Horrifying, mystifying, and full of genius, Poe was a fascinating man. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity.
Low Cost & Free Events
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
For more information call: 215-597-8780
“Museums Without Walls” Audio Tour
Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an interpretive program for Philadelphia's public art. Listen to stories told by people from all walks of life who are directly connected to the sculptures.
For more information call: 215.546.7550
“Escape The Room, Philly!”
An exciting interactive game in what looks like an ordinary room, but it’s actually a mystery puzzle. Your assignment is to find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom in 60 seconds and “Escape the Room.” Bring all your Buddies!
For more information call: 267-603-4355
Grounds for loving Spring. The 46-acre Bartram's Garden is the oldest surviving botanical garden in the U.S.—and offers an amazing view of the Philladelphia skyline.
For more information call: 215-729-5281
Be There Or Be Square
Buddy up and spend an autumn day at Philly’s four famous squares: the upscale Rittenhouse Square, the understated Washington Square, the classically beautiful Logan Circle (OK, it’s not a square), and the kid-friendly Franklin Square.
For more information call: TBD
Blue Cross Riverrink Summerfest
Check out Philly’s first outdoor skating rink, conveniently located at Penns Landing. The outdoor rink is an oasis along the waterfront featuring a rink surrounded by unique landscape. Don't miss it!
For more information call: 215-925-7465
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Amen! Don’t miss the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Logan Square—one of America's most beautiful churches. It’s the largest brownstone building in Philly, and the interior is amazing!
For more information call: 215-561-1313
Choral Arts Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s premier chamber chorus presenting concerts committed to musical excellence, historically informed performance practices and furthering the great tradition of choral music.
For more information call: 267-240-2586
Standing at a robust 975 feet tall, the newly opened Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia. And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, the Center is also the tallest “green” building in the country.
For more information call: None
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Head over to Congregation Rodeph Shalom every Sunday from 12-4pm for the Common Ground Market Place and Free Walking Tours. Enjoy a variety of tasty food, enjoy music and dance, and while you’re there, pick up valuable health and wellness information.
For more information call: 215-627-6747
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is Center City's favorite playtime oasis. Centered around its beautiful fountain, Franklin Square also features the Parx Liberty Carousel, the one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger.
For more information call: None
Frugal Philly Mom
The Frugal Philly Mom is a blog that spotlights discounted activities, giveaways, and offers tips for getting more bang for your buck in the Philly area. Most events are for kids – but many are for adults, like discounted movies, dining deals, and more.
Good Karma II: 928 Pine St.
Good Karma III: 2319 Walnut St.
How can you not love a coffeehouse called “Good Karma”? Mom-and-pop coffee shops which are roomy, vibey, and full of awesome chi. GK offers delicious brews and eclectic tunes for the coffee lover who just wants to kick back. There are three stores serving the Fitler Square, Society Hill, and Schukyll Banks areas of Center City.
For more information call: 267-519-8860
Honorable Mention Comedy
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? Honorable Mention Comedy is a FREE comedy show held every Sunday 8pm-2am at Fergie's Pub. Witness some of the best, on-their-way-up comics in Philly! Plus enjoy delicious food, courtesy of Fergie's.
If you’re a real cookie connoisseur, you’ll love Insomnia Cookies. Choose from an array of the most mouth-watering sugary morsels you’ve ever downed. Warning: these things may be addictive!
For more information call: 215-544-2295
A Philly institution and a way to celebrate our city’s cheesesteak tradition; eat decadently on the cheap. Tip: A real Philadelphian will order by simply saying “Whiz Wit,” which translates to “I want a steak sandwich with Cheez Whiz and onions.”
For more information call: 215-928-1911
Liberty Observation Deck
Opening November 2016, it’s the One Liberty Observation Deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place. Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views while learning about Philly’s history and evolution.
For more information call: 215-561-DECK
A go-to eatery for generations, Oregon Diner in South Philly is a local favorite and a consistently delicious way to eat for less. It’s impossible not to soak up all the local color there, surrounded by true Philadelphians who 'tawk the tawk.' Youse will eat it up, hon!
For more information call: 215-462-5566
It’s a super-fun activity and it doesn’t cost a cent! Some of the best spots in Center City include the windows at Chipolte at 12th & Walnut; the rooftop deck at Revolution House restaurant at 2nd & Market Streets in Old City; the fountain at Logan Circle on the Parkway; and anywhere around Rittenhouse Square.
