40th Street Summer Series

The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda—has grown into one of the most popular outdoor summer events in University City. This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly). In the past, the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. 

We will be moving to a brand-new location just down the block with the same eclectic, fun shows you’ve come to know and love. The performances will now be held at 39th and Walnut Streets, just near Locust Walk. Save the date for June 15th, July 13th, and August 17th for three nights of fun! The Summer Series is hosted by Negus Frost. Come early for giveaways from Ben & Jerry's and Qdoba, plus face painting and balloon animals. 


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:


2019 Schedule


Saturday, June 15th • 6pm


Stargazer Lily
Stargazer Lily helped define Philadelphia’s music scene in the early 2000s. On the strength of four LPs and extensive touring during that period, they built a loyal fan base throughout the Northeast and beyond. After a decade of growth and change, and a renewed love of making music together, they are back with their energetic and emotional brand of pop rock - and plans for a new record in 2019.
with Ashley Phillips
Ashley Phillips is a singer-songwriter who weaves together her original music with traditional folk, spirituals, and pop songs in service of speaking to the times we are in. Ashley is featured on the record LeadBelly, Baby! with Grammy Award winning Dan Zanes & Friends. Her experiences with all-age audiences has inspired the project Sunfolk Sing-along, which centers Black American roots and folk music tradition for the whole family to enjoy!


Saturday, July 13th • 6pm


Voices of Africa
Voices of Africa has been performing for 35 years. They share the power and joy of its music, which spans the African Diaspora, through traditional African and African American songs, message music, gospel, inspirational and healing percussion rhythms. They have traveled the continental expanse of the USA, and appeared in Canada, Jamaica, London, Hawaii, and Ghana. VOA has now become an "African Cultural Arts Collective" that works with committed African cultural artists from around the Diaspora.
with the Center for Creative Works and Pop! Pop! Pop! Records
The Center for Creative Works is a vocational arts program for adults with developmental disabilities.  CCW is home to Pop! Pop! Pop! Records, a record label that supports and promotes the music made by CCW artists. They are excited to be performing our favorite covers as well as our own original material.


Saturday, August 17th • 6pm


Gwendolyn Bye Dancefusion 
Gwendolyn Bye Dancefusion is a professional modern dance repertory company and dance school. For over 30 years, they have reconstructed modern dance and created new works for the future. The school, located in University City, offers classes to adults and children.
with Magdaliz and her Latin Ensemble Crisol
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL, Spanish for melting pot, is an ensemble that has been performing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 1997. This group is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional music genres from all over Latin America and the Caribbean (e.g. Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and other wonderful places).

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For general event inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, contact Margaret Leidy Starke, Event Planner at 215.243.0555 x227 or [email protected].