5 Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend

  1. See it a FREE outdoor flick on Friday! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screening in West Philly’s Clark Park.
  2. Experience your 1st First Friday in Old City. Here’s what you can check out while you’re there.
  3. Get an up-close view of some super famous paintings at Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation.
  4. Hit up a flea market in the morning and fireworks at night on Sunday along the Delaware River Waterfront 
  5. RSVP to the best five hours in Philly (CollegeFest) invite your friends and see you on Saturday, September 9 at Dilworth Park next to City Hall. 

5 Things to Do to Get the Most Out of CollegeFest!

1. Get express check-in by filling out this form. Less time at the check-in tent = more time at CollegeFest attractions, like the FREE 14 museums you’ll have access to!


2. Invite your friends because everything is better when you have your buds by your side.



3. Follow us on social! Use your fave platform– Facebook, Instagram or Twitter— to stay in the loop on all things CollegeFest.


4. Show school pride by wearing your college gear. You have to represent!


5. Show up early to take full advantage of the best 5 hours in Philly.

How Do I Get to CollegeFest?

Looking to get off campus and explore Philly? The first step is joining us on Saturday, September 9th for CollegeFest! More than 5,000 students from over 100 schools will be enjoying free admission to 14 local museums + cultural venue, games and freebees from great brands and exhibitors.

So how will you get there? Here are some ways:

Hop on your bike!  Whether you have your own or you ride with Indego, start pedaling to Dilworth Park.


Ride with SEPTA. The following SEPTA routes go directly to CollegeFest: 2, 16, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 & 125, MFL or Trolley to 15th, BSL to City Hall or Regional Rail to Suburban! Map out your trip here.

If you’re coming from Jersey, take the PATCO line (from any station!) to 15-16 and Locust, then head towards South Sydenham St. and hang a left on 15th St. The walk to Dilworth should take less than 10 minute! Tickets to ride PATCO are $3 for a single ride and $6 for a round trip. We recommend a single ride… ’cause once you land in Philly, you’ll want to stay here.

Once you arrive,you will check in with Campus Philly. A valid college ID gets you free admission to FOURTEEN MUSEUMS (!!!) along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Historic Philadelphia, and free rides on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop® .

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop®
Your quick, convenient and affordable connection to Philadelphia’s popular attractions! Ride the PHLASH to 22 stops every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stops 4 and 5 are within 2 blocks of Dilworth Park, providing easy access to must-see attractions while you are exploring Center City during CollegeFest.  CollegeFest attendees who check-in with their student ID at Dilworth Park will receive a wristband that allows rides on the Philly PHLASH for FREE until 6 p.m. on September 9.

For a PHLASH route map and more details, visit www.phillyPHLASH.com.
Students can find PHLASH on-the-go by accessing  www.RidePhillyPHLASH.com on a smartphone or mobile device.

Make a (Week)Night of It!

Who said you can only have fun on the weekends?! That’s definitely not the case in Philadelphia. Here’s just a teeny tiny sample of what you can do on a weeknight in the city:

Tonight at Pizzeria Vetri: Attend a ‘Game of Thrones’ pizza party before the season finale

Tomorrow night at Fringearts: Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Night: Independence Day 

Thursday, August 24 in Old City: Old City Eats!

Friday, August 25 at Dilworth Park: Pictures In the Park: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Weekend event/shameless CollegeFest plug: See you all there on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dilworth Park next to City Hall! Details on how to get express check-in here. Free admission to fourteen museums + cultural venues, games, giveaways and more!

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. 

An Imaginary Convo About CollegeFest

You: “What is CollegeFest like?”

Us: “See for yourself! We have an awesome video from CollegeFest 2016.”

You: “That looked like a blast! How do I get in on this year’s CollegeFest?”

Us: “It’s simple– sign up for express check-in here and RSVP on Facebook. After that, just show up to Dilworth Park on Saturday, September 9 starting at 10 a.m.”

You: “Thanks, I’ll do that right now and I’ll invite all my friends! See you on the 9th.”

Dear Students, From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hey, Students—with so much to see and do, we know it’s hard to fit everything in. We promise a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art won’t disappoint. Did you know our Main Building (yep, the one with the Rocky steps), the Perelman Building (just a quick walk across the street), and the Rodin Museum (about a 15 minute walk or a short trolley ride down the Parkway) are all open from 10:00 to 5:00 on September 9 and are included in CollegeFest admission?


Whether you’re into modern art, classic favorites like van Gogh’s Sunflowers, or works from other times and cultures, we’ve got it for you to explore. Plus, our Rodin Museum houses one of the largest collections of Rodin’s stunning sculptures outside of Paris. If you’re looking for a more interactive experience, be sure to visit the Perelman Building to touch, taste, and experience Philadelphia Assembled—a city-wide collaborative effort opening September 9. We sure hope to see you.

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.