Philly To-Do: Take a Hike!

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Philly? We bet it’s not the nearby trails you can hike or bike on or weekend street closures for pedestrian activities. Yeah, we have all that! That’s why we’re going to give you a different, greener view of the area surrounding Philadelphia.

And lucky for you, getting there will be a breeze! Zipcar is offering students $10 of driving credit (1 hour of driving) by using promo code: CampusPhillySpring  (Expires 5/15/17) and will be valid for 2 weeks after redemption. Not a Zipcar member yet? Join now and cash in on that driving credit!

Weekends on Kelly Drive
From April through October, MLK Drive, which runs through Fairmount Park, is closed off to cars every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that runners, cyclists and pedestrians can use the lanes freely. Read more here.


Field Guide: 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views
As a Northeastern PA native, I am partial to Ricketts Glen State Park! Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? This summer,  I am definitely checking out the other 7 spots.


Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly
Katie Monroe, founder of the Facebook group Women Bike PHL, spills on her favorite less-crowded bike trails around town.


The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly
On a nice weekend, you’ll probably find some of Campus Philly’s staff hiking or biking along the Wissahickon.


Free Saturday Public Boating at Bartram’s Garden 
Every Saturday from 11am–3pm (in season), the public can explore the Schuylkill River by rowboat or kayak from the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Our 2017 season runs from April 22 to October 28.


In addition to giving you something, Zipcar is giving back! They currently have a wrapped vehicle with United By Blue – each hour the vehicle is reserved a $1 will be donated back to them. Now that’s a nice ride!

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your road trip adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly #ZipTrip.

 

 

Philly To-Do: Arts & Culture Events

We checked the forecast for this weekend and it looks like it’s going to be a good one! So plan to head outside with your friends and explore the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. And to get the most out of your adventure, become a member of our Open Arts community by signing up here using sign-up code: social1617. As a member, you’ll get to see tons of cool stuff for almost half the price or FREE!

Final Fridays: Draft Night

Friday, April 28 | 5 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art | $14 for Open Arts members 

Since the NFL Draft is in the house, we invite you to hold your own draft (of beer) and try your hand at sketching in the galleries.


April Twilight in the Gardens
Friday, April 28 | 7 p.m. at 
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | $15 for Open Arts members 

The 2017 Twilight in the Gardens season off with a bang with “Creative Sparks: An Evening of Art and Music with CCW, SpArc, and Outside Sound.” Music collaborative Outside Sound will perform two sets of original compositions. Activity tables include Zine-Making and Screen Printing with Center for Creative Works (CCW) and SpArc Philadelphia! Come hang out picnic-style and enjoy this musical experience on your cozy blanket with snacks, or just bring a 6-pack and explore! Twilight also offers the opportunity to hear more about our visionary art environment with special tours of the seldom-seen mosaic basement.


The Marriage of Figaro
Friday, April 28 to Sunday, May 7 | Academy of Music | Free for Open Arts members 

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text by Lorenzo da Ponte. Performed in Italian with English supertitles Opera at the Academy. Hilarity of complication regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises. From the opening notes to the final curtain, Mozart’s score delivers a tangled love story with great farce and satire.


Wanderlust Walking Tour: Michelle Ortiz
Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m. at The Barnes Foundation | $10 for Open Arts members

Artist and muralist Michelle Ortiz focuses on people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Join Ortiz for a walking tour through South Philly’s Italian Market. Learn about the contributions immigrant communities have made to our city, and meet vendors who will share their immigrant experiences and family histories. Meet at the northwest corner of 9th and Washington.


New events are posted regularly on Open Arts, so be sure to check back. In addition to our Arts calendar, you can reference our curated events calendar for fun things to do.

Philly To-Do: End of April Picks

From closing the book on your first year of college to throwing your caps in the air, May is a milestone month. The build up to such a monumental time should be a fun one, so here are our end of April event picks.

Philadelphia Science Festival 
Now until Saturday, April 29 | Citywide 

A nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. Featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for all ages, the Festival aims to provide opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology.


