A Week of Fun to
End Your Summer Right!

Now that we’re getting down to the dog days of summer, it’s time to immerse yourself in all the activities you wanted to do this summer, but never got around to. To help out with those end-of-summer blues, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities and events to attend around the city every day of the week during your last couple weeks of summer. These deals and events might not be around once the cooler weather hits, so take advantage of them now and end your summer right!

After a long, grueling Monday of work (or sunbathing) head over to World Cafe Live for their monthly Philly Rising Open Mic night. Hosted by Boy Wonder, the open mic performances start at 7 p.m. and admission to see local talent is completely free. The event offers a slew of prizes for each week’s chosen winner, including the chance to record one song with Cambridge Sound Studios, a spin on 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Radio Show, a featured performance at a future Philly Rising Event, and a write-up in That Mag Music Magazine. If you’re a local musician looking to get noticed, or if you just want to enjoy a night of live performances, food, and drinks, this event is for you. Not able to come to the monthly jam session? World Cafe Live also has weekly Monday Jazz Jam. 

To relax your mind and take care of your body for the rest of your busy week, check out pay-as-you-go yoga on the Schuylkill Banks from 7-8 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Classes are taught by yoga experts and all skill levels and ages are encouraged to join in on the fun. Participants should bring their own yoga mat, towel and water, and classes are weather permitting. There is no price for admission, but donations are appreciated!

The East Passyunk neighborhood of Philly celebrates summer with special shopping, dining and happy hour events on every Wednesday night of the season called Passyunk Passeggiata. This weekly event pays tribute to the neighborhood’s Italian roots by hosting a traditional Passeggiata, or evening walk through town. The events will feature unique shops and vendors, live music performances, delicious alfresco dining and happy hour specials, and on certain weeks, farmers’ markets and art exhibits. These festivals  have something everyone can enjoy, so don’t miss out on the celebration of summer in a traditional Italian neighborhood.

Beautiful summer nights mean alfresco movie screenings for all to enjoy, even in an urban setting. Starting at dusk nearly every Thursday of the summer, guests of all ages can come out to the Schuylkill Banks for a free viewing of a different popular film every week on a huge screen. Along with the flicks, guests can get a free snack, a free drink, and a free raffle. Picnics are encouraged as well.

What better way to kick off your weekends in the summer than happy hour at a scenic outdoor beer garden? For those 21+, Visit Philly is hosting a beer garden series every Friday of the summer at different outdoor spots all over the city. Now in its second season, these pop-up beer gardens will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and include specials on food and local craft beer, as well as giveaways and social ops from the Visit Philly team. The happy hours will be held at spaces all over the city, including The Oval and Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Philly’s newest outdoor paradise The Oval will host a slew of different events this summer, including Quizzo competitions on Saturdays until the end of August. In partnership with Johnny Goodtimes, guests can create teams to join in on the friendly competition for a night of Quizzo in the tree-canopied beer garden. Along with a fun night of games and beer, guests can choose from a wide variety of delicious rotating food trucks that will be at the beer garden throughout the summer.

All of these events and more are available for your enjoyment this summer, but the season’s almost over! Don’t forget to check out these fun activities all over the city and soak in the last few weeks of sun and warm weather!

Top 5 Events:
Proud To Be A Philadelphian

Philadelphia has been under an international spotlight lately because of the upcoming visits of Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama this fall, so it’s no surprise that we’re feeling a lot of pride in our City of Brotherly Love. To end your summer with a bang, we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest events happening this week that are only specific to our city — so get ready to have some fun while celebrating your Philly pride!

Local Seafood Week
When: August 17-22, various times. Where: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $14.

