The Semester is Coming to a Close, and Philadelphia Festivities Are Just Beginning!

While your semester is winding down, Philadelphia is going full-steam-ahead into the holiday season! From local holiday markets to free museum days, here are some ways to take a study break and enjoy Philadelphia in its festive glory.

Channel your inner Olympic champion by bringing your best moves to the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. With a valid student ID, get free skate admission at the rink Monday through Thursday until December 21st. Skate rental not included.

Planning to shop til you drop this Saturday? Refuel with sweet treats at the Crepes and Cocoa Pop-Up near a.kitchen, 135 S. 18th St.

Speaking of shopping, there are several holiday markets happening this weekend! Crafty Balboa Holiday, 2017 South Philly Handmade BrigadeHandmade: Indoor Market & DIY WorkshopsGo West Craft Fest

Run, run Rudolph! Lace up your sneakers for Saturday’s free Rudolph Run in Manayunk.

Celebrate Weckerly’s Ice Cream one year birthday at their first brick-and-mortar shop at 9 W. Girard Ave. “Throughout the day (and while supplies last), guests will enjoy a complimentary slice of birthday cake with a purchased scoop of ice cream.”

Head to Old City for Saturday’s Philly Holiday Festival’s Free Museum Day at National Liberty Museum. After, browse the unique Old City boutiques or stop by Franklin Fountain for their Holiday Hot Fudge Sundae.

On Tuesday night, watch the ’90s classic, “Home Alone,” on the big screen at PFS Roxy. No need to get dressed up for the occasion. The holiday movie screening will also be a pizza and pajama party…students receive a discount.

Get your bike ready to ride and shine for the Bicycle Coalitions’ Holiday Lights Ride on Wednesday. The ‘best-spirited costume’ will receive fun prizes!

Looking for more? Check out Eight Festive Events Happening in Philly and our Campus Philly calendar.

 

Make It Count! 5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Week

Your upcoming winter break is the perfect time to lock down your spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.


It’s the most wonderful time of year in Philadelphia! These 8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now” are happening all month long so check ’em out.


If you want to find unique gifts for your friends and family and support local artists and makers, check out these upcoming holiday markets.


RSVP to the Inclusive Leadership Conference! This popular event takes place on Saturday, February 3, 10AM – 4PM, at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

 

 

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping in Philly

With all the upcoming holiday markets happening this month, it will be easy to  find something for everyone on your list! Check out our picks below and visit our calendar page for more things to do around the city.

Stag & Doe Nights 
Wednesdays | December 6, 13, 20 | Chestnut Hill
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. 


Crafty Balboa Holiday
Saturday, December 9 from 11AM-5PM | BOK Building, 1901 S. 9th Street
A holiday makers market featuring handmade wares from over 80 makers, artists, and crafters. Preview our vendors here. The first 100 shoppers will receive a tote bag from Occasionette filled with goodies from our vendors!! Lume Creative and The Art Dept will host Make and Take tables highlighting handmade holiday crafts.


2017 South Philly Handmade Brigade
Saturday, December 9 from 11AM-6PM| 1241 Carpenter Street
Touted as the “best annual holiday party in South Philadelphia,” the Brigade is a shopping event featuring affordable and original artwork & gifts by local artists. Glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more!


Handmade: Indoor Market & DIY Workshops at Fleisher Art Memorial
Saturday, December 9 from 12PM-5PM | 719 Catherine Street
More than 30 vendors curated by Shannon Maldonado, founder of YOWIE. Twenty-five Philly Small Press Faire vendors, DIY workshops for adults plus more! 


Go West Craft Fest
Sunday, December 10 from 10AM-4PM | The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
​Find unique holiday gifts by 70 local makers. Quality handmade jewelry, ceramics, knitted accessories, clothing, prints, original art, stationery, home wares, children’s’ items, soaps, candles, holiday items and more… 


Open House: Pop-up Holiday Market at the Barnes Foundation
Friday, December 15 from 5PM-8PM | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Featuring free admission to the Barnes collection and Kiefer Rodin exhibition! This holiday market is a great, one-stop-shop for interesting artsy and eco-friendly gifts, including cool apparel, handmade jewelry and artisanal goods. Visitors will also have access to art after hours, and winter-inspired spirits and gastro fare, including complimentary treats from Whole Foods. 


Punk Rock Flea Market at BOK
Saturday, Dec. 16 & Sunday, Dec.17 from 10AM-5PM |  1901 S. 9th Street
The Punk Rock Flea Market returns with the 2017 Holiday Edition! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.

