Events On Our Weekend Radar

This Saturday, September 23, pack your picnic baskets and blankets for a FREE, big-screen broadcast of Mozart’s classic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, and join thousands of Philadelphians in the shadow of Independence Hall! While you’re in the area, stop by Chinatown’s 22nd Annual Mid-Autumn Festival.

Take a Fall Road Trip with Zipcar! Head to this weekend’s Apple Festival at Linvilla Orchards and more.

Welcome fall with the Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Festival, which runs until this Sunday, September 24.

Manayunk Restaurant Week is happening now until next Thursday, September 28! 

Get in the Halloween spirits at  Movie Mondays @ The Trocadero:  Hocus Pocus on Monday, October 2.  This event is 21+.

Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Fireflies” light up the Parkway until October 8! There are plenty of walk-up pedicab rides available each night of the project! Just head to Iroquois Park or Sister Cities Park to board. Arriving early is recommended!

Heads up events: 
SPARK Philly at International House Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 3. Register for our awesome (and FREE) Launch Event Series here. Speaking of free, Launch Events include pizza plus snacks and drinks from Wawa.

Head to the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, October 5-14. Explore 130+ events and open houses all around the city, all about design.

Take a Fall Road Trip with Zipcar!

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In terms of perfect timing, this promo is as perfect as it gets because there are great fall activities happening in the Philadelphia region— hello pumpkin patches and apple picking!  So throw on your perfect fall sweater, round up your friends and head out for an autumnal adventure. Here are some #ziptrip ideas:

A Festival Designed With You In Mind

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Is design your thing? Head to the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, October 5-14. Explore 130+ events and open houses all around the city, all about design.

First, let’s party– kickoff party. This year’s showstopper party takes place on Wednesday, October 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., in the heart of Center City on the Jefferson campus. DesignPhilly has teamed up with A.C. Moore and five curated design teams to feature a series of installations that will spark conversation and peak curiosity. And of course, food! Enjoy delicious burgers by Shake Shack and flavorful snacks and drinks from 12th Street Catering. Bonus: Tickets are half price for students!

With the kickoff complete, the first weekend of DesignPhiladelphia Festival, the Center for Architecture and Design will transform into the Art Star Market, while on the second weekend, NextFab will host their Maker Market, providing opportunities for local makers to sell their wares. In addition the AIA Bookstore at 1218 Arch St. will transform into the DesignPhilly Pop-Up Shop featuring local designers for the duration of the festival.

On Thursday, October 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m,
the 3rd Annual FitCityPHL symposium will take place at the Center for Architecture and Design. Led by Health Promotion Council, a subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation, FitCityPHL explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve healthAfter the symposium, please join The Fabric Workshop and Museum next door for a Healthy Happy Hour and Fitness Tour of their current exhibition, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture. Tickets for FitCity are $15 for students with a valid ID.

Free Concerts For You!

Tonight join The Philadelphia Orchestra for their 10th annual FREE College Concert!  Every year a free concert just for college students kicks off The Philadelphia Orchestra’s eZseatU program, where thousands of students fill Verizon Hall to experience the famous Philadelphia Sound. A post-concert party in the Kimmel Center lobby with free food and more live music completes this festive night!

Students must have a full-time valid college student ID to attend. Seating is general admission and is first-come, first-serve basis and tickets do not guarantee entry. Reserve your spot here.

Saturday is Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on the Mall.  It’s the first Open Arts College Night of the semester! We’re joining Opera Philadelphia for Opera on the Mall!

Pack your picnic baskets and blankets for a FREE, big-screen broadcast of Mozart’s classic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, and join thousands of Philadelphians in the shadow of Independence Hall!

Gates will open at 6:00pm and the broadcast will begin at 7:00pm.  Come early for best seating and stop by the Open Arts table to say “Hi”!

What to Expect at Saturday’s CollegeFest

We can’t believe our calendars– this Saturday is COLLEGEFEST!!! Below is our day-of guide for having the best five hours in Philly.

CollegeFest event details: 
When: Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Dilworth Park next to City Hall

CollegeFest check-in:
1. Sign up for express check-in to get your name on the CollegeFest list. Once you’ve made it official, make it Facebook official by RSVPing and inviting your friends.

2. On Saturday, September 9,  make your way to Dilworth Park by City Hall to get your wristband.  **Do not skip step 2! That wristband is key.**

3. Show your ‘band  to get on The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop® and into fourteen museums and cultural venues for FREE.

CollegeFest Swag:
Grab your big blue IKEA bag, make your way around our CollegeFest village that’s filled wih great activities, giveaways and prizes from awesome companies and organizations like:

American Campus Communities, AT&T, Bitescourt, Capital One, CIEE, Comcast – Talent, Comcast/XFINITY, CPR Ready – IBX, CubeSmart, Essentia Water, FreezeCrowd, Inc., goPuff, IKEA, Indego, Indego Bike Share, Inspire, Kimmel Center, La Salle University, Lyft, Monster Energy, NHS, Peace Corps, Philadelphia Phillies, Power Crunch, SEPTA, Skedaddle, Sparkling Ice, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Wilma Theater, Timberland, United States Marine Corps., Vanguard, The Block Church

Special setups from CollegeFest Exclusive Partners, including the:

— CIEE student lounge
— Capital One photo booths and prize wheel
— Games, prizes and branded give-aways from IKEA
— “Sparkling Eyes” Beauty Bar from Sparkling Ice
— AT&T charging station
— Vanguard dunk tank
— Kimmel Center green screen and give-aways!

This could be you with all your swag on September 9!

CollegeFest Activities:

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. catch us on the Dilworth Park lawn for some friendly competition.  Activities include Dizzy Bat, 3 Legged Race, Hula Hoop Contest and more! Your victories are rewarded with $5 Wawa gift cards and can contribute to your school’s claim to the coveted Campus Philly Cup.

This could be you basking in your CollegeFest lawn game victory:

Hungry? Enjoy the best flavors of Philly from the Dilworth Park Cafe! Serving: 

— Cherry Street Ramen Bowl
— Washington Ave Bahn Mi
— Fishtown Fries
— University City Falafel Sandwich
— Soom Tahini Philly Cheesesteak

Afterward students can take the Broad Street Line to Lincoln Financial Field for Temple v. Villanova college football at 3:30pm.

Show your student ID at the West VIP Box Office on the 11th Street side Lincoln Financial Field, across from the Wells Fargo Center, for $10 student tickets.

Ready for CollegeFest?!


Let’s get this party started! We’re 10 days away from the best five hours in Philly – CollegeFest is Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 3 pm at Dilworth Park. So how should you prepare?

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
Students can find PHLASH on-the-go by accessing 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!