One of the main things Philly is known for is our delicious and unique food scene, so a great way to celebrate your Philadelphia pride is by taking advantage of one of the many food and restaurant deals the city has to offer. Fair Food Philly and Oyster House are teaming up to bring you Philly’s first-ever local seafood week, and you don’t want to miss this deliciousness. Guests can enjoy half a dozen local oysters and clams for only $14 at Oyster House, among other special deals, and 50% of all proceeds will support Fair Food Philly. Fair Food is a nonprofit organization aiming to bring healthy local food to the marketplace and promoting a human, sustainable agriculture system for the region.

Religious Liberty Exhibit Opening Weekend
When: August 21-23, various times. Where: The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $13.

In honor of these two huge guests coming to the City of Brotherly Love, Philly’s own National Constitution Center is opening a new exhibition called Religious Liberty and Founding in America. This new exhibit will highlight how freedom became a right in our country through 20 historical documents, highlighting three different themes: Religious Liberty in Colonial America, Religious Liberty in the Constitution and The Legacy of Religious Liberty. The price to visit the new exhibition will be included in general admission, which offers a discount for students.

GayFest Closing Weekend
When: August 21-22, 7pm. Where: Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place. Cost: $25.

Presented by Quince Productions, Philly’s thriving LGBTQ community takes the theater world by storm with their fifth annual GayFest. The series began on August 7 and featured an entertaining lineup of live music, staged live readings, Philadelphia premieres, meet-and-greets with the playwrights and cast and more. The series will end on a high note this weekend with some interesting acts you don’t want to miss — Mother Tongue, The Secretaries, From White Plains and a staged reading.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights
When: August 21, 7:30-11pm. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Cost: Free.

Philly has produced some amazing and talented musicians, specifically jazz musicians, so what better way to show your city pride than supporting live (and free!) music shows? Every Friday evening of August, smooth jazz musicians will take the stage at the scenic Delaware River Waterfront and give audiences an enjoyable night of jazz music for free. Each Friday will host a new nationally-reno​wned act, and each concert is free and open to the public. This Friday’s show will feature the talented trio Jazz Attack. Smooth Jazz Summer Nights is sponsored by WJJZ, WDAS FM and CBS 3 and The CW Philly.

Philadelphia Bead Fest
When: August 21-23, various times. Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks. Cost: $12.

Among all the other exciting events happening this year, Philly has the honor of hosting the largest bead show on the east coast. For art-lovers and the crafty kind, this jewelry-making extravaganza is super exciting and a great learning experience. The event offers hands-on workshops for all skill levels taught by experienced artists/instructors. There will also be a shop where guests can buy tools, beads, gems and other jewelry-making tools, or finished pieces of beautifully handmade jewelry. This crafty event is held just a short and simple train ride outside of the city at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Top 5 Events:
Art Exhibits Not to Miss

The end of summer is near, which means classes start up again soon and free time will become much more of a commodity than it is now, so take advantage of these last few weeks. This summer, many different museums, venues and festivals in the Greater Philadelphia area are offering amazing exhibits by talented local artists. Many of these creative exhibits will close with the end of summer, so make sure you visit them while they’re still open and before your daily class schedule and catching up with all your friends takes up all your time. Summer is all about new experiences, and seeing all this beautiful, local art is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up!

Summer Concert Series: Trinidelphia
When: August 12, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $5 for Open Arts members, $10 for non-Open-Arts members.

For the month of August, guests can enjoy discounted admission to Penn Museum, including access to all current exhibits on display — the Egyptian mummy gallery, Africa gallery, Greece gallery, the museum’s special exhibitions Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama and Native American Voices — The People, Here and Now and more. This Wednesday, guests can also attend a nighttime concert by local American-Caribbean fusion band Trinidelphia. The concert will take place in Penn Museum’s outdoor courtyard space and the Philadelphia-based band will play a selection of their original music blending Latin jazz, reggae, salsa and popular songs.

Art After 5: Bossa Nova Night 
When: August 14, 5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Cost: $14.

