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…

For more details, check out http://www.zipcar.com/ikeaziptrip

Meeting Philly One Sip at a Time || The City’s Best Happy Hour

Thanks to our friends at Center City District Sips, Happy Hour has a brand new meaning: $5 cocktails, $4 wines, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Over 90 bars and restaurants in the Center City District are participating in the goodnessso here’s another quick “thank you” to Sips for helping us float our college budgets.

From 5-7 pm every Wednesday, treat yourself to some discounted drinks and food. It’s a great way to end a long day of work or classesbut I don’t have to tell you that. 

#CampusTip: Get there earlybecause once the place fills up, even the air feels a little tight.

Quick fix to the large crowds? Don’t be afraid to bar hop! Check out all the different restaurants participating in Sips, and see what’s around. 

Now, a list of 90 options is sure to be overwhelming, so let’s break it down:

If you’re going for the outdoor feels…

Head over to Uptown Beer GardenDilworth Park, or Independence Beer Garden. The backyard vibes make for a relaxing post-work environment and the “patio” dining experience is a perfect way to soak up the sun.

If you’re going for the cocktails

My personal faves are Liberty Bar & Grill, for the “Whiskey Lemonade,” and Ladder 15, for the “Crazy Water.” No giveaways hereyou have to head over to both restaurants to discover those drinks for yourself. I can’t ruin the magic but I promise you’ll love ’em.

If you’re going for the apps

The American Pub is your go-to place for some killin’ fried pierogies, mozzarella sticks and old bay fries. If fried food is what you love, hop on over to Marathon for the BEST Disco Tots: delicious enough to transport you back in time (disco inferno, eh?).

If you’re going for the views

I like the Drury Beer Garden at Opa. It’s undeniably inviting with its bright picnic tables, fun gaming options—including ping-pong and board games—and colorful decor. The Graffiti Bar at Sampan is another go-to. It’s located down a tiny alley on 13th street (I know, Harry Potter much?) Admittedly, it is a pretty tiny restaurant, but the professionally graffiti-ed walls give the bar a cool vibe that’s worth checking out.

So go enjoy your Wednesday, save a buck or two, and explore the city. The Happiest of Happy Hours to allget sippin’!

#GettingThere: Try to avoid the parking madness by using the public transit system. For Sips, SEPTA is your best friend. 

#TheMoreYouKnow: Wednesdays from 5-7pm, June 1-Sept. 28

Itinerary || Celebrating the Fourth

Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows


The Fourth of July is kind of a big deal in Philadelphia. We are, after all, the birthplace of the nation, so you can expect our celebrations to be some of the biggest and best that the U.S. has to offer. And Philadelphia has it allfrom music to food to history. This celebration is much more than just the Fourth, too, so get ready for a whole week of patriotic fun with these suggestions!


If fireworks are your thing…

Check out Wawa Welcome America! Starting at 10 p.m., there will be a fantastic fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Even better? Get there early for the free concert at 5 p.m., featuring artists like Leon Bridges and a tribute to Gamble and Huff!


If you’re expecting a full-fledged celebration…

Philly’s got you covered. An Independence Day Parade, starting at Fifth and Chestnut, will march past Center City’s historic sites. This promises to be some old-fashioned fun in the summer weather, and, of course, it’s free.


If you’re down with the National Constitution Center

In preparation for Independence Day, opt to explore the 160,000-square-foot constitution center and check out the most important documents in our history. On June 30, the constitution center will be open to its visitors for free!


If you’re a hoagie lover

Head over to Independence Mall  on June 30, where Free Hoagie Day returns for its 24th year. Hosted by Wawa, the event salutes the military, firefighters, and police officers during a march performed by military heroes and re-enactors. More than five tons of Wawa hoagies will be distributed to the masses for free, so be sure to snag one for yourself!


If Penn’s Landing  is your second home…

Join the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 1 for a free performance. After the show, be sure to stick around for the fireworks displays along the Delaware River Waterfront.


If 4th of July is your time to dance…

The Historic Philadelphia Block Party is your place to be. Festivities will begin on July 3rd on 5th and 6th streets, between Market and Chestnut streets. Head straight to Independence Hall  for live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities!


If you’re looking to score a cool spot for fireworks…

Battleship New Jersey  has got you covered. Starting at 6p.m., catch a live performance by a Beatles tribute band. Check out some kid-friendly activities like face-painting, and be sure to snag some food and drinks at the concession stand. Finish off the night by enjoying the views of the fireworks over the Delaware River from aboard the ship.

Looking for some patriotic perks? Check out our Deals & Discounts post!

7 Reasons Why You Should Attend College Night

You know what’s even more tragic than Romeo and Juliet?

Trying to enjoy Shakespeare on a college budget. Parting with your well-earned cash can be “such sweet sorrow,” pun intended.

