Now that Labor Day has passed, school is back. It’s official. Goodbye Jersey Shore, hello library.

Some good news then: Campus Philly is providing a way to celebrate the transition into the fall semester with its annual CollegeFest on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an expected 5,000 college students will descend on Dilworth Park for food, music, and free entry to nearby museums. (Billy Penn will be there too. Come visit us, and we’ll help you create your own emoji.)

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect at CollegeFest, where everything except the food is free.


A bunch of businesses and vendors will have tables throughout Dilworth Park. Here’s a sampling of some of the top activities they will provide:

  • AT&T: Virtual reality demos and free CollegeFest photos
  • Billy Penn: Make your own emoji and temporary tattoos
  • Capital One 360: Lawn games and coffee
  • Comcast/Xfinity: Capogiro gelato and sunglasses giveaways
  • IKEA: Cornhole
  • SALT: A slot machine but not the casino type. It’s based on wisdom.
  • Vanguard: Dunk tank

Free museums

Get a College Fest wristband at Dilworth Park, and you’ll be able freely attend the following museums:

  • African American Museum
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Franklin Institute
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
  • National Constitution Center
  • Philadelphia History Museum
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Rodin Museum


The Kimmel Center stage at Dilworth will have entertainment the entire day, ranging from DJs to contests. Even you’ll be able to try getting on stage for an Open Mic hour.

  • 11:00 a.m.: CollegeFest Welcome
  • 11:20 a.m.: Eastern State Penitentiary contest
  • 12:05 p.m.: National Constitution Center contest
  • 12:45 p.m.: Academy of Vocal Arts contest
  • 1:40 p.m.: Barnes Foundation interview and contest
  • 2:00 p.m.: The Harvest Open Mic performance and contest
  • 2:50 p.m.: EgoPo Classical Theatre interview
  • 3:00 p.m.: Mann Center contest


Rosa Blanca, Capogiro and Brulee Catering will be selling food and snacks.

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...