Philly Improv Theater (PHIT)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
House of Philly's best comedy! Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) is the home of alternative comedy theater in the Metro Philadelphia area. PHIT embraces the art of improvisation as an end rather than a means – creating and producing improv, sketch, and alternate comedy shows in the tradition of theaters like Chicago’s Second City and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade.
For more information call: 267-233-1556
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Hold the ‘shrooms! Pizza Brain is a museum that celebrates pizza - music about pizza, pizza-related toys... you get the idea. It’s the largest collection of pizza memorabilia and collectables in the world!
For more information call: 215-291-2965
Sip n swoon! Head down to Rim Café in South Philly\'s Italian Market for a one-of-a-kind hot chocolate tasting. Try the "Volcano" while listening to owner Rene play his bongo drums.
For more information call: 215-465-3515
Heard about the $4 Shack-Cago dog at Shake Shack? It’s been “dragged through the garden” which means it’s almost healthy, right? Try one of the $4.50 “Concretes” too – a sinfully thick shake your dentist will love.
For more information call: 215-809-1742
Terror Behind The Walls
Philadelphia, PA 19130
GET GOOD AND SCARED! An annual Halloween-time favorite: Terror Behind the Walls, America’s #1 Haunted House at Eastern State Penitentiary. It’s creepy, ghoulish, and terrifying!
For more information call: 215-236-3300
The Barnes Foundation
Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early modern art. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.
For more information call: 215-278-7000
The Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden
Play “Whisper down the bench”! The Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden features 17 sculptures showcasing American life—and features a whispering bench! Sit across from your Buddy on opposite sides of the bench 50 feet apart, and you can hear each other whisper!
TUSPM Shoe Museum
It’s a shoe-in! Check out the TUSPM Shoe Museum, which showcases hundreds of pairs of shoes from as far back as Ancient Egypt, and from famous celebrities! Admission to the museum is free, but visits must be scheduled in advance.
For more information call: 215-625-5243
Wissahickon Valley Park
Jog, bike, walk, hike, explore! Don’t miss the beautiful and peaceful Forbidden trail. And grab something delicious at the Valley Green Inn.
For more information call: 215-247-0417
Philadelphia Folklore Project
An independent public folklife agency offering exhibitions, concerts, workshops and assistance to artists and the community.
For more information call: 215-726-1106
Concerts on the Square: The Church of The Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The free concert series attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.
For more information call: 215-567-1267
Karaoke Night At Adobe Cafe
SING OUT! Buddies do Karaoke better! Head down to South Philly and give it your best shot at Karaoke Night at Adobe Cafe. Adobe Cafe is a Southwestern style cafe in South Philly with a great happy hour special on food and drinks.
For more information call: 215-551-2243
Mural Arts Program
1844 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031
This affordable movie experience (in Collegeville and Flourtown) lets you feast on a delicious meal and then enjoy a first-run movie! Arrive 45 mins. before the movie starts and enjoy burgers, pizza and more.
For more information call: 610-831-9500
House of Our Own Bookstore
For more information call: 215-222-1576
Science History Institute
Have you ever wondered how plastics are made or where crayons get their colors? Do you want to find out how the DNA code was cracked or how we can measure oxygen on Mars? Explore with us at the Museum at CHF!
For more information call: 215-925-2222
Events for the Disabled
For more information call: 267-515-6720
Philadelphia Museum of Art
For more information call: 215-763-8100
Author Events: Free Series
For more information call: 215-686-5322
The Kimmel Center offers the "Free at the Kimmel" concert series. In addition there are $10 community rush tickets for every"Kimmel Center Presents" show-available at the box office at 5:30 P.M. for evening shows; 11:30 A.M. for matinees. One ticket per person. Also take advantage of Free behind-the-scenes tours of building and theater-1:00 P.M. Tuesdays-Sundays.
For more information call: 215-893-1999
This website offers a list of dog-friendly events and attractions in Philadelphia.
For more information call: 877-411-FIDO
Monthly Events Calendar in Philadelphia
Philly Fun Guide
For more information call: 215-893-7902
Free “Library Takeout”
For more information call: 215-686-5322
Free Library of Philadelphia Events
For more information call: 215-686-5322
Philadelphia School of Circus Acts
For more information call: 215-849-1991
Tour the nation's oldest hospital, operating room, and medical instruments (1700's); suggested donation of $4.00.