Luckily, Open Arts and The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre are joining forces to bring you an incredible performance at an incredible price, just $5 for Open Arts Members. Our first College Night is on April 20, with a performance of Twelfth Night.  Not an member? Use the code: social1516 to sign up here.  Need any more convincing?

1. You Get to Meet Awesome Students from Other Schools
Why get caught up in your own school’s bubble when there is a huge network of talented, passionate students awaiting you at other Philly schools as well? College Nights are the perfect opportunity to meet new people, and expand your social and professional networks. We’d call that a win-win.

2. It’s FUN!
Chances are, you could use a break from the library and your typical weekly schedule. Why not get out there and see a show and give your Netflix account a break? We will have tons of fun photo opps for you and your friends to snag that perfect Instagram post, make sure to tag us and use the hashtag, #MeetPhilly.

3. You Get to Meet US!
Don’t miss your chance to see our bright and shining faces at College Night! We will be there to give you more information about all of the perks of Open Arts Membership, as well as prizes, candy, and more! We’ll also be available to answer any questions you may have about how we can help you achieve your #PerfectPhillySummer.

4. Did We Mention the Price?
If you’re an Open Arts Member, you get to see professional shows all the time for free or extremely discounted prices…College Night is no exception! You get to see an incredible Shakespeare show for the same price as a Starbucks drink and pastry.

5. The Chance to Experience Part of  Philadelphia’s Arts Culture
Philadelphia’s arts events are about as diverse as the people that live in it! If you’ve never seen a play in Philly, or a Shakespeare one at that, now is the perfect opportunity to do so!

6. A Perfect Excuse to Escape into the City
Tell your homework and finals preparations that it can wait a few hours. Taking a break and taking a short subway ride into Center City can be a great way to ease your mind and unwind during the end of the semester stresses!

7.Close Proximity to Great Eats
If we couldn’t convince you with all of the other reasons to be at College Night…consider this. The theater is close to so many incredible places to eat. That’s something we can really sink our teeth into.

    

Open Arts Philly | Weekend Picks

April showers bring May flowers…but no matter what the month is, Philly is always bringing you new chances to learn, explore, unwind, and relax. Here are some fun events this weekend that are guaranteed to leave you feeling cultured.

Use sign-up code: social1516 to become an Open Arts member today

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Learn how modern technology is used to understand the mysterious past of ancient Egypt. Travel back in time and explore a recreated Egyptian tomb, become acquainted with a real mummy, and view a variety of authentic art and artifacts.

Where?: The Franklin Institute
When?: April 1-30
How Much?: Free for Open Arts Members

Francesca dePasquale and Meng-Chieh Liu

International prize-winning violinist Francesca dePasquale partners with versatile pianist Meng-Chieh Liu to perform a variety of different works, as presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Where?: Philadelphia Museum of Art
When?: April 3
How Much?: Free for Open Arts Members

Bartók/Mendelssohn with Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Familiar with the dramatic music in the movies The Shining and Being John Malkovich? Watch as the scores come to life, and also enjoy an early Romantic favorite composed by Mendelssohn, as presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Where?: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: April 3-4
How Much?: Free for Open Arts Members

Moore Women Artists Film Festival

For three days, indulge in 6 different films created by and about female artists. Admission is free for all films! For more information on the lineup, check out the Moore College website.

Where?: Moore College of Art and Design
When?: April 1-3
How Much?: Free

 

Weekend Arts Guide | Secrets, Throwback Jams & Free Water Ice

Now that last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities have died down, it’s time to get back to Philadelphia’s regularly scheduled arts programming…and this weekend will not disappoint!

RetroAct
Sit back, relax, and brace yourself for a mesmerizing aerial act performed by a troupe of 10 women. The performance combines aerial tricks with storytelling and dance, and is sure to entertain audiences.

Where?: Christ Church Neighborhood House
When?: March 17-19
How Much?: $15 Student Ticket

PostSecret: The Show
Watch one of the world’s most famous blogs come to life before your eyes with a series of secrets about sex, love, and controversy told through three actors, assisted by a series of projected images and videos. The best part is? The story is told 100% by the public, designed to remind audiences that no matter what, they are not alone.

Where?: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: March 18-19
How Much?: $35

80s vs. 90s Featuring Biz Markie
Take #ThrowBackThursday to a whole new level, on a much larger scale than Instagram. Enjoy a “blast from the past” dance party featuring your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s, led by Biz Markie.

Where?: Theatre of the Living Arts
When?: March 18
How Much?: $15

Free Rita’s Water Ice
Stop the presses, did we just put “free” and “Rita’s” in the same sentence? Yes we did; this is not a drill. Visit any location in Philly for a free cup of cold, tasty deliciousness. You’re welcome.

