Fun things to do safely in Philly this weekend

Langhorne Slim will be performing at the Philly Music Fest this weekend

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.

Philly Music Fest

In-person concerts may not be on the table at this time, but that doesn’t mean that Philadelphians can’t enjoy the Philly Music Fest during a pandemic. This weekend, everyone will be able to tune in to a series of live performances on September 24th and 25th from Ardmore Music Hall. As much as this event is fun, it’s meaningful as well—the festival only showcases bands from Philadelphia at independent venues and donates all proceeds to local organizations. This year’s lineup includes Japanese Breakfast, The Districts, Mt. Joy, Arnetta Johnson, Langhorne Slim, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arthur Thomas and the Funkitorium and Zeek Burse. According to the release, Philly Music Fest’s livestream will be broadcasted live on WXPN, and the video of the performances will be available at NPR Music Live Sessions. The livestream can also be accessed through the Philly Music Fest website and Ardmore Music Hall’s website.

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Eight Course Tasting Menu at Zama 

Zama, best known for its creative take on sushi and Omasake is now offering foodies a chance to sample eight delicious dishes with an all-new tasting menu priced at $55 per person. A few standout items include a Kaiso Salad (a seaweed salad with your choice of octopus, shrimp, snow crab or kani), Tuna Usuzukuri (thinly sliced big eye tuna with truffle, ponzu, and soy marinated wasabi stems), a Paichie Tempura Wrap (paiche, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet and spicy sauce and bib lettuce), Hamachi Tataki (seared yellowtail over an avocado maki with a red yuzu pepper sauce) and a Mini SST Hand Roll (spicy shrimp tempura with eel wrapped in soy paper.) The tasting menu also features a course with a sashimi sampler, 5 piece nigiri and mochi dessert. Additional add-ons can also be added to certain dishes such as uni for $10. The tasting menu is available during dinner for indoor and outdoor dining only (no takeout or delivery), and reservations can be made on Zama’s website. 

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Tria Fermentation School

Well-known wine and artisan bite spot, Tria Cafe has decided to launch a virtual classroom to teach all vino lovers and wannabe wine aficionados the ins and outs of fermentation. The classes will be led by Tria Wine Director Lauren Harris and will also feature rising stars of the hospitality industry from local and national acclaim. This week will hold two classes on Sept. 24 and 25. Thursday’s class is a little different, titled German Beer Extravaganza (7:30 pm, $75) featuring Tria owner Jon Myerow has been at the forefront of Philly’s beer movement, while Friday’s class is titled Tria Alumni Wine Showdown (8:30 pm, $75) featuring former Tria wine managers Mariel Wega and Sean Feth return to their roots for a reunion aimed at showcasing four distinct wine styles. Registered guests are asked to stop by either Tria Cafe Rittenhouse or Tria Cafe Washington West on the same day as their guided tasting to receive 2-ounce wine tasting portions in reusable plastic wine glasses, plus a Tria Cheese and Snack Box.


Movie Under the Stars 

This week continues an event that will allow movie lovers to enjoy a feature film with the backdrop of the night sky. Every Thursday until October 1, Urban Farmer is inviting Philadelphians to The Logan Hotel Courtyard for a three-course dinner and movie under the stars. The event starts at 6:30 pm, is $75 per person and will include the dinner (from Executive Chef Sonny Ingui boasting braised octopus, steak frites, Skuna Bay salmon, chocolate cake and more), theater-style popcorn and the viewing of a lineup of 80s and 90s classics on an oversized projector. Those interested can also purchase VIP tickets for $100 which will include a bottle of red or white wine or a 6-pack of beer, plus an ultimate movie snack pack. Sly Fox Brewing Company, State Side Vodka and Grace Winery will also be on-site with special beverage offerings at an additional price. Tickets for this Thursday’s showing of “Back to the Future” can be purchased on Tock and should be bought in advance due to limited capacity. Masks must also be worn.