10 Ways to Enjoy Philly This Summer!

Whether you’ve just closed the book on a great school year or you’re taking a breather between spring and summer sessions, now is the time to treat yourself to some Philly fun! Here are our upcoming events picks for you.

1. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, June 11  starting at 6 p.m. daily | Franklin
Square, 200 6th St.

Franklin Square is magically lit up with 29 handcrafted lanterns, including a 200-foot Chinese dragon constructed by lantern artisans from China! Get a pic with illuminated sea creatures, lions, pandas and more.


2. Beer Gardens! When warm weather comes, Philly beer gardens emerge and blossom into must-hang spots. Check out our beer garden picks for the 21+ crowd.


3. Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme
Thursday, May 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. |  Cottman & Rising Sun

Come hungry! The Food Trust throws this awesome (and very popular) festival which brings Philly’s amazing food options– from food trucks to local restaurants–to the streets and sidewalks.


4. Spruce St. Harbor Park Grand Opening Weekend
Opening Friday, May 12 | Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street

IMO, this is the ultimate chill spot. At Spruce St. Harbor Park, you can swing from the hammocks,  lounge in the Adirondack chairs, stroll the boardwalk lined with delicious local treats, catch an outdoor movie, have a drink on the floating bar.


5. 14th Annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing 
Saturday, May 12- Sunday, May 13 | 100 S Columbus Boulevard

There’s rain in the weekend forecast but this bazaar is happening rain or shine! If you’re looking for a locally handmade gift for your mom on Mother’s Day, this is the place to get it. Or! Why not just bring your mom along for a crafty day in the city?


6. Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair
Saturday, May 12- Monday, May 14 

We love when there’s some big event happening in Rittenhouse Square, especially when the park is filled with beautiful handmade arts and crafts. Walk around, admire what’s on display and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant like Shake Shack or Devil’s Den.


7. 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21 |  9th Street & Washington Avenue

The Italian Market is always buzzing with energy and full of great food. Multiply that by 100 and add a greased pole and you have the Italian Market Festival. 


8. 40th St. Summer Series: Sun Ra Arkestra
Saturday, May 20 | 40th & Walnut Streets

This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly.) 


9. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Saturday, May 20 | 18th & Walnut Streets

Take to the streets-literally, this is the only time Walnut St. is blocked off to vehicular traffic- for a day of strolling around the Rittenhouse’s most popular festival.


10. Free Yoga on Race St. Pier
Monday-Sunday, times vary 

Now that class is over, head to a different kind of class– yoga class! It’s not your everyday yoga either, it’s yoga with a beautiful view of  the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge.

This is just a sample of what’s going on this month! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page  for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

Philly To-Do: Parties, Fairs & Festivals

Looking to take a well deserved study break? Finished with finals? Celebrate with fun parties, fairs and festivals happening in Philadelphia. Below you’ll find our picks for college students looking to unwind after all that hard work!

Philly Tech Week Block Party
Thursday, May 4 from 4 – 8 p.m. | Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street

Some of the best companies in Philadelphia are partnering to present a star-studded cast of the most exciting outdoor and party games for the PTW 2017 Block Party! Plus over 50 of the city’s greatest game developers will be presenting the best video games of the century for EVERYONE to play! RSVP for FREE access to drink specials, discounts, and more!


Philadelphia Art Book Fair
Friday, May 5 – Saturday, May 6 | Twelve 27, 1227 N. 4th Street

The annual Philadelphia Art Book Fair which showcases a wide range of exhibitors, from large and small photography and art book publishers to individual artists and institutions, local, national and international. Free and open to the public, the Book Fair will feature book signings and a host of published works to peruse, review and add to your collection.


South Street Spring Festival
Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | South Street between Front & 8th Streets

South Street kicks off Philly’s summer festival season with a totally free, all day, all-ages celebration of the city’s best sights, sounds, tastes and sips. HIGHLIGHTS: 40 bands rocking three stages and seven performance areas,  30+ restaurants/bars serving outside, dozens of artists selling their handmade wares, Free Comic Book Day, Maifest and Philly’s largest Maypole + more!


Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, June 11  starting at 6 p.m. daily | Franklin Square, 200 6th St.

The park will glow with 29 new handcrafted lanterns, including a newly rebuilt 200-foot Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year) constructed by lantern artisans from China. Other lantern designs include a brand-new entrance gate, sea creatures, lions, pandas and mythological creatures.


Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme
Thursday, May 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. |  Cottman & Rising Sun

The uber-popular festival organized by The Food Trust highlights the city’s amazing dining scene by inviting dozens and dozens of food trucks and neighborhood restaurants to serve up food and drinks in a festival-style outdoor event (read: on streets and sidewalks).

This is just a sample of what’s going on this month! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar, Facebook events page and Arts & Culture picks for May 1-7 for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

Deal of the Day: BalletX Tickets!

Our friends at BalletX have a special student rush offer available for their remaining shows! $10 tickets will be available 15 minutes before show time with valid proof of University ID (cash only).


Dates and times of Spring Series 2017 at the Wilma Theater:

    • Wednesday, May 3 at 8:00 PM
    • Thursday,  May 4 at 8:00 PM
    • Friday, May 5 at 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 PM
    • Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 PM

Info about the show available at here. Get excited for the show by checking out this amazing teaser video:

Philly To-Do: Arts & Culture Events

The curtain is closing on your school year! Celebrate by treating yourself to an arts and culture adventure in Philadelphia. And to get the most out of your big day (or night) out, 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!

Defining Truth in Modern Politics
Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. | National Constitution Center | 0-$10 for Open Arts members

The rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media have all contributed to a troubling phenomenon: increasingly, citizens are asserting their own “truths.” Experts come together to discuss.


River Alive Nights: May The Fourth Be With You
Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. | Independence Seaport Museum | $16 for Open Arts members 

A long time ago, but in waters not so far away, sword fighting and celestial navigation helped sailors travel around our globe. Learn basic fight choreography, how to navigate this galaxy’s waterways using our night sky and make your own light-up sword on a 3D printer. Dissect sea stars in our Citizen Science Lab. Meet live animals from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and see how extreme environments have led to some amazing adaptations and more. Includes 1 drink ticket. 

Enter code CAMPUSPHILLY to receive $2 off your ticket as an Open Arts member.


Eastern State Penitentiary Opening Reception 
Friday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. | Eastern State Penitentiary | Free for Open Arts members

Be among the first to walk the corridor of the long-abandoned Hospital Block, and to view three new artist installations. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public; no reservations required.


Bombay Rickey 
Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. | The Painted Pride Art Center | $20 for Open Arts members 

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and originals that borrow from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals.

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: First Week of May

How many days of school do you have left? If you aren’t already, you’ll soon be counting them down on your fingers. While you’re wrapping a busy school year, May events are just getting started. Check out our picks for the first week of May and get a head start on enjoying Philly summer-style.

Monday Movie Night @ The Trocadero: La La Land
Monday, May 1 from 6:30 – 11 p.m. | 1003 Arch Street | 21+

Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 8. Arrive before 7 p.m. or come dressed to the door dressed as a character form the film and give us a song and dance number at the door and you will receive a free drink! $3 gets you in and goes towards a snack or drink at the bar.


Spring Training at Dilworth Park 
Tuesday, May 2 – Thursday, May 4 | City Hall

From Yoga to City Fit Girls Running Club, get your FREE fitness on right next to Philadelphia’s City Hall! Full schedule here.


Philly Tech Week Block Party
Thursday, May 4 from 4 – 8 p.m. | Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street

Some of the best companies in Philadelphia are partnering to present a star-studded cast of the most exciting outdoor and party games for the PTW 2017 Block Party! Plus over 50 of the city’s greatest game developers will be presenting the best video games of the century for EVERYONE to play! RSVP for FREE access to drink specials, discounts, and more!


