Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the month of September, as well as a number of ongoing events and activities that can be enjoyed for as long as the weather remains decent.


September 2014

Sunday, September 14th

Mexican Independence Day Festival

The Mexican Cultural Center, in conjunction with Penn's Landing and the PECO Multicultural Series, will be celebrating Mexican Independence with food, music, dancing, and more.

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd & Chestnut Street
1 - 7 p.m.
Mexican Independence Day

Wednesday, September 17th

Constitution Day Celebration 2014

The National Constitution Center honors the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a wide range of FREE educational festivities and timely constitutional conversations with leading scholars and experts.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Constitution Day

Wednesday, September 24th

The Federalist Papers

Justice Thomas Saylor of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania offers a primer on the famous set of articles, known as the Federalist Papers, penned by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to help win popular support for ratification of the newly proposed Constitution for the United States and to allay the fears of the Anti-Federalists, who thought the new document created too powerful of a central government with too few protections for the liberties of the citizenry. Advance reservations are recommended.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
12 noon
Federalist Papers

Saturday, September 27th

Philadelphia River to River Tour

It's time for the fifth annual Great 12 Hour Tour. It's a walking tour covering the city from river to river, Vine to Pine, rain or shine. Composed of four separate 2½ hour-long phases, starting at 8 in the morning and ending at 8 at night, you can take none, one, some, or all of them -- all for the same low, low price of nothing, nada, nix. The entire event is brought to you absolutely FREE! Each phase visits 20 to 25 cultural and historic sites.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
River to River Tour

Saturday, September 27th

Philadelphia Cup Sailing Regatta

More than a dozen clubs and over 100 sailboats are expected to participate in this "Day at the Races" (to borrow a Marx Brothers title). The racing takes place on the Delaware River, between the Betsy Ross and Walt Whitman bridges, starting at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony and reception for the captains and their crews will be held at 5 p.m. that afternoon.

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut St.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Philadelphia Cup Regatta

Ongoing Events and Activities


Outdoor History and After Hours Tours

Historic Philadelphia offers outdoor history tours, after hours events, and pub crawls. All of the details are on our Shows and Tours page.

Whenever Weather Permits ...

Tours of The Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church, "The Nation's Church," offers guided tours of its burial ground, which is the final resting place for over 4,000 individuals – including Benjamin Franklin and four signers of the Declaration of Independence, not to mention a number of our country's early medical pioneers and Revolutionary War heroes. For more information, refer to the listing on our Historic Houses of Worship page.

Christ Church Burial Ground
5th & Arch Streets
Christ Church Calendar


Free-Ranging FREE Ranger-Guided Tours

Throughout the summer, the Independence National Historical Park offers about a half-dozen special tours every day. All are guided by one of the many park rangers. Best of all, all of the tours are FREE. Check them out.

Independence National Historical Park
Various locations
Various times
Independence National Historical Park Tours

Now Open

Radios Made in Philadelphia

Roy Shapiro, who was the general manager of KYW 1060 AM when it went to an all-news format, was more than a maker of radio history. He also collected it. His collection took the form of vintage radios, specifically those made in and around the Philadelphia area. Thirteen of these radios, made in the 1930's and 1940's make up the collection, which shows the city's leading role in the rise of, and the "Golden Age" of, radio in America.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. 7th Street
Made to be Played


Pope John Paul II Exhibit

In honor of his recent canonization, the Polish American Cultural Center Museum has opened a new exhibition dedicated to Pope John Paul II (born Karol Jozef Wojtyla). Admission is free.

Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut Street
Monday through Saturday, 12 - 4 p.m.
Pope John Paul II