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Students meet their Philadelphia: Campus Philly holds CollegeFest

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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It’s the exact opposite of brain drain.
Campus Philly gets students attending college in the city acclimated with CollegeFest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 in Dilworth Park, next to City Hall, with games, giveaways and more.
Does it cost anything to attend?
No, CollegeFest is free. It’s a good idea to bring some money to buy snacks from the food vendors.
Can my visiting non-college student friend from out of state attend?
Yep, CollegeFest is a public event. However, some of the primary features, such as free museum admission and rides on the PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop, are only available to students who first check in at the Campus Philly tent with their college ID and receive a free wristband. So to be clear, those without student ID can still participate, but they’ll have to pay their own way on the PHLASH and visiting museums. Some of the exhibitors on-site at Dilworth Park will be targeted toward a college-age audience as well, and will likely be less interesting to youth attendees.
What if I start the day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or Franklin Institute?
It makes a lot more sense to go to Dilworth Park first. You’ll get your Campus Philly wristband there, and you need that to ride PHLASH for free, and for the free admission at the Art Museum and the other participating museums.
What are the other participating museums?
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Franklin Institute, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Philadelphia History Museum and the Rodin Museum.
How do I get there?
Check ISeptaPhilly.com. Note that the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line and Green Line Trolleys all stop directly under the site at Dilworth Park. In addition, regional rail trains stop at Suburban Station just a block away.
What if I’m planning on bringing a group?
There’s a fact sheet to help you plan and promote a group trip at www.campusphilly.org/collegefest.
If I have more question, I should …?
Patrick Sherlock at Campus Philly has volunteered to handle any questions at patrick@campusphilly.org.

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