By Dorothy Sasso - For Weekender

Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things to do in the city of brotherly love this weekend

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Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia.


    From free movies, to speakeasies to restaurant week, the Philadelphia scene continues to heat up this summer. This weekend try some gin cocktails, meet a children’s book author, have a beer at the zoo or check out some real-life fairy tale influence. Check out the details below.

    The Awesome Fest: Free outdoor movie screenings. Yes, free movies! At 9 p.m. on July 24, “Body” will be shown at Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American Street. “Body” is about a night out that turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion. The movie is an official selection of Slamdance 2015.

    Old City Restaurant Week: One of Philly’s most historic neighborhoods has some of the best restaurants. Explore them during the second annual restaurant week. Diners can enjoy lunch or dinner from a dozen local restaurants including Positano Coast, Red Owl Tavern, the Olde Bar and Cuba Libre. A complete list of restaurants and items can be found here.

    Organ Demonstration at the Kimmel Center: The Kimmel Center regularly gives free tours on Saturdays but once a month, the 1 p.m. tour begins with a 15 minute free organ demonstration in Verizon Hall. This unique experience will be on July 25. First come, first serve and the tour is limited to 20 people. For group tour reservations, call 215-790-5886 or visit the Information Desk which opens at 10 a.m.

    Meet the Author: Head to West Philly at 12 noon on July 25 to meet author Valarie Hayes at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library. She will share her new children’s book: The Recycos: Bitter Litter Attacks Conservation City. The event will include activities for children, light refreshments and a meet and greet with a character from the book. The event is free, but books will be available to purchase.

    Summer Ale Festival at the Zoo: On July 25, the zoo is hosting an annual craft beer festival from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $55, but for a $25 Designated Driver ticket, enjoy evening admission to the zoo, unlimited soft drinks, complimentary parking or shuttle service to and from 30th and Market Street. Admission includes live music, games and hanging out with the animals for the evening. Food trucks will be available for pay-as-you-go food. If you spring for general admission, you’ll also enjoy unlimited beer samples from area breweries. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

    Grimm’s Anatomy: This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. In honor of this, the Mütter Museum created an exhibit showing real-world examples of strange and gruesome fairy-tale bodies. Rare illustrated editions of the book will also be on display. Adult admission is $16. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    XPoNential Festival: WXPN’s three days of music kicks off on July 24 and runs through the 26th. This year, catch My Morning Jacket and Indigo Girls among other musical acts. Food, drinks and family-friendly activities are available on the grounds. The festival is held in two locations: the Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park. Tickets run from $65-$150 for all three days (including all Wiggins Park shows and lawn admission to My Morning Jacket and St. Vincent at the Susquehanna Bank Center. One-day passes to Wiggins Park only start at $30 for XPN members and $60 for general admission. For $25, get reserved seats at the bank center only on Saturday and Sunday. Check here for the full line-up.

    CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: Lincoln Financial Field is hosting the championship soccer game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the major tournament for teams from North and Central America. No other city outside of L.A, New York and Chicago have hosted a game before. The final takes place on July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $43.15. Check out more details.

    East Passyunk Car Show: For the 10th year in a row, East Passyunk is hosting a major block party on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes show cars, crafts, music and family friendly entertainment. It’s free to attend but there is a $15 fee for participating cars.

    Speakeasy Sundays: Looking to stay low key? Head to one of the two Irish Pub locations in Philly (20th Street or 21th Street) for Speakeasy Sundays where classic cocktails are offered for $6 starting at 4 p.m. Drinks include Tom Collins, Southside, Sidecar and French 75. Try one or all four (especially if you’re a fan of gin as three of the cocktails feature gin).

    By Dorothy Sasso

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.