For more information call: 215-829-3971
The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge
For more information call: 215-763-8100
Wanamaker Grand Court Organ
For more information call: 484-684-7250
Schuylkill Center’s Saturday Wellness Walks
For more information call: 215-482-7300
The Sunday market at Headhouse Square
For more information call: 215-575-0444
For more information call: None
Walnut Street Theater
For more information call: 215-574-3550
The Secret Cinema
For more information call: 215-685-3583
For more information call: 215-546-7824
House of Our Own Bookstore KG
You can spend hours lazily browsing and petting the occasional cat that strolls by. Plenty of inexpensive treasures to take home with you.
For more information call: 215-222-1576
“Dumplin Heaven”: Dim Sum Garden
Authentic Chinese Food and a wide range of dumplings.
Great to go with a group!
For more information call: 215-873-0258
Bank of America: Museums on Us
Bank of America customers receive free admission to five Phila. museums the first weekend of the month by presenting a valid BofA debit or credit card.
Must have valid BofA credit or debit card; applies to museums nationwide.
Brandywine River Museum
First Sunday of the month has free admission; Students must show Student ID for student discount.
For more information call: 610-388-2700
First Fridays, Old City, Art District
Monthly open house for galleries in the Old City Art District.
Most galleries are between Front and 3rd and Market and Vine.
For more information call: 800-555-5191; 215-625-9200
Franklin Flea Market
40 to 60 vendors of antique, vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and fresh cooked or pre-packaged food; also select jewelry, art, and handmade goods by local artisans and designers.
Check www.uwishunu.com or www.franklinflea.com for future dates.
Take a step back for retro homemade ice cream and snacks.
For more information call: 215-627-1899
Get Creepy at The Insectarium
Philadelphia's all-bug museum; see bugs up close in the nation's largest insect museum (3 floors worth)!
Butterflies are coming; 11:00 am is insect feeding time.
For more information call: 215-335-9500
Go Dutch at Reading Terminal Market
Grab a Stool and eat like a local at the "Dutch Eating Place." Hearty, farm-fresh delicious, Amish food available here!
Great shopping experience! Parking available $4 for 2 hours.
For more information call: 215-922-2317
Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania museum of contemporary art; open to the public.
Check web site for current exhibits.
For more information call: 215-898-5911
Visit America's Oldest Outdoor Market (on South 9th Street); best vendors are between Christian & Washington Streets.
Involves walking; only bathroom is at the Visitor's Center at 919 S. 9th Street.
For more information call: 215-278-2903
Khmer Art Gallery
Browse Khmer's extensive collection of Cambodian art, jewelry, textiles and castings over cocktails/ hors d'oeuvres.
For more information call: 215-922-5600
Movies/Lectures at Wooden Shoe Books
Various lectures and movies offered through an all volunteer book store that describes itself as offering "anarchist and radical literature."
For more information call: 215-413-0999
Philadelphia History Museum
Eight galleries and 100,000+ historical objects encourage you to explore Philadelphia's history; take a virtual tour of the City by walking on the world's largest map of Philadelphia!
Museum's Office Hours are Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm; children under 13 are admitted free.
For more information call: 215-685-4830
Picnic on the River Trail
Ten miles of trails along the Schuylkill River, with dog parks, entertainment and recreational events.
Schuylkill Banks is between Fairmount Water Works & Locust.
For more information call: N. of Art Museum 215-683-0200; S. of Art Museum 215-222-6030
Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is the first museum in the nation (and still among the best) focused on families with children ages seven and younger; The museum enriches the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, promoting lifelong learning and encouraging curiosity. Check the web site for special events and exhibits.
Open an extra 2 hrs. (5-7 pm) the 1st Weds. of the month. African Celebration - all day June 4-5; Move-Up Day - June 4 (9am-11am); the Great Blueness is June 6 (11am-11:30am) and runs from June 8-Aug 9.
For more information call: 215-581-3181
Ritz Theaters in Old City
Movie tix are $6 all day Weds, and before 5 pm, everyday.
No children under 6 allowed in any movie.
For more information call: 215-925-4535; 215-440-1184
- Cultural Garden
Tea For Two: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
A traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in West Fairmount Park; Tour the house,view the garden and feed the koi.
Voted Best Hidden Tourist Attraction by Philadelphia Magazine; Must show ID for Student Discount.
For more information call: 215-878-5097
The Rotunda has over 300 events every year (live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, etc.) enabling members of the public to present, produce and promote their work.
Wheelchair accessible; venue is alcohol and smoke-free.
