Post-CollegeFest Hang Out Spots

Written by Campus Philly Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows

The fun doesn’t stop when CollegeFest ends! After, be sure to check out these well-known Philly spots:

Spruce Street Harbor Park
Take the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop to Penn’s Landing (Stop 1) and head over to Spruce Street Park! Featuring food trucks, hammocks, games, and ample outdoor seating, Spruce Street Park is definitely a great spot to finish off your fun day at CollegeFest. Grab a hammock and get your relaxation on!

Reading Terminal Market
Serving fresh and local foods everyday, Reading Terminal is the perfect spot to explore some good eats post-CollegeFest! Walk from Dilworth Park or take the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop (either stops 4 or 8) for some super convenient transportation.

Rittenhouse Square
Ah… Good ole Rittenhouse. Walk on over to Rittenhouse and grab a bench, take in the tree-lined streets and, well, just relax! You could even head into Joe Coffee across the street or opt to shop around in the Barnes & Noble. Regardless of what you end up doing in Rittenhouse, it’s a great place to explore.

Boathouse Row
Stop 11 on the the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop takes you to Boathouse Row–another awesome hangout spot. Walk along the lit-up boat houses or take a seat on a bench to watch the sunset. After a great day at CollegeFest, Boathouse Row is a perfect hangout spot for killin’ views of the city, illuminated by the outlined boat houses along the Schuylkill River.

Getting Around at CollegeFest


Looking to get off campus and explore Philly? The first step is joining us on Saturday, September 10th for CollegeFest. More than 5,000 students from over 100 schools will be there for 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 TEN MUSEUMS (!!!) along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Historic Philadelphia, and free rides on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop.

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop is the quick, convenient, and affordable way to access key destinations with 22 throughout Center City and beyond. Its route travels in a continuous loop from the Delaware Waterfront to Fairmount Park, providing service to each stop every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop is the perfect way for students to get to and from CollegeFest’s participating museums and cultural venues, which include Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Stop 17), African American Museum in Philadelphia (Stop 3), Eastern State Penitentiary (Stop 9), Franklin Institute (Stop 16), Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, National Constitution Center (Stop 3), National Museum of American Jewish History (Stop 3), Philadelphia History Museum (Stops 3 and 21), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Stop 11 and 15) and Rodin Museum (Stop 8). For a PHLASH route map and more details, visit Students can find PHLASH on-the-go with live updates by visiting


From student to student leader

Join the Student Leader Network to connect with other student leaders from over 35 schools, meet and network with regional professionals, and take advantage of special Campus Philly programs! One program starting this fall will take the Student Leader Network off the “beaten path” and into neighborhoods that may not receive the same exposure as Center City or South Street.

We like to think of Philadelphia as a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct vibe. That’s why this fall we are embarking on a trip to Germantown. We’re going to get to know what makes this neighborhood so special and meet some of the community members who are re-establishing Germantown as a hub for art, culture, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship. Sign-up now to get involved at  The events are limited to the first 28 students who register, so sign-up now!

Walk through the Wissahickon
The first trip will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM at Wissahickon Valley Park. If you love city life but want to escape into the forest every once and awhile, this trip is for you! We’ll learn how to get involved in, and utilize, various volunteer organizations and how Philadelphian’s lived during the 18th century. Wear something comfortable and closed toe shoes, as we will be on a light hike through the park.

Get Inspired at Rittenhouse Soundworks
The second trip will take place on Thursday, October 27 from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM at Rittenhouse Soundworks. Jim Hamilton, owner and founder of the muti-media studio, is a perfect example of an artist/entrepreneur who was born and raised in North Philly, traveled all over the world, and decided there’s no place like Philadelphia. You already know about being a student leader in your college community, but how do you make the transition into positively influencing Philadelphia communities? Whether you want to be an entrepreneur, start a non-profit, create a space for self-expression/art, or get more involved in activism, this trip will teach us how to become more involved in Philadelphia communities.

For both trips, we will provide transportation. We will meet at, and return to, Campus Philly’s Center City office, 1500 JFK Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19102. Food and beverages will be included. Lastly, did we mention that these trips are $FREE.99?

If you have any questions or want to learn more about these opportunities, please feel free to send me an email at or call me at (215) 988-1707 x103. Looking forward to helping you meet Germantown!

This program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Things To Do: Pop-Ups, Cemetery Flicks & Food Trucks

Weckerly’s Pop-Up Ice Cream Shop at the Barnes Foundation
Find the ice cream pop-up on the Barnes driveway through Aug. 28, before it moves to the Barnes Fountain Plaza through Sept. 5. 
Date: August 24th-September 5th
Time: noon to 6pm
Location: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130

Parks on Tap: Paine’s Park
Parks on Tap is a program in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality, that brings a traveling beer garden from park to park for 14 weeks.
Date: August 25th-28th
Time: Friday + Saturday: 1 pm – 11 pm / Sunday: 12pm – 10pm /
Wednesday + Thursday– Extended Hours: 5 pm – 10 pm
Location: Paine’s Park, N 24th St, 19130

Twilight in the Gardens at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Revel in sweet and soulful tunes while making your own personalized button during our August Twilight in the Gardens! Come and relax picnic-style with a blanket and snacks, or just bring a 6-pack and explore the gardens. No matter how you choose to spend your time you can enjoy the sounds of Unity – a jazz and soul ensemble.
Date: August 26th
Time: 7 pm – 10pm
Location: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St, 19147

Cinema at the Cemetery
After the sun sets, the grainy joys of the film experience will be brought to audiences amid the historic tombs of Laurel Hill Cemetery. August’s feature film will be Dementia 13 (1963) directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola. Don’t forget your wallets! Bombay Local Pizza and the Chilly Banana will be on-site for all of your concession needs. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.
Date: August 27th
Time: 9 pm
Location: Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Ave, 19132

Night Market: Under 95
The Food Trust is setting up shop under the I-95 overpass at Front Street and Snyder Avenue. Come hungry for:Arepas from Delicias / Korean fusion from My Four Suns / Picanha from Rio Brazilian Steak Truck
Banana Whips from The Chilly Banana / Bao buns from Ela
Date: September 1
Time: 6 pm – 10 pm
Location: Front St & Snyder Ave


PHL Checklist: Class in session? Not yet!

