Philadelphia Events and Activities

Philadelphia City Hall.

Credit: Antoine Taveneaux (CC3.0)

Each year, we sponsor local events and activities in our convention's host city so our convention attendees can enjoy discounted admission. 

We will open a survey in Fall 2020 for our members to help us decide which activities and events they most desire for discounted admission.

Museums and Historical Sites

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The entryway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19130
215 763 8100
philamuseum.org

Monday closed, Tuesday 10 AM-5 PM, Wednesday 10 AM-8:45 PM, Thursday 10 AM-5 PM, Friday 10 AM-8:45 PM, Saturday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM

One of the oldest public art museums in the United States, Philadelphia’s art museum features a world-renowned collection brought to life through scholarly study and creative play for visitors of all ages. The landmark main building houses one of the most comprehensive collections in the country, featuring some of the greatest gatherings of American, Asian, and European art anywhere. Collection highlights include the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and creations of the Shakers and Pennsylvania Germans that reflect Philadelphia's central role in American history. The nearby Perelman Building features exhibitions of photography, fashion and textiles, and contemporary design. Admission to the Auguste Rodin Museum featuring the artist's sculptures is pay-as-you-wish or included with admission to the overall Museum. The Museum also features the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. Tours of the collection are offered daily and are free with museum admission; an audio tour is also available to rent.

Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $23, Members Free, Member Guests $12, Students with Valid ID $14, Youths 18 and Under Free.

Free admission for 4 adults with PA ACCESS or EBT and photo ID.

Pay-what-you-wish admission on the first Sunday 10 AM-5 PM, and every Wednesday 5-8:45 PM.

The Rodin Museum is always pay-as-you-wish.

Barnes Foundation Art Museum

The Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia. Credit: Smallbones CC1.0.

Credit: Smallbones (CC1.0)

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19130
215 278 7000
barnesfoundation.org

Wednesday-Monday 11 AM-5 PM, Tuesday Closed

Set on four-and-a-half acres of landscaped grounds, the Barnes Foundation holds one of the world's foremost collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, featuring 181 Renoirs (more than any other collection), 69 Cézannes (more than in all of France), groundbreaking African art, and Native American textiles. Unwind at the Barnes every first Friday evening of the month, when visitors relax with cocktails, live music, inspiring talks, and after-hours access to the world-famous collection and special exhibitions. On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes enjoy free admission along with family-friendly entertainment, informative talks, performances and hands-on activities. Tickets include access to the permanent collection galleries, exhibitions, and current programs.

Adults $25, Seniors $23, College Students with Valid ID $5, Youths 13-18 $5, Children 12 and Under Free, Members Free.

Philadelphia K-12 Teachers Free on Sundays.

ACCESS or EBT Cardholders: Free admission including up to 3 guests.

Free admission the first Sunday.

Group tours are also available.

Adventure Aquarium

A child held by an adult gazes up at a shark at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. Credit: Laya Gerlock.

Credit: Laya Gerlock

1 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ  08103
844 474 3474
adventureaquarium.com

Discover the wonders of life underwater at Adventure Aquarium, sitting just across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia in Camden, New Jersey. This celebrated attraction features one-of-a-kind exhibits comprised of more than 8,500 aquatic species and two million gallons of water. The family-friendly attraction features one-of-a-kind exhibits where visitors come face-to-face with penguins, turtles, stingrays, and other creatures of the deep. Among other highlights, the Adventure Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States. If that weren’t enough, it also holds the distinction of being the only aquarium in the world to house a crew of hippos. Other popular favorite exhibits include the Little Blue Beach penguins exhibit, Sea Turtle Cove, and the pulse-pounding Shark Bridge, suspended just inches above the shark tanks. Admission includes daily shows and up-close animal experiences like hippo and penguin feedings, meet-and-greets with the aquarium’s dive team, and discussions with on-staff experts.

General Admission Ages 13+ $31.99, Child 12 and Under $21.99. Admission includes a 3D movie, Shark Bridge, and daily live shows.

