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Bloomsday in Philadelphia

A weeklong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

On June 16, the world celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses with a special holiday coined Bloomsday. Credit: Photo courtesy The Rosenbach Museum


June 16, 2017
12-8 p.m.


On June 16, the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, during a special celebration termed “Bloomsday.”

In Philadelphia, those festivities are headquartered at the Rosenbach on Delancey Street, where visitors are invited to enjoy a live reading, explore the museum, listen to live music and relax in a beer garden under the trees.

Food vendor Foolish Waffles will also be onsite to serve up delicious eats between 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bloomsday is the only international holiday that recognizes one specific work of art. The celebration in Philadelphia is free and open to everyone.

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