For only the price of admission, guests can enjoy exclusive nights of live music performances, open gallery tours and light refreshments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Fridays after 5 pm this summer. This Friday, vocalist Andrea Clair will lead her talented ensemble in a performance of classic bossa nova music. Guided gallery tours of all current exhibits in the museum will also be offered throughout the night, as well as light dinner options and cocktails served by Starr events to complement the relaxing environment of music and art.

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene Exhibit
When: Through August 16. Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $10.

Local photographer Gerard Gaskin debuts his influential work in the exhibit Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, which ends on Sunday. Gaskin’s work explores the house balls culture of the African American and Latino LGBTQ community, a LGBTQ subculture where people “walk” for trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Legendary is made up of photos taken at house events in Philadelphia, Richmond, Washington D.C. and New York City. Gaskin wants to celebrate the artistry and self-fashion of the house balls culture while increasing awareness of what they are.

Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning Exhibit
When: Through September 28. Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Cost: $14.

Prominent local artist and educator Shelley Spector debuted her new exhibit in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer, a collection made entirely from recycled parts. Spector used many different materials in her work such as furniture parts, wood and vintage textiles and other recycled material. Many of her sculptures and embroideries revolve around a garden theme, including birds, trees, tulips and other floral displays. Spector is a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Arts, and is now a professor at UArts.

Traction Company Exhibit 
When: Through October 11. Where: Fisher Brooks Gallery, 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $12.

One of Philly’s most reputable art educators, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, produced 12 alumni, staff and faculty that decided to team up and create the Traction company. The company opened their exhibition in a studio space in West Philly, creating both collaborative and individual pieces on display. Museumgoers will find a variety of contemporary works by the artists, including the centerpiece work subTRACTION, a miniature reproduction of the their 8,000-square-foot West Philly work space.

Top 5 Events: Kick Off August

The month of August means the end of summer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the last month of long warm days, beach trips and other fun outdoor activities. This August, take advantage of some of these cool events in Greater Philadelphia to enjoy the last of the summer sun, fresh air and free time!

Center City Restaurant Week: First Annual Summer Edition
When: August 2-14, various times. Where: Center City Cost: $20-35.

A bi-annual Philadelphia favorite is back, but for the first time ever, it’s being offered in the summer months! Center City’s finest dining options are offering fixed-price, three course meals that are both indulgent and not as pricey as normal. Meaning you have the chance to eat delicious meals at some of the most elegant restaurants downtown without paying an over-the-top price. This is the perfect opportunity for a college student’s budget, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time, as many people want to dine with these celebrity chefs and take advantage of the restaurant week deals!

Park Before Dark Lawn Games & Relay Races
When: Thursday, August 6, 6 p.m – 8 p.m. Where: Lovett Library Park, Mt. Airy. Cost: Free!

The Philly neighborhood of Mt. Airy is hosting their annual Park Before Dark series in Lovett Library Park, where every Thursday night of the summer they host a slew of different activities for children and adults alike. This Thursday, the series will include an entertaining evening of lawn games and relay races, perfect for all ages to have fun with. The event will also have popular food trucks on site for guests who want to get a quick and tasty bite to eat. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to sign up online beforehand if they plan on participating in the games.

First Fridays: Summer Madness
When: Friday, August 7, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Arch Street Meeting House Cost: Free!

If you haven’t taken advantage of First Friday deals yet this summer, now is the time to do so! Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producer’s Guild have collaborated with the Arch Street Meeting House to host a series of exciting, musical First Fridays this summer. Every Friday of the summer they offer free admission to a night of pre-recorded music, live performances, social dancing, refreshments, vendors, games, prizes and more. This Friday’s theme is “Summer Madness,” featuring “cool, frisky music.” The event will also feature a free style dance instructor, a live reading by poet Michelle Myers and a live performance by musicians Ayumi Perry and Jeff Scull.

Market & Shops Quizzo
When: Tuesday, August 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center Cost: Free!