Night Market of food trucks (various ethnicities) in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia. A special event is planned to take place during the DNC.
Special event: Dishing DNC (July 12) 6:30 - 8:00 pm; $25 - $60 with $20 off through website.
For more information call: 215-575-0444
Tuesday Night Comedy at Helium Comedy
Check out new and existing comedy acts at Open Mic Night at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday nights.
Get there 45 mins early; there is a 2 item (1 soda + 1 appetizer minimum).
For more information call: 215-496-9001
United States Mint in Philadelphia
FREE, self-guided tours; no reservations necessary; see actual coin production.
Enter at corner of 5th & Arch; Gov't-issued photo ID req'd. Free brochure available from web site.
For more information call: 215-408-0114; 215-408-0112
Wagner Free Institute of Science – Natural History Museum
Established in the mid-nineteenth century to provide free science education for the people of Philadelphia, The Wagner Institute of Science is not a reflection of the past, but a piece of the past, itself.
Free, but a donation of $10/adult and $5/child is suggested; cost of guided tour is more.
For more information call: 215-763-6529
Woodmere Art Museum
Features Philadelphia area artists; Free admission Sundays.
Free admissions Sundays; Students need to show Student ID to get discount.
Free admission to children under 18.
For more information call: 215-247-0426
WXPN’s Free at Noon: World Cafe Live
Free concert at Noon every Friday at World Cafe Live.
Registration is required and begins 1 wk in advance.
For more information call: 800-565-9976
American Philosophical Society Museum
Discover the rare, the curious, and the authentic. Learn about American history and innovation. Make connections between art and science.
At the APS Museum, you will see exhibitions featuring treasures from the Society’s collections—perhaps Thomas Jefferson’s hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence, a notebook from Lewis and Clark’s Western exploration, a rare 18th century astronomical clock, or a suite of exquisite botanical drawings by William Bartram.
For more information call: (215) 440-3440
An Urban Oasis
The Porch at 30th Street Station is the perfect place to relax in the heart of the city. Eat lunch from rotating food trucks, feel the breeze in your hair on custom swings or snap a photo at the Visit Philly XOXO photo spot.
Catch An Outdoor Movie
Bring the whole family to beautiful Clark Park at 43rd Street and Chester Avenue for a great selection of free outdoor movies this summer! Spread out a blanket, grab a bite to eat from food vendors and enjoy outdoor movies on a huge screen.
Radnor Arts In The Community Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds
150 Louella Avenue
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 www.ansp.org | (215) 299-1000 SEPTA Bus Routes 32, 33, 38 & 48 Indego Station: 33rd and Market (3318 Market St) At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and wander through a tropical garden filled with live butterflies.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.aampmuseum.org | (215) 574-0380 SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 44, 47, 48 & 61 Indego Stations: 9th and Arch (813 Arch St) 6th and Race (160 N. 6th St) Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.
American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 www.americanswedish.org | (215) 389-1776 SEPTA Broad Street Line and Bus Route 17 Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years.
The Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 www.barnesfoundation.org | (215) 278-7200 SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38 & 48 Indego Stations: 21st and Winter (2090 Winter St) 302 N. 19th St Explore the world’s greatest collection of post-impressionist and early modern art with masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, plus African sculpture, and more. With classes, tours, live musical performances, and family programs, there’s something for art lovers of all ages. A visit to the Barnes Arboretum in Merion is a wonderful way to extend your experience of the Barnes Foundation’s legendary art collection on the Parkway. Venture a mere 8 miles to explore a 12-acre hidden treasure filled with a magnificent living collection of rare plants and breathtaking blooms. If Albert Barnes expressed his passion through art appreciation, his wife, Laura, expressed hers through the cultivation of the Arboretum and the establishment of the horticulture program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Pack a picnic, stroll the grounds, and tap new inspiration at the Barnes Arboretum. The Arboretum is open for the season May 1 – November 1, 2015, Fri-Sun,10am – 4pm. Free parking available
Betsy Ross House 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 historicphiladelphia.org | (215) 629-4026 SEPTA Bus Routes 5, 48, 57, 17, 33 & SEPTA Market-Frankford Line Indego Station: 2nd and Market (215 Market St) The well-known and loved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars & Stripes is tightly woven into the colorful fabric of America’s rich history. The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.
