When School’s Out, Philly Summer is IN!

The semester may be almost over, but the best time to be in Philly is just getting started. With perfect temperatures for walking around, trees in bloom, and al fresco dining in its peak season, the spring and summer months are the best of the year.

Whether you have family in town visiting for graduation, or have posted so many impressive photos of Philly throughout the year that your friends couldn’t stay away, the five spots below will help you show your friends and family around the city you call home. Trust us on this one – they’re going to recognize you as the expert on the must-see, must-experience sites in downtown Philly.

1. Start off the day with a panoramic view of the entire city and the ‘burbs, 57 floors up, with the Philly from the Top tour at One Liberty Observation Deck. Take a selfie with the best view in the city as your backdrop – there’s 360° of Instagram-worthy shots ready for you to snap and share.Guided tours are free after admission during scheduled tour times (11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.). Bonus: admission is just $10 per person for groups of 15 or more!

2. After you’ve scoped out your favorite neighborhoods from the top of the city, head down to the street level and grab a bagel at Chestnut Street Bagels, just down the block. Go for the Rainbow Brite specialty sandwich: birthday cake cream cheese on a tie-dye colored bagel. Trust on this one – it’s delicious.

3. Our favorite way to explore a new neighborhood is by walking around, people watching, and visiting local shops and cafes. Rittenhouse Row (from Broad to 21st Streets, between Spruce and Market) is filled with more than 200 dining, retail and cultural establishments, but the best spot to explore is Walnut Street.Sip on a cold brew iced coffee or a fruit smoothie from Saxby’s on the corner of 20th and stroll eastward down Walnut Street to visit high-end stores mixed in with local shops. Sit on a bench in Rittenhouse Square and people watch in the sunshine. Admire the baroque-style architecture of the Academy of Music and snap a photo of the iconic City Hall before crossing Broad Street (also known as the Avenue of the Arts).

4. Philadelphia is the birthplace of America, and the spot where it all went down is just a short walk or ride away. Marvel at the historic significance of Independence Hall, visit the National Constitution Center and check out their educational exhibits, and tour the Betsy Ross House.

5. After a busy day of trekking across the city, relax at one of Old City District’s many restaurants. Ranging in cuisine from Latin to Italian to American to almost anything you can imagine, there’s something for everyone, and most places have outdoor seating for optimal people watching.

Bonus: for one last Instagram-worthy snapshot of your day in Philly, head back to Observation Deck to see a panoramic view of the city against the sunset sky. Observation Deck offers a specialSun and Stars” admission ticket, and if you plan ahead, you can purchase this in advance for a special deal for two total Observation Deck visits in 48 hours. After all, an experience like Observation Deck deserves an encore.

We want to share in your Philly experience! Post your photos from the Observation Deck, or any of your favorite spots throughout your incredible day in Philly, to Instagram and tag @CampusPhilly. We’ll share your photos throughout the summer!

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Now What? Six Things to Do in Philly Now That Class Is Out

 

The Semester is Coming to a Close, and Philadelphia Festivities Are Just Beginning!

While your semester is winding down, Philadelphia is going full-steam-ahead into the holiday season! From local holiday markets to free museum days, here are some ways to take a study break and enjoy Philadelphia in its festive glory.

Channel your inner Olympic champion by bringing your best moves to the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. With a valid student ID, get free skate admission at the rink Monday through Thursday until December 21st. Skate rental not included.

Planning to shop til you drop this Saturday? Refuel with sweet treats at the Crepes and Cocoa Pop-Up near a.kitchen, 135 S. 18th St.

Speaking of shopping, there are several holiday markets happening this weekend! Crafty Balboa Holiday, 2017 South Philly Handmade BrigadeHandmade: Indoor Market & DIY WorkshopsGo West Craft Fest

Run, run Rudolph! Lace up your sneakers for Saturday’s free Rudolph Run in Manayunk.

Celebrate Weckerly’s Ice Cream one year birthday at their first brick-and-mortar shop at 9 W. Girard Ave. “Throughout the day (and while supplies last), guests will enjoy a complimentary slice of birthday cake with a purchased scoop of ice cream.”

