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Thanks to our friends at Center City District Sips, Happy Hour has a brand new meaning: $5 cocktails, $4 wines, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Over 90 bars and restaurants in the Center City District are participating in the goodnessso here’s another quick “thank you” to Sips for helping us float our college budgets.

From 5-7 pm every Wednesday, treat yourself to some discounted drinks and food. It’s a great way to end a long day of work or classesbut I don’t have to tell you that. 

#CampusTip: Get there earlybecause once the place fills up, even the air feels a little tight.

Quick fix to the large crowds? Don’t be afraid to bar hop! Check out all the different restaurants participating in Sips, and see what’s around. 

Now, a list of 90 options is sure to be overwhelming, so let’s break it down:

If you’re going for the outdoor feels…

Head over to Uptown Beer GardenDilworth Park, or Independence Beer Garden. The backyard vibes make for a relaxing post-work environment and the “patio” dining experience is a perfect way to soak up the sun.

If you’re going for the cocktails

My personal faves are Liberty Bar & Grill, for the “Whiskey Lemonade,” and Ladder 15, for the “Crazy Water.” No giveaways hereyou have to head over to both restaurants to discover those drinks for yourself. I can’t ruin the magic but I promise you’ll love ’em.

If you’re going for the apps

The American Pub is your go-to place for some killin’ fried pierogies, mozzarella sticks and old bay fries. If fried food is what you love, hop on over to Marathon for the BEST Disco Tots: delicious enough to transport you back in time (disco inferno, eh?).

If you’re going for the views

I like the Drury Beer Garden at Opa. It’s undeniably inviting with its bright picnic tables, fun gaming options—including ping-pong and board games—and colorful decor. The Graffiti Bar at Sampan is another go-to. It’s located down a tiny alley on 13th street (I know, Harry Potter much?) Admittedly, it is a pretty tiny restaurant, but the professionally graffiti-ed walls give the bar a cool vibe that’s worth checking out.

So go enjoy your Wednesday, save a buck or two, and explore the city. The Happiest of Happy Hours to allget sippin’!

#GettingThere: Try to avoid the parking madness by using the public transit system. For Sips, SEPTA is your best friend. 

#TheMoreYouKnow: Wednesdays from 5-7pm, June 1-Sept. 28

June 29th, 2016 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Itinerary || Celebrating the Fourth


Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows

The Fourth of July is kind of a big deal in Philadelphia. We are, after all, the birthplace of the nation, so you can expect our celebrations to be some of the biggest and best that the U.S. has to offer. And Philadelphia has it allfrom music to food to history. This celebration is much more than just the Fourth, too, so get ready for a whole week of patriotic fun with these suggestions!

If fireworks are your thing…

Check out Wawa Welcome America! Starting at 10 p.m., there will be a fantastic fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Even better? Get there early for the free concert at 5 p.m., featuring artists like Leon Bridges and a tribute to Gamble and Huff!

If you’re expecting a full-fledged celebration…

Philly’s got you covered. An Independence Day Parade, starting at Fifth and Chestnut, will march past Center City’s historic sites. This promises to be some old-fashioned fun in the summer weather, and, of course, it’s free.

If you’re down with the National Constitution Center

In preparation for Independence Day, opt to explore the 160,000-square-foot constitution center and check out the most important documents in our history. On June 30, the constitution center will be open to its visitors for free!

If you’re a hoagie lover

Head over to Independence Mall  on June 30, where Free Hoagie Day returns for its 24th year. Hosted by Wawa, the event salutes the military, firefighters, and police officers during a march performed by military heroes and re-enactors. More than five tons of Wawa hoagies will be distributed to the masses for free, so be sure to snag one for yourself!

If Penn’s Landing  is your second home…

Join the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 1 for a free performance. After the show, be sure to stick around for the fireworks displays along the Delaware River Waterfront.

If 4th of July is your time to dance…

The Historic Philadelphia Block Party is your place to be. Festivities will begin on July 3rd on 5th and 6th streets, between Market and Chestnut streets. Head straight to Independence Hall  for live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities!

If you’re looking to score a cool spot for fireworks…

Battleship New Jersey  has got you covered. Starting at 6p.m., catch a live performance by a Beatles tribute band. Check out some kid-friendly activities like face-painting, and be sure to snag some food and drinks at the concession stand. Finish off the night by enjoying the views of the fireworks over the Delaware River from aboard the ship.

