‘Tis the Season To-Do: Must-Attend Holiday Happenings

2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival 
200 N 6th St | Now until December 21
For the 21-plus crowd, the Winter Beer Garden will be open in the evenings. Gather by the outdoor fire pits to drink craft beers, wine and specialty cocktails. To eat, there will be empanadas, latkes, turkey legs, soup, churros, fried Oreos, pie and other bites from Squareburger. Ben’s Sweets & Treats also will be back, but with a new gourmet hot chocolate bar and s’more-making station.


College Nights at the Rothman Rink
Dilworth Park by City Hall | Thursdays | Now until February 22
College students pay $2 admission to the Rothman Rink with student ID (skate rental not included).  On Wednesdays, 21+’ers can enjoy the weekly Cocktails and Cold Ones event.


The Christmas Village in Philadelphia
LOVE Park | November 23 – December 24
Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily outdoor holiday market selling all sorts of gift-able items right in the heart of Center City.


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 South Columbus Blvd | November 24 – March 4  
Philadelphia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and winter wonderland is open seven days a week, including all holidays. This seasonal winter park, includes a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin,  and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from local restauranteurs.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City
2nd and Market St 
| Thursdays, 5-8PM |  November 30 – December 28
The kickoff celebration will take place on Nov. 30 at 5PM at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree.  Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks. Visitors can enjoy $1 off admission at the Betsy Ross House, which will offer extended hours until 8:00 p.m. 


Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party (21+) 
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Friday, December 1 | Free for Young Friends
Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us in the Members’ Lounge.


Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
BOK Building, 1901 S 9th St | December 16 – 17
Find one of a kind holiday gifts for your family and friends at the The Punk Rock Flea Market! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.


Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill 
16 E Highland Ave | Wednesdays | December 6th, 13th and 20th
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. Celebrate the season with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights, and a visit from the jolly old elf, himself. 

Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Dreamin’ of the Weekend in Philadelphia

This Friday! Celebrate National Sandwich Day with a free FOMO cheesesteak from SOMO on Main Street in Manayunk. Grab yours from 11AM to 3PM while supplies last.

Oh, and this Friday = First Friday in Philadelphia! Check out:
— Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre
— First Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— InLiquid 2017 Benefit – Young Professionals Night + more.

Show your local park some love on Love Your Park Fall Service Day on Saturday, November 4! It’s a great way to pitch in and get involved in your community. This is a citywide event with multiple locations. Register here.

Indulge in everything apple at Peddler’s Village 44th Annual Apple Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday.

Treat yourself to a little something from Sunday’s Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. This traveling market has everything– vintage finds, handmade goods and most importantly, food!

Stroll around the city and local museums at Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And make sure these upcoming events are on your radar:
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, November 4-19
— First Person Arts Festival happening November 5-18
Leadership Connection at Publicis Health Media on Tuesday, November 14.

Night Market in Chinatown, Craft Market in Center City + Festivals All Around

Stroll the streets of Philadelphia’s Chinatown during Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi on Thursday, October 12, from 7 to 11 p.m.


Head to Center City to check out original, hand-crafted works at Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Market, starting on Friday, October 13.


Celebrate the diverse cultures and talents that international college students and scholars bring to the city of Philadelphia during the Festival for International Students at Penn on Friday, October 13.


Tis the season for haunted exploration! Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is the perfect place to get in the spooky spirit.


A block party + October= BLOKTOBERFEST 2017 on Saturday, October 14 happening all down South Street West.


Hang out by the Delaware River on Saturday, October 14 during the Fishtown RiverCity Festival in Penn Treaty Park. If you’re a runner, join the Festival’s 5k!


Twist and turn your way to Manayunk Harvest Fest in Pretzel Park on Saturday, October 14. There will be food trucks and fall activities like pumpkin carving!

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

Smile! We Have Awesome Upcoming Events For You

We had a fantastic night at last night’s SPARK:Philly event at International House Philadelphia!  Let’s keep the ball rolling with fun things to check out this week,  Create-adelphia at Saxbys Headquarters and Party at the Barnes.

This Thursday = Night Market Philly: Italian Market
When: Thursday, October 5 from 6-10PM
Where: 9th and Washington Ave.
Why You Should Be There: “
Roast Cebu Lechòn, Isgro Pastries, Papermill Fresh Asian Kitchen, Cappuccio’s Meats, T & S Bake Shoppe, Babalouie BBQ and Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom are participating. There will also be live entertainment from Max Swan and Flounder Warehouse.

Also on Thursday!  Halloween-Themed Movie Nights
When: 
Starting October 5 until October 31 
Where: 
The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St.
Why You Should Be There: 
Free screenings range from campy to chilling.”