Head to Old City for Saturday’s Philly Holiday Festival’s Free Museum Day at National Liberty Museum. After, browse the unique Old City boutiques or stop by Franklin Fountain for their Holiday Hot Fudge Sundae.

On Tuesday night, watch the ’90s classic, “Home Alone,” on the big screen at PFS Roxy. No need to get dressed up for the occasion. The holiday movie screening will also be a pizza and pajama party…students receive a discount.

Get your bike ready to ride and shine for the Bicycle Coalitions’ Holiday Lights Ride on Wednesday. The ‘best-spirited costume’ will receive fun prizes!

Looking for more? Check out Eight Festive Events Happening in Philly and our Campus Philly calendar.

 

Make It Count! 5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Week

Your upcoming winter break is the perfect time to lock down your spring internship! Create your free Launch account at campusphilly.org/launch to check out hundreds of local gigs like the ones featured in our Top 5 picks.


It’s the most wonderful time of year in Philadelphia! These 8 Festive Events Happening in Philly Right Now” are happening all month long so check ’em out.


If you want to find unique gifts for your friends and family and support local artists and makers, check out these upcoming holiday markets.


RSVP to the Inclusive Leadership Conference! This popular event takes place on Saturday, February 3, 10AM – 4PM, at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.


Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

 

 

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping in Philly

With all the upcoming holiday markets happening this month, it will be easy to  find something for everyone on your list! Check out our picks below and visit our calendar page for more things to do around the city.

Stag & Doe Nights 
Wednesdays | December 6, 13, 20 | Chestnut Hill
Stroll along the festive Germantown Avenue and enjoy extended store hours (until 9 PM) along with holiday sales and promotions throughout the Chestnut Hill shopping district. 


Crafty Balboa Holiday
Saturday, December 9 from 11AM-5PM | BOK Building, 1901 S. 9th Street
A holiday makers market featuring handmade wares from over 80 makers, artists, and crafters. Preview our vendors here. The first 100 shoppers will receive a tote bag from Occasionette filled with goodies from our vendors!! Lume Creative and The Art Dept will host Make and Take tables highlighting handmade holiday crafts.


2017 South Philly Handmade Brigade
Saturday, December 9 from 11AM-6PM| 1241 Carpenter Street
Touted as the “best annual holiday party in South Philadelphia,” the Brigade is a shopping event featuring affordable and original artwork & gifts by local artists. Glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more!


Handmade: Indoor Market & DIY Workshops at Fleisher Art Memorial
Saturday, December 9 from 12PM-5PM | 719 Catherine Street
More than 30 vendors curated by Shannon Maldonado, founder of YOWIE. Twenty-five Philly Small Press Faire vendors, DIY workshops for adults plus more! 


Go West Craft Fest
Sunday, December 10 from 10AM-4PM | The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
​Find unique holiday gifts by 70 local makers. Quality handmade jewelry, ceramics, knitted accessories, clothing, prints, original art, stationery, home wares, children’s’ items, soaps, candles, holiday items and more… 


Open House: Pop-up Holiday Market at the Barnes Foundation
Friday, December 15 from 5PM-8PM | 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Featuring free admission to the Barnes collection and Kiefer Rodin exhibition! This holiday market is a great, one-stop-shop for interesting artsy and eco-friendly gifts, including cool apparel, handmade jewelry and artisanal goods. Visitors will also have access to art after hours, and winter-inspired spirits and gastro fare, including complimentary treats from Whole Foods. 


Punk Rock Flea Market at BOK
Saturday, Dec. 16 & Sunday, Dec.17 from 10AM-5PM |  1901 S. 9th Street
The Punk Rock Flea Market returns with the 2017 Holiday Edition! Over 100 vendors per day, different vendors each day! $3 to enter, entry good for both days. The event is in the Boy’s Gym of the BOK building, enter on Mifflin St.

 

Wanderlust Weekend in Philadelphia

A weekend in Philly = eating delicious food, strolling around and discovering new spots. Below are our picks for doing all of the above.

These pro-tips from the local gods is great advice for any day of the week! Check out and dine on Philly chefs’ favorite foods for under $20.

We just saw this Instagram post from Weckerly’s in Fishtown and we want some right now. Hop off the Girard El Stop and test their autumnal flavors. YUM!

