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.
Delaware River Waterfront
SUP Yoga mixes together paddle-boarding and yoga as they offer a nighttime Floating Yoga class, along with a paddle board clean-up of the harbor.
Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library
Learn more about Philadelphia’s sister city of Tianjin, China as they are compared and juxtaposed against each other through photos of street life, people, architecture, nature, and culture in this new exhibit.
The Fillmore Philadelphia
Sponsored by Roots2Rise and Lululemon, this yoga event will be hosted at the Fillmore to practice mindfulness and to celebrate social impact on the Philadelphia community. There will be live bands, DJs, and many yoga instructors for a night of meditation and movement.
Watch “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” al fresco this Wednesday, with treats and drinks from La Peg.
Apart of the World Wonders Summer Series, the Penn Museum will be hosting a lecture all about the ancient Egyptian process of mummification, with interactive use of life-like mummies.
Ramesses II—often referred to as Ramses the Great—was the third pharaoh of ancient Egypt’s 19th Dynasty. He is one of the kingdom’s best-known rulers, due in no small part to his 66-year reign. He is depicted on this fragmentary bust, which comes from a series of colossal figures that originally decorated the front of a row of rectangular pillars in the courtyard of a small temple at Abydos. The king is depicted mummiform in the style of the god Osiris. Much of the original color remains—with red, yellow, blue, and black used to highlight the collar, scepters, uraeus, and eyes of the figure. Since the figure was intended to tower over any human below, the eyes look down. #PortraitsOfThePast
The Night Market will travel to the streets of Roxborough with many food and drink vendors, like Brotherly Grub, Roasted Liberties, El Guaco Loco, and Save Your Fork. There will also be musical performances by Korey Riker, Fabian Akilles, and DJ Casper.
Parkway Central Library
Bring family and friends to this outdoor event where storyteller Carla Wiley, from the Parkway Central Library, will be helping participants make place-mats and reading some of the most classic childhood stories.
A hip hop dance class will be hosted by the Hip Hop Fundamentals at the Eakins Oval Park for all children and teens in the Philadelphia area.
Reading Terminal Market
A jazz combo band will be entertaining customers as they peruse through the Reading Terminal Market this Friday.
This interactive storytelling program will have a Paleolithic theme and is open to all kids and adults.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Specializing in jazzy love songs, Michelle Lordi will be performing with her band at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Friday.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Learn all about insects from the experts at the Academy of Natural Sciences, while getting a behind-the-scenes look at collections. You can also eat bugs and get your face painted.
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Celebrate the culture of India through dance, food, music, and more at the Festival of India, which is apart of the PECO Multicultural Festival Series.
Sketch like a pro, with inspiration from art at the Rodin Museum. Paper and sketching materials will be provided.
In preparation for the total eclipse on August 21, make a spectroscope for safe viewing of the event and learn about space from qualified astronomers in this intergalactic workshop at the Franklin Institute.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
In another installment of the Second Sundays Cinema Series, the Spruce Street Harbor Park will be screening an episode of Leave it to Beaver and the Oceans 11 movie.