In partnership with Johnny Goodtimes and Drink Philly, The Market & Shops at Comcast Center will host a fun night of Quizzo, free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to come in groups of four and get involved in some friendly competition and a night of games. All guests receive a $5 voucher for The Market & Shops at Comcast Center, and the winning team will receive a grand prize of $100 to spend at the Comcast Center. If you’re 21, don’t forget to bring BYOB!

Fusebox Concert
When: Wednesday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: Rose Tree Park, Media, PA. Cost: Free!

Delaware County’s annual summer festival at Rose Tree Park is just a short train ride outside of the city, and features outdoor summer concerts for free. Each Sunday, the alfresco stage hosts a live band of different genres, always making for a new and exciting show. And who doesn’t love a good cover band? Electrify your night with one of the area’s best classic and modern rock cover bands, and hear some of the greatest music of all time from Elvis, Motown, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and many more.

Music Spotlight: Radio 104.5
Summer Block Party Series

Since 2010, Philly’s favorite alternative radio station has been hosting free concert series every summer with some of the top alternative artists in the game. Yes, that’s right: they’re completely free. The series offers concerts one Sunday a month from May to September, and all you have to do is download your free ticket when they become available online, before they run out. For college students tight on a budget and still living off their parents dime, what better way to spend a summer day than a free concert with great music?

Many college students go to these concerts because of the popular artists and free admission. Brittany Lam, a junior at Villanova University, has been attending these concerts for the past three years.

Radio 104.5 is Philly’s alternative station so they make sure to get a lot of cool bands to play,” Lam said. “My favorite thing about these concerts is that they’re completely free, I’ve gotten to see some of my favorite bands alongside some of my favorite people for no cost. Plus they usually have free goodies!”

Before the concerts became wildly popular, they were held at the Piazza at Schmitz in Northern Liberties, a small, intimate outdoor venue that was a perfect spot for the average-sized crowd. As more local fans started hearing about the concerts and crowds expanded, in 2014, Radio 104.5 moved the block parties to Festival Pier, a significantly larger concert venue.

Since its expansion, even more fans have been able to obtain the free tickets because there is more space for bigger crowds at the new venue. This summer, the series boasted a popular lineup of alternative artists in their MayJune, and July shows, including Nate RuessCatfish and the Bottlemen, Bad Suns,  A Silent Film, Misterwives, Big Data, and New Politics.

The next concerts for this summer’s series will be held on August 2 and September 13, and you don’t want to miss these headliners!

Artists performing in the August show will include Matt And Kim, Atlas Genius, Wolf Alice and Saint Motel. Regular tickets are already out, but there are still several opportunities to win tickets!

To close off this summer’s series, the lineup for the September show is arguably the best. Fans can look forward to seeing Panic! At the Disco, Joywave, The Wombats and The Front Bottoms.

“Students should definitely take more advantage of these concerts,” Lam said.  “They’re such a fun, cheap, easy way to spend a Sunday in the summer.”

Radio 104.5 will announce ticket giveaways on certain days of the week, but be sure to download them fast or they will run out, as space to the concerts is limited. Or, listen to Radio 104.5 to call in for ticket giveaways!

Top 5 Events:
Concerts on a Student Budget

In a city with so many awesome music venues, big and small, there’s always bound to be some interesting new concerts worth attending. The best part of it is, so many Philly venues host talented live artists of many different music styles for inexpensive prices. You don’t have to pay big bucks to attend amazing shows. Check out some of these cool artists to see in Philly this week!

P.M. @ P.M. Summer Nights Concert: El Caribefunk
When: Wednesday, July 29, 5 – 8 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10 for public, $5 for Open Arts members, free to PennCard holders

This band from Colombia joins the summer music series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own. Their fun, upbeat style brings together funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compas, and gets audiences on their feet and dancing from the first note. Regionally themed food, drinks, and cocktails will be available at the Pepper Mill Cafe Garden Bar.

Jason Isbell 
When: Wednesday, July 29, 7 – 10 p.m. Where: Electric Factory, 421 7th Street, Philadelphia Cost: $30.

