Archive for the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

May 1st, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.

 

April 25th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.

April 24th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.

 

April 21st, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.

April 14th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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!

April 4th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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!

 

March 31st, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Deal of the Day: One Weekend, Two Exclusive Deals


1. Open Arts College Night: Pennsylvania Ballet 

Don’t miss your last chance, to register for our final College Night hosted by the Ballet. Take advantage of $10 tickets to Romance on Friday, April 7th. Tell your friends and enjoy an evening at the Ballet!

P.S. What’s your ideal Friday evening in Philadelphia? Tell us and you could win free tickets to the Ballet!



2. Opening Exhibit at the Penn Museum

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.

 

March 16th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: Movie Monday, Free Italian Ice + More!

Catch a movie, grab a free Rita’s Italian Ice, race a SEPTA bus, apply to internships from the comfort of your bed (or wherever you have internet access) and much more!

Movie Mondays @ The Trocadero | 21+ event
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
When: Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia 19107
Details: 21+ event.  Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 8, arrive before 7pm and enjoy a free beer. $3 gets you in and goes towards a snack or drink at the bar.


Start Spring Off Right—with FREE Italian Ice!
Every year Rita’s celebrates the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice! 
When:
Monday, March 20 from 12-9 p.m.
Where: Rita’s Italian Ice 


RaceTheBus 3.0
Race the SEPTA Route 21 Bus at Rush Hour Through Center City
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30 PM (prepare and line up), 5:41 PM Start
Where: Starting at 40th and Chestnut, we’ll race the 5:41 p.m. bus for 3.1 miles going east through Center City Philadelphia. The race will end at 2nd and Chestnut.


Ask Debora(h) Squared Facebook Live Event
Campus Philly’s going LIVE on Campus Philly’s Facebook to let you know what it takes to launch in Philly. Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent grad. Have a question? Submit it to Brynn at brynn@campusphilly.org by Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

When: Tuesday, March 21 starting at 12:30 p.m.
Where: facebook.com/campusphilly 


Young Involved Philadelphia Idea Forum
Get involved with YIP by learning more about  their plans for the year, and helping them brainstorm events in line with YIP’s 2017 goals. During meetings, share bright ideas and get up close and personal with the behind the scenes work that makes YIP programming happen.

When: Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia 19107


Game Changers: Women Making Games

Kat Webster from Bioware, Lauren Brown from EA Games, Harley Dwortz from Rooster Teeth Productions and Melissa Soest from BioWare will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are affecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists.

When:
Thursday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Moore College of Art & Design20th and the Pkwy, Philadelphia 19103


Online Job + Internship Week
Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With tools provided by Campus Philly leading up to the event, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia.

When: Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
Where: Anywhere you have internet access!


Launch Anywhere During Online Job + Internship Week! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

 

March 16th, 2017 by Dan Jacob

Summer in Philly: Intern Dan’s Picks

Music, food, events, and activities coupled with great weather is a recipe for an amazing summer. Philly has all the components to keep you occupied while you enjoy your well-deserved break.

Starting with music, Philly is no slouch when it comes to concerts. The Roots host their eponymous picnic concert every year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup this summer for The Roots Picnic is filled with big names such as Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne and many more. Keeping up with tradition, Jay-Z’s Made in America concert has quickly become a Philly favorite. Held on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Made in America celebrates 4th of July weekend in the birthplace of America. Acts like Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, and Coldplay will be performing amongst many others.

On the outside, the Art Museum serves as the venue for Made in America, but on the inside the Art Museum will continue to feature exhibits throughout the summer. Such as a photographic exhibit – Wild: Michael Nichols, Philadelphia Assembled an exhibit that intertwines art and civic engagement, and Phulkari a collection of embroidered textiles from Punjab. Art deserves its own festival too, thankfully the artful neighborhood that is Manayunk hosts the Manayunk Arts Festival where for two days, hundreds of artists come to sell their own paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more.

Of course, we have to talk about food. Philly is a foodie haven, in the summer we turn it up a notch. The Night Market alone is enough to get you excited, imagine your favorite food trucks on campus, now picture a full block of them, uninterrupted by traffic each serving up their own delicious creations. Everyone gets in on the action, local giant Wawa hosts their Wawa Welcome America Party every year. From June 29th, up until 4th of July. Enjoy music, events, performances and lots and lots of food. Finally, the most notable Philly delicacy: the Philly cheesesteak is getting the fest it deserves. Held at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Cheesesteak & Food Fest offers samples of other local delicacies like hoagies and pretzels, along with games, competitions, and well – cheesesteaks!

Spending time with good people in great weather is an event in itself. Some of my personal favorite outdoor chill spots include: Penn’s Landing, where you get a great view of the Delaware River and Harbor Park an extension of Penn’s Landing which illuminates the pier of Penn’s Landing literally. Hanging light crystals adorn the trees along the walkway, along with hammocks, and food shacks. And my personal favorite- The Art Museum. With a view of the city right down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the steps of the Art Museum are a prime location for kickin’ back and basking in the great weather.

I can go on forever but enough about my summer in Philly! Let’s make sure you’re here to experience it for yourself. Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

 

March 14th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Summer in Philly: Campus Philly Staff Picks

We can’t top Mayor Kenney’s letter to you college students about living and working in Philadelphia for the summer, but we can* add to his message by sharing our favorite things to do here in the summertime.

Patrick Sherlock, Vice President, University Relations and Student Engagement
There’s so many things to do in Philly during the summer. I like to enjoy evening bike rides, neighborhood chilling – on stoops, front steps, porches, and through screen doors. I’ve met some amazing people through sports leagues in Fairmount Park and connected with old friends through outdoor eating and drinking.  My favorite picks include: Parks on Tap, Memphis Taproom beer garden, cupcake truck at Dollar Stroll.


Ella Strauss, Open Arts Program Manager
Even though I love living in the city, my favorite thing to do during the summer is to head down the shore. It is the best way to escape the heat and get some fresh salt air, plus it’s only a short drive away. Everyone is relaxed and it’s a great time to catch up with friends and family.


Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
I love simple summer things like riding my bike to Reading Terminal Market to grab some fresh produce and making a pit stop at Spruce Street Harbor Park to people watch. One of my favorite summer moments in Philly was cruising around on the back of my friend’s scooter with a milkshake from Joe’s Steaks in hand; we rode to La Peg to watch an outdoor movie under the Ben Franklin Bridge.


Reggie Hall, Senior Program Manager, Partnerships
Philly has so many low cost ways to have fun in the summer. I like visiting Race Street Pier for their free yoga session. Can’t have a better start to a warm summer day than to jog to the Race Street Pier, join their free yoga session around 9:30AM, and then snag brunch at Day by Day in Center City.


Jen Devor, Director, Partnerships
During the summer, the streets are filled with action. This is a perfect time for people watching & gelato from Capogiro at “the fountain” on Passyunk Ave.


Roger Estes, Creative Director
My favorite thing to do in the summer is spend time in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors can find a place there because it has every type of terrain from paved paths to advanced hiking/mountain biking trails. The Wissahickon Creeks flows through the middle of the park with a few places to dip your toes in and there is even a spot to get ice cream at the Valley Green Inn.


Ashlie Thornbury, Vice President, Partnerships &  Deborah Diamond, President
One is the best things to do in the summer is to find one of the city’s great outdoor pools and head there for “adult swim” hours. It’s quieter than when all the kids are there and the pools are well-maintained, in lots of different neighborhoods and free!

Experience a Philadelphia summer for yourself! Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.