Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?

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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?”

Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!

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!”

Three Fringe Festival shows to fire up your weekend

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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:

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd

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

Caen Amour
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
FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Boulevard

The undergird
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.

Plan Your Philly Fall Semester Weekend Adventures with Zipcar

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!

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. Continue reading “When School’s Out, Philly Summer is IN!”

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!

Philly To-Do: Inclusive Leadership Conference Weekend

This year’s Inclusive Leadership Conference’s theme is Finding Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion & Respect. We all come from different experiences, backgrounds, and are born with different skills and passions. No voice should be the same. Maybe you know your voice or maybe you want to discover it. In either case, we want you to leave the conference with the motivation to (re)disover your voice, the knowledge on how you should use your voice, and ways in which to flex your voice!

Just like no voice is the same, no city is the same. Welcome to Philadelphia the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection! We’re home to passionate sports fans, the Rocky steps, cheesesteaks, world-class museums, the Liberty Bell and so much more.

Below you’ll find what’s on our radar for the weekend of  #ILCPhilly:

1. Open Arts College Night: Opening Night at the Opera 
Address: Academy of Music 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
When: Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m.

Opera Philadelphia will be providing $10 Advanced Rush tickets to students for opening night of Tancredi, a medieval story of chivalry and tragic love in post-World War I Europe. Grab your friends and dress-up for a night out with the Opera at the Academy of Music!

Register here for $10 Advanced Rush tickets.  Make sure to select the February 10th, 2017 date.


2. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Address: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours of Operation: Friday: 1pm – 12:30pm / Saturday: 11am - 12:30pm / Sunday: 11am - 10:30pm.

Blue Cross RiverRink is now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth season as Winterfest. The regulation-sized rink offers daily public skating sessions, skate rentals, sharpening, and free season-long events and entertainment.

Surrounding the rink you’ll find a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin, the Kids Lodge with arcade games, and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from Garces and Chickie’s and Pete’s. With the Delaware River to the east and the Ben Franklin Bridge to the north, it makes for a spectacular winter scene!


3. The Barnes Foundation / Museum
Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Hours of Operation:
Open Wed–Mon: 10 am–5 pm. Also open 6–9 pm every First Friday and select Friday evenings.

Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early-modern paintings. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.


4. Run the Rocky Steps!
Address: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Price: Totally free

If you visit the Barnes or take a walk down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you’ll be close to the steps that Rocky Balboa famously conquered. Running up the steps and pumping your fist is a Philly-must. We’ve all done it! At the top, you’ll find a beautiful view of the city—perfect photo opportunity.


5. Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute
Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hours of Operation: Daytime (9:30am – 5:00pm) / Evening (5:00pm – 8:00pm)*

As the whole, the Institute is awesome. Their current exhibit, which runs until April, is all about the Jurassic World dinosaurs. We know someone who recently went and it’s the real deal, even with props from the movies! Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film.  Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.


6. Get historic in Old City!
Looking to turn back time and stroll the streets our Founding Fathers walked down? Grab hot drinks from one of the many coffee shops in the area and be charmed by the oldest buildings in our city. Speaking of old, you can head down to Elfreth’s Alley, our nation’s oldest residential street. Of course, you can rip a page out of Philadelphia’s history textbook and check out the National Constitution Center, Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell!

Z’s Weekly Picks | Dec. 5-11

All these holiday events happening around Philly make it easy AND hard for me to put my weekly picks, a.k.a. “Z’s Picks,” together. Easy because there are so many events; hard because they’re all good! Below you’ll find what I have my eye on for this week. Whatever you decide to do, we know you’re going to have a great time exploring your extended campus, the City of Philadelphia!

Q102’s Jingle Ball | Wednesday, December 7 

Calling all music lovers! With performers such as Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Fifth Harmony and Ellie Goudling, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Grab your buds, and head to the Wells Fargo Center for a night of the hottest songs on the radio right now. 


Hairspray Live!’ Viewing Party | Wednesday, December 7 | 21+ 

If you’re like me, you’re super excited for Hairspray Live! to air on television. On Wednesday, join all the other excited people at Tavern on Camac for a free viewing party! Drinks will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis, and the show will be projected on a large screen. 


Historic Holiday Nights in Old City | Thursday, December 8 

Head to Old City this Thursday for Historic Holiday Nights, which runs every Thursday until December 22nd. 45 shops, restaurants and museums open up their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. with special deals and an extended happy hour for those of age. This is a great way to explore Old City, and cross a few people off of your Christmas list!


