March 16th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
Music, food, events, and activities coupled with great weather is a recipe for an amazing summer. Philly has all the components to keep you occupied while you enjoy your well-deserved break.
Starting with music, Philly is no slouch when it comes to concerts. The Roots host their eponymous picnic concert every year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup this summer for The Roots Picnic is filled with big names such as Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne and many more. Keeping up with tradition, Jay-Z’s Made in America concert has quickly become a Philly favorite. Held on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Made in America celebrates 4th of July weekend in the birthplace of America. Acts like Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, and Coldplay will be performing amongst many others.
On the outside, the Art Museum serves as the venue for Made in America, but on the inside the Art Museum will continue to feature exhibits throughout the summer. Such as a photographic exhibit – Wild: Michael Nichols, Philadelphia Assembled an exhibit that intertwines art and civic engagement, and Phulkari a collection of embroidered textiles from Punjab. Art deserves its own festival too, thankfully the artful neighborhood that is Manayunk hosts the Manayunk Arts Festival where for two days, hundreds of artists come to sell their own paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more.
Of course, we have to talk about food. Philly is a foodie haven, in the summer we turn it up a notch. The Night Market alone is enough to get you excited, imagine your favorite food trucks on campus, now picture a full block of them, uninterrupted by traffic each serving up their own delicious creations. Everyone gets in on the action, local giant Wawa hosts their Wawa Welcome America Party every year. From June 29th, up until 4th of July. Enjoy music, events, performances and lots and lots of food. Finally, the most notable Philly delicacy: the Philly cheesesteak is getting the fest it deserves. Held at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Cheesesteak & Food Fest offers samples of other local delicacies like hoagies and pretzels, along with games, competitions, and well – cheesesteaks!
Spending time with good people in great weather is an event in itself. Some of my personal favorite outdoor chill spots include: Penn’s Landing, where you get a great view of the Delaware River and Harbor Park an extension of Penn’s Landing which illuminates the pier of Penn’s Landing literally. Hanging light crystals adorn the trees along the walkway, along with hammocks, and food shacks. And my personal favorite- The Art Museum. With a view of the city right down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the steps of the Art Museum are a prime location for kickin’ back and basking in the great weather.
I can go on forever but enough about my summer in Philly! Let’s make sure you’re here to experience it for yourself. Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.
March 14th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
We can’t top Mayor Kenney’s letter to you college students about living and working in Philadelphia for the summer, but we can* add to his message by sharing our favorite things to do here in the summertime.
Patrick Sherlock, Vice President, University Relations and Student Engagement
There’s so many things to do in Philly during the summer. I like to enjoy evening bike rides, neighborhood chilling – on stoops, front steps, porches, and through screen doors. I’ve met some amazing people through sports leagues in Fairmount Park and connected with old friends through outdoor eating and drinking. My favorite picks include: Parks on Tap, Memphis Taproom beer garden, cupcake truck at Dollar Stroll.
Ella Strauss, Open Arts Program Manager
Even though I love living in the city, my favorite thing to do during the summer is to head down the shore. It is the best way to escape the heat and get some fresh salt air, plus it’s only a short drive away. Everyone is relaxed and it’s a great time to catch up with friends and family.
Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
I love simple summer things like riding my bike to Reading Terminal Market to grab some fresh produce and making a pit stop at Spruce Street Harbor Park to people watch. One of my favorite summer moments in Philly was cruising around on the back of my friend’s scooter with a milkshake from Joe’s Steaks in hand; we rode to La Peg to watch an outdoor movie under the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Reggie Hall, Senior Program Manager, Partnerships
Philly has so many low cost ways to have fun in the summer. I like visiting Race Street Pier for their free yoga session. Can’t have a better start to a warm summer day than to jog to the Race Street Pier, join their free yoga session around 9:30AM, and then snag brunch at Day by Day in Center City.
Jen Devor, Director, Partnerships
During the summer, the streets are filled with action. This is a perfect time for people watching & gelato from Capogiro at “the fountain” on Passyunk Ave.
Roger Estes, Creative Director
My favorite thing to do in the summer is spend time in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors can find a place there because it has every type of terrain from paved paths to advanced hiking/mountain biking trails. The Wissahickon Creeks flows through the middle of the park with a few places to dip your toes in and there is even a spot to get ice cream at the Valley Green Inn.
Ashlie Thornbury, Vice President, Partnerships & Deborah Diamond, President
One is the best things to do in the summer is to find one of the city’s great outdoor pools and head there for “adult swim” hours. It’s quieter than when all the kids are there and the pools are well-maintained, in lots of different neighborhoods and free!
Experience a Philadelphia summer for yourself! Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.
