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.


    This weekend, don’t miss caramel budino pops at Verde. Get outside for the Philadelphia Folk Festival and a celebration of India and the Caribbean at Penn’s Landing and release your inner Heather at the final performance of “Heathers the Musical.” From free outdoor movies to the last day of Center City’s Restaurant Week, there’s tons to do in Philly this weekend without breaking the bank.

    Caramel Budino Pops: The highlight of this weekend is the return of caramel budino pops and Verde in the Gayborhood. Chefs Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are bringing back their popular summer treats for three weekends this summer. The next kicks off August 14 (through Sunday the 16th) and again Sept. 4-6. These delicious sweets feature a core made of salted caramel and dark chocolate cookie crumbs with frozen caramel pudding. Then, it’s dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with Maldon sea salt. It is well worth the $5. Pops are sold at the Marcie Blaine Chocolate counter in Verde from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 14, 15 and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 16.

    Philadelphia Folk Festival: Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Shakey Graves and Cassie & Maggie MacDonald are just some of the performers who will appear, among other folk musicians, at the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. Head to Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, for a weekend celebrating folk music. Musicians will appear on five stages. Catch old favorites and new performers. Ticket prices depend on the length of your stay. Weekend campers will be treated to a free concert Aug. 13. For more info, visit

    Restaurant Week: Aug. 14 is the last day to catch great specials offered at over 120 Center City Restaurants. A three course prix-fixe lunch runs for $20, while dinner is $35. Popular restaurants like Abe Fisher and Zahav will participate. For a full list of restaurants, visit Reservations are encouraged.

    Motley Crue and Alice Cooper: Check out Motley Crue and Alice Cooper in concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Aug. 14. Ticket prices start at $20 and the show begins at 7 p.m.

    Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene: Photographer Gerald H. Haskin’s exhibit on house balls will end Aug. 16 at The African American Museum. House balls played a part in African American and Latino LGBTQ communities and Gaskin photographed them for more than 20 years. A screening of The New Black, a documentary about same-sex marriage and civil rights among African Americans will be shown. General admission is $14.

    Navy Weekend: Tall Ships Tavern continues its themed, family-friendly weekends. From Aug. 13-16, bring the kids to meet Navy officials, try to survive a naval bootcamp and play human battleship. Adults can enjoy the beer garden on the second floor balcony of the Independence Seaport Museum. The Lost at Sea series is free; food and alcohol can be purchased as you go.

    Peco Multicultural Series: India’s Independence Day will be celebrated at Penn’s Landing from 1 to 7 p.m Aug. 15. Hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations of Greater Philadelphia, this event will highlight Indian American culture. The festival is free and will feature Indian food, art and entertainment. From noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 16, take in some culture during the Caribbean Festival, benefiting college students of Caribbean descent. There is music, a marketplace and kids’ activities.

    Cool Runnings at the Oval: From 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14, check out a free performance of Caribbean and Reggae music at Eaken’s Oval. A free screening of “Cool Runnings” will follow.

    Sinister Saturday at the Roxy: Part of the popular Graveyard Shift series, “Sinister” where Ethan Hawke playing a novelist who finds a box of disturbing films that lead his family into a supernatural nightmare, will begin at 11:50 p.m. Aug. 15. General admission is $12.

    Heathers the Musical: Fan of Wynona Ryder’s dark comedy “Heathers?” Head to Prince Theater at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 for the final performance of “Heathers the Musical,” the story of Veronica Sawyer who becomes a member of a powerful high school clique. Tickets start at $39.

    By Dorothy Sasso

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.