Here at PtB, we really care about bringing you, our readers, the latest news and headliners so that we can all stay informed and be a part of something greater than the college bubble. However, a part of stepping outside of our bubble entails taking action and physically straying from our comfort zones. That means getting off the futon, turning off The Kardashians, and taking some time to enjoy the urban life around us.

A mere twenty minutes from Villanova’s gleaming campus lies gritty, artsy Philadelphia, home to some truly great music, art, and culture. With the semester getting into full swing, let’s take a moment to pencil in time to pop some bubbles.

1. Center City Restaurant Week (09/22-27)
Now in its 10th year, Center City District Restaurant Week returns with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants from $20-35.

2. The Philadelphia Collection (now until 09/25)
The streets will be flowing with style as retailers, boutiques, stylists, designers, modeling agencies and design schools promote every aspect of the fashion world.

3. Campus Philly College Day (09/28)
Philadelphia will welcome back thousands of college students during its annual Campus Philly College Day, a city-wide day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums and more

4. Night Market Philadelphia: Chinatown (10/03)
Foodies flock to Philly’s favorite street food festival, and this fall, the celebration will return to iconic Chinatown.

5. Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival (10/05)
It’s like the Olympics meets Chinese art class, as more than 140 teams made up of almost 5,000 participants gather at the Schuylkill River to compete their elaborately designed boats.

6. Bloktoberfest (10/19)
Beer. Food. Music. Free.

7. Terror Behind the Walls (09/20-11/09)
The massive Eastern State Penitentiary — a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood — is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls.

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