NextFab is turning 10! In 2009, NextFab opened its first location in West Philadelphia’s University City Science Center. Since then, NextFab has expanded to become a regional network of makerspaces including two locations in Philadelphia and one in Wilmington, Delaware. To celebrate the past 10 years, they’re hosting a large block party-style event at the South Philly location with craft food, music, beer, and more.
Learn to dance the tango at the 9th installation of Philly Tango Fest. Workshops and private lessons will be available for those interested and performances will be led by a variety of experienced dancers. Music is provided by the Tipica Messiez.
People and organizations who have made innovations in green stormwater infrastructure, paying specific attention to nature-based solutions, will be honored at this event. Recipients include West Laurel Hill Cemetery, SALT Design and Drexel University.
Embrace spring on Germantown Avenue during the annual Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival.
Home and garden design and supplies take the spotlight at this all-day fest, which runs along Germantown Avenue in the heart of Chestnut Hill. The 2019 event takes place on May 19 (postponed from May 5).
As many as 30,000 fellow garden enthusiasts come out every year to explore the plants, crafts and artwork from more than 150 vendors.
An assortment of vegetation, including daylilies, succulents, terrariums and vegetable plants are on display along with home decor, such as handmade furniture, art, quilts and collectibles.
This crowded gathering (attendance numbers are around 50,000) is the only time when Walnut Street is closed to vehicle traffic. It features more than 100 booths with vendors, culinary demonstrations, cocktail samplings and other forms of entertainment.
WHERE: Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets
The Italian Market celebrates over 100 years of existence at this annual street festival. Around 70,000 attendees are expected for this festival, which features vendors and entertainment at the South Philly staple location.
Climate March starts in front of Hill School, 800 E. High Street, and wraps up at EcoFest. Enjoy local food, kids’ crafts, live music; meet rescued bats; claim free saplings; shop green; hear about proposed train service to Pottstown, and learn about surprising lives of fish. Both events are earth and animal-friendly.
Located in a 19th-century cemetery, West Craft Fest features more than 100 local makers as well as food vendors, live music and activities to keep kids busy while parents browse. Previous years have showcased vendors selling jewelry, books, soaps, paintings and other fine arts.
Cities compete against 130 other cities using the iNaturalist app to make as many different wildlife observations as possible. Though the City Nature Challenge has existed since 2016, this is the first year that Philadelphia is involved. See website for specific events and locations.
The Media Climate, Consciousness, and Community Summit is a 4-day participatory investigation into how we can steward a resilient future on a radically changing planet Earth. The Summit brings together influential climate thinkers, leaders, and change-makers for an engaged and inspiring journey of renewal and recommitment to our healthy future.
THRIVE FEST is the only music festival of its kind offering practical eco-educational workshops for everyone in the community along with original music showcases and electric vehicles for an event that increases awareness on how we can all live more sustainability – right now. because “Sustainability” equals “Thriving”!
COST: $20 - all fest pass includes all venue locations plus Tesla Drive
Celebrate Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival on April 13, 2019!
Vinyl Revival will stock RSD exclusives, have free in-store performances in association with WPHL-dB URock Radio Philadelphia featuring Kevin Tarzanin, Eddie Everett and Three Fourteen and host a book signing with Colors of Life and Love. We'll give out free Record Store Day promotional materials with purchases and provide light refreshments and drinks for shoppers during extended store hours from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - Open for Record Store Day Shopping
10:30 a.m. - Music Videos in The Vault
11:00 a.m. - Colors of Life and Love Book Signing Until 3:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - Three Fourteen - Reggae and Blues-influenced Rock
2:30 p.m. - Eddie Everett & Kevin Tarzanin - Ska, Reggae, Soul
5:30 p.m. - Party Ends
Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. and we usually have a line. We will let in the first few people one at a time and limit purchases to one copy per title.
Grab your friends and come party with your favorite local record store!
For a complete list of titles being released for Record Store Day 2019, visit http://recordstoreday.com/.
Join us for an Academy Town Square with celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
We are now living in the era scientists have dubbed the Anthropocene, the time period when human activity is the dominant influence on climate, extinction events and the geological landscape of the planet. Celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has spent years documenting this dilemma of our modern existence. His photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are housed in over 60 public collections and exhibited by museums around the world.
