Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

May 24th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Hey You, Take a Hike!

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Philly? We bet it’s not the nearby trails you can hike or bike on or weekend street closures for pedestrian activities. Yeah, we have all that! That’s why we’re going to give you a different, greener view of the area surrounding Philadelphia.

Weekends on Kelly Drive
From April through October, MLK Drive, which runs through Fairmount Park, is closed off to cars every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that runners, cyclists and pedestrians can use the lanes freely. Read more here.


Field Guide: 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views
As a Northeastern PA native, I am partial to Ricketts Glen State Park! Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? This summer,  I am definitely checking out the other 7 spots.


Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly
Katie Monroe, founder of the Facebook group Women Bike PHL, spills on her favorite less-crowded bike trails around town.


The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly
On a nice weekend, you’ll probably find some of Campus Philly’s staff hiking or biking along the Wissahickon.


Free Saturday Public Boating at Bartram’s Garden 
Every Saturday from 11am–3pm (in season), the public can explore the Schuylkill River by rowboat or kayak from the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Our 2017 season runs from April 22 to October 28.

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly.

 

 

May 23rd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Find Your Favorite Hangout(side) Spot

Memorial Day weekend is always full of outdoor activities. Luckily, Philly has an outdoor hangout spot for every interest! Below find out where to catch an outdoor movie, free live music, Memorial Day weekend fireworks and more.

Brews with a viewWednesday at Parks on Tap at FDR Park Boathouse. Thursday at Brews & Views at the Free Library. Friday at Cira Green. For more beer gardens around the city, go here.

Brews & Views at the Free Library


Al fresco cinema: On Thursday, May 25, “Sister Act” will be playing outside on the big screen at Movie Night at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties.

Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons


Riverfront activities: Celebrate opening Day of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Friday, May 26. Spend your Sunday at Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day, then end your day with Memorial Day fireworks by the water.


Music at The Mann: Philly POPS presents the second annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann, a community concert honoring the American tradition of service on Saturday, May 27 at 7pm during Memorial Day weekend. In celebration of those who serve, all tickets to the concert will be provided free of charge.


Bright lights at night: Prepare to be enchanted at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square happening now until June 11, or make your way to Spruce Street Harbor Park for an illuminated hammock hang.

Spruce Street Harbor Park at night


Hike or bike: Discover 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views, Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly, The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly and more.

Students hiking the Wissahickon Trail

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.

May 18th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

What If Philly Treats Could Talk? Hear from a Donut, Pretzel & Water Ice

We encourage our interns to explore different ways of presenting Philadelphia exploration to other students. Our multimedia intern, Haley Monson from UArts’ Animation program created the “Campus Philly Creatures series,” which brings Philly staples to life.

In our first installment, meet Dolly Donut, Pam Pretzel and Wanda Water-Ice as they talk about their favorite Philly treats.

Campus Philly Creatures: Treat Time from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Locations mentioned: 
Center City Pretzel Company at 816 Washington Ave.
John’s Water Ice at 701 Christian St.
Beiler’s at Reading Terminal Market
Federal Donuts in Pennsport, Center City and Northern Liberties.

Stay tuned for more creatures! We will be releasing a new one every Thursday. And if you think you have what it takes to be a Campus Philly intern, create your free profile on our Launch site and check back for fall internship opportunities.

May 16th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Museum Yoga, Secret Shows, Muses and More

With arms wide open, we’re welcoming the warm weather and all that comes with a summer in Philly, like all the awesome events. Speaking of open, becoming an Open Arts member is the key to unlocking the city’s arts and culture scene. To join, use promo code: social1617. As a member, you’ll get to see tons of cool stuff for almost half the price or FREE!

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
5 to 9 p.m. | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | FREE for Open Arts members

Relax. Refresh. Be inspired. Enjoy Pay What You Wish admission to the main building every
Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 pm. Gallery Tours 6:00-7:00 pm Join a guide and take a stroll through the galleries to learn about art and the people who created it. Yoga 6:00 – 7:00 pm Get centered with Dhyana Yoga.


