Philadelphia remains in a “reopening with care” phase of quarantine—but local venues and attractions offer locals plenty of things to do while we wait out Covid.
Fun in-person things to do through the month of September include a fall festival at Delaware River waterfront eatery Morgan’s Pier (pictured above), drive-in movies at the Navy Yard and spooky evening tours at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Looking for things to do at home during quarantine? Check out a show during the all-virtual Fringe Festival, running now through October 4, and a slew of other things that’ll keep you entertained from the socially distanced comfort of your laptop.
You’ll find details on all those things and more below. We update this list almost daily, so stop by regularly for more ideas about things to do in Philadelphia during Covid.
Things to do in Philadelphia during Covid-19
- Head over to Morgan’s Pier for Fall Fest, happening daily through November 1. The hoopla transforms the airy, riverside restaurant into “a fall wonderland,” with hanging lights, fall foliage, carved pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and more. The menus’s getting an autumnal update, too, with seasonal foods like mushroom flatbreads, chicken-fried squash and fried apple empanadas. Local, seasonal beers will also be up for grabs.
- Tenet, Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, Pariah and A Call to Spy is showing through the rest of September at PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard. The full schedule is available here.
- Jet Wine Bar is hosting a #PowerthePollsPA Wine Patio Pop-Up on Tuesday, September 29, from 5 to 8pm to help inform potential poll workers this election season. Representatives from The Voter Project will be on hand to answer questions about working the polls on November 3—a super important job that comes with a $250 bonus.
- Catch a live performance by the Opera Philadelphia chorus at “Dinner at Dilworth” on Wednesday, September 30, between 6 and 8pm. Under the shadow of City Hall, the 16 songbirds will delight guests with a repertoire of opera arias, musical theater selections and well-known choruses.
- Score dinner deals and support local businesses at University City Dining Days happening now through October 4.
- Just in time for Halloween season, Eastern State Penitentiary is offering spooky Night Tours. The evening excursions allow guests to stroll through the historic prison’s dimly lit cellblocks, yards and even Death Row after dark. Tickets range from $19 to $32. Time slots are available here.
VIRTUAL THINGS TO DO
- Philadelphia Theatre Company kicks off its 46th season with the world premiere of “The Days of Re-Creation: A Virtual Play” on Wednesday, September 30, at 7pm. The show comprises seven 10-minute plays—all written by Black playwrights—that are each inspired by the seven days of creation in the bible’s book of Genesis.
- The Fringe Festival is running now through October 4 with three-plus weeks of cool, mostly digital productions from local artists and groups like the Nichole Canuso Dance Company, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Check out the full lineup here.
- Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Esperanza Arts Center’s Virtual Latino Arts Festival. Running on select dates now through October 14 on Facebook Live, the event highlights exciting Latinx artists and traditions from around the globe—from Mexico to Brazil to Puerto Rico.
- Mail-in ballots are expected to arrive any day now, so be sure to spend some time getting ready for the upcoming election—whether it’s applying for a mail-in ballot, checking your registration, studying who and what will be on your ballot, or even doing your part to help get out the vote this year.