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.

First Friday Pop-up Gallery // Bits & Bites of History

Join us every First Friday of the season for our Bits & Bites of History series in the Elfreth's Alley Museum Pop-up Gallery. On October 7th, Ed Mauger, will talk about Philadelphia's roots as the beer capital of colonial America. 

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

Deck the Alley ~ Dec 3, 2016

Fete Day ~ Jun 4, 2016


This holiday event is the second, and last, opportunity each 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, Dolley Madison and colonial Pennsylvania’s own cranky Santa “Belschnickel” himself.

Spend the afternoon on the the nation’s oldest residential street during the annual Fete Day. 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, the traditional celebration is the only opportunity this season for visitors to actually step into the private homes of Elfreth’s Alley and discover how generations after have continued to preserve, alter and add to the historic structures.