March 7th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
This week is all about exhibits, with a wide range of exhibits encompassing topics like magic, history, and wildlife. Also, yet another restaurant week, you’ll have to venture a little outside of Philly for this one though!
Experience the culture of the Roaring 20’s with American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center. With over 100 artifacts and interactive exhibits, the spirit of the prohibition era is relived.
KOP Restaurant Week
Situated a little outside of Philly, the King of Prussia Restaurant Week brings together participating restaurants to offer discounted meals. Lunch meals start as low as $10, with $15 and $20 options available too. If you didn’t make it in time for lunch, there’s always dinner! $20, $30, and $40 installments are available – saving you the hassle of overspending on dinner.
Jurassic World Exhibit
If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series, or just fascinated by dinosaurs, the Jurassic World Exhibit at The Franklin Institute brings to life the prehistoric creatures in interactive and educational ways. The exhibit is as close as to being fully immersed in Jurassic World as you could wish for.
Magic in the Ancient World
From Egypt and Mesopotamia to Greece and Rome, the PENN Museum debuts Magic in the Ancient World. The exhibit features 81 artifacts from these ancient civilizations to give us a peek into their magical uses. The exhibition will feature an interactive station for ancient magical solutions to your problems and another that questions your belief in magic.
March 3rd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
Take it easy this weekend, hang with your friends, get some brunch, and check out some awesome events throughout the city!
First Friday in Philly
Fri., March 3 | Various locations
Get First Friday inspiration from Uwishunu’s “Top Events For First Friday In Philadelphia This March.”
Cover Girls: An Exhibition of Women Book Cover Designers
Fri., March 3 | 6-9 p.m. | Bluecadet, 1526 Frankford Ave. | Free with registration
In honor of Women’s History month in March, AIGA Philadelphia is celebrating six inspiring women book cover designers with a special exhibition.
Philadelphia Drawing Marathon
Fri., March 3 | 1-9 p.m. | Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. | Free with registration
Open to all interested art students – bring your own paints, pencils and gear, we’ll provide easels, models, and snacks.
Final Weekend at Blue Cross RiverRink’s Winterfest!
Final Day is Sun., March 5 | 101 S. Columbus Blvd. | Prices vary
Hurry! Take a final lap around the RiverRink or kick back and relax one last time in The Lodge.
Just Dance: Lady Gaga Cardio Pop Workout
Sat., March 4 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Philly Dance Fitness, 1170 S. Broad St. | $25
90-minute, nonstop cardio dance workshop featuring hits from “Applause” to “Poker Face.” No prior dance experience required. Prizes for the best Gaga-inspired outfit.
First Sunday = Free or Pay-What-You-Wish at PAFA, PMA & The Barnes
Sun., March 5
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts offers free admission on Sundays during the its World War I exhibition. Sunday guests can explore the regular collection and special exhibits for no cost at all.
The Barnes offers free admission and programs on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am.
February 28th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
This week get out and celebrate finales, grand openings, free admissions and a neighborhood’s twist on Restaurant Week!
Black History Month Finale
Today marks the last day of Black History Month. Throughout the month, there have been many events at various locations, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities. Black History Untold wraps up their month-long event tonight at WHYY Studios, and workshops such as A Taste of African Heritage at the Parkway Central Library
Museum galore this Sunday
This Sunday at The Barnes Foundation will be completely free as part of their Free First Sunday! Every first Sunday of each month traverse the galleries and check out the Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie exhibit, all for free!
If, the Barnes wasn’t enough to satisfy your art craving, the Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off their Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays this week. Every first Sunday of each month, visitors will be able to pay as much as they wish to enjoy exhibits like American Watercolor.
Spring is in the air, with Franklin Square officially opening March 1st . Franklin Square is a great spot to hangout and enjoy the great weather with food, drinks, mini-golf and more.
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
And you thought restaurant week was over. This week reserve your table at a number of restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week . For just $15, $25, or $35 experience a 3 course meal on a range of diverse foods!
February 23rd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
Friday’s Forecast: 70 degrees and 100% chance of free pizza and great events.
Free Friday at SliCE Pizza!
What? SliCE gives away free pizza no purchase req’d, 1 per person.
Where? At all 4 locations
When? Friday, Feb 24 from 11am-1pm
“Person of the Crowd” Opening Party
What? Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.
Where? The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 6pm
Deal: FREE for college students with valid student ID (walk-up only)
International House Carnival Celebration
What? This vibrant festival includes Brazilian and Caribbean cuisine and beverages, Brazilian and Caribbean dance music, samba dance performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders, and an evening of drumming in the Caribbean tradition by One Nation Ensemble.
