Pope Francis isn’t for everyone. Sure, there will be maybe millions of devout Catholics flooding our city this weekend to see him, but there are other options. For example, you can drink. You can speed-date. You can go on special walks and bike rides. You can binge on Netflix. The possibilities are truly endless.
We picked eight of the alternative Pope events you can hit up this weekend. (Thanks to Uwishunu for the assist!) Here are the details:
1. The LGBT alternative
Day: Saturday and Sunday
Time: All day, but there will be a specific celebration Saturday afternoon
Details: The William Way Center has a series of programming going on during the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit, including a “Celebration of the Inclusive Family” taking place this weekend. The programming is aimed toward members of the LGBT community feeling alienated during the Papal visit, and is set to feature a Saturday afternoon “celebration of queer family blessing and affirmations.”
2. The Pope Pub Crawl
Details: There are literally 10,000 people currently signed up to galavant around some of Philadelphia’s finest drinking establishments on Saturday afternoon, from Cavanaugh’s (both locations!) to Tavern on Broad, Drinkers Pub and more. You can find $10 tickets to the event by clicking here. A portion of all tickets sales are going to local charity Philabundance, so you can feel decent about getting black-out drunk while the leader of the Catholic Church is in town.
3. The Pope bike ride
Time: 10 a.m.
Details: Starting at The Porch at 30th Street Station, some 2,000 people have RSVP’d to take a bike ride through city routes that won’t be filled with traffic and normally inaccessible to bikes (but not highways, sorry). You can find the full route here and more information on the event’s Facebook page here.
4. Popeapalooza at Morgan’s Pier
Day: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Time: Opens at 11 a.m. each day
Details: Morgan’s Pier is hosting a Popeapalooza celebration. From their website: For every person who enters, the restaurant will donate a dollar to one of the following three charities that’s the attendees choice: Francis Fund, a special fund in honor of Pope Francis’ visit, used to meet concrete needs of people in the region who are struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty; Mil Mujeres, an organization that provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; and PennEnvironment, a nonprofit aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues within Pennsylvania.
All-day drink specials include $3 Yuengling Lagers, $4 Victory Festbiers and a number of Pope beers from local breweries. You can find more details here.
5. Outdoor Pope Block Party in East Passyunk
Day: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Details: The Pub on Passyunk East, aka The P.O.P.E., is hosting an outdoor block party on the 1100 Block of Dickinson Street on Saturday and Sunday with craft beers, music, games and more.
6. The Pope Stroll
Time: 4 p.m.
Details: Ticketleap is hosting a walk on the Schuylkill Banks for Saturday afternoon that starts at Locust Street along the Banks and goes south from there. Parts of the Schuylkill path will be closed, so the walk be along the southern portion and will go through Penn’s campus. Ticketleap notes that kids and friendly dogs are welcome to partake. Find more information here.
7. Pope-inspired art in the Northeast
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Details: Philadelphia artists are presenting “Pope Up,” an exhibition of Pope-inspired art that will show off how contemporary artists interpret religion and its meanings. The exhibition is free and takes place at Globe Dye Works at 4500 Worth St. in Frankford.
8. Pope speed-dating
Time: 7 p.m.
Details: Calling all Catholic singles! Meet at Little Italy’s Pizza on South Street Friday night, fork over $40 and meet the man or woman of your heavenly dreams.