Citywide Star Party
Friday, April 28 | 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm | Various locations 

Look towards the sky with dozens of telescopes and local astronomers at 24 locations across the region for one night only. Join your friends and neighbors to gaze at the stars, contemplate the universe, and discuss the cosmos – right in your own back yard! All Citywide Star Party locations are FREE. 


Philly Tech Week
April 28-May 6 | Citywide

Philly Tech Week 2017 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone!


Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival
Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

A free, fun-filled event that takes over the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This all-ages affair brings a slew of activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities and explosive visuals for a day of scientific fun. Last year’s carnival featured “Sumo Robot” matches, animals from the Philadelphia Zoo and more.


Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl
Sunday, April 30 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Fairmount Ave.

Check out this free indoor/outdoor festival for art lovers of all mediums, which transforms the Art Museum Area of Philadelphia into an eclectic showcase of local artists and performers in its streets, restaurants, businesses, shops and bars. The event features emerging and ground-breaking artists in a range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media. The festival includes more than 40 exhibits in all!


Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival 
Sunday, April 30 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. | East Passyunk Ave.

The brand-new street festival will feature five blocks of street food, seasonal sips, craft beer, live music, sidewalk sales and free family fun on five blocks – from Broad to Dickinson streets. 

Twenty-seven award-winning restaurants and bars will bring their signature cuisine outside under the blue skies.  Craft beer and wine will pour from the festival beer tent – and select restaurants will also offer seasonal cocktails, beer and wines for the crowds.

This is just a sample of what’s going on this week! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Arts & Culture picks for April 28-30 for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

 

Philly To-Do: The Weekend!

And the weekend is here! We’ve all made it through this busy week and now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the spring happenings in Philadelphia. Check ’em out below.

Science After Hours: Prom | Friday, April 21 |  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St.
Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with a prom! Part of The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours event series, join us for the ultimate scientific soiree, where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+.

Flea Market on Broad | Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Broad Street (between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St.)
The sidewalk of Broad Street, between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St., will be taken over by 55-plus vendors selling various knickknacks.

Record Store Day 2017 | Saturday, April 22 | All day  | Citywide
Record collectors, this is the most important day to support your local record store! Check out: 
Creep Records, Repo Records, Long In The Tooth and Philadelphia Record Exchange.

Clover Market | Saturday, April 22 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills 

Find unique jewelry, interesting antiques, artwork, home décor, handmade goods and other one-of-a-kind knickknacks. In addition, there will be food, drink and live music!

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier | Saturday & Sunday | 9:30 a.m.
Race St & N. Columbus Blvd

Get in your morning stretch in right under the Ben Franklin Bridge. The waterfront view will not disappoint!

Waffles & Wedges’ Second Birthday Block Party | Sunday, April 23 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1511 Pine St.
The celebration will be full of freebies, including samples from Bassetts Ice Cream, Blue Mountain Winery and Mood Lounge Bar. Be on the lookout for raffles and giveaways, too. As for the signature loaded waffles from Waffles & Wedges, mini “Party Crasher” waffles will be $2 each (limit of two per person) from the Waffles food truck. The Liege waffle is topped with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.

Philly Field Trip: Sunday Funday

Sundays usually consist of one thing for me—homework. However, this past Sunday I was feeling adventurous, so I switched up my routine. I  decided to take full advantage of the perfect weather, so I spent most the day jumping from one thing to another.

My running buddy!

I kicked off my morning with a volunteer orientation at an animal rescue in Northern Liberties, Saved Me Adoption Center. I’ve been missing my family’s pups more than anything and I thought this would help. Once I arrived, I let them know I was a runner, and I was paired with the perfect running partner– a dog who loved to sprint! We ventured around Northern Liberties and Fishtown, and I got to know the neighborhood.  I had an afternoon Phillies game to catch, so I was only able to spend time with one dog. I am itching to go back and run with my furry friends!

So back to campus I went. I grabbed whatever red I owned and flew out the door to Citizens Bank Park. My friend and I  took our seats in the nosebleeds, but we quickly realized my friend’s relative was at the game and had two tickets for us to join her in the suite. Score! On our way to our upgraded seats, we grabbed Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries. A snack in hand + a great view= us having a ball– pun intended!– at our FIRST Phillies game.

