Center City: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Participates in Arts Festival

People gather inside the Magic Garden awaiting the 4 p.m. tour on Sunday evening.

The much-anticipated Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts kicked off Thursday, April 7. Inspired by an artistic movement in Paris in 1911, the month-long festival features over 135 citywide events and 1,500 artists in hopes of bringing innovation, collaboration and creativity to Philadelphia.

Participating in this exciting event is Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street. The Magic Gardens will be open to the public every day during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts with special guided tours citing French texts and relating to artist Isaiah Zagar’s French artistic influences. Specific times and details of the tours can be found on PIFA’s website.

People gather inside the Magic Garden's entrance awaiting the 4 p.m. tour on Sunday.
Passerbys stop to admire Zagar's Magic Gardens.

Philadelphia’s Magic Garden’s Assistant Manger Lauren Harkins said that while not included in the official PIFA pamphlet, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is also hosting Musette Menagerie, a collaboration of French music past and present in honor of PIFA. The event will take place Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. and will feature Dallas Vietty’s Musette project, Oliver Nataf and Phyllis Chapell’s Musette Project for interactive musical performances in the Gardens. Tickets are $7 for students and members and $10 for adults.

The Philadelphia Magic Gardens is located at 1020 South St.

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