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.


    As the weather starts to cool, it’s time to enjoy the indoor events Philly has to offer. From new museum exhibitions to meet and greets with children’s authors, this weekend is brimming with cultural events. Most events are cheap or even free!

    What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?: The National Constitution Center’s latest exhibit is all about food. The exhibition focuses on four separate areas of food: farm, factory, kitchen and table. Each examines the role the government and legislation plays regarding food in our lives. A highlight of the exhibit is favorite recipes from some of our presidents. Admission to the museum is $14.50. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3.

    Bitter Homes and Gardens: The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s special Friday program, Art After 5, hosts The Bearded Ladies, Philly’s famous cabaret. The performance takes place in the Great Stair Hall of the museum from 5-8:45 p.m. Nov. 6. The Bearded Ladies will examine what plants would sing if they had voices through country and folk music. Art After 5 is free after museum admission ($20) and includes light food by Starr Events and drinks.

    The Julliard Quartet: The famed Julliard Quarter won four Grammy awards and been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Don’t miss their first performance of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 2015/2016 season on Nov. 6. The quartet plays music by Mozart, Wernick and Debussy. Performance starts at 8 p.m. at the Perelman Theater. Tickets start around $28. To purchase, visit,

    Audubon to Warhol: The Bearded Ladies’ performance is inspired by the museum’s latest exhibit: Audobon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life. The exhibition showcases 130 works of art that represent American still life stretching from the late 18th century to the 1960’s era of Pop Art. Along with Audobon and Warhol, works from Georgia O’Keeffe and William Michael Harnett are featured. The exhibit runs through Jan. 10 and is included with a general admission ticket ($20).

    Miss Rachel’s Pantry: Miss Rachel’s Pantry, a vegan catering company from South Philly, opened a store with a 12 seat communal table on South Chadwick Street. On Saturday evenings, the space hosts a $60 prix fixe BYOB dinner, featuring six courses designed around the season. All dishes are vegan and kosher. For more information, visit

    Grand Opening: Skirt: Maureen Doron’s Wayne, PA store is adored on the Main Line, so it’s no surprise it’s new Center City location is getting lots of press. The newest store is on 17th Street, in Rittenhouse Square, and features designer clothes for women by Theory, DVF and Scoop. A trip to the city would be incomplete without stopping at Skirt.

    That’s (Not) Mine: Take your kids to the Children’s Department Story Hour Room of the Parkway Central Library on Nov. 7 to meet the team behind the book “That’s (Not) Mine.” Geisel Award-winning author Anna Kang and illustrator Christopher Weyant will appear and read their newest book starting at 11 a.m.

    Genghis Khan: The Franklin Institute’s exhibit on the Mongolian conqueror runs through Jan. 3. The exhibition includes more than 200 artifacts from the 13th century empire, as well as videos, histories and experiential experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for children, which also includes general admission to the museum. For more information, visit

    Fondue for Two: Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford is offering a special fondue event. For $18.99 a couple, enjoy a local cheese or chocolate fondue along with a glass of wine. Each fondue is made with Penns Woods Wine and seasonal foods for dipping. Reservations are suggested for Nov. 7 or Nov. 8. The event runs from noon to 5:30 p.m.

    Clover Market: The last of the season’s outdoor markets will take place at Bryn Mawr on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 100 vendors will sell original art, antiques and unique crafts. Food trucks will be on hand and there are activities designed for kids as well. The market is free to attend but pay as you go for food and art.

    By Dorothy Sasso

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.