You’re back at school and you have some time before things start to get real. Use this down time to explore Philadelphia! Here are some things to round up your friends for:

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Come explore the Museum’s beautiful main building and its remarkable collection in exciting and illuminating new ways. Admission is Pay What You Wish. Practice yoga poses in the Sculpture Garden with Dhyana Yoga. Rediscover classic board games while exploring the galleries. Get creative with Make Stuff, a hands-on workshop led by local artists.

Date & Time:
Every Wednesday, 5-8 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 19130

BOOM Throwback Thursdays at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
BOOM 107.9  presents BOOM Throwback Thursdays! EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT you can skate along to the best of old school hip hop! Live DJs every first Thursday of the month with contesting and giveaways.

Date & Time:
Every Thursday until September 1st, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106

Night Market: Under I-95
Join The Food Trust on  Thursday, September 1 at Front and Snyder for street eats, twinkly lights, chill vibes … and did we mention Chill Moody? The West Philly rapper will join them on the east side to headline what’s shaping up to be their raddest Night Market yet.

Date & Time:
Thursday, September 1, 6-10 p.m.
Location: Front Street & Snyder Avenue

CollegeFest 2016
A welcome back party for all college students thrown by yours truly, Campus Philly! Enjoy live music, games, giveaways, arts & culture and more! Admission is FREE, but RSVP to the Facebook event— we want to know you’re coming! Check in at our Campus Philly booth to get a wristband that gives you FREE access to seven museums and the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop.

Date & Time: Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Dilworth Park next to City Hall

Top Ten Reasons to Come to CollegeFest 2016!

By: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Brenna Fallows and Ashley Cappetta

This September something new is coming to the city– YOU! Whether a freshman or senior, you’re starting a new year of school in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. On Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 4 pm, join Campus Philly to celebrate all things new at CollegeFest happening at Dilworth Park next to City Hall! 

Why should you come? Here are some very good reasons:

  1. Admission is FREE! All you have to do is RSVP. What more of a reason do you need?

  2. New environment? New faces? No problem! The city welcomes YOU with open arms by throwing you the best party around: CollegeFest.
  3. OK, OK, well, Philadelphia, after all, is one of America’s largest college towns, with more than 300,000 students and countless alumni. This event is your chance to see why all of these people have decided to learn, grow and work here.
  4. Even though CollegeFest is hosted in Dilworth Park, use the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop (that will be running all day) to take you to participating destinations.
  5. With your CollegeFest wristband, you gain access to some of Philadelphia’s great museums to explore the city’s culture and history– for free. See the list of museums here.
  6. You will make new friends from other campuses during CollegeFest. Not only does this expand your professional network, but it also broadens your scope on campus life in Philadelphia.
  7. CollegeFest is your go-to introduction for what is happening in Philly. The Fest highlights fun events that take place throughout the year, so you’ll never miss a moment.
  8. Deck the (City) Hall with tons of recreational activities, free giveaways, games, music and free swag–and it’s all there just for you!
  9. The city is an extension of your campus, and a great spot for you to know and love. Campus Philly and exhibitors will be there to guide you every step of the way.
  10. CollegeFest is the time to celebrate your first few days in the city. And with all the great info given to you by Campus Philly, you’ll be one step closer to unlocking all that the city has to offer!

Explore Philly–and fit everything in– with Zipcar

Zipcar’s the world leader in car sharing. But while you’ve got the wheels, they’re all yours.

So grab your bestie (or your mom) and a Zipcar and head over to IKEA to stock up on all your last-minute items. Split the bill with your roomie and hold onto more moolah for late-night snacks.

Shopping can really work up an appetite! IKEA is rewarding Zipcar members rigorous retailing with a free frozen yogurt at their restaurant, just show the cashier in the Bistro your Zipcard…YUM!

Still hungry? Lucky for you, Philly has a long list of places to grab some grub. Hop in your Zipcar and head to some of our favorites– Tony Luke‘s for a cheesesteak (39 E. Oregon Ave.), The Industry (1401 E. Moyamensing Ave.) for a chill outdoor lunch, or Bing Bing Dim Sum (1648 E. Passyunk Ave.) for delicious soup dumplings.

If you have some energy to spare, hit the lanes and get some strikes at South Bowl (19 E. Oregon Ave.)!

An added perk: Car sharing means fewer personally owned cars, which means less traffic, more space for bikes, and a nice deep breath of fresh air. (Plus, more money in  your wallet– cha-ching!)

IKEA makes your room your own, and Zipcar can help make Philly your own. Follow us on Twitter for ideas of where to #ziptrip in Philly, as well as sweet prizes all semester long.

And hey, if you’re #ziptrip-ing, be sure to share your photos with us! Post a pic of you in your Zipcar and use the tags #ziptrip and #meetphilly. A special prize may be in your future…

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