• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

August 9-11: Fantastic Fridays | Ghostbusters | PA Dutch Festival | SE Asian Dragon Boat Festival | Bug Fest

This weekend is made for taking in an outdoor movie or concert, getting close to a dragon (boat) or bugs, and celebrating Reading Terminal Market's Pennsylvania Dutch. Enjoy!

LISTEN: Fantastic Fridays @ Penn Treaty Park

Friday, August 9, 6:30pm. Penn Treaty Park, 1341 North Delaware Avenue. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy an evening at Penn Treaty Park listening to Stars Apart and watching fireworks over the Delaware. Free.

WATCH: Ghostbusters @ The Oval

Friday, August 9, 8:30pm - 11pm, Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Watch this 80s classic at the Oval this evening. Free.

FAIR: Pennsylvania Dutch Festival

Saturday, August 10th, 8am - 5pm, Reading Terminal Market, 11th and Arch Streets. The 24th annual Pennsylvania Dutch Fest at Reading Terminal Market will culminate on Saturday by taking the festival outdoors onto Arch Street to create a country fair in the city. Enjoy Amish buggy rides around the blocks surrounding the market, traditional foods, a petting zoo and live bluegrass music. Free.

RACE: Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 10, Noon - 8pm, Penn's Landing Marina. Celebrate and learn about the tradition of Dragon Boat Racing and see boats in action. There will also be Southeast Asian-inspired traditional entertainment, as well as the Miss Southeast Asia Pageant. Free.

FEST: Bug Fest

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 10am - 5pm both days, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Come into close contact with creepy crawlers of all sorts invade during Bug Fest. Touch a tarantula, watch the roach race, see bugs camouflage themselves, and more. Free with admission.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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