No Classes This Week? More Time to Get Motivated!

Fall break = more time to hang out, plan ahead and explore! Get motivated to find that dream internship for the spring semester and explore Philadelphia in all it’s holiday glory with our picks below.

Apply to one of our Top 5 picks

1.  Pennoni | Graduate Transportation Engineer – Warrington
2. City of Philadelphia | Shared Prosperity Fellow
3. Garfield Group | Junior Copywriter
4. Netrality | NOC Analyst
5. Salus University | Digital Marketing Internship


Right now the city is getting dressed up in twinkling lights to dazzle us this holiday season. It all starts with a parade and continues with lighting ceremonies, outdoor markets, ice skating and holiday spectaculars. Check out our ‘Tis the Season To-Do:

Looking for more local events? Check out Campus Philly’s event calendar, which has tons of events handpicked with college students in mind! 

The Weird, the Poetic, the Passionate: FringeArts Presents The Brownings

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Two of history’s greatest poets struggle to survive each other

FringeArts and Orbiter 3 present The Brownings, an immoderate re-­telling of the great love of the 19th century. Ostensibly set in Florence during the 1840s, where Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning eloped after their secret courtship and marriage, the pair write, love, hate, slam dope, and have weird sex all while bickering over who the better poet is. “I imagined their years in Italy as one long writer’s retreat, with all the horror that notion implies,” playwright Sam Henderson told FringeArts in an interview back in August.

Despite the show’s historical grounding, Henderson has taken certain liberties with the particulars of the couple’s story to spin a more nuanced story that eschews biographical nitpicking in favor of something far more accessible. “As I wrote, I noticed I didn’t really care about the historical Brownings at all. I much preferred these other two characters: two great artists, inextricable from each other and in permanent conflict, yearning for a reconciliation that’ll never come.”

It’s the characters’ inextricable connection—in life and in the cultural mind—that fuels this conflict, something that’s well reflected in Henderson’s interpretation of the setting: “For me, the setting of this play is the inside of a head, and we’re watching a divided mind, viciously at war with itself.”

The Brownings is the latest show from the highly acclaimed, self-­sustaining producing playwright’s collective Orbiter 3. Focused on sustainability and empowering the playwright as lead artist, this radical experiment in new play theater embraces administrative and fiscal responsibility in the pursuit of the artistic growth of its members. Past productions include Peaceable Kingdom (2017), I Am Not My Motherland (2016), and Moon Man Walk (2015). This production marks FringeArts’ first partnership with Orbiter 3, and as another organization dedicated to aiding emerging artists in the realization of their vision, the pairing could not be a better fit.

This bawdy, rudely comic exploration of the purpose of art and the nature of love runs from November 29 -­ December 9 at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.). Tickets cost $15 for students and are available by phone at 215-­413-­1318 or online at


The Brownings by Sam Henderson/Orbiter 3
Written by: Sam Henderson
Directed by: Harriet Power
Performers: James Ijames, David Ingram, Charlotte Northeast

‘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. 

Let There Be Festive Light! Must-See Twinkling Spots in Philadelphia

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show in Franklin Square
Now until December 31 | 4:30 – 8 pm, Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm on Fridays & Saturdays; final show at 8 pm on December 24
Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to “ignite” the 4:30 pm show.

Deck the Hall Light Show at Dilworth Park Wintergarden
Monday, November 20 – January 1 | Every hour on the half hour and more frequently on weekends
Center City District, in collaboration with 6abc, brings City Hall to life this holiday season with a FREE nightly choreographed light show, projected onto Philadelphia’s Historic City Hall.

Tree-Lighting Celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
Wednesday, November 22 | 5PM–7PM

Enjoy treats, York Street Hustle and the Philadelphia Girls Choir, and the best
view in the city!

Philly Holiday Tree-Lighting at City Hall 
Friday, November 24 | 5PM-6:30PM
The ceremony sets the 50-foot tree aglow and a new-this-year gift drive supports youth in the community. Toy and clothing donations will be accepted from 4 to 8 p.m.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City
Saturday, November 25 – December 31 |  10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A whopping 34,500 LED lights create a visual spectacular accompanied by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ

The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display
Tuesday, November 28 to January 1 | 5PM-12AM
Take a stroll down the 1600 Block of South 13th Street (between Tasker & Morris) and enjoy Philadelphia’s favorite holiday display!

Rittenhouse Holiday Tree and Park Lighting 
Tuesday, November 28 | 5 PM
Kick-off the Rittenhouse holiday shopping season with family-friendly activities and music leading up to the lighting of the 30-foot holiday tree and white globe lights. The holiday park lights continue to be illuminated every night through the end of December. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest  Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO
Friday, December 1 | 6PM-9PM

Celebrate the First Friday in December and usher in the holiday season with a full night of performers, singers, dancers, and ice skaters, with a grand tree lighting finale capped off by landside fireworks thanks to PECO’s sponsorship. Complete details including the list of performers TBA.

