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.

First Free Sunday at The Barnes is happening, well, this Sunday! It’s first come-first serve for this must-see museum.

2nd Street Festival brings more life to an already lively street in Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 6.

The R5 Punk Rock Flea Market brings all the coolest vintage, antique and D.I.Y goods to Spruce Street Harbor Park on Sunday, August 6.

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!

An Ice Cream Party, Hogwart’s Magic at The Mann + more!

Chill outside, grab a drink, watch a movie, eat some ice cream– in Philly, you can do those things all at once or one by one!

  1. 21+’ers can catch Center City Sips on Wednesdays, head to the PHS Pop Up Gardens: South Street OR University City (options, yay!), follow the traveling Parks on Tap in Lemon Hill and Jefferson Square Park.

  2. You have to check out Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Run up the Rocky steps to tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery.

  3. To be at Shakespeare in the Park, or not to be– that’s not even a question! You should definitely be there. From Wednesday, July 26 to Sunday, July 30, you can catch a free performance in West Philly’s Clark Park.

  4. Watch a movie under the stars! There are outdoor screenings happening all over Philly. Wednesday night is Clueless at FringeArts; Thursday is Ratatouille at Schuylkill Banks, Purple Rain on the Delaware River Waterfront and  Central Intelligence at Dilworth Park; Friday is Hidden Figures at The Oval+.

  5. Outdoor hang sessions aren’t limited to movies! Check out The Oval+, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest + The Midway.

  6. Pack your chocolate frogs and hop on your broom! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center is happening this Friday.

  7. And a sweet ending to our weekly picks–  The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market is happening this Saturday, July 29. There will be over 15 ice cream specials at various market merchants, an ice cream eating contest with prizes, demos, ice cream shuffleboard and a photo booth.

    P.S. Mark your calendars for the best five hours in Philly at CollegeFest on Saturday, September 9 at Dilworth Park! Once you’ve signed up, share that you’re going on Facebook.

What’s Up Wednesday!

F is for 4:30, FREE and 40th St.  Starting at 4:30, you can grab yourself a free water ice from Trolley Car Ice Cream at 40th and Baltimore Ave.  See what else is happening in West Philly!


Run up the Rocky steps to check out Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 5-8:45 p.m. You can tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery. While you’re there, check out the neighborhoods around the museum.


Catch a free outdoor movie at FringeArts at La Peg. Tonight’s screening is Friday! Before showtime, stroll around Old City.


It’s a beautiful day for an outdoor drink, 21+’ers! Check out Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks , PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden: South Street and Navy Yard Al Fresco.


This is just a sample of what’s going on this summer! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page  for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

Dining Deals, Free Flicks + More!

The days are long and the list of things to do this summer is even longer! Below is our boiled down list of what to check out this week.

Monday, July 17 to Sunday, July 23

University City Dining Days  Participating restaurants offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. You can dine at a new location every night of the event, or as a tour of the globe without leaving a single neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 18

Campus Philly’s My Philly Summer Party  — Philly’s largest intern party is happening on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rooftop Terrace. Update: this event is SOLD OUT!

Taco Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden University City Cafe Ynez tacos are 3 for $8 and $5 – Frozen Camenera Mango Margarita! (21+). Yummmm. 

Wednesday, July 19

Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Friday at FringeArts — free outdoor movie experience underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge!

Navy Yard Al Fresco 
— enjoy pay-as-you-go food and drinks, live music, lawn games, and local vendors at the Navy Yard’s award-winning park, Central Green!

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — the name says it all! You can tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery.

Thursday,  July 20

Schuylkill Banks Movie Series: Finding Dory —  Movie starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm on July 20). Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner.

Old City Eats — Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the return of Old City Eats! From 5:00pm to 8:00pm, thirty participating restaurants and bars will offer at least one half-priced appetizer

Any day of the week you can check out beer gardens all over the city, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway, and free yoga on Race Street Pier!

This is just a sample of what’s going on this summer! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page  for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

A Day Tripper’s BFF: Zipcar!

From day trip to a long road trip, cruise through summer with our buds at Zipcar! When you plan a trip with them, you’re getting more than a set of wheels, you get deals like:

— For the month of July flash your zipcard at any United By Blue store to receive a free coffee

— $10 in driving credit for the month of July: CAMPUSPHILLY7 (expires 7/15/17)

With your Zipcard (no keys needed!) in hand, gather your friends and set off on an adventure! Here are our suggestions on where to go this month.

— Head to Medford, NJ to cool off at the Flying W Airplane Pool! As you’re lounging poolside, watch planes take off into the summer sky.

— Catch an outdoor show at the scenic Mann Center.

— While you’re near Fairmount Park, soak up the serenity of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

— Do you love a good flea market? Drive up to Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market in Lambertville!  Pro-tip: Get there early to get the good stuff.

— Perhaps Jersey Shore journey is in your future. Here are “25 essential summer must-do’s: Your Jersey Shore bucket list.”

— We don’t know about you, but all we want to eat in the summer is fresh fruits and veggies. Plan to pick up your summer bounty on Saturday at  Phoenixville Farmers’ Market.

— Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, there’s an illuminated fountain show at the beautiful Longwood Gardens. More than 1,700 fountain jets create soaring water in all shapes, sizes, and heights, and infinite color combinations!