Looking for some patriotic perks? Check out our Deals & Discounts post!

April 6th, 2016 by Logan Beck

7 Reasons Why You Should Attend College Night


You know what’s even more tragic than Romeo and Juliet?

Trying to enjoy Shakespeare on a college budget. Parting with your well-earned cash can be “such sweet sorrow,” pun intended.

Luckily, Open Arts and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre are joining forces to bring you an incredible performance at an incredible price, just $5 for Open Arts Members. Our first College Night is on April 20, with a performance of Twelfth Night.  Not an member? Use the code: social1516 to sign up here.  Need any more convincing?

1. You Get to Meet Awesome Students from Other Schools
Why get caught up in your own school’s bubble when there is a huge network of talented, passionate students awaiting you at other Philly schools as well? College Nights are the perfect opportunity to meet new people, and expand your social and professional networks. We’d call that a win-win.

2. It’s FUN!
Chances are, you could use a break from the library and your typical weekly schedule. Why not get out there and see a show and give your Netflix account a break? We will have tons of fun photo opps for you and your friends to snag that perfect Instagram post, make sure to tag us and use the hashtag, #MeetPhilly.

3. You Get to Meet US!
Don’t miss your chance to see our bright and shining faces at College Night! We will be there to give you more information about all of the perks of Open Arts Membership, as well as prizes, candy, and more! We’ll also be available to answer any questions you may have about how we can help you achieve your #PerfectPhillySummer.

4. Did We Mention the Price?
If you’re an Open Arts Member, you get to see professional shows all the time for free or extremely discounted prices…College Night is no exception! You get to see an incredible Shakespeare show for the same price as a Starbucks drink and pastry.

5. The Chance to Experience Part of  Philadelphia’s Arts Culture
Philadelphia’s arts events are about as diverse as the people that live in it! If you’ve never seen a play in Philly, or a Shakespeare one at that, now is the perfect opportunity to do so!

6. A Perfect Excuse to Escape into the City
Tell your homework and finals preparations that it can wait a few hours. Taking a break and taking a short subway ride into Center City can be a great way to ease your mind and unwind during the end of the semester stresses!

7.Close Proximity to Great Eats
If we couldn’t convince you with all of the other reasons to be at College Night…consider this. The theater is close to so many incredible places to eat. That’s something we can really sink our teeth into.


March 31st, 2016 by Logan Beck

Open Arts Philly | Weekend Picks


April showers bring May flowers…but no matter what the month is, Philly is always bringing you new chances to learn, explore, unwind, and relax. Here are some fun events this weekend that are guaranteed to leave you feeling cultured.

Use sign-up code: social1516 to become an Open Arts member today

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Learn how modern technology is used to understand the mysterious past of ancient Egypt. Travel back in time and explore a recreated Egyptian tomb, become acquainted with a real mummy, and view a variety of authentic art and artifacts.

Where?: The Franklin Institute
When?: April 1-30
How Much?: Free for Open Arts Members

Francesca dePasquale and Meng-Chieh Liu

International prize-winning violinist Francesca dePasquale partners with versatile pianist Meng-Chieh Liu to perform a variety of different works, as presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Where?: Philadelphia Museum of Art
When?: April 3
How Much?: Free for Open Arts Members

Bartók/Mendelssohn with Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Familiar with the dramatic music in the movies The Shining and Being John Malkovich? Watch as the scores come to life, and also enjoy an early Romantic favorite composed by Mendelssohn, as presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Where?: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: April 3-4
How Much?: Free for Open Arts Members

Moore Women Artists Film Festival

For three days, indulge in 6 different films created by and about female artists. Admission is free for all films! For more information on the lineup, check out the Moore College website.

Where?: Moore College of Art and Design
When?: April 1-3
How Much?: Free



Now that last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities have died down, it’s time to get back to Philadelphia’s regularly scheduled arts programming…and this weekend will not disappoint!

Sit back, relax, and brace yourself for a mesmerizing aerial act performed by a troupe of 10 women. The performance combines aerial tricks with storytelling and dance, and is sure to entertain audiences.

Where?: Christ Church Neighborhood House
When?: March 17-19
How Much?: $15 Student Ticket

PostSecret: The Show
Watch one of the world’s most famous blogs come to life before your eyes with a series of secrets about sex, love, and controversy told through three actors, assisted by a series of projected images and videos. The best part is? The story is told 100% by the public, designed to remind audiences that no matter what, they are not alone.