Chanticleer Garden 786 Church Rd, Wayne, PA 19087 www.chanticleergarden.org | (610) 687-4163 Click HERE for directions Chanticleer Garden is open April through October Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM. Within 30 minutes of Philadelphia, Chanticleer is one of the great gardens of the region. Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130 www.easternstate.org | (215) 236-3300 SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 43 & 48 Indego Station: 23rd and Fairmount (2237 Fairmount Ave) Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers.
The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 www.fi.edu | (215) 448-1200 SEPTA Market Frankford, Broad Street, and Regional Rail Lines & SEPTA Bus Routes 32, 33, 38 Indego Station: 21st and Winter (2090 Winter St) Experience live science happening all around you! Walk through the iconic, two-story tall Giant Heart, have a ball in our NEW sport science exhibit, SportsZone*, and climb through a web of firing neurons in Your Brain. Travel to faraway galaxies in the Fels Planetarium, see explosive, live science shows, and more—be sure to visit The Brain Bar where you can touch a real (plastinated) human brain. Fun for all ages.*SportsZone opens October 24, 2015
Franklin Square – Parx Liberty Carousel 200 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Historicphiladelphia.org | (215) 629-4026 SEPTA Bus Routes 47, 47M, 61 Indego Station: 6th and Race (160 N. 6th St) Center City’s only carousel features a zebra, a lion, an eagle, a dragon, and more! Hop on this spectacular All-American style carousel featuring hometown racehorse heroes Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones. *Please check venue’s website for current hours of operations.
Franklin Square – Philly Mini Golf 200 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 historicphiladelphia.org | (215) 629-4026 SEPTA Bus Routes 47, 47M, 61 Indego Station: 6th and Race (160 N. 6th St) Putt your way through Center City’s ONLY 18-hole miniature golf course, featuring the iconic symbols of Philadelphia featuring Elfreth’s Alley, the Ben Franklin Bridge, Chinese Friendship Gate, Boathouse Row, The Liberty Bell and more. *Please check venue’s website for current hours of operations.
Grumblethorpe Part of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks 5267 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 www.philalandmarks.org/grumblethorpe-1 | (215) 843-4820 SEPTA Chestnut Hill East Line or BSL then SEPTA Bus Route 23 Located in historic Germantown, Grumblethorpe is an 18th-century farmstead that was once the summer home of the Wister family. In the early 1800s, an observatory and clock were built in the residence. It also features a farmhouse, two-acre garden, greenhouse, and chicken coop. Grumblethorpe offers many educational programs to local schools and students.
Historic Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground *$2 admission includes a guided tour of the Burial Ground Christ Church: Second Street above Market | Christ Church Burial Ground: 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.christchurchphila.org | (215) 922-1695 SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes: 5, 17, 33, 48, 57 Known as “The Nation’s Church” because of the famous Revolution-era leaders who worshiped and were buried here, including Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross.
Independence Seaport Museum 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.phillyseaport.org | (215) 413-8655 SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 25, 33 & 42 Indego Station: Foglietta Plaza 3 Dock St Note About Parking: Independence Seaport Museum does not own a parking facility. Individual cars may park in the Hyatt Hotel Parking garage lot and have your parking ticket stamped at our Visitor Services for a reduced rate, to be paid upon exiting the garage. We also recommend street parking along Chestnut Street or Front Street. The Independence Seaport Museum is the region’s primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials from the Greater Delaware Valley, Port of Philadelphia & other urban ports of the Delaware River.
James A. Michener Art Museum 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 www.michenermuseum.org | (215) 340-9800 SEPTA Doylestown Regional Rail Line The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American Art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seek to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences.
Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Road, Kennet Square, PA 19348 longwoodgardens.org | 610-618-1000 Experience exquisite Gardens that elevate the art of horticulture amid the relaxing beauty of Longwood. *ACCESS Cardholders are able to purchase general admission tickets to Longwood Gardens on-site and do not need to reserve timed-tickets in advance*
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 www.morrisarboretum.org | (215) 247-5777 SEPTA Chestnut Hill Train and Bus Routes 97 & L Spend time with family and friends exploring Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers.
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 www.muttermuseum.org | (215) 563-3737 All SEPTA Trolley Lines, and Bus routes 7, 9, 21, 31, 42, 44, 48, 62, 124 & 125. Indego Station: 23rd & Market (2241 Market Street) America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments in a 19th century “cabinet museum” setting.
