June 2018 Events in University City

May 29, 2018 11 months ago

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! 

What's Happening in June


  • Cedar Park Jazz
    • The free music series Cedar Park Jazz returns to 49th and Baltimore June 1st through July 27th. 
      • When: Fridays from 6-8 pm (weather permitting). 
        • 6/1: Alfie Pollitt
        • 6/8: Red Rose Combo
        • 6/15: Figurations
        • 6/22: Bobby Zankel and the Wonderful Sound Six
        • 6/29: Jamal Jones & The Bureau of Sonic Wonderland
      • Where: Cedar Park (49th and Baltimore)
      • Price: Free



  • West Philly Porchfest
    • The do-it-yourself music festival featuring free shows on porches all over the neighborhood returns on June 2!
      • When: June 2, 2018 from 12-6pm. 
      • Where: Throughout West Philadelphia
      • Price: Free




  • Explore Jamaica at Penn Museum Celebration
    • Come out and enjoy island music, storytellers from Jamaica, food and Caribbean dance workshops at this vibrant celebration of Jamaican culture!
      • When: June 2nd from 11 AM to 4 PM 
      • Where: Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia)
      • Price: Included with standard museum pricing



  • University City Arts League's Ice Cream Bowl
    • The University City Art's League's annual spring gala will honor recently deceased neighbor artist Vaughn Stubbs. The night will feature an evening of artwork (including works from Vaughn’s estate) and art experiences in a live and silent auction, dinner, signature cocktails, and an open bar and dancing.
      • When: June 3rd from 1-3 PM 
      • Where: University City Arts League (4226 Spruce Street)
      • Price: $10 for all-you-can-eat ice cream
      • Click here to RSVP


  • Runner's Happy Hour at The Woodlands
    • Join The Woodlands for a brew or two at the Hamilton Mansion after your evening workout. Runner Happy Hours are a way for The Woodlands to thank its most "active" community for its support. Sponsored by Yards Brewing Company.
      • When: June 6th from 6 - 8 PM
      • Where: The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave
      • Price: Free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members
      • Read more!



  • The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
    • UCD and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association are teaming up to present the first of two Dollar Strolls for 2018. Enjoy $1 deals, free entertainment, and fun! 



  • Beer & Boats at Bartram's Garden
    • Celebrate Philly Beer Week in the great outdoors with local brews served at the Bartram's Garden Community Boathouse on the Schuylkill River. 
      • When: June 7 from 4 - 8 PM
      • Where: Bartram's Garden Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd
      • Price: $15 for general admission, $10 for Bartram's Garden Members 
      • Learn more 



  • WP Jazz Heritage Series - Glenn Bryan & Friends
    • The West Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Series will be hosting classically trained jazz musician Glenn Bryan for an evening of music in the park!
      • When: June 7th at 7 PM
      • Where: Malcolm X Park at 52nd and Pine
      • Price: Free








  • Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center provides music lessons, music therapy, and event and rehearsal space to musicians, therapists and artists in the Philadelphia area. Come see it for yourself June 9th!



  • Greensgrow's DIY Bug Balm
    • Learn how to make your own non-toxic bug repellent with Nyambi Royster from Nyambi Naturals!.
      • When: June 10th from 12-2 PM
      • Where: Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Avenue
      • Price: Free
      • More Details Here



  • Brewery Takeovers at The Pub at The Porch 
    • UCD's outdoor beer garden the Pub at The Porch is collaborating with local breweries for takeovers! Don't miss Urban Village Brewing on Thursday, June 17th and Conshohocken Brewing on June 28th. 
      • Where: The Pub at The Porch at 30th Street Station
      • Price: Pay as you go




  • Ropeadope presents The 21Soul Sessions
    • New monthly residency hosted by RC Williams, featuring a rotating cast of special jazz, jam and experimental Ropeadope Records musicians from Dallas, New York, and Philly
      • When: Thursday, June 14 at 8pm
      • Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
      • Price: FREE
      • Link





