Z’s Weekly Picks: Oct. 31 – Nov. 6

Hello my fellow Philadelphians! I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of November– time flies when you have a crazy school schedule! This week is a transitional one because we’re still riding the Halloween wave AND gearing up for the holiday season. Here are my special picks on what to keep an eye out for this week:

Make America Skate Again | Tonight! Monday, Oct. 31 

The Fillmore is not only celebrating their one-year anniversary but also celebrating Halloween! This October 31st from 8p.m. to 2a.m., the popular music venue is celebrating with an all-night roller skating party! 

Terror Behind the Walls: LAST CHANCE!! | Monday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov.5

If you haven’t had a chance to hit terror behind the walls just yet, this is your very last chance. Grab some friends, some warm clothing and get spooked and learn a little bit of history too at Terror Behind the Walls final week of Halloween thrills.

Día de los Muertos at Fleisher Art Memorial | Tuesday, Nov. 1

The event will have mariachi singer, a Day of the Dead altar, face painting and much, much more! Make sure to get there early, starting at 5 on the dot, a Dia de los Muertos procession leaves Fleisher and makes its way to the Italian market, returning at 6 for the rest of the festivities!

Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village | Saturday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 6 

Looking for some great fall fun with your pals? Hit up the Peddler’s Village Apple Festival! Not only just apple picking, but featuring some fun treats like apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritter, caramel dipped apples and everyone’s favorite event to watch: pie-eating contests (with apple pies of course).

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival | Saturday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 19 

The Festival brings over 30 films from more than 12 countries with a variety of genres that are highlighting Jewish heritage, culture and history. If you’re super into cinema and want to check out more on Philly’s film scene, check out this post by Nakie Uzeiri guiding you through more festivals going on throughout the city.

There you have it! Z’s weekly picks for the week of October 31st to November 6th! If you have any suggestions for things to do don’t forget hesitate to tweet us @CampusPhilly! See you all next week for more of my weekly Philly picks!

Deals & Tips for Planners Making Plans

Every friend group has a planner– I know this because I’m the unofficial event coordinator in my group. I worry about the stuff that makes the magic actually happen, from buying the tickets and having everyone Venmo me, or making reservations at that super popular restaurant we all want to check out.

The #1 question in our group chat is “How are we going to get there?” It all depends! We hop on a SEPTA train or bus. If all of our tires are full of air, we bike; if it’s close enough, we walk. All great ways of getting around. Oh oh, and Zipcar, we love a ZipTrip! There’s nothing like plugging your phone in, putting on some good jams and driving around the city with your friends.

Planners like deals, so here’s one for you — When you reserve a Zipcar Mon-Thurs from 6pm-8:30am, it is only $29 for the entire period! Get the deets here: http://www.zipcar.com/overnight. Not a member yet? Go to www.zipcar.com/campusphilly for discounted memberships!

We also like recommending things to people like events! There are a lot of those happening this time of year. Here are some of my favorites:

Chrysanthemum Festival | Now until Nov. 20
Have you ever made a trip out to Longwood Gardens? This festival is one of the many reasons to take a road trip there. It features nearly 20,000 beautiful blooms grown in extraordinary ways throughout Longwood’s four-acre conservatory. The centerpiece of the show is a Thousand Bloom Mum, made up of more than 1,500 meticulously arranged yellow flowers on one plant. Look it up, it’s very gram-worthy.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival | Starts Thursday, Nov. 10
Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO and enjoy seasonal foods and beers at SquareBurger and the Winter Beer Garden.

Open Arts College Night at the Barnes Foundation | Friday, Nov. 18 | 6-10 p.m. 
You won’t believe how close you’ll be standing to some of the most famous paintings ever. And believe it, this is a free event for college students!  Explore the Barnes collection alongside live music, performance, short stories and a few surprises! Collection access included.

Waterfront WinterFest at Penn’s Landing | Opening Friday, Nov. 25 
“Are we in Philly?” That’s what you’ll be asking when you get to this winter wonderland near the Delaware River. WinterFest is a cold-weather version of Spruce Street Harbor Park, which houses an Olympic-size skating rink overlooking the River, ski chalet-style lodge and winter garden with recycled shipping containers, a heated tent, holiday trees, fire pits and plenty of cozy seating.

