We believe historic sites are not static antiquities – they are living institutions that connect the current day with the past. The Elfreth's Alley Association is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences and educating visitors with community programs throughout the year.

Deck the Alley ~ December 2, 2017

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This holiday event is the last opportunity of the year for visitors to enter the private historic homes on Elfreth's Alley. Like the house exteriors themselves, some boast traditional decorations and others feature their owners’ own artistic imaginations.

The celebration features unique holiday decorations, carolers, refreshments, as well as encounters with Ben Franklin and colonial Pennsylvania’s own cranky Santa “Belsnickel” himself.

Doors open 3-7pm



Philadelphia, PA 19106


All proceeds support the education & preservation programs of the Elfreth’s Alley Association. 

first friday pop up gallery

Join us on First Fridays, April - October, for some art and our Bits & Bites of History series in the Elfreth's Alley Pop-up Gallery. 

Doors open 5-7pm, and free tours of the museum house are available.



Fete Day ~ June 2, 2018

Spend the afternoon on the the nation’s oldest residential street during our annual Fete Day celebration. Get a rare glimpse into many of the 18th-century private homes of residents while enjoying crafts, music and colonial games. Take an 18th century family photo on the alley. 

Dating back to the 1930s, this traditional celebration is the only opportunity of the season for visitors to actually step into the private homes of Elfreth’s Alley and discover how generation after generation have continued to preserve, alter and add to these historic structures.