Learn how to research historic house, enjoy story time with the NW Reading Captains, and free tours at Cliveden this Saturday, Oct. 14th from 12pm to 4pm!

Second Saturdays at Cliveden

Come out to Cliveden every second Saturday, May to October for volunteer opportunity in our landscape and gardens, and free community programming!

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Second Saturday: Preservation Advocacy

Join us every second Saturday of the month, between May and October from 12pm to 4pm, for free community programs, free tours, and local vendors. 

The final Second Saturday in 2023 is on Saturday, October 14, 2023 and the theme is Preservation Advocacy!

At 1pm in the Cliveden Carriage House (98 E. Cliveden Street, 19119), Cliveden’s Preservation Director Libbie Hawes will lead ‘Researching Your Historic House,’ an in-depth tutorial on how to conduct research about the architectural, geographic, and social history of houses! Participants will be guided through online resources and local repositories to help identify details about the history of their historic houses.


Activity Update: 

Due to potential inclement weather on Saturday, story time with the NW Reading Captains will take place in the Cliveden Carriage House at 1pm and 3pm. The Carriage House is located at 98 E. Cliveden Street, 19119, and accessible through the Cliveden Street side gate and the Morton Street rear gate.

The NW Reading Captains will read Virginia Lee Burton's book, The Little House, will be read aloud, part of Northwest Philly Events for this year's Reading Promise Week! 

The Literacy Nest is open to the public to use. Experience nature, read a book in the library, and listen to some of the recorded stories for the Nest, including some of Cliveden's history!

Free tours of the Main House and our new exhibit, The Turmoil of Transition: The mid-nineteenth century at Cliveden will be available from 12pm to 4pm, beginning on the hour. Tours begin in the Carriage House where visitors will be greeted by Cliveden Interpreters before being led on their tour. The last tour of the day is at 3pm.

2023 Second Saturday Schedule

Second Saturdays

Pets: May 13th, 12pm to 4pm

Spend the day on the grounds with your dog & local vendors!

Second Saturdays

Families & Children: June 10th, 12pm to 4pm

Come out for fun activities, games & more!

Second Saturdays

Citizenship: July 8th & August 12th, 12pm to 4pm

Learn about the voting & judicial process with VUOTS!

Second Saturdays

Back to School: September 9th, 12pm to 4pm

School supplies giveaway by VUOTS & scavenger hunt!

Second Saturdays

Preservation Advocacy: October 14th, 12pm to 4pm

Learn how you can engage with preservation organizations in the community!

Getting Here

Cliveden's physical address is 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Street parking is available around the site and neighborhood on a first come, first serve basis.

The grounds can be accessed via Germantown Avenue front gate, the side gate located on Cliveden Street (98 E. Cliveden Street, 19119), and the rear gate on Morton Street.

Second Saturdays at Cliveden are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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Enjoyed Second Saturday? Attend Cliveden programs!

Cliveden offers great programs throughout the year, featuring guest speakers & covering a variety of topics. View our Programs page to learn more!