Parade of Lights on the Delaware River  
Saturday, December 9 | 11AM-6PM
A parade of local working boats will be illuminated in holiday lights for all to see on the Delaware River at 5:30 p.m. The best spot to take in this unique sight is from the Independence Seaport Museum’s second floor terrace. Warm seasonal beverages and food will be available in our Holiday Hut. 

Get Motivated to Explore All Things Philly!

Check out our weekly Top 5 picks! There are gigs from Pennoni, Pop! Promos, SAP, Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and Philadelphia Film Society.

Make plans to check out one (or all!) of the events on  Campus Philly’s calendar. We’re always adding to it so check in to see what’s new!

RSVP to tomorrow’s Leadership Connection  event at Publicis Health Media!  Learn from regional activists, civic leaders, artists, and others about how they began, what challenges they face, and what they hope their impact will be in the future.


Local Festivals, Free Museum Days + More!

There’s never a dull calendar week in Philadelphia! We have festivals,  a celebrity sighting, free (or almost free) museum days, plus more in this week’s rundown. 

Festivals happening right now:

First Person Arts Festival
November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia |
November 1 – December 8

Coming up:

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Tuesday, November 7

An Eagles player could be your barista on Tuesday… See for yourself at Saxbys New Café Preview Party.

Wednesday, November 8

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of our favorite midweek activities.

If you’re 21+ and a Drake fan, you have to check out So Far Gone aka #DrakeNightSFG at The Fillmore in Fishtown!

Thursday, November 9

Make your way down the Parkway for an evening of ‘out of this world’ astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts at Night Skies in the Observatory at the Franklin Institute. 

Friday, November 10

Celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day at the Franklin Institute.  Free demonstrations, activities, and live shows will promote sustainability, environmental responsibility, and biological innovation + more!

Saturday, November 11

The National Constitution Center will be honoring Veterans Day with free admission to all visitors.  Following your visit to the Constitution Center,  stroll down to the Museum of the American Revolution for their Veterans Day Weekend activities.

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.

Halloweekend Events + First Friday with Open Arts

Photo: The Franklin Fountain snapped by Olivia Brosky

Make sure to sign-up for our final Open Arts College Night at the Arden Theatre on November 3rd. Spend Friday night in Old City! Check out the neighborhood galleries and businesses holding open houses. Registration for this FREE event gets you free snacks, a discount card and an art crawl map.

Weekend Highlights:

  • Boogie down at the Kimmel Center with 2017 AfroPunk Battle of the Bands winner- Courtnee Roze. She has worked with celebrated musicians including J. Cole, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Tony Award winner Lachanze. Claim your free tickets now!
  • For our 21+ crowd, celebrate Halloween at the Rosenbach.
  • Snag some free tickets to hear classical music from the Schumann Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano put on by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go This Weekend in Philly!

The best way to explore Philadelphia? Walking! Lace up your sneakers and head out to  Philly Free Streets, this Saturday from 8AM-1PM. Enjoy “three-and-a-half miles of car-free, free-activity-filled roads for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists to explore from Philadelphia’s Historic District all the way to the El Centro de Oro neighborhood in North Philly.”

On your walk, try to spot some of the Monument Lab installations scattered throughout the city.  Maybe your Free Streets stroll will take you South to the South Street Pumpkinfest or  East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday.

If you want to go down a less traveled path this weekend,  walk along Kelly Drive to catch the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta or ride up to Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for Yokai Family Weekend!

If it’s not a walk around the city, consider planning a mini road trip. Hop on a train, jump in your car (or Zipcar) to explore one of the “22 small towns near Philly you need to visit right now!


Spooky Stories, a Film Fest, Open Street Celebration + More!

Photo: ‘Percy Street Project‘ / Credit: Dominic DiDonato, Photo+Video Intern

From Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week to this Tuesday’s Create-adelphia at Saxbys HQ, there’s a lot going on virtually and IRL. Below we break
through the calendar clutter to present our weekly picks for you!

Dracula: A Gothic Mystery at Laurel Hill  | Thurs, Oct.  26 – Sat, Oct. 28
Adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic tale, this suspenseful retelling of Dracula explores the insidious power of evil and the twisted ways in which we welcome it into our lives. Bring your own beach chairs. Hot apple cider will be served prior to each performance. Attendees are advised to dress warmly and to bring a flashlight.

Day of the Dead Celebrations | Fri, Oct. 27-Sun, Oct. 29
Celebrate at local restaurants, museums and venues with food specials, face painting, dancing + more!

26th Philadelphia Film Festival | Now – Sun, Oct. 29
Every October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for eleven exceptional days of cinematic splendor.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary | Now – November 11

Philly Free Streets |  Sat, Oct. 28 from 8AM-1PM
Philly Free Streets temporarily closes a designated street route to cars, so that people can walk, bike, and play. This year’s car-free route will connect Philadelphia’s Historic District and El Centro de Oro in North Philadelphia’s Fairhill Neighborhood.