Here Comes Summer on the Philly Waterfront; DRWC Kicking Off the Warm Weather Season on the Delaware River
Enjoy Scenic Views Along the Delaware River Trail
Credit: Matt Stanley
PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 2022) – The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is kicking the warm weather season into high gear beginning Memorial Day Weekend, and the theme for the weekend is certainly lighting up the sky.
Locals and visitors will be enchanted by the new look of Spruce Street Harbor Park’s iconic lights, which will wash the canopy of trees around the park with colorful light. New light bars are attached to over 60 trees in the park, using sensor technology that allows for an expansive interactive platform that can be re-programmed and re-configured as needed.
And on Saturday, May 28, DRWC and VISIT PHILADELPHIA will light up the sky with VISIT PHILADELPHIA’S Kickoff-to-Summer Fireworks Show at Penn’s Landing. The evening will begin with a 90-minute performance by the 78th Army Band’s Liberty Vibes on the Great Plaza from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. The fireworks spectacular will begin promptly at 9:30pm.
With the new Delaware River Trail complete, it is now easier than ever to arrive at the Waterfront by foot or by bicycle. Spend a full day and evening along the waterfront, hopping from park to park or soaking in the amazing views. Memorial Day Weekend is the official kickoff to the summer season, with hundreds of free events, concerts, markets, and activities lined up from Race Street Pier, the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and Cherry Street Pier, to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park and beyond. Here is everything you need to know:
RACE STREET PIER
- Wellness on the Waterfront is back thanks to continued support from Independence Blue Cross. Three Queens Yoga will curate three free fitness classes a week, Mondays at 6:00pm, Thursdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 10:00am. This program will run Memorial Day through Labor Day. *All classes are RAIN OR SHINE, with Cherry Street Pier standing by as a rain location.
PECO MULTICULTURAL SERIES
- The PECO Multicultural Series makes its return to the waterfront! DRWC will host a variety of cultural festivals from June through October highlighting Philadelphia’s diversity. This year’s festivals include:
GREAT PLAZA AT PENN’S LANDING
June 5: Philadelphia Irish Festival, 12:00pm - 7:00pm
June 11: Islamic Heritage Festival, 2:00pm - 8:00pm
July 9 -10: Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta, 2:00pm - 8:00pm
August 7: ACANA African Festival, 2:00pm - 8:00pm
August 20: Festival of India, 12:00pm - 7:00pm
August 21: Caribbean Festival, 12:00pm - 8:00pm
September 4: Brazilian Day Philadelphia, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
September 18: Mexican Independence Day Festival, 2:00pm - 8:00pm
CHERRY STREET PIER
September 3-4: We Are the Seeds, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
RACE STREET PIER
August 6: Celebrate Asia, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
October 1: Taste of the Philippines, 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 28 (plus 78th Army Band’s Liberty Vibes concert); concert at 8pm, fireworks at 9:30pm.
- Independence Day Weekend: Saturday, July 2 (plus U.S. Army’s Band “Pershing’s Own” concert); concert at 8pm, fireworks at 9:30pm.
- Labor Day: Saturday, September 3; concert at 8pm, fireworks at 9:30pm.
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK
- After Work Music Mix with the Women’s Empowerment Coalition, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 29, August 12, August 26 (Every other Friday)
- DJ Nights – a rotating selection of local DJs, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19 (Every other Friday)
Spruce Street Harbor Park will host an exciting market every Saturday from 12:00pm - 5:00pm.
- Makers Markets featuring local craftspeople on the first, third, and fourth Saturdays of the month through September.
- Global Craft Market with The Welcoming Center on the second Saturday of the month through September.
Family Friendly Events
- Every Sunday (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend) from 2-4pm Spruce Street Harbor Park will offer a rotating calendar of free Family Friendly events. Each week will be something new and could feature live music, circus performances, crafts, and interactive workshops.
BLUE CROSS RIVERRINK SUMMERFEST
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is one of the Philadelphia Waterfront’s favorite summertime traditions for day and night, featuring outdoor roller skating, boardwalk games and rides, mini-golf, a 60-foot Ferris wheel, carousel, and great food and drinks, all with soaring views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge. Summerfest is the perfect place for a family outing, a school trip, or a meet-up with friends. Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest has a variety of outdoor concessionaires including Chickie’s & Pete’s and Skelly’s Amusements. There is always at least one concession stand open during skating times. Cash and/or credit card payments will be accepted at all on-site concessions.
The Lodge Bar
The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest bar serves up creative summer cocktails and local brews. Enjoy libations from Twisted Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, Cruzan Rum, Haku Vodka, Hornitos Tequila, and Jim Beam Bourbon. Plus, we’re introducing frozen drinks. Enjoy the flavors of piña colada and strawberry daiquiri.
