Welcome to the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center

Céad Míle Fáilte

A lot of us claim Irish heritage, but even if you don’t, the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center opens its arms to you. Let us share our vibrant culture and take advantage of our many facilities—including our spacious and elegant ballroom. And join in the exciting activities sponsored by the many groups and organizations that make the Center their home.

Upcoming Events

JUST ANNOUNCED!  We’re pleased to announce mega-Irish Country star, Nathan Carter, will be joining us the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21st!  Tickets are currently available online exclusively, so please purchase them here!  Physical tickets can be purchased by contacting the Irish Center at (215) 843-8051.

Saturday, October 20th – Night at the Races.  All proceeds to benefit the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center.  Doors at 6:00PM; First Race at 7PM.  Free Admission, Drink Specials and Food for Purchase!

Saturday, October 27th – 2nd Annual Halloween Ball and Costume Contest hosted by the Sons and Daughters of Derry.  Starting at 8PM, join the Derry Society for an evening of ghoulish fun.  Music by Lefty Kelly and DJ Billy Donahue.  Tickets are $40 and include Domestic Beer, Wine, Soda and Lite Bites and may be purchased by contacting Fiona Curran at fiona.siobhan.curran@gmail.com or (484) 716-1627.  Costume contest to be judged by an experienced panel!

Sunday, October 28th – Kegs & Eggs for the Eagles Game in London!  $25 includes domestic bottles and a breakfast buffet from 9AM – Game end.  Join us as we cheer on the Birds!

Saturday, November 3rd – The 113th Annual Mayo Ball.  Doors at 6PM.  Tickets $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Dinner will be available from 6 to 9pm at an extra charge.  Music by Karen and the Lads and John Shields.

Weekly Events

Every Sunday from 9 AM – 1PM.

We’re serving up both Irish and American fare every Sunday morning from 9 AM to 1PM in the Dining Room!  Full breakfast menu and bar service available.  Full Menu can be found here.

Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Weekly set dance lessons in the Fireside Room with John Shields. Ceili dances are held the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

Every Thursday at 8 PM

Weekly Dance sponsored by Mt. Airy Contra Dance Group in the Ballroom.  More information at their website here.

Every Second and Fourth Friday

Ceili Dancing instructed by John Shields in the Fireside Room- Fourth Friday Ceili sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group with Live Music every other month.

Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center News


The Philadelphia area is up to its eyebrows in O’Briens and Ryans and Sheehans and Meehans, and all manner of people with Irish last names. For that matter, a lot of us boast Irish heritage, even if our last names happen to be Fiore, Filipowski or Fenstermacher.

So here’s the point: if you have Irish in you, we here at the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center open its arms to you. Consider the Center your own little bit of Ireland here in Philly.

The Center serves as the home for any number of Irish organizations and societies, including the Philadelphia Ceili Group, Danny Browne AOH Division 80, and the Cummins School of Irish Dance. Lessons in Irish music and dance for adults and children are held weekly. A traditional Irish music session is held most Friday evenings. We even show broadcasts of Gaelic sports, live from Ireland.

No matter who you are, no matter where your people hail from, as they say in the Irish language: Céad míle fáilte—a hundred thousand welcomes.