Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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    National Constitution Center: Sept. 16 is the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. To celebrate, the National Constitution Center is offering free admission for the day. At noon, there will be a birthday party with a cake and singing. All day, catch special programming and family-friendly activities from a special Naturalization Ceremony for 50 immigrants, lectures and crafts. Visit for more information.

    Autumn’s Colors: Starting Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 20, Longwood Garden highlights the colors of fall. The gardens include golden honey locusts, scarlet sweet gums and ruby northern red oaks. Enjoy the new 86-acre Meadow Garden, featuring three miles of walking and hiking trails surrounded by wildflowers. There’s also a children’s corner with a pumpkin playground. Tickets are $20 for adults. Visit to purchase tickets.

    Mexican Independence Day Festival: On Sept. 18, celebrate Mexican culture as part of PECO’s Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. The day features the music, food and dancing of Mexico. Traditional arts and crafts can be purchased, Mexican bands will play and children can get their faces painted. The festival runs from 2-7 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

    Philadelphia Jazz Festival: From Sept. 14-18, the fourth Philadelphia United Jazz Festival will highlight the local jazz talent. Four different venues will feature performances, including Warmdaddy’s and Paris Bistro. The main event takes place on Sept. 17 at South Jazz Parlor (600 N. Broad Street). From 2-6 p.m., catch performances for free. After 6 p.m., entrance is $2. Visit to see the full list of performers and the schedule of events.

    Rock n’Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon: On Sept. 17 and 18, the annual run returns for its 39th year. There are two runs, a half marathon (13.1 miles) and a 5K (3.1 miles) during which runners will enjoy live music from local bands and cheerleading squads will provide encouragement. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will host a Health and Fitness Expo in the days leading up to the run, where attendees can explore the latest athletic gear and nutritional information. The 5K takes place Sept. 17 from Eakins Oval at 7:30 PM, while the half marathon starts at the same time Sept. 18 from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and N. 22nd Street. The finish line ends in a festival with a band and beer garden. Registration is required. Visit to learn more.