Looking for something more southern rock than Colombian on a Wednesday night? Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter based out of Alabama, best known for his recent solo career after being a member of the Drive-By Truckers for six years. Isbell has released five studio albums and two live albums since the start of his solo work in 2007, and has always stayed true to his southern rock roots.

Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz
When: Friday, July 31, 7:30 – 10 p.m. Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10 for public, free for Open Arts members!

Hailing from Bahia, Brazil, the percussion and woodwinds big band, Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz embark on a U.S. tour debuting July 31 in Philadelphia. In partnership with “Southern Exposure,” the concert tour will feature musicians from New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Miami. Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter and musical adventurer Steven Bernstein are exponents of the African-Latin, African-Caribbean and jazz  musical tradition.

Daniel Romano Album Release Show
When: Saturday, August 1, 8 – 10 p.m. Where: MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10-12.

Canadian country musician and visual artist Daniel Romano will host an album release show at MilkBoy. Romano has released four solo albums since his debut in 2009 and has been nominated for a Juno award. This show celebrates the release of his newest album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, on July 31.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party
When: Sunday, August 2, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Cost: Free!

Radio 104.5, Philly’s favorite alternative station, has been hosting popular summer block parties since their debut in 2010. The concerts include some of the top alternative artists in the game, and for completely free. This show’s lineup will feature Matt And KimAtlas GeniusWolf Alice and Saint Motel.

Top 5 Events:
Put Your Dancin’ Shoes On

The dance scene is thriving in Philly, and this week we’re bringing you the Top 5 events to get yourself movin’ and groovin’. Whether you’ve never danced before in your life, used to dance often or dance every day, these opportunities are available for all levels and ages, so don’t be shy! With the annual Philadelphia Dance Day, renowned performance series, and other free class and workshop opportunities, there’s a lot of places to dance all over the city, so don’t miss out!

Philadelphia Dance Day
When: Saturday, July 25, 9am-11:30pm. Where: Various locations throughout the city. Cost: Free.

The annual Philadelphia dance day brings Philadelphians a day of free dance classes and workshops throughout the city and a way to celebrate the beautiful art of dance. Philly Dance Fitness first organized the event three years ago to celebrate National Dance Day, a holiday coined by the creators of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. This festival will not only offer free classes in various genres, but also live dance performances by some of the city’s most renowned dancers and a huge dance gala. In partnership with many different studios across the city, the festival will offer classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels. The goal of Dance Day is to unite the Philadelphia community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.

Dance Day Evening Gala
When: Saturday, July 25, 8pm-11:30pm. Where: The Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Cost: $5.

To close out the day of dancing, Philadelphia dance day will host their annual evening gala at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. The gala will feature at least five different dance workshops, an open Zumba party, professional dance performances, open social dancing, and most importantly, an evening of celebration and fun.

Koresh Come Together Dance Festival
When: Wednesday, July 22-Sunday, July 26, various times. Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street. Cost: $25 for students.

World-renowned dance company Koresh will host their 3rd annual Come Together Dance Festival, where local and national artists will perform in multiple performances over the five day series. 33 dance companies will perform a variety of genres, including hip hop, contemporary, modern, ballet, tap, acrobatic, musical theater and more. Audiences will be kept on their toes with the diverse talent and creativity of the different artists performing throughout the festival. Other special events throughout the series include happy hours, post-show talk-backs with the artistic directors and a closing night cast party. Audiences can expect to see some incredible talent and celebrate the diverse dance scene of Philly!

Koresh Come Together Dance Festival Workshop Series
When: Tuesday, July 21-Saturday, July 25, various times. Where: Koresh Dance Studios, 2002 Rittenhouse Square. Cost: $25.

