Fun things to safely do this Memorial Day weekend in Philly

High Street on Market and Fork will be offering grilling boxes for Memorial Day.

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.

Craftsman Row Saloon

If you’re looking for a sweet way to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, Jewelers Row hotspot Craftsman Row Saloon has the answer for you. The popular eatery will be reopening this Friday, May 22, and will be offering a variety of enticing take-out options and will even be partnering with Bassett’s Ice Cream for a pop-up. The take-out menu features some of Craftsman’s favorite menu items including the Mac Daddy Burger, French Toast Burger, Doritos Mozzarella stick Grilled Cheese, South Philly Hoagie and more. On the dessert side, their pop-up with Bassett’s will feature ice cream by the scoop (Vanilla, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough), two new ‘creamwiches’ and a variety of loaded milkshakes options. 

112 S 8th St.,

The Cookie Monster Milkwich from Craftsman Row Saloon. Provided

Live Paddling Safety Q&A

During this time, spending your day outdoors at a safe distance is sometimes just what you need. However, it can be tricky to pick up a new activity such as kayaking on the Delaware River without some help, and The Independence Seaport Museum is here to do just that. This Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. the museum will be hosting a Q&A about “Safe Paddling During the Pandemic” on Zoom. Ali Stefanik, Assistant Director of Waterfront & Community Programs at Independence Seaport Museum will answer all questions regarding being able to paddle safely during COVID-19. The event is free, though registration is required through Eventbrite

High Street on Market 

Old City hotspots High Street on Market and Fork are currently offering a delicious way to spend your holiday weekend with their new grilling boxes. The boxes will each contain a main protein, veggies and dip, side dishes, condiments and a berries and cream dessert — all ready to serve. Grilling instructions for both indoors and outdoors will be included, or if you aren’t feeling up to cooking this weekend, ready-to-eat boxes will also be available to order for pick-up. Box options include: a Waygu Steak Box (for 2 people, $125), BBQ Chicken Box (for 4 people, $100) and a Swordfish Kebabs Box (for 4 people, $150). Orders are being accepted now, and pick up is available with 24 hours notice Saturday, Sunday and Monday by calling 215-625-0988.

308 Market St.,

Vampire. Pizza

A new delivery sensation is making its way from the West Coast, and will be hitting the City of Brotherly Love this weekend. Vampire. Pizza is a new way to enjoy your favorite cheesy carb dish with the added experience of an interactive activity. VP partnered up with Pizzeria Stella to make this experience happen, and each delivery comes with a PS pizza, salad and a kit with an immersive story and interactive game to play. According to the release, the 60-90-minute experience allows secret passage into the world of Belle and her Vamps in the form of different packages. Customers can select either a delivery date and time, or a contactless pickup option at Pizzeria Stella to join in on the experience.

Vampire.Pizza’s Vampire Delivery. Provided

Live! – KOP Town Center’s Live Music Programming

If you miss the feeling of a live performance, King of Prussia’s Town Center can help you out on that front. According to a release, rather than cancel May’s Live! Performances, the Town Center decided to adapt the format to live steam artists on the KOP Town Center via the Facebook page to continue that same sense of togetherness — just in a way that fits this temporary “new normal.” Performances will be hosted every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. on the KOP Town Center’s Facebook page with this Friday’s performance featuring the Keith Chastin Trio.

Porcos / Small Oven Pastry Shop

The popular dual concept porchetteria and bakery may be closed this Monday but will be offering specialty platters this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to help hungry Philadelphians celebrate a delicious Memorial Day. Their Memorial Day Cookie Pack ($20), serves 10-12 and includes 12 petit cookie sammies (such as rosemary-lemon cream, bitter chocolate-vanilla bean and vanilla-apricot) and a Cookie & Bar Platter ($45), which serves 15-20 people and features a Chef’s Choice of sandwich and individual cookies, bite-sized bars, plus special Memorial Day cookies. Porcos will also be serving up a specialty Sloppy Joe made with ground beef and porchetta meat blended with sharp cheddar cheese, served on their house-made ciabatta bread.


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