It is that time of the year again where we hold our annual peace walk. This year marks our 15th year and we hope that you can join us! For those who would like to start the walk from Al-Aqsa, parking will be available. Members of the community and those who would like to participate in the noon prayers are welcome to be at Al Aqsa by 12:30 p.m. Prayers will be held around 1:10 p.m. and we will board two shuttle buses to our first official stop of the walk, Arch Street Friends Meeting House on 3rd & Arch St. There is limited parking at the Friends Center so we suggest taking the shuttles from Al Aqsa or using your own transportation. Program starts promptly at 2 p.m. We will finish our program at the Friends Meeting house and walk a few blocks over to Society Hill Synagogue for a short program there. Lastly, we will walk or board the buses to head north to Al Aqsa Islamic Society for food and fellowship. For more information please check our website.
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 · 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Opening Weekend Festival
Middle East Galleries
The Penn Museum opens its long-awaited new Middle East Galleries—featuring 1,200 remarkable ancient artifacts and a human story 10,000 years in the making—with an opening weekend festival! Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the region, past and present, during a two-day celebration filled with activities for all ages.
The weekend features traditional musical performances and drumming workshops; a Gilgamesh puppet show and Middle Eastern storytelling; ancient cuneiform tablet, cylinder seal, and Arabic calligraphy workshops; films, lectures, and meet-the-expert stations. A marketplace features tea, food and craft vendors, and a spice station beckoning guests to smell, touch, and learn about the region’s spices. The Zoo on Wheels brings in animals from the Middle East, while outside, a local Iraqi Unity Cup team demonstrates football (soccer). Creative engineering activities, games, and crafts round out the activities. The Pepper Mill Café offers a special Middle East menu throughout the weekend.
The Opening Festival Weekend is free with Museum admission.