Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

Orchestrate a Fun Night at the Orchestra 

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The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra makes going to the orchestra more than a musical experience— it’s a terrific opportunity for members to mingle, make friends, volunteer, and develop a deeper relationship with the Orchestra.

The perks:  

  • It’s free to join! 
  • You’ll be a part of one of the largest young professional groups in the city of Philadelphia. 
  • Special savings on tickets for as low as $30 
  • Access to some of the best seats in the hall 
  • Young Friends events:
    • Get exclusive access to events with musicians and guest artists 
    • Annual summer event at the Mann Center 

“With free membership and the ability to purchase up to two tickets at a reduced rate for most concerts, it brings together dynamic and successful professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 who have a love for music and an interest in exploring arts and culture.” — With a Little Help from Our Friends: the Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music 

In addition to getting great deals, Young Friends can give back and get more involved with the orchestra through a new program called Young Friend Ambassadors.  There are seven giving levels and an option to give a monthly gift or all at one time to get your desired level.  

Vice President of Marketing Janice Hay says, “Make going to a concert an event. Try it out. If you don’t like it, that’s OK. We want you to hear the most spectacular music anywhere, performed by some of the best artists in the world. And you can come to the Orchestra for a price that is competitive with other entertainment optionsand get past any perceptions you think exist.”  

 So try it out, become a Young Friend today and see you at the orchestra!  

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.

Five Gigs to Apply to, Five Events to Check Out

We want to motivate you to have the best Philly experience! Below we have our weekly Top 5 career picks and a handful of events you can check out this week.

Top 5 gigs:

  1. Comcast | Community Investment Intern (FT)
  2. Pennoni | Graduate Municipal Engineer – West Chester 
  3. SAP | SAP iXp Intern – Software Design Engineer Job 
  4. City of Philadelphia | Policy Intern 
  5. Frank Recruitment Group | Entry-level Sales: Trainee Recruitment Consultant 

Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Movie Marathon at The Schmidt’s Commons 

BYOC (bring your own chair) and blanket for FREE outdoor movie screenings of “Paranormal Activity” on Monday and “Halloween” on Tuesday!


Tuesday, October 31
Science After Hours: Spirits at The Franklin Institute (21+)
“Come in costume and encounter spine-tingling science and hair-raising experiments at an evening that will distill the science of your favorite drinks and the myths of Halloween haunts and horrors.”


Tuesday, October 31
“Carrie” at Bok
“On Halloween night, catch a screening of the 1976 horror film “Carrie,” adapted from Stephen King’s novel. The film will be screened at what was once Bok Technical High School…we have a feeling it will still be eerie to watch the prom scene while inside an old high school.”


Friday, November 3
Open Arts College Night: First Friday at the Arden Theatre
Spend Friday night in Old City! On the first Friday of every month, Old City’s neighborhood galleries hold open houses. On November 3rd, check-in at the Open Arts table at the Arden Theatre to get your FREE arts crawl map and discount card.


Saturday, November 4
LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day
“This one-day citywide event invites Philadelphia friends and neighbors to plant trees, collect leaves for compost, and prepare their public green spaces for the winter season.”

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.

Things We’re Excited About! (And You Should Be Too!)

  1. Dancing the night away and seeing The Barnes’ world-famous art collection! Students get to celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included. RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes happening Thursday, October 19.

  2. Going to the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, October 21-22!

  3. Listening to local creatives share their career stories at Create-adelphia!The panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer! Register here and see you at Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters in Center City.

  4. Finding a dream gig during Online Job + Internship Week!Create your free Launch profile  for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27. Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

What’s On Our Mind: #ThursdayThoughts

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.


  • Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!

    You don’t want to miss out on a night market in Chinatown, Manayunk Harvest Fest + more!


  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!


  • Check out weekly top 5 picks. Freshly picked and ready for your application!

    Gigs from Frank Recruitment Group, Pennoni, New Penn Financial, Xelerate and The Karma Agency.


  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

Night Market in Chinatown, Craft Market in Center City + Festivals All Around

Stroll the streets of Philadelphia’s Chinatown during Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi on Thursday, October 12, from 7 to 11 p.m.


Head to Center City to check out original, hand-crafted works at Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Market, starting on Friday, October 13.


Celebrate the diverse cultures and talents that international college students and scholars bring to the city of Philadelphia during the Festival for International Students at Penn on Friday, October 13.


Tis the season for haunted exploration! Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is the perfect place to get in the spooky spirit.


A block party + October= BLOKTOBERFEST 2017 on Saturday, October 14 happening all down South Street West.


Hang out by the Delaware River on Saturday, October 14 during the Fishtown RiverCity Festival in Penn Treaty Park. If you’re a runner, join the Festival’s 5k!


Twist and turn your way to Manayunk Harvest Fest in Pretzel Park on Saturday, October 14. There will be food trucks and fall activities like pumpkin carving!

Find more fun things to do in our events calendar and Neighborhood page on. As always, share your adventures with us by tagging @campusphilly.

Tuesday Tips

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.


  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!


  • Check out weekly top 5 picks. Freshly picked and ready for your application!

    Gigs from Frank Recruitment Group, Pennoni, New Penn Financial, Xelerate and The Karma Agency.


  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

Take a Minute to…

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.


  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!


  • Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!

    You don’t want to miss out on  First Friday at honeygrow HQ, Midtown Village Fall Festival + more!


  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.