The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display | Lights go on at the end of November
I accidentally found out about this holiday tradition! One wrong turn and I was driving down the most festive street ever. Reserve your Zipcar and load your car up with friends to drive down this well-known street! From one planner to another, gather your friends, reserve a Zipcar and explore all the city has to offer during this very festive time!

The Student Guide to the Philly Film Scene

You don’t have to be a film student or a ‘film guru’ to enjoy a good movie every now and then. The Philadelphia film scene is a unique one, so be sure to venture out of your mainstream blockbuster-boasting theater and explore the cinematic scene around the city. There are a handful of famous festivals that come around annually in Philly, so if you have some free time between your studies you can snag a few discounted tickets and enjoy!

Below you can find a bunch of fun, upcoming film opportunities, as well as my favorite thing to do between films; enjoying a nice cuppa’ joe.


The 25th Philadelphia Film Festival



Regretfully, as midterms have consumed my life for the past week, I was unable to attend this festival, but don’t panic! There’s still time to watch this one. You have until Sunday,October 30th. The films are being shown at theaters around the city like Prince Theater, Ritz East A, Ritz East B, Ritz Five and URBN Center Annex. You can find the full schedule here.

Coffee Break: Hit up La Colombe around the corner from Prince Theater. After possibly catching a screening of Short Stay or Backpack Full of Cash, make sure to grab yourself a muffin and a cappuccino!

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

From November 5 to November 19take a glance at some of the best works in Jewish cinema from around the world that have been presented in Philadelphia for the past 36 years. With venues spread around Philly in Center City, Old City, University City as well as the surrounding suburban areas, you’ll have no problem catching a film conveniently close to you! Not to mention, this festival is (the magic F word) FREE for students, click here for schedule info!

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Running through November 10th to the 20th, this festival is one of a kind and first hit Philadelphia in 2008. Some of the main venues for the festival are the International House of Philadelphia in University City and Asian Arts Initiative in Chinatown North. RSVP for your FREE movie events here!

Coffee Break: Join Reading Terminal Market for Indonesian Night, in partnership with Old City Coffee and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Admission to the event is free; At 6 p.m.,  Old City Coffee will sample “Best of Indonesia” auction winner West Java rare micro lot: Java CIBEBER.

FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia


With its co-host, Los Angeles having the festival in the spring, Philly takes over the festival from November 11th to the 13th. Head to the Painted Bride Arts Center for a—you guessed it—first glance at independent films like Virtual Revolution and documentaries like Writers Matter. You can pre-purchase tickets and packages online, or pay cash at the door! For the schedule and more information visit FirstGlance here.


BYOB at Roxy Theater

For all of you 21+ film-loving college students like myself, passing up a classy BYO night at a historic theater like Roxy is a difficult task. Every Wednesday after 7pm you can kick back with your favorite bottle of wine and bring your ID with you! Make sure to click here before attending to read all the guidelines of what you can and can’t bring.

Movies at Woodmere

On Tuesday nights at 7:30pm, Woodmere’s main gallery section is transformed into the perfect location for screening the classics. There is a $5 suggested donation which isn’t much for such a unique experience. You can catch films like Schalcken the Painter on November 1st and The Good Fairy on November 8th. Full schedule can be found here. 


Volunteering is not only a great activity to partake in regularly, but it looks great on your resume and can earn you some cool opportunities! You can volunteer with the Philadelphia Film Society for events such as the Philadelphia Film Festival in the fall and Movies on the Block throughout the summer. You can also volunteer with the Philly Asian Film Festival!

This post is about careers & pizza

Heya! I was just at my neighborhood pizza place and, mid-bite, it hit me like the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie– careers are like pizza! You can make your own. You can have it anywhere. You can change your toppings anytime you want. If it’s cooked right, it’s delicious and satisfying.

This survey will tell us what kind of pizza (er, career) you’re hungry for. Your answers are anonymous, you have a chance to add to your own pizza budget by answering, and you’ll really be helping out Campus Philly. The survey will be open through Halloween, so eat up! We’ll have a random drawing to reward one respondent with a $250 giftcard, just for participating(!!!!).

