Bug Out and Rock Out: Weekend Things to Do in and Around Philly for Aug 9 to 11

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s Musikfest, Bug Fest, a celebration of peaches or a celebration of Jamaica, this area is full of fun every weekend in the summer. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices for what to do this weekend, Aug. 9 to 11, in Philly and New Jersey.

What: Musikfest

This outdoor concert and festival runs several days and hosts a variety of top performers. This weekend’s headliners include Phillip Phillips, Godsmack and Brad Paisley. Families can also find crafts, numerous food vendors, kids activities and much, much more.

Where: 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, Pa.

When: through Sunday

Cost: Varies

Musikfest, the nation’s largest free music festival, is in full swing. Over the course of 10 days, hundreds of artists and bands from around the world will perform in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Kaitie Burger from Discover Lehigh Valley talks about festival highlights.

What: Professional Fighters League MMA Action

Watch these MMA athletes fight in the ring for the championship. MMA legend Randy Couture is even involved in the league.

Where: Ocean Casino Resort, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ

When: Thursday at 8 p.m. (this one is a bonus event)

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Six-time UFC champion Randy Couture gets candid about his career, his role with the Professional Fighters League, and his thoughts about the popularity of mixed martial arts.

What: Cornhole Championships

These competitors will compete for the championship in cornhole.

Where: Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia

When: through Sunday

Cost: Varies

NBC10’s Brittney Shipp tries her hand at cornhole as the ACL National Championships takes over King of Prussia. 

What: Second Friday at the Arts Garage

Enjoy art, live music and wine tastings at this gallery event.

Where: Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

When: Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Bug Fest

Learn all about bugs from the experts, see some specimens and a bug show and even enjoy some edible bug snacks.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

When: Saturday and Sunday

Cost: Museum admission tickets are $16 for children 2 to 12 and $20 for 13 and up.

What: Peach Festival

This fruit festival is filled with peach pie, peach preserves, peach ice cream and more. 

Where: Peddlers Village, 2400 Street Road, New Hope

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

What: Atlantic City Triathlon

Watch as these athletes swim, bike and run. A kids Duathlon is also available.

Where: Bader Field, 601 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

When: Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free to watch

What: Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic

Biking racing and family-friendly activities will fill the streets of West Chester.

Where: West Chester, Pa

When: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine

Cost: Free to watch

The 15th annual Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic is coming back to West Chester this weekend. Thousands of spectators and bikers will pack the streets of downtown West Chester to see the bike races.

What: SatARTdays: Sensory Bottles

This children’s program will have kids creating an art project with bottles.

Where: Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

When: Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

What: Jamaica’s 57th Independence Day Celebrations

Celebrate Jamaica with giveaways, food, live music and more.

Where: Various locations

When: Sunday

Cost: Varies

What: Main Line Bike Race

What the racers bike through Ardmore and enjoy the Family Fun Zone where there will be live music, face painting, a giant slide, games and more

Where: Schauffle Plaza, 99 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore 

When: Family Fun Zone open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

All eyes will be on the yearly Main Line Bike Race in Ardmore this weekend. Race chairman Jerry Johnson and Narberth Ambulance volunteer Pearce Flanagan join NBC10’s Rosemary Connors to explain the event’s significance to the community.

What: Down on the Farm

Tour this living history museum and explore the barn, visit with the farm animals and play the kid-friendly games.

Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt. 9 S, Cape May, NJ

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $14

What: Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

Dine at participating Chestnut Hill restaurants for a pre-fixed or a la carte menu at discounted rates.

Where: Various Chestnut Hill restaurants

When: Sunday through Aug. 16

Cost: $15 to $45 per person

What: The Oval+

This pop-up urban park features live music, movie nights, games, fitness classes and festivals throughout the summer.

Where: The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

When: Through Aug. 18

Cost: Free

What: Blue Cross RiverRink and Summerfest and The Midway

Skate on the outdoor roller rink, eat funnel cake, ride the carnival rides and Ferris wheel and enjoy tons of fun at this summer-long fest.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

When: Through Sept. 1

Cost: Varies

The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest along Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing officially opens for the summer season Friday. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Brittney Shipp gives you a first look of all the activities this venue has to offer, including a ride on the carousel.

What: Spruce Street Harbor Park

Enjoy lawn games, hammocks, food, floating gardens are more at this summer park filled with fun.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

When: Through Sept. 29

Cost: Free

What: Festival of Fountains

This fantastic fountain show features more than 1,000 jets, vibrant colors, music and more.  

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: Through Sept. 29

Cost: Varies

What: Marvel: Universe of Superheroes

Check out this superhero comics and movies exhibit showing off Marvel’s most iconic memorabilia, like props, costumes, sketches and more.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

When: Through Sept. 2

Cost: Tickets start at $35 for adults and $31 for children

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes powers its way into the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia this weekend. First, Brittney Shipp gives you a sneak peek.

What: Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure

Life-size LEGO brick animals will fill the Philadelphia Zoo during this event in order to tell the story of endangered wildlife. Visitors can learn how human behavior impacts endangered species and be inspired to take action to stem the global change. The Zoo Key, a former local tradition, will also make its return with this exhibit. The Zoo Key will unlock secrets and stories about animals throughout the zoo.

Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

When: Through Sept. 30

Cost: Zoo admission is $16 for child ages 2 to 11 and $19 for any 12 or older

New fun changes are happening at the iconic Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo has opened new exciting programs for children as well as exhibitions like its LEGO-themed Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure.

What: PHS Pop Up Garden

Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.

Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia

When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter

What: Dinosaurs Around the World

Visit with dozens of animatronic dinosaurs as you discover and learn about things like volcano activity and fossils.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences

When: through Jan. 20

Cost: From $7 in addition to general admission 

The Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is now open for all ages.
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