Campus Philly CollegeFest


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

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

RSVP on our Facebook event page

Campus Philly CollegeFest
Plan Your Day

1. Check in at the Campus Philly tent

  • Help your school win the Campus Philly Cup
  • Get an event map and wristband for free access to museums and the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop

2. Meet our exhibitors

  • Check-out giveaways from local businesses
  • Enter contests and enjoy the entertainment led by our host, Erica Hawthorne-Manon!
  • Jam at the Kimmel Center stage
  • Lounge and play games on the lawn with Capital One
  • Play games with IKEA and ISEPTAPHILLY
  • Bring money for snacks from our food vendors.
3. Explore the city!

  • Ride the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop for free with your Campus Philly wristband
  • Enjoy free admission at participating museums:
    – Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    – African American Museum in Philadelphia
    – Eastern State Penitentiary
    – Franklin Institute
    – Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
    – National Constitution Center
    – National Museum of American Jewish History  
    – 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 rides and museum admission.

Bring a Group

Download our event Fact Sheet to plan and promote a group trip to CollegeFest.

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 other participating museums. While CollegeFest was located at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2013 and 2014, we are next to City Hall this year – the same location as 2015!

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 – 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?
Visit ISEPTAPHILLY.COM – 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.

Interested in exhibiting at CollegeFest 2016?
Browse sales information and contact Lindsey Campbell, 215-988-1707 to reserve a space! More than 5,000 students will #meetphilly at CollegeFest – be there to meet the city’s newest residents!