The Philadelphia Honey Festival aims to raise awareness about the importance of bees to our environment, the impact of local honey on our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping and gardening.

Come celebrate with the Wagner on Friday, September 7!

All festival events are free.

10:00am – 12:00pm: The Buzz About Bees
A lesson for children about bees including open hive demonstrations, honey extractions, scavenger hunts, and hands-on activities, including seed bomb making with local artist Aaron Birk. Please register for the lesson here.

12:00pm – 2:30pm: Festivities in the museum & yard
Join us for honey tastings and sales, vendors, prizes,honey comb ice cream samples from The Franklin Fountain, and hands-on activities, including wax candle making.

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Beekeeping 101
Presented by Suzanne Matlock, Vice President of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
Are you interested in urban beekeeping? This workshop will cover beekeeping basics, building upon last year’s lesson, and will include open hive demonstrations.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Local Art & Author Talk
Local beekeeper Jim Bobb, who collaborated with artist Hilary Berseth to create a honeycomb sculpture on display at Temple Contemporary in the Tyler School of Art, will discuss public observation hives, live bee art, and beeswax sculptures; and local artist and author Aaron Birk will discuss his recently published graphic novel The Pollinator’s Corridor, which he will gladly sign for you following the talk.

Co-sponsored by the North Philadelphia Arts and Cultural Alliance.

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Honey Happy Hour
Back by popular demand! Sample mead from Stonekeep Meadery and beer made with honey from Prism Brewing Company, Earth Bread + Brewery, and Barry's Home Brew Outlet! The Franklin Fountain will also share samples of their honey comb ice cream. Enter a prize drawging for local honey, beeswax soaps, products from Whole Foods Market, and a gift certificate to Triumph Brewing Company. We will also toast Joseph Leidy for his birthday!

Thank you to all the sponsors who have generously supported the Honey Festival programs at the Wagner! 

Honey Festival events continue on Saturday, September 8 at Wyck Historic House and Garden and Sunday, September 9 at Bartram's Garden.

The 2012 Philadelphia Honey Festival is organized and hosted by:

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

Bartram's Garden

Wyck Historic House and Garden

Wagner Free Institute of Science


 

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