Speaking of careers– if you’re looking to start yours, Online Job & Internship Fair is happening right now! Hundreds of employers from the Philadelphia region are posting new jobs daily. All you have to do is create a free profile, search your desired field and apply. The Fair ends this week, but our career site is always up and running and ready to help you launch!

Until my next revelation,

P.S. Here’s some pizza-related news: “Free pizza on Friday as SliCE opens pizzeria in Fishtown


Campus Philly’s “State of Young Philly” Picks

What is State of Young Philly? State of Young Philly (SOYP) is an annual week long event series hosted every fall by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP).

Each year SOYP brings together over 50 partner organizations, and 1,000 young professionals, elected officials, and organizational leaders to examine the current state of young Philadelphia and generate change in our beloved city.

From November 11-19, join YIP  as they work to engage, connect, and represent the millennial generation, helping young Philadelphians become better equipped to affect change in Philadelphia.

Below are Campus Philly’s #SOYP16 event picks. You can check out more of the great events happening that week here. Word on the street– tickets are going fast, so don’t sleep on this!

  • November 11 | #SOYP16 Opening Night + Civic Engagement Fair
    Kick off the 7th Annual State of Young Philly at its annual Civic Engagement Fair where you will meet and greet dozens of organizations representing the most innovative non-profit, governmental and advocacy groups in Philadelphia.

  • November 12LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day
    Join YIP for a special volunteer workday at Malcolm X Memorial Park in West Philly followed by a brief address from Mayor Kenney and lunch at Dock St. Brewery!

  • November 13From Vacant Spaces to Philly Places
    Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and Center City District Foundation (CCDF) for an afternoon focused on reimagining vacant spaces around the proposed Viaduct Rail Park.

  • November 16Educate Her. Stand With Her. Walk With Her.
    Stand With Her: Where the power of a girl’s voice through education can transform Philadelphia and the world.

  • November 17Community Organizing 101: Working with the Library to Transform Neighborhoods
    In this workshop, you will learn basic skills in community organizing that will empower you to collaborate with individuals from different backgrounds, using personal stories to connect over common values.

  • November 18 | North 5th Street Food Tour: Where Global is Local
    Where else can you enjoy the taste of a dozen nations all within a ten-block stroll? Nowhere else but North 5th Street in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood! Let the millennial staff of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project guide you through the history, culture and international eats that make Olney Philadelphia’s best kept culinary secret.

This Week with Open Arts

Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break from the library and engage in events around the city! These events can enlighten your studies and help you come up with new ideas and see things in a new light. From politics, science and Halloween events—here’s what you can expect from Open Arts this week!

If you don’t already know…

Signing up with Campus Philly Open Arts is beneficial not only for students, but arts partners and college staff as well. Students can download free and discounted tickets to Open Arts events that not only encourage the arts but also broaden career opportunities for students. If you aren’t already a member, register here today!

The Supreme Court in Transition: A View from the Frontlines 10/26 at 12:00pm
Meet at the National Constitution Center and attend a discussion with top legal journalists, Robert Barnes, Lincoln Caplan and Marcia Coyle. In this part of the Center’s Election 2016 Program Series, they’ll be examining the state of a 4-4 Supreme Court in transition as well as the differences between a Clinton Court and a Trump Court.
Speed Secrets: Lessons Learned from a Sports Medicine Physician | 10/26 at 6:00pm
At the Parkway Central Library, Dr. Michael Ross, a board certified, non-surgical sports medicine physician at Rothman Institute, will be discussing tips on how to improve your times through effective training and physiological tweaks.
Grahame Lesh: Growing Up Grateful Dead | 10/27 at 2:00pm
The National Museum of American Jewish History will be hosting this exciting series of afternoon preview events, this one with son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh. Grahame will be putting on an acoustic performance that includes stories of growing up around the Grateful Dead and how Bill Graham impacted his life.

