Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Philadelphia Folk Festival: The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival returns to Old Poole Farm (near Schwenksville, PA) for the 56th year. From Aug. 17 to 20, enjoy the longest running outdoor music festival in North America. The weekend features live music, activities for all-ages and workshops. The festival raises funds for the Philadelphia Folksong Society. For the kids, there will be jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, crafts and puppeteers. Don’t miss the chance to check out established folk performers and up and coming stars. Visit for the full lineup of events.

40th Street Summer Series: The monthly 40th Street Summer Series lands at the outdoor space at 40th and Walnut on Saturday, Aug. 19. The free concert will feature Worldtown Soundsystem, an 8-piece live house music ensemble bringing high energy music to the park. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with free scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, free honeygrow snacks, cold brew coffee from Saxbys and free bike and helmet safety checks. More details can be found at

Eakins Oval Closing Weekend: The annual summer pop-up park at Eakins Oval closes on Sunday, Aug. 20. The space occupies a parking-lot on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway right in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The park features a ground mural painted by Mural Arts Philadelphia and designed by PORT Urbanism. Also, enjoy free health and fitness classes, outdoor movie evenings, food trucks and a beer garden. For the full schedule of events, visit

Caribbean Festival: The 31st annual Caribbean Festival hits Penn’s Landing on Aug. 20, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Great Plaza. The family friendly day will feature island sounds from reggae to hip hop to gospel. Besides music, enjoy steel bands, skits, poetry and dances. There will also be vendors selling authentic Caribbean food (think jerk chicken and escovitched fish) and crafts. Finally, bring the kids to the children’s village enactment and maypole dancing. More details can be found at