Where?: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: March 18-19
How Much?: $35

80s vs. 90s Featuring Biz Markie
Take #ThrowBackThursday to a whole new level, on a much larger scale than Instagram. Enjoy a “blast from the past” dance party featuring your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s, led by Biz Markie.

Where?: Theatre of the Living Arts
When?: March 18
How Much?: $15

Free Rita’s Water Ice
Stop the presses, did we just put “free” and “Rita’s” in the same sentence? Yes we did; this is not a drill. Visit any location in Philly for a free cup of cold, tasty deliciousness. You’re welcome.

Where?: Any Rita’s location
When?: March 20
How Much?: Free


March 15th, 2016 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Your perfect Philly summer day? Tell us about it and win!


Students, tell us what your dream day in the city looks like, and use the hashtag #OJIF16 to put yourself in the running for a $50 Visa gift card! The submission deadline is March 25th.

Submissions can be posted on  Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

March 3rd, 2016 by Logan Beck

6 Reasons Why You Should be an Open Arts Member


As a college student, being able to pay for books, groceries, rent, and still having enough money left over to do what you love on the weekends in the amazing city of Philadelphia seems like a pretty daunting task. If you’re like me, you have a passion for the arts, and want to see as many musicals, operas, art exhibits, and concerts as humanly possible, but don’t usually (never) have the funds to do it.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s fair for college students to miss out on fun, cool experiences just because they have a tight budget, or may not know about all of the awesome events happening each day.

Luckily,  Open Arts agrees!

Open Arts connects students to the growing and changing arts and culture community in Philly, and also provides unique career-building opportunities to help college students prepare for the (**gulp**) real world!

If you’re not already an Open Arts Member…

1. It’s 100% Free to Sign Up. (Just use the code: social1516)
“Free” is any college student’s favorite word. To sign up for all of the Open Arts perks and email newsletters, just sign up with your email, and tell us what school you go to. Registering is easier and faster than posting an Instagram photo!

2. Discounted (and free) Tickets to Concerts, Museums, and More!
When you’re an Open Arts Member, you get VIP treatment. Open Arts partners with over 30 colleges and universities, and dozens of venues, programs, and companies to bring you the best of the best in Philly arts. With an Open Arts account, you are able to reserve tickets for the most popular (and #trending) events in the city, and get year-round discounts at theaters, museums, and other venues. Pretty sweet, right? 

3. Constantly being “In the Know” about What’s Happening in Philly.
As an Open Arts Member, you’ll be the first of your friends to know about incredible opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia Area, and you’ll never have to say, “No, I don’t have plans” ever again.

4. The Chance to Meet New Friends!
You can never have too many friends, because one day, those friends can become co-workers! Attending Open Arts events can connect you to tons of awesome students from your own school, and all across the city! Why not build up your LinkedIn connections?

5Hearing about Awesome Internships to Boost your Resume.
Ultimately, your objective of attending college is to eventually graduate and land your dream job, but before you do that, you have to earn your keep and get the experience necessary to rock interviews, and build an awesome resume. Open Arts understands this, and wants you to succeed! There are plenty of networking and career and internship fairs through Open Arts designed to help you become a confident future employee, and make your parents super proud.

6. The Opportunity to Try New Things.
All work and no play can make you a very dull college student. These are the best, most adventurous years of your life, why not try new things, hear new music, and explore parts of the city you never knew existed? Open Arts can take you there and help make it happen.

February 23rd, 2016 by Logan Beck

Weekly Arts & Culture Guide


February is almost on its way out, making room for spring activities and blasting out the winter blues! Check out these artsy events coming up:

Philadelphia Film Society’s “BYO: 9 TO 5 Film Screenings
Make room in your schedule or call out of work sick as #BYO: Workin’ It takes over next week with a hilarious screening of CLERKS (1994). Called in on his day off, uninspired Quick Stop employee Dante takes on a slurry of crappy customers while musing over the art of snowballing, Star Wars, and other life lessons.

When?: Wednesday, February 24, Screenings at 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Where?: PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
How much?: Tickets range from $9.00 – $12.00. For tickets and more info, visit:

International Pop Exhibit
Explore the unique history of pop art in its opening weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The exhibit includes 150 different paintings, sculptures, and more, by pop art legends including Andy Warhol. Want to save some cash? Check out the exhibit on a Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday!

