Old City




Arch Street Meeting House

320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Since 1682, the property located at 320 Arch Street has been actively and continuously used by Quakers and the community.

You won’t see a steeple or stained glass windows on a Quaker meeting house.

Generally speaking, Quaker meeting houses are two-story wood-frame buildings with two separate entrances at the front of the building, a large first-floor meeting space with benches, and an interior second-story gallery. Since worship involves silent contemplation without clergy or ritual, there is no need for an altar, pulpit, or other religious symbols.

Meeting houses carry the Quaker ideals of simplicity, plainness, and equality; Arch Street Meeting House is no exception. The Quaker building tradition is reflected in the simple yet high-quality materials and notable craftsmanship used in construction. Known for their utilitarian design and minimal detail or ornamentation, meeting houses typically blend into the environment by using local materials and construction practices.

The Arch Street Meeting House was designed in 1803-04 by Quaker master-builder Owen Biddle Jr.  The meeting house is an example of the Georgian architectural style and it incorporates a simple or plain Quaker design. As seen in his original drawings, Owen Biddle planned Arch Street to be three main rooms but they weren’t all built at once.  The East Room and central meeting space were built in 1804 and the West Room followed in 1811.

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The Great Philadelphia Comedy Magic Walk

Meet behind the Bourse (4th and Ranstead streets)

The tour is  1 1/2 hours in length, covers 1 mile in Old City Philly, goes to both Historic sites or really cool locations.  At each location, the site is an inspiration for a magic trick presented in a comedic manner.  There are less than five magic walking tours in the world, and this Philly tour is very unique.

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Independence Hall

520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside this building. The legacy of the nation’s founding documents – universal principles of freedom and democracy – has influenced lawmakers around the world and distinguished Independence Hall as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Construction on the building started in 1732. Built to be the Pennsylvania State House, the building originally housed all three branches of Pennsylvania’s colonial government. The Pennsylvania legislature loaned their Assembly Room out for the meetings of the Second Continental Congress and later, the Constitutional Convention. Here, George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and Benjamin Franklin gazed upon the “Rising Sun” chair in 1787.

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Christ Church

20 N. American Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Christ Church is a national shrine and an active Episcopal parish. It gives inspiration and hope today as it did to the founding fathers centuries ago. Our guides infuse this resonance into their tours and talks, linking tales of early American lives with the interests of visitors who can sit in the pews of George Washington, Benjamin Rush and Sally Franklin Bache.

A visit to Christ Church will enhance your understanding of our nation’s history and its relevance to the present. Come see and feel our historical artifacts as you hear our many stories on the themes of religious tolerance and the freedom of religion.

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Meet the Phillie Phanatic and Enjoy Giveaways + Free Food at Citizens!

1835 Market Street (Center City) and 248 Market Street (Old City)


Philly is no longer just home to the Rocky steps, hoagies and water ice. It’s also the home of your favorite Citizens branches. Stop by either our Old City or Market Street branch locations on Saturday, September 10, from 9am-12pm for breakfast treats, giveaways, and a chance at a pair of tickets to see our favorite baseball team (hint hint) at their September 20th game!

In addition to breakfast and giveaways at both locations, there will also be exclusive opportunities at each location:


Stop by our Old City Citizens branch to grab free tickets to Franklin Square’s one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf and Parx Liberty Carousel while supplies last! Map it here.



Stop by our Market Street Citizens branch to snap a pic with our special guest, the Phillie Phanatic, from 10:30-11:30am! Map it here.



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Get 10% Off Food and Drink at Terrace On Tap

599 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Receive 10% off your bill at Terrace on Tap on September 10 and 11. Just show your CollegeFest ticket on your phone at the door when you arrive. (If you are over 21 and would like to consume alcoholic beverages, make sure to bring your valid state-issued license or ID, too!)


  • Friday, 9/10: 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9/11: Noon – 7 p.m.
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Old First UCC Saturday Breakfast & Cupboard Ministry

151 N 4th Street

Each Saturday morning, 52 weeks a year, the Old First United Church of Christ serves a hot breakfast, and provides clothing and toiletries to 50-80 people (mostly men). The Old First UCC clothing cupboard functions as a “free store,” offering as much dignity and choice as possible given the availability of donations from week to week.

Clothing volunteers are responsible for breakfast distribution, sorting, and assisting our guests with finding a new outfit and picking toiletries. Volunteer opportunities are available from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 11. Sign up here!


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Science History Institute

315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106

Science is all around us. It’s not just found in the laboratory. It’s in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, and the earth beneath our feet.

At our museum, you can explore the amazing successes, astonishing failures, and strange surprises behind the science that shapes our world.

Be sure to check out BOLD, our new exhibition exploring the vivid histories behind the dramatic transition to synthetic dyes; Playing Dirty, our latest outdoor exhibition; and our newly refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects and hidden or obscured science histories.


Photo credit: @scihistoryorg on Instagram

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The Liberty Bell

599 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Liberty Bell is an important symbol of Philadelphia’s historic past. The Liberty Bell is free to visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day on a first come first serve basis.

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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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