Black Magic Bash at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens | 10/29 at 7:00pm
This one’s for you all 21 and over, get into the spooky spirit this Halloweekend at this breathtaking mosaicked warehouse! With music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra, food from South Philly Barbacoa, and drinks from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Saint Benjamin Brewing Company all included in your ticket, your night will without a doubt be spook-tacular!
World Premiere. Justin Gonzalez is “Telling Stories” | 10/30 at 2:00pm
The Multicultural Arts Exchange of CultureTrust presents the composer with a story that begins before the pen hits paper. Justin Gonzalez, known as Philadelphia’s “treasured tenor”, is known for his “expressive mastery” that tells stories before the performance of songs that cross languages and styles.

Science After Hours: Creature of the Night  | 10/31 at 7:00pm
Another 21 and over event, learn and have some fun this Halloween at The Franklin Institute! Science with a twist includes experiments, demonstrations, games and innovative science curated by the museum in collaboration with organizations across Philly. Head over with your best costume and be prepared to have some fun.

Tuesday Nights at the Movies – Schalcken the Painter | 11/1 at 7:30pm
The Woodmere Art Museum presents the Gothic film that will pull the audience into a “shadowy fantasy world” of real-life painters Gerrif Dou and Godfried Schalcken. Tuesday Nights at the Movies is sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Local and presented with the Chestnut Hill Film Group.

A little Hocus Pocus in Philly

Halloween is almost here! If you’re like me, you’ve been swamped with homework and midterms, so now Halloween is here and it’s the perfect time to relax, take a break from that work and hang out with friends in funny and ridiculous costumes.

And if you’re a true procrastinator, like myself, you waited until the very last minute to solidify your plans. Luckily, I have all of us covered– here’s a list of Halloween events and attractions coming up in the next week. Be warned, these events are not for the faint hearted or easily scared, visit at your own will!

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

From touring the grounds to the seasonal outdoor flea market,  we’re always directing people to the Penitentiary. This time of year things get spooky, really spooky. You can take a fright-filled stroll through the *haunted* Penitentiary until November 5th.

Wicked: 7 Evil Parties at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia

Looking to dance and dress up in your costume? XFINITY Live is holding seven (Yes, seven) parties. The parties also consist of a costume contest, where the winners will win a total of 4,000 dollars in cash and prizes! Dj’s, live entertainment, refreshments and so much fun will have you dancing all night long if you’re looking to show off your costume and party in the big city.

True Tales from the Tomb: Mischief Night by the Firelight

If you’ve never been past Laurel Hill Cemetery, it looks something straight out of a painting. Eerily beautiful, the cemetery sits on a hill and has an outstanding view. But around Halloween, it takes a completely different turn. On the 28th, some of Laurel Hill’s permanent residents rise from their graves to tell some of the most riveting stories that have come to the cemetery. 

Philadelphia Orchestra Halloween Activities

Not a big fan of being scared? If you’re into music, the Philadelphia Orchestra is holding an event where you can celebrate the spooky holiday with some sweet tunes. The Halloween Organ Extravaganza is featuring a score set to Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. The next day people are encouraged to come back for Halloween Treats, where they showcase music from Harry Potter and have other activities lined up.

Halloween Movie Series at The Schmidt’s Commons

Not really into dressing up or going out? Hit the Schmidt’s Commons on select dates to have a relaxing night and watch some classic Halloween or scary movies, including one of my personal favorites, Hocus Pocus. Food and drink are available there, but don’t forget to bring a blanket and something to sit on!

These are just a few of the many awesome spooky, fun and awesome Halloween activities going on this upcoming Hallo-weekend. If you find anything else you think is spooktacular and worthy of looking at, tweet us at @CampusPhilly!

Zip Along the Path to Success!

Written by: Debora Charmelus, Campus Philly Program Manager

The number one rule to interviewing is showing up! Whether it be by bus, train, bike or car, you can’t interview unless you are actually there (tele-interviews are a whole other story). While we’re huge fans of SEPTA and Indego as a way to get around, here are a couple of reasons why Zipcar is our choice for getting to and from interviews.

With Zipcar you can…

  1. Use all the space in the car to ensure that you look your best

With a car at your disposal, you have a fitting room and vanity to make sure you can present your best self. No need to worry about wrinkling your outfit on your commute- just hang up your blazer to make sure it stays pristine.

  1. Listen to some relaxing jams or rock out to calm your nerves

The best way to get rid of butterflies in your stomach is by listening to some of your favorite tunes. Classical music can help you remember what you’re going to say or have a mini dance session in the car to get your energy up!

