Top 10 Reasons to Come to CollegeFest 2017!

This September something new is coming to the city– YOU! Whether a freshman or senior, you’re starting a new year of school in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. On Saturday, September 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Campus Philly to celebrate all things new at CollegeFest happening at Dilworth Park next to City Hall! 

Why should you come? Here are some very good reasons:

  1. Admission is FREE! Sign up for express check-in and RSVP on Facebook for event news and updates. What more of a reason do you need?
  2. New environment? New faces? No problem! The city welcomes YOU with open arms by throwing you the best party around: CollegeFest.
  3. OK, OK, well, Philadelphia, after all, is one of America’s largest college towns, with more than 300,000 students and countless alumni. This event is your chance to see why all of these people have decided to learn, grow and work here.
  4. Even though CollegeFest is hosted in Dilworth Park, use the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop (that will be running all day) to take you to participating destinations.

  5. With your CollegeFest wristband, you gain access to some of Philadelphia’s great museums to explore the city’s culture and history– for FREE! See the list of museums here.
  6. You will make new friends from other campuses during CollegeFest. Not only does this expand your professional network, but it also broadens your scope on campus life in Philadelphia.
  7. CollegeFest is your go-to introduction for what is happening in Philly. The Fest highlights fun events that take place throughout the year, so you’ll never miss a moment.
  8. Deck the (City) Hall with tons of recreational activities, free giveaways, games, music and free swag–and it’s all there just for you!
  9. The city is an extension of your campus, and a great spot for you to know and love. Campus Philly and exhibitors will be there to guide you every step of the way.
  10. CollegeFest is the time to celebrate your first few days in the city. And with all the great info given to you by Campus Philly, you’ll be one step closer to unlocking all that the city has to offer!

Explore Philly through Art at the 2017 Fringe Festival

Tickets are on sale for the citywide, 21st annual Philly Fringe Festival, September 7-24

New to the city and looking to dive head first into Philly’s art scene? Then check out the citywide, 21st annual Fringe Festival happening September 7-24!  This 17-day celebration of art-making offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross-section of the world’s greatest arts experimenters at one time, in one city, from West Philly to Old City and everywhere in between. The Festival attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year, hungry for artistic experiences that break the mold, push boundaries, and advance the international conversation surrounding performance.

The artists in this year’s Curated Festival contemplate community and interconnectedness through their work in vastly different ways.

In HOME, long-time Festival contributor Geoff Sobelle creates a house onstage that goes up with the speed of time-lapse photography. This piece is a glorious meditation on the transitory nature of dwelling, the constraints of time and money, the impossible structural demands of a house, the absurdity—and at times the impossibility—of making a home.

Alternatively, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project present Declassified Memory Fragment, a work of dance, live concert, and theater created as an open letter on African society: its lifestyles, cultures, beauty, complexities, and politics.

In Ghost Rings, creator/director Tina Satter of Half Straddle tells a tale of friendship and the intricacies of family-making, offering a tender and harrowingly funny visual and sonic experience that traverses the multiple and messy layers of romance from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.

In 17c, Big Dance Theater mines the theatricality of the diary of Samuel Pepys, whose obsessive journaling serves as a startling precursor to our social media culture.  Even in the Pig Iron Theatre Company show.

A Period of Animate Existence, children, elders, and machines contemplate the future in a time of dire predictions and rapid technological change in this work of symphonic theater.

The Festival goes beyond just the curated works FringeArts presents. Over 180 different shows in a variety of different genres are being produced by independent artists, including 25 shows that are free/PWYW, so there’s something for everybody! Can’t make it off campus? No worries! You can check out  Digital Fringe, pieces created by digital artists and accessible online anytime during the Festival. Works include podcasts, social media compilations, video games and more.

La Peg, FringeArts’ partner in food and art, welcomes Festival audiences and artists back to its waterfront headquarters every night of the Festival.  They offer a late night happy hour for Festival audiences 21 and over – show a ticket and get a drink for as little as $3. Make sure to come out on the weekends for events like the explosive Festival kick-off party on Sept. 8th with a performance from the hip-hop/rock band Ill Doots and on Sept. 16th for a therapeutic free-wheeling dance party led by local theater artist Rachel Camp dubbed Dance Explosion. All late night entertainment is free and 21+ in Haas Biergarten.

Students receive $5 off tickets to all shows priced above $10 and pay $15 for tickets to FringeArts Curated shows. Groups of 10+ save 25%.

A full schedule of additional Festival events, performance dates, times and locations is available at FringeArts.com.  Follow FringeArts on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in Festival updates.

Weave Your Way Through the Fabric Workshop and Museum

As part of our CollegeFest celebration,  The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) will be offering FREE admission to college students on Saturday, September 9 from 12-5 p.m.

Founded in 1977, FWM is distinguished as the only institution in the United States devoted to offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. FWM is recognized for its Artist-in-Residence Program, an extensive permanent collection of new work created by artists at the Museum, in-house touring exhibitions, wide-ranging educational programming, and our high school, college and post-graduate apprentice training programs.