Moses Williams: Cutter of Profiles
Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. | Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue | Free for Open Arts members 

Williams was a “cutter of profiles”—meaning he created cut silhouette portraits that Peale Museum visitors could take away as souvenirs. Join Dr. Gwendolyn Shaw, Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, to explore the life and work of Mr. Williams, and how his story illuminates hidden narratives about race, identity, and art in the age of Peale’s museum.


The Museum as Muse
Thursday, May 18 | Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street | $20 for Open Arts members

Artists of all levels can drop in to draw, paint, or photograph in PMG’s unique environment. Take advantage of an instructor offering tips and critiques as well as nude figure models posing amongst the mosaics. Bring your easel or tripod and capture PMG in a rare private setting. 


Secret Show: MR Stine at the Painted Bride Art Center
Monday, May 22  at 7 p.m. | 230 Vine Street | $10 for Open Arts members

Every 4th Monday of the month, Secret Show invites emerging and esteemed local artists to take over the Painted Bride to produce the hour-long artistic experience of their dreams. The catch? You can’t know any details about the show until the lights go down and the curtain rises!


 

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.

May 15th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Here’s What’s Happening in May

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.

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.


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. This Thursday, May 18, we’ll be heading to Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library!


Spruce Street Harbor Park 
May 12 to October 1  | 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.


Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival 
Saturday, May 20 | Trenton Avenue from Norris to Dauphin

Just as wacky, artsy, and Kensington as ever, the “best day in the neighborhood” is now known as the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival. Join them for over 200 local arts and food vendors, alongside a parade of human-powered sculptural floats.


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. 


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.) 


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.


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.


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest 
Stay tuned! Returns in May | 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

This seasonal park will offers rollerskating and a summer playground for all ages!


Night Market Philadelphia
Spruce Hill on Thursday, June 29
Roxborough on Thursday, August 10
Italian Market on Thursday, October 5

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.


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.

May 9th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

‘Tis the Season, Philly Beer Gardens Are Here

21+’ers! There’s a buzz around Philadelphia and it’s the bees in the beer gardens popping up all over the city! We take pleasure in the small things in life like chilling outside and having a cold drink with our best friends. Lucky for us, there are many places for us to do just that. Below see where we go to have a relaxing time outside.

PHS Pop Up Gardens
15th & South Streets, opening May 9 | uCity Square, 36th & Filbert Streets, coming soon!

The PHS Pop Up Gardens are blooming in two locations this year that offer enticing menus, drinks and special entertainment throughout the summer and early fall.

Both gardens will host a wide range of special programming designed by PHS and our partners including educational gardening workshops, family-friendly activities, live entertainment  and special events.


Uptown Beer Garden
Opening Thursday, May 11 | 1735 Market Street

Plan a Center City hang out at Uptown! They have happy hour deals ($5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers) and a number of free samples.


Parks on Tap
Starting May 17 | Various Philadelphia parks

20 weeks, 20 different parks! They provide fresh food, beer on tap, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment featuring comfortable chairs and hammocks, and clean restrooms.Check out the full 2017 season SCHEDULE.

Curbed Philadelphia mapped out  All 20 Parks on Tap locations here.


Brews &Views
Thursdays starting May 18 to June 29 | Skyline Terrace at Free Library on the Parkway

Enjoy drinks on the Skyline Terrance and take in spectacular views of the city during the spring rooftop mini-series of a beer garden at the Free Library on the Parkway! 

Local craft beers and refreshing cocktails are available to purchase along with a menu of snacks and from Brûlée Catering. Live entertainment will be provided to get everyone energized.


The Cira Green Beer Garden 
Fridays from May 26 to Friday, June 23 | 128 S. 30th Street

Loved the view at Thursday’s Brews & Views? Friday offers scenic sips at Cira Green!


This is just a sample of what’s going on in Philly! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar, Facebook events page and Arts & Culture picks for May 15-22 for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

May 9th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.

May 3rd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.

May 2nd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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:

May 1st, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

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.