The 2024 Bloomsday Festival

Livestream Information

If you’re unable to join us in-person on Sunday, The Bloomsday Festival readings can be streamed live via Rosenbach’s YouTube channel here:
Part 1 (starting at 11:00 am)
Part 2 (starting at approximately 3:30 pm)
The reader list and schedule for the 2024 Bloomsday festival can be found HERE.

Sunday, June 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Every year on June 16, the world celebrates Bloomsday, the day that James Joyce’s Ulysses is set in 1904. Nowhere, however, celebrates quite like the Rosenbach, home of Joyce’s original manuscript! The Bloomsday Festival is an all-day event featuring public readings, local food vendors, and musical performances that bring Joyce’s epic novel to life. You’re welcome to drop by this signature Philadelphia event any time—or spend the day with us! Listen to the reading, enjoy free admission to the Rosenbach to view the Ulysses manuscript, and relax with friends and family in the beer garden with a special Bloomsday brew from our partners at Attic Brewing Company.

Stay tuned to this page for information about this year’s Bloomsday celebration.



Press Release
“The Rosenbach is proud to be the home of Joyce’s original manuscript for Ulysses, a source of controversy and adoration since its creation,” says Kelsey Scouten Bates, the Rosenbach’s John C. Haas Director. “Joyce’s manuscript has been a jewel in our collection for 100 years, and welcoming the public to our Delancey Place home for this celebration is an event we look forward to all year.” Lenore Steiner, who sponsors the annual Bloomsday Festival with her husband Perry Lerner, echoes this sentiment. “I am once again thrilled to participate in the Rosenbach’s ‘event of the year.’ A wonderful Philadelphia tradition, it has grown more festive over the years, but the power of Joyce’s words remains at the heart of the day.”
Read the full release here

Thank you to our sponsors!
The Bloomsday Festival and programs are made possible by The Consulate General of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme, Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner, The Philadelphia Rare Book Fair, and the South Jersey Celtic Society.

Thank you to our 2024 Community Partners!
The Science History Institute, The Free Library Foundation, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Inis Nua Theatre Company, Bindlestiff Books, The Head & Hand Books, and For the Love of Used Books.

Our Bloomsday 2024 Vendors
Federal Donuts and Many Hands Coffee

Event Partner
Attic Brewing Company

A Look Back on Bloomsday 2022. Photos by Jessica Griffin.

Bloomsday Festival 2024 Sponsors and Event Partners