Celebrate the Craftiest of Months at CraftNOW Philadelphia

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Did you know November is CraftMONTH in Philadelphia? Now you do! And what better way to celebrate the craftiest of months by exploring the art of the handmade with eight events, a dozen exhibitions and hundreds of artists!

CraftNOW Philadelphia is back for a third year to spotlight the vibrant craft art movement in Philadelphia. This two-week event series takes place at galleries, museums, and universities throughout the city from November 1 to 12. Mark your calendar for these lectures, hands-on activities and special events for 2017:

1. CraftNOW Kickoff, Proclamation, and Artist Reception
When: Wednesday, November 1, 5 PM to 8 PM
Where: The Art Gallery in City Hall, Room 116, Broad & Market Streets
How much: FREE

CraftMONTH begins on Wednesday, November 1 at City Hall with a reception for Crafting Contexts, a juried exhibition of 27 artists from the Philadelphia region whose works explore the intersections of traditional craft and fine art. The reception follows a ceremonial event proclaiming November as CraftMONTH in Philadelphia.

2. A Well-Crafted First Friday in Old City
When: Friday, November 3, 5 PM to 8 PM
Where: Galleries, Retailers and Restaurants throughout Old City
How much: FREE

Stroll through galleries and boutiques in Old City during November’s First Friday festivities. Pick up a CraftNOW brochure and present it to participating retailers and restaurants to receive special discounts for this one night only.

3. Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
When: Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F, 12
th & Arch Streets
How much: Present a current college ID at the information desk outside of Hall F and get a discounted $12 ticket at the door. Get Tickets

The 41st annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show celebrates 195 artists from across the United States and 25 guest artists from Korea. Hear artists describe firsthand how they create works in fiber, glass, metal, wood, and clay.

4. Fluid Boundaries Symposium
When: Friday, November 10, 12 PM to 8 PM
Where: Moore College of Art & Design, Graham Auditorium, 20
th & the Parkway
How much: FREE

This free half day of talks and moderated discussions at the Moore College of Art & Design, surrounds the theme “Fluid Boundaries.” A highlight is the keynote from Abraham Thomas, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for the Renwick Gallery at The Smithsonian American Art Museum, in his first speaking engagement in Philadelphia. Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction.

5. CraftNOW Create
When: Saturday, November 11, 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street
How much: FREE

Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Try your hand at woodworking with The Center for Art in Wood and the Wharton Esherick Museum, create your own Claymation with The Clay Studio, make and take metal jewelry with the Wayne Art Center, go on a glass blowing studio tour with The University of the Arts, and much more. All activities are FREE. Stop by and join in at any time! Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction.

Five Gigs to Apply to, Five Events to Check Out

We want to motivate you to have the best Philly experience! Below we have our weekly Top 5 career picks and a handful of events you can check out this week.

Top 5 gigs:

  1. Comcast | Community Investment Intern (FT)
  2. Pennoni | Graduate Municipal Engineer – West Chester 
  3. SAP | SAP iXp Intern – Software Design Engineer Job 
  4. City of Philadelphia | Policy Intern 
  5. Frank Recruitment Group | Entry-level Sales: Trainee Recruitment Consultant 

Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt’s Commons 

BYOC (bring your own chair) and blanket for FREE outdoor movie screenings of “Paranormal Activity” on Monday and “Halloween” on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 31
Science After Hours: Spirits at The Franklin Institute (21+)
“Come in costume and encounter spine-tingling science and hair-raising experiments at an evening that will distill the science of your favorite drinks and the myths of Halloween haunts and horrors.”

Tuesday, October 31
“Carrie” at Bok
“On Halloween night, catch a screening of the 1976 horror film “Carrie,” adapted from Stephen King’s novel. The film will be screened at what was once Bok Technical High School…we have a feeling it will still be eerie to watch the prom scene while inside an old high school.”

Friday, November 3
Open Arts College Night: First Friday at the Arden Theatre
Spend Friday night in Old City! On the first Friday of every month, Old City’s neighborhood galleries hold open houses. On November 3rd, check-in at the Open Arts table at the Arden Theatre to get your FREE arts crawl map and discount card.

