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Thirsty for science? Experience Franklin @ Night, an evolving suite of after-hours events carefully curated with adults in mind. Discover something new, make unexpected connections, and quench your curiosity through live performances, engaging talks, and unique interactive science experiences.

Jazz in the Planetarium
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 AND 8:30 PM 

A premiere evening event featuring live jazz performances under the stars of the Fels Planetarium, cocktails optional. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts narrates the popular Sky Tonight show, against the backdrop of a soulful jazz arrangement in this brand-new Franklin @ Night event. This month, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble is our featured jazz band. Cash bar.

Night Skies in the Observatory
Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 PM

Experience of one of the best views in the city!  Stargaze on the rooftop observatory while learning about galaxies, planets, and stars from Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. Design the rest of your cosmic evening from a selection of planetarium shows, live presentations, and hands-on astronomy activities in this popular Franklin @ Night stargazing event. Cash bar.

Philadelphia Science Festival Opening Party
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Whether you’re new to the festival or a regular, this launch party is sure to be a fun-filled fete featuring improv comedy, flash talks, and creative cabaret programs for the 21+ crowd. From Gross Anatomy to Science on Tap; from Life on Mars to 8-Bit Night, we’ve curated an evening that revisits audience favorites and revives popular themes from past festivals for one night only at The Franklin Institute.

Upcoming Events

May 20 – Night Skies in the Observatory
May 21 – The Science of Happiness
June 9 – Night Skies in the Observatory
June 11 – Science is a Drag Cabaret
July 14 – Night Skies in the Observatory
July 16 – Science After Hours: Back to the 80s
August 11 – Night Skies in the Observatory
September 24 – Science After Hours: Wizard School
October 13 – Night Skies at the Observatory
December 3 – Science After Hours: Home Alone

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