It’s First Friday all around the city! In Fishtown, there’s First Friday at honeygrow HQ
When:
Friday, October 6 at 5-9PM
Where: 1601 N Front St.
Why You Should Be There: “part craft fair/art show, part BBQ — our Fishtown headquarters will be transformed + accessible to the public for the first time ever, showcasing local makers, artists + charities while a hoppin’ BBQ kicks off outside featuring local faves Cheu Noodle BarWeckerly’s Ice Cream +honeygrow (of course).”


WEEKEND VIBES

Midtown Village Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 7 from 12-8PM
Where: 13th and Chestnut St.
Why You Should Be There: “Held every autumn, the Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events and attracts a whopping 50,000-plus attendees per year!”

Old City Fest
When: 
Sunday, October 8 from 11AM-6PM
Where: N. 3rd and Arch St.
Why You Should Be There: “Old City transforms from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into a mecca for entertainment and al fresco eating during Old City Fest.”

OutFest 
When: Sunday, October 8
Where: 13th and Locust St.
Why You Should Be There: “Now in its 27th year, the block party — spanning a dozen full blocks — consists of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping.


QUICK! SIGN UP WHILE YOU CAN

Party at the Barnes

When:
Thursday, October 19 at 6PM
Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Why You Should Be There: Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party at the Barnes featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included. Each person registered is permitted to bring one additional guest. This event sells out very quickly, so sign up today! 

Create-adelphia

When:
Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30-7:30PM
Where:
Saxbys Headquarters, 2300 Chestnut St.
Why You Should Be There: If you’re a student interested in getting your foot into Philadelphia’s creative industry, you want to be at this event! Get insight from people who were in your shoes just a few years ago. Panelists include creatives from Anthropologie, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Art Department and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. After the discussion, you’ll have the chance to speak with them over free Saxbys and snacks.

11 Fall Events To Check Out This October

Hit the Philly streets for these fun fall events! From food to fiction, there’s an event with your interests in mind.  Here are our October picks for YOU:

1. Federal Donuts Block Party 
When: Sunday, October 1 from 1-4PM
Where: Sansom St. between 16th and 17th 
Why You Should Be There:
It’s “the ultimate food-of-your-dreams block party, featuring a complimentary showcase of its signature eats alongside a Rooster Soup Co. grill-out.”

2. Night Market Philly: Italian Market
When: Thursday, October 5 from 6-10PM
Where: 9th and Washington Ave.
Why You Should Be There: “
Roast Cebu Lechòn, Isgro Pastries, Papermill Fresh Asian Kitchen, Cappuccio’s Meats, T & S Bake Shoppe, Babalouie BBQ and Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom are participating. There will also be live entertainment from Max Swan and Flounder Warehouse.

3. Halloween-Themed Movie Nights
When:
Starting October 5 until October 31 
Where:
The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St.
Why You Should Be There:
Free screenings range from campy to chilling.”

4. Midtown Village Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 7 from 12-8PM
Where: 13th and Chestnut St.
Why You Should Be There: “Held every autumn, the Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events and attracts a whopping 50,000-plus attendees per year!”

5. Old City Fest
When: 
Sunday, October 8 from 11AM-6PM
Where: N. 3rd and Arch St.
Why You Should Be There: “Old City transforms from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into a mecca for entertainment and al fresco eating during Old City Fest.”

6. OutFest
When: Sunday, October 8
Where: 13th and Locust St.
Why You Should Be There: “Now in its 27th year, the block party — spanning a dozen full blocks — consists of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping.

7. Bloktober Festival
When: Saturday, October 14 from 12-8PM
Where: South Street West
Why You Should Be There:A true neighborhood festival that’s free to attend. The all-ages festival features several blocks of food, craft beer and live music all afternoon long. Pay-as-you-go and enjoy tasty dishes from favorite food trucks and special items from South Street restaurants.”

8. Party at the Barnes
When: Thursday, October 19 starting at 6PM
Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Why You Should Be There:  FREE party at the Barnes featuring live music and performances. Free collection access included. Each person registered is permitted to bring one additional guest. Register here!

9. Philadelphia Film Festival
When: October 19-29
Where: Various locations
Why You Should Be There: “Every year, the festival is bookended with blockbuster opening and closing night films. The festival also promises screenings of short films, feature-length films, animated movies and other genres at venues like the Prince Theater.”

10. Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill
When:
October 21 to October 22
Where: Various locations
Why You Should Be There:
“For two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the much-loved fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling.”

11.  Philly Free Streets
When:  
Saturday, October 28 from 8AM – 1PM
Where: Check out this map
Why You Should Be There:  Philly Free Streets temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play.

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

Photo by Darryl Moran

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!

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.

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!