Programs: Calendar

Gospel Lunch

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas brings its choir to the Barnes Foundation to perform gospel songs and spirituals, reviving a tradition started by Dr. Barnes in the 1920s. Before feeding your soul, feed your body in the Garden Restaurant. Lunch attendees receive front-row seats for the choir and a discount on collection admission—the Nari Ward: Sun Splashed exhibition is included.

Program
12:30–2 pm lunch
2–3:30 pm church choir 

Sunday, July 31
12:30–3:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Concert: free. Lunch: $30; members $28. With collection access: $50; members $28

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

First Friday! Light up the Night

Brazilian group Minas plays bossa nova, a fusion of samba and jazz, and Cleonice Fonseca and Dendê Macêdo present Afro-Brazilian dance and drumming. Project Capoeira shares the traditional music and art form: a brilliant fusion of martial arts, dance, and acrobatics. Plus, a short talk on Nari Ward: Sun Splashed by Barnes Senior Instructor for Art and Aesthetics William Perthes.
In partnership with Brazilian Day Philadelphia and Project Capoeira.

Program
6–7 pm Minas performance
7–7:20 pm short talk
7:30–8:30 pm Afro-Brazilian dance/drumming and capoeira

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, August 5
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: Animals

Spiral Q Puppet Theater is bringing an Animal Parade Posse to family activities! The Mexican Cultural Center hosts an alebrije (brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures) competition and short talk. Plus a performative talk with artist Nari Ward and exhibition curator Diana Nawi.

Sunday, August 7
1-4:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sun Splashed after hours

We're extending our hours for the night to offer free access to Nari Ward: Sun Splashed before the exhibition closes in a few days! Photography is encouraged in the exhibition. Bring the whole gang to snap and share your favorite works using #SunSplashed. Join us for art after hours and unwind with sips and small bites in the Annenberg Court or a summer prix fixe at the Garden Restaurant (reservations required; call 215.278.7082).

Plus, an eye-opening lecture "Nari Ward: Entanglement" by Barnes Senior Instructor for Art and Aesthetics Bill Perthes on how Nari Ward explores power, politics, and the African American experience in his art (members, call 215.278.7200 to reserve seats).

5–8 pm free admission to Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
6–7 pm exhibition talk (Members, call 215.278.7200 to reserve seats)

 

Thursday, August 18
5-8pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free Walkup Admission

Members, call 215.278.7200 for advance reservations to Nari Ward: Entanglement lecture. Space is limited.

Gospel Lunch

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas brings its choir to the Barnes Foundation to perform gospel songs and spirituals, reviving a tradition started by Dr. Barnes in the 1920s. Before feeding your soul, feed your body in the Garden Restaurant. Lunch attendees receive front-row seats for the choir and a discount on collection admission—the Nari Ward: Sun Splashed exhibition is included.

Program
12:30–2 pm lunch
2–3:30 pm church choir

Sunday, August 21
12:30–3:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Concert: free. Lunch: $30; members $28. With collection access: $50; members $28

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

First Friday! The Power of Three

One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern of Blood, Sweat & Tears has distinguished himself over a four-decade career, including receiving six Grammy nominations. Stern brings saxophonist Steve Wilson and bassist Harvie S for an evening of jazz standards. Hosted by NBC 10.

Program
6–7 pm live music
Intermission
7:30–8:30 pm live music

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

Friday, September 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: Stories Abound

Regional artists (fiber artist, pop-up book engineer, and graphic designer) display their work and share personal stories about the pieces. Plus hands-on activities, access to the collection, and a DJ-ed party in partnership with Onehunted.

Sunday, September 4
1-4pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Jace Clayton and ensemble in front of Barnes Foundation collection gallery doors

Room 21

Kicking off the Philadelphia Fringe Festival is the debut of a piece composed and choreographed by Jace Clayton, whom New York Magazine calls “a one-man musical Venn diagram, linking up genres, people, styles, and beats.”

Room 21, curated by Lee Tusman in association with Ars Nova Workshop, responds to the Barnes collection and to Albert Barnes’s record collection. It’s performed by an ensemble of more than a dozen musicians, including the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, banjoist Ben Lee, masinqo player Gezachew Habtemariam, and pianist Emily Manzo, all wearing costumes handcrafted by fashion designer Rocio Salceda of Prellezo.

Room 21 has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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Program
7–8 pm gallery access
8–9:30 pm performance

Friday, September 9
7-10 pm $10; members $8. Includes collection access. Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.

Register general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200.

Twilight at the Arboretum

Twilight in the Arboretum

Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment on the great lawn. Bring a picnic, stroll the grounds after-hours, and enjoy the sights, scents, and sounds of twilight at the Barnes Arboretum.

Wednesday, September 14
5:30–7:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $10; members and kids under 12 free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.