Currently on view:
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
August 11 – November 5, 2017

The story of master architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. This landmark exhibition, organized by the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in twenty years and offers new insight into the famed architect’s methods and inspiration through more than 200 objects and ephemeral items. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is proud to be the final venue of the international tour.


Highlights of “must sees” at FWM:

Study Tours and Hands-on Workshops
FWM unique Study Tours and Hands-on Workshops lead participants through our current exhibitions and professional studios. Cost $3 per participant.

What’s Going on in the Studio?
Find out how artists collaborate with FWM staff to create unique works for the museum’s permanent collection and beyond. Our museum educators will lead you on a tour of the galleries and the studio. This tour focuses on how an artist’s ideas develop and change during the process of creation and experimentation with new materials.

Make Your Mark!
Learn the fundamentals of silkscreen printing on fabric in just a few easy steps. Use our “printer station” to print a T-shirt or make a fun swatch using designs made by artists at FWM. Bring a pre-washed 100% cotton T-shirt, bag, or fabric swatch for this workshop. Tote bags, custom screens, and other add-ons can be provided at an additional cost.

Learn more about these and other educational programs by visiting our website, www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or contacting the Study Tour Coordinator at tours@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. 

Monday Motivation Magic

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. En Route | Marketing / PR Internship
2. Grassroots Unwired | Account Executive
3. Technically Media | Business Intern
4. Philadelphia Film Society | Membership & Development Internship |  26th Philadelphia Film Festival
5. The Moyer Foundation | Development Intern


Tuesday, August 15
Taco Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden University City
“Tuesday’s are Café Ynez Taco Tuesdays – Featuring specials on house-made tacos by South Philly’s Café Ynez (choose from Pork, Chicken and Brisket).”

Wednesday, August 16 
Passyunk Passeggiata
“Stroll, shop, dine & sip during this weekly Farmers’ Market + late shopping and happy hour!”

Thursday, August 17
Stroll the Street 
“Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, and live music along Main Street as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat.”

Friday, August 18
Food and Flicks Fridays at The Oval
“Tasty food trucks and a great lineup of movies every Friday night during the summer season at The Oval+. Movies begin at 9PM.”

P.S. See you at CollegeFest on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 3pm at Dilworth Park next to City Hall! You get free admission to 14 museums and cultural venues plus much more.

It’s Time to Unwind from Your Weekday Grind!

We know you’re a  hardworking bunch so thinking about the weekend has you dancing in your internship office chairs. With it almost being that time to unwind, here are our picks for this weekend AND beyond.

  • The Oval+  is hosting free activities during Food and Flicks Friday and Game Day Saturdays until August 20.
  • We promise you won’t find any in Dilworth Park  but you’ll be able to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Friday’s Pictures In the Park.
  • The traveling beer garden, Parks on Tap, has planted itself in Aviator Park  and Gorgas Park(21+) until Sunday, August 13.
  • Photo opps await at Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest! Your selfie backdrops include a Ferris Wheel, the Ben Franklin Bridge and more.

    BLOG BREAK! Add CollegeFest to your calendar– Saturday, September 9 at Dilworth Park next to City Hall from 10 am to 3 p.m. FREE admission to FOURTEEN local museums and cultural venues, hang out with thousands of other college students and more. All you have to do is sign up for express check-in and we’ll see you there!


  • Movies in Clark Park happen every Friday until September 1. E.T., Singin’ in the RainHidden Figures and Moana are in the August lineup.
  • Pop over to Penn’s Landing on Saturday, August 12 for Festival of India!
  • Saturday’s O-Bon Festival “promises lively music, colorful summer kimonos and an infectious dance-step that will give you the experience of being in Japan without the $1,200 airfare.”
  • Tap your toes, twirl around, wiggle your behind to tunes at Sunday’s Parks On Tap Jr.: Twilight Music Festival.
  • Treat yourself to a nice (discounted, yes!) lunch or dinner during Chestnut Hill’s Restaurant Week happening Sunday, August 13 to Friday, August 18.

F is for Free AND Fourteen…

As in you get FREE admission to FOURTEEN local museums and cultural venues at CollegeFest on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dilworth Park next to City Hall!

“How does one see all the free things at CollegeFest?” 
1. Sign up for express check-in to get your name on the CollegeFest list. Once you’ve made it official, make it Facebook official by RSVPing and inviting your friends.

2. On Saturday, September 9,  make your way to Dilworth Park by City Hall to get your wristband.  **Do not skip step 2! That wristband is key.**

3. Show your ‘band at any of the fourteen and get in for free!

“Who makes up the Free Fourteen?”
1. African American Museum in Philadelphia
2. Eastern State Penitentiary 
3. The Franklin Institute
4. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
5. National Constitution Center
6. Philadelphia History Museum
7. Philadelphia Museum of Art
8. Rodin Museum
9. National Museum of American Jewish History
10. Academy of Natural Sciences
11. Museum of the American Revolution 
12. Independence Seaport Museum
13. Betsy Ross House
14. The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Maybe we’ll snap a pic of you enjoying CollegeFest 2017. Until then, picture yourself in these photos from last year and be there in real life on Saturday, September 9!