Live Performances

"George Balanchine's Stars & Stripes" presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet

Dayesi Torriente performs in "Stars & Stripes" in a promotional photograph for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Credit: Dean Alexander.

Credit: Dean Alexander

Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
paballet.org/programs/stars-and-stripes

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 12, 2021, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2 PM

Master choreographer George Balanchine left a lasting impact, and his legacy continues with Pennsylvania Ballet. The three ballets that make up George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes – the lush Ballet Imperial, the dazzling Symphony in C, and the vibrant Stars & Stripes – make for a stunning experience that honors Pennsylvania Ballet’s history as we look ahead to the future.

Founded in 1963 by George Balanchine protégée Barbara Weisberger, the Pennsylvania Ballet was established through a Ford Foundation initiative to develop regional professional dance companies. Pennsylvania Ballet performed in the national spotlight for the first time in 1968 at New York City Center, and this highly successful debut led to the company’s first performance of The Nutcracker that same year. Pennsylvania Ballet’s mission is to cultivate an enduring appreciation for dance through world-class performances, to inspire the next generation with exceptional education and professional training, and to connect with the community through meaningful and inclusive programming.

"Love and Tragedy," hosted by the Philadelphia Orchestra

Daniel Lozakovich sits on stairs with his violin.

Daniel Lozakovich

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
philorch.org/performances/our-season/events-and-tickets/2020-21-season/love-and-tragedy

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 12, 2021, 2 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 PM

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, a sumptuous telling of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, will leave your heart swelling with its famous love theme, one of the most recognizable in all of classical music. The program also includes the Brahms Tragic Overture, Wagner's Prelude and “Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde, and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. This performance will be conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann and will feature rising star Daniel Lozakovich on the violin.

The Takács Quartet, hosted by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

The Takács Quartet pose for a photo.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/takacs-quartet-2021

Friday, March 12, 2021, 7:30 PM

Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs eighty concerts each year worldwide. The New York Times recently lauded the Takács Quartet for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more”, and The Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” The peerless Takács Quartet will open its program with the second of Mozart’s “Haydn” Quartets and continues with Dutilleux’s daring and impressionistic Ainsi la nuit, the seven movements of which make striking demands on each player. Concluding the evening is Brahms’s cheerful Quartet in B-flat Major, the composer’s personal favorite of the more lighthearted works that he wrote in the summer of 1875. 

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, hosted by the Philadelphia Orchestra

Lisa Batiashvili.

Lisa Batiashvili

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
philorch.org/performances/our-season/events-and-tickets/2020-21-season/chamber-orchestra-of-europe

Friday, March 12, 2021, 8 PM

The renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe, comprised of the greatest virtuosic musicians from throughout Europe, will pay a rare visit to Philadelphia led by none other than Yannick, an honorary member of the ensemble. The elegant playing of Lisa Batiashvili will be front and center in Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and his deeply romantic and popular Symphony No. 3 completes the program.

The Orion Quartet, hosted by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

The Orion Quartet pose for a photograph. Copyright: Lois Greenfield.

Copyright: Lois Greenfield

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/orion-quartet-2021

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM

The Orion Quartet is one of the most sought-after ensembles in the United States. Since its inception, the Quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances, offering diverse programs that juxtapose classic works of the standard quartet literature with masterworks by living composers. Members of the Quartet have worked closely with legendary figures such as Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Serkin, and members of TASHI and the Beaux Arts Trio.

The Orion’s annual appearance with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society highlights late works by three great composers. Although Bach never specified the instrumentation of the Art of the Fugue, this “technically impeccable” (Los Angeles Times) quartet is more than up to the task of interpreting the deeply contrapuntal work. Bartók’s final quartet serves as a solemn reflection on the human condition, while Beethoven’s Op. 130/133 is “one of the great artistic testaments to the human capacity for meaning in the face of chaos” (Mark Steinberg).

