Mural Arts Month
Special events in the “City of Murals” all month-long
Please note: Information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for updated programming for 2015.
Over the course of three decades, the Mural Arts Program has created more than 3,700 murals and works of public art on the buildings, rooftops, bridges, and garages of Philadelphia.
The city celebrates the works of the nation’s largest mural program throughout the month of October during Mural Arts Month.
Throughout the month, enjoy special exhibitions, mural dedications, tours, public events emphasizing “how art ignites change.” This year’s key events include a diverse array of highlights — from a TED-inspired event to a free concert inspired by the city’s murals.
Click the button below to learn more about Mural Arts Month and read on for more highlights of the October celebration.
Murals & Mimosas Tours
Saturday, October 4 and Saturday, October 25
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Philadelphia’s gorgeous murals are a treat in and of themselves, but pair a morning tour with brunch and bubbles at the Hotel Palomar for an absolute delight. Advance tickets, $50, are required as each tour is limited to 40 people.
Southeast by Southeast Tour & American Composers Forum Concert
Saturday, October 11
1 p.m., tour, 3 p.m., concert
Part of DesignPhiladelphia 2014, this tour and concert spotlights the Southeast by Southeast Project – a collaboration between the Mural Arts Program, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and the Refugee Mental Health Collaborative. First, go on a guided walking tour to learn about the vibrant Burmese, Bhutanese, and Nepali communities and the community’s public art. Then, enjoy a concert by the American Composers Forum featuring original music. The tour and concert are free, but online registration is required.
If You Could Hear These Walls Premiere at Peace is a Haiku Song
Sunday, October 12
To breathe new life into 2-D artwork, Mural Arts partnered with the Philadelphia Chapter of American Composers Forum to develop If You Could Hear These Walls, a community engagement project featuring artist residencies, new music inspired by Philadelphia murals and performances to celebrate both mural art and community identity. Head to Broad and Catherine streets to hear a free concert of new music inspired by the mural Peace is a Haiku Song.
muraLAB: Live, a TED-inspired event
Tuesday, October 14
Head to the WHYY building in Old City for an exciting new annual event, muraLAB: Live, a TED-inspired event, a program spotlighting eight creatives who will take the stage to share their stories of how art has ignited change in their communities. The current lineup includes the likes of Swoon, Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin, David Fieraband and Michelle Ortiz. Tickets are free, but advance online registration is required, with two ticket maximum per registration.
Mural Dedication: ASpire: The Dr. Shawn L. White Mural Project
Saturday, November 1
Meet up in South Philadelphia to close out Mural Arts Month and to celebrate ASpire, a mural project honoring the legacy of the late Shawn L. White, PhD., aka “Air Smooth” White, a close friend of with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots and Mural Arts board member.
In the neighborhood
135 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
- Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
- Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Center City
- Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
- Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
- Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
- The Windsor Suites Philadelphia
- AKA Rittenhouse Square
- Hilton Inn at Penn
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Museums & Attractions
800 Spruce Street (enter by 8th Street entrance) Philadelphia, PA 19107
- The Bourse
- Mural Arts Program
- Center City District Sips
- The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
- Franklin Square
- St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church
- Dream Garden
- The Fabric Workshop and Museum
- Masonic Temple
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Restaurants & Dining
22 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel
- Bank & Bourbon
- Campus Philly CollegeFest
- Percy Street Barbecue
- Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge
- Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
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