Where?: Philadelphia Museum of Art
When?: Starting Feb. 24 (on Pay What You Wish Wednesday!!!)
How Much?: Save $5 when you use the code “IPOP”

Celebration of African Cultures
Appreciate and learn all about African cultures through dance performances, workshops, gallery tours and more! Experience an African Adornment Family Tour, the Women’s Sekere Ensemble, Momma Sandi Storytelling, In the Artifact Lab and more!

Where? Penn Museum
When?: Feb. 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
How Much?: $10 for Open Arts Members

Bloom Philly Festival: Ultimate Pop-Up Picnic
Already excited for the Philly Flower Show? So are we! Embrace the coming of spring weather and engage in fun outdoor activities like giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, and more!

Where?: Reading Terminal Market
When?: Feb. 27 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
How Much?: Free

Arnold Flute Concerto with Edward Schultz
For just $10, you can witness the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra’s most diverse concert of the season! Experience woodwind music like you’ve never heard before, with selections that boast folk melodies and even tunes from movies.

Where?: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: Feb. 28-29
How Much?: $10 for Open Arts Members

Concert + Cocktails Young Friends Mixer
Have you ever wanted to meet members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia? Now’s your chance! Shake up your Monday night and mingle and network with members at the PECO Bar following the All Beethoven with Hanchien Lee concert.

Where?: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: Feb. 29
How Much?: Free


February 19th, 2016 by Logan Beck

Weekend Arts & Culture Guide


We’re getting crafty (and thrifty) with how we spend our money this weekend! With our picks, you won’t have to pull out a hammer and crack your childhood piggy bank open to have a good time.

Mummers Mardi Gras  
Couldn’t make it to NOLA for Mardi Gras? Experience one of Philly’s richest traditions combined with a huge Mardi Gras celebration filled with colors, sounds, and unique performances by some of the city’s most prominent string bands.

Where?: Main Street in Manayunk
When?: Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m.
How Much?: FREE

PAFA Open Studio Night  
If you’re an art student, or an aficionado, you won’t want to miss the chance to get an inside look of the studios and work from MFA, BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate for an event that only comes one night a year! Feel free to ask them questions about how they gain inspiration, develop their ideas, and more!

Where?: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
When?: Friday, Feb. 19 5-9 p.m.
How Much?: FREE

BYOB Movie Screening 
See your favorite Minions in action during a free, BYOB screening of the Minions movie. Check back each month for a new free screening!

Where?: The Market and Shops at the Comcast Center
When?: Saturday, Feb. 20 1 p.m.
How Much?: FREE

Exploring King Midas Exhibit 
Embrace your inner historian and learn all about King Midas and his legendary “golden touch.” Explore artifacts, interactive displays, and more while immersing yourself in Turkish culture originating over 2,500 years ago.

Where?: Penn Museum
When?: Friday, Feb. 19-Nov. 27
How Much?: $10 for Open Arts Members. Not an OA member? Use the code: social1516 to register here.

February 4th, 2016 by Kristen Willie

Free Time Frenzy | Iconic Steps, Fabric, Mosaics!


A college student’s schedule may be busy, but you all need a break from your studies to enjoy the sights and sounds of Philly. Free Time Frenzy is just the place to find quick entertainment, dining, and Philly must-sees in under an hour. If you have any suggestions for future Free Time Frenzies use the hashtag #CPFreeTimeFrenzy and we will be sure to document your fun Philly Free Time activities.

Here are some of my favorite options to get a taste of the city in just under an hour: (remember to bring a camera!)

The Art Museum “Rocky” Steps:
If you have ever seen the Rocky movies or even if you haven’t, you know what the steps are. The second most famous movie location in the world has created a pretty important attraction in Philly. The steps are a Philadelphia must-see, so be prepared and make sure you wear your running shoes to race your friends to the top. Once you make it to the very top, your view of Philadelphia will be breathtaking.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum:
For a free museum tour, check out this exciting museum on 1214 Arch Street. The Fabric Workshop and Museum offers a chance to experience contemporary art and the exhibits change every few months, so you can go back multiple times throughout the semester. Right now the FWM has an exhibit called, “Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit” that displays works from FWM staff. Be sure to check it out.
P.S. If you’re hungry, Reading Terminal Market is only a block away!

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens:
“Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.” This indoor and outdoor art installation spans half of a block on one of Philadelphia’s famous streets, South Street. PMG and the artist Isaiah Zagar, have created a world of mosaics right at 1020 South Street. They are open Wednesday to Monday 11am- 6pm in the winter months.