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 7 pm
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Deal:$10 general public; $5 for members and free for International House residents
What? Craft love notes, dance to your own silent disco in the galleries (head phones on) and enjoy live music at the last Art After 5 Friday in February.
When? Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5 pm – 8:45 pm
Deal: $14 for students with valid ID
February 20th, 2017 by Dan Jacob
There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to explore in the city of Brotherly Love. However, knowing where to start on your Philly adventure can be a daunting task, enter Philly Passport! The Passport provides a checklist of places to go that you can turn into your personal itinerary filled with things to do around the city. Instead of giving you the stereotypical Philly guide, we focused on visiting neighborhoods that contribute Philly’s diverse scene.
So, teaming up with my fellow intern, Haley and I set out to explore the city and check some things off the passport. Beginning the adventure in Chinatown! Chinatown poses an interesting mix between old and new. There are new restaurants sprouting seemingly every day, bubble tea spots, and noodle houses that cater to younger audiences. But there are also traditional staples that bring you a more original taste of China. You would be remiss to leave here without getting a picture at the Friendship Arch.
Conveniently located near Chinatown, and next on the passport was the Reading Terminal Market. The best thing about Reading Terminal is that there’s so many options for food, the worst part? Deciding what you want. I opted for Hunger Burger which was phenomenal, while Haley went with Profi’s Creperie. The Reading Terminal Market is sure to be a go-to spot, it’s affordable, fun, and filled with choices.
With our stomachs filled, we headed over to the Italian Market. The streets of the Italian Market are adorned with open air markets, delis, and boutique shops. This neighborhood like many others in Philly has deep roots in the Philadelphia community. It’s where the Di Bruno Bros. got their start and became a household name. It’s a quaint neighborhood that’s perfect for taking a stroll.
Just a short walk away, we entered Little Saigon, where we recapped the day over some Vietnamese coffee. Little Saigon is home to Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes. If you like cooking up some Asian inspired dishes, I’d strongly recommend taking a trip down to Little Saigon.
Watch us complete the Philly Passport:
It should be noted that although each neighborhood was different, one thing they had in common were beautiful murals. Philly is known for being an artistic hub, be sure to keep a look out on the facades of many buildings. Added to the beauty, is the ease of navigation. Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood is certainly doable as Philly is a “walking city.” Grab your camera and some comfortable footwear and you’ll be well on your way to perusing the city with your Philly Passport! Get yours here and watch how to fold it here.
P.S. Once you’ve completed the Passport, play some Campus Philly BINGO!
February 14th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
Tuesday nights this winter = College Night at Rothman Rink! What does that mean for you? College students pay $2 for admission (skate rental not included) for an evening of fun with friends! This cool event will be happening every Tuesday until February 21st.
Between doing a gazillion laps around the rink and stopping by the Center City hot spots listed below, you’ll definitely be nice and toasty! Enjoy food and drink from the Rothman Rink cabin or warm your bones with a frothy cappuccino from the neighboring La Colombe. For of age skaters, check out cozy classics, Oscar’s and Good Dog.
Rothman Rink Cabin
Just steps from the north side of the Rothman Ice Rink, the new Rothman Cabin features Cuban burgers, French fries, hot chocolate, coffee, and much more! Skaters will be able to leave the ice without removing their skates to warm up and get food and drink.
La Colombe | 1414 S Penn Square
Get a coffee “for here” and take a seat in their cafe. If you’re into people watching, put this place on your list.
Max Brenner | 1500 Walnut St.
If you’re all about chocolate, go here.
February 10th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
Well, that snow storm was a bust! Lucky for you that means that the sidewalks will be clear for all your weekend adventures. Below we’re giving you some inspiration to get off campus and out into the Philadelphia streets.
–For one night only! Grab a FREE cake shake at P’unk Burger!
–Whether you have one sweetheart or a whole crew of Galentines, you’re bound to find a Valentine’s event to hit up.
— Check out the many ways you can celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia.
Whatever you do this weekend, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to create memories in this great city! If you want to share your adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram.
February 8th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
If you haven’t heard, it’s going to snow, and quite possibly a lot. We’re not scared one bit because we look back fondly on blizzards past, and are excited about snowy rituals– walking in the middle of the street to a neighborhood spot, snowball fights on the way there and sledding!
Sledding: Our all time favorite spot is the Art Museum. You think running up the steps is the only thing we do? Think again! Here are more popular sledding spots around the city.
We wish you a safe and fun snow day. Let us know if you try anything we’ve listed. Just tag @campusphilly and we’ll see what you’re up to.
P.S. Keep the winter vibes going this Valentine’s Day by checking out Sweetheart Skates at Rothman Rink and Blue Cross RiverRink!