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Get outside to enjoy the best in music, museums and a peach-themed festival.




Peach Festival

Aug. 8 at Linvilla Orchards

Recommended by Danielle Bouchat-Friedman

August is peach month. And as a big fan of the fuzzy fruit, I know there’s no better way to properly celebrate than at this annual festival. Pick your own as early as 8 a.m., then enjoy a day packed with fun activities for families and kids, including story time and a Hula-Hoop contest. I plan to make the most of my bushel—in the form of homemade pies and icy-cold margaritas. Visit www.linvilla.com.

Philadelphia Country Music Festival

Aug. 22 at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge

Recommended by Hobart Rowland

Any self-respecting fan of cry-in-your-beer C&W will want to represent at this free daylong event, held at one of Philly’s most esteemed watering holes. Hosted by Kutztown’s Wallace Brothers Band (pictured), the hardcore jamboree features more than 25 acts, including John Francis, Hannah Taylor, Hurricane Hoss, No Good Sister, John Train and Hezekiah Jones. Visit www.bobandbarbaras.com.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

Thru Sept. 7 at the National Constitution Center

Recommended by Hobart Rowland

As someone who only recently experienced the sobering revelations of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, this celebration of John F. Kennedy’s life—rather than his horrific and controversial death—has a particular resonance. Lowe was JFK’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early White House years. A touch-screen monitor allows you to view more than 24 of Lowe’s original contact sheets, which include the marks to show which images he selected for publication in newspapers and magazines. There’s also a revealing film about Lowe and the Kennedy family. Visit constitutioncenter.org.

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