Actually Fun Things To Do in Philly This Weekend

An improv horror show, fall festivals, and pumpkin pickin’.

Morgan's Pier
Morgan's Pier | Morgan's Pier
Morgan's Pier | Morgan's Pier

Is it the 236th day of March or late October? Who can tell anymore! Despite it all, the world keeps on turning and the city lures us back into her streets. This weekend, Philly has an offering of socially distanced events that are bound to make you feel like you’re living in a normal-ish world: an outdoor concert, a tarot 101 class, and an improv show. Break out of your rut, put on your best fall sweater, and have yourself a chill time.

Attend a film festival from home

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
Like many in-person events this year, the Philadelphia Film Festival has taken its operations online, making festival selections available to stream and screened in-person at drive-in theaters. The 11-day event kicks off this weekend with a virtual screening of class warfare thriller New Order on Friday, a drive-in screening at the Navy Yard of Regina King’s feature directorial debut One Night In Miami on Saturday, and a tribute to Stanley Kubrick, Kubrick By Kubrick on Sunday, available virtually.
Cost: $15 per streaming film, $50 per car for drive-in

Get into the Halloween spirit with an improvised horror-comedy show

Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24
If the state of the world makes watching scary movies a no-go for you right now, consider an improvised horror-comedy show. Performing remotely from their own homes, a cast of improvisers from Philly and beyond will use traditional horror movie tropes—haunted houses! demons!—to create a one-of-a-kind scary story for virtual audiences. 
Cost: Pay-what-you-can

Spend an evening in the greenhouse listening to live music

Saturday, October 24
Greensgrow Farms
Philadelphia Argentine Tango School hosts a socially distanced concert in the greenhouse of Greensgrow Farms in Kensington featuring a trio of performers: pianist Emiliano Messiez (who also curated the event), bandoneonist Raul Jaurena, and violinist Sergio Reyes. You’ll have two chances to hear the one-hour performance: either at 4 or 7pm—or choose to tune in for the livestream from home. Masks must be worn at all times and bathrooms will be unavailable, just as an FYI.
Cost: $40, $15 livestream

Head over to the farm for pumpkin picking and s’mores

Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25
Furlong, Pennsylvania
About an hour north of the city, Froehlich’s Farm hosts its annual fall festival, with some safety precautions, of course. Grab your COVID bubble and pick some pumpkins, make s’mores over a bonfire, take a hayride around the farm, and wander through a corn maze. Only a limited amount of tickets will be available at the door, so it’s highly suggested you purchase yours online ahead of time. You’ll have to wear a mask any time you can’t social distance. 
Cost: $10-20

Learn the basics of tarot, Philly-style

Saturday, October 24
The Spring Gardens
In 2019, the tarot world got a lot more Philly when a city-specific deck of cards (adorned with local celebs like Danny DeVito and the Phanatic) hit virtual and physical shelves. Now, Gina Tomaine—the author of the deck’s accompanying guidebook—hosts an outdoor, masked workshop on how to practice tarot. Either come with your own deck or buy the Philly Tarot Deck with your ticket, learn how to interpret the cards, and then pair off to give it a try yourselves. 
Cost: $35-65

Support local businesses during Black Restaurant Week

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
Various locations
From now until Sunday, the city’s best Black-owned restaurants—like Dibbs BBQ, Imperial Caribbean & Seafood, Aksum Cafe—are offering dining deals as a part of Black Restaurant Week. Enjoy dine-in or takeout meals and savor the beset caribbean, African, and soul food the city has to offer.
Cost: $15-45

Head to East Passyunk for festive hangs

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
East Passyunk Avenue
East Passyunk Avenue presents its socially distanced Harvest Festival, running through Sunday, featuring seasonal dishes at neighborhood restaurants, fall-themed shopping, and other festivities. Grab a squash blossom quesadilla with a pumpkin chai, pomegranate, and spiced pear margarita from Cantina Los Caballitos or a pear and gruyere pizza from La Scala’s Birra, then stop by the antique and vintage sidewalk sale at N.R.S. Boutique for a perfect fall afternoon.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Breathe the crisp fall air and drink a beer on the river

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
Morgan’s Pier
A comfort among the year of many changes is the return of Morgan’s Pier’s Fall Fest—the last few weeks of the riverfront beer garden’s season. The menu flips to feature more seasonal fare and drinks (hot spiced cocktails sound good, anyone?), and pumpkin carving is offered on the weekends. Just wear your mask when you’re not seated and keep your distance!
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Get into the fall spirit with pumpkin and apple picking

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25
Media, Pennsylvania
Every fall, Media’s Linvilla Orchards transforms into the ultimate fall oasis with their season-long Pumpkinland activities. Open through early November, Pumpkinland offers hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, pick-your-own apples, and much more. This year, some activities, like hayrides, mazes, and pony rides require advanced tickets. You don’t, however, need to pre-reserve your spot for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Then go grab a beer or some wine at their on-site beer garden. Don’t forget your mask! You’ll need to wear it the whole time.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go


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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.