Philly To-Do: Arts & Culture Events

The curtain is closing on your school year! Celebrate by treating yourself to an arts and culture adventure in Philadelphia. And to get the most out of your big day (or night) out, become a member of our Open Arts community by signing up here using sign-up code: social1617. As a member, you’ll get to see tons of cool stuff for almost half the price or FREE!

Defining Truth in Modern Politics
Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. | National Constitution Center | 0-$10 for Open Arts members

The rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media have all contributed to a troubling phenomenon: increasingly, citizens are asserting their own “truths.” Experts come together to discuss.


River Alive Nights: May The Fourth Be With You
Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. | Independence Seaport Museum | $16 for Open Arts members 

A long time ago, but in waters not so far away, sword fighting and celestial navigation helped sailors travel around our globe. Learn basic fight choreography, how to navigate this galaxy’s waterways using our night sky and make your own light-up sword on a 3D printer. Dissect sea stars in our Citizen Science Lab. Meet live animals from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and see how extreme environments have led to some amazing adaptations and more. Includes 1 drink ticket. 

Enter code CAMPUSPHILLY to receive $2 off your ticket as an Open Arts member.


Eastern State Penitentiary Opening Reception 
Friday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. | Eastern State Penitentiary | Free for Open Arts members

Be among the first to walk the corridor of the long-abandoned Hospital Block, and to view three new artist installations. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public; no reservations required.


Bombay Rickey 
Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. | The Painted Pride Art Center | $20 for Open Arts members 

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and originals that borrow from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals.

New events are posted regularly on Open Arts, so be sure to check back. In addition to our Arts calendar, you can reference our curated events calendar for fun things to do.