Johnson House Holiday Caroling and Food Basket Giveaway | Thursday, December 8 

Looking to do some good this Holiday Season? Join some carolers who will be heading down the 6300 block of Germantown Ave. singing some classic holiday tunes. Following the caroling, the Germantown Business alliance will be delivering food baskets to families in need. Sweet ending alert: There will be cookies and hot apple cider at the Johnson House!


Pennsylvania Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” | Friday, December 9 

This is a Philadelphia tradition that’s been going on for 48 years! Dancing snowflakes, sword-fighting mice and princesses in tutu’s retell George Balanchine’s classic tale. Starting December 9th, there will be various performances, so make like a dancing sugar plum and go see the show!

So there you have it– my picks for this week! If you have any comments or suggestions for any future events, don’t hesitate to let us know!

Z’s Weekly Picks | Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Did you sleep in? I sure did! Now that I’m (kind of) refreshed and ready for this week, it’s time for Z’s Weekly Picks! We’re officially in holiday season territory, and lots of festive events are coming up. Here are a few things to look forward to this week (besides all the leftover Thanksgiving foods, of course).

City Hall Holiday Festivities

City Hall is your one stop shop for lights, trees, a holiday market and ice skating. With all that in one place, you can’t avoid being bit by the holiday cheer bug.


Christmas Tree Lighting at Rittenhouse Square 

Grab a nice cup of coffee from Joe’s Coffee and round up your friends and head to Rittenhouse Square this Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree lighting! The 30 ft. twinkling tree sets the tone for people strolling through the very instagram-able Square.


The Good King Tavern’s 3rd Anniversary

This Wednesday, you can head to the Good King Tavern to help them celebrate their third anniversary with some great drink and food deals. If you’re in the mood for something different, they’ll be serving small French-fare plates. For a food lover, this pay-as-you-go event is great place to dip your toes into the Philly food scene!


Stag & Doe Night in Chestnut Hill 

If you’re looking to explore a little out of Center City, make your way to Chestnut Hill on Wednesday evening for the first Stag and Doe Night of the holiday season. You and your friends can enjoy some Christmas carolers, some holiday treats like roasted chestnuts (Chestnuts from Chestnut Hill!), tree lights and extended hours of the Chestnut Hill shops! You won’t want to miss one of the Hill’s oldest traditions. 


Ugly Sweater Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Personally, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is wearing ugly Christmas sweaters! This Friday, climb the Rocky steps to get to the the ultimate Ugly Sweater Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Imagine yourself in an awesome museum in your not so awesome holiday sweater sipping on hot chocolate (spiked hot chocolate if you’re of age), snapping selfies in a photobooth, and enjoying live performances. That. Could. Be. You. 

So there you have it! Z’s Weekly picks up until December 4th. How is it December already?! If you have any suggestions or any feedback from these events, definitely let us know what’s happening around Philly! Tweet us @CampusPhilly.

Z’s Weekly Picks | Nov. 21-27

As you’re all getting out your stretchy pants and gearing up to stuff your faces with some awesome food, don’t forget about all the amazing things there are to do in Philly this week! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a plateful of Z’s weekly picks!

Thanksgiving Parade

Before you get your grub on, head out to Ben Franklin Parkway to see the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. Celebrating its 97th year, head out to catch the 1.4 mile long parade, with some of your faves like Curious George, Mr. Potato Head, The Grinch and Kermit hitting the Parkway. If you can’t be there in person, you can catch all the festivities on 6ABC.


Christmas Village and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Head down to Dilworth Park next to City Hall for ice skating AND holiday shopping. Before or after you show off your moves on the ice, you can walk around and do a little shopping.  Maybe even cross a few people off of your holiday shopping list!


Macy’s Holiday Light Show

If you’re out shopping on Friday, make your way to the Wanamaker Building on Market Street for the Macy’s Holiday Light Show. Shows occur daily, beginning on Thanksgiving, continuing to New Year’s Eve, and typically start around noon, and the finale of the day ends with a final light show and some awesome holiday music played on the famous Wanamaker Organ.


Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad

The Market is always chugging along the good food express but something else is on the tracks during the holiday season– Reading Terminal’s 500 ft Holiday Railroad! It runs about a third of a mile in length, and if you’re able to count them all, it features 17 train lines!


Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Looking for ice skating with a view? Head over to Penn’s Landing for the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, where you’ll discover an Olympic-sized skating rink, an indoor lodge for food and drinks, and an amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. 

So there you have it, my picks for the week! Let us know how everything was or if you have any suggestions! Tweet us @CampusPhilly.