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What's Happening in Philly

Rosemont is located right outside Philadelphia—home to thousands of college students from hundreds of different colleges. Within the city, there are so many free or cheap events to help students experience the most on and off campus. Getting in and out of the city via public transportation is easy. The SEPTA Regional Rail stop is a quick walk from campus and a direct route into the heart of the city! 

  • Need a place to relax off campus? If your answer is yes, then you need to go to Gryphon Café, right past Rosemont train station. Perks include a frequent buyers card (10 purchases = a free drink), open mic nights on Thursdays, and much more. Click Here
  • Need a break from Cardinal, but don’t know what to do? Parents are in town and you don’t know where to take them? The Main Line has tons of places to eat, from local favorites like Gullifty’s to Italian cooking at Bertucci’s
  • Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and see works by Cezanne, Strand, Manet, and more. Pay what you can on Wednesday after 5! Click Here 
  • MilkBoy Philly is a restaurant/bar/café that prides itself on good food, good drink, and good music, as well as a cool, cosmopolitan locale in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. For more information and to check out the upcoming performances Click Here.
  • If you’re walking down Lancaster Avenue, you come across interesting places such as Ludington Library and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Have you ever considered visiting? There are a ton of borrowing options at the library. Read by Clicking Here. 
  • The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is always showing old favorites and new, soon-to-be favorites alike. For more information, Click Here

Fall Events:

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Thrill-seekers test their nerves at Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison that turns into the country’s largest Halloween haunted attraction. Prepare for a historic spook.

Midtown Village Fall Festival
With music, food, sidewalk sales and other festivities, the Midtown Village Fall Festival takes the neighborhood block party to an ultra-fun level.
Old City Fest
Artists, makers, designers, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival. Throughout several blocks along North 3rd and Arch streets, activities, exhibitions and programs appeal to families, as well as the over-21 crowd.
Philly Free Streets Day
October 28, 2017

Get excited, Philadelphia: The second-ever Philly Free Streets Day hits the city this month. During the event, major thoroughfares throughout the city completely close to vehicular traffic and open up to pedestrians, runners and cyclists. This year, Philly Free Streets covers seven miles of the city’s roads — from parts of Philadelphia’s Historic District up into El Centro de Oro (The Golden Block) in North Philadelphia. Pull out those sneakers and get ready to explore — traffic-free!

Harry Potter Festival

October 20-21, 2017

Wands at the ready! Chestnut Hill’s massive (and massively popular!) Harry Potter Festival is set to return to 12 full blocks in the charming neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia. The biggest Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill to date will feature Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue, Magical Make and Take Zones, the Eighth Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College, Harry Potter quizzo, a Deatheater’s dance party, potion making, wizarding demonstrations, a muggles read-a-thon, the popular straw maze at Woodmere Art Museum and so much more.

Parkway 100

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s impressive cultural boulevard, celebrates its centennial this year with a slew of special events, exhibitions, community discussions and more. Throughout the duration of the celebration, visitors can interact with installations set up along the Parkway and also enjoy themed exhibitions at cultural institutions like Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Mormon Temple. In October, pop-up events include everything from a fashion show to a mural trolley tour to the building of a gigantic cardboard city on the Parkway. Click the button below to learn more about all of the Parkway 100 festivities.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
October 7-8 and 14-15, 2017

Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.



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