Peace Day Philly 2016 Schedule

All programs FREE unless otherwise noted – Programs in date orderScroll past schedule for full program listings.


Ashack and Drum Circle

Saturday, Sept. 24

8:00am – 1:00pmPhilly Free Philly StreetsThe 10-mile car-free route will run from Front & South to West Fairmount Park and on to the Falls Bridge. You’re invited to explore the entire route, or to hop in along the way.  More info HERE.

9:00am – 3:00pmSoccer Day for Peace and Play. Uses sport as a platform to engage youth and promote peace, education, health, cross-cultural engagement and community development. More info HERE.

11am-1pm – Peace Action Network (PAN) Vegan Pledge ProgramSouth Philly. Guides people through 30 days of being vegan with the program’s hands-on support. More info HERE.

1:00pm – 4pmCreate Peace Cranes at the Penn Museum! More info HERE. Free WITH ADMISSION.


logo-square-moiawelcomeweekicon3-1 Did you know that it’s WELCOMING WEEK, too? Please take a look at the terrific CALENDAR OF EVENTS the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has put together!


OTHER PEACE DAY EVENTS – Please take a look at these additional events across the region honoring the International Day of Peace!
– September 14, 7:30am-9am – CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line
– September 17, 10:30am-4pm- Peace Fair, Lahaska
– September 17, 5:30pm – Harmony for Peace Concert, Kimmel Center
– September 18, 12-6pm – Yardley Peace Festival

Welcoming City: The Int’l Day of Peace In Philadelphia

Wednesday, September 21 – Peace Day!
11:30am – 12:30pm

North East Apron  (North side of City Hall)

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Special Guests will include: Poet Sonia Sanchez  and Mayor Jim Kenney

At noon we will be pausing to observe the global minute of silence for peace (in all time zones).

JOIN US at 11:20am before the formal program for our Peace Day Meditation…

FREE and open to all!


Co-Sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities with support from the Mural Arts Program.


International Peace Day Festival & Market

Wednesday, September 21
International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street (University City)
4pm – 7pm
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International House Philadelphia will host a FREE International Peace Day Festival and Market in partnership with Penn Global on IHP’s front patio and Innovation Plaza.

The outdoor festival will feature food trucks, local vendors, performances, activities, and more to celebrate and encourage peace and understanding among people of all nations.

CLICK HERE for more information.

After the festival at 7pm, there will be a special screening of the film “The Same Heart” – a documentary about global child poverty and a bold way to address it. CLICK HERE for information about this FREE screening, which will be followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker and an expert on child poverty/hunger. The film is sponsored by Galen Films, South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Education at Drexel University.

Special Peace Day Screening: “The Same Heart”

Wednesday, September 21 (International Day of Peace)
7:00 – 9:00pm
FREE and open to the public

 International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Phila, 19104

The Same Heart

“We can measure the quality of a civilization by the way it treats its children.” - Nelson Mandela

The voices of six Nobel Peace Laureates, philosophers and economists join to make the argument for getting serious about eliminating extreme poverty in The Same Heart. The idea: a financial transaction tax on certain trades.

Learn more about the film HERE.

After the screening, filmmaker Len Morris and national hunger/poverty expert Dr. Mariana Chilton will be present to engage in discussion with the audience.

Prior to the film, from 4pm – 7pm, International House Philadelphia will host a free intercultural festival and market. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Ending poverty is the #1 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the United Nations. Learn more about the GLOBAL GOALS.

The Same Heart captures not only the raw nature of global poverty, but the extraordinary potential that exists to DO something about it – and the urgency of taking action now.”

This screening is made possible by:


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Len Morris is the Editorial Director of Media Voices for Children, a documentary filmmaker, lecturer and advocate for children’s human rights. Len’s work has been shown at The US Department of Labor, The World Bank, The US State Department, USAID and most recently the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Mariana Chilton is a nationally recognized leader addressing child hunger in America. She is an Associate Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health, Co-Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and the Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health. 

6th Annual Sing Along for Peace

Wednesday, September 21 (International Day of Peace)

Center City – Southwest Corner of Rittenhouse Square, across the street from the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.
FREE and open to the public



Come celebrate the International Day of Peace with words, dance, and song! Hugh Taft-Morales of the Philadelphia Ethical Society will lead participants in varied songs of peace. Spoken word and Dances of Universal Peace will also weave into the event. Children and adults are welcome to engage in the global initiative “Chalk4Peace” – drawing images and words for peace on the sidewalk with colored chalk – at this event (an activity that is taking place oon 9/21 at the United Nations as well).

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