Phab Phest

Big green fuzzy creature crashes block party for local college students, wins hearts & team spirit.

Recap by Jaida Owens via Revive Media 

This fall, Campus Philly and several local organizations hosted the annual College Fest, a sprawling festival/block party that brought together hundreds of students from different colleges for a weekend of music, art, and uniquely Philly experiences — starring everyone’s favorite good luck charm for the now-National League champs (Go Phils!). 

The event featured free admission to over 25 museums around the city, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, Drexel’s Academy of National Sciences, the Shofuso Japanese Gardens, Eastern State Penitentiary and many more. Getting around town was easy, with SEPTA offering free transportation. A block party on Race Street in front of Moore College of Art & Design offered live performances, activities, giveaways, and delicious treats. 

Amara J, DJ Martin, Hue Hinton, Phanatic artwork

The live performances were made possible by Philly Creators, a collective of young artists and entertainers who want to uplift the Philly community with their shows.  An incredibly talented lineup of artists – including DJ Martin, Amara J, Hue Hinton, Goldmine, Marquel, Nicky Ra, NSH Ghxst, JJH, Cade Ace, Kyd Ace and Neel2k – kept the crowd jumping and singing with music that ranged from R&B to alternative to pop. You could feel the love as the artists put heart and soul into their performances. 

In between sets, you could create art at the tables in front of Moore College and get free food from organizations like Sharing Excess and Playworks, who have partnered to end food insecurity in the community. Other vendors included Brotherly Love Ice Cream Truck, Lokal Artisan Foods (pro tip: try their AMAZING french toast bites), and Haagen-Dazs.

Sharing Excess, Lokal Artisan Foods, Phanatic

To add some comic relief, the Philly Phanatic worked the crowd! His pranks, goofy behavior and photobombing skills put a smile on everyone’s faces, young and old. College Fest 2022 was a fantastic opportunity to experience the city and meet new friends. And not a bad way to kick off the school year either!

If you’re a college student and missed the Fest, you can sign up for news about the next one (as well as all the Campus Philly events in and around our region) at Read more below about all the main participants of this fun and helpful community event. All pictures in this post by me! 

Jaida Owens is a 20-year-old graphic design student from Drexel University. She has experience with photography and writing as well as graphic design. As a recent Philadelphia resident from New Jersey, she hopes to make a positive change in the community with her work. (follow @jaidasdesigns_ on Instagram!)

Campus Philly
Events, resources and support for college students and recent grads to discover, live and work in Greater Philadelphia. Providing insider tips and discounts on fun stuff to do, career guidance, networking, and more.

Moore College of Art
1916 Race Street
(215) 965-4000
Women-centered college educating artists, designers, and educators who want to change the world.

Philly Creators
A collective of talented young Philadelphians: artists, designers, performers and creatives in multiple mediums and genres, bringing live music and entertainment to audiences all over the city. Promoting community, hard work and consistency. Follow @phillycreators on Instagram.

Sharing Excess
Bridging the gap between excess and scarcity with compassion, through local networks directing surplus food to churches, food banks, community centers, and other neighborhood organizations that can bring critically-needed nourishment to under-resourced families/individuals where they are.

Serves Philly’s low-income schools with play programs and environments promoting physical, social and emotional development. Classes and workshops for teachers, too, plus specialized coaching. For news & updates, subscribe to their e-newsletter.

Brotherly Love Ice Cream Truck
Premium hand-dipped ice cream and authentic Italian Water ice from their distinctive mobile parlor. Follow @brotherlyloveicecreamtruck on Instagram.

Lokal Artisan Foods
(267) 312-8339
Philly’s own “French Toast Bae” serves up her famous snack-sized spin on a breakfast classic, with powdered sugar and extra love. As seen at Cherry Street Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary. Follow @lokalartisanfoods on Instagram.

More photos from College Fest Philly 2022 free to download here. See you next year! 

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