In honor of their highly-anticipated performance series, Koresh will be holding workshops with different dance companies visiting Philadelphia for the series. At a significantly lower price than previous years, participants can attend workshops by companies from the festival including Raphael Xavier teaching Ground-Core technique, Sakshi Productions teaching Odissi Indian-style dance, Koresh Dance Company teaching their superb technique and Ballet Inc. teaching ballet technique and barre. In recognition of Philadelphia Dance Day, hip hop legend Tyger B will teach a FREE beginner hip hop workshop on Saturday, July 25. Preregistration is mandatory to attend these workshops!

I Can’t Believe It’s $5 Ballet
When: Tuesday, July 28, 7pm. Where: 954 Dance Movement Collective, 945 North 8th Street, 1st floor. Cost: $5.

If you’re looking for a beginner class in a no-pressure environment, 954 Dance Movement Collective is offering beginner ballet technique classes for only $5! The mission of their group is to “feed a thriving environment that supports artists who dance, who make dances and teach dance. To explore opportunities for healing dance practices. To build community through dance.” They will be offering a fun class teaching ballet basics and listening to eclectic music. The class begins with floor barre work focusing on basic core strength and alignment, and then moving onto traditional standing ballet barre and other ballet techniques. Participants do not have to wear dancewear, but are encouraged to wear comfy clothes they can move in.

 

Campus Spotlight: Food Trucks

A city is defined by its street food, and between the wide variety of global fare and traditional favorites Philly has to offer, we’re not doing too bad in the food department. One of the best parts of attending college in a city is the delicious food choices available right at your fingertips. This year, Travel + Leisure named Philadelphia in their 2015 America’s Next Great Food City list, saying it has “blossomed into one of the U.S.’s most exciting restaurant cities.”  It’s no joke that food in the city just tastes better — the diverse mix of cultures, world-renowned celebrity chefs and wealth of resources is probably what does it. Not to mention the fact that many Philadelphians are obsessed with trying new, unique foods and finding the tastiest cuisine in the city. Attending a university located in the heart of Philly really gives students the advantage of trying some of the best new foods by famous chefs, because they’re right inside Philly’s major food scene everyday.

A big part of this scene is food trucks — many restaurants and celebrity chefs offer food trucks in various locations around the city, making it easier for people to try a quick bite of their established menu items. A handful of universities located in the heart of Philly — Drexel University, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania — have tons of unique food trucks splattered all around their campuses, making it easy for students to try new and diverse foods, or get a quick bite of their old favorites, between classes. And if you’re in the city or the area for the day, this a great way to get samples of some of the best food Philly has to offer on a student budget.

UPenn and Drexel University have campuses essentially right next to each other, and together, they have more than 60 food trucks! The selections are never-ending — students have options of Chinese, Korean, Jamaican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Greek, American, vegan and more. Many of the food trucks also specialize in one certain type of food, such as sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit, pizza, burgers, cheesesteaks, crepes, desserts, coffee, cupcakes and many more. The campuses also often see specialty food trucks or restaurant-owned food trucks that will only be there on certain days of the week. Specialty dessert trucks include the Buttercream Cupcake Lady, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Sugar Philly Truck and Sweet Box Cupcakes. Other well-known trucks include Spot Gourmet Burgers serving tasty burgers, cheesesteaks and other fried options, Koja Food Truck as part of the popular Koja Asian and Korean restaurant, and Say Cheese Philly serving cheesy specialties and a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

