10 Ways to Enjoy Philly This Summer!

Whether you’ve just closed the book on a great school year or you’re taking a breather between spring and summer sessions, now is the time to treat yourself to some Philly fun! Here are our upcoming events picks for you.

1. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, June 11  starting at 6 p.m. daily | Franklin
Square, 200 6th St.

Franklin Square is magically lit up with 29 handcrafted lanterns, including a 200-foot Chinese dragon constructed by lantern artisans from China! Get a pic with illuminated sea creatures, lions, pandas and more.


2. Beer Gardens! When warm weather comes, Philly beer gardens emerge and blossom into must-hang spots. Check out our beer garden picks for the 21+ crowd.


3. Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme
Thursday, May 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. |  Cottman & Rising Sun

Come hungry! The Food Trust throws this awesome (and very popular) festival which brings Philly’s amazing food options– from food trucks to local restaurants–to the streets and sidewalks.


4. Spruce St. Harbor Park Grand Opening Weekend
Opening Friday, May 12 | Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street

IMO, this is the ultimate chill spot. At Spruce St. Harbor Park, you can swing from the hammocks,  lounge in the Adirondack chairs, stroll the boardwalk lined with delicious local treats, catch an outdoor movie, have a drink on the floating bar.


5. 14th Annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing 
Saturday, May 12- Sunday, May 13 | 100 S Columbus Boulevard

There’s rain in the weekend forecast but this bazaar is happening rain or shine! If you’re looking for a locally handmade gift for your mom on Mother’s Day, this is the place to get it. Or! Why not just bring your mom along for a crafty day in the city?


6. Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair
Saturday, May 12- Monday, May 14 

We love when there’s some big event happening in Rittenhouse Square, especially when the park is filled with beautiful handmade arts and crafts. Walk around, admire what’s on display and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant like Shake Shack or Devil’s Den.


7. 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21 |  9th Street & Washington Avenue

The Italian Market is always buzzing with energy and full of great food. Multiply that by 100 and add a greased pole and you have the Italian Market Festival. 


8. 40th St. Summer Series: Sun Ra Arkestra
Saturday, May 20 | 40th & Walnut Streets

This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly.) 


9. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Saturday, May 20 | 18th & Walnut Streets

Take to the streets-literally, this is the only time Walnut St. is blocked off to vehicular traffic- for a day of strolling around the Rittenhouse’s most popular festival.


10. Free Yoga on Race St. Pier
Monday-Sunday, times vary 

Now that class is over, head to a different kind of class– yoga class! It’s not your everyday yoga either, it’s yoga with a beautiful view of  the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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.

Philly To-Do: The Weekend!

And the weekend is here! We’ve all made it through this busy week and now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the spring happenings in Philadelphia. Check ’em out below.

Science After Hours: Prom | Friday, April 21 |  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St.
Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with a prom! Part of The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours event series, join us for the ultimate scientific soiree, where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+.

Flea Market on Broad | Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Broad Street (between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St.)
The sidewalk of Broad Street, between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St., will be taken over by 55-plus vendors selling various knickknacks.

Record Store Day 2017 | Saturday, April 22 | All day  | Citywide
Record collectors, this is the most important day to support your local record store! Check out: 
Creep Records, Repo Records, Long In The Tooth and Philadelphia Record Exchange.

Clover Market | Saturday, April 22 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills 

Find unique jewelry, interesting antiques, artwork, home décor, handmade goods and other one-of-a-kind knickknacks. In addition, there will be food, drink and live music!

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier | Saturday & Sunday | 9:30 a.m.
Race St & N. Columbus Blvd

Get in your morning stretch in right under the Ben Franklin Bridge. The waterfront view will not disappoint!

Waffles & Wedges’ Second Birthday Block Party | Sunday, April 23 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1511 Pine St.
The celebration will be full of freebies, including samples from Bassetts Ice Cream, Blue Mountain Winery and Mood Lounge Bar. Be on the lookout for raffles and giveaways, too. As for the signature loaded waffles from Waffles & Wedges, mini “Party Crasher” waffles will be $2 each (limit of two per person) from the Waffles food truck. The Liege waffle is topped with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.

Philly Field Trip: Sunday Funday

Sundays usually consist of one thing for me—homework. However, this past Sunday I was feeling adventurous, so I switched up my routine. I  decided to take full advantage of the perfect weather, so I spent most the day jumping from one thing to another.

My running buddy!

