Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Creating Camelot: This special exhibit at the National Constitution Center ends Sept. 7, so make sure you catch it while you can. Explore photographs of the Kennedy family by photographer Jacque Lowe, Kennedy’s personal photographer. The 70 portraits show rare glimpses into the lives of President Kennedy, Jacqueline and their children. Most of Lowe’s works were destroyed on 9/11 as he kept his negatives in a vault in the World Trade Center, but these were restored. Tickets are $17.50. for more information.

Nightscape: Longwood Gardens’ light and sound experience returns for a second year, running through Oct. 29. Presented by Philly’s Klip Collective, the gardens become the background for an incredible experience featuring light, sound, projection and music. The show runs every evening Wednesday through Saturday. Recommended viewing times for August are at or after 9 p.m. The exhibition stays open until 10 p.m. Tickets are $27, which includes general admission to the gardens. Visit for more information.

Annual Service Car and Hearse Show: It might be a bit creepy to hang out in a cemetery checking out a bunch of hearses, but Laurel Hill is one of the most historic burial grounds in the Philadelphia region. At 10 a.m. Aug. 14, the Mohnton Professional Car Club invites service vehicles, from hearses to ambulances to limos, to the cemetery. The car show includes performances by rock bands From Dawn till Death and Somebody’s Circus. The event runs through 4 p.m. and will take place rain or shine. Admission and parking are free, refreshments are available.

Thomas the Tank Engine: The Morris Arboretum’s spectacular Garden Railway is a highlight of every summer. The model trains travel through a miniature landscape all made from natural plant materials. On Aug. 13 and 14, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends will take over the tracks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Adult admission is $17, children 3-17 are $9 and children under 3 enter for free. Visit to learn more.

Peach Festival: August is National Peach Month and where better to celebrate than at Peddler’s Village on Aug. 13 and 14. The weekend kicks off Aug. 12 with the Summer Sidewalk Sale where shops are open until 8 p.m. The rest of the weekend features peach pie contests, deals at stores and musical entertainment. Purchase locally grown peaches and baked good from pies to butters and jams. The festival is free of charge and will take place rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Visit for more information.