KYW To-Do List: Macabre Market, All Trails Challenge, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

This covered bridge is located along forbidden drive and crosses Wissahickon Creek in the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Enjoy these last few days of summer appreciating all that the city has to offer. 

Give back to cleaning the environment with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, or explore the Wissahickon and challenge yourself to discover every inch of the park. 

Ready to get back to a museum? Two are reopening this weekend for your visiting pleasure. 

For the extra cautious, stay home and participate in a virtual film festival or an online vintage shopping experience. 

The Museum of the American Revolution reopened this week. Advanced timed ticket purchases are required and can be purchased online or by phone.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art reopens on Sunday. Climb those beloved famous stairs to see five exciting new galleries. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. 

 

OUTDOORS

On Saturday, enjoy an afternoon showcasing African-inspired fashion, accessories, and jewelry on the grounds of the Woodmere Art Museum. Not to mention, there will also be performances by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble at this Afrocentric jazz and fashion event

Secure your tickets in advance online for the 12 to 2:30 p.m. session — the 3:30 to 6 p.m. time slot is already sold out) — $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

Try the drive-thru trend with something different this weekend. Join the Jurrasic Quest, America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event. From the safety of your car, go on a quest with an online audio tour, taking guests through a driveable exhibit. 

You’ll encounter some of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the Earth, and some of the eeriest marine creatures to ever lurk the ocean’s depths. Advanced tickets are required and begin at $49 per vehicle.

Even though the state is landlocked, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is doing its part to keep trash out of the oceans. The Pennsylvania departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection are reporting that since the pandemic began, more people have been heading outside — and there’s more trash than ever before. 

Now through Nov. 30, Pick-Up Pennsylvania is making an effort to clean up our beautiful state. Check the website to register and find a group near you.

And through Dec. 1, the All Trails Challenge welcomes you to every corner of Wissahickon Valley Park. Don’t worry, it’s not a race, and you don’t have to be a conditioned athlete to participate. 

Instead, it’s an opportunity to get back in touch with the beauty of the park. As the challengers partake, they receive support from friends and family to conserve the Wissahickon — and a chance at extremely cool prizes for top mileage, fundraisers, individuals and teams. You can start a fundraising page through its website.

 

ONLINE

Fifty films from more than 42 countries showing over five days: that’s the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, and it’s virtual this year. The new format has brought with it new opportunities. Debra Wolf Goldstein, executive director and co-founder of the festival, said it was postponed from April, so “filmmakers who wouldn't otherwise be able to join us in an in-person fest, now you can hear them talk on different panel discussions from around the world.” 

Tickets are $12 per film or $30 for an unlimited pass, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Philadelphia public school kids who would like to enjoy the festival as well.

This Saturday and Sunday, peruse a curated collection of unusual antiques, assorted oddities, vintage items, artwork and handmade wares at the Laurel Hill Cemetery’s virtual Market of the Macabre. RSVP for free, and shop to suit your morbid curiosity.