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.
Bassett’s Virtual Ice Cream Fest
This Saturday, July 18, marks a truly sweet occasion. Bassett’s Ice Cream will be hosting a Virtual Ice Cream Festival this weekend via Facebook Live and everyone is invited out to join in on the live demos and activities throughout the day. Interested customers can even purchase their own DIY kits if they don’t have the ingredients through Mercato.com and can follow along and learn how to make bananas foster with Beck’s Cajun Cafe (noon), ice cream and funnel cake with Fox & Son Fancy Corn Dogs (12:45 p.m.), fried ice cream with Loco Lucho’s Latino Kitchen (1:30 p.m.), ice cream pizza with The Famous 4th Street Pizza Company (2:15 p.m.), and ice cream beverages and cocktails with Molly Malloy’s (3 p.m.) More information can be found on the event’s official Facebook page.
People’s Light Drive-In Summer Concert Series
To help to continue to promote social distancing, People’s Light has decided to offer Philadelphians and beyond a unique way to enjoy a classic summer concert. With their Drive-In Summer Concert Series, visitors will be able to enjoy different sounds and sights while safely nestled in their own space in a large open-air venue (there will be a parking lot as well as an adjacent lot to set up lawn chairs.) The series will run every weekend from Saturday, July 18 until Saturday, Aug. 8, with an additional two shows on Friday, Aug. 14 and 21. Confirmed performers include the Highway 61 Revival, Jeffrey Gaines with opener Valentina Sounds and The John Byrne Band. More acts will be announced in coming weeks as well. While there, spectators can also enjoy pre-ordered summer fare and beverages (kid or adult) from The Farmhouse at People’s Light. Tickets ($75) include the car and lawn space and are on sale now through People’s Light official website.
Independence Seaport Museum
This weekend, the Independence Seaport Museum will be reopening its doors to provide a safe, fun and socially distant experience for all. The popular cultural destination located next to the scenic Delaware River Waterfront will be opening this Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to a release, visitors will be able to explore new installations on the second floor as well as the museum’s permanent exhibits, which include the award-winning ‘River Alive!, Patriots & Pirates,’ and ‘Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River.’ National Historic Landmark ship Cruiser Olympia will also be open for visitors to board. The Museum has also implemented new polices for guests including wearing a face mask while in the building, maintaining 6 feet of social distancing between guests, and using hand sanitizer after interacting with the exhibits.
Devil’s Den Belgian Independence Day Celebration
Belgian Independence Day may be July 21, but South Philly hotspot Devil’s Den is already celebrating. Now through the end of the month, the popular eatery will be featuring beers from Duvel and Brewery Ommegang, and guests will receive a complimentary Duvel glass for every two Duvel beers purchased, and a complimentary tulip glass for every two Ommegang beers. The celebration doesn’t end there — next weekend on July 24, Devil’s Den will also be hosting an online comedy show ‘Devilish Grins’ with host Alyssa Al-Dookhi. Tickets ($5) can be purchased online and the price will range depending on if you choose to also sip on a beverage while watching (choices range from a 6-pack of Founders Brewing Company or All Day IPA or a quart of Starfruit Sparkler.) Beers and cocktails can be picked up prior to the show at Devil’s Den.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at The Thirsty Dice
National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 19, and Philly’s own game board cafe has recently decided to fully embrace the summer season and open its very own Scoop Shop. According to the release, located inside the recently renovated café, Thirsty Dice Scoop Shop features a dozen flavors of Bassets ice cream, toppings, milkshakes, and coffee roasted by Herman’s in South Philadelphia. Ice cream flavors range from French Vanilla and Cookies & Cream to a bit more unique offerings including the Guatemalan Ripple flavor made with Guatemalan-sourced coffee, mocha fudge ripple and mini coffee-filled chocolates. Scoops are available for all in a cup, sugar cone, or waffle cone starting at $4.50, whereas pints run for $7.75 and quarts at $12. Specialty shake-wise, Philadelphians can pick up the PB Lover’s (made with peanut butter ice cream, butterscotch and peanut butter cup pieces) or the Baker Shake (made with cookie dough ice cream, brownie pieces and hot fudge). There will also be boozy shakes available for any adult that wants a bit more of a spirited dessert option (think Bananas Foster and Cherry Pie as flavors). Thirsty Dice’s Scoop Shop is located at 1642 Fairmount Ave. and will be open Tuesday- Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday- Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.