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.

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 www.phillyPHLASH.com.
Students can find PHLASH on-the-go by accessing  www.RidePhillyPHLASH.com on a smartphone or mobile device.

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!

Here’s What’s Happening in May

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.

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.


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. This Thursday, May 18, we’ll be heading to Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library!


Spruce Street Harbor Park 
May 12 to October 1  | 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.


Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival 
Saturday, May 20 | Trenton Avenue from Norris to Dauphin

Just as wacky, artsy, and Kensington as ever, the “best day in the neighborhood” is now known as the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival. Join them for over 200 local arts and food vendors, alongside a parade of human-powered sculptural floats.


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. 


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.) 


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.


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.


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest 
Stay tuned! Returns in May | 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

This seasonal park will offers rollerskating and a summer playground for all ages!


Night Market Philadelphia
Spruce Hill on Thursday, June 29
Roxborough on Thursday, August 10
Italian Market on Thursday, October 5

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.


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 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 To-Do: Movie Monday, Free Italian Ice + More!

Catch a movie, grab a free Rita’s Italian Ice, race a SEPTA bus, apply to internships from the comfort of your bed (or wherever you have internet access) and much more!

Movie Mondays @ The Trocadero | 21+ event
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
When: Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia 19107
Details: 21+ event.  Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 8, arrive before 7pm and enjoy a free beer. $3 gets you in and goes towards a snack or drink at the bar.


Start Spring Off Right—with FREE Italian Ice!
Every year Rita’s celebrates the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice! 
When:
Monday, March 20 from 12-9 p.m.
Where: Rita’s Italian Ice 


RaceTheBus 3.0
Race the SEPTA Route 21 Bus at Rush Hour Through Center City
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30 PM (prepare and line up), 5:41 PM Start
Where: Starting at 40th and Chestnut, we’ll race the 5:41 p.m. bus for 3.1 miles going east through Center City Philadelphia. The race will end at 2nd and Chestnut.


Ask Debora(h) Squared Facebook Live Event
Campus Philly’s going LIVE on Campus Philly’s Facebook to let you know what it takes to launch in Philly. Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent grad. Have a question? Submit it to Brynn at brynn@campusphilly.org by Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

When: Tuesday, March 21 starting at 12:30 p.m.
Where: facebook.com/campusphilly 


Young Involved Philadelphia Idea Forum
Get involved with YIP by learning more about  their plans for the year, and helping them brainstorm events in line with YIP’s 2017 goals. During meetings, share bright ideas and get up close and personal with the behind the scenes work that makes YIP programming happen.

When: Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia 19107


Game Changers: Women Making Games

Kat Webster from Bioware, Lauren Brown from EA Games, Harley Dwortz from Rooster Teeth Productions and Melissa Soest from BioWare will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are affecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists.

When:
Thursday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Moore College of Art & Design20th and the Pkwy, Philadelphia 19103


Online Job + Internship Week
Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With tools provided by Campus Philly leading up to the event, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia.

When: Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
Where: Anywhere you have internet access!


Launch Anywhere During Online Job + Internship Week! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

 

Summer in Philly: Intern Dan’s Picks

Music, food, events, and activities coupled with great weather is a recipe for an amazing summer. Philly has all the components to keep you occupied while you enjoy your well-deserved break.

Starting with music, Philly is no slouch when it comes to concerts. The Roots host their eponymous picnic concert every year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The lineup this summer for The Roots Picnic is filled with big names such as Pharrell, Solange, and Lil’ Wayne and many more. Keeping up with tradition, Jay-Z’s Made in America concert has quickly become a Philly favorite. Held on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Made in America celebrates 4th of July weekend in the birthplace of America. Acts like Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, and Coldplay will be performing amongst many others.

On the outside, the Art Museum serves as the venue for Made in America, but on the inside the Art Museum will continue to feature exhibits throughout the summer. Such as a photographic exhibit – Wild: Michael Nichols, Philadelphia Assembled an exhibit that intertwines art and civic engagement, and Phulkari a collection of embroidered textiles from Punjab. Art deserves its own festival too, thankfully the artful neighborhood that is Manayunk hosts the Manayunk Arts Festival where for two days, hundreds of artists come to sell their own paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more.

Of course, we have to talk about food. Philly is a foodie haven, in the summer we turn it up a notch. The Night Market alone is enough to get you excited, imagine your favorite food trucks on campus, now picture a full block of them, uninterrupted by traffic each serving up their own delicious creations. Everyone gets in on the action, local giant Wawa hosts their Wawa Welcome America Party every year. From June 29th, up until 4th of July. Enjoy music, events, performances and lots and lots of food. Finally, the most notable Philly delicacy: the Philly cheesesteak is getting the fest it deserves. Held at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Cheesesteak & Food Fest offers samples of other local delicacies like hoagies and pretzels, along with games, competitions, and well – cheesesteaks!

Spending time with good people in great weather is an event in itself. Some of my personal favorite outdoor chill spots include: Penn’s Landing, where you get a great view of the Delaware River and Harbor Park an extension of Penn’s Landing which illuminates the pier of Penn’s Landing literally. Hanging light crystals adorn the trees along the walkway, along with hammocks, and food shacks. And my personal favorite- The Art Museum. With a view of the city right down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the steps of the Art Museum are a prime location for kickin’ back and basking in the great weather.