I kicked off my morning with a volunteer orientation at an animal rescue in Northern Liberties, Saved Me Adoption Center. I’ve been missing my family’s pups more than anything and I thought this would help. Once I arrived, I let them know I was a runner, and I was paired with the perfect running partner– a dog who loved to sprint! We ventured around Northern Liberties and Fishtown, and I got to know the neighborhood.  I had an afternoon Phillies game to catch, so I was only able to spend time with one dog. I am itching to go back and run with my furry friends!

So back to campus I went. I grabbed whatever red I owned and flew out the door to Citizens Bank Park. My friend and I  took our seats in the nosebleeds, but we quickly realized my friend’s relative was at the game and had two tickets for us to join her in the suite. Score! On our way to our upgraded seats, we grabbed Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries. A snack in hand + a great view= us having a ball– pun intended!– at our FIRST Phillies game.

After the game, we needed a post-game pick me up so we headed to Fairmount‘s OCF Coffee House. Refueled, we headed to our last stop of the day– dinner and  grocery shopping at the mega Whole Foods at 2101 Hamilton St.

Whew! I got tired just recapping my busy Sunday. As the school year starts winding down, and the final papers and studying start piling up, it’s important to get out and enjoy the fantastic city we live in!

Philly Field Trip: Center City

In the center of our fine city, you’ll find Center City. Other cities say “downtown” when referring to their version of Center City, but Philadelphians are known for being lingo pioneers.

Strike a pose…on the subway steps!

I frequent this section of Philadelphia more than any other, but each time I discover something new. Getting there is a quick SEPTA subway ride from Temple’s campus. We hopped off at the City Hall stop and I made my roommate for an impromptu photoshoot in the subway. She was embarrassed, but I was loving it, I found a stairway that caught my eye and starting posing, twirling, and smiling—you can easily turn anything into a photo shoot spot and a stairwell in the subway is no exception.

City Hall

Photo shoots aside, my favorite part about my Center City commute has to be walking up the stairs from the subway and being greeted by the skyline, the bustling of the city, and the beautiful City Hall building.

What next? Shop ’til we drop. Chestnut and Walnut Street have a lot of shops to do just that. We made our way to our first destination, but were easily distracted as we noticed a two-story Five Below at 1529 Chestnut St. It was filled with everything Philadelphia related and as both of us are from out of the state, we acted like complete tourists and fell in love. We found these awesome Philly themed canvases that we would later use for our girl’s night.

After we weaved our way in and out of all stores, we were tired and hungry. Finding a spot to relax and order food wasn’t hard. Some of my favorite spots so far are Mac Mart and sweetgreen, both equally delicious, but one is definitely a little healthier than the other. We decided on Mac Mart and treated ourselves to the “In the Buff” Mac and Cheese, which is a delicious buffalo chicken infused bowl of greatness.

With shopping bags in hand and mac and cheese in our bellies, we headed back to the subway station. Like something out of a movie, the sun began to set in the backdrop, allowing an iridescent glow to bounce off City Hall, and my roommate and I exchanged a look of contentment and said our goodbye as we made our way back to campus.

 

Philly To-Do: Head to Fishtown For NET/WORK Philly 2017

Have you snagged your FREE ticket to Tuesday’s NET/WORK event at The Fillmore? All you have to do is send your idea of the perfect summer in Philadelphia to dcharmelus@campusphilly.org.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get your headshots, have your resume reviewed and meet local employers who want to hire YOU! In addition to being a great event, it’s being held in a hip and happening neighborhood–Fishtown! While you’re in the neighborhood…

Philly Field Trip: South Street

It was time to rip off the band aid and do what I came to Philly for: explore and broaden my knowledge with real experiences. I wanted to go beyond the walls and halls of my campus to divulge myself in the culture of Philadelphia.

I gathered my friends, charged my camera, searched for that last SEPTA token in my wallet, and then set off for a day meandering up and down South Street. We were all ecstatic and ready to complete our “must-see” to do list. Our first mission was food, and we soon realized this was going to be an easy find, but a very hard decision.

From pizza to BBQ, they had it all—and we finally decided on Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop for mind-blowing sandwiches and incredible house cut fries and truffle whiz. I am a sucker for meatball subs, and let me tell you, this did NOT disappoint. As I bit into the toasted garlic roll, it all simply melted into my taste buds and left me wanting more. But wait, it gets better, the crispy home cut fries were already perfect, then you dipped in the homemade truffle whiz—yum! I am always hesitant to spend money on food, but in the end, it’s always worth it, especially in Philly. If you ever find yourself wandering up and down South Street, make sure you wander yourself over to Woodrow’s.

