Past Events

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.

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNA-GP) will host a happy hour fundraiser to support vaccinations in the developing countries at the "Philly Pub 'n Grub" on Hamilton St. All proceeds will go to the [email protected] and ELIMINATE campaigns. There will be raffle prizes,  specials on beer and wine, and one-night only special Booster Shot. This is a chance for UNA-GP members and the Philadelphia community to have a great time and mingle as they socially discuss important health issues which are facing many emerging nations. ($10 cover)

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:00pm - Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:59pm

The Philadelphia Odunde Festival attracts over 600,000 people annually and is one of the largest community-based street festivals held in the country. The festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and Africanized people around the world. It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River where an offering of fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. The Odunde Festival is also known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from many African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

"Who We Are / Quienes Somos" is an exhibition of photographs taken by students in Photography Without Borders, a Philadelphia program that aims to increase cultural awareness and build bridges between youth in communities around the world. "Quienes Somos" features photographs taken through a pen-pal exchange between students from Stetson Shuttberbugs in North Philadelphia and Grupo Flormorado in La Florida, Colombia. At this Closing Reception, visitors can meet the young artists in the Stetson Shuttberbugs, learn more about Photography without Borders, and enjoy light refreshments.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 10:00am - Monday, May 28, 2012 - 7:00pm

Come out to this great festival that will have everyone entertained and educated on the history of the Cherokee. Many traditional aspects of Cherokee life will be put on full display for the public’s viewing, including traditional dancing and music and food. Along with entertainment, there will be various vendors offering native and authentic Cherokee goods. Held over Memorial Day Weekend, the Annual Cherokee Festival will be on Temple's Ambler Campus from 10 A.M. till dusk. Organized by the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy of Pennsylvania. For more information call 215-549-4191.

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Scribe presents a special, indoor edition of Street Movies!, featuring Seeds of an Awakening: The Early Nation of Islam in Philadelphia. Produced by The New Africa Center through Scribe’s Muslim Voices of Philadelphia Project, this documentary traces the development and growth of the Nation of Islam in Philadelphia circa late 50's-early 60's. The evening will also include a screening of Keeping The Faith, produced through Scribe’s Precious Places Project, about the deep historical roots of the African-American Muslim community on Lancaster Avenue, in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, as well as the present-day movement to preserve it. Scribe Street Movies! are presented by PNC Arts Alive. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Art Sanctuary in partnership with Slought Foundation and Mural Arts Program presents a public conversation with Theaster Gates and Naomi Beckwith, leading figures in contemporary art practices and cultural production.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 8:00pm - Friday, June 1, 2012 - 4:00pm

Before we had the sub prime mortgage crisis, Holland had the Tulip bulb bubble. Six strangers in an Amsterdam hash-bar recall this seedy story of love, sex, money, and power. From the writer and composer of Café Puttanesca and Baby Case comes a new musical that gets high off our financial lows. Tulipomania: The Musical is written by Michael Ogborn and directed by Terrence J. Nolan, and will begin its run at the Arden Theater's F. Otto Haas Stage on May 24th at 8 P.M.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 7:30pm - Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 5:00pm

Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize, Angels in America melds love, hate, religion, and politics into a uniquely American epic. The highly celebrated play concludes the Wilma Theaters’s 2011/2012 Season – and then returns for the 20th Anniversary of Part Two: Perestroika to kick off 2012/2013. The Wilma Theater is a proud participant of AIDS Education Month sponsored by Philadelphia FIGHT in June, 2012. Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS service organization providing primary care, consumer education, advocacy and research on potential treatments and vaccines.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

As we approach the 2012 election, amidst Republican assertions of the failures of Barack Obama’s policies, World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts, including Fawaz Gerges, Charles Kupchan and Michael Swaine, to explore the President’s record with regard to crises and challenges in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Panel will be moderated by Edward A. Turzanski, Resident Scholar of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; national security analyst, LaSalle University

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:30pm - Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 5:00pm

Art Sanctuary's Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival is one of the nation’s longest-running celebrations of contemporary black writing. Running from May 21, 2012 to June 2, 2012 on Temple University's campus and across Philadelphia, Celebration of Black Writing will offer 13 days of literary discussions and workshops, music showcases, and film screenings. This year, selected panels and workshops will be streamed live for the first time online, and also be archived so that new and enthusiastic readers and writers can access them anytime!

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Latin Fiesta, the charitable arts organization dedicated to building cultural bridges through musical performances, presents an educational interactive performance series featuring renowned artists who are experts on both the historical and technical areas of their craft. Innovative Cuban-born percussionist Arturo Stable will discuss the history of Latin Percussion and demonstrate how to play the different styles of percussion through the use of various instruments.