National Constitution Center 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.constitutioncenter.org | (215) 409-6700 SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 38, 44 & 48 Indego Station: 6th and Race (160 N. 6th St) Step inside the Museum of We the People and be inspired by rare artifacts, interactive exhibits, theatrical performances, timely conversations on current events, and more. Plus, don’t miss the iconic Signers’ Hall, featuring life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.libertymuseum.org | (215) 925-2800 SEPTA Bus Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, 57, 121 & SEPTA Market-Frankford Line Indego Station: 15th and Market (1515 Market St) The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by encouraging people to find their own place in the story of liberty. Visitors to the Museum enjoy an inspiring and entertaining experience, as they interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art.
National Museum of American Jewish History 101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th and Market Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.nmajh.org | (215) 923-3811 SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 & 57 Indego Station: Independence Mall (519 Market Street) Family-friendly and cutting-edge, NMAJH brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America, tracing the stories of immigrants becoming Americans. Enjoy hands-on, interactive displays, original films, historical documents, and fascinating artifacts — including Stephen Spielberg’s first camera, Hank Greenberg’s bat, and Irving Berlin’s piano. *Children 12 and under are free
Penn Museum 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 www.penn.museum | (215) 898-4000 SEPTA Trolley Lines 11, 13, 34, 36, Bus Routes 21, 42, 40 and Regional Rail Airport, Marcus Indego Station: University City Station (3051 South Street) Hook/Wilmington/Newark and Media/Elwyn Lines Explore ancient Egypt and the mummies, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Mesopotamia and the ancient Mediterranean world at this world-renowned museum. Enjoy gardens, shopping, and a café!
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 118-128 N. Broad Street , Philadelphia, PA 19102 www.pafa.org | (215) 972-7600 SEPTA Broad Street Line, Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 4, 16, 27 & 48 Indego Stations: Municipal Services Building (1401 John F Kennedy Blvd) Pennsylvania Convention Center (1321 Arch Street) Located in the heart of Center City, PAFA is the nation’s oldest Museum and School of Fine Arts, boasting a vast collection of American art ranging from the 18th century to the present.
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent 15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.philadelphiahistory.org | (215) 685-4830 SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 44, 47, 48 & 62 Indego Stations: Independence Mall (519 Market Street) 8th and (Market 834 Market Street) The Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art, and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia, from its founding in 1682 to the present day.
Philadelphia Museum of Art 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 www.philamuseum.org | (215) 763-8100 SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 & 48 Indego Station: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the greatest museums in America. Offering fun and educational programs for all ages, the museum is an ideal place to spend time with friends and family looking at art.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 www.phillymagicgardens.org | (215) 733-0390 SEPTA Bus Routes 23, 40 & 47 Indego Station: 11th and South (1015 South Street) Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art.
Physick House Part of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks 321 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.philalandmarks.org/physick-house | (215) 925-7866 Please call to make sure we are open before arriving SEPTA Bus Routes 12, 42, 57 Indego Station: 4th and Walnut (422 Walnut Street) The Physick House, built in 1786, is the former home of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the “Father of American Surgery” who cared for notable figures such as Dolly Madison and Andrew Jackson. The house is the only free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill. It features a large garden and a medical museum on the second floor, along with beautifully decorated and furnished period rooms.
Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131 www.pleasetouchmuseum.org | (215) 581-3181 SEPTA Bus Routes 38 & 40 Indego Station: Parkside and Belmont (4601 Parkside Ave) The Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children ages seven and younger by creating learning opportunities through play enabling us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. ** Please Note: ACCESS Cardholders of all ages must also present a valid photo ID to receive the discount. This discount does not apply to Countdown to Noon on New Year’s Eve.
Powel House Part of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks244 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.philalandmarks.org/powel-house-1 | (215) 627-0364 Please call to make sure we are open before arriving SEPTA Bus Routes 12, 42, 57 Indego Station: 4th and Walnut (422 Walnut Street) Powel House was the residence of the last mayor of Philadelphia under the Crown. This Georgian brick mansion was built in 1765 and has entertained notable guests from George Washington to Benjamin Franklin. Visitors today can stroll through the room where the Washingtons danced on their wedding anniversary and view the elegant colonial garden.
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, 19131 www.japanesehouse.org | (215) 878-5097 SEPTA Bus Routes 38, 40, PhillyPhlash Stop #12 Indego Stations: Parkside and Belmont (4601 Parkside Ave) Shofuso is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007. Shofuso is open for visitation and group tours from April to October. Note about Accessibility: There are areas at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden that are not wheelchair accessible. To learn more, please click on the following link: http://www.shofuso.com/?page_id=1521
Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road, Media PA 19063 http://www.tylerarboretum.org/ | 610-566-9134 SEPTA: Media/ Elwyn Regional Rail Line Located in the heart of Delaware County, PA, Tyler Arboretum is a place of natural beauty and history dating back to the time of William Penn. Today, Tyler serves the Greater Philadelphia region through horticulture, education, and the preservation of natural lands.
