Campus Events

  • Garden Railway 2022

    The quarter-mile Garden Railway returns for the summer season, this year with a theme of America’s Roadside Attractions. The railway features miniature versions of the Jolly Green Giant, the World’s Oldest Largest Pecan, and more.

  • Exterior of Arthur Ross Gallery.
    Associated American Artists

    The Arthur Ross Gallery features the exhibit “From Studio to Doorstep: Associated American Artist Prints (1934-2000),” an exhibition on paper produced by Associated American Artists (AAA), a company founded in New York in 1934 with the intention of revolutionizing the art market.

  • Issac Julien.
    Isaac Julien

    In celebration of the centennial, the Barnes has commissioned “Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die),” an immersive five-screen film installation by artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien. The work explores the close relationship of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, an early U.S. collector and exhibitor of African material culture, and Alain Locke, cultural theorist and “Father of the Harlem Renaissance."

  • Morris Arboretum Garden
    Summer of Swings

    Morris Arboretum presents Summer of Swings, a seasonal exhibit that invites guests to swing on 10 newly installed swings spread across 92 acres of the grounds.

  • Wellbeing icon of two plams facing hold, holding people and plants.
    Improving Overall Well-being

    Penn HR hosts a webinar and discussion on effective steps to maintain and improve overall well-being through topics such as choice-making, stress management, exercising, and other creative ways to combat challenges in life.

  • Art of Effective Communication

    Penn HR presents a seminar on communication before the beginning of a semester, offering tips on effective virtual communication that is critical to engagement, productivity, and general well-being. Different styles and practices of communication are also presented to avoid attribution errors and boost potential productivity.

  • Bird eye view of Franklin Field.
    Outdoor Yoga

    Open to the Penn community, Penn Campus Recreation features Anthony Levering for a Vinyasa class on Franklin Field. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, towel, and water.

  • Graduate Student Center.
    Ice Cream Sandwich Giveaway

    The Graduate Student Center is handing out free ice cream sandwiches from Weckerly's Ice Cream. Vegan popsicles available from Lil Pop Shop are also served. This event is for graduate and professional students only.

  • Chinese caligraphy.
    Asia Seminar

    The Penn Museum Asia Seminar brings speakers to the Museum to present on topics related to Asian art, archeology, and history. Speakers include Susan Huang, a professor from Rice University, and Bryce Heatherly, Ph.D. candidate at Penn, to talk about Buddhist books found inside the Museum’s lacquer statue of the Buddha.

  • Soul movie poster.
    Pixar’s Soul

    University City District, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of Clark Park, presents Movies in Clark Park, running from Aug. 5-26 on Fridays. This week, "Soul" will be screened beginning at sundown in the Clark Park bowl during fair weather.

  • Stand at Hub with students.
    Hub@Penn Expo

    The Hub@Penn Expo is located at Houston Hall with an exhibition of various resources and institutions at Penn. This event is open to incoming students and families, with a Penn Parent Info Station available in the Reading Room at Houston Hall.

  • Highball to Hey Day

    Incoming students are welcomed to a carnival, in which each Penn tradition has a different station to participate in games and interact with a student leader or staff member to learn more about the tradition and overall University experience.

  • Students at the stairs of Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    Evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    First-years at Penn are welcomed to a dinner hosted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to adventure through collections of Asian, European, American, and contemporary art while enjoying sunset at the skyline.

  • Franklin Field with class of 2023.
    Class Photo 2026

    All incoming first-year students will take their class photos on Franklin Field by spelling out the class year 2026. Dinner is also served afterward as a great chance to meet fellow classmates.

  • Andreas Albrecht.
    Cosmic Inflation

    As part of the Elon Musk Public Lecture, The Center for Particle Cosmology features Andreas Albrecht, a distinguished professor of physics at UC Davis, to talk about his work behind the "cosmic Inflation theory," a tool used by cosmologists to understand cosmic origins and to interpret the ever-growing quantities of data depicting the state of the cosmos.

  • Penn Museum exterior.
    Food and Identity

    The 60-minute Global Food Tour at the Penn Museum will highlight exhibitions to explore food and food production, economics, religion and spirituality, class, gender, and community. The tour is followed by a  30-minute hands-on interactive activity.

  • Sissel Tolaas in front of many bottles of scents.
    Sissel Tolaas: RE________

    The Institute of Contemporary Art features the exhibition “RE________,” in which Norwegian-born Sissel Tolaas has devoted her research-based artistic practice to the olfactory as a sensory experience with her projects. The works are described through a series of special codes, displayed close to each work on the wall.

  • Exterior of Laurel Hill Mansion
    Concert at Laurel Hill Mansion

    The Laurel Hill Mansion welcomes Women for Greater Philadelphia to present an outdoor concert by the Florion Trio, featuring Nancy Bean (violin), Lloyd Smith (cello), and Allen Krantz (guitar).