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 O.A.R at Penn’s Landing to the annual Naked Bike Ride through the streets of Philly, this weekend is packed with fun and inexpensive events both in and out of the city. Head to Bucks County for a celebration of Italy at Peddler’s Village or International Bacon Day at Penns Woods Winery. Or stay in the city for museum visit, play openings and of course, naked cyclists.

    O.A.R at Festival Pier: Former Ohio State frat band O.A.R (Of a Revolution) became a Billboard hit and headlines shows around the country. Catch the Dave Matthews-esque band at Penn’s Landing festival pier Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Musicians Brynn Elliott and Allen Stone will appear.

    Italy in the Village: Celebrate your love of all things Italy at Peddler’s Village from Aug. 27-30. Events kick off with an Italian wine dinner at the Cock n’Bull Garden Room for $65 a person. On Friday and Saturday, enjoy afternoon tea at the Cock n’ Bull and later an Italian themed Murder Mystery on the Main Village Green. On Saturday and Sunday, wine strolls begin at 11 a.m. and continue every hour. Wind down with an Italian brunch at the Cock n’ Bull on Sunday. Stop by the Chaddsford Winery shop on for an Italian style tasting featuring Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Receive a 15 percent discount when you buy all three bottles. For details visit: Reservations are required, call 215-794-4051.

    Hucksters: The Tumult of Dock Street: Explore Dock Street produce market at Independence Seaport Museum’s newest exhibition. The exhibit offers historical images and memorabilia from the market, and work by local artists that was influenced by the Hucksters. Erich Weiss, grandson of John M. Taxin, former produce man and founder of Old Original Bookbinder, curated the exhibit which showcases the market from its origin through the 1950s. Admission is $15.

    Dendê and Band: Head to the Art Museum on Friday for Art After Five (5 – 8:45 p.m.). Free after the $20 admission, this week’s feature is Brazilian music with a dance party atmosphere. The music is held in the Great Stair Hall where guests can enjoy light food and refreshments.

    Art Splash: Also at the Art Museum, enjoy family friendly gallery tours through Art Splash. Learn how artists have been inspired by nature through exploring studio art creations and creative play. The event runs every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 6.

    Philly Naked Bike Ride: On Aug. 29, the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride kicks off at 3 p.m. Pre-ride activities including bodypainting begin at 12:30 p.m. The annual ride promotes positive body image and fuels conscious consumption, as well as advocating for bike riding. The event is “bare as you dare” so riding completely naked isn’t required but riders usually have fun accessorizing or covering themselves with bodypaint. The event is free and no registration required. The 10-mile ride is not a race and is expected to take about 2.5 hours to reach the end. The starting point will be announced on 24-48 hours before the ride.

    International Bacon Day: Penns Woods Winery is saluting International Bacon Day with a weekend of festivities. Sample local wines and bacon from August 28-30. For $24.99 enjoy Wine and Bacon for Two, which includes a glass of white and a glass of red, as well as Bacon Cheddar Pub Spread, Maple Bacon Waffles and chocolate covered bacon. Many of these items are available for purchase.

    Lauren Fensterstock: Forays and Follies: American artist and educator, Lauren Fensterstock’s first solo exhibit in Philadelphia is at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University. Running through Aug. 28, the exhibition explores her enclosed gardens, impressive 3-D pieces. Admission to the gallery is free.

    Genghis Khan: Explore the Franklin Institute’s special exhibit on the Mongolian conqueror, Genghis Khan. Running until Jan. 3. This exhibition will showcase ancient Mongolia through incredible historical artifacts dating back more than 1,000 years. Tickets are $29.95, which includes general admission or $19.95 after 5 p.m.

    The Shoplifters: Running through Sept. 20, the Philly premiere of Morris Pancych’s comedy “The Shoplifters” is presented by 1812 Productions as part of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The first performance is at 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Arcadia Stage at the Arden Theater Company in Old City. The show follows Alma, who had a problem with the law and got caught. When she faces off with security guard, Otto, the two engage in a battle of wits. Tickets are $28 through Sept. 1 and $36 after the official opening on Sept. 2.

    By Dorothy Sasso

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.