  • Lightbox Presents: Kids of the Black Hole
    • Lightbox Film Center presents Kids of the Black Hole, a series of five films about coming of age in the era of punk rock and heavy metal. The schedule will be: Out of the Blue June 15th, Times Square June 16th, Suburbia June 23rd, and a double feature of Over the Edge and River's Edge, also on June 23rd.
      • When: June 15th through June 23rd
      • Where: International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)
      • Price: $8-$10
      • More information



  • WXPN Welcomes Beth Orton
    • World Cafe Live will welcome British folk/electronica singer-songwriter Beth Orton!
      • When: Friday, June 15 at 8pm
      • Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
      • Price: $25-$35
      • Link






  • Firefly Night at The Woodlands
    • Pack a picnic and your flashlights for NATURE NIGHTS at The Woodlands! Spend some after-dark time inside the gates learning more about this important urban ecosystem. Tangle Movement Arts will dazzle with their firefly inspired aerial performance at 7:00 PM. Treat yourself to snacks from Lil Pop Shop.
      • When:  Thursday, June 21st (Rain Date Thursday, June 28th) 6:00PM - 9:00PM
      • Where: The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave. Phila, PA 19104
      • Price: Free
      • Read more 


  • Drexel Spring Concert Series  
    • Join Drexel University for a series of free performing arts shows including choirs and orchestra performances. 
      • June 6:  The Music of Southern Italy
      • June 7: Drexel Jazz Orchestra 
      • June 8th: Drexel University Orchestra: Rites of Spring
      • June 9th: Drexel All-College Choir & Chamber Brass and Winds
      • June 9th: Drexel University Gospel Choir 
      • June 10th: Drexel University Chorus and Chamber Singers 
      • June 10: Drexel Concert Band: Music from Opera and Ballet 
      • Where: Mandell Theater at 3220 Chestnut Street + other locations


  • Baltimore Avenue Business Association's Greensgrow's Dog Wash Fundraiser
    • Don't miss this chance to meet other neighborhood K-9 owners and get your four-legged friend sparkling clean by pampering your pet with a fancy doggie manicure and a stylish dye job! (Color is temporary & dog-safe.) Be sure to bring your dog’s valid rabies certificate or tag and a leash or harness.
      • When: June 24, 12-3 PM 
      • Where: Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave
      • Price: Suggested donation of $10/dog benefits Misfit Manor, an organization with the mission to “rescue, rehabilitate and rehome at-risk animals, provide refuge to those that cannot be adopted out, and reduce the number of owner-surrenders by helping people care for their companion animals.” 
      • More Info Here



Ongoing Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 118 S. 36th Street

The Last Place They Thought Of

  • The Last Place They Thought Of explores how geographical, ideological and spatial paradigms determine and reproduce uneven social relations. Four artists – Torkwase Dyson, Lorraine O’Grady, Jade Montserrat, and Keisha Scarville – take very different approaches to this phenomenon, deeply considering how histories of racial, sexual, and economic exploitation have shaped our understanding of geography, and the realities of our environment. Through August 12th, 2018. Free. 


Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward

  • Organized by guest curator and artist Nayland Blake, Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward explores how the expanding influence of digital and online technologies, fandom subcultures, and artistic discourse has created new possibilities for queer identification, changing how personal roles and forms of expressions are defined in contemporary society. Based on the premise that the cultures of role play, sexual play, and digital play have all flourished beyond the boundaries of art structures, this exhibition provides a gathering place and platform for the exploration of queer play created by individuals and groups from the worlds of game design and theory, performance, kink, and activism. Through August 12, 2018. Free. 


Suki Seokyeong Kang: Black Mat Oriole

  • This is the US museum debut of Seoul-based artist Suki Seokyeong Kang’s ambitious project Black Mat Oriole (2017). A culmination of five years of research and production by the artist, the exhibition is conceived as an installation that brings together sculpture, painting, and video to engage viewers with the power and politics of space. While Kang’s expanded painting practice is rooted in her research into classical Korean poetry, craft, and dance, her concerns are firmly articulated in the present. This body of work references the historical Korean solo dance “Chunaengmu,” which was performed for royalty and adhered to strict codes of court etiquette. Through August 12th. Free.


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