Programs: Calendar

Free First Sunday: Maker Fair

Join us at a maker fair featuring the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program as they spotlight their young “artrepreneurs” in the making. The afternoon includes a dance party, for all ages, in partnership with Onehunted. Collection and exhibition access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, October 2
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

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First Friday!

Come to the opening party for Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950. The evening includes a performance by The Hufftones featuring guitarist Vic Juris, interpreting French jazz from the 1930s and ’40s, and a formal welcome from Barnes Executive Director and President Thom Collins.

Program
6–7 pm live music
7 pm welcome by Thom Collins
7:30–8:30 pm live music

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Friday, October 7
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

A group of Contemporary members pose for a photo at the bar at the VIP reception.
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Contemporaries VIP Reception

Mingle with fellow Contemporaries members and enjoy light bites and cocktails to kick off another fabulous Young Professionals Night.

Friday, October 21
6:30-7:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries Free

Reserve: 215.278.7110.

A young couple in formal-wear pose for a photo in the Barnes Foundation's Annenberg court.

Young Professionals Night: noir et blanc

Step back in time as we pay homage to masters of French photography at our next Young Professionals Night. Celebrating our exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures, our black-and-white-themed fall fête is a throwback to classic moments. Think Atget, Cartier-Bresson, and Man Ray––flâneurs whose photographs turned the everyday into art. 

It's #BarnesYP tradition to dress the theme, so show up chic in noir et blanc, ready for your photo op. Live beats, cocktails, and art after hours are calling Philly's rising leaders and art lovers. Are you in? 

Hosted by the Contemporaries.

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Friday, October 21
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15; Contemporaries free

Includes collection access. Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200. For complimentary admission to all YP Nights including VIP Receptions, become a Contemporaries member.

Fifteen members of the Crossing chamber choir stand in an arc around the conductor in front of a bright neon backdrop.

The Crossing

Canticles of the Holy Wind

Commissioned by The Crossing chamber choir in 2012, this magnum opus of Pulitzer laureate John Luther Adams is an aural kaleidoscope in which four choirs surround the audience. 

Sunday, October 30
6–7 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $35; seniors $25; students $20

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First Friday! Musical Traditions

Ustad Shafaat Khan has distinguished himself by his simultaneous excellence on the sitar, surbahar, and tabla. Khan presents a fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, showcasing a blend of classical and folk Indian music on sitar, tabla, and vocals, with violin, flamenco, jazz and rock guitars, keyboard, and world percussion with guest musicians from the Philadelphia area.

Program
6–7 pm Indian classical music
7:30–8:30 pm Indian classical/jazz/pop/rock fusion

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

Friday, November 4
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sunday: Theater and Dance

Join us for a playful dialogue between theater and dance with Tiny Dynamite and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. The two companies trade off, each giving three 20-minute performances over the course of the afternoon. Collection access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, November 6
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

ArtSee Activities: Sparkle and Light

Screening of Le Voyage dans la Lune

11 minutes. Directed by Georges Méliès, 1902.

This silent short film by Georges Méliès is one of the most influential works in cinema history and the earliest example of the science fiction genre. Philippe Met, professor of French literature and film at the University of Pennsylvania, introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward. Come learn why this film is so iconic—and what passed for special effects in 1902!  

Monday, November 7
6:30–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Two college students laughing in the Barnes Foundation's Annenberg court

College Night at the Barnes

Students, come explore the legendary Barnes collection to the sounds of Penn alumni Ivy Sole on the mic and a wide range of opportunities to learn more about the history of the foundation, Dr. Barnes and the collection.  Programs include a site specific performance by Renegade Theater Company, collection tours, short talks and film screenings.   Collection and exhibition access included.

In partnership with Campus Philly        

Friday, November 18
6–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Register online.

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Screening of Une Partie de campagne

42 minutes. Directed by Jean Renoir, 1936.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographs feature in the exhibition on view, is credited as an assistant director in Jean Renoir’s light-hearted featurette. Distinguished scholar Dudley Andrew, professor of film and comparative literature at Yale University, introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward.

Monday, November 21
6:30–8:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

First Friday! Mark Kramer/Eddie Gomez Trio

Charismatic Philadelphia pianist and composer Mark Kramer teams up with Eddie Gomez, one of the most celebrated bassists in the history of jazz. Together, they present selections from their “Jazz Fiddler on the Roof.”

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Friday, December 2
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sunday: Sensations

Join us for an afternoon of programming created by Maggie Lily, University of the Arts class of 2017. The program includes choreographer Jess Adams, New York experimental performance and hip hop duo Yackez, and internationally recognized operatic tenor Richard Troxell. Collection access included.

Collection access 10-5pm
Program activity 1-4pm

Sunday, December 4
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free