Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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PoliticalFest: With the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the Convention Center is celebrating America’s government and history from July 22-27. The exhibit is interactive and includes special guest appearances and historical objects spread over 125,000 square-feet. There are 8 areas of the exhibit: Future Leaders, Media Zone, Political Entertainment, Campaign Trail, The White House, Philadelphia and the Presidency, Memorabilia Market Place and Presidential Libraries. There will be special programs, live performances, lectures and political game competitions. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Veterans and DNC attendees can enter for free (with credentials).Visit http://www.phldnc.com/ for more info.

XPoNential Music Festival: The 23rd annual XPoNential Music Festival runs from July 22-24 on the Camden Riverfront. More than 30 local and national artists perform on three different stages. The festival takes place at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park. Performers include Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, Father John Misty and Ryan Adams. To purchase tickets and see the full lineup of performers, visit xpnfest.org.

Harry Potter: July 31 is the titular wizard’s birthday (as well as creator J.K. Rowling’s) and the release date for Rowling’s latest entry into the wizarding world: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Mt. Airy’s Big Blue Marble Bookstore is hosting events every Saturday leading up to the release. On July 23, take a potion-making class at 6 p.m. then stay for a screening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” July 30 features author Lorrie Kim’s character study of Severus Snape, as well as costume contests, a screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” and a Harry Potter documentary. For more information, visit http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com/.

Eakins Oval: The pop up park offers an exciting weekend lineup. On July 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hang out at the mobile Farm Explorer, that aims to help families learn how food goes from seed to plate. On July 23, don’t miss Quizzo in the beer garden from 4-6 p.m. On July 24, bring the kids for family-friendly music and face painting. For more information, visit http://theovalphl.org.

Islamic Heritage Festival: On July 22 and 23, the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council presents the annual Islamic Heritage Festival. Part of Peco’s multicultural summer series, the festival includes speakers, giveaways, entertainment, games and a health and wellness fair. The weekend kicks off with a citywide jummah, or congregational prayer, at 1 p.m. On Saturday, a 1 p.m. parade celebrates unity in diversity. The festival begins at 2 p.m. at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing. Visit festival.icpic.co for more info.

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