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


SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis and Original Compositions

Sunday, April 02, 2017, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Tickets to this event are only $10 at the Grad Student Center! Limit 2 per Penn grad student ID.

"Eight jazz all-stars make up the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective, known for its commitment to jazz as a constantly evolving, ever-relevant art form. In a mighty one-night-only performance, the ensemble showcases original compositions alongside a tribute to legendary jazz trumpeter/composer Miles Davis. More than anyone else, Davis consistently changed the sound of jazz from the birth of bebop in the 1940s to the integration of rock approaches that gave rise to the fusion movement in the 1970s. 

SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Sean Jones, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire "

Celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week: Donuts and Coffee Break!

Thursday, April 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us to celebrate YOU during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! We'll provide delicious donuts (including vegan options!) and coffee--come out and take a break with Grad Center staff and fellow students. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Philadelphia Union Soccer Game!

Friday, April 14, 2017, 05:00 PM - 09:45 PM
Meet at the Grad Center for bus transportation
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Join the Graduate Student Center and GAPSA as we cheer on the Philadelphia Union Soccer team in their upcoming match against the New York City FC. Tickets are $10 and include food at the Grad Center, roundtrip transportation from campus to Talen Energy Stadium, and awesome seats. Space is limited, so get your tickets today!


Check-in begins at 5pm at the Grad Center. There will be pizza and refreshments available. We will leave for the bus at 5:30pm sharp. The game starts at 7pm and will last 2 hours. The bus will then take you back to Penn Bookstore. Expect to be back at Penn around 9:45pm depending on traffic.

Tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Franklin Institute

Now through Sunday, April 23, 2017
Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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The Grad Student Center and GAPSA are selling a limited number of discounted tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The exhibition brings the Jurassic World movie to reality and features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and scientific exhibitions. Tickets also include admissions to the rest of the museum. Limit two tickets per Grad student, so bring a friend! Purchase your tickets now at the Grad Center and visit any time through April 23, 2017. 

To redeem your tickets, simply bring your tickets to the Franklin Institute box office on the day of your visit. Please note that during very busy times (holiday weekends, for example), you may have to wait up to an hour or so for the next available time slot to go to the Jurassic World exhibition. However, you'd still be able to visit the general museum while waiting. 

Please see the following link for museum hours and more information about the exhibition:




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Free Mural Art Walking Tour in Center City

Friday, April 14, 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meet at the Grad Center

See the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art during this fun walking tour!  You will travel with us through the streets of the center city, admire some of the greatest mural masterpieces, and learn how these monumental works of art embody the creativity and culture of Philadelphia.

In Philly, every wall is a potential blank canvas, and stunning murals adorn building exteriors all over the city. Begun in 1984 to help eradicate graffiti, the Mural Arts Program enables professional artists and young Philadelphians to showcase their artistic talent in a constructive way. To date, the program has produced more than 3,600 murals.

We will meet at the Graduate Student Center and take the subway to the heart of the city together. This tour will last approximately one hour and cover 14+ murals. The tour is free and tokens will be provided. Limited spots, please register in advance!

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
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Philadelphia PA 19104-6221