FINALLY. We’ve survived winter in Philly and it’s finally time to break out the shorts and flip flops, and get ready to enjoy the warm weather outside. In Philly, there’s rarely a reason to own a car when we have an awesome public transportation system, great bike lanes and bike share programs, and the most walkable streets. But for the days when you’re itching to get to the beach, or want to escape the city humidity (we get it!) having the ease of hopping in a Zipcar and hitting the road is the best.Continue reading “Summer Sun + Road Trip Fun: Our Top Picks for Philly-Area Day Trips”
The Philadelphia Orchestra is legendary. It’s been around for more than 100 years (founded in 1900!), was the first orchestra to appear in a radio commercial, the first orchestra to appear on television, and the first major orchestra to give a live performance on the internet, way back before YouTube streaming and Instagram Live was even a thought.
Our city’s orchestra is iconic, and with its concerts taking place right in the middle of the city at the Kimmel Center, it’s never been easier to see a show, and make a night of it…especially when an annual membership for Philly college students is just $25. That means unlimited access to more than 80 concerts all season, the ability to reserve student tickets in advance to secure your seats, and the option to purchase additional student tickets for just $8 (your friends will thank you, trust us).
Looking for some recommendations on things to see, places to eat, and the best spots to take a selfie with City Hall? Check out our Center City itinerary, ending with an evening at the Philadelphia Orchestra, below:
A special message from our partner, Parks and Rec:
In Philadelphia, sports unify people across all cultures and demographics. The Philadelphia International Unity Cup, presented by Goya, is no exception. The tournament has been uniting the city’s neighborhoods and celebrating its diverse immigrant communities through soccer for the past three years. This year, the Unity Cup had a record 52 teams representing countries from around the world compete in the tournament, which kicked off in August and runs through October. Continue reading “Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?”
There’s no getting around it – Philadelphia has a pretty incredible skyline. Whether it’s from a vantage point on the South Street Bridge, one of the new skyscrapers in University City, or taking PATCO into the city, it’s almost impossible to not be in awe of Philly’s skyline views.
There are so many great spots for snapping a selfie with the Comcast Center in the background, but what if we told you that the best views of the city (and we mean the whole city) could be spotted from the Delaware River… on a boat?
We’ve put together a crawl through the historic Old City District below, hitting all the must-see sites representing Philly’s history you might have missed on your field trips, the must-eat treats you HAVE to try, and the BEST way to catch the city’s skyline views – on the Spirit of Philadelphia, a cruise that leaves from Penn’s Landing year-round. Continue reading “Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!”
A special message from our partner, FringeArts:
By: Claire Shoyer
Photo credit: Ian Douglas
The 2018 Fringe Festival is in full swing! With 180+ curated and independent shows across 17 days and 8 neighborhoods of Philadelphia, it’s the perfect time to join in this celebration of contemporary performance. Here are 3 don’t-miss performances happening this weekend:
Until his death from AIDS in 1988, multidisciplinary choreographer John Bernd stood at the forefront of New York’s experimental dance scene. Bernd’s onetime friend and collaborator Ishmael Houston-Jones and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez have mashed up Bernd’s work into a wholly new piece which explores the question: What would contemporary dance be like if the gay/dance communities hadn’t lost a whole generation of creators to the epidemic?
Variations on Themes is accompanied by a visual exhibit in the Christ Church Neighborhood
house lobby focusing on the AIDS crisis in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia chapter of ACT UP,
and local initiatives like Shut Up and Dance.
Sept 14 at 8pm, Sept 15 at 8pm, Sept 16 at 2pm
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street
Choreographer Trajal Harrell uses the origins of modern dance to create an entirely new performance piece informed by the ritualized moves of dance-floor voguing and the Japanese dance-theater tradition of butoh.
Led by a cast of (mostly) male dancers performing as women, Caen Amour explores the line between artistic and erotic dance of the past, and imagines how erotic dancing of previous eras would look like today, exoticism and spectacle remaining intact.
Sept 13-14 at 7pm and 9pm, Sept 15 at 5pm and 7pm
140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Choreographer Meg Foley’s seven-year development of improvisational performance practice culminates in a viscerally affecting new work about death and grief as bodily experiences. The undergird is a rhythmic and persistent celebration of where memory and imagination live inside the body and how they are remade real through moving ritual. The performance builds an intimate, highly physical space that undoes our understanding of time and loss and proposes that together we can bear almost anything.
