Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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GayFest!: Aug. 27 is the final day of the 6th annual GayFest! This is Philly’s only LGBT theater festival. The final weekend will continue to feature plays, music, comedy and theatrical art. On Friday, Aug. 26, catch the special “You’re here, you’re queer” cabaret performance. Visit to see the full lineup of performances and to purchase tickets.

Lost Egypt: The Lost Egypt exhibit at the Franklin Institute teaches attendees how archaeologists use modern technology and science to learn about the ancient civilization of Egypt. See a real mummy and art and artifacts. Experience a simulated dig site. Build a tabletop pyramid and piece together a 3-D pottery puzzle. Tickets are $24.95, which includes general admission to the museum. Visit for more information.

Night Out Restaurant Week: Night out restaurant week winds down this weekend, ending on Sunday, Aug. 28. The night out gives attendees the chance to experience restaurants in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Penn’s Landing. Enjoy three course lunch and dinner specials. Lunches are $20 and dinner $35. Every participating restaurant offers dinner but only some serve lunch. Participating restaurants include Bourbon and Branch, the Moshulu and La Veranda. Visit to see the full list of restaurants.

Philadelphia Jerk Fest: On Sunday, Aug. 28, sample tons of jerk food at the annual Philadelphia Jerk Fest. The day celebrates Caribbean food, culture and music. There will also be a kids’ zone with face painting and craft making. Try the food while reggae musicians play in the background. The day takes place at Fairmount Park from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($50 for 2, $70 for 3). Visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

Dinosaurs Unleashed: Experience dinosaurs up close at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The multi-sensory exhibition includes life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that visitors can control. Play a game of “Dinosaur or Not A Dinosaur” or test your weight in comparison to the prehistoric creatures. See real dino bones as well. Tickets are $7, which includes general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at