Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    Philadelphia Folk Festival: Old Poole Farm, just outside of Philly, hosts the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival from August 18-21. Ticket sales fund the nonprofit Philadelphia Folksong Society. The festival is family friendly. Featured acts include Los Lobos, The Wood Brothers and Darlingside. Thursday night’s show is camper-only, so come for the weekend and camp out. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you decide to camp and how many days you attend for. To purchase tickets, visit

    40th Street Summer Series: The annual 40th Street Summer Series is devoted to free outdoor concerts at the green space behind the Walnut Street Library in University City. On Aug. 20, check out the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, featuring performers from Liberia. The show will be opened by the Modero Dance Company, who showcases Indonesian dance. The evening starts at 6 p.m. Visit www.universitycity.org40th-street-summer-series for more information.

    Indian & Caribbean Festivals: The latest of Peco’s multicultural series are Festival of India on Saturday, Aug. 20 and the 30th annual Caribbean Festival on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Penn’s Landing. The free festivals will showcase food, culture and music of India and the Caribbean. The day includes examples of Indian and Caribbean arts from dances to poetry, as well as educational activities. Both days are free. The India festival runs from 1-6 p.m., while the Caribbean Festival runs from 12-8 p.m. The festivals take place at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing. For more information, visit and

    Gayfest!: Philadelphia’s only LGBT theater festival returns for the sixth year, from Aug. 12-27. The festival includes music, plays, dance, spoken word and performance art will be performed at Plays & Players and Theatre Exile. Preview performances are pay-what-you-can. Reserve tickets on the website and pay what you can the night of the show. To purchase tickets and see all the performances offered, visit

    The Oval’s Closing Weekend: On Aug. 21, Philly’s most popular pop up outdoor space closes for the season. The last day offers face painting and a music class for kids and a performance by the famed cabaret act, The Bearded Ladies, at 4:30 p.m. There are events offered throughout the weekend, as well as a rotation of popular food trucks. Events are free. Visit for more info.