Where?: Any Rita’s location
When?: March 20
How Much?: Free

 

6 Reasons Why You Should be an Open Arts Member

As a college student, being able to pay for books, groceries, rent, and still having enough money left over to do what you love on the weekends in the amazing city of Philadelphia seems like a pretty daunting task. If you’re like me, you have a passion for the arts, and want to see as many musicals, operas, art exhibits, and concerts as humanly possible, but don’t usually (never) have the funds to do it.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s fair for college students to miss out on fun, cool experiences just because they have a tight budget, or may not know about all of the awesome events happening each day.

Luckily,  Open Arts agrees!

Open Arts connects students to the growing and changing arts and culture community in Philly, and also provides unique career-building opportunities to help college students prepare for the (**gulp**) real world!

If you’re not already an Open Arts Member…

1. It’s 100% Free to Sign Up. (Just use the code: social1516)
“Free” is any college student’s favorite word. To sign up for all of the Open Arts perks and email newsletters, just sign up with your email, and tell us what school you go to. Registering is easier and faster than posting an Instagram photo!

2. Discounted (and free) Tickets to Concerts, Museums, and More!
When you’re an Open Arts Member, you get VIP treatment. Open Arts partners with over 30 colleges and universities, and dozens of venues, programs, and companies to bring you the best of the best in Philly arts. With an Open Arts account, you are able to reserve tickets for the most popular (and #trending) events in the city, and get year-round discounts at theaters, museums, and other venues. Pretty sweet, right? 

3. Constantly being “In the Know” about What’s Happening in Philly.
As an Open Arts Member, you’ll be the first of your friends to know about incredible opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia Area, and you’ll never have to say, “No, I don’t have plans” ever again.

4. The Chance to Meet New Friends!
You can never have too many friends, because one day, those friends can become co-workers! Attending Open Arts events can connect you to tons of awesome students from your own school, and all across the city! Why not build up your LinkedIn connections?

5Hearing about Awesome Internships to Boost your Resume.
Ultimately, your objective of attending college is to eventually graduate and land your dream job, but before you do that, you have to earn your keep and get the experience necessary to rock interviews, and build an awesome resume. Open Arts understands this, and wants you to succeed! There are plenty of networking and career and internship fairs through Open Arts designed to help you become a confident future employee, and make your parents super proud.

6. The Opportunity to Try New Things.
All work and no play can make you a very dull college student. These are the best, most adventurous years of your life, why not try new things, hear new music, and explore parts of the city you never knew existed? Open Arts can take you there and help make it happen.

Weekly Arts & Culture Guide

February is almost on its way out, making room for spring activities and blasting out the winter blues! Check out these artsy events coming up:

Philadelphia Film Society’s “BYO: 9 TO 5 Film Screenings
Make room in your schedule or call out of work sick as #BYO: Workin’ It takes over next week with a hilarious screening of CLERKS (1994). Called in on his day off, uninspired Quick Stop employee Dante takes on a slurry of crappy customers while musing over the art of snowballing, Star Wars, and other life lessons.

When?: Wednesday, February 24, Screenings at 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Where?: PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
How much?: Tickets range from $9.00 – $12.00. For tickets and more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1QYqkC5

International Pop Exhibit
Explore the unique history of pop art in its opening weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The exhibit includes 150 different paintings, sculptures, and more, by pop art legends including Andy Warhol. Want to save some cash? Check out the exhibit on a Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday!

Where?: Philadelphia Museum of Art
When?: Starting Feb. 24 (on Pay What You Wish Wednesday!!!)
How Much?: Save $5 when you use the code “IPOP”

Celebration of African Cultures
Appreciate and learn all about African cultures through dance performances, workshops, gallery tours and more! Experience an African Adornment Family Tour, the Women’s Sekere Ensemble, Momma Sandi Storytelling, In the Artifact Lab and more!

Where? Penn Museum
When?: Feb. 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
How Much?: $10 for Open Arts Members

Bloom Philly Festival: Ultimate Pop-Up Picnic
Already excited for the Philly Flower Show? So are we! Embrace the coming of spring weather and engage in fun outdoor activities like giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, and more!

Where?: Reading Terminal Market
When?: Feb. 27 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
How Much?: Free

Arnold Flute Concerto with Edward Schultz
For just $10, you can witness the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra’s most diverse concert of the season! Experience woodwind music like you’ve never heard before, with selections that boast folk melodies and even tunes from movies.

Where?: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: Feb. 28-29
How Much?: $10 for Open Arts Members

Concert + Cocktails Young Friends Mixer
Have you ever wanted to meet members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia? Now’s your chance! Shake up your Monday night and mingle and network with members at the PECO Bar following the All Beethoven with Hanchien Lee concert.

Where?: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
When?: Feb. 29
How Much?: Free