Indoor dining is allowed again in Philadelphia, just in time for Center City Restaurant Week — though takeout is now an option this year.
Fall festivals are kicking off while the weather remains temperate, ranging from elaborate scarecrow displays at Peddler’s Village, to the Made in Philadelphia Fall Market at Dilworth Park, to the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Indoor dining is now allowed in Philadelphia for the first time in about six months. Capacity is set at 25%, but city officials say they’re allowing indoor dining because of the progress in keeping COVID-19 infection rates low.
“People are nervous still about [indoor dining], so we want to take baby steps,” said Nicole Marquis, owner of HipCityVeg. Restaurants will increase capacity to 50% starting on Sept. 21, but they must first "self-certify" through an online process by Pennsylvania Health Department guidelines.
The goal is for coronavirus cases to continue to trend downward, so by winter, restaurants will be allowed to increase the number of people they can serve inside.
You can also check out the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States, the Free Quaker Meeting House, and the Merchants' Exchange Building, all with limited capacity.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts reopens Saturday, too. Reserve your tickets in advance to enjoy a contact-free check-in experience.
FOOD AND FESTIVALS
Celebrate the fall festivities at the Made in Philadelphia Fall Market at Dilworth Park this weekend. Philly and tri-state area vendors will convene to showcase and sell their finest artwork.
The market is open Friday from noon to 7 p.m.
The Philadelphia Fringe Festival also kicks off this weekend, and this year, it’s predominantly virtual. Stop by in person or online over the next four weeks to see more than 120 works across genres and platforms.
And starting Sunday, head down to Center City for Restaurant Week. Multi-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($20 per person) and dinner ($35) await you. You can either dine at the restaurant or opt for takeout in your own home.
Tickets are on sale now for an outdoor live theater performance of the beloved classic “Tarzan” at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Guests have the option to purchase seating arranged to maintain social distancing, or vehicle seating that will allow you to watch the show from your car.
Shows run nightly starting this weekend, beginning at 8 p.m.
On Saturday morning, why not kill two birds with one stone: Shop and squat. Join the Fashion District’s Nike Factory Store for a Shop & Squat — a free workout with a top trainer — and then enjoy discounts with a private shopping experience. Advanced registration is required.
And as we near the spookiest month, Peddler’s Village is kicking it off early with Scarecrow Season. Check out the free annual scarecrow display, which runs through early October.
This weekend, there’s a comedy night on Friday, and scarecrow-making workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Fees for each respective event can be found on Peddler’s website.
And by overwhelming demand, the Jurassic Quest drive-thru dinosaur experience has been extended through Sept. 20. Secure your tickets before they sell out. Then, hop in your car and prepare to have a dino-mite time.