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 Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival winds down, this weekend is all about musical performances from a “popera” inspired by Andy Warhol to the premiere of a new cabaret space. More in the mood for dancing? The annual East Falls Bridge Dance is happening on Saturday night. Catch the final dates of popular museum exhibits, as well as new exhibitions honoring the papal visit.

The Art of the Brick: The Franklin Institute’s most recent special exhibit is coming to a close the first weekend in October, so make sure you catch it while you can. The exhibition features works from Nathan Sawaya, who uses LEGs to recreate famous works of art from the Mona Lisa to Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Sawaya’s original sculptures can be seen, including an incredible giant T-Rex skeleton. For more information, visit

Catholics in the New World: Philadelphia’s museums are honoring the Pope’s impending visit with special exhibits. At the Rosenbach Museum, check out Catholics in the New World: A Selection of 16th-18th Century Texts. The exhibitions focuses on Catholicism in the Americas. Highlights include Doctrina Breve, published in 1544 in Mexico City, the oldest surviving book printed in the West and Doctrina Christiana, printed in 1584 in Lima. Tickets are $10, but admission is free from September 22-25 in honor of the World Meeting of Families.

An Evening with US Poet Laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Mexican American US Poet Laureate. Spend the evening with him at the Free Library for a discussion on identity and culture. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Parkway Central Library. General admission tickets are $15, student tickets are $7.

The RRazz Room Debut: The Philadelphia Film Society purchased the Prince Theater this spring and is creating fresh programming. The Prince has a black box cabaret theater now known as The Rrazz Room at the Prince. Performances debut Sept. 18 and run most weekends. The first performance is Broadway singer Karen Mason on Sept. 18, who will be followed by Charles Busch, a drag star, on Sept. 19. Shows are currently scheduled through December. Tickets are $35. For the calendar of events and to purchase tickets, visit

ANDY: A Popera: Opera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret teamed up for the world premiere of a musical performance inspired by Andy Warhol. The show takes place in an old factory at 1526 North American Street through the weekend. Tickets are $30. To purchase, and for more information, visit

Fringe Festival 2015: Celebrate the last weekend of the 2015 Fringe Festival with incredible performances through Sept. 20. For a list of events, visit To close the festival, on Sept. 20, catch Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret at 9 p.m.. The popular drag show is hosted by Dito van Reigersberg.

Peace Day Philadelphia: The UN’s International Day of Peace is Sept. 21. Philadelphia is promoting peace through a multi-day celebration, which invites area organizations, neighborhoods and individuals to participate in a variety of activities throughout the city. Events include museum exhibitions and lectures. For the full lineup of events, visit

Graveyard Shift at The Roxy: Looking to start your weekend off on a scary note? Head to the PFS Roxy Theater for a screening of Stephen King’s “The Mist.” Running from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sept. 17 and 18, the film is directed by Frank Darabont, who created “The Walking Dead” TV series and also directed “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile.”

Dance on the Falls Bridge: On Sept. 19, head to East Falls for the annual dance on the Falls Bridge. The evening runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features music from The Sofa Kings, liquor tasting from Art in the Age, a coffee bar from ReAnimator Coffee, food from several of the city’s top food trucks and an open bar. Tickets start at $75 a person ($80 at the door), although purchasing 10 tickets at a time will save you some money. Your ticket gets you entrance to the bridge, access to the open bar and liquor tasting, a drink from the coffee bar and a $5 food truck voucher.

Brazilian Day Festival: On Sept. 20, celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at the Great Plaza in Penns Landing. Check out tradition foods and crafts, as well as music from Sanda to Reggae. The festival runs from 1 to 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

By Dorothy Sasso

For Weekender

Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.