WHYY Events





About WHYY Events

Each year, WHYY hosts over 80 events connecting you to the best that public media and the region have to offer, including meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite public media personalities like Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Jim Lehrer and yes, Cookie Monster; film screenings; political and policy forums; concerts; PBS Kids character parties; and much, much more.

WHYY members have access to special Member-only events and opportunities, and receive free or discounted admission to all other WHYY events. Also, with the WHYY Member Card, WHYY members receive 2-for-1 admission and other great discounts at a wide variety of the region's museums; cultural, educational and family-friendly organizations; performing arts and theater venues; and more! Visit WHYY's Member Card Partner Page for the full list.

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Courses at WHYY's Public Media Commons


The Public Media Commons is a physical embodiment of WHYY's commitment to community engagement. It serves as a hub of media literacy for the Philadelphia area, a gathering place for educators, a hands-on learning environment for students and a venue for performers and lecturers. Select a course below for more information and to register, or view the current course catalog (PDF).



Summer Camps


Y201 -- Young Journalists Summer Camp 2013


Y202 -- WHYY Film Academy 2013


Adult Learning Courses


C101 -- Intro to Shooting Video


C102 -- Intro to Video Editing


C202 -- Beginning Documentary Production


C203 -- Audio Storytelling


C204 -- Editing with Final Cut Pro


C301 -- Intermediate Documentary Production

  • Course registration coming soon


C401 -- Advanced Documentary Seminar

  • Course registration coming soon


C105 -- Stories of Mom and Dad


C104 -- Tell Your Story

  • This experience is offered by appointment only. For more information and to make an appointment to tell your story, call 215-351-3318.


Courses for Educators


E201 -- Teaching Documentary Production

  • Course registration coming soon


E202 -- Teaching News Literacy

  • Course registration coming soon


E301 -- Teaching Multimedia Journalism

  • Course registration coming soon



Youth Afterschool Courses


Y101 -- Documentary Workshop

  • Course registration coming soon


Y102 -- Studio Production

  • Course registration coming soon


Y102 -- Radio Production

  • Course registration coming soon





Arts Shuffle

WHYY's Arts Shuffle highlights what's going on in your area with a weekly selection of regional arts and culture opportunities. Plus, an in-depth listing in the NewsWorks entertainment gude. See what's new »



Events with You Bet Your Garden's host, Mike McGrath


Mike McGrath at TEDx

Mike McGrath covered everything you need to know about composting at the TEDxPhoenixville event in October 2012. Find his talk helpful? Be sure to mark your calendars to catch Mike at other fun & informative gardening events, listed below!



October 4 & 5: Mike McGrath at Leesburg Home Expo

Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176

Mike will give talks on fall lawn care, garlic planting, leaf rustling, compost making and more— Saturday Oct. 4 at 11 am and 2 pm; and Sunday Oct. 5 at 12 noon! More info: www.midatlanticexpos.com


October 10: FOOD DAY 2014 - It's Time to Eat Real in Cape May County

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 355 Court House - South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Event features Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, You Bet Your Garden. Plus cooking demonstrations from local chefs, a farmers market with locally grown produce, food vendors, and community partners. A day of real food. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


November 19: Empty Bowl Dinner

Details coming soon!





Gardening events in the Delaware Valley


Now - September 27: Share the Harvest

Various locations

Share the Harvest encourages home gardeners to grow extra fruits and vegetables or collect any surplus produce from their harvest and donate to Philabundance to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. Beginning June 28th through September 27th, 2014, Philabundance will accept produce donations on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10 locations throughout the Delaware Valley (see list of drop-off sites on page two). Each week the produce collected from local gardeners at the 10 sites will go to nearby food pantries in that community. Philabundance needs volunteers for each Saturday to greet gardeners and deliver the donated produce from the garden center to the food pantry. Volunteering for the Share the Harvest is an opportunity for friends and family to spend time together on Saturday mornings while helping their neighbors in need. For those interested in volunteering or would like more information visit www.philabundance.org, or email volunteer@philabundance.org.


October 4: CINEMA IN THE CEMETERY: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Sit back and relax with a drink, a date or some friends on this autumnal movie night under the stars. After the sun sets, the grainy joys of the film experience will be brought to audiences amid the historic tombs of Laurel Hill Cemetery. This season’s feature film will be comedy horror classic, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), starring Jonathan Haze and a cameo appearance by a young Jack Nicholson. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages. The screening will take place on Saturday, October 4 at 8:00pm (with a pre-scheduled rain date of Saturday, October 25 at 8:00pm). Gates open at 7pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $10/person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 5: GROOVIN' IN THE GRAVEYARD: KIDS' CONCERT and FAMILY FUN

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Enjoy a family friendly concert by "Ratboy Jr." outdoors amid the crisp autumn air, bright blue skies and brilliant fall foliage that abounds in Laurel Hill Cemetery! Children are encouraged to come dressed in Halloween costumes, and to show them off during the performance. Round out the day with art activities and our pumpkin patch. This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Light snacks and Halloween goodies will be available. BYO blankets, beach chairs and picnics! The program will take place on Sunday, October 5, beginning promptly at 1:00pm and concluding at 3:00pm. Visitors may enter via Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $5/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 8: American Canopy - Trees, Forest, and the Making of a Nation

Wister Center, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers as they discuss books about plants, nature, and the environment. "Nature's Narratives" is a book discussion group sponsored by the Scott Arboretum where readers come together to discuss a book once a month and share in the reading experience. Eric Rutkow's "deeply fascinating" (The Boston Globe) work, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, shows how trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country's rise as both an empire and a civilization. Among American Canopy's many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau's famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City's Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town of Wisconsin; the fevered attempts to save the American chestnut and the American elm from extinction; and the controversy over spotted owls and the old-growth forests they inhabited. The discussions are free and open to the public and will take place in the Wister Center. Participants will need to read each month's selection prior to the discussion. One copy of each book is available for members to check out of the Scott Arboretum Horticultural Library. For more information, call 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org. Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.