Just up Broad Street in North Philadelphia, Temple University also offers a wide selection of food trucks on its urban campus. With a huge variety of fare, specialty trucks that occasionally stop by and popular food trucks recognized from all over the city, Temple is one of the best places to go if you’re craving some yummy street food. Along with all the selections listed above for Drexel and UPenn campuses, Temple also has widely-recognized trucks The Creperie, Sexy Green Truck, Dapper Dog, The Burger Tank, Richie’s Lunch Box and more. The Creperie has been a staple of Templetown for many years, offering delicious sweet and savory crepes with options ranging from dessert crepes with Nutella, banana and chocolate, to buffalo chicken crepes and pizza crepes. Sexy Green Truck, with its unique name, bright green appearance and as many healthy as unhealthy options, has also been a city favorite for years. It boasts a healthy vegan menu, with salads, pita, hummus and meat-free sandwiches, as well as a not-so-healthy menu, with a variety of grilled paninis and waffle fries. Dapper Dog frequents Temple’s campus with its creative loaded hot dogs — they might make you feel full for the rest of the day, but will still be the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted. The Burger Tank offers a wide variety of burgers, tater tots and other greasy cuisine perfect for a college kid’s diet. Richie’s, another Temple staple, is probably the food truck of choice for more than half the student body at Temple. Serving typical American food, the friendly and well-liked owner, Richie, makes his business stand out from the others with his fast service and unbeatable breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

No matter where you are in the city, there’s bound to be a food truck with some kind of tasty cuisine on nearly every street corner. The food trucks on these city campuses are so diverse and unique in what they offer, but they all have one thing in common: they’re absolutely delicious.

Top 5 Events: Immerse Yourself
in Performing Arts

This summer, Philadelphians can look forward to the copious amount of opportunities in their city to engage with all different types of performing arts. Whether it be watching free outdoor films under the stars, hearing live music, or enjoying hilarious comedy acts, it’s all available at a student price right at your fingertips. If you’re spending your summer in the city, take advantage of these inexpensive deals to watch some great acts and immerse yourself in the performing arts scene of Philly.

Idina Menzel at The Mann Center
When: Thursday, July 16, 8 – 10 p.m. Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue. Cost: $20.

Idina Menzel, Broadway star and the powerful voice behind the mulitplatinum hit song “Let It Go,” will perform in Philadelphia one night only at The Mann Center. Besides being the singer of the smash hit from Disney’s Frozen, Menzel has also starred in Wicked, Rent, If/Then and other Broadway favorites. Menzel will take audiences through a journey of pop songs, musical theater songs and her own personal favorites, surely making this a night of breathtaking voice that all audience members will remember.

Screening Under the Stars: The Wizard of Oz
When: Thursday, July 16, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 121 North Columbus Boulevard. Cost: Free.

Guests can enjoy the beauty of the waterfront at Penn’s Landing while watching the iconic film The Wizard of Oz on a huge screen set up on the Riverstage. This showing is part of Screening Under the Stars, a summer-long event where guests can enjoy a different film at Penn’s Landing every Thursday night, sponsored by Mix 106.1, CBS 3 and the CW Philly. Films begin at dusk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a relaxing night of alfresco movies.

Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
When: Friday, July 17, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Where: The Actors Center, 257 North 3rd Street. Cost: $12 in advance.

The N Crowd, an uproarious Philly-based comedy improv troupe, is having a show Friday. Having performed over 500 times in Philly alone, the troupe of 19 comedians have perfected the art of making people laugh — and audiences love it. Each show is about 80 minutes long and filled with unscripted comedy, so get ready to call out wild suggestions and have a crazy, unpredictable night.

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
When: Saturday, July 18, 12 – 7 p.m. Where: Saunders Park Greene, 39th and Powelton Streets. Cost: Free.

Head out to the 9th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival for a free day of jazz music and fun. Hosted by People’s Emergency Center, the festival will celebrate the rich history of jazz music and arts in Philadelphia and headline famous jazz musician Sonny Fortune. Along with the melodic tunes of Fortune, the event will also feature music by other national and local jazz performers, as well as vendors, tasty food trucks and other activities.

 Five Dollar Comedy Week: As Seen on TV
When: Tuesday, July 21, 7 – 8 p.m. Where: Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street. Cost: $5.

The Plays & Players Theater presents their Five Dollar Comedy Week, where comedy fans can stop by any night of the week to watch a wild comedy show for only $5 each. Some of Philly’s most hilarious comedians will host unscripted shows that rely heavily on audience participation. As Seen on TV skewers the art of the infomercial, with comedians aiming to desperately sell ridiculous products to the masses.