 

Find Your Spring Internship, Get on the List for an Awesome Conference + Check out Local Holiday Happenings!

Believe it or not, it’s time to lock down that spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.

 


Bookmark the Inclusive Leadership Conference registration page. Starting this Friday, December 1, you can RSVP to this free, all-day conference happening on Saturday, February 3 at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


‘Tis the season for tree lightings, holiday markets and parties! On Tuesday, November 28, you can catch the Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square. Thursday night looks like the perfect time to get a little holiday shopping at the opening night of  Historic Holiday Nights in Old City! And lace up your ice skates and coast into the weekend at Friday’s tree lighting at the Blue Cross RiverRink.

Get more ideas for fun holiday activities by checking out our picks for Holiday Happenings and Holiday Lights in Philadelphia.


Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind!

Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Monday Motivation To-Do

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Laurus Group and Museum of the American Revolution.


Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events listed in this week’s Campus Philly itinerary. In this week’s edition, we have festivals, free museum picks, an Eagles guest appearance and more!


RSVP to Leadership Connection on Tuesday, November 14 at Publicis Health Media!  Learn from regional activists, civic leaders, artists, and others about how they began, what challenges they face, and what they hope their impact will be in the future.

 

Local Festivals, Free Museum Days + More!

There’s never a dull calendar week in Philadelphia! We have festivals,  a celebrity sighting, free (or almost free) museum days, plus more in this week’s rundown. 

Festivals happening right now:

First Person Arts Festival
November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia |
November 1 – December 8

Coming up:

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12


Tuesday, November 7

An Eagles player could be your barista on Tuesday… See for yourself at Saxbys New Café Preview Party.


Wednesday, November 8

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of our favorite midweek activities.

If you’re 21+ and a Drake fan, you have to check out So Far Gone aka #DrakeNightSFG at The Fillmore in Fishtown!


Thursday, November 9

Make your way down the Parkway for an evening of ‘out of this world’ astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts at Night Skies in the Observatory at the Franklin Institute. 


Friday, November 10

Celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day at the Franklin Institute.  Free demonstrations, activities, and live shows will promote sustainability, environmental responsibility, and biological innovation + more!


Saturday, November 11

The National Constitution Center will be honoring Veterans Day with free admission to all visitors.  Following your visit to the Constitution Center,  stroll down to the Museum of the American Revolution for their Veterans Day Weekend activities.

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Orchestrate a Fun Night at the Orchestra 

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The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra makes going to the orchestra more than a musical experience— it’s a terrific opportunity for members to mingle, make friends, volunteer, and develop a deeper relationship with the Orchestra.

The perks:  

  • It’s free to join! 
  • You’ll be a part of one of the largest young professional groups in the city of Philadelphia. 
  • Special savings on tickets for as low as $30 
  • Access to some of the best seats in the hall 
  • Young Friends events:
    • Get exclusive access to events with musicians and guest artists 
    • Annual summer event at the Mann Center 

“With free membership and the ability to purchase up to two tickets at a reduced rate for most concerts, it brings together dynamic and successful professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 who have a love for music and an interest in exploring arts and culture.” — With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music 

In addition to getting great deals, Young Friends can give back and get more involved with the orchestra through a new program called Young Friend Ambassadors.  There are seven giving levels and an option to give a monthly gift or all at one time to get your desired level.  

Vice President of Marketing Janice Hay says, “Make going to a concert an event. Try it out. If you don’t like it, that’s OK. We want you to hear the most spectacular music anywhere, performed by some of the best artists in the world. And you can come to the Orchestra for a price that is competitive with other entertainment optionsand get past any perceptions you think exist.”  

 So try it out, become a Young Friend today and see you at the orchestra!  

Dreamin’ of the Weekend in Philadelphia

This Friday! Celebrate National Sandwich Day with a free FOMO cheesesteak from SOMO on Main Street in Manayunk. Grab yours from 11AM to 3PM while supplies last.

Oh, and this Friday = First Friday in Philadelphia! Check out:
— Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre
— First Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— InLiquid 2017 Benefit – Young Professionals Night + more.

Show your local park some love on Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 4! It’s a great way to pitch in and get involved in your community. This is a citywide event with multiple locations. Register here.

Indulge in everything apple at Peddler’s Village 44th Annual Apple Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday.

Treat yourself to a little something from Sunday’s Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. This traveling market has everything– vintage finds, handmade goods and most importantly, food!

Stroll around the city and local museums at Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And make sure these upcoming events are on your radar:
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, November 4-19
— First Person Arts Festival happening November 5-18
Leadership Connection at Publicis Health Media on Tuesday, November 14.

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.