Penn Graduate Student Center

Arts & Recreational Activities

About Arts & Recreational Activities

Philadelphia is a great place to be a student! Regardless of your budget, there are many opportunities to experience the various activities that the city and surrounding area have to offer. See the links below for information on the various activities that the Gnome is putting together for you at the Grad Center, as well as other options that might be worthwhile to check out in the city!

Looking for something fun to do? Be sure to check out Uwishunu (pronounced "you wish you knew"), a Philly-based blog bringing you all the latest things to do around town.

Are you a fan of classical music? Philly students can experience world-renowned orchestras through affordable student passes from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Plus, don't miss the gifted students at the Curtis Institute of Music, which hosts free student recitals multiple times a week at its Rittenhouse mansion. 

Finished with work early on Friday? Head to World Cafe Live, a concert venue close to the Penn campus, for a free concert at noon on Fridays. Also, take advantage of student discounts at the Wilma TheaterArden Theater, and the Kimmel Center, just to name a few.

If you have additional suggestions for other great low-cost arts & culture options, please let the Gnome know

Discounts on Performances

HEARTLAND performance at InterAct Theatre Company

Sunday, April 07, 2019, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
InterAct Theatre Company: 302 S. Hicks Street @ The Drake Philadelphia, PA 19102
Ticket sales start: Monday, March 25, 2019
Price: $7 each, limit 2 per Graduate Penn Card

Join the Graduate Student Center for a discounted performance of HEARTLAND at the InterAct Theatre Company! After the performance, stick around for the "Sunday Speaker Series", featuring Shreeyash Palshikar, a former South Asia analyst for the U.S. government. Tickets can be purchased at the Grad Center Front Desk starting on March 25th. 

About the Play: Dr. Harold Banks, is reeling after his adopted daughter Getee is killed by the Taliban while delivering foreign aid. When Afghan refugee Nazrullah arrives at his door with an incredible story and carrying Getee's prized books, the two men form an unlikely bond. How might a CIA propaganda operation over 30 years ago have contributed toGetee’s death? Inspired by true events, HEARTLAND is a story of healing, connection, and the devastating unintentional consequences of our actions.  

Fourth Fridays @ Five!

You work hard all month. Take a break from your work to unwind at the Grad Center! Fourth Fridays at Five (FFF) are monthly themed hours with snacks and activities to encourage graduate and professional students to have fun and connect with people beyond their department and school. See you there! 


End of the Year Celebration Edition

Friday, April 26, 2019, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Friday, April 05, 2019

Academic Year Hours

Welfer Common Room
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Meeting and Study Rooms
Mon-Thurs: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday: 9am - 5:30pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221