Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    Cult Movie: Enjoy a screening of a cult film at the historic Betsy Ross House on Friday, Aug. 5. The $5 admission includes the film and a tour of the Betsy Ross House, which is located at 239 Arch Street. The film this week is “The Monster that Changed the World.” Attendees are welcome to bring food and wine for the screening. Doors open at 5 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.

    Star Wars at Franklin Square: Franklin Square Park is hosting a screening of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Admission is free, but tickets are required if attendees want to ride on the carousel or play mini golf. Bring blankets to watch on the Great Lawn. Games and activities begin at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 9 p.m.

    BlackStar Film Festival: The BlackStar Film Festival showcases independent films by and about people of color. From Aug. 4-7, the 4-year-old festival comes to University City venues (International House, the Institute for Contemporary Art and World Cafe Live). The week includes interviews with filmmakers, workshops, mixers and a short-films series. Festival passes are $150, which includes all events, although individual screenings are $12. Visit for more information.

    The Oval: Eakins Oval has fun for all ages on Saturday, Aug. 6. PlayWheels, Smith’s cargo trike will let kids make sidewalk chalk murals, paintings and use recycled materials to build and play with bubbles. This runs from 2-4 p.m. From 4-6 p.m., play Quizzo in the beer garden, led by Johnny Goodtimes. Food trucks are available including Bonjour Creperie, The Tot Cart, Braz BQ, Cheese E. Wagon and Rita’s Water Ice. Visit for more info.

    2nd Street Festival: On Aug. 7, North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties will close down for a family-friendly festival from noon-10 p.m. The day includes beer gardens, food, workshops and art. Live music programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society at the Piazza stages will also take place. Thousands are expected to attend. More than 150 food, drink and merchandise vendors will be on hand as well as 20 different food trucks. Visit for more information.