Libraries

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

The Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Credit: Daderot.

Credit: Daderot

library.upenn.edu

The libraries at the University of Pennsylvania cover a wide variety of disciplines and studies. The collections of the Fisher Fine Arts Library cover art, historic preservation, and city planning and urban design. The Perkins Architectural Collection includes rare publications in history and theory of architecture. The Albrecht Music Library's manuscript holdings include the papers of Marian Anderson, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stowkowski, and the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society archives. The Kislak Center holds many unique printed books and extensive manuscript collections, including 800 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, the largest collection of Indic manuscripts in North America, the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, and the Henry Charles Lea Library of the Inquisition and Church History. The Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies includes cuneiform tablets, ancient papyri, Hebrew scrolls, Cairo Genizah fragments, codex manuscripts, incunabula, early printed works, and archival collections. The Penn Museum Library, founded in 1898, includes collections in anthropology, archaeology, folklore, linguistics, museology, and ethnography.

Tours, Neighborhoods, and Sites

Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company

A trolley from the Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company. Credit: Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company.

Credit: Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company

215 389 8687
phillytour.com

Philadelphia's Premier Sightseeing Tour Company offers various ways to experience all that the city has to offer. See the sights atop double-decker buses or in Victorian-style trolleys, with day passes to hop on and off at 27 stops throughout Philadelphia. Take the Philly by Night tour or a walking tour of Historic Old City, with highly trained staff informing and entertaining you with historical tales, cultural highlights, and engaging stories from the past.

Rates start at $9.50

Chinatown

The Friendship Gate at Philadelphia's Chinatown. Credit: Mobilus In Mobili (CC2.0).

Credit: Mobilus In Mobili (CC2.0)

visitphilly.com/areas/philadelphia-neighborhoods/chinatown

Near the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, stretching from Arch Street to Vine Street, and from 11th street to 8th Street, this neighborhood is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, as well as Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, and Vietnamese. See the colorful 40-foot Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets, created by artist Sabrina Soong. Bus lines include the 23, 47, 47M, 48, and 61, and subway stations are at Race and North 8th Streets and at Jefferson Station.

John F. Kennedy Plaza (LOVE Park)

The "LOVE" sculpture at John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Techserv (CC3.0).

Credit: Techserv (CC3.0)

16th St and JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
myphillypark.org/what-we-do/programs/lovepark

Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture sits in this recently renovated public space, with it and the matching AMOR sculpture ideal for photographing opportunities.

Family Entertainment

Please Touch Museum

The Dentzel Carousel at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Smallbones (CC1.0 Public Domain).

Credit: Smallbones (CC1.0 Public Domain)

Memorial Hall
4231 Ave of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA  19131
215 581 3181
pleasetouchmuseum.org

Monday-Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM, Wednesday 10 AM-5 PM, Thursday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM

Housed in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall, this museum features two floors of interactive exhibit zones and the restored century-old Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. The Please Touch Museum engages children and adults in discovering the world around them through a variety of experiential and play-based initiatives: children can play amid Alice’s Wonderland, River Adventures, and other hands-on fun.

$19.95 Adults and Children, $2 for ACCESS Admissions Program members. $2 off per ticket (up to four tickets) for military veterans, active duty firefighters, and active duty police officers. $2 admission on the first Wednesday 4 to 7 PM.

$16 parking

$3 carousel single rides for kids

Additional discounts are available for members of the Please Touch Museum and members of the Association of Children's Museums

Philadelphia Zoo

Tiger cub at the Philadelphia Zoo. Credit: Art G (CC2.0).

Credit: Art G (CC2.0)

3400 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
215 243 1100
philadelphiazoo.org

Daily 9:30 AM-5 PM

The first zoo in the United States, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to 1,300 animals and hosts 1.2 million visitors yearly.

$24.00 Adults, $19 Children 2-11.

Tickets are valid one year from date of purchase unless otherwise noted.

Parking: $16; free for members (one car per membership)