Sept 13 at 8 pm, Sept 14 at 6 pm, Sept 14 at 9 pm, Sept 15 at 3:30 pm, Sept 15 at 6 pm, Sept 16 at 3:30 pm
Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American Street
If you need another reason to join in the fun, all Festival shows with prices higher than $10 will be offering student discounts! You can download the FringeArts app (available on the App Store and Google Play) to build your Festival schedule, see a map of all the performance venues, and take a look at our recommended partners. The Fringe Festival is an incredible opportunity to engage with Philadelphia’s performing arts scene, with such a wide range of financially and geographically accessible performances across the city and online! See the full line-up of shows here.
Philadelphia is one of the best areas for getting around without owning a car… even beyond the city limits. Public transportation can bring you all around the city for less than $3, regional rail can take you far into the ‘burbs, and for your weekend adventures of apple picking, hiking in the woods, and getting out of the city to take photos of the fall colors? There’s Zipcar.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, and for good reason. You can book a variety of cars by the hour, or by the day, on a college student budget (use code CampusPhilly718 when you sign up before 8/25/18 for a $10 discount!) There’s available Zipcars on campuses all across the Philadelphia region, and with a quick sign-up process, you can be en route to the best spots in no time.
As any Philly-area college student knows, a trip to the South Philly IKEA is essential before moving in. With a VIP Zipcar parking space available, your move-in process (and packing your car with all of the things) will be a breeze!
Once you’re settled, it’s time to start planning some off-campus adventures. You can quickly and easily take Zipcar to explore a new area of the region at some really fun fall events, such as United By Blue’s cleanup of the Darby Creek at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on August 25, 2018. It’s just a few miles from the city, but the beauty of the area makes you feel like you’re seomewhere else entirely. Read more about how you can help protect our region’s ecosystem and have fun doing it by clicking here.
Make sure to reserve a Zipcar for Saturday, September 8 – it’s Campus Philly’s annual CollegeFest celebration at Dilworth Park! Join college students from all over the area at the day-long festival featuring games, prizes, swag, live music, and so much more to give you a taste of all that Philadelphia has to offer (just be sure to register ahead of time so you can skip the line!) There are plenty of locations to park your Zipcar, and your new friends will be grateful for the ride!
Visiting Longwood Gardens in the fall should be a rite of passage for any college student. It’s a quick drive away, easy to get to, and there’s plenty of Zipcar parking spots available. Check out the Longwood Gardens event calendar to see what’s going on this fall and plan a trip!
Don’t forget to sign up for Zipcar before August 25, 2018 so you can get a $10 discount! See you out there in Philly – we’re so glad you’re here!
A special message from our partner, Independence Seaport Museum:
Kick off summer in the middle of a bustling Philadelphia waterfront at Independence Seaport Museum. With so much to do on the Delaware River Waterfront, the Museum is at the forefront of exciting activities to discover. Continue reading “The 5 Best Ways to Spend Summer Evenings at the Seaport”
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. Continue reading “When School’s Out, Philly Summer is IN!”
What an exciting time to be a student in Philadelphia! The Eagles are Super Bowl bound, The Franklin Institute has a special student discount to see the famed Terracotta Warriors and there are cool upcoming events happening all over the city, PLUS Open Arts Membership Week and Wired:Philly, our recruiting event for science and tech majors. Below are our weekend picks!
P.S. Take this quick survey for your chance to win a free dinner in the city.
Deal Alert! The Franklin Institute is offering a student discount (only $10!) for a special Evening with The Terracotta Warriors on Thursday, February 8. Create an Open Arts account (FREE!) to access this deal.
- This Friday is Final Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The theme is “Weird Science,” which will feature experiments, discoveries, and art.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 27 at the Penn Museum.
- There’s nothing crappy about the deals at Art Star CRAP Bazaar. Local artists will be selling off their “seconds” at huge discounts.
- Yogi’s choice – a Sunday yoga session among plants in a greenhouse or sharks in an aquarium! Or you can check out $5 workout classes at Sunday’s Resolution Rx 2018.
- Take a stroll down the Parkway and marvel at the free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition. It makes for great Boomerang material.
- Take a quick survey and get a chance to win a free dinner courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine.
January 14 – 21 is Open Arts Membership Week! Sign-up at openartsphilly.com/activate. Members get access to awesome discounts, free tickets and the ability to be part of our Open Arts College Nights, all for FREE.
- Three exclusive Open Arts opportunities coming up:
- February 8th, Evening with the Terracotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute. Claim $10 tickets exclusively for Open Arts members.
- February 9th-18th, Written on Skin presented by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. Snag FREE tickets to this Philadelphia debut.
- April 19th, Preview Night at FringeArts. Come check out the World Premiere of ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! OR WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! Register for FREE tickets.
These and other special events are available only with Open Arts membership. Make sure to share openartsphilly.com/activate with your friends and make plans to explore the city!