Saturday, November 4
LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day
“This one-day citywide event invites Philadelphia friends and neighbors to plant trees, collect leaves for compost, and prepare their public green spaces for the winter season.”

Halloweekend Events + First Friday with Open Arts

Photo: The Franklin Fountain snapped by Olivia Brosky

Make sure to sign-up for our final Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre on November 3rd. Spend Friday night in Old City! Check out the neighborhood galleries and businesses holding open houses. Registration for this FREE event gets you free snacks, a discount card and an art crawl map.

Weekend Highlights:

  • Boogie down at the Kimmel Center with 2017 AfroPunk Battle of the Bands winner- Courtnee Roze. She has worked with celebrated musicians including J. Cole, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Tony Award winner Lachanze. Claim your free tickets now!
  • For our 21+ crowd, celebrate Halloween at the Rosenbach.
  • Snag some free tickets to hear classical music from the Schumann Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano put on by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go This Weekend in Philly!

The best way to explore Philadelphia? Walking! Lace up your sneakers and head out to  Philly Free Streets, this Saturday from 8AM-1PM. Enjoy “three-and-a-half miles of car-free, free-activity-filled roads for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists to explore from Philadelphia’s Historic District all the way to the El Centro de Oro neighborhood in North Philly.”

On your walk, try to spot some of the Monument Lab installations scattered throughout the city.  Maybe your Free Streets stroll will take you South to the South Street Pumpkinfest or  East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday.

If you want to go down a less traveled path this weekend,  walk along Kelly Drive to catch the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta or ride up to Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for Yokai Family Weekend!

If it’s not a walk around the city, consider planning a mini road trip. Hop on a train, jump in your car (or Zipcar) to explore one of the “22 small towns near Philly you need to visit right now!


Spooky Stories, a Film Fest, Open Street Celebration + More!

Photo: ‘Percy Street Project‘ / Credit: Dominic DiDonato, Photo+Video Intern

From Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week to this Tuesday’s Create-adelphia at Saxbys HQ, there’s a lot going on virtually and IRL. Below we break
through the calendar clutter to present our weekly picks for you!

Dracula: A Gothic Mystery at Laurel Hill  | Thurs, Oct.  26 – Sat, Oct. 28
Adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic tale, this suspenseful retelling of Dracula explores the insidious power of evil and the twisted ways in which we welcome it into our lives. Bring your own beach chairs. Hot apple cider will be served prior to each performance. Attendees are advised to dress warmly and to bring a flashlight.

Day of the Dead Celebrations | Fri, Oct. 27-Sun, Oct. 29
Celebrate at local restaurants, museums and venues with food specials, face painting, dancing + more!

26th Philadelphia Film Festival | Now – Sun, Oct. 29
Every October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for eleven exceptional days of cinematic splendor.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary | Now – November 11

Philly Free Streets |  Sat, Oct. 28 from 8AM-1PM
Philly Free Streets temporarily closes a designated street route to cars, so that people can walk, bike, and play. This year’s car-free route will connect Philadelphia’s Historic District and El Centro de Oro in North Philadelphia’s Fairhill Neighborhood.


Hang with Wizards, Land a Dream Gig and Chat with Creatives!

From winding your way through a crowd of wizards to meeting local professionals, exciting things are coming up in Philadelphia! Below are our picks for you.

This Friday and Saturday = the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill!

All of next week is Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27! So Create your account now – don’t miss out on the best week of the year to launch your career.

Whether you’re looking for a position in the arts, business, tech, orgovernment, search campusphilly.org/launch right now to find career-building opportunities, all based in the Philadelphia region! Internships provide valuable work experience, strengthen your resume, and help you find what you’re most passionate about.

To participate:

  1. Create your account on: campusphilly.org/launch 
  2. Personalize your profile and perfect your resume.
  3. Apply to your dream gig!
  4. Check back all week, new positions will be added daily.

    Tuesday, October 24  is Create-adelphia at Saxby’s Headquarters! Create-adelphia includes opportunities to listen & learn from professionals at Free People, The Art Dept, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and the Philadelphia Inquirer!