In his talk, Burtynsky will discuss works from his decades-long career, including his most recent photographic series, Anthropocene. Photographs from Anthropocene and earlier series are featured in his upcoming exhibition Megaresources, presented by Philadelphia Contemporary and opening May 2019 at Atelier FAS Gallery, 1301 N. 31st St.
Free with registration. Please click here to register.
Co-Presented with Philadelphia Contemporary
Nowruz (“new day”) is a festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the Persian New Year. There will be live music, cultural performances, art and a bazaar, as well as educational materials on how people in Africa and the Middle East observe the Persian New Year.
COST: Free - $15
Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership brings its traveling education center, the Creekmobile, to United by Blue where Grid columnist Bernard Brown will give a presentation on the upcoming City Nature Challenge that will take place in Philadelphia for the first time this year.
Learn how to make bitters for cocktails using plants that have historically been used for digestive and general health tonics. In addition to guidelines for making cocktails, learn about the history and uses of bitter herbs.
Learn about new tools including DNA analysis that can reveal the beneficial fungi that allow orchids to receive necessary nutrients as well as survive stressful conditions and situations. The lecture will also cover what this means for the advancement of conservation efforts.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Laurel Hill with a tour that highlights the most notable Irish inhabitants resting at the cemetery. After the tour, there will be samples of Irish food, whiskey and beer.
WHERE: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave
Dozens of eco-friendly businesses, schools and organizations gather to share information about a variety of topics, including electric cars, walking/bike trails, food waste programs, robotics and more. There will also be live music, a wild animal show and recycled art.
Penn Vegan Society presents A NEW FUTURE OF FOOD: SUSTAINABLE AND HEALTHY, a lecture and discussion with Dr. Joanne Kong on March 14th, 7:30-9PM, in the Bodek Lounge of Houston Hall. The event will center on climate change, environmental impacts of animal agriculture, health, and current innovations in the plant-based food industry. Light food will be served.
COST: Free for those with Penncards, $5 for anyone not holding a Penncard.
Moderated by: Fatemeh Shams, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Advanced registration for this event is now full. Please feel free to come the day of the event to see if space becomes available. We will open up any unused seats on a first come, first serve basis prior to the start of the lecture.
Artist, author, and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi is the creator of the graphic novel Persepolis, which tells the story of her youth in Iran in the 1970s and ‘80s. Internationally acclaimed, Persepolis has been translated into over 40 languages and was named one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times of London. Satrapi co-directed the animated film based on the book, which received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and more than 15 other major international awards.
Satrapi’s books for adults and children include Chicken With Plums, for which she also co-directed the film adaptation. Her other movies include The Voices and the forthcoming Radioactive, based on a graphic novel about Marie and Pierre Curie and starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley. Her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines around the world.
Green Building United’s ninth symposium covers a wide breadth of topics including cutting edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices, including LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Enterprise Green Communities, WELL, green stormwater infrastructure and 2030 Districts.
A group of women with backgrounds in business, fashion, health and design will share their thoughts on what everyone can do to create and live in a more sustainable world.
- Tara St James, Owner & Creative Director at Study New York - Sustainable Womenswear
- Julie Hancher, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Green Philly
- LIA Diagnostics, Creators of the First Flushable Pregnancy Test
- Jennifer Johnson, Geodesign Specialist for Metropolitan Government of Nashville
Author Tony Kirkham speaks about his new book, Wilson’s China: A Century On, which discusses the many achievements of E.H. Wilson, who brought over 1,000 plants to the west from China. The book, which was co-written by Kirkham and Mark Flanagan, follows Wilson’s journey and provides a view of how things have changed since.
Learn the history behind Laurel Hill Cemetery, one of the few cemeteries to be named a National Historic Landmark, from its inception in 1836. The tour also covers the cemetery’s marble displays and other significant landmarks.
Craft beer breweries both local and from around the country will be at the Big Philly Beerfest, which promises unlimited samples and a variety of beers for all tastes. Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Partners, a 501-c-3 organization that supports animal shelters, adoption groups and more.
There are always new trends in athletics caused by the desire to get ahead. The Franklin Institute hosts a discussion about the science behind popular methods of training and recovery, getting to the bottom of what is healthy and what is harmful.
COST: Members free, non-members $10