Waynesborough Part of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks 2049 Waynesborough Road, Paoli, PA 19301 http://historicwaynesborough.org/ | (610) 647-1779 SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line Held by the Wayne family as a private estate until 1980, Waynesborough is a sprawling property in Easttown Township that once was the residence of Revolutionary War hero “Mad” Anthony Wayne who served alongside George Washington. Waynesborough is now a home museum that features a Georgian-style house and even hosts historical reenactments from time to time.
Wharton Esherick Museum 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern PA 19355 www.whartonesherickmuseum.org | 610-644-5822 Septa: Paoli/Thorndale line Wharton Esherick was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood, readily extending his unique forms to furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more. His motto, “if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing,” is evident in the joyful expression of his work, inviting the eye and the hand. A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there. Please call for tour reservations.
Woodmere Art Museum 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 www.woodmereartmuseum.org | 215-247-0476 SEPTA Bus Route L & Regional Rail Line Chestnut Hill West Woodmere is housed in a 19th-century stone Victorian mansion in Chestnut Hill. The building, grounds and the nucleus of the Permanent Collection are the benefactions of Charles Knox Smith who wished “to awaken the spirit of, the appreciation of, and the knowledge of art… in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding territory.” Today, the Permanent Collection consists of more than 3,000 works of art, celebrating the art and artists of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
In honor of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s 25th year, we’ll be bringing back favorite titles from former Festival line-ups. Featuring two retrospective titles per month, this yearlong series provides a perfect opportunity to revisit award-winning classics or discover under-the-radar gems from the last quarter century.
All 25 For 25 films screen at the PFS Roxy and tickets are FREE as part of PFS On Us!
Spruce Street Harbor Park !
For more information call: 215-629-6200
40th Street Summer Series!
The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda—will take place at the green space behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th and Walnut. Activities, free giveaways, and performances begin at 6 pm. See below for the confirmed acts and dates.
The Summer Series has grown into one of the most popular outdoor summer events in University City. This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly). In the past, the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood.
The 40th Street Summer Series. Stop by beginning at 6 pm for free scoops of ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, free samples of healthy snacks from honeygrow, free cold brew coffee from Saxbys, and free bicycle and helmet safety checks from Keswick Cycle University City.
For more information call: 215-243-0555 x227
Food Trust Night Market!
Jumpstart Your Holiday Weekend in Spruce Hill!
With Victorian-era housing along tree-lined streets and a unique urban landscape, Spruce Hill is a vibrant sight you need to see with your own eyes. This neighborhood, which runs 38th to 46th streets, Market to Woodland, is also influenced by a variety of cultures and home to one of the city's most stunning parks and oldest year-long farmers markets!
For those who rarely venture across the Schuylkill, now's the time: We're joining forces with Wawa Welcome America to satisfy your Independence Day weekend appetite! Chow down on local street eats, groove to live music and experience the culinary melting pot that is West Philly.
For more information call: 215-575-0444
Free Outdoor Movies!
On summer nights when it is too hot to even move, the best thing to do is just kick back at the movies. Luckily, Philly has a ton of summer outdoor film events where you can enjoy a cinematic experience under the stars! Here are where you can find some of our top picks but feel free to tweet us your top choices to @Phillyfunguide.
Check out Philly Fun Guide's website for other free events!
2nd Street Festival!
2nd Street Festival: Where better to celebrate craft beer than in the neighborhood that helped launch the craze? All afternoon and evening, Northern Liberties vendors close down North 2nd Street for the 2nd Street Festival, complete with beer gardens, food, workshops, art, street performances and a ton of bands playing on two stages.
Philadelphia Art Museum Summer Event!
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Classes are held in the Sculpture Garden (weather permitting). On Wednesday Nights!
Free Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Festival!
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park has served as a Delaware River Waterfront oasis since the summer of 2014.
The beloved seasonal park offers visitors the chance to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy Philly-inspired eats on floating barges, cool off with craft brews in the beer garden and play games – bocce, shuffleboard and more – along a waterfront boardwalk.
For more information call: (215) 922-2FUN
Asian Arts Initiative!