    Afterwards, we’ll be having a networking session, complete with snacks from Wawa. Mingle  with recruiters from companies like Publicis Healthcare, Saxbys, Vanguard, and Seer Interactive. No worries if you don’t consider yourself a creative either, don’t forget that #artmuseumsneedaccountants too!

A Wizard’s Weekend in Chestnut Hill

Grab your wand, hop on your broom and fly over to Chestnut Hill for the Harry Potter Festival, happening October 20-21!

Event info brought to you by chestnuthillpa.com.

An evening of Potions, Pubs, and magical possibilities in Chestnut Hill
Date: Friday, October 20
 Germantown Avenue
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

No tickets required, no cost to attend (activities and entertainment options are pay-as-you-go unless otherwise noted), enough mischief to be managed by all.

Enjoy a special evening of magical fun including photo booths, performances by aerialists, fortune tellers along Germantown Avenue, and much more. The Franklin Institute brings Astronomy to Wands & Wizards Night.  Spirited food and beverage specials will also be available at participating restaurants throughout Chestnut Hill. Stores on the Avenue will remain open until 9 pm. Astronomy Night will run 7-10 pm.

The Night Kitchen Bakery/Madame’s Baking Nook:  fortune teller, butterscotch beer with shots of firebolt for those over 21.  Stew with mashed potatoes and pulled pork sliders.  You can finish it off with special cupcakes.

Date: Saturday, October 21
 St. Martin in the Fields Church, 8000 St. Martins Lane
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $35 5K / $20 Nimbus Walk

Date: Saturday, October 21
 Germantown Avenue.  12 blocks from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue.
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free to attend. New for 2017, designated admission areas and paid activities available.

The 7th Annual Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival returns to Germantown Avenue with more room to roam, more treats to eat, and more fun for all. With an expanded festival footprint spanning 12 blocks and new designated family-friendly activity areas (conveniently located just off of Germantown Avenue) this year’s festival promises the same wizardry wonder of years past, with the mischief managed.

Date: Saturday, October 21
 Chestnut Hill College
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free to attend

The 8th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament returns with teams from visiting colleges and the local community team competing in round-robin style quidditch matches.


Trains to “Hogsmeade”

Trains to Hogsmeade (a.k.a. SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail Lines to Chestnut Hill stops), depart from Jefferson Station and make all regular stops to Chestnut Hill West. Advance ticket purchase is recommended and schedules are available online.


Things We’re Excited About! (And You Should Be Too!)

  1. Dancing the night away and seeing The Barnes’ world-famous art collection! Students get to celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included. RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes happening Thursday, October 19.

  2. Going to the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, October 21-22!

  3. Listening to local creatives share their career stories at Create-adelphia!The panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer! Register here and see you at Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters in Center City.

  4. Finding a dream gig during Online Job + Internship Week!Create your free Launch profile  for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27. Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

What’s On Our Mind: #ThursdayThoughts

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.

  • Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!

    You don’t want to miss out on a night market in Chinatown, Manayunk Harvest Fest + more!

  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!

  • Check out weekly top 5 picks. Freshly picked and ready for your application!

    Gigs from Frank Recruitment Group, Pennoni, New Penn Financial, Xelerate and The Karma Agency.

  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

Night Market in Chinatown, Craft Market in Center City + Festivals All Around

Stroll the streets of Philadelphia’s Chinatown during Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi on Thursday, October 12, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Head to Center City to check out original, hand-crafted works at Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Market, starting on Friday, October 13.

Celebrate the diverse cultures and talents that international college students and scholars bring to the city of Philadelphia during the Festival for International Students at Penn on Friday, October 13.

Tis the season for haunted exploration! Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is the perfect place to get in the spooky spirit.

A block party + October= BLOKTOBERFEST 2017 on Saturday, October 14 happening all down South Street West.

Hang out by the Delaware River on Saturday, October 14 during the Fishtown RiverCity Festival in Penn Treaty Park. If you’re a runner, join the Festival’s 5k!

Twist and turn your way to Manayunk Harvest Fest in Pretzel Park on Saturday, October 14. There will be food trucks and fall activities like pumpkin carving!

Find more fun things to do in our events calendar and Neighborhood page on. As always, share your adventures with us by tagging @campusphilly.