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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philadelphia

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with events and volunteer opportunities throughout Philadelphia

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with events and volunteer opportunities throughout Philadelphia this weekend and on Monday. Local museums, parks, and organizations are all hosting a wide variety of family-friendly ways to commemorate MLK’s legacy and give back this year.

MLK 2023 Celebration at AAMP: Empowering the Next Generation of Dreamers

January 13-16

The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street


The African American Museum in Philadelphia is hosting a weekend full of activities, celebrations, volunteer opportunities, and workshops to celebrate MLK Day. The museum will offer free admission on Monday. Find the full schedule on their website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

January 14-16

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street


Honor the life, service, and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over MLK Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution to with special performances and tours to discover the ongoing legacy of the American Revolution and learn what it takes to change the world.

Volunteer Day of Service at Wissahickon Valley Park 

January 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wissahickon Valley Park, Valley Green Road


Volunteers will be giving back to the Wissahickon Valley Park, it’s users, the creek, and the plants and animals that rely on it to live. This year, the clean-up will be beneath and around the recently re-opened bridges that connect Forbidden Drive to the paved bike path. Removing this litter will not only make this area of the park more beautiful, but it will keep our watershed healthier for all!

MLK Day of Service with Bartram’s Garden

January 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard


This year, the Bartram’s Garden staff invites you to join them in a cleanup of their Southwest Philly neighborhood in support of the African Family Health Organization.

January 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kids at Play, 3502 Scotts Lane Suite 711


Families are welcome to come read with their kids at the Kutest Kids Parents as Teachers facility. Book donations from community members and families are welcome prior to and during the event.

MLK Day of Service at Schuylkill Center

January 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


All members of the community are invited to work on service projects aimed at protecting the health of our local forests as well as supporting the Schuylkill Center. There will be a wide range of service projects available so everyone can participate! Registration required.

Uhuru MLK Day

January 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, 832 North Broad Street


Join Uhuru Furniture for their 26th Annual MLK Day Event with a film screening and outdoor volunteer project.

MLK Jr. Day at the Please Touch Museum

January 16, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic


Join the Please Touch Museum for activities honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including interactive storytimes, a collaborative service project, and a birthday celebration!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the National Constitution Center

January 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street


The National Constitution Center is offering admission to the museum with special programs and events on January 16, 2023, as well as free online educational programs throughout January.

January 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue


Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and contemplate the significance and ongoing relevance of his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during an in-person, all-day event at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Festival

January 16, 12-3 p.m.

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue


Woodmere Art Museum is hosting a family-friendly festival to celebrate MLK Day with artmaking, storytelling, and a hip-hop dance workshop.

Cradles to Crayons Annual Day of Service & Clothing Drive 


Cradles to Crayons offers several opportunities for volunteer engagement to help children living in poverty in the greater Philadelphia area. Their MLK Day donation drive is important for their work of distributing clothes to thousands of local children.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert at Girard College Chapel

January 16, 3 p.m.

2101 S College Avenue


Join Yannick and the Philadelphia Orchestra as they return to Girard College and honor the life and work of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrating the Philadelphia community and the uniting power of music.