We lied: we can’t really tell you about everything that is happening in Philly this semester, but we can give you a pretty good starting point. This list covers everything from major city events (like the Philadelphia Science Festival, woop woop!) to programs put on by Campus Philly in partner with many other organizations in the city. Get excited.
Restaurant Week, January 18-23 and January 25 – 30
This one is basically a student’s dream: amazing food from the top restaurants in Philadelphia (which are some of the top restaurants in the country) for a fixed price. Although there have been spin-off Restaurant Weeks in University City and Manayunk, the Center City one is the original. Three-course lunches are $20 and three-course dinners are $35 at restaurants such as Zahav, Xochitl, and High Street on Market among over a hundred others. Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices? Philly.com offers you some great advice on how to make the most of Restaurant Week.
Inclusive Leadership Conference, February 14
Attention all student leaders, this one’s for you! Temple University and Campus Philly will host a one-day leadership conference open to ALL Philadelphia-area college students. The 2015 Inclusive Leadership Conference will give college students the chance to enhance their leadership knowledge and skills through presentations, workshops, dialogues, and panels on topics related to inclusive leadership and social change.
Philadelphia Science Festival, April 24 – May 2
So much science. Science everywhere. With everything in past years from a the massive science carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to DIY fermenting of cheese and beer, this is sure to be an awesome geekfest. And while participants definitely learn about chemistry, biology, and physics, the festival has also historically hosted events about topics like ecology and the science behind zombies.
Philadelphia Flower Show, February 28 – March 8
You might be thinking “okay, lots of flowers in pots…” but the Flower Show is so much cooler than that. It is the largest flower show in the country, where hundreds of exhibitors put together amazing (and enormous) flower displays that take weeks to assemble. The theme of this year’s Flower Show is “Celebrate the Movies” so you’ll be able to go over Dorothy’s rainbow and see classic films come to life.
Campus Philly Online Internship Fair, March 23 – 27
In order to make sure that you know about all the internship and job opportunities happening in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, Campus Philly has an online job board (similar to a site like Monster or Indeed.com) where you can search for opportunities in dozens of industries. Every March, we have an Online Internship Fair where tons of employers post opportunities, and it is free for students at Campus Philly partner schools. So be sure to register for an account, log in, and find your perfect job or internship.
Philly Tech Week, April 17 – 25
This annual celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia has had over a hundred events in past years, ranging from playing a giant game of Tetris on this side of the Cira Centre (not even kidding) to conferences for student entrepreneurs. Check out their continually-updated list of events and get your tech on in April.
Dance PHL, Mid-April
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, whose goal is to eradicate pediatric cancer, will be having a dance marathon this spring for those who want to have fun and help out with a great cause. The dance marathon format will feel familiar to anyone who has heard about Thon at Penn State. Dancers have to raise a certain amount of money for the cause, and they are also looking for students to help out on the committee that will put on Dance PHL — if you’re interested, fill out this form.