If you happen to be a knowledge junkie like me, then check out the Author series at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Featuring some of the finest in both fiction and non-fiction writing, the speaker series began in 1933 and has had several big names, including Michele Obama, Pete Buttigieg and Madeline Albright. Many of the events are free, but they do charge admission for some of the speakers. Check out their website for a listing of the events as well as admission costs. The discussions are held in the auditorium of this magnificent Horace Trumbauer designed building. Opened in 1927, Trumbauer designed the Library in the style of 18th-century classical French architecture. In fact, free tours are given at 10:00 and 14:00 Monday through Friday and 14:00 on Sundays.
The series runs from September through June and the author events are usually held in the weekday evenings at 7:00 pm. The Library is located just off the Parkway at 19th and Vine.
In addition, there are a few good inexpensive restaurants nearby, my favorite being Buena Onda. One of Philly’s top chefs, Jose Garces, opened this small, simple Mexican restaurant, and he clearly had a hand in creating the menu, as the tacos are some of the best in the city. No reservations are necessary. Just walk up to the counter, place your order and be ready for some outstanding inexpensive, creative fare.