After we filled our bellies and washed down the goodness with some chai from the Bean Cafe, we were ready to shop. If you’re a vintage junkie like myself, then South Street is your go to place. As we walked down the street, I would stop all the girls and send them into every vintage shop we saw. The one that stood out the most to me and one I will be visiting often was Retrospect Vintage. Not only did it have an assortment of clothes, but furniture, jewelry, trinkets, and much more. The history and stories collected into this one store was amazing and overwhelming, and I plan to go back soon and seek out every inch!

While making our way back to the South Street SEPTA station, we made one last stop– Big Gay Ice Cream! Why not finish our perfect day with a cherry on top?  The options array to satisfy every craving out there. In addition to the delectable ice cream, the vibe of this place is one-of-a- kind and a must see for yourself place.

As a college student living and going to school in Philadelphia, it is so important that I take advantage of my surroundings and the city that is my extended campus. The opportunities are endless, the memories made are priceless, and the places to take pictures are bottomless!

Gather your friends and get out there, I promise you it is worth it.

Campus Philly interns, Lindsay and Katie pose in front of Philadelphia Magic Gardens on South Street.

 

Philly To-Do: Celebrate the Holidays

This time of year has a way of pushing time’s fast-forward button, so it’s never too early to start bringing out the tinsel, miseltoe and lights. From pop-up shopping nights to holiday light celebrations, there are plenty of Philly happenings to get you in a festive mood. Below are our picks that we’re looking forward to checking out! 

Holiday lights across the City 

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite things about the holiday season is all the lights and decorations spread across the city. So, if you are indeed like me, you’ll be excited to know that this is an ongoing event going on throughout the city. Grab some friends, bundle up, and make a nice hot chocolate to go, and explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the amazing decorations that’ll truly wow you. (My personal favorite is the Longwood Gardens lights)

Check out Visit Philly’s list of  The Top Places to View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia and head to the ‘Parade of Lights at the Seaport Museum’ on Saturday, December 10!


Franklin Flea Holiday Market 2016 

Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts? Stop by the Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building happening on Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 5 pm! In addition to great gift finds, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors and enjoy live music performances throughout the day.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City 

Head to Old City this Thursday for Historic Holiday Nights, which runs every Thursday until December 22nd. 45 shops, restaurants and museums open up their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. with special deals and an extended happy hour for those of age. This is a great way to explore Old City, and cross a few people off of your Christmas list!


Ice Skating at City Hall

Another holiday tradition, ice skating at Rothman Rink at City Hall!  If you can’t skate they even offer a five week session of skating lessons on Sunday mornings that include skates and admission. You can also warm up after skating for awhile with food and drinks around City Hall. 

In addition to Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, lace up your skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest!


Christmas Village at City Hall

Not much of a skater? You can still hit up City Hall for the Christmas markets starting later this month. More than 80 vendors will be out selling little trinkets and gifts perfect for the holidays. Not only will there be shopping but you can expect side-street performances and other special events throughout the entirety of the markets stay in Center City.


Catch the annual holiday show at Walnut Street Theatre

Want to catch an awesome show and see some history as well? Hit up Walnut Street Theatre, which just so happens to be America’s oldest theatre and catch a classic, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’! Maybe take a stroll to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which are just a quick walk away before settling in for a bit to watch an awesome cast perform one of the most classic Christmas favorites of all time.


Have “A Very Philly Christmas” at Fairmount Park

Music. Friends. Neighbors. Family. These four elements are the four most important ideas to our lovely city. Head to Fairmount Park to see some of the historical homes decked out for the season with these ideals in mind. Fairmount Park will also be hosting some really awesome events based around those four elements. Grab your friends, your family, your neighbors and head to Fairmount Park (while listening to some awesome music) and enjoy some of the things that make the City of Brotherly Love the best city to be in.

There you have it, Z’s holiday picks for this upcoming season.  For more events, you can always check out our calendar page. If you’re looking to take a road trip, check out For Planners Making Plans: Holiday Edition. If you have any suggestions or want to share your experience at one of these places, let us know!

Z’s Weekly Picks | Nov. 21-27

As you’re all getting out your stretchy pants and gearing up to stuff your faces with some awesome food, don’t forget about all the amazing things there are to do in Philly this week! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a plateful of Z’s weekly picks!

Thanksgiving Parade

Before you get your grub on, head out to Ben Franklin Parkway to see the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. Celebrating its 97th year, head out to catch the 1.4 mile long parade, with some of your faves like Curious George, Mr. Potato Head, The Grinch and Kermit hitting the Parkway. If you can’t be there in person, you can catch all the festivities on 6ABC.


Christmas Village and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Head down to Dilworth Park next to City Hall for ice skating AND holiday shopping. Before or after you show off your moves on the ice, you can walk around and do a little shopping.  Maybe even cross a few people off of your holiday shopping list!