When you reserve with Zipcar, you get great deals and give back too! This month, if you reserve a Ford Focus Hatchback “Vendetta Ave” and Zipcar gives a $1 back to Mural Arts for each hour driven.  Zipcar worked with high school students in their Art Education to design a moving mural. The moving mural will be wrapped on the vehicle until July 31, 2017. Pretty cool, right?

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your road trip adventures on InstagramFacebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly #ZipTrip.

 

Free Hoagies, Fireworks and More to Ring in the Fourth!

When you’re the birthplace of America, you have to bring the party on your birthday! We have lot of years –241, to be exact– to celebrate and events all around the city to do just that. Below are our weekly picks plus Fourth of July festivities.

Pay a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at visit on Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday.

After you gallery gaze, star gaze while watching  a free outdoor movie screening of E.T. the Extraterrestrial at FringeArts.

21+’ers can cool off with a cold one at any of these outdoor beer gardens.

Meet us on the National Constitution Center’s lawn to celebrate the 25th annual Wawa Hoagie Day happening this Thursday, June 29 from 12 to 2 p.m. Enjoy a 6-ton hoagie salute, free Wawa hoagies, a hoagie building competition between police and firefighters and more!

Start your day with hoagies and end it with Old City Eats! Every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., thirty Old City restaurants and bars will be offering great food deals.

F is for Friday and FREE! Enjoy free admission to the Penn Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary. Catch a free concert and fireworks at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Neighborhood Concert Series. Speaking of fireworks, be sure to take advantage of all the festivities to celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace!

On Saturday, head to 40th and Walnut for a special Independence Day Weekend edition of Philly’s favorite street food festival, Night Market, brought to you by The Food Trust and Wawa Welcome America.

And the cherry on top? Watching a free screening of Rocky at the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps on Sunday night.


This is just a sample of what’s going on this summer! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page  for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

P.S. If you’re interning in Philadelphia, get on the list for Tuesday, July 18’s My Philly Summer Party on the Free Library of Philadelphia roof deck!

It’s Official – Summer Is Here! Celebrate with These Local Events

We have a feeling the Fresh Prince of Philly’s classic “Summertime” was inspired by the best time of year in the City of Brotherly Love! So now that summer, summer, summertime is officially here, cue up that throwback on your Spotify and make plans to check out one or all of the events we’ve handpicked for you.

— Get your barbecue on at Dilworth Park from June 21-25 during their All-American BBQ series.

— Pack your 4.99 Wawa Hoagiefest hoagie, a blanket and invite your friends to one of these FREE outdoor movies! If you want movie AND music, there’s  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center this Saturday.

— Jam out to good tunes at the Penn Museum, as they celebrate their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. And don’t stop there! Keep jamming into Thursday, June 22 at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series.

— 21+! Grab beer with your buds at one of these outdoor beer gardens.

— Ride a Ferris Wheel, hop on a carousel, lace up your skates or get a hole in one at Friday’s grand opening of The Midway at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s SummerFest. After, head over to Philadelphia Magic Gardens for live music and crafting at Twilight in the Gardens.

— Stroll around Main Street Manayunk on Saturday and Sunday during the Manayunk Arts Festival.

This is just a sample of what’s going on this summer! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page  for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

P.S. If you’re interning in Philadelphia, get on the list for Tuesday, July 18’s My Philly Summer Party on the Free Library of Philadelphia roof deck!

Flicks, Food, Lanterns & Literature

Our weekly list has a little something for all the film, food and literature buffs out there! Check ’em out below.

Your many chances to catch an outdoor movie are listed in Thrillist’s Every Outdoor Movie Screening in Philly This Summer.”  On Wednesday, June 14 see Dazed and Confused at La Peg at FringeArts and on Thursday, June 15, Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: Young Frankenstein. 

Take a stroll around the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Thursday, June 15! Walk the avenue for $1 bargains and favorite neighborhood food from signature restaurants.

21+’ers can cool off with a cold one at any of these outdoor beer gardens.

On Thursday, June 15, kick-off Old City Eats— every Thursday from June 15-August 31– with a free block party.

Join the Rosenbach on beautiful Delancey Place for the their annual (and free!) Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses.

Get yourself to Franklin Square before the lights go out on the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival on Sunday, June 18!

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.

Cheers to Summer! Grab a Drink Outside at One of These Spots

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 | uCity Square, 36th & Filbert Streets

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
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
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.


CCD Sips
Every Wednesday, June 7 to August 30 | Various locations in Center City 

All summer long. Wednesdays from 5-7 pm. Participating bars and restaurants are offering $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers


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.

Straight from the Hoagie’s Mouth: Philly Sandwich Spots

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, you met Dolly Donut, Pam Pretzel and Wanda Water-Ice as they talked about their favorite Philly treats. Now hear from Hal the Hoagie and friends talk about sandwiches.

Campus Philly Creatures: Sandwich Spots from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Locations mentioned: 
Meltkraft at Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Hershel’s at Reading Terminal Market
DiNic’s at Reading Terminal Market
4th St. Delicatessen, 700 S. 4th Street
Paesano’s, 1017 S. 9th Street
Sarcone’s Deli, 736 S. 9th Street
Nam Son, 1601 Washington Avenue

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.