Spruce Street Harbor Park Opens Up Next Month! Here’s A List Of All The Waterfront Festivals & Events!
Philly’s top destination in terms of outdoor activities is back for the 2019 season. Spruce Street Harbor park officially opens back up May 1oth. Every summer tens of thousands of folks flock to the waterfront park to relax in hammocks, enjoy great food and vibe out to live entertainment. Located within walking distance to The Great Plaza at Penns’ Landing, both spaces offer great summer vibes. So if you’re looking to take advantage of a little fun in the sun (or summer nights) here’s a list of the top events and festivals happening this summer!
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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We’re back! Summer at @sprucestreetharborpark Sustained by @univest_corp starts May 10 with a weekend-long extravaganza of free music and activities, great food from Philly favorites like @hipcityveg, @franklinfountain, @garcesgroup, and @chickiesnpetes, plus local brews and hammocks too. Don’t miss it! #MyPhillyWaterfront 😮🎉😍🌼[📷: @stanleyphoto]
Opening Weekend Schedule:
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Dream Philly Festival
Sunday, May 12 from 1pm – 4pm
Celebrate, honor, and act on your dreams at the Dream Philly Festival presented by Dreamline Philadelphia! The festival will feature an exhibit of thousands of student-crafted Dreamline Banners showcasing the dreams of children from around the world.Plus, learn how to create your own banner through a fabric workshop, enjoy tasty food from our on-site vendors, poetry performances in The Platform, dream merchandise, and take home a free dream-in-a-bottle kit (available while supplies last).
Al-Bustan’s Immigrant Alphabet
Through end of June
Eighteen Northeast High School students reflect on their immigrant journeys through a collaboration with artist Wendy Ewald. See the banner installation on display in the Pier now through June.
Spend the weekend kicking back at an urban oasis featuring tons of multicolor hammocks, a floating barge, net lounge, twinkling lights, and tasty eats from local favorites Chickie’s & Pete’s, Franklin Fountain, Garces, and HipCityVeg, while sipping a local brew or a frozen drink from the bar. Did someone say pure bliss?
Sundays with PopUpPlay
Sunday, May 12 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
PopUpPlay returns on Sundays to offer free, interactive activities featuring art, music, and science for children and their families. Join us opening weekend for a hula hoop fest featuring hula hoop decorating and contest.
Jazz in the Park with Laurin Talese
Sunday, May 12 from 4 pm – 6 pm
Sit back, relax and enjoy a sweet serenade by songstress Laurin Talese at the first Jazz in the Park event of the season. Every second Sunday of the month features performances by Philadelphia’s finest jazz musicians, from daylight through twilight, all summer long.
We’re jump-starting the return of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest the only way we know how – with a weekend carnival and roller skating extravaganza! Meet us at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest for roller skating, mini golf, and games and rides on the Midway. The site is free and open to the public and roller skating, mini golf, rides (Ferris wheel, carousel), and games are pay-as-you-go. Be sure to snag some tasty food from Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabshack, Franklin Fountain, and other on-site vendors.
Let’s Roll (Part 1)
Friday, May 10
Enjoy the ultimate roller skate party with hometown skate group Really Philly Collectivefeaturing DJ Mar, competitions, routines, and prizes!
Let’s Roll (Part 2)
Saturday, May 11
We’re bringing you a double dose of fun on the roller rink floor with Really Philly Collective featuring a DJ, competitions, routines, and prizes!
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12 from 11 am – 6 pm
Organized by Philadelphia’s premier indie craft shop and gallery, Art Star, this outdoor retail and art craft show will feature a curated collection of more than 125 local and national artists for this large-scale event on the Great Plaza featuring music, food, and one-of-a-kind items you can’t find anywhere else, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Blue Sky or Sky Blue Installation
Opens Summer 2019
See the sky in a new light with Blue Sky or Sky Blue? an interactive public art installation by Andrew Herzog that allows individuals to explore the spectrum of color in the sky. Through a series of free-standing wooden structures that support large mirrors, see the sky not simply as blue or not blue but observe the color changing dynamically throughout short periods of time as you walk through the installation.
