Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar’s largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar’s artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences.   Open to visitors daily, PMG has become a unique Philadelphia destination, hosting year-round, low-cost public programs within its own distinctive venue and the surrounding community. PMG, a nonprofit organization, inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.

Events and Programs

Echele Ganas: Do Your Best Opening Reception
Friday, April 27, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will feature Laurence Salzmann’s incredible photography of La Sierra del Norte, a small village in Puebla, during the entire length of the festival (April 27 through June 16).  Select images picture above. View images of Salzmann’s upcoming exhibition, called Echele Ganas: Do Your Best here.  Join us for the free opening reception on April 27, the kick-off to De Pueblo a Pueblo!

Folk Art Tours
Sundays, 12:00 PM (April 27 through June 16)

Del Pasado al Presente  Music & Mosaic Concert
April 28, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, will kick off their Music and Mosaics concert series with Del Pasado al Presente (Past to Present), featuring Brujo De La Mancha, Tonantzin Coatlicue, and Grupa Cuestion Nortena.

Constitution High School Spanish Club Water Ice Sale
Saturday, June 2, 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Students from the Constitution High School Spanish Club will sell water ice outside of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in order to raise funds for their future trip to Mexico.

Mexican-themed Family Jam
June 10, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join PMG every second Sunday for a variety of PMG themed, hands-on workshops and kid-friendly tours. Family Jam workshops begin at noon and end at 4:00 PM. Kid-friendly tours are about a half hour and begin at 2:00 PM. Past Family Jams have included book arts projects, poetry workshops, paper mosaics, and tile pin-making. All Family Jams workshops and activities are FREE with admission. Tours are $3 per person plus admission. Family memberships are available for free admission and ongoing discounts.

Chaquira Bead Folk Art Workshop with Brujo de la Mancha
Saturday May 19, 11:00AM- 4:00PM and Sunday, May 20, 11:00 AM- 4:00PM

Director of Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac, Brujo de la Mancha, will be leading a Chaquira beading class at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Chaquira beads are tiny, brightly colored beads which are used in traditional Latin American crafts, especially in Mexican folk art.  Gernerally, the size of small seeds, chaquira beads allow artisans to craft incredibly detailed, complex patterns.  Join Mexican-born artist Brujo, as he guides you to create your own traditional Chaquira design during this one or two-day workshop. You can find more information here.

Cost for one-day workshop is $100/members, $120/non-members.  Cost for two-day workshop is $170/members, $190/non-members.

Space is very limited. Reserve your spot today by calling 215-733-0390 or by emailing

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