  1. Get to your interview with time to spare

There’s nothing worse than stressing about whether or not you’ll get to your interview on time! With Zipcar you don’t have to rely on forces beyond your control to be punctual. Just book a car when you need it and bring it back when you’re done.

  1. Stay stress free with parking on campus

As a college student, your days are always jam packed. After doing your best at an interview, trying to find a parking seems like another long task. Zipcar makes it easy to get back into the rhythm of things with designated parking for your car.

Interested in learning more? Visit zipcar.com/campusphilly to find cars on your campus has cars and to get that sweet student discount.

Get a special access to The Barnes Foundation on Nov. 18

Looking for a new museum to explore? Well do I have just the place for you! The Barnes Foundation on Benjamin Franklin Parkway holds some of the most beautiful art you’ll ever see.

If it’s a nice  day, I’d recommend walking to the museum, as you get to pass the cutest cafes, see some busy city life, pass Logan Square fountain and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Before I headed out on my journey, I grabbed a muffin at Capriccio at Cafe Cret. All muffins aside, the biggest treat of all is the free admission for college students during the week!

The founder of the museum, Albert C. Barnes, assembled a collection of early modern, impressionist and post impressionist artwork by some of the most renowned artists. Van Gogh, Renoir, Modigliani, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, and Matisse are just some of the many artists you’ll find.

The gallery starts off with one main room that spiders off in different directions. You’ll notice that each room is set up differently and the art isn’t necessarily grouped by artist or time period; rather, it’s organized by line, color and light to give off the most pleasing look. There aren’t descriptions for every painting, but The Barnes does have a free app that you can download for your own personal tour of the art.

Being in the gallery is probably one of the most incredible feelings. You are so close to such famous artwork, you can basically touch it (side note: DO. NOT. TOUCH.). Student, and fellow Campus Philly intern, Nakie Uzeiri joined me on my trip. She was equally as awestruck as I was. She said, “It was just the most amazing feeling in the world, I was just inches away from my favorite Van Gogh painting.” It truly is amazing, you get to see pieces of art you usually only see on a presentation slide or textbook.

P.S. Check out Nakie’s video from the day here:

If my Barnes recap has you wanting to visit, come join us and all other college students during Open Arts College Night at The Barnes on Friday, November 18th from 6-10. You can find out how to register for this free event here. At College Night, you’ll be able to explore the Barnes collection alongside live music, performance, short stories and a few surprises! Bonus: collection access is included! See you there!

P.S. If you’re hungry, here are some grub spots near the Barnes

Campus Philly joins Penn Museum in welcoming international students

On Friday, October 14, the Penn Museum continued its 47-year tradition of hosting a free, museum-wide special reception for the region’s international students and scholars, at the “Festival of International Students.” Participating colleges ranged from nearby Temple and University of the Sciences to Arcadia,  and Philadelphia University.
— Penn Museum’s Press Release

Along with the Penn Language Center and Penn Global at the University of Pennsylvania, and Global Philadelphia Association, Campus Philly was one of the major sponsors to welcome and meet over 700 international students in the Philadelphia region.

Mayor Jim Kenney offered opening remarks about Philadelphia’s growing role as a global city. Campus Philly recognizes the important role the international student population plays in our region– these students make up about 5% of the City’s student population and we rank #8 in metropolitan areas for housing them.


To celebrate, festival goers enjoyed music, dancing and exclusive access to the Penn Museum’s international galleries. You can check out the great event photos here.

Each exhibitor provided students with an interactive activity. Campus Philly challenged students to a game of  “Name That Neighborhood.” The game featured cards with names of different neighborhoods from across the city, which were paired with international-themed trivia questions, i.e. ““What’s the best place to find African food? Hint: It’s west of Center City.” Prizes were awarded to students who matched the fact with the place.

In addition to prizes, we gave each student who visited our table a copy of the  Insider Guide to Philadelphia— a guide for all students to get a sense of the city, meet Philadelphia and find the latest off-campus insight. We’re  happy to report that when asked about what they thought of Philadelphia before moving here, students excitedly shared their positive opinions and experiences.