Free Yoga on the Race Street Pier presented by Independence Blue Cross
Daily through November 12
Against the stunning backdrop of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia’s favorite free workout series, Free Yoga on Race Street Pier Presented by Independence Blue Cross is back for its sixth season, featuring 300 free yoga classes through autumn. Join Philly’s yoga community at the time that fits your schedule with both morning and evening classes. All experience levels and abilities are welcome. Review our full class schedule HERE.
Penn’s Landing Marina
Paddle your way around the Penn’s Landing Marina and enjoy the waterfront atmosphere in a safe, supervised environment. Presented in partnership with the Independence Seaport Museum.
Take a stress-free ride across the Delaware River on the RiverLink Ferry and absorb beautiful views as you travel to fun at Adventure Aquarium, a show at the BB&T Pavilion, or visit the Battleship New Jersey! Check out the website for schedules and tickets.
SUNDAYS WITH POPUPPLAY
May 12th-September 29th
Have the ultimate Sunday Funday with PopUp Play at Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest. Each week, enjoy a variety of free, themed, kid-friendly activities the whole family will love. From building catapults and forts to special sea creatures, this interactive program celebrates the magic of play through art, music, and science.
Plan your day with PopUp Play by viewing the schedule below:
May 12: Hula Hoop Fest
May 19: Make Things Fly
May 26: Build It: Cars
June 2: Make Things Fly: Catapults
June 9: Active Art: Make a Musical Instrument
June 16: Build It: Bamboo Forts
June 23: Game Day: Construction Zone
June 30: Active Art: Paint Power
July 7: Build It: Cardboard Mini-Golf
July 14: Active Art: Sleep out in the Afternoon
July 21: Build It: Peg Board and Water Relay
July 28: Make Things Fly: Kites
August 4: Build It: Build Your Neighborhood
August 11: Game Day: Beach Party Theme
August 18: Make Things Fly
August 25: Active Art: Wings and Bugs
September 1: Game Day: Construction Zone
September 8: Build It: Bamboo Forts
September 15: Active Art: Under the Sea Bubbles and Sea Creature Art
September 22: Make Things Fly: Catapults
September 29: Active Art: Sleep Out in the Afternoon: Campfire Theme
May 17th-September 20th
Spend the evening dancing under the lights at Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest. Enjoy free dance lessons, social dancing, and performances.
Plan your salsa nights by adding these dates to your calendar:
Friday, May 17
Friday, July 19
Friday, September 20
May 19th-September 22nd
Each week, shop at more than 20 curated art and craft vendors Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 19 from 12 pm – 5 pm. Each vendor will be set up al fresco style under a tree-lined walkway, perfect for strolling while sipping a frozen drink. The vendors will change each week, so be sure you visit www.artstarcraftbazaar.com/about-spruce-street-harbor-park for the latest vendor lineup.
Enjoy three full days of entertainment, activities, and more at this weekend-long festival. Come for the musical performances, make and take activities, and stay for the beautiful setting, great food, and other indulgences. Stay tuned for a very special opportunity throughout the weekend to win some very big prizes. Fireworks cap off the weekend of fun, thanks to our sustaining sponsor Univest.
- The Philadelphia Irish Festival: June 2nd, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta: July 6th to July 7th, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (both days)
- Islamic Heritage Festival: July 13th, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- ACANA African Festival: August 4th, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Festival of India: August 17th, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Caribbean Festival: August 18th, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Blue Corn Organic and Green Festival: September 1st, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Brazilian Day Philadelphia: September 8th, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Mexican Independence Day: September 15th, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Read more at https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/04/23/spruce-street-harbor-park-summer-2019/#5pBAprt5x1vvVtdX.99