Top 5 Events: Pop-Ups Special

This week’s Top 5 Events is a little bit different — all venues listed below have events this week, but they will also be open for the rest of the summer! Philadelphia is a city of new beginnings, and in the last few years it has turned into the makings of an outdoor urban oasis. With the opening of numerous outdoor attractions, including many summer pop-up parks, visitors and residents alike have flocked to these attractive parks to enjoy the season and get the most out of the city. We’ve compiled a list of some must-see pop-up parks to visit this summer, so get out there and appreciate the ever-growing urban beauty that is Philadelphia.

Spruce Street Harbor Park
When: May 22-September 27, daily. Where: 121 North Columbus Boulevard. Cost: Free!

Opened in summer 2014, this scenic spot instantly became a huge hit, and Philadelphians were more then happy to hear of its return this summer. Complete with hammocks, hanging lights, floating beer gardens and urban beaches, The Huffington Post named SSHP one of the best urban beaches in the world. This summer, visitors can enjoy even more than last summer — more than 50 colorful hammocks, bocce courts, shuffleboard, and more games and activities. The spot also features a boardwalk with scenic views of the waterfront ships, acclaimed food trucks along the boardwalk, and even a floating restaurant. This alfresco paradise is probably one of the best things that’s ever happened in Philly.

Franklin Square
When: May 22-September 7. Where: 238 North 6th Street. Cost: Free!

As one of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is open year-round but offers special attractions and seasonal activities in the summer months. Known for its bright circular fountain in the middle of the square, the attraction offers more than just a striking view. To honor the area’s rich history, Franklin Square boasts Center City’s only mini golf course with each hole named after a historic Philly spot. Visitors can also enjoy a ride on the decorated Liberty Carousel and delicious food from SquareBurger, a burger shack by Starr restaurants offering summer staples. Pop-up events include twilight yoga and Summer Festivus.

Point Breeze Pop Up
When: May 16-September 17, Thursday-Sunday. Where: 1622 Point Breeze Avenue. Cost: Free!

The Point Breeze neighborhood is hopping on the pop-up park bandwagon, but theirs is solely dedicated to food and drinks. The owners that brought you South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar decided to turn an empty lot in South Philly into a delicious smorgasbord of food and beer. Besides hosting special events, on Thursdays to Sundays during the summer months guests can enjoy craft beer and cider from a number of taps and food from a rotating cast of unique food trucks. Proceeds will benefit Fair Food Philly, an organization dedicated to bringing locally grown foods to businesses and consumers in the area.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden
When: July-October. Where: 1438 South Street, Wharton Street and South 9th Street. Cost: Free!

PHS Pop Up Gardens are back with two different locations this summer! PHS specializes in transforming vacant or underused spaces into gorgeous urban gardens. They use recycled materials and sustainable practices to create lush gardens, with different designs each year. This year, they’ve transformed underused spaces in both East Passyunk and South Street. PHS also teams up with local restaurants to offer guests food and beverages to enjoy while relaxing in the breathtaking environments.

The Oval
When: Summer season July 15-August 23, Wednesday-Sunday. Where: 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Cost: Free!

The Oval offers an eight-acre pop-up park this summer, transforming the island of asphalt and surrounding grass areas into a public space of daily activities, games and events. The attraction will have life-size games of chess, checkers, Jenga and Connect Four, various tasty dishes from local food trucks and a scenic outdoor beer garden under canopies of trees and lights. The Oval also boasts daily planned activities, including health-oriented events on Wednesdays, art and culture events on Thursdays, free outdoor movies on Fridays, game days on Saturdays and family-fun events on Sundays. In partnership with Philly’s Mural Arts Program, two Baltimore-based artists will be installing a massive temporary artwork in the park to kick off the summer season that you don’t want to miss.