Chickie's & Pete's
Sink your teeth into summertime favorites Chickie’s & Pete’s. Savor their delicious Crabfries ®, cheesesteaks, boneless wings, and more.
Enjoy seasonal favorites like Funnel cake, ice cream, lemonade, fried oreos, cotton candy, and more. New this year is Skelly’s Mexican Corn with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos!
CHERRY STREET PIER (CSP)
Artist Studios and Workshops
The latest cohort of CSP Artists have moved into their studios! Pop into any of the studios while visiting and chat with the artists. Sign up for one of the many workshops the artists are offering,including figure drawing, stained glass, terrarium building, health and beauty workshops, painting classes and many more.
Daniel Cappello (Studio 14): A multimedia artist exploring formalism, geometry, and spirituality, through rhythmic patterns.
Acori Honzo (Studio 1): A sculptor, painter, and doll artist who takes a conceptual approach.
Ana Thorne (Studio 6): A creator who plays with color and texture to create whimsical worlds on plush surfaces.
Athena Scott (Studio 15): An architect of mood and movement with every brush stroke.
Cory Sempler (Studio 11): Multimedia artist and educator whose work and teaching style derives from the natural world.
James B. Abbott (Studio 12): A photographer returning to his roots on the Delaware River.
Nyambi Royster (Studio 3): Family herbalist and educator crafting handmade cosmetics and holistic remedies using homegrown herbs.
Orchestra 2001 (Studio 12): A collective of virtuoso performers dedicated to the music of our time.
Portside Art Center (Studio 5): A place where coloring outside the lines defines fine art.
Sharif Pendleton of PLAID, LLC (Studio 4): A maker taking his product design business to the next level.
SpArc Services (Studio 2): An organization securing resources while fostering community, creativity, and self-confidence in all people with disabilities.
Thomas Sendgraff (Studio 11): A multimedia artist and educator whose work strives to foster deeper human connections.
Thomcat23 (Studio 7): A visual artist using satire to bring comic relief.
Timothy Prettyman (Studio 13): A skilled painter who plays with shapes to create captivating compositions.
Walls for Justice (Studio 8): An organization that unifies communities by creating positive change through art.
We are the Seeds (Studio 16): An organization committed to amplifying Indigenous voices through the arts.
- Philadelphia Ballet, Behind the Stage Door (May)
Features free performances by the ballet and their partners, as well as art exhibitions exploring the people behind the ballet performances
- CSP Artists (June)
The Cherry Street Pier artists come together to create an exhibition honoring Juneteenth.
- Tiny Room for Elephants (July)
This month-long festival features a variety of local artists. Come watch them live paint throughout the month as well as attend free programming and events, all of which culminate in a full weekend of art and music.
- SpArc Services annual Exhibition (August)
SpArc Services, one of our organizations in residence at Cherry Street Pier, will highlight the work of their participants in this annual art exhibition. SpArc Services’ Cultural Arts Center has a dynamic curriculum that includes art, music, theater, ceramics and movement classes in an environment that fosters creativity and the discovery of a personal voice. Their goal is to bring a love and understanding of the arts to people with disabilities while connecting them with the world outside their studio.
- Amber Arts (September)
An exhibition in our gallery featuring the work of the artists in the Amber Arts Collective.
Events and Performances
- Cherry Street Pier continues its robust programming schedule with Behind the Stage Door, an installation, performances and programming by The Philadelphia Ballet and many of its cultural partners.
- Every month Cherry Street Pier celebrates First Friday with open studios, exhibitions openings and Artist and Artisan Markets
Cherry Street Pier hosts a variety of unique marketplaces through the season.
- Artist and Artisans Markets will be every first Friday from 4:00pm - 9:00pm, highlighting local craftspeople.
- Every third Sunday in partnership with Fleisher Art Memorial, CSP hosts El Mercado Cultural from 11:00am to 3:00pm, which features vendors, live music and delicious food.
- Liberty Flea is back with a monthly market on the last Saturday and Sunday of every month starting in May.
- Stop by throughout the summer to visit other pop-up markets, such as the Art Star Craft Bazaar, Feminist Flea, Philly Flea and more.
Enjoy some of Philly’s homegrown eats including French Toast Bites where sweet and savory French toast meet in delicious bites with a variety of sweet toppings, and The Garden at Cherry Street Pier, a full-service restaurant by FCM Hospitality where you can enjoy views, sips, and delicious local fare.
Ferry service will resume for the season on Friday, May 27 and will operate 7 days through Labor Day Weekend.