After the game, we needed a post-game pick me up so we headed to Fairmount‘s OCF Coffee House. Refueled, we headed to our last stop of the day– dinner and  grocery shopping at the mega Whole Foods at 2101 Hamilton St.

Whew! I got tired just recapping my busy Sunday. As the school year starts winding down, and the final papers and studying start piling up, it’s important to get out and enjoy the fantastic city we live in!

Philly To-Do: Phila Science Festival + Philly Tech Week

Tis the season for hanging outside, road trips and festivals! And following our Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia event at Seer Interactive, we’re especially excited for Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week! Below see our picks for both upcoming weeks.

Philadelphia Science Festival | April 21-29 | Citywide
About: The Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. Featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for all ages, the Festival aims to provide opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology.

Philadelphia Science Festival events to look out for:

Science After Hours: Prom
When: Friday, April 21 from 7-10 p.m. 
Where:
Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St. 
Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with a prom! Part of The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours event series, join us for the ultimate scientific soiree, where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+.

Geek Out Game Show!
When: Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street
Are you a science whiz with a competitive streak? Several lucky contestants will put their knowledge to the test in a series of wild and weird science challenges with the hope of being crowned the champion. Sip on a drink from the cash bar as you watch contestants tackle one crazy competition after another—and experience how outrageous science can be!

Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing
When: Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival culminates in a super-charged, super-fun celebration of science! This FREE event is unlike any other – with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the whole family. You’ve never experienced science like this!


Philly Tech Week | April 28-May 6 | Citywide
Philly Tech Week 2017 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone!

Philly Tech Week events to look out for:

#PTW17 Innovation Crawl
When: Friday, April 28 from 5-10 p.m.
See all the Innovation that Philadelphia’s tech scene has to offer. One stop at a time. Here’s who’s participating: Technically Media HQ – 601 Walnut St, Suite 1200 West; Benjamin’s Desk – 1608 Walnut St; CultureWorks – 1315 Walnut St, Suite 320; MakeOffices – 2001 Market St; PhillyCAM – 699 Ranstead St; PHL Next Stage Space Med @ Schuylkill Yards- 3001 Market St; The Yard – 21 S 11th St; WeWork – 1900 Market St

College Pathways into Tech
When:
Wednesday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: 
Benjamin’s Desk, 1701 Walnut St.
There’s more to technology than coding and there are more technology majors than Computer Science. Which major do you choose to create video games? What do you study to work with computer hardware? Is there a degree program for learning about big data? Hear from college faculty about the variety of ways students can study and, ultimately, work in technology.

Philly Tech Week Block Party!
When:
Thursday, May 4 from 4-8 p.m.
Over 60 of the city’s greatest game developers will be presenting the best video games of the century for EVERYONE to play! Join Philadelphia game devs, street vendors, artists, and local businesses as we turn Schmidt Commons (The Piazza) into a playground for people of all ages. RSVP for FREE access to drink specials, discounts, and more! And don’t forget to tell your friends on our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

 

 

ICYMI: Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia

Campus Philly’s Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia event was designed to help students find their starting place within Philly’s unique science and tech community. So when students came to the program on Tuesday, April 11 at Seer Interactive, science and tech leaders– Black Tribbles, Indy Hall, NextFab, Science After Hours, Science on Tap, Tech Girlz and Wagner Free Institute of Science— talked about why they’re passionate about Philadelphia, told students how they can get involved throughout the year, and invited them to Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week.

Following the talk, students had a chance to casually network with the speakers and connect with hiring employers, like Bender Inc., Seer Interactive, Bentley Systems, TD Bank, Comcast, TherapyNotes, CubeSmart and Vanguard.

You can watch Geek’s Guide in it’s entirety right here:

If you’re interested more events like Geek’s Guide, bookmark our Launch events page. And if you’re looking for a summer job or internship in Philadelphia, you should definitely sign up for a free Launch account— there are tons of local gigs for you to apply to!

Student Experience: Spring Cleanup in Vernon Park

Written by: 
Demetrius Coachman, student leader volunteer
Political Science, Temple University ’19

Philly decided that this Saturday, April 8, was going to be a good day and student leader volunteers came through on Philly Spring Cleanup Day in Vernon Park. If you asked me where Vernon Park was before I volunteered, I would probably ask if it was close to the Verno Mountains in Greece. However, after distributing and placing mulch and fighting against a stubborn tree stump alongside students from other nearby higher-level institutions for two hours, I learned that the 23 Bus heading North on 11th Street is the best mode of public transportation to reach Vernon Park. I also learned that twisting the tree stump during its final moments is a good strategy.



