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, enjoy special deals for meals at Center City restaurants or take in some jazz at Penn’s Landing. If you want to venture outside the city, indulge in peaches at Peddler’s Village or cycling competitions in West Chester. Check out 10 inexpensive or free events happening in Philly and surrounding areas this weekend.

Restaurant Week: On August 7 and then from the 9th-14th, 120 restaurants in Center City will be offering three-course prix-fixe menus from $20 lunches to $35 dinners. Tax, gratuity and alcohol are extra. Restaurants include The Dandelion, Barbuzzo (get the caramel budino!) and Amada. Make reservations in advance as eateries fill up quickly. Follow the various events on Twitter @PhilaRestWeek.

My Cousin Vinny: This week’s 9 p.m. free screening at The Oval is “My Cousin Vinny.” Come at 5 p.m. for happy hour, at 8 catch a free performance of “Frank Sinatra” by Tony Sands and stay for the movie. Food trucks include Mama’s Meatballs, Rita’s Italian Water Ice and Sweet Box Cupcakes.

PA Dutch Festival: Reading Terminal Market hosts the annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival, highlighting traditional Amish foods and crafts. The festival takes place Aug. 6-8 and is free. Saturday caps off the celebration by moving outside to Arch Street for Amish buggy and horse drawn carriage rides, live music and a petting zoo. For more info, visit

Jazz at Penn’s Landing: Starting Aug. 7, Penn’s Landing will host free jazz concerts at the RiverStage every Friday through August. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and feature the top smooth jazz artists in the country. Performers include Jazz Attack and Brian Culbertson.

Iron Hill Twilight Criterium: West Chester, PA’s annual Twilight Criterium kicks off Aug. 8. Amateur races at Bayard Rustin High School begin at 8 a.m. Winners determine the participants in the Rothman Institute Amateur Men’s Criterium at 5:45 p.m. The culmination is the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium at 7:45 p.m. where cyclists bike throughout downtown West Chester. Kids can enjoy biking events and adults can try riding tricycles at the Twilight Trike Challenge. Don’t feel like riding? Head to the Sixth Annual Market Street Block Party at 4 p.m. and watch the races.

Peach Festival: The annual festival returns to Peddler’s Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8-9. The weekend includes locally grown peaches, peach inspired foods (including a pie eating contest) and live music. Shops feature special sales and discounts during the Sidewalk Sale.

Pirate Weekend: The Independence Seaport Museum’s Tall Ships Tavern, a pop-up beer garden, returns every weekend from Thursday to Sunday until Sept. 5. Drinks include beer from Victory and Tröegs Brewing Companies, Ginger Beer and rum. Each weekend features different food options. You don’t need to leave the kids at home to enjoy the garden. Every weekend, check out the Lost at Sea Summer Series. From August 6-9, enjoy Pirate Weekend, which includes a “Where’s the Rum?” scavenger hunt, live music and entertainment by pirates and pirate quizzo.

Mad Decent Block Party: This annual block party got its start in Philly before spreading to other states. This year’s Philly dates are Aug. 6 and 7. The 18 and older concert is at Penn’s Landing Festival Pier, with Nadus and What So Not performing on Thursday and Alison Wonderland and Dirty South Joe appearing on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40. .

Nightscape at Longwood Gardens: Longwood Gardens has long been an oasis for Philly dwellers. Through Oct. 31, the Gardens is offering an after dark installation called Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience. Moving images and lights choreographed to music will illuminate eight areas of the Gardens. Designed by Philadelphia’s Klip Collective, who has created installations for the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, Nightscape runs Wednesdays through Saturdays. Adult tickets are $27, which includes admission to the Gardens. For best viewing, visit at 9:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: Held at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, the Faire runs every Saturday and Sunday through October 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.95 online and $30.95 at the gate. Travel back to 1513 to celebrate the Renaissance with traditional food, brews and family friendly fun.

By Dorothy Sasso

For Weekender

Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.