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Having Fun on the Cheap - Philadelphia

Use PSJD's "Having Fun on the Cheap" pages, which are compiled by locals, to learn how to stretch your paycheck and maximize your fun while completing an internship or working in a big city. Contact us at if you have resources to contribute.  Thanks.

Free Things to Do

The National Liberty Museum offers free Sunday admission during the summer.

Try a free Self-Guided Walking Tour.

Or a free Outdoor Sculpture Tour or a free podcast tour.

Local independent radio station WXPN offers free concerts every Friday at noon at their homebase, World Cafe Live.

First Fridays: Every First Friday of the month from 5-9pm, it's free to roam the many art galleries in Olde City is a fun way to hang out with friends and socialize, and the best part , its all within walking distance to many restaurants and bars to relax after roaming the an up to date and eclectic list of things to do, and features many free or low cost community events.

Take your pick of activities in Fairmount Park: hike the trails of the Wissahickon, bring a picnic to Belmont Plateau and enjoy the view; or meander around the Horticultural Center, trying to find all the pieces of public art.

Free concerts at lunchtime in center city.

Welcome America Festival or free festivals at Penns Landing. 

You can check out contemporary art at any time by taking a free tour of the city's many vibrant murals.

Cheap Things to Do

Philadelphia’s theater scene is thriving, and offers a wide variety of entertainments.  From half price student tickets at the downtown Wilma Theater to $5 tickets for improve comedy in the converted storefront called the Shubin, you can find shows that suit any taste and budget. Many theaters also recruit volunteer ushers, so if you’re willing to take tickets and help people find their seats, you can sometimes go for free. For a fairly comprehensive list of what’s happening and where, visit

Center City Sips: From June 6 to August 29, more than 80 Philadelphia bars will offer specials on cocktails, wine, beer, and appetizers every Wednesday from 5-7pm.

Watching sporting events at The Piazza at Schmidt's

Food trucks: Definitely try the many food trucks in Old City, Center City, and University City.  You can buy $5.00 lunches of delicious Halal, Chinese, American, Indian, Mexican, and more from vendors operating out of carts and trucks on the sidewalks or roadsides around the city.

The Mutter Museum of Medical History: At the Mutter Museum, you can find Einstein’s brain as well as collections of strangely shaped screws and spikes that are actual medical instruments.  If you want to learn about unusual medical conditions and unsettling treatments, or if you simply want to remind yourself why you are not in medical school, the Mutter Museum has $10 student tickets.

The Philadelphia Art Museum: If you want to just run up the steps and jump around like you’re Rocky Balboa, a visit to the Art Museum is completely free. If you actually want to go inside, you can find art from every era and every part of the globe in the Museum’s massive collection. This summer will have special exhibits featuring the work of Matisse, Cezanne, and Gauguin, German stoneware, and contemporary crafts.  Student tickets are just $12.  And while you’re there (or on a completely different day), you can visit the Rodin Museum down the street, home to exquisite sculptures by the artist who brought us The Thinker.

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