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
Creating Community Through The Power Of Art
Connecting cultural expression to social change, Asian Arts Initiative uses art as a vehicle to explore the experiences of Asian Americans and the diverse communities of which we are a part.
POWER STREET THEATRE COMPANY Presents: Hidden disAbilities Project !
2140 N Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
What is an invisible disAbility? Do you have one, or does the person sitting next to you? The Hidden disAbilities Project will be Power Street Theatre Company’s (PSTC’s) next foray into experimental theatre making. With this new and exciting, yet simple and powerful, piece take an immersive journey exploring the gray areas of having an invisible disAbility in a black-and-white world. Featuring Gabriela Sanchez, Erlina Ortiz, Corem Coreano, and Karen Smith, and directed by Christina May.
Summer on the Waterfront: Saying Goodbye to Summer!
Philadelphia, PA 19106
As August comes to a close, so do some of our favorite summer programs. Come out over the next six days to enjoy the final... •Who Got the Jazz: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie (tonight)•Screenings Under the Stars showing Despicable Me 3 (Thursday)•WXPN Presents Waterfront Sessions featuring Hardwork Movement (Thursday)•Smooth Jazz Summer Nights featuring the Baylor Project (Friday)•Storytime in the Park with Listen, Learn, and Play (Saturday)•Fireworks on Saturday following a concert by the US Army Band Downrange!!!In addition to the end of these great series, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will also be closing for the season on Labor Day. Be sure to head down for roller skating, a special Roller Boogie, games and rides, a Kick the Keg blow out, and mini-golf.
Also, the RiverLink Ferry will be returning to an off-peak schedule starting on Tuesday, September 4th. The Ferry will be running on the weekends and for concerts (also the NFL Kickoff Experience) through October 8th.
Even though these great events are ending, there's still a TON more to do throughout September including visiting Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest. And don't forget, save October 12th on your calendar for the opening of Cherry Street Pier, and November 23rd for the opening and celebration of the 25th anniversary of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.
For more information call: (215) 922-2FUN
FREE Community Tickets for MLK Weekend at African American Museum of Philadelphia!
302 S. Hicks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Azuka Theatre strengthens the connection and shared humanity among its diverse audiences by giving voice to the people whose stories go unheard.
Located in Philadelphia, Azuka Theatre was founded in 1999 by a group of young artists participating in the Arden Theatre Company’s nationally recognized Professional Apprentice Program.
Azuka Theatre has built a reputation for accessible, thought-provoking and socially conscious theater and been hailed as “a company to watch” and a “major player on the Philadelphia alternative theatre scene’” by Philadelphia Weekly.
theatre exile:Celebrate with Theatre Exile as We Come Back from Exile!
Ribbon cutting, Building Tours, Mummers, MC Joe Conklin, Q&A with Ray Didinger, Family fun, Food trucks, Performances, Raffles, and more!!!
Studio Movie Grill
Upper Darby, Pa.19082
Children's 2019 Summer Series!
Studio Movie Grill's Children's Summer Series offers a budget friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps. and weekday programs to escape the summer heat and watch$1 screenings of popular children's films.
Once Upon A Nation Brings the Stories of Valley Forge to Life!
at Valley Forge. Learn 18th-century spy techniques including invisible ink, counterespionage and uncovering secret messages to divulge the traitors involved. Great for young guests! Be the first to enlist!FREE. No reservation is required.
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches!
Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets
Independence Square, Behind Independence Hall
Signers' Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets
Carpenters' Hall, on Chestnut between 3rd & 4th Streets
The Powel House, 244 South 3rd Street
The Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S 3rd St.
Franklin Court, on Market between 3rd & 4th Streets
Christ Church, 2nd & Market Streets
Elfreth’s Alley, between 2nd & Front Streets
Betsy Ross House, 3rd & Arch Streets
Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets
The Lincoln Financial Storytelling Bench at the National Constitution Center, 6th & Arch Streets
Wawa Storytelling Bench at Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets
1701 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132
An inspirational movie about activist lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based organization responsible for freeing and/or reducing the sentences of scores of wrongfully convicted individuals. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson. Movie is 2 hrs 17 mins long.
After the movie, we will hold a panel discussion with Criminal Justice Advocates, Zane Johnson, Esq. and Rory Fleming.
Barnes Museum-PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Explore paintings by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, and other artists, plus African sculpture, metalwork, and decorative arts.
For more information call: 215.278.7000