August 8, 2017


Visitors will travel through space with Star WarsTM characters, hands-on science experiments, musical performances and more during Super Solar Saturday

Free screening of Hidden Figures – 7 p.m.

WHAT:      As part of the Mann’s New Frontiers festival, a six-month community festival, Super Solar Saturday will provide free family fun and entertainment for all ages. Throughout the day, local artists will perform on multiple stages and the Mann’s campus will be transformed into a miniature space theme park with a moon bounce, face painting, Star WarsTM characters, and much more. Other highlights include the Please Touch Museum’s Space Shuttle traveling exhibition, interactive science experiments led by Science 2 the Max and an immersive virtual reality experience with The Franklin Institute. The event concludes with a free screening of the Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated film, Hidden Figures.

The Mann’s New Frontiers festival, presented by PNC Arts Alive and developed in partnership with NEWorks Productions, features a collection of original, artistic programming that brings the arts and sciences together.  Inspired by Colonel Guion Bluford, Jr., a Philadelphia native and the first African American in space, this festival is designed to educate, entertain and inspire the Philadelphia community. Super Solar Saturday is presented through the PNC Arts Alive initiative and developed in partnership with NEWorks Productions.

WHEN:      Saturday, August 19, 2017
1 p.m. – Performances & family activities begin        
7 p.m. – Free screening of Hidden Figures                                                                                                                    
WHERE:     Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

About the Mann
As one of the foremost outdoor music centers in the country, the Mann has a historical legacy of artistic excellence as a world-class entertainment destination presenting premier artists in association with AEG Presents. Each summer season, renowned symphony orchestras, iconic rock stars and the latest touring artists in indie rock, hip hop, R&B and pop take the stage here.  The Mann is the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra and has presented critically acclaimed performers in every decade since the 1930s.  Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Mann hosts more than 200,000 visitors annually.  Signature concert experiences are surrounded by Philadelphia’s stunning skyline and include seats beneath the Mann’s acoustically acclaimed pavilion; picnics, blankets and music under the stars on its great lawn; and dining in Crescendo, the venue’s spectacular tented restaurant.  For more information, visit

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