Programs: Calendar

First Friday! The Power of Three

Steve Wilson, Paul Bollenback and Harvie S

This powerful trio, led by Steve Wilson, will be a wonderfully creative exploration of jazz standards. They will give a taste of each of their diverse backgrounds and careers that collectively include Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Joey DeFrancesco, Ron Carter, Ray Barretto, Gary Bartz, Maria Schneider, Chico O'Farrell and Stanley Turrentine, and many more.  The evening includes a short reading from the archives featuring heart felt letters Dr. Barnes wrote to American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe during intermission as well as a  glass painting project lead by Blue Moon.

Program Note: Mike Stern will unfortunately be unable to perform tonight.

6-9pm glass painting activity
6–7 pm live music
7:10-7:20pm reading from the archives
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.

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

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

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

Room 21 by Jace Clayton: Fringe Festival Performance

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.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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

Friday, September 9
7-10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $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.

Music by the François Zayas Trio.

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.

BlackStar at the Barnes

BlackStar partners with the Barnes for an evening of art, music, and film! This two-part program includes a talk with short film viewing followed by a celebration with cocktails and live music. Join us for both or arrive just in time for the party ––whichever you choose, come dressed to impress for the first of many more BlackStar at the Barnes events!

BlackStar Up Close + Party Access
$40; members $20. Includes talk and film viewing plus collection, and party access.
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200

From 6–7:30 pm, start with an in-depth talk featuring Jamyla and Pierre Bennu, a creative powerhouse whose artistic and entrepreneurial achievements range from award-winning films to a hair and body product line at Target. Watch films and discuss how the creative spirit knows no limits. Moderated by founder of BlackStar Maori Holmes. Includes collection and BlackStar party access from 7–10 pm.

BlackStar Party
$30; members $15. Includes collection and party access only.
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200

From 7–10 pm, join us for a special set by multi-instrumentalist and TV on the Radio band member Kyp Malone, who brings his own brand of urban folk music, along with hip-hop and club beats spun by DJ Ultraviolet. 

Friday, September 16
Film viewing and talk 6–7:30 pm; Party 7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200

$40; members $20 for film and party access.

$30; members $15 for party access only.