On Friday, head to City Hall to celebrate the grand opening of Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, which includes ice rink, maze, light show! If you’re closer to New Hope, check out Christmas in Peddler’s Village Opening.

After a fun night in the city, wake up and smell the brunch! Here are 10+ Delicious New Spots For Brunch In Philly This Fall.

With brunch in your bellies, walk it off while looking at vintage goodies at any of the Jinxed locations – Northern Liberties, West Philly, Fishtown and East Passyunk.

Check out one or all of the awesome festivals happening around Philly!
First Person Arts Festival | November 5 – 18
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 
November 4 – 19
CraftNOW Philadelphia | 
November 1 – December 8
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival | November 9 – 19
Philly Zine Fest | November 12

Looking for more things to get into? Campus Philly’s event calendar is full of local events picked especially for Philadelphia students!

10 Ways to Enjoy Philly This Summer!

Whether you’ve just closed the book on a great school year or you’re taking a breather between spring and summer sessions, now is the time to treat yourself to some Philly fun! Here are our upcoming events picks for you.

1. Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, June 11  starting at 6 p.m. daily | Franklin
Square, 200 6th St.

Franklin Square is magically lit up with 29 handcrafted lanterns, including a 200-foot Chinese dragon constructed by lantern artisans from China! Get a pic with illuminated sea creatures, lions, pandas and more.


2. Beer Gardens! When warm weather comes, Philly beer gardens emerge and blossom into must-hang spots. Check out our beer garden picks for the 21+ crowd.


3. Night Market Philadelphia: Burholme
Thursday, May 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. |  Cottman & Rising Sun

Come hungry! The Food Trust throws this awesome (and very popular) festival which brings Philly’s amazing food options– from food trucks to local restaurants–to the streets and sidewalks.


4. Spruce St. Harbor Park Grand Opening Weekend
Opening Friday, May 12 | Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street

IMO, this is the ultimate chill spot. At Spruce St. Harbor Park, you can swing from the hammocks,  lounge in the Adirondack chairs, stroll the boardwalk lined with delicious local treats, catch an outdoor movie, have a drink on the floating bar.


5. 14th Annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing 
Saturday, May 12- Sunday, May 13 | 100 S Columbus Boulevard

There’s rain in the weekend forecast but this bazaar is happening rain or shine! If you’re looking for a locally handmade gift for your mom on Mother’s Day, this is the place to get it. Or! Why not just bring your mom along for a crafty day in the city?


6. Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair
Saturday, May 12- Monday, May 14 

We love when there’s some big event happening in Rittenhouse Square, especially when the park is filled with beautiful handmade arts and crafts. Walk around, admire what’s on display and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant like Shake Shack or Devil’s Den.


7. 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21 |  9th Street & Washington Avenue

The Italian Market is always buzzing with energy and full of great food. Multiply that by 100 and add a greased pole and you have the Italian Market Festival. 


8. 40th St. Summer Series: Sun Ra Arkestra
Saturday, May 20 | 40th & Walnut Streets

This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly.) 


9. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Saturday, May 20 | 18th & Walnut Streets

Take to the streets-literally, this is the only time Walnut St. is blocked off to vehicular traffic- for a day of strolling around the Rittenhouse’s most popular festival.


10. Free Yoga on Race St. Pier
Monday-Sunday, times vary 

Now that class is over, head to a different kind of class– yoga class! It’s not your everyday yoga either, it’s yoga with a beautiful view of  the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge.

This is just a sample of what’s going on this month! For more events, check out our up-to-date calendar and Facebook events page  for more ways to explore and experience Philadelphia.

Philly To-Do: The Weekend!

And the weekend is here! We’ve all made it through this busy week and now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the spring happenings in Philadelphia. Check ’em out below.

Science After Hours: Prom | Friday, April 21 |  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St.
Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with a prom! Part of The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours event series, join us for the ultimate scientific soiree, where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+.

Flea Market on Broad | Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Broad Street (between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St.)
The sidewalk of Broad Street, between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St., will be taken over by 55-plus vendors selling various knickknacks.

Record Store Day 2017 | Saturday, April 22 | All day  | Citywide
Record collectors, this is the most important day to support your local record store! Check out: 
Creep Records, Repo Records, Long In The Tooth and Philadelphia Record Exchange.

