The Galleries at Moore

1916 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

As a gateway between the College and the city of Philadelphia, The Galleries are a catalyst for creative exploration, experimentation and scholarship and function as a gathering place to meet, reflect, learn, challenge, and create—our commitment to academic, artistic, and curatorial freedoms is evidenced through our inclusive and innovative exhibitions and events, all of which are free and open to the public.

What to see during CollegeFest: Visit Rochelle Levy: By the Sea, an exhibition that explores the prolific work of alum Rochelle F. Levy ’79. Known for her depictions of equestrian tableaus, peaceful seaside moments, and beaches populated with an ever-changing ensemble cast of characters, Levy has been painting picturesque scenes from her life and travels for more than fifty years.

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Historic Strawberry Mansion

2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive Philadelphia, PA 19132

Historic Strawberry Mansion is celebrated as the largest of the Fairmount Park Historic Houses filled with antiques, fine art, and collectible treasures from the 18th and 19th century. Tour the mansion’s three floors, stroll the gardens, and experience history right in Fairmount Park.

Learn more about the history of the Strawberry Mansion here!

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Laurel Hill Mansion

3487 Edgley Drive East Fairmount Park Philadelphia PA 19121

Nestled along the scenic Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Laurel Hill has a prominent location on a high bluff overlooking the river. One of the most visible houses that ring the river, the view of the river from the back porch is not to be missed. The original house consisted of a two-story Georgian brick structure with a symmetrically placed entry and a gallery of windows on the first and second floors. In the late 18th/early 19th century, a small single story wing was added to the south-side of the home. The unique two-story octagonal wing was added to the north side soon thereafter.

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Philly Creators Pop-Up Show at the Rocky Steps!

Philly Creators is a community of music artists pushing the new sound of Philadelphia as a forefront for new content, music and entertainment! Come check them out during CollegeFest for a LIVE pop-up performance out front of the Rocky Steps from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring live performances from local artists and DJs bringing fun energy and exciting events!

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Share Food Program: Help Out on Nice Roots Farm

2901 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Share Food Program distributes food to 1,000,000 neighbors in need each month, over 50% of whom are children, and 12% of whom are seniors or people with disabilities. The Nice Roots Farm is where we grow fresh fruits and vegetables that we distribute to farmers’ markets across the region, and the proceeds from those sales support our operations. Breah Banks manages the Nice Roots Farm, and her expertise and passion keep it running smoothly, year ’round. But she doesn’t do it alone.

Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.!


What’s the opportunity?
Activities may include planting, mulching, watering, weeding, raking or harvesting. Sometimes we need help with routine cleaning and maintenance around the farm as well.

Whom is my volunteer work helping?
The produce from Nice Roots Farm is sold at extremely discounted cost at local farmers’ markets, and to seniors through the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. In addition to distributing fresh produce, we use the farm as an opportunity to teach local school students about urban agriculture.

What are the requirements?

  • Volunteers may be required to lift bags of mulch or use tools. We recommend that volunteers be able to lift at least 20lbs.
  • This activity takes place outdoors, so volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.

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Indego: Philly Bike Share

View station map at rideindego.com/stations/

Throughout CollegeFest weekend, September 11 and 12, any college student with valid CollegeFest registration can get a $5 Indego30 pass (that’s an entire month of rides!) for Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego! Visit ALL the museums for free and bike around the city using Indego.

Here’s how to claim your $5 Indego30 monthly pass (valid only 9/11 and 9/12):

  1. Go to rideindego.com/passes
  2. Sign up for an Indego30 monthly pass
  3. Enter promo code INDEWKND (promo will be active 9/11 – 9/12)
With Indego30, riders will get an unlimited number of 60-minute rides for 30 days! Please note, there will be extra fees incurred for rides longer than 60-minutes and rides taken on Indego Electric.

The Indego30 pass is usually $17 for the month, so this CollegeFest promo is a fantastic deal!

Sign up for CollegeFest today for updates!

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SOUNDWALK Audio Experience in Fairmount Park

5201 Parkside Avenue Fairmount Park Philadelphia, PA 19131

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is an immersive audio experience tailor-made for Fairmount Park. Co-commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in association with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and recorded by musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the SOUNDWALK Ensemble, Ellen Reid’s compositions were meticulously programmed for Fairmount Park and the Mann’s campus, and can be experienced via a GPS-enabled mobile app. SOUNDWALK is free to the public and was created with social distancing guidelines in mind.

Participants can experience SOUNDWALK by downloading the free Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK mobile app and listening to the compositions which were customized to reflect the individual journey of each participant through nature. Movement around Fairmount Park triggers musical cells which were carefully crafted to harmonize with the landscape and attractions. The experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same.

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The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St

Named after Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is a hub of all things science and innovation. Kids and adults alike will love the hands-on exhibits.

Take a journey through a two-story heart, climb aboard a 350-ton Baldwin steam locomotive and become part of an electrical circuit! As well as modern technology and the human body, you’ll learn all about the world around us – from tectonic plates to starry skies. You don’t have to be a science buff to enjoy the award-winning exhibits – there’s something for everyone here, including historic memorabilia and artifacts that once belonged to Benjamin Franklin.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Climb our iconic building’s famous Rocky steps and explore 200 galleries of art from all around the world. We are home to a world-class collection and Philadelphia’s destination for creative play.
Student admission $14 student tickets (with valid ID)
Pay What You Wish days: Friday Nights (5:00-8:45pm); First Sundays (10:00am—5:00pm)

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Rodin Museum

2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The only institution outside Paris dedicated entirely to the master sculptor. The garden provides an ideal setting to experience some of the world’s most celebrated works of art, with 150 bronzes, marbles, and plasters which represent the different phases of Auguste Rodin’s career.

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