Everything You Can Do in Philly This Weekend

Visit a museum IRL and indulge in some lobster rolls.

It’s hot out there, Philly. Like, really hot. So, honestly, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to stay inside this weekend: It’s social distancing-approved and air conditioned. However, if you don’t mind the heat and keeping your distance, there are a handful of recently reopened attractions you can visit and support. As always, be safe, wear a mask, and please stay home if you don’t feel well.

Safely visit some of Philly’s finest attractions

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Various locations
Among this week’s reopenings are a host of outdoor spaces and two of the first indoor museums and attractions. The Franklin Institute became the first museum to open its doors again on Wednesday and are now welcoming guests back (at reduced capacity) this weekend. Advance tickets and face masks are required. Another indoor attraction, One Liberty Observation Deck, is open again for panoramic views of the city. Or visit the gorillas, tigers, and the baby sloth bear cub at the Philadelphia Zoo. You’ll have to wear a mask and purchase your tickets online ahead of time. The attractions at Franklin Square, one of Philly’s five original squares, have reopened this week, too. Mask-wearing is required while playing mini-golf or on the carousel. South Street’s mosaiced Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens reopens on Friday with advanced ticketing and mask-wearing required.
Cost: Prices vary

Try a (sort of) new restaurant

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Midtown Village
Safran Turney Hospitality’s tapas restaurant, Jamonera, will be rebranded as Salty’s Seafood and Ice Cream Shack for the summer. The new pop-up will have outdoor seating along 13th Street and a menu of raw oysters, shrimp, lobster rolls, crispy calamari hoagie, crab cakes, ice cream sandwiches, and much more. The spot is doing pickup and delivery, too.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Put your money toward fighting racial injustice

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Various locations
There are a number of local organizations to support in the wake of citywide anti-racism protests: The Philadelphia Bail Fund, Black Lives Matter Philly, ACLU Pennsylvania, Movement Alliance Project, and Black and Brown Workers Cooperative. Please support Black-owned Philly businesses, such as Pretty Girls Cook, Harriett’s Bookshop, Franny Lou’s Porch, Black and Mobile, and many more.
Cost: Whatever you can

Drink beer in the broad vicinity of others

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
Normally, Parks On Tap would pop up at a different green space every other week. However, due to covid circumstances, the usually-roving beer garden will stay put at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center through the summer. The 70,000-square-foot area is suited with enough room for social distancing, concessions, and bathrooms. Food options include hoagies, smoked mushroom sandwiches, soft pretzels, and cookies.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Visit an all-new collaborative beer garden

Saturday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
A collaborative effort between four breweries -- Love City, Roy Pitz, Triple Bottom, and Yards -- the Spring Arts Beer Garden opened last week and will continue to operate on weekends through the end of the summer. Located in the parking lot next to Love City, you’ll be able to purchase beers from any of the participating breweries in a socially-distanced fashion.
Cost: Pay-as-you-go

Join the community online for a documentary screening on racial injustice

Friday, July 10
West Philly event space The Rotunda hosts a virtual watch party for Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, which explores race and mass incarceration in the United States. Log onto The Rotunda’s Facebook at 8pm where they’ll have a post with the live feed for the documentary.
Cost: Free

Get a laugh and learn a thing or two in the process

Saturday, July 11
In an effort to raise funds for the Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief Program, Study Hall, the improv comedy show inspired by college lectures, is putting on a virtual benefit show. Guest speakers Alice Yorke, Liz Filios, and Tai Verley will share a quick academic or historical story and then the improvisers will perform scenes inspired by the tale. It all takes place on Zoom at 7 pm.
Cost: $10

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