When it comes to learning about art, science, and culture, Philadelphia is one of the best classrooms around. Philadelphia’s museums, institutions, and innovative residents bring endless opportunities to learn and appreciate a side of our city you don’t always see.
This is a weekly roundup of events that can help you add a little culture to your schedule.
Learn all about nature in a hands-on program presented by the experts at Bartram’s Garden.
The Mann Center
Listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra play scores from all sorts of space-themed movies, such as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, with vocal accompaniment by The Mann Festival Choir and narration by astronomer Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute. Nolan Williams Jr.’s Hold Fast to Dreams will be played to help honor onstage Colonel Guion Bluford Jr., Philly-native and first African-American in space.
Come out and watch one of Shakespeare’s last written tragedies, Coriolanus, be performed by local Philadelphia actresses directed by Kittson O’Neill. This theater company is dedicated to presenting free performances in Clark Park so Shakespeare and culture can be spread to everyone in the area.
The Kimmel Center
The Kimmel Center will be presenting one of the most famous Broadway plays of all time, Wicked, about the world of Oz long before Dorothy arrived.
Cherry Street Pier
Municipal Pier 9 will be getting an extreme makeover by the Delaware River Waterfront, but first they want your input. Cherry Street Pier will be a multi-functional community space featuring a market, food, and drink places, studio space, an event space, and public park.
Lucky’s Last Chance
Lucky’s Last Chance will be hosting an epic dachshund race to raise money for PAWS. There will be hot dogs and beers available, with a portion of all sales being donated directly to PAWS.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
In another installment of the Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series, the Spruce Street Harbor Park will be hosting Chill Moody, a hip-hop artist from West Philly with the Bul Bey, another Philly hip-hop and rap performer.
Join Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp and some of his teammates in an evening of supporting the PSPCA, drinking cocktails created by the Phillies Celebrity Bartenders, hanging out with the Phillie Phanatic, petting dogs, listening to music, and more at Ruppapaloza. This is a great way to support pups around Philly.
United by Blue Walnut Street
Get creative with Jess Rinyu, author of the Coffee. Table. Book., as she demonstrates the basics of black and white film developing simply by using instant coffee, washing soda, vinegar, and water.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
In honor of Michael Nichol’s Wild exhibition, the theme of this months Final Fridays is Wild, with a focus on the environment and art. There will be DIY art, campfire stories by artists that spent time exploring the National Parks, music, and interactive art performances that explore how ecosystems are impacted by invasive species.
A screening of Central Intelligence will be playing in Dilworth Park this Friday. There will be beers and seasonal cocktails to buy and sip on, as well.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Stroll through Spruce Street Harbor Park and this pop-up art bazaar, with art and craft vendors displaying works available for purchase.
Between Broad and Dickinson Streets
Check out over 140 different antique, show, classic, and custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles at this festival. There will also be food trucks, moon bounces, a DJ, and games, which makes this a great event for the entire family.