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary

Flea Markets, Festivals, Free Movies + More!

Grown up you doesn’t have to share your summer vacation with your entire class, but your friends will want to catch up! If you want some cool things to report back to your reunited crew, check out our August picks.

The Oval+  is hosting free activities during Wellness Wednesdays, D.J. Dance Party Thursdays, Food and Flicks Friday and Game Day Saturdays until August 20.

The traveling beer garden, Parks on Tap, has planted itself in Aviator Park (21+) until August 13.

Photo opps await at Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest! Your selfie backdrops include a Ferris Wheel, the Ben Franklin Bridge and more.

Enjoy free live music while chilling in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Movies in Clark Park happen every Friday until September 1. E.T., Singin’ in the RainHidden Figures and Moana are in the August lineup.

Every local food truck imaginable will be at Night Market: Roxborough on Thursday, August 10.

Watch La La Land at an awesome outdoor venue with the Orchestra playing along with it. It’s happening on Thursday, August 17 at The Mann.

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


P.S. A shameless plug about an awesome event. Start your new school year off right with the best five hours in Philly at CollegeFest on Saturday, September 9! You get free admission to local museums + much more. Mark your calendar, share with your friends and see you there!

An Ice Cream Party, Hogwart’s Magic at The Mann + more!

Chill outside, grab a drink, watch a movie, eat some ice cream– in Philly, you can do those things all at once or one by one!

  1. 21+’ers can catch Center City Sips on Wednesdays, head to the PHS Pop Up Gardens: South Street OR University City (options, yay!), follow the traveling Parks on Tap in Lemon Hill and Jefferson Square Park.

  2. You have to check out Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Run up the Rocky steps to tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery.

  3. To be at Shakespeare in the Park, or not to be– that’s not even a question! You should definitely be there. From Wednesday, July 26 to Sunday, July 30, you can catch a free performance in West Philly’s Clark Park.

  4. Watch a movie under the stars! There are outdoor screenings happening all over Philly. Wednesday night is Clueless at FringeArts; Thursday is Ratatouille at Schuylkill Banks, Purple Rain on the Delaware River Waterfront and  Central Intelligence at Dilworth Park; Friday is Hidden Figures at The Oval+.

  5. Outdoor hang sessions aren’t limited to movies! Check out The Oval+, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest + The Midway.

  6. Pack your chocolate frogs and hop on your broom! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center is happening this Friday.

  7. And a sweet ending to our weekly picks–  The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market is happening this Saturday, July 29. There will be over 15 ice cream specials at various market merchants, an ice cream eating contest with prizes, demos, ice cream shuffleboard and a photo booth.

    P.S. Mark your calendars for the best five hours in Philly at CollegeFest on Saturday, September 9 at Dilworth Park! Once you’ve signed up, share that you’re going on Facebook.

What’s Up Wednesday!

F is for 4:30, FREE and 40th St.  Starting at 4:30, you can grab yourself a free water ice from Trolley Car Ice Cream at 40th and Baltimore Ave.  See what else is happening in West Philly!


Run up the Rocky steps to check out Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 5-8:45 p.m. You can tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery. While you’re there, check out the neighborhoods around the museum.


Catch a free outdoor movie at FringeArts at La Peg. Tonight’s screening is Friday! Before showtime, stroll around Old City.


It’s a beautiful day for an outdoor drink, 21+’ers! Check out Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks , PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden: South Street and Navy Yard Al Fresco.


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

Dining Deals, Free Flicks + More!

The days are long and the list of things to do this summer is even longer! Below is our boiled down list of what to check out this week.

Monday, July 17 to Sunday, July 23

University City Dining Days  Participating restaurants offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. You can dine at a new location every night of the event, or as a tour of the globe without leaving a single neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 18

Campus Philly’s My Philly Summer Party  — Philly’s largest intern party is happening on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rooftop Terrace. Update: this event is SOLD OUT!

Taco Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden University City Cafe Ynez tacos are 3 for $8 and $5 – Frozen Camenera Mango Margarita! (21+). Yummmm. 

Wednesday, July 19

Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Friday at FringeArts — free outdoor movie experience underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge!

Navy Yard Al Fresco 
— enjoy pay-as-you-go food and drinks, live music, lawn games, and local vendors at the Navy Yard’s award-winning park, Central Green!

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — the name says it all! You can tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery.

Thursday,  July 20

Schuylkill Banks Movie Series: Finding Dory —  Movie starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm on July 20). Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner.

Old City Eats — Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the return of Old City Eats! From 5:00pm to 8:00pm, thirty participating restaurants and bars will offer at least one half-priced appetizer

Any day of the week you can check out beer gardens all over the city, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway, and free yoga on Race Street Pier!

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