Macy’s Holiday Light Show

If you’re out shopping on Friday, make your way to the Wanamaker Building on Market Street for the Macy’s Holiday Light Show. Shows occur daily, beginning on Thanksgiving, continuing to New Year’s Eve, and typically start around noon, and the finale of the day ends with a final light show and some awesome holiday music played on the famous Wanamaker Organ.


Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

The Market is always chugging along the good food express but something else is on the tracks during the holiday season– Reading Terminal’s 500 ft Holiday Railroad! It runs about a third of a mile in length, and if you’re able to count them all, it features 17 train lines!


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Looking for ice skating with a view? Head over to Penn’s Landing for the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, where you’ll discover an Olympic-sized skating rink, an indoor lodge for food and drinks, and an amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. 

So there you have it, my picks for the week! Let us know how everything was or if you have any suggestions! Tweet us @CampusPhilly.

 

Warm up before & after Tuesday’s College Night skate

Tuesday nights this winterCollege 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.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia  & Wintergarden at City Hall
The Rothman Rink is right next to the Christmas Village, which is modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, and the giant outdoor maze — America’s Garden Capital Maze

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.

Good Dog Bar | 224 S. 15th St.| 21+
Sometimes after a long day, you need to sit yourself down in a cozy booth and eat a good burger. Dog lovers, you’ll get your fill of dog decor at this place!

Oscar’s Tavern | 1524 Sansom St. | 21+
Two things: Bar food & Bill Murray. The retro paper placemats, the jukebox and the dimly lit atmosphere will place you in the best time warp ever.

Philly To-Do: Celebrate the Holidays

This time of year has a way of pushing time’s fast-forward button, so it’s never too early to start bringing out the tinsel, miseltoe and lights. From pop-up shopping nights to holiday light celebrations, there are plenty of Philly happenings to get you in a festive mood. Below are my picks that I’m looking forward to checking out! 

Holiday lights across the City 

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite things about the holiday season is all the lights and decorations spread across the city. So, if you are indeed like me, you’ll be excited to know that this is an ongoing event going on throughout the city. Grab some friends, bundle up, and make a nice hot chocolate to go, and explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the amazing decorations that’ll truly wow you. (My personal favorite is the Longwood Gardens lights)

Check out Visit Philly’s list of  The Top Places to View Holiday Lights in Philadelphia and head to the Parade of Lights at the Seaport Museum on Saturday, December 10!


Franklin Flea Holiday Market 2016 

Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts? Stop by the Franklin Flea at the Historic Strawbridge’s Building happening on Saturday, December 17th from 10 am to 5 pm! In addition to great gift finds, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors and enjoy live music performances throughout the day.

Looking for more events like this? Here’s uwishunu’s list of 10+ Holiday Markets To Shop In Philly This December.


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City 

Head to Old City this Thursday for Historic Holiday Nights, which runs every Thursday until December 22nd. 45 shops, restaurants and museums open up their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. with special deals and an extended happy hour for those of age. This is a great way to explore Old City, and cross a few people off of your Christmas list!


Ice Skating at City Hall

Another holiday tradition, ice skating at Rothman Rink at City Hall!  If you can’t skate they even offer a five week session of skating lessons on Sunday mornings that include skates and admission. You can also warm up after skating for awhile with food and drinks around City Hall. 

In addition to Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, lace up your skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest!


Christmas Village at City Hall

Not much of a skater? You can still hit up City Hall for the Christmas markets starting later this month. More than 80 vendors will be out selling little trinkets and gifts perfect for the holidays. Not only will there be shopping but you can expect side-street performances and other special events throughout the entirety of the markets stay in Center City.


Catch the annual holiday show at Walnut Street Theatre

Want to catch an awesome show and see some history as well? Hit up Walnut Street Theatre, which just so happens to be America’s oldest theatre and catch a classic, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’! Maybe take a stroll to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, which are just a quick walk away before settling in for a bit to watch an awesome cast perform one of the most classic Christmas favorites of all time.


Have “A Very Philly Christmas” at Fairmount Park

Music. Friends. Neighbors. Family. These four elements are the four most important ideas to our lovely city. Head to Fairmount Park to see some of the historical homes decked out for the season with these ideals in mind. Fairmount Park will also be hosting some really awesome events based around those four elements. Grab your friends, your family, your neighbors and head to Fairmount Park (while listening to some awesome music) and enjoy some of the things that make the City of Brotherly Love the best city to be in.

There you have it, Z’s holiday picks for this upcoming season.  For more events, you can always check out our calendar page. If you’re looking to take a road trip, check out For Planners Making Plans: Holiday Edition. If you have any suggestions or want to share your experience at one of these places, let us know!