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Music & Performance Readings

Bloomsday 2023

Now in its 14th year at the Hammer, Bloomsday is a worldwide annual celebration of James Joyce and his landmark book Ulysses. This lively celebration features a cast of veteran actors delivering dramatic readings from the novel interspersed with songs. Followed by festivities in the museum’s courtyard with live music and Guinness on tap.


6:30 p.m. - Cash bar with Guinness on tap in the courtyard, plus live traditional Irish music by Rattle the Knee

7:30 p.m. - Staged reading inside the Billy Wilder Theater

9 p.m. - Cash bar with Guinness on tap in the courtyard, plus live traditional Irish music by Rattle the Knee


Ticketing: Admission is free. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Box office opens one hour before the event.
Member Benefit: Subject to availability, Hammer Members can choose their preferred seats. Members receive priority ticketing until 15 minutes before the program. Learn more about membership.
Parking: Valet parking is available on Lindbrook Drive for $10 cash only. Self-parking is available under the museum. Rates are $8 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $22 daily maximum. There is an $8 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends.

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All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.