Clover Market | Saturday, April 22 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills 

Find unique jewelry, interesting antiques, artwork, home décor, handmade goods and other one-of-a-kind knickknacks. In addition, there will be food, drink and live music!

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier | Saturday & Sunday | 9:30 a.m.
Race St & N. Columbus Blvd

Get in your morning stretch in right under the Ben Franklin Bridge. The waterfront view will not disappoint!

Waffles & Wedges’ Second Birthday Block Party | Sunday, April 23 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1511 Pine St.
The celebration will be full of freebies, including samples from Bassetts Ice Cream, Blue Mountain Winery and Mood Lounge Bar. Be on the lookout for raffles and giveaways, too. As for the signature loaded waffles from Waffles & Wedges, mini “Party Crasher” waffles will be $2 each (limit of two per person) from the Waffles food truck. The Liege waffle is topped with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.

Philly Field Trip: Sunday Funday

Sundays usually consist of one thing for me—homework. However, this past Sunday I was feeling adventurous, so I switched up my routine. I  decided to take full advantage of the perfect weather, so I spent most the day jumping from one thing to another.

My running buddy!

I kicked off my morning with a volunteer orientation at an animal rescue in Northern Liberties, Saved Me Adoption Center. I’ve been missing my family’s pups more than anything and I thought this would help. Once I arrived, I let them know I was a runner, and I was paired with the perfect running partner– a dog who loved to sprint! We ventured around Northern Liberties and Fishtown, and I got to know the neighborhood.  I had an afternoon Phillies game to catch, so I was only able to spend time with one dog. I am itching to go back and run with my furry friends!

So back to campus I went. I grabbed whatever red I owned and flew out the door to Citizens Bank Park. My friend and I  took our seats in the nosebleeds, but we quickly realized my friend’s relative was at the game and had two tickets for us to join her in the suite. Score! On our way to our upgraded seats, we grabbed Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries. A snack in hand + a great view= us having a ball– pun intended!– at our FIRST Phillies game.

After the game, we needed a post-game pick me up so we headed to Fairmount‘s OCF Coffee House. Refueled, we headed to our last stop of the day– dinner and  grocery shopping at the mega Whole Foods at 2101 Hamilton St.

Whew! I got tired just recapping my busy Sunday. As the school year starts winding down, and the final papers and studying start piling up, it’s important to get out and enjoy the fantastic city we live in!

Philly Field Trip: Center City

In the center of our fine city, you’ll find Center City. Other cities say “downtown” when referring to their version of Center City, but Philadelphians are known for being lingo pioneers.

Strike a pose…on the subway steps!

I frequent this section of Philadelphia more than any other, but each time I discover something new. Getting there is a quick SEPTA subway ride from Temple’s campus. We hopped off at the City Hall stop and I made my roommate for an impromptu photoshoot in the subway. She was embarrassed, but I was loving it, I found a stairway that caught my eye and starting posing, twirling, and smiling—you can easily turn anything into a photo shoot spot and a stairwell in the subway is no exception.

City Hall

Photo shoots aside, my favorite part about my Center City commute has to be walking up the stairs from the subway and being greeted by the skyline, the bustling of the city, and the beautiful City Hall building.

What next? Shop ’til we drop. Chestnut and Walnut Street have a lot of shops to do just that. We made our way to our first destination, but were easily distracted as we noticed a two-story Five Below at 1529 Chestnut St. It was filled with everything Philadelphia related and as both of us are from out of the state, we acted like complete tourists and fell in love. We found these awesome Philly themed canvases that we would later use for our girl’s night.

After we weaved our way in and out of all stores, we were tired and hungry. Finding a spot to relax and order food wasn’t hard. Some of my favorite spots so far are Mac Mart and sweetgreen, both equally delicious, but one is definitely a little healthier than the other. We decided on Mac Mart and treated ourselves to the “In the Buff” Mac and Cheese, which is a delicious buffalo chicken infused bowl of greatness.

With shopping bags in hand and mac and cheese in our bellies, we headed back to the subway station. Like something out of a movie, the sun began to set in the backdrop, allowing an iridescent glow to bounce off City Hall, and my roommate and I exchanged a look of contentment and said our goodbye as we made our way back to campus.