Philadelphia Art Book Fair
Friday, May 5 – Saturday, May 6 | Twelve 27, 1227 N. 4th Street

The annual Philadelphia Art Book Fair which showcases a wide range of exhibitors, from large and small photography and art book publishers to individual artists and institutions, local, national and international. Free and open to the public, the Book Fair will feature book signings and a host of published works to peruse, review and add to your collection.


South Street Spring Festival
Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | South Street between Front & 8th Streets

South Street kicks off Philly’s summer festival season with a totally free, all day, all-ages celebration of the city’s best sights, sounds, tastes and sips. HIGHLIGHTS: 40 bands rocking three stages and seven performance areas,  30+ restaurants/bars serving outside, dozens of artists selling their handmade wares, Free Comic Book Day, Maifest and Philly’s largest Maypole + more!


Clover Market: Collingswood
Sunday, May 7  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 735 N. Atlantic Ave, Collingswood, NJ 

Featuring a rotating lineup  of over 100 vendors, food trucks, hands-on kids’ crafts, abundant retail & restaurant options all around town, meet and greets with local animal rescues and more. Family and dog-friendly and free admission.

This is just a sample of what’s going on this week! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar, Facebook events page and Arts & Culture picks for May 1-7 for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

 

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.

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!

Philly To-Do: April Events

Warmer days are (hopefully) here to stay! Starting now until the fall, it seems like Philadelphia is hosting an event every other day, and we’re not complaining! Here’s what’s on our radar.

Spring Training at Dilworth Park
April 4- May 25 | Dilworth Park, next to City Hall

Yoga, running club, boot camp, oh my! Dilworth Park will be hosting free outdoor activities starting today, April 4! Check out the class schedule here.


Opening Exhibit at the Penn Museum
Saturday, April 8 | Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Grab your exclusive $5 tickets to opening day, Saturday, April 8th, of Cultures at the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq at the Penn Museum. This offer is only for Open Arts members. When registering, make sure to select student tickets and use discount code: OPENARTS$5.


Sakura Sunday in Fairmount Park
Sunday, April 9 | Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Dr. | $10-$15

One of our favorite spring events! Get your fill of cherry blossoms at Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature event, Sakura Sunday. The daylong event features live music, performances, fashion shows and more.


Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
Sunday, April 9 | Main Street, Manayunk
Along historic Main Street, grab everything from savory BBQ to sweet desserts from over 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors! There will also be live music for people of all ages to enjoy at Green Lane, Cotton Street, and Shurs Lane.


Clover Market in Chestnut Hill
Sunday, April 9 | 25 W. Highland Ave, Chestnut Hill PA.
The Clover Market returns for it’s 8th season kicking off in downtown Chestnut Hill.Featuring over 100 vendors, food trucks, abundant retail & restaurant options all around town, meet and greets with local animal rescues and more. Family and dog-friendly and free admission.


Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia
Tuesday, April 11 | Seer Interactive, 1033 N 2nd St.
Get your start within Philly’s unique science and tech community at Geek’s Guide! This event features tips from community leaders plus an exclusive preview of the upcoming Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week events. Register for FREE.


Philadelphia Diversity Career Fair
Tuesday, April 18 | Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 
Employers and prospective employees from all backgrounds and communities will come together in one venue for Philadelphia’s premiere diverse and multicultural career event


Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21-29 | Various locations
With 175 exhibitors and a huge outdoor carnival, this nine-day festival includes a ton of interactive activities that show the role that science plays in everyday life


Penn Relays
April 27-29 | Franklin Field, 235 S 33rd St. 

High school, college and even professional track stars compete during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation.


18th Annual Philly Black Pride
April 27-May 1 | Various locations
A fantastic opportunity for Black LGBTQ+ communities & allies to celebrate, network & build awareness. With a diverse array of events implemented collaboratively, this celebration brings together an average of 3,500-5,000 Black LGBTQ+ people & counting!


Philadelphia Tech Week
April 28-May 6 | Various locations
A week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone!