40th Street Summer Series

40th Street Summer Series

May 30 • June 27 • July 25 • August 29 • September 26


The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rodunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street with monthly performances and free family events. This year the programming will run from May-September, with performances falling on the last Saturday of each month (May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, and September 26th).


In the past the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra— to play free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. This year, the schedule will expand to include dance, live theater, music, and a few surprises. The Summer Series brings business during the typically slow summer months by increasing patronage at nearby retailers and building upon the existing vibrancy of 40th Street, while providing entertaining, enriching and safe outlets for families, visitors and students. The complete lineup will be announced soon. 



The Bearded Ladies

The Bearded Ladies, the experimental cabaret group who tackle culture, sex, gender, and artistic invention, present a live evening of entertainment called  Summer Scruff. The performance will combine old favorites with a sneak peek of the Beards' newest piece Bitter Homes and Gardens: A Botanical Hoedown, a collaboration with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.

with Tapestry Tribal

Tapestry Tribal blends traditional Middle Eastern dance with influences from around the world, and are supported and enhanced by the exotic traditional rhythms and haunting melodies of their live musicians.




BalletX, Philadelphia's Premier Contemporary Ballet, challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by producing innovative original works by today's most in-demand choreographers. The company's ten dancers will perform excerpts from signature BalletX repertory including Matthew Neenan's Switch Phase and Sunset, o639 Hours, Cayetano Soto's Malasangre, and Jorma Elo's Gran Partita. 

with Kyo Daiko

Kyo Daiko is a community taiko drumming group that takes pride in performing for the local community. 


The 40th Street Summer Series. V2a from Ben Tran on Vimeo.

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