I can go on forever but enough about my summer in Philly! Let’s make sure you’re here to experience it for yourself. Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer in Philly: Campus Philly Staff Picks

We can’t top Mayor Kenney’s letter to you college students about living and working in Philadelphia for the summer, but we can* add to his message by sharing our favorite things to do here in the summertime.

Patrick Sherlock, Vice President, University Relations and Student Engagement
There’s so many things to do in Philly during the summer. I like to enjoy evening bike rides, neighborhood chilling – on stoops, front steps, porches, and through screen doors. I’ve met some amazing people through sports leagues in Fairmount Park and connected with old friends through outdoor eating and drinking.  My favorite picks include: Parks on Tap, Memphis Taproom beer garden, cupcake truck at Dollar Stroll.


Ella Strauss, Open Arts Program Manager
Even though I love living in the city, my favorite thing to do during the summer is to head down the shore. It is the best way to escape the heat and get some fresh salt air, plus it’s only a short drive away. Everyone is relaxed and it’s a great time to catch up with friends and family.


Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager
I love simple summer things like riding my bike to Reading Terminal Market to grab some fresh produce and making a pit stop at Spruce Street Harbor Park to people watch. One of my favorite summer moments in Philly was cruising around on the back of my friend’s scooter with a milkshake from Joe’s Steaks in hand; we rode to La Peg to watch an outdoor movie under the Ben Franklin Bridge.


Reggie Hall, Senior Program Manager, Partnerships
Philly has so many low cost ways to have fun in the summer. I like visiting Race Street Pier for their free yoga session. Can’t have a better start to a warm summer day than to jog to the Race Street Pier, join their free yoga session around 9:30AM, and then snag brunch at Day by Day in Center City.


Jen Devor, Director, Partnerships
During the summer, the streets are filled with action. This is a perfect time for people watching & gelato from Capogiro at “the fountain” on Passyunk Ave.


Roger Estes, Creative Director
My favorite thing to do in the summer is spend time in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors can find a place there because it has every type of terrain from paved paths to advanced hiking/mountain biking trails. The Wissahickon Creeks flows through the middle of the park with a few places to dip your toes in and there is even a spot to get ice cream at the Valley Green Inn.


Ashlie Thornbury, Vice President, Partnerships &  Deborah Diamond, President
One is the best things to do in the summer is to find one of the city’s great outdoor pools and head there for “adult swim” hours. It’s quieter than when all the kids are there and the pools are well-maintained, in lots of different neighborhoods and free!

Experience a Philadelphia summer for yourself! Start your planning with Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31, and apply to jobs and internships right here in Philadelphia.

Tips: Blizzard Coming? Snow Problem!

If you haven’t heard, it’s going to snow, and quite possibly a lot. We’re not scared one bit because we look back fondly on blizzards past, and are excited about snowy rituals– walking in the middle of the street to a neighborhood spot, snowball fights on the way there and sledding!

Sledding: Our all time favorite spot is the Art Museum. You think running up the steps is the only thing we do? Think again!  Here are more popular sledding spots around the city.

Staying Warm: Hot Chocolate, check! Soup, double check!

We wish you a safe and fun snow day. Let us know if you try anything we’ve listed. Just tag @campusphilly and we’ll see what you’re up to.

P.S. Keep the winter vibes going this Valentine’s Day by checking out Sweetheart Skates at Rothman Rink and Blue Cross RiverRink!

Pop! Goes the Bubble: Expand Your Experience

We have a challenge for you that shouldn’t be challenging at all! Are you up for it? You’ve been assigned the semester-long task of trying new things and planning off-campus adventures. It’s easy to stay on campus and hang out at your regular spots, but we want you to know that there’s so much more to experience! Below you’ll find motivation to roll up your sleeves, lace up your shoes and hit the Philly pavement. You have to admit that’s the best homework assignment you’ve ever received.

Sign up to become an Open Arts member  by using the promo code: social1617. Once you’re a member, you can take advantage of the free or discounted tickets to fantastic arts and culture events happening all over Philadelphia.


Speaking of Open Arts, we’re partnering with some of Philly’s best venues for THREE cool, creative and exclusive Open Arts College Night Series this spring!  You should check out one (or all!) of these upcoming events:

  • Opening Night at the Opera on Friday, February 10
  • Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday, February 15
  • Pennsylvania Ballet’s Romance on Friday, April 7

Are you attending the very popular Inclusive Leadership Conference on February 11? If so, here’s what to expect at ILC and what to do before and after


Commit to get fit! Philly has so many great (and FREE) fitness meetups and groups.


Become an active participant in your community. How? Get to know organizations who need your great mind and helping hands. There are a lot of resources on how to take action and make an impact.


Go beyond the dining hall and explore the flavors of Philadelphia! From grabbing a coffee to ending your night with a sweet treat, we hope our suggestions will get your stomach gears turning. Looking to treat yourself? Make reservations during Center City District’s Restaurant Week!


Lace up your ice skates at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Rink! Not into skating? No worries. While you’re friends are doing laps around the rink, you can be lapping up some hot chocolate in their cozy lodge areas.


Explore local museums for FREE. Did you know that The Barnes Foundation offers students free weekday admission? They do! Here are the details on planning your visit. Have you heard about Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? After 5 p.m., you can pay what you wish to tour the entire museum and participate in museum activities like Dhyana Yoga and more! P.S. Always check our Open Arts calendar for other museum deals.


Always check our events calendar. We hand pick events just for you!