Looking for some fun, unique and safe ways to spend your weekend? In the age of social distancing, Metro has you covered. A few Philly establishments have come up with inventive ways to still have fun this weekend while staying healthy.
Communitea Music & Marketplace
This weekend holds a hyper collaborative event featuring food, fun, music and plenty of tea. This event is the first in a series in partnership with the Random Tea Room, the One Art Community Center, Jaya Kava, Philly Food Works, dozens of plant-based and healing arts vendors and live music via the Random Tea Room Sessions. The fun kicks off this Saturday, Oct. 10 at One Art, a “garden and farm oasis” where guests can indulge in a few activities including self-guided or expert-led tours, enjoy bottomless cups of #OneArTea brewed with herbs from the garden, enjoy a free ‘shell’ of kava kava tea, check out the vendor village filled with goods and some vegan treats as well, and enjoy live and energetic performances throughout the night. According to the release, Between 4:30 and 6:30, Miss Talie and Joy Ike will perform a few songs on a side stage as an appetizer for attendees while Koof of the Random Tea Room Sessions captures some behind-the-scenes magic of these musicians for a music video. Starting at 6:30, the performers will then move to the main stage for larger sets and a closing jam session. Tickets start at $10, masks are required and the fun begins at 4 pm.
1431 N 52nd St., therandomtearoom.com, oneartcommunitycenter.com
Twilight Tour with the Betsy Ross House
It’s officially spooky season, and that means the city will have some seasonal events taking place centered around some of the creepier but also interesting parts of Philly. According to the release, guests who take the tour with the Betsy Ross House will travel back to Philadelphia in the 1700s and learn about the city’s gruesome history of infection and inoculation. Tour-goers will hear true, macabre tales about bloodletting, smallpox, yellow fever, and other gross experiences while also learning what it was like to live in the ghastly 18th century and discover why Philadelphia was an infectious place to be. Then, to cap off the event, guests will then head into the House for a spooky, shadowy tour. Admission is $10, or guests can truly make a night of it and purchase a “Spooky Twosome” which also includes a round of Mini Golf at Franklin Square Park for $17-$19. The tours take place each Friday in October from 6 pm to 8 pm.
239 Arch St., historicphiladelphia.org
Self Care & Self Aware
This Sunday, Oct. 11, Philadelphians are invited to indulge in some self-care and mindfulness exercises with Lumos Yoga & Barre’s outdoor pop-up for Breast Cancer Awareness. The event will run this weekend from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at The Spring Gardens in Fairmount and will feature a “soothing yet empowering” vinyasa flow class led by Lumos instructor Alyssa Martin followed by an info session on self-exams with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Dana Shanis. This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$20 with all proceeds benefitting Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Self Care & Self Aware is bring your own mat and masks are required when class is not in session.
1832 North St., lumosyogaandbarre.com
Boyds is heading to the burbs, and this weekend Philadelphians can check out everything this new pop-up has to offer. The new storefront just opened up this week in the place of the old Urban Outfitters in Suburban Square and will be open Monday through Saturday with times available for private appointments as well. According to the release, Boyds Pop-Up Shop will feature 8,500 square feet of retail space and will bring curated collections, exceptional services and fourth-generation heritage to the Main Line. Luxury menswear, womenswear and Boyds Beauty offerings will be available for purchase. Boyds style and beauty experts will be available for on-site consultations and personal shopping services upon request. The new pop-up store will be open until the end of January 2021.
117 Coulter Ave., boydsphila.com
Jack’s Smoke Shack at Sunset Social
Philly’s own urban park on top of Cira Green will be hosting a tasty event this weekend that Philadelphians can head too to celebrate the season. This Friday and Saturday Jack’s Smoke Shack will bring BBQ, cocktails, wine and beer, and cozy, socially distanced fall vibes to Sunset while their sister restaurant, the Walnut Street Cafe does the cooking. Options include pork shoulder, beef brisket, BBQ chicken fingers, Texas Toast grilled cheese, classic sides ranging from mac and cheese and corn bread, some veggie options plus a special dessert option boasting a savory peanut butter and banana ice-cream sandwich, and much more. The event from Fine-Drawn’s Executive Chef, Jack Peterson will be held Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 from 3 to 9 pm with the Smoke Shack options available to pre-order via Tock.
129 S 30th St., exploretock.com