At the end of July, several Philadelphia-area restaurants announced they’ll require proof of vaccination for indoor dining.
Since then, local performance venues, and now major music festivals, have followed suit and announced proof of vaccination requirements for entry to the venue, or access to certain shows.
These are the venues and music and arts festivals in the Philly area that require proof of vaccination. Note that certain bands will require proof of vaccination regardless of the venue, so be sure to check with performance spaces before heading out for a show. This list will be updated.
What you need to know about the policies
You can buy tickets online, however, to attend the event or show, everyone in your party should have proof of vaccination.
You do not need the physical card; showing a photo on your phone is acceptable in most places.
In many cases, if you cannot provide proof of vaccination, you can get a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.
In order to be fully vaccinated, you have to have received your final dose at least two weeks ago.
If you haven’t already, make a plan to get vaccinated. There are many places throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey — CVS, Rite Aid, neighborhood rec centers, and more — where you can get your free COVID-19 shot. The shot is free for everyone. Find yours at phila.gov.
Philadelphia-area music venues and music festivals that require proof of vaccination
📍Citywide, 🌐 fringearts.com, 🛑 proof of vaccination required for indoor FringeArts Curated events
New Jersey Theatre Alliance
🛑 The following theaters in New Jersey require all audience to wear masks, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, with no exceptions:
Art House Productions (Jersey City), Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal); Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope/Lambertville); Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick); Eagle Theatre (Hammonton); East Lynne Theatre Company (Cape May); Epic Actor’s Workshop (Old Bridge); George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick); Hudson Theatre Works (Weehawken); Jersey City Theater Center (Jersey City); Luna Stage (West Orange); McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton); Mile Square Theatre (Hoboken); The New Jersey Play Lab; New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch); Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn); Passage Theatre Company (Trenton); Pushcart Players (Verona); The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison); Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City); Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven), Women’s Theatre Company (Lake Hiawatha); Vanguard Theater Company (Montclair); and Vivid Stage (formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit); and American Theater Group.
🛑 And the following New Jersey theaters require indoor masking plus proof of vaccination for all audience members over 12, or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 36 hours or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours:
Count Basie Center for the Arts (Red Bank), Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown); New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (New Brunswick); South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange); and State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick).
📍825 Walnut St., 🌐 walnutstreettheatre.org, 🛑 proof of vaccination required; those with medical or religious exemptions must have a negative COVID PCR test result within 72-hours or negative COVID-19 rapid antigen within 6 hours of the performance
Philadelphia-area music venues that require proof of vaccination at musicians’ discretion
Jane M. Von Bergen contributed to this story.