imgresThe Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program, maintains an outdoor art gallery throughout Philly. The program has created over 3,600 murals and works of public art in the city.

This year, the program feeds the body as well as the soul. There are free tastings, cooking demonstrations, tours and workshops, and on October 5, 900 people will get to eat a free meal featuring heirloom produce on Independence Mall.

Tickets were distributed by lottery, and are already gone, but there are other free events open to the public:

On Thursday, September 26, learn about “The Politics of Seed Saving in the Age of GMOs.” The panel discussion is at Reading Terminal Market, from 6 – 7:30pm.

muralOn Saturday, September 28, check out Farm to City’s Heirloom Apple Tasting. At Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market, 11am – 1pm.

On Wednesday, October 3, meet the artists Lucy and Jorge Orta. At the Moore College of Art & Design, 6 – 7:30pm.

October is also Mural Arts month, celebrating 30 years of Philadelphia’s unique public art program. Mural Arts offers paid walking, trolley and bicycle mural tours, but there are also some free tours. And of course you can just walk around the city and stumble upon the murals without taking a formal tour.

Mural Arts at The Gallery, a 5,000 square-foot space on Level 2 of The Gallery at Market East is open to the public, free, with a pictorial history of the Mural Arts program and changing exhibits.

And you can just walk around Reading Market to see how Philadelphia’s dining scene has changed over the years.