4 Staff Picks to Check out this August

From Brandywine in White to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, here are this month’s must-dos.



The Franklin Institute's Game Masters exhibit runs until Sept. 9. Photo courtesy of the Franklin Institute.

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South Jersey native Mary Dixon Lebeau has your mini bucket list for the summer. Her Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure (Reedy Press, 208 pages) tells you where to see slides of Albert Einstein’s brain, explore the oldest neighborhood in the country, and visit the cell where Al Capone was once held. And you thought Philly was boring.

Visit facebook.com/secretphilly

Aug. 16-19

The Philadelphia Folk Festival may be in its 57th year, but it’s never too late to partake in the oldest continuously running outdoor music festival in North America. Held at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, this year’s four-day lineup includes Patty Griffin, Riders in the Sky, Shovels & Rope, David Bromberg and more. Pitch a tent, park an RV, or just show up for the day.

Visit pfs.org


Related: Over 30 Things to Do Around the Main Line this August


Aug. 18

Thanks to Brandywine in White, the ’burbs has its own take on Center City’s Diner en Blanc. Don your best white outfit and wait for that secret location to be announced. This special summer evening benefits Neighbors for Crebilly.

Visit facebook.com/brandywineinwhite.

Thru. Sept. 9

Escape the August heat and immerse yourself in Game Masters: The Exhibition, which spotlights 50 years of videogame ingenuity. Bring the kids or grandkids and sample more than 100 playable games at the Franklin Institute through Sept. 9.

Visit fi.edu

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