Programs: Calendar

First Friday! Power Ahead

Philly’s own Tony Miceli has performed around the world for the last 25 years and brings New York powerhouses Tim Warfield and Joe Magnarelli for an evening of high-energy straight-ahead jazz.  The evening includes a talk on Consumer Culture and Hunting Norms. In partnership with Onehunted

Program
6–7 pm live music
7–7:30 pm short talk
7:30–8:30 pm live music

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Friday, July 1
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sunday: Spinning Stars

DJ Stone Love spins reggae classics and Blackstar Film Festival founder Maori Holmes converses with a film-industry professional. Amber Arts Collective leads an interactive photography project on identity, a young musician performs “The Star-Spangled Banner,” activities for families, and access to Nari Ward: Sun Splashed and the collection.

 

 

 

Sunday, July 3
1-4pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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.

Thursday, July 21
5:30–7:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA $10; members $8; kids under 12 free

Book 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

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

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

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

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 $8; kids under 12 free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.