Bloomsday 2017

Date / Time

  • June 16, 2017
    12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Join us on beautiful Delancey Place for the Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses. Lauded as the greatest novel of all time, Ulysses has been called everything from masterfully moving to hilariously obscene. The Rosenbach’s rollicking recital features celebrity readers including Michael Toner and Drucie McDaniel and singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach 2017 Reader Schedule

Bloomsday is free and open to everyone. Ulysses enthusiasts and novices alike can drop by Delancey Place anytime during the day to enjoy everything Bloomsday has to offer, including:

  • A day-long reading of Ulysses featuring literati, artists, public figures, and familiar personalities from Philadelphia and beyond.
  • Musical performances from and inspired by the novel, featuring virtuoso performers Abla Lynn Hamza (soprano), Corey Bonar (tenor), Eric Dubin (baritone), and Michele Scanlon, piano.
  • Free admission to the current exhibition, Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives, and the Rosenbach brothers’ historic house, including a display in the rare book library highlighting some of James Joyce’s literary heroes.
  • Our first-ever beer garden with draughts drawn by the Grey Lodge Pub, featuring brews from Evil Genius and Sly Fox.
  • Food from local vendors, including Foolish Waffles (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and 2 Street Sammies (4:00 – 8:00 p.m.).
  • A silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the Rosenbach Fund. Auction lots include original artwork by Robert Berry (illustrator of Ulysses Seen), Bloomsday merchandise, signed books, and more.
  • Goods and services provided by our Community Partners, including Bearings Coffee.

Press Materials

Press Release


Bloomsday Community Partners

Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Inis Nua Theatre Company

Irish Immigration Center

Irish American Business Chamber & Network

University of Pennsylvania Department of English

Villanova Center for Irish Studies

Bloomsday Sponsors

Brandywine Realty Trust

Irish American Business Chamber & Network

Lenni Steiner and Perry Lerner

Robert K. Urquhart