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.

Temple University hosts both sports and music this weekend. Indulge in more than 100 beers at WinterBeerFest, check out incredible gingerbread sculptures and watch runners in the Philadelphia Marathon.

Gingerbread Competition: Peddlers Village’s annual gingerbread competition starts on Nov. 20. See traditional gingerbread houses and reproductions of famous buildings like the White House. Students and kids have their own categories. Entries will be displayed until Jan. 2. The display is free to attend, while you enjoy the other charms the village has to offer.

WinterBeerFest: On Nov. 21, enjoy more than 100 craft beers from around the world at the annual WinterBeerFest. The festival takes place at 460 N. 9th Street (at 9th and Spring Garden). Tickets are $40 and gets you unlimited samples. If you bring in the festival’s flyer, get $5 off admission. In case you get hungry, food trucks will be on location and souviners will be on sale. For tickets and more info, visit

Temple vs. Memphis: Temple University is in the middle of a historic season. On Nov. 21, they face off against Memphis, the #18 team, at the Lincoln Financial Center. The game kicks off at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at

All Time Low: The pop punk and emo band is touring to promote their sixth studio album Future Hearts and stopping at Temple University’s Liacouras Center on Nov. 21. Supporting acts include Sleeping with Sirens and Neck Deep. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50 and can be purchased at

The Philadelphia Marathon: Runners and spectators, get ready for a full weekend of marathon events, leading up to the annual Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 22. On Saturday, there will be an 8K race and a Kids Fun Run, while a half-marathon will also take place on Sunday. The Health & Fitness Expo runs all weekend. For a full list of events, visit

Food trucks and family activities: Every Friday, through Dec. 18, Franklin Square (6th and Race Streets) brings out food trucks and family activities from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during its Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle light show. To kick things off, dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker will perform in the park.

Six Flags Great Adventure: OK, so it’s not really Philly, but at 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, New Jersey, a winter wonderland for Holiday In The Park takes place. Decorated in holiday lights and ornaments, a handful of the park’s amusements will be open for rides in addition to special holiday attractions and food options. Six Flags will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Frankie Cosmos: This 4-piece band consisting of Greta Kline (vocals, guitar), Aaron Maine (drums), David Maine (bass), and Gabrielle Smith (keyboard, vocals) perform slow sad ballads to goofy rock’n’roll love songs. Based out of New York City and Pleasantville, the group will perform at the First Unitarian Church at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Tickets are $10. Opening for Frankie Cosmos are All Dogs and Eight.

Puzzling Adventures: Take a guided tour of the Old City district and learn interesting facts, see the sights, and challenge your mind. This self-guided adventure takes you on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour. Consisting of a series of questions and directions that guide you from location to location where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. Cost is $39.99 per team and all you need is a mobile device with web access. Visit for more info.

Annual Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series: Now through Feb. 17 enjoy performances from more than 200 jazz and blues instrumentalist. Music is at 7811 Ridge Ave. at Fellowship Hall. For more info call 215-482-2653. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

By Dorothy Sasso

For Weekender

Enjoy a weekend in Philadelphia. a weekend in Philadelphia.