try-out to participate in the dance, you must attend a recruitment session on June 6. Get your friends, family, and co-workers to join! Groups of 10 or more will get their group or organization's name listed in the program. Learn more about Le Grand Continental and how you can participate by reading more here.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

The Philadelphia Irish Festival returns to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sunday, June3rd from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This authentic and vibrant Irish Festival celebrates Irish culture through food, dancing and crafts.

The 14th annual Irish Festival is a family event that features well-known Irish musical performers. The gates will open at noon on Sunday and admission is free. Guests can enjoy the music of Jamison, Blackthorn and the Hooligans on the main stage. Irish dance schools including Celtic Flame, Emerald Isle, Cummins, Coyle, Campbell, Rince Ri, McDade, Cara, McHugh, Christina Ryan Kilcoyne, Gibson, Timoney, 2nd St. Irish Society will perform throughout the day.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 10:30am - 2:30pm

Adath Israel in Merion will be recreating a traditional market (shuk) of Old Jerusalem. With free admission, visitors of all ages can  experience the sights, sounds, flavors, and fragrances of an Israeli market. Visitors can try popular Israeli foods, listen to folk music, or purchase Judaica and Israeli products. Come join this interactive experience and celebrate the Jewish heritage. Admission is free and open to the entire community. Vendors are cash-only.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 7:00am - 5:00pm

Almost 300 of the world's best cyclists will descend on Philadelphia on June 3rd, 2012, for the longest running and only UCI Hors Category, single-day, cycling road race in the United States. The 28th annual TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship will follow a scenic course which includes the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive, and, of course, the infamous Manayunk “Wall,” a 17% grade hill rising sharply off the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 5:00am - 12:00pm

The world’s most competitive cyclists turn their sights on Philadelphia for the annual TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship every June, when about 300,000 fans line an arduous road course to watch hundreds of elite pro cyclists whip through some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful streets. The race is a culmination of a weekend of related festivities that are great for the entire family. This year, for the first time in 28 years, the public will have the chance to ride the iconic course before the pros.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Barnes Foundation is partnering with PECO to offer “Free First Sundays at the Barnes.” Each first Sunday of every month, visitors will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and educational seminars from 1 to 6 pm.  Advance registration is required and tickets will become available a month prior to the Monday after the first Sunday.  Tickets are limited to two adults and two children tickets per visit.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 12:00pm - Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 8:00pm

Philadelphia based hip hop/neo soul band The Roots are throwing their 5th annual "The Roots Picnic" on June 2nd and June 3rd this year at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing. The laid back summer show will include The Roots, Kid Cudi, De La Soul (backed by The Roots), Wale, Major Lazer, Diplo, St. Vincent, The Tune-Yards, Danny Brown, Shabazz PalacesMoosh & Twist, Flosstradamus, Stretch Armstrong, The Hood Internet, Star Slinger, Mr. MFN Exquire, Kids These DaysChill Moody, DJ Diamond Kuts, and more.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Art Sanctuary's 28th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival concludes, as it does each year, with an Outdoor Festival to include activities for chidlren of all ages and a Mainstage of live musical performances, literary discussions, poetry, hip hop and featured dancers.