Meet Philadelphia and find what’s new at the city’s all-day welcome event for students!

CollegeFest is September 12, 10a.m. – 4p.m. at Dilworth Park next to City Hall.

RSVP on our Facebook event page



Plan Your Day

1. Check in at the Campus Philly tent

  • Help your school win the Campus Philly Cup
  • Get an event map and Campus Philly wristband for all-day FREE access to museums and rides on the Philly PHLASH bus


2. Meet our exhibitors

  • Enjoy giveaways from local businesses
  • Jam at the Kimmel Center stage
  • Lounge and play games on the lawn with Capital One
  • Play games with IKEA and ISEPTAPHILLY
  • Visit virtual realities with AT&T
  • Bring money for snacks from Rosa Blanca Café and our food vendors
  3. Explore the city!

  • Ride the PHLASH for free with your Campus Philly wristband
  • Enjoy free admission at participating museums with a Campus Philly wristband:
    African American Museum in Philadelphia
    Eastern State Penitentiary
    Franklin Institute
    Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
    National Constitution Center
    Philadelphia History Museum
    Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum

Students must first check-in at the Campus Philly tent at CollegeFest with their student ID to take advantage of the free PHLASH and museum admission.


Bring a Group

Download our preparation package with all the information you need to plan and promote a group trip on September 12!

Email Patrick Sherlock at Campus Philly with any questions.



How much does it cost to attend CollegeFest?
Nothing! CollegeFest is absolutely free. We’ll have games and giveaways on-site, just bring some money to buy snacks from the food vendors.

Can my visiting friend from out of state attend CollegeFest?
Absolutely, you don’t need to be from the area.

Is it ok to start my day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or Franklin Institute?
Come check in at the CollegeFest site at Dilworth Park first – you’ll need your Campus Philly wristband for free museum admission at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and our seven other participating museums. While CollegeFest was located at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2013 and 2014, this year we are next to City Hall!

Can my best friend/partner/child/parent who’s not in college join me?
Sure! CollegeFest is a public event without admission, though the targeted audience is current college students and some of the primary features – free museum admission and rides on the PHLASH shuttle – are only available to students who first check in at the Campus Philly tent with their college ID and receive a free wristband.

Those without student ID can still participate, but they’ll have to pay their own way on the PHLASH and visiting museums. Some of the exhibitors on-site at Dilworth Park will be targeted toward a college-age audience as well, and will likely be less interesting to youth attendees.

How can I get to CollegeFest?
Look up a route using – you’ll find the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line, and Green Line Trolleys all stop directly under the site at Dilworth Park; in addition, Regional Rail trains stop at Suburban Station just one block away. For those driving, there is parking nearby at the Love Park Garage; enter at 16th and Arch.

Photos by Andre Flewellen for Campus Philly