Events

Actually Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Celebrate MLK Day, explore Fairmount Park, or order a beautiful brunch.

Claps for making it through another working week! In the event you’ve forgotten what you’re supposed to be doing during these precious moments off, allow us to remind you. Here in Philly, you can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with virtual events, explore Fairmount Park with interactive activities, and discover your new favorite brunch spot. Go ahead and live a little.

Let your life go a little askew

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Online 
While brick-and-mortar museums have reopened their doors, there’s a new educational/artistic facility in town and you don’t have to leave your house to visit it. Dubbed the Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum, this online “center for the study of diagonality in world culture” was created by local architect Joel Levinson. Throughout 33 virtual galleries are visual examples of diagonality in art, architecture, fashion, and history, with plenty of reading material to go along with the images. 
Cost: Free
 

Explore Fairmount Park—with a mission

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Fairmount Park
As the largest park in the city, you may not have explored all of Fairmount Park’s more than 2,000 acres. This virtual scavenger hunt gives you the perfect opportunity to romp around both East and West Fairmount Park for a chance to score a free membership to Fairmount Park Conservancy. From now until March 19, complete the 80 missions, taking you by the park’s historic homes, public art, nature, and more. Just download the GooseChase app on your phone, search for “Fairmount Park” and get exploring.
Cost: Free
 

Get your brunch boards

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Biederman’s Specialty Foods
There’s a new lox spot in town. Biederman’s Specialty Foods opens this weekend, serving brunch boards packed with hand-sliced salmon, bagels, pastries, and accoutrements. Place your order online ahead of time and select a time to come pick it up—and brunch away!
Cost: Pay-as-you-go
 

Eat a meal inside an actual restaurant

Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, January 17
Various locations
Giving it another go since the shutdown this fall, indoor dining is permitted again in Philadelphia. Under new rules—which include a maximum of four people at a table, 25 percent restaurant capacity, no bar seating, and servers wearing both masks and face shields—you’ll be able to eat inside at your favorite restaurants like The Wayward, Steak48, and Flannel. Please be courteous of your server and wear your mask any time they approach your table, tip well, and stay home if you don’t feel well. 
Cost: Pay-as-you-go
 

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with virtual events

Saturday, January 16 - Monday, January 18
Online 
All weekend long, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is holding virtual events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Saturday, tune in for a live stream of community engagement activist Shuja Moore’s web series “Walkies,” short documentaries on formerly incarcerated people who transformed themselves. The third episode will premiere at 3 pm, followed by a discussion with Moore and the subject of the episode, Sydia Bagley. On Sunday, author Leesa Fenderson moderates a digital conversation with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta Mayson and author and fiction writer Jonathan Escoffery centered on the theme of “What can I do for others?” On MLK Day itself, Monday, the documentary chronicling John Lewis’ life of activism on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement through Congress, screens at noon.
Cost: Free

Learn about the notable achievements of Black Philadelphians

Saturday, January 16
Online
Spotlighting some of the most renowned Black Americans buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, like Teddy Pendergrass and football player Dennie Hoggard, Jr., this virtual talk will discuss the achievements, difficulties, and legacies of these local trailblazers. The hour long discussion will be held on Zoom and you’ll get access to the link in your confirmation email.
Cost: Pay-what-you-can
 

Take a lap or two around an outdoor ice rink

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Penn’s Landing
A seasonal mainstay, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open for the 2020 season through early March. The waterfront winter wonderland will be outfitted with an ice rink, an amusement area with a ferris wheel and boardwalk games, and concession stands offering Chickie’s and Pete’s, warm beverages, and more. You can rent a warming cabin or space around a firepit for maximum coziness, too. Capacity is limited, so reserve your skating tickets ahead of time. 
Cost: Free entry, $5 ice skating admission, $10 skate rental, pay-as-you-go food, drink, and amusements
 

Snuggle into the winter spirit with outdoor fun

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Dilworth Park
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink is open for the 2020-2021 season with outdoor ice skating, a rustic beer garden (with mulled wine on the menu!), and an open-air cabin with food and cocktails. New for this year, interested skaters must reserve a 90-minute skating session in order to ensure max social distancing. Remember, everyone must wear a mask at all times except when eating and drinking (good for safety and warmth).
Cost: $5-7 skating admission, $10 skate rental, pay-as-you-go food and drink
 

Enjoy the newly re-reopened museums

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Various locations
After a month-and-a-half shutdown, museums are resuming their business of culturally informing the masses. Currently open for biz is the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences (don’t miss their “Permian Monsters: Life Before The Dinosaurs” exhibit), the Barnes Foundation (who’s “Elijah Pierce’s America” exhibit is extended until January 18), Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Penn Museum, and ICA. Masks and advanced or timed ticketing required for all.
Cost: Varies per museum

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