As a college student in their final months of the spring semester, I truly didn’t think or have faith that many students would wake up early on a Saturday to give back to the community, I’m sorry but it’s the truth. But I was proven wrong! There was a healthy mix of students from all the colleges that I’ve heard of and even some I haven’t. I am not shy to talk to people but I could see that some were apprehensive of the idea so I started talking and made a few new friends, and I am all about making new friends. Together we did a lot, we moved truckloads of mulch to numerous trees, dug up two tree stumps that were more stubborn than a little sibling and learned about an awesome outdoor venue for a plethora of activities.

I absolutely love community service and I had definitely had my workout for the day through the medium of helping others. These are the moments when my dad would say, “Builds character”, for when I would ask him, ‘Why are we doing this?’, back when I was knee-high. Now I get excited just at the thought of participating. Shout-out to those who helped put this whole event together, Friends of Vernon Park, Vernon Park crew and staff, and Campus Philly for the successful collaborative efforts.

If you’re interested in jumping in on opportunities like this, I would highly recommend reaching out to Campus Philly’s Cory Dulaney to talk about joining the Student Leader Network!

See you at the next meet-up,
Demetrius

 

Philly To-Do: Spring Road Trip

This nice weather screams, “ROAD TRIP!” And lucky for you, Zipcar is offering students $10 of driving credit (1 hour of driving) by using promo code: CampusPhillySpring  (Expires 4/30/17) and will be valid for 2 weeks after redemption. Not a Zipcar member yet? Join now and cash in on that driving credit! Below you’ll find our picks for road trip destinations.


Clover Market: Bryn Mawr
| Sunday, April 23rd | Free
Featuring a rotating lineup of over 100 vendors, food trucks, lots of shopping & restaurant options all around town. Check out their schedule here.


Take a hike! No seriously, check out the three top hiking destinations withing 10 miles of Philly. 


Night Market Philadelphia | May-October | Pay as you go
Philly’s favorite street food festival is back … and they’re hitting up every corner of the city.

From the hills of Roxborough all the way down to Washington Ave., plus a one-of-a-kind collaboration with Wawa Welcome America, they’ll be satisfying hangry stomachs throughout the city this #NightMkt season.

First up on the agenda? The Great Northeast! Mark your calendars for:
Night Market Burholme | Thursday, May 11, 6-10 p.m. | Cottman & Rising Sun


From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art | Now until May 21
This exhibition is worth the drive to the Brandywine River Museum of Art! It features fifty-four superb paintings by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, and many others who revolutionized picture-making in the United States.


Longwood Gardens for their Spring Blooms | Now until May 26
With dogwoods, magnolias, wisterias, azaleas, foam-flowers, and more than 240,000 tulips, Spring Blooms creates a symphony of color. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of spring! Book your trip today.


In addition to giving you something, Zipcar is giving back! They currently have a wrapped vehicle with United By Blue – each hour the vehicle is reserved a $1 will be donated back to them. Now that’s a nice ride!

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your road trip adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly #ZipTrip.

 

 

Philly To-Do: Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia at Seer Interactive

 

Find your community! Register to attend Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Seer Interactive in Northern Liberties.

 


Get your start within Philly’s unique science and tech community next Tuesday. Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia features tips from community leaders plus an exclusive preview of upcoming 
Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week 
events.

At the end of the evening, you’ll get the chance to network with employers like 
ComcastVanguard,
Bender Inc.TD Bank, and Bentley Systems. This all takes place at Seer Interactive’s super cool office space in
 Northern Liberties.

Let us know if you can make it by RSVP’ing. Can’t wait to see you next week!
–Debora Charmelus, Program Manager

P.S. Food is always #1 and there are tons of great places to eat in Northern Liberties! From Italian to Japanese, we love ordering out from these No. Lib spots– Trios, Que Chula es PueblaSeiko Japanese Restaurant

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