October 9: OVER MY DEAD BODY: MURDER MYSTERY IN THE CEMETERY

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

This Halloween season, the tombs of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery become a stage with an interactive theatre performance. The Candlelight Murders, inspired by real stories from the Cemetery’s history; has been written and produced by Philadelphia playwright, Loretta Vasile. In it, the untimely death of an heiress leads to her family gathering at Laurel Hill Cemetery to have her memorial and hunt for her missing will, but an unexpected guest brings evidence that her death was far from natural. Whodunit? Audiences will have a chance to don their detective caps and search for clues on the cemetery grounds. Before the end of the show, they can submit their best guess about the criminal’s identity. Was it a greedy family member, desperate for an inheritance? A mysterious guest who showed up uninvited to the memorial? Or the black sheep of the family, angry after years of being shunned? The final scene will reveal the answer and things are not always what they seem. One performance of The Candlelight Murders is scheduled at Laurel Hill Cemetery: Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Friday, October 10 at 7:00pm). The cost for the show is $35/person general admission and includes wine, beer and refreshments. Advanced Reservations are requested and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased by phone, (215) 228-8200 or online. Upon arrival, check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse. Want more? Join the Mechanical Theater for "Masque of Poe" an evening of some of Poe's most thrilling poems and stories. Each room of the hauntingly love Powel house will serve as an intimate setting for one of Poe's dark tales including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat" and more!


October 11: 6th ANNUAL REST IN PEACE 5K RUN

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Trick or treat…move your feet! Kick off your Halloween season in the right way. Organized by East Falls Fitness and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery with the help of Presenting Sponsor, East River Bank, the Rest in Peace 5K Run is the only Halloween costume run and after-party in a Cemetery at night in the region. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501c3 nonprofit that works to preserve and promote the historical character of Laurel Hill Cemetery through educational programs and public outreach. Unique and challenging, the run winds through the headstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, a beautiful National Historic Landmark, located in the East Falls neighborhood. Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to attend in Halloween attire. Runners can register as individuals or as teams. For more information or to register, visit www.rip5k.org.


October 12: SINNERS, SCANDALS and SUICIDES

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Laurel Hill has its brave military heroes like George Gordon Meade, its uplifting reformers like Sarah Josepha Hale, and selfless philanthropists like Robert Carson. But what about the less than pure spirits?... The South Philly gangster who got whacked when he tried to infiltrate the Schuylkill County numbers racket? The Civil War hero who made his fortune from white lightning and who, because of his many illicit affairs, was referred to by the local press as "a slayer of innocence and a robber of chastity"? The chemical heiress who lost her money in an infamous Broadway bomb starring the producer's talentless girlfriend? The noted artist who committed suicide during the Depression when his priceless book and art collections were sold at auction for a few thousand dollars? The final resting places of these troubled souls will be among the many stops on our walking tour of Laurel Hill's scandalous, sinful and sordid side. The tour will take place on Sunday, October 12 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 17 & 18: SOUL CRAWL: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HISTORY TOURS

Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Behold the return of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual Halloween flashlight tours of yore. No longer featuring the actors, the program will return to its roots as extended nighttime walking tours of the cemetery, focusing on its rich history, and covering its enchanting art and landscape. Tours will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by complimentary cookies and cider aside blazing fire pits. Bring your own flashlights. Two evenings of the Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours are scheduled at Laurel Hill: Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 7:00pm. The cost for Soul Crawl is $20/person general admission. Purchasing tickets in advance is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215)228-8200 or online. Upon arrival, register at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.


October 18: Backyard Composting

Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

Now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard through this free composting seminar. Class starts at 10 a.m. and runs about 2 hours. Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us to register for the free workshops. Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.


October 18 & 19: Pumpkin Days Celebration

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

Celebrate the season with our traditional autumn festival. These fun-filled family days are full of activities, live entertainment, delicious food and, of course, pumpkins! Pick out your prized pumpkin, assemble a scarecrow to take home, jump in the moon bounce or race through an inflatable obstacle course, make crafts, play games and see Tyler's glorious fall colors on a hay wagon tour. Member admission: $4 adults, $2 children ages 3-15. Non-member admission: $11 adults, $7 children ages 3-15. Kids under 3 are free. Event runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


October 19: The Worlds Greatest Farmer Showdown

Longview Center for Agriculture, 3215 Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA

The Showdown is a celebration of the folks that work so hard to bring us the local bounty of the season. Think lumberjack festival-meets-farmer's market! Watch local farm teams vie for big prizes and compete in contests such as the Pumpkin Shot Put, Wheel Barrow obstacle Course, and farmer led harvesting competition! The showdown will begin at 11:00 a.m. after the farm teams enjoy a hearty breakfast. Patrons are encouraged to get here early and enjoy the all day festivities which include an amateur chili cook-off, live music by The Wiskeyhickon Boys and specialty craft beer and locally inspired food from Victory Brewing Company. The day will be filled with great farm based activities for adults and children alike, including kids showdown games, Lost Arts workshops and Alpacas join in the fun thanks to our friends at Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm. So come out and enjoy the day and support local vendors! Entrance fee is $5 per person or $10 per car load, all proceeds will go towards Greener Partners mission.


October 29: Vermi-Composting Workshop

Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

Now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard through this free composting seminar. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs about 2 hours. Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us to register for the free workshops. Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.